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    Greg Grossman: Celebrity Chef is Just 13

     Greg Grossman: Celebrity Chef is Just 13
    You know your star is rising when your publicist follows you around a busy convention hall lugging your nitrous oxide tank, and it has nothing to do with your health. Indeed, Greg Grossman is healthy, as he should be: He is 13, with thick wavy hair and long dark eyelashes that would make a Jonas brother jealous. He wears sneakers, and ...
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    Merry Edwards: Pairing Wine & Food

    Merry Edwards: Pairing Wine & Food
    Merry Edwards, Proprietor and Winemaker of Meredith Vineyard Estate, Inc., has been crowned the “Grande Dame” and “Queen” of Pinot Noir. Her cutting-edge work with this varietal in the 70’s and 80’s, when America was not ready to drink, never mind create great Pinot Noir, broke the mold for winemakers everywhere. Launching her own brand in 1997 placed her on the ...
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    Motorcycle Food Diaries

    Motorcycle Food Diaries
    Most people might not think of a motorcycle as a cooking tool, but I assure you, it is. I’m not even talking about rigging a portable 12V crock-pot meant for truckers in order to make a delicious stew underneath my trusty BMW, although that’s a fantastically brilliant idea, and one I wish Alton Brown hadn’t beaten me to. No, indeed—when I ...
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    100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity

    100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity
    Foodproof.com has gone and put together the best list Chef's Blade could have ever imagined. Not only does it relate to, well, food, it also relates to career advancement! Their list culls together the 100 best food for boosting productivity, dividing the food groups into Digestion and Sleep, Energy and Brain Foods, General Productivity Boosters, and Eyesight. Below you'll find a ...
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    Snakes Need Culinary PR, Not Bounties

    Snakes Need Culinary PR, Not Bounties
    In the Philippines, they're rubbed with spices, stuffed with leaves from the palongpong vine and served as cinafa'y feclat. Cinafa'y feclat not only packs more menu appeal than "hot roasted python," it offers a culinary solution to the infestation of giant snakes threatening to overrun, or rather over-slither, South Florida. And beyond. Apparently, there's no biological reason keeping Burmese pythons - ...
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    Why I Still Eat Out

    Why I Still Eat Out
    What is it about new restaurants that get me so excited? Can’t we just stay home and cook, secure in the knowledge that good food made well is not only enough, it’s also more affordable? Of course we can’t. Because the restaurant, most particularly the new restaurant is like a candy store for the senses. With all the doom and gloom ...
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    Why Is Italian Cooking So Popular?

    Why Is Italian Cooking So Popular?
    I have often wondered which cuisine is better -- French or Italian. There is no question that Italian cuisine is more popular, but is it better? I still don't know the answer to this question, I guess it is up to each person's taste. However, after visiting my favorite Italian store today for umpteenth time here in southwestern Ontario, I realized ...
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    Boxed Wine Takes a Stand

    Boxed Wine Takes a Stand
    The conversation of boxed wine has rippled through all media outlets throughout 2009. This simple container has been marketed as inexpensive, convenient, space-saving and ecological. While consumers are getting the hard-sell from mainstream media efforts, boxed wine has been noticed by the “green” eyes of wine industry professionals and environmental advocates alike. Boxed wine, however, has historically had negative associations being ...
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    11 Farm-Fresh Foods That Will Improve Your Cuisine

    Our local farmer's market at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal Most of us have grown (or were born) accustomed to going to the grocery store and as chefs, buy our foods from wholesale distributors. It's just what you do, right? Grocery stores like Safeway, Trader Joe's, and especially Target and Super-Walmarts, have all your needs in one place, all year ...
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    "Terroir" from a Rockpile

    "Terroir" from a Rockpile
    Some might say that terroir is the most important thing in making great wine. Its elements—soil composition, sun exposure, wind exposure, slope, drainage, etc.—determine how a vine will grow, contributing to the specific personality or characteristic of the vine’s wine. Terroir varies from vineyard to vineyard, creating different flavor profiles in wine. Clay Mauritson, owner and winemaker of Mauritson Family Winery, ...
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    Hand Pulled Mozzarella

    Hand Pulled Mozzarella
    So I found this recipe in the "Cooking School" part of Gourmet magazine. I have long hoped for a instructional "how-to" section, and my prayers have been answered. I used to read pieces telling me that I hadn't truly tasted Mozzarella until I had eaten it fresh out of the cheesemaker's hands, seconds old. So naturally, I wanted this experience. As ...
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    10 Tips to a Lasting Wine Industry Career

    10 Tips to a Lasting Wine Industry Career
    Almost weekly I get a call or email asking what it takes to be in the wine business. For awhile I even got calls saying, ok, so I just got in the wine business last quarter and I have taken a few classes, so I was wondering how I can do what you do? I respond, "Well, it's a long road!" ...
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    Organic Kicks Monoculture's Ass

    Organic Kicks Monoculture's Ass
    Guess what? Those endless fields of corn, soybeans, or alfalfa are not the thriftiest way to farm. Not in dollar terms. Not in environmental terms. So why are continuous and no-till farming still such staples in American agriculture? Because you & I subsidize them with our tax dollars. Farm welfare for the corporate farm. A 13-year study out of the University ...
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    Lindsay Pomeroy and Wine Smarties: Teaching Wine to San Diego

    Lindsay Pomeroy and Wine Smarties: Teaching Wine to San Diego
    In the airport, on the way to visit my sister last summer, I picked up a copy of Wine Spectator. The issue covered the top sommeliers in the country, organized by city. Searching for something familiar, I looked at New York City, Boston, and finally San Diego, places where I had once lived. To my surprise, a college friend of mine ...
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    Making Restaurants Safer

    Making Restaurants Safer
    Philadelphia's Health Department is finally taking stronger steps to bolster inspections of restaurants with an eye toward improving food safety and cleanliness. For that, diners who have ever eaten one spoiled mussel should be thankful. Philadelphia has a well-deserved reputation as a fine restaurant city. But for too long, the city has trailed other big cities in the way it handles ...
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    5 Steps to Set Up a Training Restaurant

    5 Steps to Set Up a Training Restaurant
    Step 1: Know what the restaurant will offer. "Get the business model right because passion alone won't run a successful business," says Gordon D 'Sil va, chief executive of charity Training for Life, which runs two apprentice restaurants, in Hoxton and Dartmouth. "Decide what sort of restaurant you are - driven by footfall or destination - and get the location right, ...
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    Swine Flu Update: It's Safe to Eat Pork

    Swine Flu Update: It's Safe to Eat Pork
    CANBERRA, April 27 AAP - People shouldn't have any qualms about eating pork because swine flu is not spread through food, according to Australia's vets. The Australian Veterinary Association also confirmed on Monday that domestic pigs were safe from the swine influenza because Australia did not import live pigs. "People should have no qualms about going ahead and eating pork, swine ...
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    Lawmakers Push for Food Safety Reforms

    Lawmakers Push for Food Safety Reforms
    Lawmakers vowed Wednesday to press for stronger food safety laws and more money for inspections as the list of recalled peanut products surpassed 1,000 in an ongoing national salmonella outbreak. "There is an openness to putting together the strongest legislation possible," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who introduced a bill to reorganize federal food safety enforcement and make it more accountable. ...
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    What Alice Waters is Missing

    What Alice Waters is Missing
    This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on March 25, 2009. For decades, Alice Waters has commanded attention for her love of the freshest, most local food. Last week, her crusade was the focal point of national attention, as Michelle Obama finally agreed to plant an extensive vegetable garden at the White House. If Ms. Waters is serious about ...
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    Breaking into the Restaurant Biz... By Accident

    Breaking into the Restaurant Biz... By Accident
    Many people ask this of me, whether they are guests conversing with me about food and wine, new friends or just great people I meet on the side of a mountain. I always look up into the sky, searching for the perfect answer. My path from a small town in New Hampshire, where people worked 9-to-5 jobs, to New York City, ...
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