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    The Testicle Festival, for Those Who Can Stomach it.

    The Testicle Festival, for Those Who Can Stomach it.
    The judges gathered around the pool table at the Union Brewery Saloon, their palates attuned despite thick nicotine haze. They were here to assess the taste, texture, appearance and creative flair of a not-for-the-faint-of-heart culinary tradition known as the mountain oyster - the Wild West on a plate. Of all the country's gastronomic competitions, perhaps none compare to the challenge facing ...
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    Sales of Organic Food Slump By Up To 30 Percent

     Sales of Organic Food Slump By Up To 30 Percent
    Supermarkets are the big losers as shoppers turn to box schemes and local shops for fresh produce Demand for organic food has fallen faster than expected, according to new statistics about shoppers' habits. Consumers who were once prepared to pay a premium for organic produce are turning to cheaper alternatives, cutting sales by a fifth in the past year. Although some ...
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    Jamie Oliver Cooks for the G20 Conference

    Jamie Oliver Cooks for the G20 Conference
    It is among the trickiest of decisions for any hostess. But when Sarah Brown was deciding who to put next to Michelle Obama at tonight’s dinner for summit spouses in 10 Downing Street, she had years of experience in public relations to draw on. Seated on one side of Mrs Obama will be J. K. Rowling, the author; on the other ...
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    The Chef is ALWAYS the Boss.

    The Chef is ALWAYS the Boss.
    In his 2003 memoir, "The Apprentice," chef Jacques Pepin describes how he left his classmates and family at age 13 and became an unpaid kitchen intern. He worked his way up quickly. By his early 20s, Pepin had become chef to French President Charles de Gaulle. He has since become one of the world's best-known French chefs. At this point, it ...
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    The Forbidden Fruit: Grapefruit

    The Forbidden Fruit: Grapefruit
    It was Griffith Hughes in 1750, who first described the Grapefruit as the “Forbidden Fruit”, which he found growing in Barbados. Later in 1789, it was reported growing in most parts of Jamaica. In 1823, that Count Odette Phillipe took grapefruit seeds from the Bahama Islands to Safety Harbor near Tampa, Florida where he planted them. Once the trees bared fruit ...
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    Spain Basques in the Culinary Spotlight

    Spain Basques in the Culinary Spotlight
    The Once-Overlooked Country Is Now the World's Top Food Destination Italy, move over. France, watch your back. The capital of good eating has officially shifted to Spain, with foodies from all over the world hailing its cuisine as el mejor. In the interest of full disclosure: I haven’t set foot in Basque Country in years—like, since the first number in my ...
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    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations

    First Lady Unveils White House Holiday Decorations
    Washington- In styling the Obamas' first Christmas at the White House, Michelle Obama went grand, glorious and green. The largest tree in the mansion, an 18-foot Douglas fir adorning the Blue Room, is festooned with hundreds of ornaments, all recycled from previous administrations and spruced up by groups around the country to reflect cherished landmarks. Chicagoans clearly had a vote, since ...
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    Chicago's Culinary Ambassador: Judith Dunbar Hines Promotes Chicago Dining With a Passion

    Chicago's Culinary Ambassador: Judith Dunbar Hines Promotes Chicago Dining With a Passion
    Who is the face of food in Chicago? You might answer Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless or Charlie Trotter. But, with no disrespect to these superstar chefs, our nod goes to Judith Dunbar Hines, director of culinary arts and events for the city's Department of Cultural Affairs. Her job is to put the spotlight on Chicago's thriving food scene. It involves showcasing ...
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    Pesticide Suspected in Restaurant Salsa

    Pesticide Suspected in Restaurant Salsa
    Health officials in Kansas said people sickened at a Mexican restaurant in Lenexa the salsa they ate was contaminated with a pesticide. Three groups of people who were sickened after eating at the Mi Ranchito restaurant earlier this year told KSHB-TV, Kansas City, health officials identified the source of their illnesses as the pesticide methomyl. It was reportedly found in the ...
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    What to Look for When Buying Holiday Meats

    What to Look for When Buying Holiday Meats
    Some people think it isn't a major holiday unless turkey is served. For others, a special roast is on the menu. It's best to decide what your holiday entree will be and then special-order it. Beef, pork, and veal have individual qualities that should be considered when purchasing them. As you plan your holiday entrees, select the best product for the ...
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    War Over Tavarn on the Green Name

    War Over Tavarn on the Green Name
    The battle for Tavern on the Green is now hinging on what to call it. City officials, who are ousting the restaurant's leaseholder, Jennifer LeRoy, are so desperate to hang onto Tavern on the Green's famous name, they're going to fight for the rights to it, sources said. But the moniker, valued at $19 million, was trademarked by the LeRoy family ...
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    Lusikkaleivat or Spoon Cookies

    Lusikkaleivat or Spoon Cookies
    When I dropped these off, my friend's eyes widened in anticipation. "These cookies taste like Christmas," she told me mid bite as she helped herself to seconds. "My mother makes something like these every year. Actually, we are going to be making some next week," she explained after carefully chewing, making sure not to miss a beat, a flavor, or a ...
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    SF Chefs.Food.Wine Cocktail Contest

    SF Chefs.Food.Wine Cocktail Contest
    From the Editor: Chef's Blade is pleased tell it's users about the SF Chefs.Food.Wine event. The four day event occurring in San Francisco from August 6th through August 9th will showcase all the different aspects of the culinary world for which San Francisco is famous. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are able to attend the event, ...
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    Call It Twine? Twitter Makes Wine for Charity

    Call It Twine? Twitter Makes Wine for Charity
    SAN FRANCISCO-Everyone likes a wine with character. How about one with 140 of them? Yes, the people at Twitter _ the social media site on which users post messages no longer than 140 characters _ are getting into the wine business, putting together an ambitious project aimed at raising money for literacy. While others have used Twitter to raise money for ...
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    Manischewitz: The Sweet Sadar Wine

    Manischewitz: The Sweet Sadar Wine
    New York » For many Jews, the thought of Passover conjures up images of families feasting on matzo, kosher wine and for a few brave souls perhaps, Gefilte fish. Chances are, the name on the packaging is always the same: Manischewitz. For the family that traces its lineage back to Behr Manischewitz and the Cincinnati bakery he opened in 1888, ...
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    Pavlova Wars: New Zealand Reclaims its Once Stolen National Dessert

    Pavlova Wars: New Zealand Reclaims its Once Stolen National Dessert
    New Zealand's Prime Minister is irritated by Australia's culinary thievery. New Zealand's new Prime Minister, John Key, faces a host of diplomatic challenges as he adjusts to the job. But of them all, the one exercising him most at the moment is the weighty matter of the provenance of a meringue dessert topped by cream and tropical fruit. Mr Key is ...
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    Harvest at Tres Sabores

    Harvest at Tres Sabores
    This morning is quiet at Tres Sabores. Nestled away in a sultry pocket of the Rutherford Bench, even the bees here seem happier than most. Perhaps it's Julie's commitment to Organic farming, which makes them humm so happily or perhaps it's the smell of manure wafting from the barn. At two months and counting the baby sheep have no idea that ...
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    Mobile Soup Kitchen Reaches Out to Today's Impoverished

    Mobile Soup Kitchen Reaches Out to Today's Impoverished
    Chicago has a long history of feeding the nation and feeding its hungry too. Now, in the aftermath of a brutal recession, with the unemployment rate in the double-digits, 2010 dawns at a time of acute need and limited resources. One old invention for addressing that problem is still in business: soup kitchens. But even the practice of delivering food to ...
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    Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

    Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
    Since this is our first column in Chef’s Blade, I’d like to introduce myself. At the tender age of 21, I was selected to fill the Executive General Manager role of one of the largest and most respected restaurants of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was quite an honor and I was excited about what lay ahead. ...
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    Ring in the New Year with Champagne

    Ring in the New Year with Champagne
    When the words "Happy New Year" are shouted at the stroke of midnight, champagne bottles will be opened with a loud pop, followed by a geyser of the bubbly beverage. And around this time of year, Teresa Swint, the co-owner of Grapes & Hops on Ramsey Street and a certified wine specialist, encounters plenty of customers looking for the right champagnes ...