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    How Soy Affects the Body

    How Soy Affects the Body
    Thyroid: Some believe that the excessive consumption of soy foods and supplements can cause hypothyroidism. Those in the pro-soy camp believe it only becomes an issue if the consumer is iodine deficient or otherwise susceptible to thyroid or goiter problems. Breast cancer: Although isoflavones from soy foods may help prevent breast cancer, concentrated soy isoflavone extracts may set the stage for ...
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    Women Dine, Dash and then Crash into Detroit IHOP

    Women Dine, Dash and then Crash into Detroit IHOP
    DETROIT - Four women trying to skip out on their bill at an International House of Pancakes ended up plowing into the Detroit restaurant as they sped away. No one was injured in the accident Tuesday morning. Restaurant manager Raymond Jefferson told the Detroit Free Press the women ran from the IHOP just after 6 a.m. without paying their bill. Their ...
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    'Your Sommelier' Launches on Zagat.com

     'Your Sommelier' Launches on Zagat.com
    Wine Expert Kevin Zraly Selects Best Values from Over 100 of NYC's Top Wine Lists Choosing the right bottle on a wine list can be a daunting task, especially finding the best value. To solve this dilemma, Zagat has partnered with renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly to launch "Your Sommelier," an online guide to finding the best wines at the lowest ...
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    Amuse Cochon

    Amuse Cochon
    We spent a blissful Sunday afternoon wallowing with the pigs so to speak at the Silverado Country Club event “Amuse Cochon” also now known as Cochon 555. The event concept, presented by Taste Network, is a friendly competition featuring five chefs, five pigs, and five wineries. Each chef was given an entire Heritage hog, each one a different breed from a ...
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    The Wine Harvest

    The Wine Harvest
    Driving home today after teaching a class at COPIA in Napa I stopped by the Stanly Lane farm stand and was struck by how quickly the seasons had changed. The last two days of rain had made the once dusty field of pumpkins into a straw-filled marsh and the produce stand was almost empty, just a couple of squash , four ...
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    Author Offers Advice on Soy Food in Diet

    Author Offers Advice on Soy Food in Diet
    Despite concerns over excessive soy intake, most mainstream organizations say up to two servings per day can be part of a healthy diet. Kaayla Daniel, who holds a doctorate in nutrition and is the author of "The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food," offers the following advice. Oils and ingredients: Avoid soy flour, soy protein isolates, ...
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    Get Savvy About Food Safety

    Get Savvy About Food Safety
    E. coli in cookie dough. Salmonella in peanut products. Listeria in cheese. Those are just some of the food problems reported since June 1. According to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of cases of food-borne illnesses in the nation each year lead to more than 300,000 people being hospitalized and 5,000 deaths. Food safety is ...
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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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    Diners Report Seeing Virgin Mary on Food Griddle

    Diners Report Seeing Virgin Mary on Food Griddle
    CALEXICO, California-The hottest thing on the griddle at the Las Palmas restaurant these days isn't the food _ it's the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that a cook says she saw on the griddle. Restaurant manager Brenda Martinez says more than 100 people have flocked to the small town of Calexico on the California-Mexico border to gaze at the likeness ...
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    Black Garlic: The 'It' Food

    Black Garlic: The 'It' Food
    Add "black" to the many ways we're taking our garlic. In relatively short order, black garlic has morphed from obscure dietary supplement to trendy top-chef ingredient. Inventor Scott Kim began developing the product in South Korea in 2004. His goal was to market aged or fermented black garlic as a super-food: Its patented, month-long heat-curing process creates a high level of ...
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    Ode to The Urchin and A Well-Foraged Feast

    Ode to The Urchin and A Well-Foraged Feast
    The Napa Valley is home to many fine foods and some great sushi, but there are those times when nothing but the best will do and so it was we found ourselves on an excursion last week. A 45 minute drive with my fiancé from our home in the Napa Valley all the way over to one our favorite sushi houses ...
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    Candy Lobby Advises Halloween Restraint

    Candy Lobby Advises Halloween Restraint
    Serve children a healthy and nutritious meal before allowing then to go trick-or-treating at Halloween, U.S. confectionery manufacturers advise. "Your kids will be happier and full, which will help reduce the temptation to eat candy at each trick-or-treat stop," Susan Whiteside of the National Confectioners Association in Washington says in a statement. "Sort and save. Allow your kids to enjoy some ...
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    Government Tightening Food Safety Standards

    Government Tightening Food Safety Standards
    WASHINGTON - New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks are part of a government effort to try to make food safer to eat. A food safety panel established by President Barack Obama developed the new rules for eggs, poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes as well as for better coordination and communication among the agencies overseeing ...
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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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    Restaurant Review: Dinner at Downtown (Berkeley)

    Restaurant Review: Dinner at Downtown (Berkeley)
    Before we walked into Downtown, appropriately situated in downtown Berkeley, California, my mom whispered to me about the ambivalent recent reviews she'd read of the place. "Apparently the food is really good," she said, "but we may be confronted with 'surly' or 'inattentive' service." Fortunately for us, this was not at all the case. Our server was excellent, always on hand ...
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    For the Obamas, Date Night in Paris

    For the Obamas, Date Night in Paris
    PARIS-Ah, Paris. The city of love. And the city of this week's presidential date night. A week after flying to New York for dinner and a Broadway show, President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle, dined at a cozy neighborhood bistro just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower. The president and first lady were in France to join their counterparts ...
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    Food Co-Ops: What You Need to Know

    Food Co-Ops: What You Need to Know
    Travel to any other country and you'll quickly notice that our produce back home is blah. Much like a vacuous beauty queen, it is vibrantly colored and attractive with very little substance. Part of what has driven our markets away from quality and toward mass production is the ability to maximize farming resources_pesticides, hormones, substandard animal housing_to increase the amount produced. ...
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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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    The Green Kitchen: Why and How

    The Green Kitchen: Why and How
    Making a kitchen more sustainable can be like bringing a wild beast under control. Look at an onsite kitchen and what do you see? A 30-year old, central production facility that's showing its age? A major investment that has to compete with other departments and organizational goals for capital? Day-to-day managers may observe that the kitchen is an increasingly decentralized operation, ...
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    Frugal Duchess: Organic Savings

    Frugal Duchess: Organic Savings
    My children appreciate the added flavor present in organic fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Unfortunately, organic products, which are grown and packaged without pesticides, artificial coloring or preservatives, are expensive. The following strategies have helped us to purchase organic products while staying on a tight budget. Follow the loss-leaders. Grocery stores and specialty chains typically offer several heavily discounted items each ...
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