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    Victory Gardens vs. The Cheeto Tree

    Victory Gardens vs. The Cheeto Tree
    Do you remember eating Cheetos when you were a kid and thinking they grew on Cheeto trees? You might not, but I do; admittedly, I was a particularly imaginative kid. There were apple trees, orange trees, and money trees; why not Cheeto trees? Now in my mid-twenties, I have thankfully learned that Cheetos not only DON’T grow on trees, but they ...
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    Tales From the Judges' Chambers

    Tales From the Judges' Chambers
    I spent the weekend in the land of food contests, a sweetly American place where you can aim high, try hard and win big whether you cook on a hot plate or a high-end range. My passport was an invitation to chair the judging panel for the 48th National Chicken Cooking Contest in San Antonio, Texas; my traveling companion, a paperback ...
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    Food Cops: Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You?

    Food Cops: Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You?
    The food cops are back. With liberal Democrats running the two political branches of government, enthusiasts for the Nanny State are coming out of the woodwork. Chicago-and-Harvard law prof Cass Sunstein has been named the Obama administration's regulatory czar. (He replaces Susan Dudley, who came out of George Mason University's Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank.) Sunstein is the co-author of ...
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    The World's Sexiest Chefs

    Chefs shouldn't always be behind the scenes... There’s nothing sexier than a man (or woman for that matter) who knows how to cook. Fortunately, my future husband is an amazing chef. In fact, he wooed me with a four-course meal the night he proposed. These five sexy chefs could serve me cold slugs and I’d still be beggin’ for more. ...
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    Sugar: Are You an Addict?

    Sugar: Are You an Addict?
    Excessive sugar consumption, writes Annemarie Colbin author of Food & Healing, is believed to be involved in a host of very common problems: hypoglycemia or hyperinsulinism, diabetes, heart disease, dental caries, high cholesterol, obesity, indigestion, myopia, seborrheic dermatitis, gout, genetic narrowing of pelvic and jaw structures, crowding and malformation of teeth, hyperactivity, lack of concentration, depression, anxiety, psychological disorder, insanity, and ...
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    What's Hot in Food?

    What's Hot in Food?
    Consumers' taste buds can be as fickle as their moods. As businesses race to keep up with the latest food-industry trends, those that successfully adapt their menus keep customers drooling for more. Here are five top trends to consider: h4. Low Carb: Estimated to reach $30 billion this year, the low-carb industry has many scrambling to join the craze. Burger chains ...
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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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    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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    Should I Franchise My Restaurant?

    Should I Franchise My Restaurant?
    Do you think you have a restaurant that could be the next McDonald's? Ever wonder if the Colonel knew something you don't? Maybe you, too, should consider franchising. According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than 760,000 franchised businesses generated a total economic output of over $1.53 trillion and generated jobs for 18 million Americans in 2001. This represents nearly ...
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    Several Health Benefits From Dairy Foods

    Several Health Benefits From Dairy Foods
    Consuming the recommended servings of dairy foods daily is a convenient and affordable way to get key nutrients, U.S. researchers said. In a supplement to the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, several nutrition researchers weigh in on an updated review of the health benefits of consuming dairy foods. Milk, cheese, and yogurt provide a package ...
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    The Wine Judging Circuit

    The Wine Judging Circuit
    Judging season is upon us and I have been busy judging wines, but the wine competitions themselves have come under fire lately. LA Times writer Jerry Hirsch helped propagate the bad press by calling attention to a study conducted by retired Humboldt State professor Robert Hodgson. It’s not new to challenge the process, but this recent four year study claims that ...
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    An Establish Food Stylist Moves From City to Country

    An Establish Food Stylist Moves From City to Country
    NEW LIFE: Chef Dianne Curtin moved from being a food stylist in London to being a food lover in west Cork WHEN DIANNE Curtin abandoned a metropolitan lifestyle and demanding career as a food stylist in London to live on a remote west Cork hill, she could never have envisaged what lay ahead. If you'd told her that within a few ...
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    Chef's Blade's Thanksgiving Wine Guide

    Chef's Blade's Thanksgiving Wine Guide
    Yep, it’s that time of year. And rather than bore you with yet another Turkey Day post extolling the virtues of gewurztraminer or pinot noir, we’re going to tell it to you like it is. Are you ready? There is no perfect wine match for Thanksgiving meals. It’s something we as retailers have known for years (glorified in amusing detail by ...
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    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook

    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook
    I own a signed first edition of Jamie Oliver's debut The Naked Chef which, one day, I thought, ought to be worth a bit of money – perhaps when he's knighted? But these days I'm not so sure. Ten years on, there are Jamie jars of pasta sauce in the supermarket, Jamie pots and pans in John Lewis, Jamie's face on ...
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    When Food Sickens, He Heads for Courthouse

    When Food Sickens, He Heads for Courthouse
    MINNEAPOLIS _ No one really wants to meet Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer from Seattle, because those who do are likely A) critically sickened by contaminated food and in need of legal help, or B) responsible for selling the food. Yet there seems to be no shortage of people who know Marler after several high-profile food illness outbreaks in recent ...
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    Environmental Virtue on a Bun: Are You Buying?

    Environmental Virtue on a Bun: Are You Buying?
    PHILADELPHIA - Please welcome Elevation Burger, the latest contender for virtue-burger honors, debuting now in the Philadelphia suburbs. It has single-handedly raised the ante in the (so to speak) greener-meat niche. Elevation Burgers are not merely fresh-ground, or all-beef, or naturally raised; they are - top this! - "100 percent organic, grass-fed, free-range beef." A single patty is about three ounces ...
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    Welcome to Chef's Blade!

    Welcome to Chef's Blade!
    Chef’s Blade is the career and social network of choice for the creative, passionate, and innovative people who work in the cutthroat culinary industry. Whether you are a seasoned executive chef, an aspiring pastry chef, a caterer, a sommelier, a restaurant manager or owner, Chef’s Blade culls together the career resources and networking tools you need to advance your career. We ...
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    Unhappy Meal? Ireland's YELP

    Unhappy Meal? Ireland's YELP
    WHAT'S THE STORY WITH COMPLAINING IN RESTAURANTS?: THE AMATEUR food critics who post reviews onto websites and blogs would make the most acerbic of pros blush. "The main courses were disgusting. I barely managed a few forkfuls and, although the waiter couldn't have failed to notice this, he didn't even so much as enquire if everything was all right," fumes one ...
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    Fingerprinting Enhances Beer Flavor

    Fingerprinting Enhances Beer Flavor
    International food & beverage companies generally want their brands to consistently taste the same. However, natural variations in ingredients can make this difficult, even without factoring in the impact of variations in process equipment and conditions. Key to achieving consistent flavor is ultimately down to manufacturing products that share the same chemical profile, believes Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL), an independent ...
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    High on Hemp?

    High on Hemp?
    In a cluttered storefront on Main Street in the quiet Mennonite community of Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, Shawn Patrick House pulls a faded print from a stack of old magazines, sales brochures and posters. The print, from a photograph taken on September 24, 1908, shows a farmer in a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves and suspenders, riding along on his mechanical mowing machine ...
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