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    Why Cranberries Are Awesome

    Why Cranberries Are Awesome
    Tart and unassuming, the humble cranberry will once again take second seat to many Thanksgiving turkey this year. Cranberries have certainly earned a spot at every American Thanksgiving table, and to omit them from this harvest celebration would be extremely unconventional. I had a chance to learn a bit more about our favorite seasonal side dish firsthand at a talk at ...
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    The Weird History of the Turkey

    The Weird History of the Turkey
    To Americans, the word turkey conjures thoughts of Thanksgiving. However, there are a lot of ideas about the bird and the holiday, which need clarification. It is believed that the first pilgrims that landed in Plymouth would have starved if not for the feast of turkey provided by the local Powhatan natives. In part, that is somewhat true. But, the Pilgrims ...
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    The Fat Duck Reopens After Health Scare

    The Fat Duck Reopens After Health Scare
    LONDON - Lovers of snail porridge, mustard ice cream and jelly of quail, rejoice. Britain's most famous restaurant reopened Thursday, March 12, more than two weeks after it shut due to a mysterious outbreak of sickness that left 400 people reporting bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. That kind of bad publicity could kill an ordinary restaurant, but The Fat Duck and ...
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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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    Cilantro, You Either Love It Or Hate It.

    Cilantro, You Either Love It Or Hate It.
    Around 4000 B.C. the Sumerians as well as the Babylonians left a list of herbs used for medicinal purposes on clay tablets. On the list was Coriander. Hippocrates used Coriander as part of his botanical treatments and prescriptions, as an antispasmodic as well as an appetizer and applied it to the flesh for rheumatism or for painful joints. Coriander is probably ...
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    Dinners Put Strangers at the Same Table to Share Food and Thoughts

    Dinners Put Strangers at the Same Table to Share Food and Thoughts
    When was the last time you sat down and had an interesting, thoughtful conversation with someone you just met? How about never? Lauren Beznos Grossman, a veteran of Chicago non-profit organizations, hopes to change that. Earlier this year, combining her passions for bringing people of different backgrounds together and eating tasty restaurant meals, Grossman started Across the Table. Its aim? "Uniting ...
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    Drink More Beer: A Wine Buyer’s Guide.

     Drink More Beer: A Wine Buyer’s Guide.
    Earlier that day, we had nearly died together in a highway tunnel on the Ligurian coast. The car ahead of us began spewing opaque smoke from its exhaust and soon the entire tunnel was black – there was no way to gauge our car’s distance from the one in front, and no way for the car behind us to see if ...
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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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    Chef Takes Lunch Crusade National

    Chef Takes Lunch Crusade National
    As students get back to work in classrooms, Congress is rolling up its sleeves to debate new rules involving the Child Nutrition Act, which sets standards for 30 million school lunches a day and is scheduled to expire later this year. Chef Ann Cooper, who famously transformed Berkeley, Calif., schools lunches over four years, headed to Capitol Hill this month to ...
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    Innovative New Video Game Teaches Kids Healthy Eating

    Innovative New Video Game Teaches Kids Healthy Eating
    Titanium Chef's blend of education and entertainment scores big with kids and teachers Registered Dietitians with the British Columbia Dairy Foundation (BCDF) today announced the new video game Titanium Chef is ready to play. Titanium Chef is an interactive, web-based role playing game designed to teach students in grades six to eight about Canada's Food Guide and how to make healthy ...
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    Chefs Think Twitter is Hot

    Chefs Think Twitter is Hot
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ask Jasper Mirabile why he's Twittering, and you get three words back you didn't expect. The Jonas Brothers. Let him explain. "My daughter, Alexandra, came upon Twitter when she was following the Jonas Brothers," the longtime Kansas City, Mo., chef and owner of Jasper's restaurant said. "Then she said, 'Dad, there's some national chefs like Emeril who ...
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    The Ethical Chef?

    The Ethical Chef?
    What is a chef’s responsibility to their community and sustainability? When John Besh, chef of August, fed his city with rice and beans after Hurricane Katrina, he didn’t have to. He didn’t have to be the first to open after Katrina or rebuild other restaurants in his neighborhood. Judy Rodgers, executive chef and co-owner of Zuni Café, and Alice Waters, founder ...
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    Dippin' Dots Does Coffee Dots

    Dippin' Dots Does Coffee Dots
    The guy who reinvented ice cream is desperately trying to reinvent his company — before it melts. More than two decades ago, microbiologist Curt Jones devised a way to flash-freeze ice cream into colorful pellets about the size of BB's. Now in a tough economy, the outside-the-box company he founded, Dippin' Dots, is searching for a new concoction to take it ...
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    Boston Chef Survives `Hell's Kitchen'

    Boston Chef Survives `Hell's Kitchen'
    "Hell's Kitchen" contestant Andy Husbands had no concerns about being on the receiving end of the invective spewed by potty-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay. The Boston chef/owner of Tremont 647 worked on Block Island for a guy who called him the "worst names ever," and Husbands learned to block it out. And he had worked for hard-nosed taskmasters before. "I just ...
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    10 Backyard Chickens

    Wouldn't it be lovely to have fresh eggs for your restaurant? Chickens come in more shapes and sizes than you've ever imagined. They can have beautiful head plumes, sport mottled feathers, and vary greatly in size depending on the breed. Not only are these heritage breeds beautiful but they also lays delicious eggs. Isn't it time you had your own ...
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    California Wine Makers Lobby Congress

    California Wine Makers Lobby Congress
    WASHINGTON — California winemakers this week are lobbying Congress in their own distinctive way, hoping to fend off farm spending cuts and potential tax increases. On both fronts, they have key allies. "They are worried about being taxed in a major way as part of a healthcare bill," Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said Wednesday morning, adding that "I don't think ...
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    Beet Ice Cream!

    Beet Ice Cream!
    When it comes to ice cream, pastry chef Carrie Summer really has her priorities straight. "Instead of buying a new car this year, I bought a Pacojet," she said, referring to her newly acquired Swiss-tooled toy, the Rolls-Royce of frozen dessert makers. "All the top chefs are using it," she said. Including her. Summer is the sweet side of the Chef ...
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    Chicken and Egg: The Evolution of City Chickens and Urban Livestock

    Chicken and Egg: The Evolution of City Chickens and Urban Livestock
    From bees to chickens and even goats, urban farming has taken root in many an urban environment recently. Many turn to urban husbandry as a way to fight against industrialized farming, while others want to connect with their food, and others still want a more cost effective food source. And then there are those who just want a more symbiotic relationship ...
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    Farmed Exotic Mushrooms

    Farmed Exotic Mushrooms
    The first soup I ever made was a "black" mushroom soup. It seemed modish back then, compared to the canned, white slimy version that everyone thought fine to serve at dinner, jazzed up with parsley and a spot of cream. My soup contained flat mushrooms, whose ripe black frills gave it its darkly chic tone. A clove of garlic, a chopped ...
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    Fat and Fated? The Changeable State of Low Income Communities

    Fat and Fated? The Changeable State of Low Income Communities
    Originally published in the Huffington Post on August 19 and September 15. Prevention is at the heart of the health care debate, but low-income and minority communities are often deprived of the nourishing options they deserve. Worse still, they're frequently blamed or held in contempt for the diseases that result. Needless to say, the health of all Americans has never mattered ...
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