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    For Your Next Vacation, Work the Harvest!

    For Your Next Vacation, Work the Harvest!
    Exotic work vacations and leisurely cultural stays in foreign countries may seem like a concept from another time these days, but there are still a select few countries which offer just such an escape from troubled times. For as little as the cost of a plane ticket you could be in harvesting grapes in Bordeaux, France or chillin in the cellar ...
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    Buttery-Rich French Fare: Gone Appetit?

    Buttery-Rich French Fare: Gone Appetit?
    Sacrebleu! Could it be true? Has French cuisine and cooking become ... passe? The question arises in the wake of just-opened Julie & Julia, the Nora Ephron homage to Julia Child (Meryl Streep) that tells two delicious stories: how Child became one of the 20th century's culture-changing figures, and what happened when Julie Powell, a 21st-century admirer (Amy Adams), decided to ...
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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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    New Driver Crashes into Taco Bell

    New Driver Crashes into Taco Bell
    Police in Connecticut said a new driver crashed into a Taco Bell restaurant directly under the "Drive-Thru Open" sign. Sgt. Sandy Ficara said the 20-year-old driver, who just recently received his driver's license, became impatient while waiting in the drive-through lane of the Hartford eatery and decided to park his car instead, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday. Ficara said the driver ...
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    A Child Leads Them to French Cuisine

    A Child Leads Them to French Cuisine
    Voila! Marketers are tapping into the buzz of interest in classic French cuisine, thanks to the popularity of the movie Julie & Julia. The movie, written and directed by Nora Ephron, combines the memoirs of famed chef Julia Child and young fan Julie Powell. Since opening at No. 2 at the box office last weekend behind G.I. Joe, the movie has ...
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    Former Hooters Waitresses Allege Tip Theft

    Former Hooters Waitresses Allege Tip Theft
    Eight former waitresses of the Hooters eatery chain allege in a lawsuit their bosses at four Hooters establishments in California routinely stole their tips. The female plaintiffs allege while working for the popular restaurant chain, known for the skimpy outfits its waitresses wear, their managers stole tips amounting to nearly $40 per day per restaurant, The San Francisco Chronicle said Friday. ...
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    For Bobby Flay, the Food's His Thing

    For Bobby Flay, the Food's His Thing
    American chef and Food Network workhorse Bobby Flay, who unabashedly loves food and mentoring, says the network's next star must have the same passions. "My whole world is about food," Flay, successful restaurateur and Food Network personality, told United Press International. As the host-judge for the fifth season of Food Network's "The Next Food Network Star" airing Sundays beginning this week, ...
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    The Kiddie Foodie Movement

    The Kiddie Foodie Movement
    Before she was a year old, Zoe LoSasso was introduced to the sharp, earthy taste of white truffle puree. Now 10, she doesn't remember that, but it hardly seems an accident that she loves yuca-crusted snapper with kimchee aioli, roasted broccoli with garlic and pizza topped with crushed red pepper. Like a growing number of American kids, the fifth grader is ...
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    How to Use and Find Edible Flowers

    How to Use and Find Edible Flowers
    Flowers have always been a part of the table from the times of the Greeks, Romans, and Ancient Chinese. Flowers have been used as table decorations and as part of our meals. Edible flowers not only impact our visual and olfactory joys, but, are also used to tantalize our taste buds. The tiny splashes of color provided by flower can be ...
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    Ancient Purple Carrot Finds New Life Coloring Food

    Ancient Purple Carrot Finds New Life Coloring Food
    FRESNO, California-The ancient purple carrot is returning to its roots, this time to dye processed foods rather than the robes of Afghan royals. Researchers in California are preparing for increased demand for fruits and vegetables that pull double duty as dyes as the deadline approaches for when the European Union will require warning labels on synthetically colored foods. "There's a mad ...
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    My Big Fat Greek Wedding Meatball Soup

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding Meatball Soup
    Even though it's summer, I still like to turn my stove on. Here in San Francisco, we still have dewy mornings. We still have bodies of fog that hang low and settle in like hoods at night time. Even when it's summer, I rarely smell heat in the air; rather I smell cool spring rain. I am okay with turning on ...
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    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig

    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig
    From Nose to Tail was the title of the seminar here at the Sante Restaurant Symposium 2009 in Lake George, NY. Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and the soon to open Copa in Boston, MA was on hand to demonstrate not only the butchering of a pig but also the unique ways to use the whole hog. With the popularity of ...
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    Wisconsin Chef Teaches Cooking in Forests & Fields

    Wisconsin Chef Teaches Cooking in Forests & Fields
    WEST BEND, Wisconsin-As more travelers show an interest in local cuisines, a Milwaukee chef is taking the trend a bit further with a cooking school that travels to the food's origins. The Braise Culinary School holds classes on farms and in forests during warm months. Most classes start with a farm tour - or recently, a walk in the woods - ...
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    San Francisco to Give Fines for Throwing Out Food

    San Francisco to Give Fines for Throwing Out Food
    SAN FRANCISCO-Trash collectors in San Francisco will soon be doing more than just gathering garbage: They'll be keeping an eye out for people who toss food scraps out with their rubbish. San Francisco this week passed a mandatory composting law that is believed to be the strictest such ordinance in the nation. Residents will be required to have three color-coded trash ...
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    Ethiopian Scientist Wins World Food Prize

    Ethiopian Scientist Wins World Food Prize
    WASHINGTON-An Ethiopian scientist who has helped to feed hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa has won this year's World Food Prize. Dr. Gebisa Ejeta was honored at the U.S. State Department Thursday for his breakthroughs in developing drought and disease-resistant forms of sorghum, which is an African diet staple. According to the U.S.-based World Food Prize Foundation, which awards ...
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    Bringing Malai Kofta to Your Table

    Bringing Malai Kofta to Your Table
    Recessionista is the new BoHo, as funemployed is the new investment banker. As underground eateries become the new Babo/Momofuku, we all find ourselves around a new table. Here in San Francisco, they are larger tables, perhaps viking length tables in warehouses, carpets in our parents' houses, or blankets in parks. We are not eating in pairs or threes, but in tens ...
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    The Final Word on Fruitcake

    The Final Word on Fruitcake
    Darrell Corti stood at the head of the table, explaining the tasting last week with the same mix of detail, old-school charm and earnest curiosity that goes into all his food and wine explorations. He had a small, food- fascinated group in his dining room (including me and my Bee colleague and pal Chris Macias). We had background material, tasting sheets, ...
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    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?

    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?
    “Celebrity chefs are the new rock stars,” Ryan Scott told me as he was prepping for a meal that night in Global Gourmet Catering Company’s kitchen. That day, I talked with Ryan and three of his fellow Season 4 Top Chef contestants—Stephanie Izard, Mark Simmons, and Manuel Trevino—as they prepared a dinner for a very lucky nine guests. The dinner had ...
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    Growing Interest in 'Green' Wine

    Growing Interest in 'Green' Wine
    A growing number of Americans are taking second looks at what they're buying for food to make sure they're not only making the healthiest choice but the most environmentally friendly one as well. The interest in buying green extends to wine as consumers go local, buy organic and even search out lighter bottles that use up less energy in shipping. There ...
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    Tasters: Snyder's, Utz Worth Their Salt

    Tasters: Snyder's, Utz Worth Their Salt
    Snyder's of Hanover is buying Utz, and has pledged not to fool with the two product lines - at least, for now. That's a good thing for snack-food sophisticates, who know that all pretzels are not created equal. An Inquirer tasting of 17 products from the two companies revealed a consistent distinction between the brands as Utz and Snyder's went nugget ...
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