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    'Masters' of Their Domain - 'Top Chef' Takes the Best Cut This Time Around

     'Masters' of Their Domain - 'Top Chef' Takes the Best Cut This Time Around
    "Top Chef Masters" [***] (Three stars) OK, I can get hit by a bus on the way home - I'm already seeing the stars. Seems I've just awarded stars to a show that awards stars to rock star chefs whose restaurants are normally awarded stars by food critics who are, in fact, the judges on this show. If you're still with ...
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    The Spice Channel: Marjoram

    The Spice Channel: Marjoram
    I just recently found out that cumin, my go-to spice for Mexican food is key in making curry. Then yesterday I found out I've been pronouncing marjoram wrong my whole life and I realized that I don't even know where it comes from or if its a bush or a tree or what. My world was shaken. Well, my education is ...
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    Romance on a Budget

     Romance on a Budget
    Valentine's Day has gotten hit by hard times, and we're not just talking about the recession. Many of us have become cynical about this holiday of love, particularly when it comes to food. No wonder. "Special" restaurant menus often mean price hikes that take advantage of starry-eyed souls staring so intently at their sweethearts that they hardly give a thought to ...
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    A New Cow Urine Based Soft Drink Developed in India

    A New Cow Urine Based Soft Drink Developed in India
    A new soft drink made with bovine urine is under development in India, and if that country's leading Hindu cultural group has its way, the beverage will be marketed as a "healthy" alternative to Coke and Pepsi. The soft drink, called "Gau Jal" – that's Sanskrit for "cow water" - is undergoing lab tests and could be launched "very soon, maybe ...
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    N.J. Merchants Admit Food-stamp fraud

    N.J. Merchants Admit Food-stamp fraud
    The owner and two employees of a Westville convenience store pleaded guilty yesterday to defrauding the federal food stamp program, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Mehal Mothon, 48, of Berlin, admitted illegally debiting more than $280,000 in cash at his Citgo Food Mart, 1010 Delsea Dr., using the electronic cards now employed to provide food assistance. Mothon, who has owned the ...
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    USDA Meat-Labeling Rules Raise Concerns Among Cattle Interests

    USDA Meat-Labeling Rules Raise Concerns Among Cattle Interests
    Texas cattle interests are watching who will blink first — the beef industry or the Obama administration, which is asking that packers and retailers go beyond meat-label rules that take effect March 16 and voluntarily spell out the countries where a steer was born, raised and slaughtered. If they don’t go along, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack warned in a Feb. 20 ...
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    United States Pizza Team puts on show at Javits Center

    United States Pizza Team puts on show at Javits Center
    Dough flew high and far at the Javits Center on Sunday as members of the United States Pizza Team demonstrated the extreme sport of pizza tossing. Expert pizza flingers twirled chunks of dough behind their backs and between their knees, dazzling crowds at the 2009 International Restaurant and Foodservice Show. The entire front row ducked when one dough spinner leaped from ...
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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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    Venetian Culinary Souvenirs: Polpettini & Spritz

    Venetian Culinary Souvenirs: Polpettini & Spritz
    I fell in love with Venice before I ever set foot in the city. I was 19 and an undergraduate at Berkeley, taking Elizabeth Honig’s class on “cities and commerce.” We began with Venice, at the height of its glory, and ended in Amsterdam, following the northward shift of early modern European commerce. I cannot say what made me love Venice. ...
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    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite

    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite
    Across from me sits Tom Nichol, distiller of Gordon's Gin, and one of only four people in the world to hold the secret recipe to one of England's oldest spirits. Next to him sits Tom Soden, head barman at Geo Bar in central London. Both are extolling the virtues of gin, but from completely different angles. According to Nichol, the only ...
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    Chefs: Gastronomy or Greed?

    Chefs: Gastronomy or Greed?
    There was a time a time when the holy grail for chefs used to be achieving truly good food - perfection on rare occasions - through imagination and sheer hard graft. Theirs was an anonymous triumph that only a handful of colleagues knew about. Chefs’ names have been unknown for centuries except for a handful, for example, Archestrat from ancient Greece, ...
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    This Is Why You're Fat (.com)

    This Is Why You're Fat (.com)
    Richard Blakeley and Jessica Amason enjoy chili-cheese Tater Tots. One thing seems fairly certain in times of ­economic distress: As employee rosters and paychecks around the world become leaner, the food that people eat becomes fatter. McDonald's total U.S. sales were ­reportedly up 2.8% in February compared with the same month last year, and that was after rising 2.6% in January. ...
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    Company Recalls Salmonella-Tainted Pistachios

    Company Recalls Salmonella-Tainted Pistachios
    A California company is recalling 2 million pounds of pistachios distributed nationwide after testing found them to be contaminated with salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to avoid eating all pistachios and foods containing them until it can confirm which pistachios might be affected. David Acheson, FDA associate commissioner for foods, says there have been no illnesses tied ...
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    Consumer Advocates Find BPA in Food Packaging

    Consumer Advocates Find BPA in Food Packaging
    A consumer advocacy group's analysis of canned goods has found measurable levels of the chemical additive bisphenol A across a range of foods, including some labeled "BPA-free." Children eating multiple servings of some of the tested food could get doses of BPA "near levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies," according to the survey by Consumers Union, a ...
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    In Defense of Fancy Water

    In Defense of Fancy Water
    Jesus impressed his disciples by turning water into wine. Water sommelier Michael Mascha thinks water is miraculous enough. Supermarket shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with bottles of water, most of which comes from a tap, just like the one you have at your kitchen sink. So why are we paying for it? Because, at least according to Michael Mascha, the ...
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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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