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    The Secret Ingredient to Restaurant Success

    The Secret Ingredient to Restaurant Success
    Starting a restaurant may be a dream shared by many, but success is reserved for relatively few. According to Kep Sweeney, author of The New Restaurant Entrepreneur, about 90 percent of all independently owned restaurants fail within five years. But don’t cast your dreams aside just yet. Sweeney, who boasts 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry as an investment ...
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    Beyond the Burger: 8 Fast-Food Concepts

    Beyond the Burger: 8 Fast-Food Concepts
    Believe or not, some people blech at burgers and ptooie at pizza. If you're anti the typical fast-food fare, or if you just prefer to bring a more exotic eatery to your hometown, fast-food franchising can still offer you a world of opportunity. We've scanned our Franchise Zone listings to bring you eight unique fast-food and fast-casual concepts that caught our ...
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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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    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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    Ten Healthy Summer Foods That Won’t Break the Bank

    Ten Healthy Summer Foods That Won’t Break the Bank
    Eating fresh, local, and in-season foods couldn’t be any easier than it is during the summertime. Fruit seems to drip off trees, vines burst with red and golden tomatoes, and yellow zucchini blossoms give way to long tubes of green. Whether you get your goods from the farmer’s market, a roadside stand, or your own backyard, the following ten seasonal fruits ...
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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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    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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    Local, Vegetarian Food Arrives at City Schools

     Local, Vegetarian Food Arrives at City Schools
    A minor revolution, in the form of cheese lasagna, had come to the cafeteria at Hampstead Hill Academy, but the struggle had only just begun. Kitchen staff accustomed to heating pre-made meals had to wrestle with sticky pasta noodles, then brace for balky eaters on this, the first "Meatless Monday" for Hampstead Hill and other Baltimore public schools. On Mondays throughout ...
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    Singing the Praises of Hippie Food

    Singing the Praises of Hippie Food
    I love you, lousy hippie restaurants of Greater Chicago. I do. You give me the warm and fuzzies. Seriously - that is no joke, and this is no breakup, either. But that love is complicated and deep and unshakable, and I wouldn't be honest with you if I said I entirely understood that love. You've hurt me. You have plied me ...
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    A Lesson in Dining: Think Culinary Schools

    A Lesson in Dining: Think Culinary Schools
    My most memorable school lunch involved a glass of Schramsberg bubbly and perfectly grilled scallops. OK, I also remember a great beef stew in grade school and the Union chili at university, but that's another story. This story is about school lunches in culinary "laboratories" around the world, those dining rooms and cafes found in schools that offer advanced food and ...
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    Cooking by the Book

    Cooking by the Book
    I learned to cook out of necessity. When I moved out of the house, I knew how to cook two things: ramen, and french toast (in a nonstick skillet). As a child, I never spent much time in the kitchen. At my grandmothers' houses, I stood at the doorjamb and watched. Occasionally, one would ask me to chop vegetables or shell ...
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    Latkes and Matzohs: Hanukkah Flavors

    Latkes and Matzohs: Hanukkah Flavors
    Hanukkah lasts eight days, which is great news for kids who like presents and anyone who likes fried food. But for the cooks in the crowd, there's a certain _ how shall we put it? _ holiday-specific challenge to keeping the menus fresh and the ideas flowing. For inspiration, we turned to Jayne Cohen, author of "Jewish Holiday Cooking," who offered ...
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    House Passes Food Safety Legislation

    House Passes Food Safety Legislation
    The U.S. House approved legislation Thursday intended to give the Food and Drug Administration more muscle to prevent food-borne illnesses. A string of recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses involved peanuts, spinach, hot peppers and other foods, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal said the 283-142 vote in favor of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 came after rural district ...
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    Despite Economy, Consumers Still Find Means to Dine Out

    Despite Economy, Consumers Still Find Means to Dine Out
    PROVIDENCE - Mediterraneo restaurant on Atwells Avenue was full, with a large private party upstairs. Not far away, Siena Restaurant was also bustling on a raw and rainy Thursday night. Pane e Vino also did well. Looking to this weekend, Federal Hill restaurant owners say they'll be jammed, thanks not only to local customers but to Brown University's parents weekend. "My ...
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    Where Does Your Food Come From? New Labels Tell You Almost Everything

     Where Does Your Food Come From? New Labels Tell You Almost Everything
    There are new labels showing up on some food items in grocery stores - and they're pretty cool. Literally. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws took effect in March, and the new labels will help consumers discover exactly where their food is coming from. The labels are being stuck on muscle cuts of beef, including veal, lamb, pork, goat and chicken, ...
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    Slim Jim Plant Explodes

    Slim Jim Plant Explodes
    GARNER, N.C. - Three people were missing and 20 taken to hospitals after an explosion at a Slim Jim meat products plant in North Carolina, officials said Tuesday. Jeffrey Hammerstein, district chief with Wake County Emergency Medical Services, said five injured people were tagged as priority patients with serious conditions. Hammerstein said officials were searching for three people missing from the ...
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    Nasty Habits of Food Network Celebrities

    Nasty Habits of Food Network Celebrities
    This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on April 15, 2009. Put away your tin foil, Giada de Laurentiis enthusiasts; lay down your many meats, Guy Ferari fans; and please, Sandra Lee watchers, resist buying all of the pre-packaged ingredients you can easily make on your own. Food Network viewers be warned: your favorite celebrity chef is encouraging wasteful, ...
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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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    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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    Choosing a Socially Responsible Career in the Beverage Industry

    Choosing a Socially Responsible Career in the Beverage Industry
    In early December 2008, celebrations occurred across the United States in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. The commemoration reverberated across the country—from a bar appropriately named Prohibition in New York City to the St. Helena Library in Napa Valley, which displayed photos of local winery workers celebrating the news in 1933. While this anniversary helped increase ...
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