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    Tales of the Cocktail is Coming!

    Tales of the Cocktail is Coming!
    Tales of the Cocktail is coming! I may be a bit premature in getting excited about Tales of the Cocktail, but realistically it is time to start spring training to prepare! The 7th anniversary Tales of the Cocktail will be held July 8-12, 2009 in New Orleans so save the date! You can get tickets at www.talesofthecocktail.com in early spring. This ...
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    How To Peel an Egg—Quickly

    How To Peel an Egg—Quickly
    On YouTube there is this video which seems to be produced by Sprint or something about how to "quick peel" an egg. As of this writing, the video has 1.8 million views, so either YouTube fakes its views, or a whole lot of people have checked this out and at least some of them believe it. Personally, when I watched this ...
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    Local Chefs Who Revel in Tomato Season

    Local Chefs Who Revel in Tomato Season
    Nothing beats the intensely fresh flavor of a tomato still warm from the vine. You can slice it for a simple salad or sandwich with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. Or you can go wild by experimenting and building an entire meal around it. This is a great way to use up all those tomatoes ripe in gardens now - especially ...
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    White House to host episode of 'Iron Chef America'

    White House to host episode of 'Iron Chef America'
    NEW YORK - Michelle Obama's vegetable garden is about to become a culinary battlefield. The Food Network announced Wednesday that an episode of "Iron Chef America" will be taped at the White House featuring Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse. The three chefs, joined by White House chef Cristeta Comerford, will be welcomed by the first lady and allowed to ...
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    Vegan's Book Redefines Soul Food

    Vegan's Book Redefines Soul Food
    For Bryant Terry, veganism is not about "delete meat, insert tofu." It's not about sneering at meat-eating friends or finger-wagging, carrot-crunching superiority. It's not just for affluent white people; and it's not about food with no flavor. Rather, in his latest cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen, Terry seeks to reclaim two foodways that he says are misunderstood: veganism and soul food. He ...
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    Red, Earthen Pig: Cochinita Pibil

    Red, Earthen Pig: Cochinita Pibil
    My friend Arcenia, who's family comes from Mexico, calls me "cochina" all the time. It's a term of endearment, but, as it directly translates to the word "pig", I am only mildly flattered. I think she calls me cochina because I talk about things like gas, and fiber, and wearing clothes that I pick off my floor in the morning. I ...
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    Novel Confections: Author Gaby Triana's Cakes Are As Imaginative As Her Plots

     Novel Confections: Author Gaby Triana's Cakes Are As Imaginative As Her Plots
    Apr. 30-When Gaby Triana was 7 years old, she wanted an Easy-Bake Oven, the type that baked real cookies and cupcakes. Santa Claus didn't deliver. This disappointment may be the reason why, 30 years later, the Country Walk mother better known to teenagers and teachers for her young adult novels has a brisk moonlighting business creating elaborate and unusual cakes for ...
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    Casual Restaurants Treat Veterans to a Free Meal

    Casual Restaurants Treat Veterans to a Free Meal
    For all the forgettable Veterans Day sales, there's a trio of free-meal deals for military veterans that speak not just to the heart but the stomach. Three major casual-dining chains - Applebee's, McCormick & Schmick's and Golden Corral - are offering free food to veterans and, in most cases, active-duty military personnel in observance of Veterans Day. (The official holiday is ...
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    The New 'In' Flavor? Hibiscus

    The New 'In' Flavor? Hibiscus
    Its ruby red color is alluring; its flavor, lemony-tart and berry-rich. It's not cranberry or pomegranate, but hibiscus. And judging by its appearance in supermarkets, restaurants and bars, it's a flavor darling. OOBA bottled sparkling beverages offer hibiscus solo, with lime, with orange. Chefs do hibiscus-poached rhubarb. Rain Organics Vodka comes in red grape-hibiscus. Gran Centenario flavors its Rosangel tequila with ...
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    The Four Seasons, The 'Power Lunch' Mecca, Turns 50

    The Four Seasons, The 'Power Lunch' Mecca, Turns 50
    The Four Seasons: 'Power Lunch' Mecca Turns 50 By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press Writer NEW YORK-The Dalai Lama. Madonna. Bill Clinton. Mary J. Blige. And a 13-year-old celebrating his bar mitzvah, complete with scantily clad dancers his father hired to usher the teen into manhood. They all were recent guests at The Four Seasons restaurant, the storied dining room that practically ...
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    Obama's Pastry Chef: The Crustmaster

    Obama's Pastry Chef: The Crustmaster
    WASHINGTON - Poor Bill Yosses. He's the White House pastry chef. He makes desserts for a living. He works for Barack and Michelle Obama. They talk about healthy eating. All the time. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Not at all. Yosses' creations - especially his pies - have won over even the Obamas. The president calls him "The Crustmaster." ...
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    Snake Head in Food Rattles Diner at US Restaurant

    Snake Head in Food Rattles Diner at US Restaurant
    CLIFTON PARK, New York-A diner at a restaurant in upstate New York says he got a little something extra with his broccoli - a severed snake head. Jack Pendleton told The Times Union of Albany that he was at the T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in the town of Clifton Park on Sunday when he spotted something gray mixed in with his vegetables. ...
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    Honor Freedom With a Beer Can, Chicken

    Honor Freedom With a Beer Can, Chicken
    NOTHING QUITE SAYS 4TH OF JULY - and American independence from unreasonable taxation and those intrusive federal regulations - like a chicken with a beer can stuck up its behind, roasting silently over wood charcoal. Nothing. Cynics may call it a political metaphor. But I call it Kass' Beer Can Chicken. There is no greater honor for a chef than to ...
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    5th Annual National Bacon Day

    5th Annual National Bacon Day
    Saturday marks the fifth annual observance of International Bacon Day, a holiday started by friends Seth Rittenhouse, Alexa Halford and Evan Salim in Boulder, Colo. As the group puts it on its Web site, "Bacon Day is a day of Bacon. Think 'Iron Chef' but all-day and the secret ingredient is bacon." A former food editor for Town and Country magazine, ...
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    Old Cookbooks and Ginger Biscuits

    Old Cookbooks and Ginger Biscuits
    I have rediscovered my cookbooks since moving, and, in particular, one. It's called Dungeness Crabs and Blackberry Cobblers: The Northwest Heritage Cookbook by Janie Hibler. It is a historical compilation of recipes from all over the northwest, complete with stories, old photos, and the original recipes. Hibler will explain, when necessary, where she tweaked the recipe for today's standards, but still ...
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    Health Scare Closes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck

    Health Scare Closes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck
    Tests fail to reveal the origins of the outbreak as restaurant loses business Heston Blumenthal is awaiting test results from an environmental health investigation into the mystery illness that has struck dozens of diners at his Fat Duck restaurant. Laboratory analyses of swabs from cookers and food samples, along with further tests on chefs and waiters, are due to be released ...
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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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    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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    Students Arrested for Not Paying Tip

    Students Arrested for Not Paying Tip
    It was an evening out that college students Leslie Pope and John Wagner will long remember. Not only did they get what they called lousy service, they got handcuffed and arrested. All over a $16.35 tip. They were with a half-dozen friends at the Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem last month, so the establishment tacked what it called a mandatory 18 percent ...
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    All You Need is a Goat to Be Happy in Life

    All You Need is a Goat to Be Happy in Life
    This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on May 5, 2009. Logan Scott, age 7, owes his life to a goat and a backyard garden. In 2006 Logan’s parents, Aaron and Stephanie Scott, began a small experiment to save their son from a severe nutritional deficiency. A mere three years later, the Scotts have created their own small enterprise, ...
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