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    Pumpkin Pulp Clogs Plumbing

    Pumpkin Pulp Clogs Plumbing
    Some jack-o'-lanterns may sport smiley faces this Halloween, but if carvers put pumpkin pulp down the drain, it could turn their own smiles into frowns. Pumpkin pulp can clog drains and damage garbage disposals. Mr. Rooter Plumbing service professionals advise pumpkin carvers to keep pumpkin guts and seeds away from the kitchen sink. "The pulp remains intact in the drain," said ...
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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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    Chefs Embrace Farm-to-Table Movement

    Chefs Embrace Farm-to-Table Movement
    SOUTHERN PINES - Chopping tobacco or chopping barbecue: those were the options Rhett Morris faced as a teen in rural Moore County. As the tall, tanned chef with an easy smile chatted his way through his third batch of peach-corn salsa on a sweltering Saturday morning in downtown Southern Pines, there's no doubt in his heart - or taste buds - ...
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    A Kid's Answer to Where their Food Comes From: The Supermarket

    A Kid's Answer to Where their Food Comes From: The Supermarket
    ASK any child where their food comes from, and the chances are they'll say the supermarket. And most adults don't know a lot more about how food ends up on their plate either. So it's no surprise that farmers who struggle to stay in business get angry when consumers complain about the price of the fruit and veg. But one shopper ...
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    Professor-Chef Explores History of Appalachian Cooking

     Professor-Chef Explores History of Appalachian Cooking
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Although Mark Sohn began to garden at the age of 5 and his love of food would later blossom in Paris, he's been particularly fond of Appalachian cooking for the last three decades. "It became big for me because I thought that the food was particularly good," he said. Sohn, a professor of educational psychology at Pikeville College ...
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    Merry Edwards: Pairing Wine & Food

    Merry Edwards: Pairing Wine & Food
    Merry Edwards, Proprietor and Winemaker of Meredith Vineyard Estate, Inc., has been crowned the “Grande Dame” and “Queen” of Pinot Noir. Her cutting-edge work with this varietal in the 70’s and 80’s, when America was not ready to drink, never mind create great Pinot Noir, broke the mold for winemakers everywhere. Launching her own brand in 1997 placed her on the ...
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    Gourmet Burgers Are a Booming Trend

    Gourmet Burgers Are a Booming Trend
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. Lura Dannenbrock has her Denny's lunch order down pat. A "Better Burger" 100 percent seasoned beef patty, hand-pressed, grilled, with Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms. "They're a very good value for the price, but I also want it to taste good," said Dannenbrock, dining recently at the Denny's restaurant at Blue Ridge Cutoff. Americans have long craved the ...
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    Sustainable Wine: What the Buzz is All About

    Sustainable Wine: What the Buzz is All About
    There are many eco-friendly buzz words flashing in the world of wine and viticulture: green, organic, biodynamic, and sustainable. Each time one of these words is tossed out or put on a label, it creates a lengthy debate as to which method is actually better to sustain the earth for generations to come. What is really behind all of this talk? ...
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    Group Seeks Out Season's Tastiest Tomato Varieties

    Group Seeks Out Season's Tastiest Tomato Varieties
    It looked like a picnic. But it was actually a tomato tasting, a thorough one. Fifty-eight different types of tomatoes - cherries, currants, heirlooms, hybrids - were sitting on picnic tables in a pavilion in Baltimore County's Southwest Park. It was the annual get-together of MAGTAG, or the Mid-Atlantic Gardeners' Tomato Appreciation Gathering, a loose-knit group bound together by their fondness ...
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    Back to Basic Cocktails

    Back to Basic Cocktails
    In 2009, we went back to basics. We planted gardens, cooked at home and made do with less. The fundamentals also applied to our cocktails. The sweet, fruity, excessive spirits of the past decade were slowly replaced by the simpler drinks of yesterday. "Everything old is new again," explains Marilee Guinan, the bar manager at Park City's High West Distillery. "People ...
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    Fried Turkey, Without the Explosion

    Fried Turkey, Without the Explosion
    TAMPA - Each Thanksgiving season, a few unlucky Americans manage to burn down their houses trying to deep fry a turkey. Proving there's almost no cooking hassle the convenience food industry can't solve, one major grocery chain in Florida will start selling pre-fried, frozen whole turkeys for this holiday season - Sweetbay. Just toss one in the oven for an hour ...
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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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    Ode to Kale

    Ode to Kale
    Or, The Magic of Kale Yes, I do believe kale to be a magical plant here on earth. It comes in so many forms from leafy and light to dense and quite heavy—I love them all. I felt that kale deserved its own post. This past week, I have been helping Andrew's parents move into their new home in Colorado. After ...
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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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    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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    "Terroir" from a Rockpile

    "Terroir" from a Rockpile
    Some might say that terroir is the most important thing in making great wine. Its elements—soil composition, sun exposure, wind exposure, slope, drainage, etc.—determine how a vine will grow, contributing to the specific personality or characteristic of the vine’s wine. Terroir varies from vineyard to vineyard, creating different flavor profiles in wine. Clay Mauritson, owner and winemaker of Mauritson Family Winery, ...
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    Chef's Blade's Pumpkin Carving Contest

    The Chef's Blade team had it's first annual pumpkin carving contest, and we wanted to share the results with you! Our team certain had some creative pumpkins! The 5th Place Pumpkin: Sales 4th Place>> [page] 4th Place Pumpkin: Engineering This one actually rotated! Yes, this was clearly made by the engineering team, who just happened to have a motor lying around. ...
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    Heston Blumenthal on Anger, Therapy, and His New Priorities

    Heston Blumenthal on Anger, Therapy, and His New Priorities
    While you are reading this what is Heston Blumenthal up to? Asked to name the one thing he absolutely has to do at the weekend, Britain's most inventive chef is a bit stumped. There's a long pause, an “Oh God” and eventually an “Um, I have a really big gym session ... but that sounds really dull.” Another pause. “I tell ...
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    Cherries: The Bounty of Summer!

    Cherries: The Bounty of Summer!
    As I sit on this warm spring evening savoring a bowl of Bing cherries, I noticed the varied colors and degrees of ripeness and the flavors of each. No other fruit is so commemorated in art as the cherry tree depicting its blossoms, declaring spring. Most history books state that Italy first obtained the cherry from Asia-minor, which was brought to ...
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    Breaking into the Restaurant Biz... By Accident

    Breaking into the Restaurant Biz... By Accident
    Many people ask this of me, whether they are guests conversing with me about food and wine, new friends or just great people I meet on the side of a mountain. I always look up into the sky, searching for the perfect answer. My path from a small town in New Hampshire, where people worked 9-to-5 jobs, to New York City, ...
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