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Nebraska college opens $4.2M renovated culinary school

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:00:51 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The colors were striking — the bright orange of a roasted sweet potato and the hunter green of grilled kale set against the stark white of the round dinner plate. Pan-roasted, medium-rare rack of lamb flanks the potato and kale. An earlier course, a pork torchon, featured two lightly breaded TD Niche pork medallions atop watercress, with a drizzling of a mustard sauce, sided by pickled shallots. These may sound like dishes found at Billy's, Venue, Dish or one of Lincoln's other fine dining restaurants. But they were not. These were prepared and served by Southeast Community College students Feb. 1, opening night of the school's new, open-to-the-public restaurant, Course, on campus.

Ducey signs bill barring cities from taxing sugary drinks

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:22:53 UT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation barring Arizona cities and counties from joining a growing national trend of taxing sugary drinks. The proposal from Republican Rep. T.J. Shope of Coolidge was signed by the governor on Friday without comment. Shope's proposal doesn't specifically mention taxes on sugary drinks, only saying any tax on food products must be uniform. But testimony from a supermarket industry lobbyist industry made it clear that's what the bill is all about. Tim McCabe of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance told House Ways and Means Committee members last month that it's not government's role to use taxes to influence consumer behavior.

What now, Starbucks? Gin-flavored coffee?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 04:32:18 UT

If you feel pretty straightforward about coffee and look with disgust on all the ways it's been turned into something that might appeal to -- well, people who don't like coffee -- you'll be properly horrified to hear this.

Stephen Hawking as accidental ambassador for assistive technologies

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:40:35 UT

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Martin E. Blair, The University of Montana (THE CONVERSATION) Imagine you’ve contemplated the great scientific theories of the past and arrived at new insights based on your own observations. Imagine you’ve organized these thoughts into compelling arguments. Imagine that what you have to say will likely advance humanity’s understanding of its existence. Now imagine your frustration if you were unable to use your physical voice or hands to speak or write the thoughts coalescing in your mind. Such was the situation for Stephen Hawking, the great explainer of the universe, who died on March 14.

Organic group opposes dismissal of animal welfare rules

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:04:59 UT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that advocates for Maine's organic farmers says it opposes a federal move to get rid of organic animal welfare rules. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association said late Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to stop using a set of rules called federal Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices is misguided. The USDA announced Monday that it has withdrawn the rules, which were published a little more than a year ago. The agency says the rule would have increased federal regulations in organic animal agriculture. MOFGA says the rules were meant to "create stronger, more specific language ensuring consistent animal welfare standards for certified organic animals.

Ag Department kills animal welfare rule for organic meat

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:17:34 UT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal government on Monday, frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional egg and livestock farm groups rejoicing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule exceeds the department's statutory authority. "The organic industry's continued growth domestically and globally shows that consumers trust the current approach that balances consumer expectations and the needs of organic producers and handlers," said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary Greg Ibach.

General Mills, Annie's Mac & Cheese tap South Dakota farm

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 14:16:17 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills announced a deal Tuesday to create South Dakota's largest organic crop farm as the company works to secure enough organic ingredients to meet growing consumer demand worldwide. Gunsmoke Farms will convert 34,000 acres — more than 53 square miles — near Pierre to organic by 2020, where it will grow organic wheat for General Mills' popular Annie's Macaroni & Cheese line. General Mills, which is guaranteeing a market for the wheat, is working with Madison, Wisconsin-based Midwestern BioAg to develop the crop rotation and soil-building program needed for such a large farm to go organic.

The Latest: New Mexico pushes for 'path forward'

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 02:15:11 UT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on access to food aid and Medicaid in New Mexico (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Lawyers for the New Mexico Human Services Department say they agree with many of the recommendations of a special master who has spent the last year reviewing whether the state is making progress in processing applications for certain welfare benefits. They told a federal judge during a daylong hearing Thursday that the agency has made improvements and wants to find a path forward for resolving a decades-old legal battle over access to emergency food aid and health coverage under Medicaid. However, the state rejected a recommendation calling for a management shake-up. U.S.

Thrillist: Seattle doughnut shop one of America's best

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:22:38 UT

There's nothing quite like a soft doughnut with a cup of coffee in the morning, is there?

Starbucks serves cocktails at fancy new Reserve store in Sodo

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:43:44 UT

The new store is housed on the ground level of the company's corporate headquarters inside the old Sears, Roebuck and Co. building at 1st Avenue South and South Lander Street in Sodo. Inside, customers will find a scene very reminiscent of the Reserve Roastery that opened up on Captiol Hill in 2014.

Northern Ireland's lake lands: Rain, history and the Mellons

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:46:34 UT

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — We stood at the bar of the grand Lough Erne Resort, looking out at the driving rain. "You see that lake out there," mused the barman wryly. "That was a field this morning." This was my first trip to Northern Ireland's lake lands in the western region, two hours by car from Belfast and a slightly longer drive from Dublin. We had rented a two-bedroom static caravan — what Americans call a mobile home — on the shores of Lower Lough Erne last summer. It was just the right side of cozy for me and my partner Matthew, and our 6-year-old daughter Kitty. Our verandah overlooked the larger of two interconnecting lakes that comprise Lough Erne. Speed boats and jet skis often zipped past.

Veggie burger manufacturer to expand plant in Lawrence

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:33:41 UT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence-based veggie burger manufacturer plans to expand and add about a dozen new employees. Hilary's Eat Well, which makes organic, plant-based foods, is planning a nearly $1.5 million expansion. It will add new production equipment to its current building and lease new space for its warehouse operations. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the city commission this week approved a $10,000 grant for the project. Douglas County and several local economic development organizations plan to each add $10,000 grants. The company was founded in 2005, when Hilary Brown created the veggie burger recipe. Several investment groups now own the company, which also produces veggie sausages and salad dressing.

Schuler gives 6,000 books to help East Lansing library

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:27:15 UT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A bookstore that recently closed in the Lansing area has donated 6,000 books to a group that raises money for the East Lansing library. The used books from Schuler Books & Music will be sold at the library. Maureen McCabe-Power says she's "surprised and thrilled" to get the big gift. She is president of Friends of the East Lansing Public Library. There are cookbooks, art books, fiction, children's books and more. Schuler closed a Lansing-area store on Feb. 3. Rhoda Wolff, who managed the store, tells the Lansing State Journal that the East Lansing library group was a natural choice. She says many members were Schuler customers. Schuler still has stores in Grand Rapids and Okemos.

Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri hit up South Beach Wine & Food Fest

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:01:12 UT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Some of the biggest names in the restaurant biz are chilling in the Sunshine State this weekend, including Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, for the 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. De Laurentiis hosted an Italian bash Thursday night with oodles of pasta and gooey cheese, and Guy Fieri hosted the sold-out burger bash Friday night. The festival features more than 90 events, including popular local chefs like Michelle Bernstein and a clambake by the host of "Emeril's Florida" Emeril Lagasse.