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Missouri lieutenant governor office renovations top $50,000

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:12:25 UT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2mtg2Cg ) that the Republican lieutenant governor has spent about $8,500 on new furniture and more than $46,000 on updates, including new hardwood flooring, wall repairs, replacing wiring and new kitchen appliances. Parson has also requested a $125,000 increase to his current budget, including $35,000 for travel expenses and money for mileage reimbursements.



Ah, chicken-wrapped taco, we hardly knew ye

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:25:26 UT

As quickly as it ambushed our lives, it limps away with a whimper.




Taco Bell will take popular chicken-shelled chalupa off menu

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:57:59 UT

(AP) — A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast-food chain's menu despite its popularity. Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch says the Naked Chicken Chalupa always was planned as a limited-time offer and will be taken off the menu in March.



Seattle's best pizza, according to Yelp

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:54:20 UT

We're no Chicago or New York, but we have a few decent pies.




EXCHANGE: Cary woman writes, illustrates cookbook

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:01:00 UT

(AP) — Marilyn Penney Welch's self-published cookbook is one part labor of love, a pinch of nostalgia, and heaping cup of happy accident. By the end of October, Penney, 78, self-published her first cookbook featuring dozens of original recipes, ordering 1,000 initial copies. The illustrations on each recipe page appear in black and white, so the cookbook doubles as a coloring book. Some recipes were donated by friends; others were jotted down while Penney was married to her Frenchman husband; still others had been passed down from the early days of her Danish heritage. All have a healthy spin, as Penney has maintained a mostly plant-based, whole-food diet her entire life. In total, 20 businesses supported the publishing of this cookbook, and all are designated a featured recipe within the book. The nod to local business owners especially is important to Penney, who herself has maintained the Emporium of Long Grove for more than 39 years and worked as an independent appraiser in Maine, her home state, before that. The handwritten words and illustrations along the margins are reminiscent of grandmothers' recipe cards carefully documented for generations to come.



21 Wash. restaurants, chefs named James Beard semifinalists

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:55:37 UT

The 2017 James Beard Awards semifinalists are out, and Washington is representing with 21 nominees.




KitchenWise: Cheesy Baked Grits a deeply satisfying staple

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:06:33 UT

A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply satisfying staple. Like squash, tomatoes and deep-pit barbecuing, grits came to define Southern cooking via the cuisines of such southeast American Indian tribes as the Caddo, Choctaw and Seminole. The ceramic pie plate (or any shallow ceramic baking dish with the same capacity) is key. 2 1/2 cups water combined with either 2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth or 5 cups water Preheat the oven to 350 F. Stir together the water, butter, grits and salt (if using salted vegetable or chicken stock, do not add salt) in a 1-quart ceramic pie plate set on a rimmed sheet pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and put the grits on a shelf in the upper third of the oven, under the broiler until nicely browned. Nutrition information per serving: 196 calories; 114 calories from fat; 13 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 37 mg cholesterol; 708 mg sodium; 11 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 9 g protein.



Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:02:24 UT

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes. Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with "natural branding," a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer skins of fruits and vegetables. ICA decided to start with sweet potatoes and avocados because their peels are not typically eaten and have a tendency to shed the stickers normally used to brand produce. Because the mark is not going through the skin in any way, it doesn't affect the quality or taste of the product, he said. Produce stickers, which are made of paper or plastic along with ink and adhesives, may seem like more of an inconvenience than a source of pollution, but environmentalists say even small bits of waste have an impact on the environment.



Online cookbook features North Country business recipes

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:57:17 UT

The "Taste of New Hampshire's Grand North" features recipes ranging from beverages to healthy snacks and vegetables, to main courses and desserts. Desserts include peppersass cookies from the Mount Washington Cog Railway, white chocolate dipped ginger cookies from Santa's Village, and the Riverfire Pumpkin Pie.



W.Va woman bakes, cooks her way through the record books

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:24:05 UT

(AP) — There is nothing more American than apple pie, and Carolyn Blakemore has been known to make the best apple pie for years. Blakemore's talents were on display again at the 92nd West Virginia State Fair this past August where she took home first place for her apple pie. Blakemore started to experiment in the kitchen when she had a home economics class in high school, and that spurred her interest. Blakemore went to the Florida International Pie Competition in Orlando, Florida, where she enters her apple, peach, blueberry and peanut butter pies. Blakemore's talents also stretch into the cooking world where she has entered and won national chicken, beef and chili competitions, among others. Whenever someone wins one of the competitions, they are included in the next Better Homes and Gardens magazine. With all of the notoriety Blakemore has achieved, one might wonder why she never tried opening her own business. Many have asked her why she did not open a shop or something, but she would be changing one product and not be able to venture in the culinary division of all the different combinations you can put together.



Seattle's date night restaurants

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:20:35 UT

For a romantic date this Valentine's Day, consider one of these options, ranging from old standards to vegetarian destinations to the new pillars of excellent Northwest cuisine.




Toppenish dairy recalls raw milk due to E. coli

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:12:56 UT

(AP) — A Toppenish dairy is recalling some of its organic raw milk after state Department of Agriculture inspectors recently found E. coli bacteria in raw milk products sold by the company. Agriculture department communications director Hector Castro says the state inspection was prompted after two salmonella illnesses were reported to the state.



This fresh hell from KFC invades Asia

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:48:56 UT

It seems as a society -- or in corporate fast food boardrooms -- we've decided to replace all our bread with breaded bird.




Washington's most romantic restaurants, from OpenTable

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 00:54:53 UT

Restaurant reservation app OpenTable released its list of America's 100 most romantic restaurants for 2017, analyzing more than 10 million reviews for 24,000 restaurants.




Belarus launches probe of Russian food safety officials

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:47:08 UT

Dankvert's agency has banned Belarusian agricultural products over suspicions that Belarus has served as a conduit for contraband Western food, which Russia has banned in retaliation to the U.S. and the EU sanctions.