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The Latest: Gay couple sees hope in Supreme Court cake case

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:05:33 UT

A same-sex couple from Colorado that is headed to the highest court in the land says they're flabbergasted that a Facebook message they posted five years ago has become a potential landmark case about discrimination against gays and lesbians. Mullins said Monday that he is pleased that his 2012 Facebook post turned into a legal challenge that could affect same-sex couples everywhere.

South Dakota youth nonprofit to breed cattle with donation

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:44:57 UT

A donation of five cow-calf pairs from the South Dakota Farm Bureau means the McCrossan Boys Ranch will soon be able to feed its approximately 65 boys beef from cattle they've bred and cared for themselves, the Argus Leader ( ) reported. The nonprofit marked the event with a public viewing of the cattle and a competition in which the boys had a burger grill-off. South Dakota Farm Bureau Director Krystil Smit said the breeding program was a good fit because it lays a foundation for years of learning and has the potential to become a more integral part of an established program.

The Latest: Animal rights group says Tyson effort not enough

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:35:11 UT

Animal rights groups say they are pleased that Tyson Foods wants to improve conditions at its farms but that the company's plans don't go far enough. Tyson announced Wednesday that it had installed cameras at its 33 processing plants and hired a team to review how it handles and slaughters chickens. The nation's largest meat producer says it has installed video cameras in key areas of all its poultry processing operations and will seek a new way to slaughter birds.

Small food makers wonder about Amazon-Whole Foods impact

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:59:38 UT

Whole Foods has struggled in recent years with declining sales at established stores and increasing competition from big grocery chains across the country that have recognized the demand from consumers and are offering more natural and organic foods. Jeanne David, whose bread and pizza crust made primarily with cauliflower are sold in Whole Foods stores in the West, believes that Amazon's ownership will strengthen the chain and benefit suppliers. Whatever changes Amazon makes, they're likely to be aimed at holding on to Whole Foods' current customers, says Mike Maher, CEO of Presenture, a company that helps food manufacturers sell their products to retailers. [...] because of the growing number of retailers courting the natural and organic food shopper, some food companies are bypassing Whole Foods. Muuna, a company that makes single-serving containers of cottage cheese, is content selling in big chains in the Northeast, CEO Gerard Meyer says. [...] Meyer is interested in seeing whether Amazon, through its ownership of Whole Foods, can find a way to use its distribution system to deliver perishables like cottage cheese.

Prodigy, half of rap duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:58:19 UT

The rapper's publicist said in a statement Tuesday that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis." Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press in Las Vegas that it could take up to six weeks to determine a cause of death. Prodigy's rap partner, Havoc, posted two photos on Instagram, one with the caption: "Forever." Others, from Sean "Diddy" Combs to Q-Tip, also paid tribute to Prodigy, who was often praised for his skilled rhymes and lyrics. Mobb Deep earned a platinum plaque for the 1999 album, "Murda Muzik," which featured the memorable remix of "Quiet Storm," still performed by Lil Kim on the road today. Prodigy served most of a 3.5-year sentence in a medium-security dorm at Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica, New York, after a plea deal on a weapons possession charge in 2007.

Oklahoma's 'Pioneer Woman' builds media empire on the Plains

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:32:50 UT

Visitors from all 50 states, Canada, South America and England have come to The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, a store-bakery-restaurant she and her husband opened after starting a popular blog, then writing New York Times best-selling cookbooks and children's books, hosting a Food Network cooking show and, her most recent venture, The Pioneer Woman Magazine. Recent blog entries covered everything from taking her homeschooled children to see the musical "Hamilton" on Broadway to finally finishing the TV show "Breaking Bad" and a forthcoming cookbook. Sony Pictures holds an option for a possible movie on her book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, in which she recounts how she met her husband, who isn't a smoker but whom she often calls Marlboro Man. Most of the last 40 miles (64 kilometers) of a two-lane state highway headed into town from the west are dotted with ranches, occasional cellphone towers, more than 100 windmills, and no signs with directions to the town, much less Drummond's store which she and locals call "The Merc." Pawhuska City Manager Mike McCartney said he hopes to see an increase in the town's "less than 50" motel rooms with plans to renovate a five-story building across the street from The Mercantile into a hotel. On a sweltering June morning, as temperatures approached 90 degrees (32 Celsius), a line of people about 200 feet (60 meters) long and three to five persons wide, in spots, waited to enter the restaurant.

Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson closing Savannah restaurant

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:31:38 UT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Restaurateur and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson says his restaurant in Savannah is closing. The James Beard Award winner and judge from the television cooking show "Top Chef" opened The Florence three years ago in a former ice factory located well outside the downtown historic district that's home to most of Savannah's upscale eateries. The Savannah Morning News reports ( ) Acheson confirmed in a statement Thursday that The Florence will close June 25. The chef's statement said: "Unfortunately, the restaurant is just not financially sustainable, resulting in the difficult decision to close."

Wisconsin Senate votes to end home baking sales ban

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:19:12 UT

Wisconsin Senate votes to end home baking sales ban The state Senate passed a bill on a voice vote and with no debate Wednesday that would allow home bakers to sell without a license.

A cake mistake: Florida baker says new pans ruined desserts

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:11:59 UT

Alessi Bakeries of Tampa says a new, undisclosed component in pans the bakery bought caused the pans to warp, ruining $120,000 of their Tres Leches cakes. Tres Leches is a sponge cake soaked with a mixture of three milks: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream.

Wisconsin Senate to vote on ending home baking sales ban

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:10:39 UT

(AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to take a step toward allowing home bakers to sell their pies, cakes and muffins. The state Senate was scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would do away with a requirement that bakers obtain a license, which means renting or building a commercial kitchen, in order to sell their goods.

Fire inspector offer tips for safe outdoor cooking

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:53 UT

Fire inspector offer tips for safe outdoor cooking Be it brats or burgers, steaks or chicken, cooking in the yard over an open flame adds a special something to summertime eats. Balzano said gas powered grills that utilize liquid propane tanks involve several connections that should be checked regularly for excessive wear. While tanks rarely fail, connections on the flexible hoses from the tanks to the burners can wear out, become enlarged and allow gas to escape. The International Fire Code, which Indiana has adopted statewide, mandates special consideration for apartment complexes for grilling food. Unless otherwise dictated by a complex's rules, the fire code says all grilling must take place at a minimum of 10 feet from any building and no form of grilling is allowed on elevated decks or porches.

Website ranks Orlando as best place for 'staycation'

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 07:05:11 UT

(AP) — Orlando has three of the world's best-known theme park resorts, plus dozens of luxury hotels, golf courses and fine-dining restaurants. Among the criteria used in the evaluation were the number of golf courses, shopping centers, water parks, spas and public beaches per capita.

Celebrity chef Ramsay gives NASCAR taste of the 'F' word

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:08:44 UT

Ramsay, the expletive-spewing celebrity chef, held his tongue when he filmed scenes with Patrick and other NASCAR crew members for his TV show "The F Word ." Ramsay and his team brought their own fresh ingredients to Dover International Speedway before they fueled up on breakfast he cooked for a race team. Ramsay whipped up a crab omelet, hash with Old Bay seasoning ("nice and crispy") and fruit smoothies (with fresh vanilla) for the crew at Stewart-Haas Racing. Tire changer Eric Maycroft, who had a bit part in "Talladega Nights," served as the sous chef for the segment. Ramsay (a "petrol head" with a collection of sports cars) got a full taste of NASCAR. Patrick lived in Milton Keynes in England as a teenager early in her racing career, not far from where Ramsay grew up. Patrick, a fitness freak, ate a race day breakfast that included butternut squash, ground bison and half an avocado. Maybe Patrick and Ramsay could hit the road for a reality series when her career is over. Ramsay's breakfast took the checkered flag for food with the crew.

Happy national doughnut day! Here are Seattle's best

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 18:15:00 UT

It's National Doughnut Day on Friday, so we're celebrating with suggestions for Seattle's best doughnuts. We advise you to revel in the festivities and stop by at least one of these fine establishments.

Judge rules in favor of homemade baked goods sales

Wed, 31 May 2017 21:48:37 UT

LaFayette County Judge Duane Jorgenson ruled Wednesday afternoon in favor of three women who'd challenged a state law they say made it impossible for home bakers to legally sell their treats. The law in question required bakers to obtain a license, which requires using a commercial kitchen, submitting to inspections and paying fees.