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Which Seattle restaurants does the Washington Post suggest?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:45:00 UT

This week, The Washington Post gave out recommendations for a day of dining in Seattle, and in our opinion, the picks are pretty good.

California company recalls chicken dish over listeria fears

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:50:17 UT

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A California-based Indian food company has recalled pre-packaged chicken tikka masala products over possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that the recalled dishes by Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods have a "use by" date of November 7, 2018. The lot number is 83790. Hayward-based Sukhi's shipped the frozen microwaveable products for distribution in California. Officials say a sample tested positive for listeria on Monday. There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the items. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever and diarrhea, and more dangerous complications in pregnant women.

Organic-food purists assail the designation for hydroponics

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:41:24 UT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Can a tomato grown in a nutrient solution instead of dirt be called "organic"? Some purists don't think so. The National Organic Standards Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture, voted this month against a proposal to exclude hydroponics and aquaponics — the raising of plants without soil and fish using the same water — from the USDA's organic certification program. Many traditional organic farmers and their supporters say allowing hydroponic farms to be certified organic erodes the integrity of the $16 billion U.S. organic produce industry.

Ugly Pie opens storefront in downtown Salisbury

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:05:47 UT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A little — or a big — slice of heaven can now be found in downtown Salisbury. The Ugly Pie, known for its homemade pie creations, opened its first storefront Nov. 4. The three owners, Bridget Perry, Heather Hall, and Shaina Bounds, started the business in November 2014 and can now offer customers a permanent place to pick up and enjoy their confections. "I think it was really cool for our regulars," said Bounds. "We have people who buy from us all the time, and for them to come in and be like, 'hey, I don't have to meet you in a parking lot or meet you at a random place anymore,' ...

Iowa and Nebraska volunteers send cookies to US armed forces

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:35:23 UT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers from Iowa and Nebraska are rushing to send 30,000 cookies overseas to deployed U.S. service members for the holiday season. The group, Iowa Cookie Crumbs, usually mails about 7,000 cookies to send to troops every month. But members are increasing their efforts this November to send far more cookies for the holidays, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The volunteers bake, package and mail cookies to boost the morale of deployed individuals. The group relies on donations to cover costs, including postage fees that topped $20,000 last year.

Review: Erdrich tries apocalyptic fiction in 'Future Home'

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:47:41 UT

"Future Home of the Living God" (Harper), by Louise Erdrich Evolution runs amok in Louise Erdrich's new novel, "Future Home of the Living God." Ladybugs are the size of cats. Dragonflies have three-foot wingspans. Few women survive childbirth because of a fatal autoimmune response, and because infants are bigger, some are too big for the birth canal. These babies also walk sooner and are thought to be incapable of speech. An authoritarian government recruits patriotic women as "womb volunteers" to harbor embryos frozen before the mysterious calamity. Gourmet food is promised: "Our chefs are waiting for you!" intones Mother, the voice of the new regime.

Starbucks' new Italian bakery might be better than the coffee

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:15:00 UT

The Princi cafe, the first of its kind in the U.S., opened Tuesday after Starbucks invested in Italian master baker Rocco Princi's wares last year. We trekked from our offices in Belltown to Capitol Hill on Thursday to try it for ourselves and came away impressed.

Celebrity chef and author Antonio Carluccio dies at age 80

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:39:19 UT

LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, who helped popularize inexpensive Italian fare as the founder of an eponymous restaurant chain and a prolific cookbook writer, has died. He was 80. His death was announced on Carluccio's website, by the restaurant business on Twitter and by his agent on Wednesday. The cause was not immediately revealed. Carluccio, who was born and raised in Italy, had restaurants in Britain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates bearing his name. He also appeared in several television shows and wrote 22 cookbooks. "Antonio built Carluccio's from one restaurant to the fantastic brand it is today," the restaurant company said in a statement.

Starbucks opens fancy Italian bakery in Reserve Roastery

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 21:40:00 UT

The Seattle-based coffee giant announced the opening of the Princi bakery and cafe location inside the Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill. The cafe is the first U.S. location featuring the wares of Italian master baker Rocco Princi, who already has five stores in Milan and one in London, but it won't be the last.

TV producer sues Florida House over chef Emeril's show

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 22:14:30 UT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A television show hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is at the center of a brewing court battle pitting the Florida House against the producer behind the cooking show. The Republican-controlled House wants years of records detailing how the show spent millions of dollars paid out by the state's tourism agency and how much was paid directly to Lagasse. Tallahassee television producer Pat Roberts and his company MAT Media sued the House on Friday, contending that the records sought by the House include trade secrets and confidential business information. Attorneys for Roberts are asking a judge to block a subpoena issued by the House for the records.

Female hunters increase in Minnesota as overall numbers drop

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 19:24:52 UT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the number of female hunters is on the rise despite an overall decrease in hunting interest. Nearly 70,000 of Minnesota's 550,000 hunters are women, compared to 55,000 female hunters in 2010, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The department's Becoming An Outdoors Woman program is one of the state's training and research efforts that aims to increase women's interest in hunting. Linda Bylander, who runs the program, said women are becoming more interested in using wild game as part of the local food movement. She also said women are having an easier time getting into hunting as more hunting gear and clothing is being designed for them.

Yelp: The best restaurants on the Eastside

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 00:20:56 UT

When readers asked us why we haven't posted a Yelp ranking of Eastside restaurants, our answer was: good question.

Cookbooks aim to raise reward money in Flora fire deaths

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 00:00:43 UT

FLORA, Ind. (AP) — A fundraising group is selling cookbooks to raise reward money in the fire deaths of four sisters a year ago in the north central Indiana community of Flora. The cookbook produced by the group calling itself Flora's 4 Angels has more than 200 recipes from members of 11 churches in Flora, including some of the sisters' favorites. The cookbooks are $10 each. The goal is to raise $5,000. WISH-TV reports Flora's 4 Angels has raised $9,000 in reward money already. That's in addition to a reward of up to $5,000 from the International Association of Arson Investigators. The Nov.

In America's sandwiches, the story of a nation

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 17:27:06 UT

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Paul Freedman, Yale University; Andrew P. Haley, The University of Southern Mississippi; Imogene L. Lim, Vancouver Island University; Ken Albala, University of the Pacific, and Megan Elias, Boston University (THE CONVERSATION) Everyone has a favorite sandwich, often prepared to an exacting degree of specification: Turkey or ham? Grilled or toasted? Mayo or mustard? White or whole wheat? We reached out to five food historians and asked them to tell the story of a sandwich of their choosing.

Capitol Hill bar faces long-foreseen closure

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:57:55 UT

After five years of anticipation and preemptive mourning, a Capitol Hill mainstay will close after a Halloween goodbye party to make way for development.