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Food

Gordon Ramsay loses court battle over $1M rent on London pub

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a kitchen nightmare after a British judge ruled him personally liable for rent on a London gastropub. Ramsay accused his father-in-law, Christopher Hutcheson, of using an autopen machine to forge his signature on a document making Ramsay personal guarantor for the 640,000-pound ($1 million) annual rent. But High Court judge Paul Morgan ruled that the contract was binding. He said that when the lease …

A speedy chicken breast that packs flavorful, crunchy punch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is the chicken breast recipe you’ve been searching for. Because it will taste nothing like those flavorless, dry breasts you’ve grown to tolerate. The gist is simple – chicken breasts are sliced thin, then pounded even thinner. Sure, this is a process that by way of violence renders the meat pretty tender. …

Ga. appeals court hears case over Vidalia onion regulation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A bitter fight over Georgia’s famed sweet onions is winding its way through the state’s legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand. However, a major grower says he should be able to pack onions whenever he thinks they’re ready. Last …

Dinner in 30 minutes: Spicy Mango Shrimp

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A bright dish for dinner If the toasted coconut garnish on this shrimp is not to your liking, substitute toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds. Serve alongside steamed rice for a simple, bright dinner. Spicy Mango Shrimp 1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut 1 to 2 large, firm mangoes …

An ode to cabbage

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My grandmother, who lived to be 92, always said the key to her good health was that whenever possible, she ate cabbage. Now if that isn’t a motto worth needlepointing somewhere, I don’t what is. But maybe Grandma …

A simple, healthy lentil salad tastes anything but

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

When I was in high school, my parents took my sisters and me to Paris. That trip shaped me in so many ways, most of them culinary. So many of the dishes I make even today were inspired …

Health officials issue caramel apple warning

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Health officials are warning people not to eat Happy Apple brand caramel apples after they were recalled over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria. Missouri-based Happy Apple Co. announced a day earlier that one of its suppliers reported that there may be a connection between the recent …

Study sees corollary between fast food, test scores

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fast-food consumption isn’t merely connected to increases in pants size – it’s also tied to significant decreases in test scores among school children, according to a new national study. Researchers at Ohio State University used data from a nationally representative sample of about 11,700 children to measure how …

Home Plate: Easy appetizers

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

As I write this column, my holiday plans are up in the air. We were supposed to host extended family, as we traditionally do, for a Christmas Eve overnight and a rambunctious Christmas morning. But our oldest daughter …

Keurig recalls ‘Mini Plus’ coffee makers

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Keurig is recalling some 7 million single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns. Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including …

Spicy peanut noodle comfort for New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let’s be honest about New Year’s Eve. Once you’ve reached a certain age, celebrating stops being about partying and starts being all about hunkering down with a movie and comfort food on the couch. There is no shame …

Hellman’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hellman’s maker drops ‘Just Mayo’ lawsuit Hellman’s mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small …

A fresh take on the classic Bellini for New Year’s

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I’m a firm believer that almost any party – not to mention almost any brunch – can be improved by serving sparkling wine. That’s why when I started planning this year’s New Year’s Day brunch, I didn’t start …