Thank Food Workers This International Food Workers Week

Chester County is among about 20 food banks across the country that have started their own farms to boost healthier eating by the needy, said Domenic Vitiello, a University of Pennsylvania professor who has studied food pantry agricultural operations. Low-income Americans are a demographic often plagued by diet-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. Chester County Food Bank opened about five years ago, springing from the ashes of a similar program that relied on nearby Amish farmers. It was started explicitly with the goal of distributing food straight from the field. Canned food that is often donated to food banks because of its long shelf life is typically higher in sodium, which the American Heart Association says may increase risk for heart failure. People with diabetes also are encouraged to limit the sodium in their daily diet to 1,500 mg to help prevent or control high blood pressure, according to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Chester County Food Bank agricultural director Bill Shick examines young lettuce plants growing in a hydroponic bed in a greenhouse, where the program grows seedlings, in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 21, 2013. REUTERS/Tom Mihalek

By Zayda Rivera / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:16 PM Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire Giada De Laurentiis gave new meaning to finger licking when she sliced her finger on live TV. Ouch! Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis gave a whole new meaning to slicing on Thanksgiving. The TV chef cut her finger while slicing the turkey she’d just finished cooking on a live broadcast of her holiday special Saturday, reports Radar Online . “She seemed to go pale and got very quiet putting pressure on it and whispering to Ina (Garten) that it was bad,” a witness told the website. “She looked like she was about to faint.” De Laurentiis reportedly left right after the incident to seek medical attention for her injury and returned approximately 15 minutes later to continue with the broadcast, which has not been replayed since it’s original airing. Following the unfortunate slip, she posted an Instagram pic of the stomach-turning proof on her index finger .


You work what they give you. I work 40 hours one week, 20 hours another week. It’s really frustrating — I have to pay rent and pay bills. In addition to working at Wendy’s in the mornings, Charles now works at Applebee’s in the evenings, just to make ends meet. Charles has been involved with the St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35 campaign since it began almost a year ago. The campaign is part of the national Low Pay Is Not Ok campaign. He said he decided to join because “the amount of work that I do in one day doesn’t add to what I get paid. When my check comes, it’s never enough. But when these companies are profiting billions of dollars per year, then the taxpayers have to subsidize them [for workers who get food stamps and Medicare] … It’s not fair.” Charles feels empowered to be part of this campaign.


Cooking Tips And Ideas For Would-be Iron Chefs

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could recreate a favorite restaurant dish? Have you tried to recreate these restaurant meals at home? By following the tips below, you can not only learn to cook your favorite meals, you’ll also be able to create new ones. Cooking is a great hobby for having a fun and relaxing time and can be done by all types of people. 
Keep your spices and herbs in a dark, cool place. Their flavors will be weakened when they are exposed to light, heat or humidity. As a general rule, most of your ground herbs and spices will stay fresh for about a year if stored correctly. Whole spices have a longer shelf-life and can hold their flavor for about three years. As long as they are stored properly, they will hold onto their flavor for several years. 
When baking pie or tart crusts, bake them longer than you think you should. It will help if you achieve a darker, more delicious golden caramel color, rather than stopping when the crust is still pale. The darker color results when the sugar from the crust has started to caramelize and will have a much sweeter and crisper flavor.
Do you feel bad for getting rid of fruits that are moldy? You may have wondered whether you should just cut out the part that had mold and use the rest. Sadly, there really isn’t a healthy way to save fruit if it has begun to rot. Mold goes a lot deeper than you see and it can make you ill.
Its potential applications go way beyond meat. Use it with roasted pumpkin seeds for a wonderful snack, or go ahead and add some to scrambled eggs. It is up to you whether or not you want to share your secret ingredient!

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Always make sure that your flour, sugar and baking additives are stored in airtight containers. Storing food in containers that are impermeable to air helps the food last longer, and keeps insects out. Almost every store has some form of them, and they are usually inexpensive.
If you are intending to use skewers when you cook, do not forget to soak them in water for at least half an hour before you use them if they are wooden. If you do not do this, your food may cook faster than you want, causing it to burn. If you have issues with food falling off skewers, make it a double. Food is much more stable when you use two skewers parallel from one another instead of one.

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One of the healthiest ways to cook your vegetables is to cook them on high with a low sodium chicken broth. Broth will flavor the vegetables, and less oil will be needed to saute them. This is a nutritious and delicious method for cooking vegetables.
You are now beginning your journey to becoming a great at-home-chef. Instead of preparing the same old meals you will be able to expand your knowledge of places around the world by preparing recipes for foods from different cultures. With the tremendous variety of foods from around the world, there is no limit to the creative, delicious meals you can cook!

Ian Poulter Waves White Flag, Will Have To Serve Henrik Stenson Drinks

Follow me on: Starbucks Gingerbread Latte – not gluten-free? Starbucks advertises that it’s “creating wonder and sharing joy” this holiday season, but unfortunately for those of us with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity , we can’t share in that joy: the coffee chain’s holiday beverages very likely aren’t safe for us. The Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte, Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Skinny Peppermint Mocha don’t contain any actual gluten ingredients, according to Starbucks spokesperson Holly Hart Shafer, who supervised a review of ingredients at my request to look for potential sources of gluten. But “although no gluten ingredients were identified in these beverages, a majority of the syrups, sauces and some toppings were manufactured on shared equipment that also processes wheat and other gluten-containing ingredients,” Shafter says. “We cannot and do not claim that any of our beverages are gluten-free due to the fact that we use shared equipment and handle gluten and allergens throughout the store.” Now, this doesn’t stop me from ordering a plain cappuccino or latte at Starbucks (read more about what’s safe and what’s not safe here: Starbucks Gluten-Free List ). for the details), and may be able to consume the holiday drinks without getting glutened. Starbucks holiday menu – no gluten-free options But Starbucks’ answer does place these yummy-sounding holiday coffee drinks in the same ” no gluten ingredients ” category as the chain’s Pumpkin Spice Latte … and the comments about that holiday drink indicate it’s not particularly safe. So would I recommend trying Starbucks’ holiday drink menu? Unfortunately, no. I’m told by Shafer that “we hopefully will have some great updates to share with you soon!” regarding gluten-free treats at Starbucks, so stay tuned — perhaps we’ll get to share in the joy and wonder sometime in 2014. Keep up with the latest in the celiac disease/gluten sensitivity world — sign up for my newsletter , connect with me on Facebook and Google+ , or follow me on Twitter – @AboutGlutenFree .

Drinks Americas (DKAM) Hits a Grand Slam with Mexican Craft Beer

Within my many years in the alcohol brand building business I have never seen such huge and fast response from the industry and consumers,” said Joe Belli, National Brand Manager for Day of the Dead Craft Beer. Mr. Belli previously owned and operated IAO Management, LLC consulting and building national and local alcohol beverage brands. Joe then spent years as CEO for Prestige Imports, LLC., where he built a national network of distributors and sales staff for several alcohol brands. Drinks Americas was proactive to assess the beer and spirits market and react positively to the market demand for craft beer with Day of the Dead, an authentic Mexican brew. Craft beer is projected to represent nearly 15% of the Beer Industry by 2020 and Craft’s growth is driven by current beer drinkers drinking more Craft as well as consumers of other beverage alcohol trading into craft. (Source: Beer Marketer’s Insights, Brewers Association, Nielsen Company) About Drinks Americas Holdings ( DKAM ) Drinks Americas is the exclusive United States broker for leading premium authentic Mexican beers currently present in over 32 states and is on target to be the leading broker for this growing category in each of the markets in which it operates. All the beers are brewed in Mexico’s third largest brewery, Cerveceria Mexicana, which is proudly Mexican owned and uses state of the art processes, fermentation and aging systems. Drinks Americas leading premium authentic Mexican beer brands includes specialty craft beer Day of the Dead, Mexicali, Rio Bravo, Crazy Pig and Chili Devil. Drinks Americas (DKAM) brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers through some of the largest retailers and restaurants in the country. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release, including the description of the company and its product offerings, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the historical volatility and low trading volume of our stock, the risk and uncertainties inherent in the early stages of growth companies, the company’s need to raise substantial additional capital to proceed with its business, risks associated with competitors, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Investor Contact: Tim Owens 714-310-8102 Consumer Discretionary Heres a question for pundits and politicians outraged over people whose individual insurance plans are being canceled because they dont meet the new health laws standards.

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But some conservative Christians really are advocating for it. Ben Smith, cofounder of Reclamation Brewing Company in Butler, Pennsylvania, said that for too long, American evangelicals have talked more about the “evils” of alcohol than its potential benefits. “The craft beer industry has really boomed in the past 10 years and has shown people that beer isn’t all about getting wasted,” he said. “It’s about admiring the beauty in it and seeing it as a gift.” For Smith and the other founders of Reclamation (including his father, a Reformed Baptist pastor), craft beer is an art to be enjoyed, like all of God’s gifts. Peter Green, whose PhD research at Wheaton focuses on the theological significance of wine and vineyard themes in Scripture, says the Bible presents alcoholic drinks as an indicator and facilitator of human and divine relationships. “The Old Testament is unambiguous that wine and other alcoholic beverages are a blessing, and their absence is considered a curse,” said Green. He acknowledges the Bible forbids drunkenness and that some people should avoid alcohol due to addiction or family history. But he believes that most Christians should imbibe, not abstain. Christians have always been concerned about drunkenness, but it wasn’t until the Protestant social reform movement of the 1800s that temperance was equated with complete abstinence. It’s an “American oddity,” said Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine. “It’s not that groups of people throughout history didn’t practice complete abstinence. The Nazarites in the Bible didn’t drink alcohol. But in the 19th century, a whole segment of the church said it’s not just an ascetic practice that some people might choose; they said this is for everybodyall Christians must stop drinking or they’re not Christians.” That climate has changed, said Larry Eskridge, associate director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. While not a teetotaler himself, Eskridge said he’s fond of the view that has dominated the evangelical landscape.

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Before the DP World Tour Championship, Stenson upped the ante by giving Poulter 10-1 odds. Poulter then said the loser would have to play waiter to the winner for a night out. “I like to make these silly things, and he said he’d like to take the bet on,” said Poulter. “I also said that if I do manage to pass you, we will have a nice night out, and he will have to pour my drinks for the evening. I think $1,000 isn’t an issue to him but pouring my drinks all night might be a big problem.” Stenson, who’s been nursing an injured right wrist, agreed to the wager. “If he catches me, I can only pour them with my left, so he’s going to have to hold the glass himself, Stenson said. Of course Stenson won by seven strokes on Sunday — on a day when Poulter literally waved a white towel on the 18th green as Stenson finished — so the $100 and night of Poulter in a waiter’s suit is all his. Poulter said Stenson earned it. “I would expect him to be rather relieved to be honest with you, because I’ve thrown a lot at him in the last four weeks, I’ve given him so much stick and so have you guys, which is brilliant. So I’m sure he’s a relieved man. He’s had an incredible back end of the year, and you know, best player on the planet right now.” Stenson fired back that he hasn’t forgotten about the bet.

Well Watered Buff: Blizzcon Drinks Edition

Waterfront spot where the drinks had a brutal chaser

There was a time when sailors were drugged and forced into involuntary shipboard service at the Old Ship Saloon. Photo: Raphael Kluzniok, The Chronicle

Its super easy – a couple of long straws and off you go. Cider Cider has undergone a massive transformation from a tacky British tipple to the fastest growing alcoholic beverage in Australia boasting a 35 per cent rise in sales in the past year. Keystone Group bars manager Jason Williams said cider has particularly filled the gap for those women who never got into beer. The category will keep evolving and expand in terms of its range there are new brands coming out every day, he said. It goes beautiful with food but youll also see people smashing them in cans as well. One of the many brands new to the Australian market is Stassen cider which is created from 100 per cent crushed fruit. The juice is extracted in cider presses and fermented using champagne or wine yeast. The Belgian line comes in sweet apple, delicate pear, juicy red fruits and zesty elderflower and lime with no other additives perfect for those stinking days. Gin Once upon a time it was perceived as a nannas drink – now gin has managed to slowly but surely push vodka off the liquor shelf. Williams said gin fell off the radar when vodka reigned supreme in the 80s and 90s but new products has created a resurgence in the good ole fashioned G & T. People have grown out of vodka to a certain extent, he said. New gin products have modern vibrant fun flavours which are a bit more versatile that work with tonic, soda or a cocktail especially in the warmer months. Pink, fruity and cool, these drinks will keep everyone happy this summer. Source: Supplied Spritzers Chef and restauranteur Stefano Manfredi says you cant go past a truly traditional Italiano spritzer to cool you down on a hot day. Its a beautiful summer drink, he said. Its really refreshing with bitterness from the Aperol or Campari which is important because it takes your thirst away. Ideally use four parts Prosecco, if not any bottle of sparkling wine, two to three parts Aperol or Campari and one part water or ice. Moscato The pink sweetness in a bottle has really taken off with Moscato becoming the fastest growing wine variety in Australia as sales increased 18 per cent in the past year. The drop goes hand in hand with summer matching well with barbecued meats, salads and cheese platters. Banrock Station has just released a Red variety which displays ripe berry flavours with a fun fairy floss twist. Craft beers Nothing can go past an ice cold beer at the end of a long summers day, but stubbies and tinnies are being shafted for the boom in craft beers.

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The next day, when the captain discovered he had been sold a stiff, the ship would be out at sea and there would be nothing to be done but toss the body overboard. A losing hand Some shanghaiers were out-and-out sociopaths, like John Devine , the Shanghai Chicken, who was arrested no fewer than 88 times for crimes including fighting, assault and battery, drunkenness and murder. One night, the drunken Chicken tried to carve up a boardinghouse keeper and fellow shanghaier named Billy Maitland with a long knife. Maitland took away the knife, but the Chicken continued the attack. When Maitland struck at him, the Chicken raised his arm to defend himself and the blade cut off the Chicken’s hand. The astonished Chicken shouted, “Give me my fin, you dirty bastard!,” whereupon Maitland kicked the hand into Battery Street. The Chicken ran to a drugstore at Davis and Pacific and asked the clerk to sew it back on. He settled for a hook. A few years later, the Chicken – who had the blood of untold men on his hands – was hanged after fatally shooting a youth in Visitacion Valley. The decline of the age of sail hastened the end of shanghaiing. The 1906 earthquake and fire, which wiped out the boardinghouses and dens along the waterfront, was the coup de grace. Last relic A relic of the city’s shanghaiing days still exists, however: the Old Ship Saloon, at 298 Pacific, at the corner of Battery. It has a wild history. In 1849, a ship called the Arkansas ran aground on Alcatraz and was towed to the Pacific Avenue wharf. Like many beached ships, it was converted into a building – the Old Ship Saloon, which featured a hole cut in the bow “to admit the thirsty.” The saloon was a major shanghaiing haunt, its bar tended by one of the most famous crimps, James Laflin .

Organic energy drinks being marketed to health food stores

Now, it’s just college students anymore. Brands are marketing to health food enthusiasts, who have taken notice. Artist Joseph Cavalieri has never been big on caffeine in any form. That changed when he saw an energy drink at the health food store. “I never drank any traditional energy drinks,” Cavalieri said. “I liked the idea that it was totally organic.” This new trend has consumers like Joseph buzzing. The drinks promise a cleaner burst of energy with organic ingredients and all natural sources of caffeine – minus artificial colors and flavors. “Consumers are savvy today,” said Gary Hemphill of Beverage Marketing Corporation. “They read labels and they know what the ingredients are in the products they ingest.” But are these drinks really healthier? Critics are worried that they are just a product of clever marketing. “Caffeine is caffeine, whether it’s synthesized in a lab or whether it’s synthesized in nature,” said Steven Meredith, a health researcher at Johns Hopkins University. “It’s still going to have the same pharmacological effects when you consume it.” in fact, many versions still pack a potent caffeine punch. Just like regular energy drinks, they are on the FDA’s radar. “There’s really no scientific foundation, that I’m aware of, that suggests that when you consume one of these types of clean energy drinks, you should feel any differently than when you’re consuming a traditional energy drink,” said Joseph plans to watch his caffeine intake. “I’m really sensitive to caffeine, so often I’ll just drink half of the can,” Cavalieri said. If you choose to have a clean energy drink, look for labels that clearly display the total amount of caffeine per serving.


Strain into a highball glass full of ice and berries. Add the bitters, then top up with the ginger ale and lemon-lime soda. Garnish with mint and lemon, and cheer on Perculia’s incredible database work at Wowhead. /salute! Pink Panser – 1.5 oz gin, 1/2 oz grenadine, 1/2 oz heavy cream, 1/4 oz lemon juice, 1.5 tbsp egg white. Sugar the rim of a champagne saucer or wine glass. Shake ingredients well with ice until the drink is cold and frothy, then strain into the sugared glass. Garnish with a cherry. The drink should be the color of Panser’s hair and just as good as she is! WoW Insider Staff If you run into any of us at the convention or at our party on Thursday, don’t be surprised if we’ve got one of these drinks in tow. What do you think gets us through con week?! Alex Ziebart’s Old Fashioned – 2 oz brandy, spoonful of sugar, 3 dashes Agnostura bitters, splash of soda water, slice of orange, 1 maraschino cherry. Add the sugar and bitters to a tumbler and muddle the slice of orange with them. Fill up the glass with ice, pour in the brandy and soda water, garnish with the cherry.

Wild Fast-food Secret Menu Items

Peanuts are the most common food that children are allergic to, followed by milk and shellfish, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology . Many food allergies are mild and something children grow out of. But severe cases may cause anaphylactic shock or even death from eating, say, a peanut. Epinephrine is effective in stopping the swelling in the throat or tongue that can be deadly. The guidelines released Wednesday were required by a 2011 federal law. Peanuts, tree nuts, milk and shellfish are among the food that most often most trigger reactions. But experts say more than 170 foods are known to cause reactions. The new advice call for schools to do such things as: Identify children with food allergies. Have a plan to prevent exposures and manage any reactions. Train teachers or others how to use medicines like epinephrine injectors, or have medical staff to do the job. Plan parties or field trips free of foods that might cause a reaction; and designate someone to carry epinephrine. Make sure classroom activities are inclusive. For example, don’t use Peanut M&M’s in a counting lesson, said John Lehr, chief executive of an advocacy group that worked on the guidelines, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Carolyn Duff, president of the National Association of School Nurses, which worked on the guidelines, said many schools may not have policies on food allergies.

This is just a fact of life. Not only do we know that theyll make a quesadilla another off-menu item and then load it up with burrito fillings and roll it up like a burrito, the fact that we have the cajones to stroll up and actually order the thing puts us in a league above your usual fast-food customer, who meekly orders by meal number. But we order off a secret menu. We dont need your stinkin meal numbers. We operate independently. The one problem with secret menus is the fact that theyre usually duh a secret. Unless you go the Panera route and send out a press release touting your secret menu items (complete with calorie counts), most people will be left to their own devices when it comes to figuring out the hidden menu items. Oftentimes its just a matter of ordering something and seeing if you can get away with it, like extra bacon or cheese (or mashed potatoes and gravy on your KFC sandwich), but sometimes there are legitimate off-menu items, with nicknames and everything, that you can order (with a knowing wink, if you prefer), and the cashier will know exactly what youre talking about. Now, were not claiming that every single outpost of these chains will be able to prepare all of these off-menu items for you, especially during the lunch rush, but if you catch them at the right moment, you really never know just how accommodating these chains can be. So there’s no harm in trying. Take a look at these 7 menu hacks and secret items at popular fast-food joints, and the next time you find yourself inside a McDonalds, maybe youll be tempted to live dangerously and forego the #3 meal for a McGangBang. 1Wendys: Barnyard Burger Wendys actually has a fairly comprehensive secret menu, complete with named items like the Grand Slam, which is four patties in one burger (also affectionately called the “Meat Cube”). Our favorite? The Barnyard: a burger patty, a spicy chicken fillet, ham, and bacon, with a slice of cheese in between each. Carnivorous perfection. 2In-N-Out: Animal-style fries Flickr/a-l-z In-N-Out advertises its own “Not-So-Secret Menu,” which is home to what is arguably its most legendary creation: the Animal-Style burger. A patty cooked with mustard is topped with lettuce, tomato, special sauce, pickles, and grilled onions, and its delicious. But what about Animal-Style fries?