When Life Gives You Lemons

How did the lemon get a bad rap? Did you know there are lemon laws in all 50 states in order to protect consumers from defective vehicles? But why lemons? Why shouldn’t these laws be named after grapes like a sour grapes law? Laws aside, the little sunny lemon should be celebrated for the gift of nature that it is. When life gives you lemons – make lemonade. Who doesn’t like lemonade especially on a hot summer day? A few months ago, the Limoneira company in Santa Paula, Calif. sent Circle of Food a beautiful box of their sustainable and
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Tucson Bakery: 2nd Kneaders Café Opens in the Foothills

Attention French toast lovers – the first 100 people at the new Kneaders can score complimentary chunky cinnamon French toast on August 19 and 20 located on the SE corner of River/Craycroft at 3570 N. Craycroft. Currently, this location marks the 51st store in six states. Kneaders first Tucson location is at 135 S. Wilmot Road (@Broadway) and a third location will be coming soon to Oracle Road in Oro Valley. Kneaders takes pride in being a family-friendly restaurant filled with made-from-scratch breads, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and of course, breakfast. Every day there are 42 different pastries and breads are
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Get Prickly at Sonoran Desert Cooking Camp – Aug 6

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday August 6 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort? Join the region’s best chefs in harvesting and preparing a variety of native ingredients like prickly pear fruit, saguaro cactus, barrel cactus and mesquite pods in this one-day fully interactive cooking class. Learn BBQ techniques using prickly pear fruit with Executive Chef Ken Harvey. Learn how to make specialty desserts using barrel cactus with Pastry Chef Krista Owens and how to whip-up creative mesquite appetizers with Executive Sous Chef Ashley Reese, and more. The cost for this one-day cooking camp which runs from noon to
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Food Safety: Big Lots Ground Turmeric Recall

Another day, another recall…this time the spice touted to help with inflammation. GET THE LEAD OUT — Gel Spice, Inc. is recalling one lot of Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric Powder because the product contains elevated lead levels. The recalled “Fresh Finds Ground Turmeric” is packaged in 3.75 oz. PET jars.  It has a code of B/B 03/08/19 and B/B 05/18/19 on the neck of the container. The package also has a UPC code of 81026-01230. The product was distributed at Big Lots Stores throughout the United States.               Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health
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Food Safety: General Mills Flour Recall Expanded

Confession: I love raw chocolate chip cookie dough; the baked cookies not so much. But this General Mills Gold Medal Flour recall is giving me pause to ever eating raw cookie dough again. Facts Flour is a raw ingredient that is intended to be cooked or baked.  Flour is made from wheat that is grown outdoors where bacteria are often present and the normal flour milling process does not remove these bacteria. In order for severe E. coli illness to occur from flour, all three of the following things have to happen: The flour a consumer is using has to
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Pokemon Invades Casino Del Sol, Tucson

I may be the only person who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Pokemon. Yet there seems to be a rash of interest in PokemonGo and I imagine it’s a mindless diversion to what heinous acts are going on in the world today. As long as nobody gets shot Pokemon-ing, I think it’s a good thing. It appears that businesses are getting into the Pokemon action too. At Casino Del Sol Resort, there are Pokemon-themed dishes and cocktails. Tequila Factory PokeBalls: Fried ice cream, adorned with sugar crystals, and chocolate, in a fried flour tortilla cup rimmed with sugar and
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Melting Pot Restaurants Thank Civil Service Employees

To thank Civil Service workers for all that they do, The Melting Pot will offer 50 percent off food from July 17-23. All Civil Service workers have to do is show a valid I.D. at the beginning of their meal. One dollar for every meal will be donated to the Civil Service Workers’ local police department. The Melting Pot is a gourmet fondue restaurant with four Arizona locations in Tucson (Foothills Mall), South Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale. Reservations are advised.
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Don’t Worry Be Happy Hour, Tucson

Happy Hour is my favorite meal of the day…especially in the summer. By 5ish pm I’ve been awake almost a dozen hours and I am hungry and tired. Happy hour is my dinner. I recently tried the happy hour at North Italia Restaurant* in La Encantada and then was so happy we meandered over to Blanco Tacos + Tequila for more happiness. Sort of like a double scoop of ice cream but only better with a buzz. One of my top favorite restaurants is North Italia so why not start here and begin with white sangria, certainly most refreshing on
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Tucson: July 4th Dining, Prep & Pastry Opens July 5th

Happy July 4th Not everyone is fortunate enough to be at the beach or invited to a barbecue. No worries, there are some dining specials around Tucson. Some restaurants like Downtown Kitchen, Kingfisher and Renee’s Organic Oven are closed so best to call first. All of Fox Restaurant Concepts here in Tucson – Blanco, North, Wildflower, and Zinburger – will be offering a 25% off discount to its “eBites” members on Monday, July 4. The discount is good for both food and adult beverages. But there’s a catch – you have to a signed up to their eBites email so
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Beads, Bracelets, Booze, Greyhounds, Tea

June 25 is a very important date in Tucson – greyhound racing ends! That means a celebration hosted by Beading Divas to the Rescue, a 501c3 who has raised more than $150,000 for animal charities by selling one handcrafted beaded bracelet at a time. That is a whole lot of beads, maybe millions of beads (all donated). When: Saturday June 25 from 4 to 7 PM We are asking party attendees to bring beads and/or old jewelry that can be reused. When you bring beads to the party, your favorite 501c3 animal charity will be entered into a drawing and
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