Tucson restaurant victims fundraiser – Feb 7 and 8 at Tavolino

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Tavolino: Tucson restaurant gives back to recent shooting victims from the press release Tavolino has just announced that they will host two fundraising events in support of the victims of the recent Tucson shootings. On Feb 7 and 8, all happy hour proceeds will be donated to victim funds. The shooting in the Safeway shopping center on January 8 struck a chord with the owner and employees of Tavolino. Before moving to their new location on Skyline and Campbell, the Safeway shopping center at Ina and Oracle was their home for seven years. “The
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Slow Food Phoenix Events: shochu, tomatoes, book club

Image via Wikipedia Slow Food Phoenix February 1 – Shochu Tasting Our Tuesday Tasting for February is going to be at the Scottsdale Roka Akor.  ROKA AKOR is located within the Artesia Community – 7299 N. Scottsdale Road To RSVP and purchase your tickets Members: $18 per person Guests: $25 per person Please join in for a special talk on Shochu….and some light Japanese fare. Shochu is a vodka-like (although less strong) distilled spirit which dates back to 14th century Japan. As shochu became increasingly popular because of its health benefits as a tonic, different Japanese regions began making their
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Pet Food Recall: Merrick Jr. Texas Taffy, possible salmonella

In a nutshell: Another Merrick pet treat is recalled. Previously reported on Circle of Food blog has been the  Merrick Beef Filet Squares in July 2010 and earlier in the year in January 2010. from the company press release distributed by the FDA (somebody can’t spell “immediate.”) FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – January 28, 2010 – Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling the Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat (ITEM # 27077, UPC # 02280827077, All Lots up to and including 10364) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Merrick Pet Care has made the decision
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Going nuts: Publix ice cream recall in 5 southeast states

In a nutshell: Nutty mix-up at Publix Super Markets in the Southeast. FYI: Someone at the FDA doesn’t know how to spell “immediate.” from the company press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 28, 2011 — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream, resulting in the presence of an undeclared almond allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this
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Leadership Academy Lunch

Image by foonus via Flickr Like I said before, I went to Leadership Academy for Alpha Chi Omega this weekend. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of busy busy work and speakers. For each meal, we sat in a huge banquet room and enjoyed food together. On Saturday when we sat down for lunch we had no idea what to expect. First, we were brought out bread and drinks. Then came the soup. I was expecting something simple like chicken noodle, but instead we were all given squash soup. I know it sounds gross and yes
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Alpha Chi Omega Etiquette Dinner

Image via Wikipedia Over the weekend, I went to Leadership Academy for Alpha Chi Omega. Over 400 woman in the sorority from around the United States were there to learn how to become better leaders on their campus. I was given the honor to attend since I am currently president of my chapter, but the risk management of each chapter was also invited. This was a long packed weekend full of leadership and fun in Indianapolis. It started Friday night and went until Sunday morning. On Saturday night, we had a very special dinner. After learning in the afternoon about
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The Lost Art of… Marmalades?

On our second trip to the farmers’ market (Todd came with, this time), I spotted kumquats and thought making marmalade would be a good way to use the fruit and have it available for more than just one meal. Now, I’d made marmalade in the past, but it had been maybe 10 years since, so I wanted to check what I thought I remembered (namely that it didn’t require added pectin) and how much sugar per pound of citrus and so forth. Would you believe that I went through 6 cookbooks before finding marmalade instructions? We have an entire bookcase
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Vegetarian: Winter squash and Root Vegetable Gratin

Who doesn’t love the humble potato? Ok, so maybe during that whole low-carb craze I may have shied away from baked potatoes for a little while, but it sure didn’t take long for me to be wooed by a yummy potato salad or some rich scalloped potatoes.  Especially in the cold New York winter, potatoes are a solid staple of my pantry.  This might be because potatoes are a staple in my family.  Growing up in Connecticut, I ate steaming baked potatoes on winter nights in my mother’s kitchen.  A few holiday seasons back, I watched my Dad resurrect an
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Soups on for Super Bowl Sunday, Chicago Special Soup Event

Image via Wikipedia Soup’s on for Super Bowl Sunday, Chicago Special Healthy alternative for Super  Bowl Sunday Give your Super Bowl Sunday food fest a healthy option. Soup, steaming in a mug or bowl, can warm the heart of most football fans. If you eat a couple bowls of soup, most likely you’ll consume less deep fried foods. Eat a lot of the good stuff and just sample  the bad deep-fried and over-salty stuff. Moderation is key. Here’s a split pea soup recipe from Mary Beth Lutjen, Master of Culinary Delights for all three Mather’s–More Than a Cafe in Chicago.
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The Cure for What Ails You

Or, at the very least, something to make you more comfortable while nature takes its course. I’m a bit under the weather, this week, so designing a cocktail for the Dakotas isn’t on the menu anymore. Not only does a case of the sniffles interfere with the tasting functions, booze is contraindicated with my current cough medicine. Meanwhile, for those not on cold meds or just looking for an easy way to warm up from Winter’s chill, there is a recipe that can come in handy: The Hot Toddy 1.5 oz Brandy .5 oz Simple Syrup 2.5 oz Water Combine
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