Food Recall: Orville Redenbacher’s® Classic Kettle Korn

from the press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 26, 2013 – Today, ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling packages of its Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn flavor ready-to-eat popcorn that may contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Certain bags of the Kettle Korn flavored ready-to-eat popcorn may have inadvertently been filled with white cheddar flavored popcorn, which contains an allergen, milk. The milk allergen is not declared on the Kettle Korn product label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious
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Review: Domino’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Special diets can wreak havoc on those nights you just can’t bear to cook and are looking for a simple solution for dinner. These nights don’t happen often for us, but when they do it’s lovely to be able to click over to the food of your choice, place an order online, and have it at your door on demand. Which is why I was happy to hear that Domino’s is now carrying a gluten-free pizza crust. Of course, Domino’s is quick to point out that they cannot guarantee a gluten-free crust free of cross-contamination risk, so it’s not appropriate
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AlcoHOLidays | Birthday Special | Pineapple Birthday Cake

Okay, okay, while not a holiday in the strictest sense, birthdays are very important points in our lives and everyone has one (whether they choose to celebrate it or not). Since my birthday is next week I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate with a festive cocktail reminiscent of a decadent birthday cake with a fruity filling. Pineapple Birthday Cake 2 oz Whipped Cream Vodka 1 oz Pineapple Juice 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps 1/4 oz Amaretto Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice and shake to get the party started. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
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Tucson Dining: Chad’s Steakhouse closed, DK&C cuts lunch service

Dear Valued Guest, After 22 years, Chad’s Steakhouse is now closed, while we seek new ownership. We have thoroughly enjoyed our last several years as Chad’s owners, where we have had the pleasure to meet and make friends with so many great folks.   It has felt like one big family.      We truly appreciate your past patronage and your friendship. Sincerely, Shaun and Sandi Herrington —————————- I am always sad when an independently-owned restaurant closes its doors but 22 years is an extraordinary run. —————————– Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails will no longer service lunch after Friday – April 26. Instead the
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Tucson: Taste of Chocolate Winners

Everyone who attended was a winner as they were able to taste fabulous outpourings of chocolate to their heart’s content all for a good cause. And without further adieu, here are the winners: Celebrity Judges Choice: Restaurant:  Feast Caterer:  Culinary Design Bakery:  Doubletree Just Chocolate:  Coco-lat Truffles ———————————– Public’s Choice: Restaurant: Feast Caterer:  Culinary Design Bakery:  Nadine’s Just Chocolate:  Zinks Treats As a celebrity judge, I voted for bakery and just chocolate categories and I can attest the Doubletree’s display was fabulous especially one scone filled with all kinds of bittersweet and spicy ingredients. And oh, those Coco-lat Truffles —
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Strategies for Public Grazing on a Low-FODMAP Diet

Last night was the 2013 Chef’s Sampler fundraiser for the local Children’s Home Society. We’ve enjoyed the offerings in previous years (over-enjoyed, to be truthful) but this was the first such event after adopting the Low-FODMAP diet as a preventative for IBS. I was really curious how much there would be for me to try considering my restrictions included fresh dairy, onions, garlic, wheat, corn, beans, and several other things. Dave Stewart and the Vibe were this year’s entertainment. While I didn’t feel incredibly deprived after we made our rounds, I certainly didn’t leave feeling stuffed full to the gills
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Earth Day: Make Better Food Choices

As the world celebrates Earth Day (April 22), sustainable food and agriculture systems can play a big role in preserving the environment by helping to improve soil health, protecting biodiversity, and mitigating climate change. Earth Day is a great opportunity for eaters, farmers, and food businesses to make changes in their diets, shopping habits, and production practices that will promote sustainable, healthy food throughout the year. Agriculture contributes to nearly 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. And the environmental damage brought on by the agricultural sector poses significant threats to the industry itself. But there’s a better way to
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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale 2013

Check out this website to view where vegan bake sales will be held worldwide with proceeds benefiting people, animals, and the planet. Lately the topic of veganism has been everywhere including The Ellen Show and my favorite New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is coming with a cookbook called Eat Vegan Before 6 pm. Some vegan purists might have a bone to pick with that concept but maybe not. Vegan restaurants are sprouting everywhere. Here’s the worldwide list of vegan bake sales: In Tucson, vegan bake sales will benefit the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary and the Humane Society of Southern
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Tucson: Taste of Chocolate Fundraiser – April 21

Tucson: Get your chocolate fix Hey, chocolate lovers…this chocolately event – the 5th Annual Taste of Chocolate — happens once a year and it’s happening this Sunday – April 21 – from 2 to 4 pm at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. The chocolate-ness event is hosted by the Rincon Rotary Club and all proceeds benefit their scholarship program and the 3rd Grade Dictionary Project. Tickets cost $10 for adults and up to two children under 12. Children under 4 are free with a paid adult. chocolate madness Click here for the vendors, sponsors, and raffle prize donors.
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Tucson: No Margaritas Allowed, Agave Fest

from the press release (Sounds like fun!) Tucson’s Bartenders Compete in 5th Annual Agave Fest TUCSON, ARIZ (April 9, 2013) – Tucson’s best bartenders will go head to head to be named the winner of the 5th Annual Agave Fest, kicking off Cinco de Mayo weekend on Friday, May 3 at 7 pm. Ally Baron (La Cocina) will return to the Hotel Congress Plaza to defend her title against a new crop of bartenders who want a piece of the agave action.  Aaron DeFeo (Casino del Sol), Luke Anable (Penca), Cameron Fisher (Hotel Congress), David Kwon (47 Scott), Andrew Record
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