Food Recall: Safeway Angel Food Cake

In a nutshell: Inaccurate food labeling as to ingredients seems to be a huge problem in the food service industry. Every day at least one product is labeled incorrectly failing to list the correct ingredients — mostly soy (it’s in everything unfortunately as filler), some dairy (whey, milk), eggs, and sometimes nuts. This recall is nationwide. Only people who are intolerant or allergic to soy and milk are affected. Make your own angel food cake — no soy, no chemicals included in the recipe. from the press release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2013 – Safeway is voluntarily recalling
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Meet the Sparklings: Prosecco

Have you ever idly wondered what the difference is between Champagne and Prosecco? It’s not an uncommon questions but I’ll bet it’s one seldom followed-up on because by the time you’ve popped the cork and had a few sips you’ve probably moved on to other great questions of the day. Like where you put the strawberries. Prosecco is very much like Champagne in that they are both regionally distinct names–the Prosecco region in Italy (Veneto–which, if you were/are a “Real Housewives of New York” viewer you may giggle at the remembrance of when that name came up*) would be akin to the Champagne
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RA Sushi: International Sake Day – October 1

from the press release Tucson, Ariz. (September 11, 2013) – On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is recognizing “Nihonshu no Hi” or International “Sake Day”, an informal holiday created to celebrate the popular Japanese spirit. In honor of this special day, RA Sushi is offering hot and cold sake deals to encourage guests to explore this lesser-known libation that pairs perfectly with sushi. All day long at RA Sushi at La Encantada, enjoy hot sake for $1, Hakutsuru “Draft” sake for $5, or a Sake Flight featuring three, 2-ounce tastings for $7. International Sake Day’s origins are
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Homefront Red Wine Helps Military Families

Murphy-Goode Winery is donating a portion of wine proceeds to Operation Homefront. All funds raised will benefit Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors. Murphy-Goode will collect a guaranteed minimum contribution of $200,000 and hopes to raise at least $300,000 for the organization. According to the press release, “Homefront Red is a blended varietal, incorporating Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes. Its juicy black cherry and raspberry flavors are complemented by toasty vanilla notes, and each glass ends in a long finish, making for a food-friendly wine that pairs
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Dragoon Wins Tucson’s Best Beer 2nd Year in a Row

Sounds like a great event…Congratulations to Dragoon Brewery  from the press release TUCSON, ARIZ (September 25, 2013) – Dragoon Brewery keeps their bragging rights for the second year in a row!  On Friday, September 20, the people of Tucson once again voted Dragoon Brewery’s India Pale Ale the “Best Overall Beer” at Born & Brewed: Tucson’s Beer Cup at Hotel Congress. After over 400 beer lovers casted their votes at the sold out event, Dragoon was the clear winner, having defended their title against other local breweries: Barrio, Nimbus, Borderlands, Sentinel Peak, Thunder Canyon, Ten 55, and The Address Brewing
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Review: Healing Fatty Liver Disease

***This is a sponsored post. A copy of Healing Fatty Liver Disease by Raman, Sirounis, and Shrubsole was provided for the purpose of review. No other compensation has been received. All opinions expressed are my own. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** A few years ago, as I was dealing with a number of converging health issues, an abdominal ultrasound revealed some “fatty infiltration” of the liver. At the time this was the least of my concerns and I joked that I was “foie gras.” Fatty Liver Disease isn’t much to laugh about in all reality. Having
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Living Vegan: Processed Foods To Avoid

The following was submitted by Virginia Cunningham, guest blogger. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan, or just embarking on an effort to cut out all animal products from your diet, figuring out what you can eat may be something of a challenge, especially when it comes to processed, packaged foods. You know that fresh produce is a safe bet, but a person can not live on salads and vegetables alone without craving a bit of variety. And while many mass-produced products may sometimes provide a vegan “symbol” to make it easier to identify vegan-safe foods, it’s not yet standard practice. More
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Winner – $50 Gift Card from AZ Restaurant Week

Thanks to Arizona Restaurant Week for their offer to send a $50 Restaurant Gift Card to a Circle of Food Blog reader. And the winner is… Petra Gearhart Circle of Food asked that people post on Facebook and list their favorite local restaurant. Petra chose Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails.  (only one vote was counted) I want to thank everyone who participated — lots of great local restaurants as favorites were in the mix including FEAST, Acacia, and Hacienda Del Sol who are participating in Arizona Restaurant Week as well as others that are not. Someone chose SnowPeas
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Meet the Sparklings: Brut

Today begins another Meet the Wines series here at Sips & Shots (and shared with our friends at Circle of Food)! We’ve done the whites, reds, and roses, so that means the celebratory sparklings are the only logical next step! ——————- Yesterday may have been Talk Like a Pirate Day but I was not drinking rum. Nay! I was sipping some Champagne–or should I say Crémant. What is Crémant and what does it have to do with this, our first installment of sparkling wine? I’m so glad you asked. You know how sparkling wines not produced in Champagne, France, cannot be called Champagne?
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National Guacamole Day Dip & Sip? Challenge Accepted!

I’ve always loved playing hostess at parties and I’m so lucky to have found, in Todd, a willing accomplice to party perfection. We try to throw at least one good-sized party a year (with written invitations, party favors, etc.) but with this year’s bash being the wedding (in 47 days–holy cats it’s getting close!), at-home entertaining has taken a back-seat. Sure, we have our group over for regular game nights but it’s just not the same. Which is why, when I was invited to participate in the Dip & Sip Challenge in honor of National Guacamole Day (today, September 16) and sponsored
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