Category Archives: food

How bad are food prices rising? Pork and beef way, way up


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More and more Americans are being hit with higher grocery store bills, and it’s not all due to rising gas prices leading to an increase in transportation costs.

No, you aren’t seeing things when you browse through the “new low prices” sign at the grocery store — those “low prices” really aren’t lower than what they have been. In many cases, those “new low prices” are just a highlight of “hey, we don’t charge as much for this as the other guy is, but it’s still a higher price than you’re used to paying”.

The Economics of Food Price Volatility
The Economics of Food Price Volatility
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How to sterilize a kitchen cutting board


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How often do you clean – we mean REALLY clean – your cutting board?

Chances are, your cutting board is not as clean as you think it is, and is harboring all sorts of nasty, disgusting germs.

Boos Cutting Board
Boos Cutting Board (Maple)
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How much money do chefs make?


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If you’re a foodie and you haven’t had a chance to catch John Favreau’s film CHEF yet, then stop right now and go watch it.  We’ll wait.

Chef
Chef
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The Top Seven Foods involved in Food Fraud


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Have you ever reached into a bowl of M&Ms and popped some into your mouth, only to discover that they weren’t M&M’s but that they were Skittles instead?

That’s FOOD FRAUD!.

Have you ever picked out the perfect chocolate chip cookie from the lunch counter, only to get home and discover that it’s really an oatmeal raisin cookie pretending to be a chocolate chip cookie?

That’s FOOD FRAUD!

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee
Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud,
from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee
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Top 10 College Cafeterias and Student Food Programs


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About this time last year, Web Watch shared this list of the BEST UNIVERSITY CAFETERIAS.

Now that this has turned into an annual listing, we figured you’d want to know what were considered the new hotness in student dining at college and university campuses across the nation.

The $5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat
The $5 a Meal College Cookbook:
Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat
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Which college students are the best/worst tippers?


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College students are notoriously cheap.  They’re already living in expensive (for them) housing, likely with three or more roommates, and they’re doing everything they can to minimize their living costs.  Pizza, while tasty, isn’t good for you health-wise.

But it is cheap.

How to increase tips
How to increase tips
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The 20 COOLEST Cities in America (Houston, we’re looking at YOU)


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What makes a city cool?

Is it the food?  The people? The amount of arts or recreation available in the area?

Maybe it’s the average age of the overall population. Continue reading THE 20 COOLEST CITIES IN AMERICA (HOUSTON, WE’RE LOOKING AT YOU)

Want kids to eat school lunch? Give ’em chocolate milk


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Remember those school lunches we used to hate?

Bland pizza bread.  Beefaroni. Chicken nuggets.

It’s tough trying to make interesting, nutritional meals if the kids aren’t interested in eating anything beyond the basic mac ‘n cheese or hamburger.

Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love
Best Lunch Box Ever:
Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love
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For owners, the most profitable section of a restaurant menu is the upper-right corner


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Eating out at a restaurant — even at a fast food restaurant — can be frustrating at times.

Ever have this conversation at work or with your friends/family?

“So, you want to go out for lunch?”

“Sure!”

“Okay, then where do you want to go?”

Look – you’re the one who said “let’s go out”, so why not try to have an idea or two in your head about some place to head out to?  Why do you always leave the suggesting up to one person who may not have wanted to decide themselves anyway?

“Oh, pick anywhere.  It’ll be fine.”

Then we’re going to the drive thru.  Happy?

Food Service Menus: Pricing and Managing the Food Service Menu for Maximun Profit
Food Service Menus:
Pricing and Managing the Food Service Menu for Maximun Profit
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The Most Expensive Dessert in the World


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Ordering dessert at a restaurant is sometimes a fool’s errand.

$6 for a scoop of ice cream that you can buy by the carton at the supermarket for $4? A “molten lava cake”? They’re not that hard to make if the contestants on FOOD NETWORK’S WORST COOKS IN AMERICA can make one.

So it’s no wonder that restaurant desserts have some of the highest markup of almost anything on the menu.  And no wonder why many restaurants think nothing of serving up a giant slice of chocolate cake for free on your birthday.

MARRY ME White Ceramic Letter Candy Dish
MARRY ME White Ceramic Letter Candy Dish
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Want to lose weight? Fruits and vegetables won’t help


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Everybody seems to be on some sort of diet these days.

And for the most part, diets do their job of reducing caloric intake and helping people lose their desired weight (when combined with a proper exercise program, of course).

But as we’ve said in the past, some diets are better than others.  But the core of most diets are that you should be able to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Or maybe not.

Fruit and Vegetable Basket: Pretend Play Toy Foods for Children's Kitchen
Fruit and Vegetable Basket:
Pretend Play Toy Foods for Children’s Kitchen
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Can you conquer the Hamburger Challenge?


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Do you love hamburgers as much as we do?  It is the ultimate American food, after all.

Well, hamburgers and the ice cream sandwich.  And General Tsao’s Chicken.

And deep-fried Twinkies.  That’s about it, right?

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How to make perfect coffee, every time


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Ah, the quest for the absolutely perfect cup of coffee.  It’s what Starbucks has built their reputation on, as has Keurig, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, and any number of locally-owned coffee shops around the country.

Songs have been written, one would think, about the quest.  Certainly, coffee played a major part in the writing of said songs.

Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker
Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition
Single Serve Coffee Maker
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20 Cities with the Dirtiest Restaurants


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People often don’t complain about a dirty restaurant.

“I’ll bet that our kitchen at home is dirtier than a restaurant kitchen is, so why worry about it?” is a oft-cited statement.  And while that may be true, you’re at least aware of what is or isn’t dirty and take steps to recitify that before you dine.

If you didn’t care about this cleanliness perception, then why do you bother to clean your house before guests arrive? Why polish the silver or wipe down the haze from the glassware?

Exactly – you really are concerned about whether your home kitchen is clean, you just don’t want to admit it.

Restaurant Basics Revisited: Why Guests Don't Come Back ... and What You Can Do About It
Restaurant Basics Revisited:
Why Guests Don’t Come Back … and What You Can Do About It
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Top 5 Indicators of a Dirty Restaurant Kitchen


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If there’s one thing that you should make note of, it’s the FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION notices that are posted in your local restaurants.

There are only two reasons why an Inspection Score is not posted: the manager forgot to do so, or the score is embarrassing to the owner/manager.

The former is seldom likely to happen, as not having the score posted itself is a violation to be noted on the next review.  The latter is more the case.  Some locations do everything they can to hide a low score from being visible to the inquiring public, from placing it far away behind a counter – visible, but not readable; to placing it behind other paperwork on the wall – also visible, but obscured.

We do know of one fast-food chain location that was so proud of their “100 out of 100” score that they made a 2′ x 3′ poster of the inspection and placed it at the front door. No hiding from that.

The Restaurant Manager's Handbook: How to Set Up, Operate, and Manage a Financially Successful Food Service OperationThe Restaurant Manager’s Handbook:
How to Set Up, Operate, and Manage
a Financially Successful Food Service Operation
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