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Africa Nears Eradication of Polio

A rigorous vaccination campaign has nearly eliminated the crippling infectious disease from Nigeria and the continent at large, according to a new CDC report.

NYC Restaurant Fined $5,000 for 'Unintentionally' Gender-Specific Want Ad

Seeking a "waitress" or "hostess" violates civil rights laws. New York City business owners should be careful of (perhaps unintentionally) using gendered language in job ads. The New York Post reports the owners of Sistina, an Italian...Show More Summary

A Good Appetite: Broccoli and Potato Soup With Rich, Complex Flavors

Searing the broccoli florets on one side adds dimension to this soup. (Article plus video.)

Social Q’s: Snooze, You Lose

Questions about Thanksgiving invitation responses, advice about big announcements, holiday potluck changes and acceptable timing for guests.

Gluten-Free People Are Really Screwing Over Cheap Italian Chains

As Americans rebel against gluten, sales are down at pasta-centric chains. Is the increasingly ubiquitous gluten-free trend screwing things up for Italian restaurant chains? According to Nation's Restaurant News, "it's a tough time for...Show More Summary

World's 50 Best List Organizers: Voters 'Required to Remain Anonymous'

Blogger Elizabeth Auerbach questions the voting process. The overlords of the controversial World's 50 Best list are really not happy when you question their methods. Elizabeth Auerbach of the blog Elizabeth on Food took to Twitter today to ask if those who vote on the list are allowed to accept invitations from chefs and restaurants for free meals. Show More Summary

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

This week, we deep-fried turkey two ways, celebrated a birthday, and all-around feasted. See it all in the slideshow!

10 Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes From Coast to Coast (PHOTOS)?

Post by Adriana Velez. Giving thanks is universal, but Thanksgiving Day is one of our unique national holidays. And while there are certain classic dishes that grace tables from sea to shining sea -- roasted turkey! -- we also have some regional specialties. Show More Summary

Pomsgiving Cocktail: Drinks on Friday

The last few years I've created a cocktail for Thanksgiving. It's a fun way to start the long Thanksgiving day feast. It perks the appetite and gives everyone something to talk about. I recently attended a POM Wonderful lunch and was inspired by all the wonderful cocktails. Show More Summary

McDonald's Worker Falsely Accused of Putting Glass in Big Mac Wins $437K

Two all-beef patties, special sauce and... shards of broken glass? A former McDonald's employee who was accused of spiking a New York City police officer's Big Mac with broken glass a decade ago has just been awarded $437,000 by theShow More Summary

Take Your Spatchcocked Turkey to the Grill for Extra-Moist, Evenly Cooked Meat

The grill is well-suited to roasted turkey perfection. Situating the darker meat closer to a two-zone indirect fire lets the legs and thighs cook faster than the more delicate breast meat, leaving both sections of the bird to reach their respective ideal temperatures at the same time. Plus there's the bonus of adding wood chunks for lightly smoky, more flavorful meat.

Chef Michael Taus talks new restaurant

Charlie Trotter protege chef Michael Taus will open Taus Authentic, what he calls an "everyday" neighborhood restaurant, in the former Prasino space in Wicker Park (1846 W. Division) early next year. Taus was for 20 years the man behind the fine dining spot Zealous, which closed its doors in...

Oh Great, TGI Friday's Mistletoe Drones Are Invading America

The potato skin hawkers are bringing their creepy #Togethermas promo to the U.S. Don't worry, America: You won't be left out of TGI Friday's bizarro Yuletide drone campaign. The chain's UK division announced earlier this week that it...Show More Summary

Olive Garden Parent Company Darden Ditches Private Jets

No more corporate planes for Darden execs. Clearly these are dark times for restaurant conglomerate Darden Restaurants: Investors tried to take away Olive Garden's unlimited breadsticks, and when that failed they took away the private jets instead. Show More Summary

Weekend reading: a fresh take on the soda industry

Bartow J. Elmore.  Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism.  Norton, 2015.   Elmore is an historian at the University of Alabama, whose book takes a fresh look at how soda companies managed to make fortunes selling cheap sugar water.   Advertising, he says, is only a minor factor in generating soda profits. The real profits […]

Save Oven Space With Slow-Cooker Spiced Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash

These sweet potatoes have just enough (read: plenty of) butter, heavy cream, and milk. Brown sugar and cinnamon play up the natural sweetness, but I also slip in a subtle ingredient that adds complexity: carrots.

Meet 42 Grams' Jake Bickelhaupt, Chicago's Newest Two-Michelin Starred Chef

From opening to two stars in 10 months flat. Chicago chef Jake Bickelhaupt thought he may have heard something wrong. "Wait a minute, you said two. Two stars, right? One, two," Bickelhaupt laughs, recounting last week's phone call that...Show More Summary

Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

Drink in season with this diverse collection of beer and spirits from around the Bay Area, from pumpkin barleywine to applejack. 

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