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Ethel tells you how to clean your jewels.

Alert: There is no wine in this post. My mom, Ethel, (Favorite wine? Kedem's Matuk Rouge) is still working. Not only that, she is the oldest jeweler on the Bowery. She has a dramatic two-hour-each-way-rush hour commute to NYC from Long Beach five-days a week. Show More Summary

Have You Ever Tried to Buy an EpiPen?

How pharmaceutical price hikes and high-deductible plans create a perfect storm for people who need life-saving medications.

Do I Need Preservatives In My Homemade Cleaning Products?

Hi! I’ve been reading a lot about the need for preservatives in homemade products, especially those made with water. I always use either distilled or boiled water and most of what I make is made in batches of 32oz or less. … Keep reading... The post Do I Need Preservatives In My Homemade Cleaning Products? appeared first on Home Ec 101.          

For the record: the GMO labeling bill

At the end of July, President Obama signed S. 764 — National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, the GMO labeling law. It requires food product labels to disclose GMO ingredients, but companies can decide for themselves among three options: On-package labels A symbol (yet to be developed by USDA) A link to a smartphone app or website […]

Writing This Ship: Part 6 - Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic; update and more to come

It's now been over two years since I finalized the first draft of my book - Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic - for submission to the editors at the publishing house. And fifteen months since it was...

The Best Kept Secret for Boosting Inferior Leaves

yesterdayFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

    Before I launch into how to become a Blend Meister in your own right, I want to say congratulations to the entire team and fellow bloggers here on T-Ching for scoring Best Blog and being nominated for Best Social Media Reach at The World Tea Expo! You have … Continue reading ? The post The Best Kept Secret for Boosting Inferior Leaves appeared first on T Ching.

In the Alentejo, Portugal, for just a day

I’m just on the way home from Lisbon. I’ve spent today consulting for a major Alentejo winery that changed hands a while back. The new owner is smart enough to seek outside opinions before making changes, and through his new winemaker made an approach to me. So I visited, looked around the vineyards, had a look [...]

With Gratitude

It's not exactly what we had planned (we were quirky and noisy and it doesn't have that feeling anymore). But it's big and grand to look at, and it's something of a miracle that it exists when so many other community gardens no longer do. Show More Summary

Video: Use Your Cast Iron Pan and a Tortilla for Extra-Crispy Pizza in Just 12 Minutes

In the catalog of easy, cheaty pizza recipes that start with some form of pre-baked bread base, flour tortilla–based pizzas have historically ranked pretty low on my list. But all that has changed, and I'm now going to take the position...Show More Summary

Starr Hill Basketcase

The post, Starr Hill Basketcase, first appeared on The Barley Blog. I’m a big lager fan. Their overall biscuity nature and ability to refresh after a long day in the sun or simply […] The post, Starr Hill Basketcase, first appeared on The Barley Blog.

Ardbeg Galileo

The Ardbeg Galileo is named after the father of modern astronomy and we are eager to find out if it tastes truly heavenly and if secondary market prices skyrocketed too.  Sure, all of its predecessors like the “Rollercoaster”, “Supernova” or its big brother the “Alligator” would be interesting subjects to analyse in terms of taste... Show More Summary

Artichoke Po'Boys, Falafel'd Flatbreads, Loaded Potato Salad, Oh Fudge! Dip & more!

Are you’re looking for LESS work in the kitchen?? But don’t want to sacrifice nutrition?? This week’s meal plan is EXACTLY what you need! PLUS! It's our shortest prep week EVER!! You have time to prep less than 12 ingredients, right?...Show More Summary

Review: South Hollow Spirits Dry Line Gin

Massachusetts-based South Hollow Spirits focuses on rum, but it also makes gin, particularly this bottling, which is, like its rum, made from 100% sugar cane. More specifically, here’s the full process: Dry Line Cape Cod Gin is a small batch,… Continue reading ?

Egypt investigates strawberry link to hepatitis A cases in U.S.

Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the possibility that strawberries being exported to the United States are contaminated with hepatitis A. Ministry spokesman Edi Hawash said media reports from Virginia sparked the inquiry. He said Egypt has not received any official request from any U.S. Show More Summary

Enough meat and vegetables for record 2nd quarter recall stew

Stericycle Inc., the Indianapolis business-to-business services company that tracks all sorts of recalls, including food, does its counting and comparisons by lots. Other ways of counting might be better for food. USDA, for example, has long used pounds of meat in reporting recalls. In the second quarter of 2016, however, recall activity for both the... Continue Reading

FDA seeks comments; extends food safety deadlines

Today the government is scheduled to open a six-month public comment period on drafts of guidance documents that are designed to help food company operators meet new regulations — some of which have compliance deadlines in less than one month. With the publication of the first five out of 14 chapters of guidance documents today,... Continue Reading

Three Limited Release Barrel-Aged Fruit Sours from Crooked Stave

(Denver, Co) – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is gearing up for a strong end to the summer by announcing three more limite… The post Three Limited Release Barrel-Aged Fruit Sours from Crooked Stave appeared first on thefullpint....

Golden Tap Awards 2016 Voting Launches

The Golden Tap Awards, Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, has launched its voting for 2016.  Now in its fourteenth year, the Golden Tap Awards recognize the best in beer and cider in Ontario, across breweries, beers, brewpubs, cideries, bars and more. Show More Summary

Jason Momoa Is Like a Kid in a Candy Store at the Guinness Brewery

Aquaman actor and diehard drink enthusiast Jason Momoa has never been shy about his love for Guinness beer, and it has finally paid off. During a family pilgrimage to the Guinness brewery in Dublin, Ireland, Momoa got to explore the ins and outs of brewing his favorite stout. Show More Summary

Merryvale 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

2011  in Napa Valley was a difficult vintage. It was the year when using too much oak in the aging process turned the wine anemic and unpleasant. Many big name Napa wineries turned out duds in 2011. Not surprisingly, 2011 is  the least […] The post Merryvale 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

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