When you shop at the farmers market or grocery store, it's easy to take for granted the many hours of work that go into a single loaf of bread. Or at least, it is until you have the chance to insert yourself directly into the middle of the process. On Saturday morning, about two dozen volunteers h ... More >>
My husband arrived home with some crumpled printed pages from a website. Bold orange highlighter illuminated some of the words. He handed them to me. Just a few pastry ideas for me from his South African friend at work, Elwin. After seeing my article on Lamingtons, Elwin wanted to pass along some i ... More >>
It's hard to find fault with the unpretentious food writing of Mark Bittman and easy to follow recipes. But when his subject is corn tortillas, fault will be found, and not appreciated. Let's point them out.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Foster Farms poultry plant in California on Wednesday after finding cockroaches on site for the fourth time since September. The USDA won't say how many roaches were found but did say the pests were found in various locations throughout the plant. Thi ... More >>
A public health alert was issued Monday for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California. Since March, some 278 people have gotten sick from salmonella Heidelberg infection, mainly in California, though the illness has reached a total of 18 states so far. Though the USDA was ... More >>
Lately, I have been filling out my farmers market forms, to get my pastry business a booth in some of the fall markets. Page after page of questions, rules, and regulations are mulled over with a glass of wine, but there is one that leaves me a little befuddled, pondering how to best answer. The s ... More >>
Not so long ago, it was perfectly legal to slaughter horses for meat in the U.S. Is it again? In 2006 lawmakers eliminated federal funding for the inspection of horse meat processing facilities (read: slaughterhouses), effectively making horse meat production illegal in the states. But then in 201 ... More >>
Chefs Greg LaPrad and Tony Andiario at Quiessence have put a $37 goat meat special on the menu this week, and they're doing it for a good cause. According to their recent email newsletter, goat dairies -- which are in the business of making goat cheese from a mother goat's milk -- have no use for ma ... More >>
Last August, a large wooden crate arrived at the sandwich shop Pane Bianco. In the crate -- bearing an Austrian return address -- was a 1600 pound stone mill and sifter: the sole piece of machinery that would revive Tempe's century and a half-old Hayden Flour Mills brand for which Mill Avenue was na ... More >>
Now that fast food companies have ditched the bright pink ammonia-treated meat goop AKA "Pink Slime," there seems to be an unused abundance of the stuff. So where's all that disgusting pink goo going to go? To feed hungry dogs in shelters? In the trash? Or maybe meat companies will just stop ... More >>
http://jaydeanhcr.wordpress.com/ The original Dorito packaging. The word "dorito" sounds like "doradito," which translates to "little golden" in Spanish. Throughout history, famous people have been buried with gold. So it's fitting, we suppose, that the guy who invited Doritos --the s ... More >>
SNLSummer heat already taking its toll? Time for some cool buzz on novelty ice cream manufactures, Ben & Jerry's. Gothamist reports that the Vermont-based ice cream company may or may not be developing a new "Schweddy Balls" -themed flavor in honor of the Saturday Night Live skit starring An ... More >>
Chow down on some tasty bits
courtesy of Shannon Dufresne This week Shannon Dufresne, chef-owner of Crave Artisan Ice Cream joined us for Sweet Talk. Over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, we discovered Shannon has quite a sweet tooth, how she set up her commercial kitchen as a co-op, and why good food is in the deta ... More >>
What started out as a less than stellar homemade-Christmas-gift attempt at truffle making grew into the passion and livelihood of the entrepreneurial Lou Mirabella and his wife, Denise, of Chocofin Chocolatiers.
Aquabounty v conventional salmonLast week,you wrote about a "frakenfish", genetically engineered salmon. What did the FDA decide about the salmon? Will it be allowed in our food supply? What are your thoughts on this? Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration held public hearing ... More >>
This Saturday will be the last chance you can swing by cheese goddess Lara Mulchay's artisanal cheese and charcuterie spot, Petit Fromage -- for the time being, anyway. The year-old business, located inside of D'licious Dishes at 7th Avenue and Missouri, will be "on hiatus," Mulchay says, ... More >>
www.pupdogtraining.com Hungry for for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?How Dirty is That Fish?The oil spill has shut down numerous fishing sites and oyster harvesting sites in the Gulf of Mexico. Although Arizona is nowhere near the gulf, we still ... More >>
Happy National Burger Chicken Month? Thanks to high beef prices, my new favorite holiday is looking as sad as the Hamburglar after a bust. Seems burger chains everywhere are giving the heave-ho to hamburger hurrah in lieu of fare that's fowl. Carl's Jr., just came out with a Teriyaki Chicken Sandwic ... More >>
MADCAP shows documentary about organic chow
An early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives. Today from 5 pm till close, Sens Asian Tapas and Sake Bar in downtown Phoenix will be hosting a fundraiser along with the American Red Cross to raise money for Haiti relief and development efforts. One hundred pe ... More >>
When brands go bust, local franchises suffer. In 2008 alone, seven of America's best-known brands in the food industry have filed for bankruptcy in reaction to the slowing economy -- leaving their local franchises fighting to stay afloat. In a new report from CNN, the pattern is clear. F ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/misbehave/Lately, it's gotten downright impossible to get a chocolate fix in Phoenix. Sure, you can still find a Milky Way at Walgreen's, but we're not looking for the waxy stuff that you'd find in a 5-year-old's trick or treat bag. We want our chocolate grown up ... More >>
Of the last five restaurant inspections completed at Tomaso's Italian restaurant on East Camelback Road in Phoenix, five resulted in a failing grade. At the most recent inspection, in early March, the inspector noted dried food debris on the interior of the microwave and surfaces of the slicer. The ... More >>
At Wright on Main (on Main Street in Mesa), Maricopa County restaurant inspectors recently found something rare -- at least, it hasn't turned up in dozens of inspection reports reviewed in the last few months. Mice. And roaches. Also "excessive" droppings from both. (What would qualify as non ... More >>
Now, doesn't that sound fancy?That's because it kinda is. The HRC Arizona Gala is on its fifth year of organizing an art auction to benefit The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.And you can chec ... More >>
Jonathan McNamara Covered in black and red paint, this "barbecued" woman was meant to remind meat-eaters that "all animals have the same parts." Right... The faux Q was PETA's protest of the Cattle Industry's Phoenix convention. Paul Layland's sold hot dogs on the streets of downtown Phoeni ... More >>
Meet the tamale, the essence of universal good
By Amy Silverman Like Chelsea's Kitchen a couple blocks away, Fenix Eatery & Bar on Camelback Road recently received back-to-back "no award" ratings.
Update: Please read the comment that Chatham Kitz wrote in response to this post, about a change in plans for the event . . . Leave it to the Valley's most fanatical chocolate purveyor -- Chatham's Fine Chocolates -- to host the most mouthwatering events I've heard about in ages. It's two wine and ... More >>
Free grub. Mmm.
Ice Cream (DreamWorks)
UFOs? No, frisbees in either corn or flour
Willo Baking Company
534 West McDowell
All whistleblowers are not created equal.
Willy Wonka's dark chocolate still tasty at 25