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Posts for January 6th 2011
It's only the beginning of January, and one restaurant chain's already embroiled in the biggest poultry fast food controversy since Oprah offered millions free KFC. In Pennsylvania, Chick-fil-A has been under fire for supporting an anti-gay group.
The controversy surrounds the chicken chain's cosponsoring of an event with the Pennsylvania Family Institute, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage that's said to have affiliations with conversion therapy proponents. In response, tens of thousands of Americans have petitioned against the sponsorship.The conservative chain, which is known for keeping its doors shut on Sundays, has removed its name from any event materials and has issued a short statement as well on its Facebook page saying that it's determined "one of our independent restaurant operators in Pennsylvania was asked to provide sandwiches to two Art of Marriage video seminars . . . we do our best to serve local communities."
Where do you stand on the issue? Is it right for restaurants and food establishments to take an active stance on touchy social issues?
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2 1/4 cups vodka
3/4 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup simple syrup
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
12-20 rosemary sprigs
- Wash rosemary sprigs. Dry and place in a pitcher.
- Add the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
- Line up wine glasses on a table. Fill each with several ice cubes and top with the vodka mixture. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Enjoy! Alternately, pour a small amount (3/4 cup) of the mixture into a cocktail shaker. Add a rosemary sprig, top with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glasses. Rinse shaker and repeat until all cocktails are created.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- North American
Since you've crowned Trader Joe's your favorite grocery store three years in a row, I've decided I'm long overdue to share something with you: my top TJ's product, and the definitive recipe to go with it.
I've always loved the half-healthy, half-indulgent quality of the chain's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip. It's wonderful spooned atop silvers of smoked salmon and thick-cut chips, blended with buttermilk for a unique dressing, or as a dip for carrots and celery. But I can't take credit for the hands-down best way to enjoy this: in a sourdough bread and roast beef sandwich. That brilliant idea goes to my best friend, who came up with this simple yet amazing combo when she didn't have any condiments in her refrigerator.
This sandwich, which contains items that can be found at all Trader Joe's stores, may not sound like anything special, but make no mistake — it's amazing. I've had it for lunch every day this week. Want the recipe? Then read more.
4 tablespoons Trader Joe's Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip*
4 large (about 7-inches wide) slices cracked wheat sourdough bread
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
5 ounces (about 6 slices) seasoned roast beef
1/2 cup arugula, washed, rinsed, and tightly packed
- Using a butter knife, spread the yogurt-based dip evenly on one side of each slice of bread, being sure to cover all areas.
- Top two sourdough slices with tomato slices. Arrange roast beef slices in an overlapping pattern over the tomatoes. Scatter arugula atop roast beef evenly.
- Top with remaining two slices. Cut in half and enjoy immediately!
*Note: If you aren't in proximity of a Trader Joe's market, fear not; you can create a similar spread by mixing 4 tablespoons whole Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon each minced cilantro and chives. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste.
- Main Dishes, Sandwiches
- North American
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Rated E for everyone.
For the all-star season of Top Chef, we have a special person recapping the show: previous Top Chef participant Stefan Richter! Here are his thoughts on last night's episode.Blogging Top Chef All-Stars, can you believe it? Me, the Euro who can't spell for sh*t. Anyway, here it goes! The last few episodes were pretty dull and to see my paisano Fabio getting nailed to the board, like I nailed the eel in my season . . . SNAP! Animal inside out — doesn't most Italian food look like that anyways, besides pizza? That comment will not get me any Italian friends, but who cares?
For more of Stefan's take on Top Chef, keep on reading.
I'm happy to see Rachael win, although it seems like the food community's a bit up in arms over this one; some are complaining that she doesn't qualify as a "chef," while others believe Jamie Oliver, with all his antiobesity efforts, should have walked away with the prize. Where do you stand?