food

Bubbles
11:15 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process?
Victor Bezrukov Flickr.com

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 12:39 pm

Every time I spend New Year's Eve with my mom, she tells me the same thing: "Be careful with that Champagne, honey. The bubbles go straight to the head. And it won't be pretty tomorrow."

Thanks, Mom. Glad you're looking after me after all these years.

But is she right?

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Ask The Dietitian
3:31 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

New Year's Resolution Advice From Dietitian Mary Purdy

Dietitian Mary Purdy.
Courtesy of Mary Purdy.

Marcie Sillman discusses advice to help you stick to your New Years resolution with nutritionist and registered dietitian Mary Purdy.

Cooking
3:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sleep Soundly, We've Got Holiday Breakfast Ideas

Flickr Photo/Gabriel Li

Marcie Sillman talks with chef Sara Dickerman about what to serve your overnight holiday guests for breakfast.

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Environment
7:36 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Darigold, EPA Reach Settlement In Chlorine Gas Leak

Darigold has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after the milk-producing company failed to report a chlorine gas release last year. Darigold will pay $42,000 in the settlement.
Flickr Creative Commons: www.bluewaikiki.com

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:54 pm

One of the Northwest’s biggest dairy producers has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s after the milk co-op failed to report a chlorine gas release that required medical treatment for a dozen people.

Chlorine gas is highly toxic. It can make your eyes, nose and mouth burn. If you breathe the gas, it can cause respiratory problems or death.

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Kitchen Window
9:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Stars Come Out For Holiday Bakers

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 10:21 am

As a young woman, I had an attack of nostalgia for a possibly imaginary cookie. It was prompted by a walk up New York's Third Avenue, where I saw in the bakery case of a local delicatessen a stack of small round cookies, covered in the tiny rainbow sprinkles known as nonpareils. Instantly, I was ambushed by a flashback to the tiny Italian pastry shop of the small riverside town just north of Manhattan where I grew up, and where, I felt sure, I had been given star-shaped sprinkle cookies of a similar kind as a reward for my excellent behavior.

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Farmers Markets
3:24 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Farm Gifting And CSAs

Community supported agriculture is a great program - but exercise caution when gifting it to a loved one!
Credit Flickr Photo/dolanh

Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about her favorite gifts from the farm, many of which can be found at local farmers markets — many of which are still open during the winter months.

Her suggestions include preserves, handmade baskets, wreaths, soaps, lotions and honey.

But she says it's important to be cautious about gifting a Community Supported Agriculture subscription. This program allows you to pay a membership to a farm in exchange for a delivery of fresh goods from the farm, like produce or fruit boxes. Although a great program to be involved in, Wiser says that a CSA is as individual as a fingerprint and comes with responsibility for the person receiving it, so make sure to check before signing someone up!

Local Food
3:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Bellevue's Iconic Lil' Jon Restaurant Reopens After Kitchen Fire

Lil' Jon bounced back from a kitchen fire in June to reopen on Monday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Steve Scher

Lil’ Jon Restaurant and Lounge in Bellevue’s Eastgate neighborhood is serving its classic American diner fare again — and the many regulars who filled the place opening day couldn’t be happier.

“I enjoy being here. It’s everybody knows your name, just like Cheers,” Sharon Aboe said. “It’s good food and good people.” She started coming to Lil’ Jon 20 years ago and was glad to take her seat again at the counter.

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Georgetown Live, Part One
12:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Georgetown Live: 'An Exceptionally Tight-knit Community'

Chef Matt Dillon's restaurant The Corson Building.
Flickr Photo/The Kozy Shack

The Record kicks off Georgetown Live with the district's unofficial historian, metro issues, an artistic uprising and a unique dining experience.

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Startup Struggles
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Hope Springs Eternal: The Struggles Of A New Restaurant

Chef Abe Hagel of Zouave.

Steve Scher talks with chef Abe Hagel at his new Ravenna restaurant, Zouave. Hagel hopes his eclectic menu of Mediterranean dishes and Berber spices will draw diners and beat the statistic that 25 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year.

Making Ends Meet
12:26 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor

A customer scans the shelves at Community Shop, the U.K.'s first "social supermarket." The discount grocery stores are growing in popularity across Europe and are open exclusively to those in need.
Courtesy of Community Shop

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:57 pm

Somewhere between a food pantry and a traditional grocery store lies an opportunity to help feed those in need.

Enter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. opened its first. Dubbed Community Shop, the store is located in an impoverished former mining town in South Yorkshire.

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Chef In The Hat
2:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Chef In The Hat Braves KUOW's Fridge

Marcie Sillman implores Chef in the Hat Thierry Rautureau to make magic out of KUOW leftovers.
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Marcie Sillman and chef Thierry Rautureau tackle the KUOW break-room fridge challenge to figure out what to make for lunch.

Impact Of Foraging
10:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, snaps the end off a mushroom in a Washington, D.C.-area park. When broken, the inside turns blue, identifying it as an inedible species of bolete.
The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:26 am

The first heavy rains of the season fell two weeks ago at Salt Point State Park, on the northern California coast, and now ranger Todd Farcau is waiting anxiously for the forest floor to erupt with mushrooms.

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Thanksgiving Meal
2:37 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Labels On Your Turkey And How To Not Mess Up The Gravy

Flickr Photo/Eric Horst

Marcie Sillman talks with food writer Sara Dickerman about making gravy and how to work with the labels on your turkey.

Hot Sauce
6:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge Orders Sriracha Factory To Cool It

Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Peppered with complaints from citizens about burning eyes, sore throats and headaches, city officials in Irwindale, Calif., went to court to see if they could do something about smells coming from a factory that produces Sriracha hot sauce.

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Thanksgiving Prep
5:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

How To Cook A Turkey Safely (It's Harder Than You Think)

Feel the tryptophan.
Flickr Photo/Another Pint Please...

Marcie Sillman talks with Phil Wyman, a restaurant inspector for King County Public Health, about how to properly cook a turkey to avoid poisoning your loved ones.

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