Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Tomorrow is October! Here in North Carolina, that’s a bit of a shocker. Our temperatures have been up and down lately but always warm and pleasant, in the 70s or 80s. However, this weekend, right on schedule, it’s getting cooler, even dropping into the low 40s at night. The latte menu at coffee shops and …

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A bill in my home state of Massachusetts will make the quahog the state shellfish. What?! Did I hear a snicker out of you? Surely it’s because you don’t understand the magnificence of the quahog. And in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced co-hog, not qwa-hog as a delusional Midwestern executive chef once tried to tell …

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During the 2008 Lenten season my yoga center in Sacramento offered the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program. It was a challenging and transforming experience – daily yoga practice and meditation, journaling, mindful eating and weekly meetings. I also gave up beer and wine for the 40 days — a sacrifice that wasn’t required but …

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Did you know that one percent of all Google searches each day are for recipes? Google recently “added a new level of functionality that will allow users to sort by a recipe’s characteristics” like ingredients, cook time and calories. Unfortunately, Google’s preference for the huge recipe engines remains. “It’s going to favor some of the …

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Here’s an update on the food situation in Egypt, paraphrased from Reuters. Egypt’s food inflation will continue to rise in 2011 reaching about 20 percent year-on-year. It will be difficult for Egypt to curb prices because prices are likely to remain globally high this year. The situation won’t be helped by a drop in the …

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