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Not-So-Charming Victorian English Cookery

The general impression of the middle class Victorian home, especially in London, normally includes a servant or two. If a family had a single servant, she was a “maid-of-all-work” – a general purpose helper who would primarily give the lady of the house a hand with all the menial tasks of running the home. Tasks such as laundry involved full days of hard labor. Cleaning a carpet was an affair involving damp tea leaves and a stiff brush. Generally, life was still tough, even with a maid.
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Jodi vs. Mrs. Beeton – Failure Tastes Victorian

Long before Martha frenched her first standing rib roast or Rachel Ray opened her first tin of Rotel, there was Mrs. Beeton.
In the 185os, at the ripe old age of 21, Isabella Mary Beeton began contributing household and cookery articles to one of her husband’s many publications, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine. In 1861, her considerable contributions were bound and sold in a single volume called The Book of Household Management Comprising Information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under House-Maids, Lady’s-Maid, Maid-of-all-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse …

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not something most Americans think about. When I was in Britain five years ago, every other story on the news was about the dangers of GMOs and how they were sneaking into the food supply. GMOs sounded like a very bad thing according to the folks at the BBC, yet outside of fluff stories on the 24-hour news-go-round about glow-in-the-dark kittens, I had never heard of GMOs here in America.
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Review: Bowl of Pho Restaurant

A new restaurant has been causing quite a buzz around Southside these days. Bowl of Pho Vietnamese restaurant opened recently at the corner of Old Baymeadows and Southside Blvd. I had heard good things, so this Saturday I dropped in to give it a try.
First, forget everything you may believe about pho places. The usual scruffy hole-in-the-wall is a bygone memory at Bowl of Pho. The place is clean and inviting with beautiful decor and a pleasing atmosphere. I excused myself to wash my hands before being seated and found …

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Tastecasting: Yogaberry

::Tastecasting is not an unbiased restaurant review. If you are unfamiliar with Tastecasting, please learn more at “What Is Tastecasting?”::
I visited Yogaberry at the St. Johns Town Center this past week with the rest of the Tastecasting crew. The owner of the franchise, Jennifer Turner, began by telling us how she started Yogaberry by developing her own recipe four years ago. The frozen yogurt is gluten-free, fat-free and organic. No artificial sweeteners or flavors are used in the product, though a sugar-free version will be coming out in the next month.
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Review: Fu Hao Bistro (CLOSED)

This past Wednesday night I decided to take a few of my fellow bloggers along to try out the new Fu Hao Bistro on Park Street in Five Points. When we entered we found a very modern, beautifully appointed dining room. It is a very calming and clean place with a Zen feel to it. The dining room is split into two parts, but it manages to feel very quiet and intimate.
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Last Gasp Gazpacho

I would like to face the fact that summer is over. In fact, fall is my favorite season in places that actually have an autumn. It may not have been 88° on Halloween where you live, but you can still enjoy a taste of summer. I suggest serving this with your favorite tummy-warming Southwestern entrée and a few temporary clicks of the thermostat.
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Goodbye, Gourmet – Hello, Gougères

Long before I was a food writer, I was a writer and a food lover. These were separate things until the food revolution of the past decade occurred. That revolution has been led by people just like me who took their craft and married it to another to produce the new food media. Chefs became travel guides and television personalities. Writers became food writers and script writers for food shows. Television producers and directors have used their talents to take us to places that no studio set can contain. Television, …

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Tastecasting: bb’s

Please see Tastecasting explained here if you are not familiar with the program.
On Thursday night, eight members of the Tastecasting crew were treated to a tasting menu at bb’s – courtesy of Chef Carlos Ramirez. He took a personal interest in our experience and spent a surprising amount of time patiently describing our selections and answering our questions.
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Previously, I’ve written about basic tips to get your kids to eat better food without a battle. A reader, we’ll call her “Kelly”, emailed this question to me. I’d like to share my answer for other parents who are having the same problems. Please remember, I am not a trained medical professional. If your child is having feeding issues, I strongly recommend consulting your pediatrician.
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