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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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Lumpia – Much Crunchier Than It Sounds

Today I would like to share a selection from The Man which involves no cream, no butter and no bacon. Please try to contain your shock. His workplace often has days in which employees bring food. One of his co-workers is from the Philippines and they shared this lumpia recipe with us.
Lumpia is a bit like a spring or egg roll. It is a tasty-crunchy-nom nom party in your mouth. At first, the children were unconvinced that “Lumpies” would be any good. After we told them that they were “Crispy …

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Movie Review: Julie & Julia

I had the incredible luck to win two tickets to a pre-screening of Julie & Julia last night. I had never been to a pre-screening before, so it was a different sort of experience than any other movie I’ve ever seen. Because the theater is filled with people who are like-minded and seeing it for free, folks do strange things. They speak to complete strangers before the movie starts. They laugh a little harder and give applause where it is due. The organizers even ran a contest, giving the first 10 …

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Road Food: Lisa’s Pies – Atlanta, Indiana

Before going on any trip, I do plenty of research on possible places along the way to try new and exciting foods.
During our trip from Jacksonville to Coloma, Michigan, I knew that I wanted to
think outside the box, outside the norm, inside the jar?
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