Saturday, December 3, 2016

Inventor of General Tso's Chicken Dies at 98

By Howard Portnoy

Image: Wikimedia Commons
The general is dead. Long live the general.

Actually, the general is fine, alive and kicking. It’s the chef and restaurant owner who conceived of the popular dish who has died.

From Tawain News comes word that “Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), the founder of the famous Hunan-style restaurant chain Peng's Garden Hunan Restaurant (彭園湘菜館) and inventor of the world famous Chinese dish General Tso's Chicken, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 98 from Pneumonia.” 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nestlé Finds Method for Cutting Sugar in Chocolate by 40%

By Margaret Whitfield

It’s a dream come true for chocolate lovers. Food scientists with Nestlé SA, the gigantic food cartel based in Switzerland, claim they have discovered a way to reduce the amount of sugar in chocolate by as much as 40%.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Survive Thanksgiving If Stuck in the Airport

By Margaret Whitfield

One of the things I will be giving thanks for this year when I set my table tomorrow is that Thanksgiving is at my house. I don’t have to travel, much less contemplate the horrors of getting stuck in an airport on Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weirdest Thanksgiving Food Traditions

By Howard Portnoy

In two days, Americans all over the nation will sit down together and give thanks for the many bounties we enjoy here in the Land of the Free. Then they will tuck into what for many is the single largest meal of the year. According to The Telegraph, the average eater consumes 3,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Spice Vendor Lashes Out at Its Customers Who Voted for Trump

By Margaret Whitfield

I won’t tell you who I voted for in last week’s general election or if I voted at all because it is beyond the scope of a food blog. I also believe it is beyond the scope of an email from a spice vendor weeks before Thanksgiving. But that didn’t prevent Bill Penzey, Jr., of Penzey’s Spices, from sending an email to his customers on Election Night berating those who voted for Donald Trump.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chili’s Takes Back Veteran’s Free Meal on Veterans Day

By Margaret Whitfield

Ernest Walker (Image: CBSDFW screen grab)
In a gesture that is unfathomable, the branch of the restaurant chain Chili’s in Cedar Hill, Texas, removed the plate of food it had served a veteran of the armed forces just as he was lifting his fork. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Restaurants Offering Free Food or Discounts to Veterans on Veterans Day

By Margaret Whitfield

Tomorrow, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. The day to honor the men and women who proudly served their country will be marked by parades.

It will also be marked by a special thank you from a number of the nation's restaurant chains, which are offering free meals or discounts to veterans. Here, in order of an eating establishment's generoisty, is a rundown.