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Chicken soup for the cold[Dec. 26, 2006]
Medicine isn’t the only remedy that can provide relief for a cold this season. Research has found that chicken soup seems to reduce congestion, so Consumer Reports screened 26 varieties to determine which were the better brands to test. The Original SoupMan’s refrigerated chicken vegetable soup was the only variety to garner an excellent rating.
8 out of 10 chickens tested by Consumer Reports harbor dangerous bacteria[Dec. 21, 2006] Consumer Reports
recently tested fresh, whole broilers bought nationwide and found that they are dirtier than ever. Consumer Reports
tested 525 chickens from leading brands, as well as organic and other brands raised without antibiotics, for two of the leading bacterial causes of food-borne disease-campylobacter and salmonella.
Spicing up Thanksgiving[Nov. 17, 2006]
As far as food goes, Thanksgiving is the most traditional of holidays.The Christmas season offers weeks of opportunities to try new dishes and explore international food traditions at parties and family dinners. Hanukkah covers eight days. But the Thanksgiving table must bear the weight of family custom all in a single day. Riots can ensue if a Thanksgiving meal at home doesn’t include Aunt Hattie’s sweet potato casserole or Mom’s oyster dressing.
Water facts of life[Oct. 10, 2006]
There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.
Winning the grocery game: How to shop smarter, cheaper, faster[Sep. 26, 2006]
The Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed 24,000 readers about their grocery shopping experiences and found that while respondents were generally happy with the supermarket they used most often, they still had complaints.
Consumer Reports reveals that farm-raised salmon is often sold as "wild"[Jul. 5, 2006]
Salmon that is labeled “wild” may actually be farmed-raised. Consumer Reports bought 23 supposedly “wild” salmon filets last November, December and March—during the off-season for wild-caught salmon—and found that only 10 of the 23 were definitely caught in the wild. The rest of the fish was farm-raised salmon.
Great grilling secrets for summer[Jun. 27, 2006]
Grilling season is upon us. Fire up the grill and enjoy outdoor meals -- everything from dinner on the backyard patio to a picnic in the park. Grilling is great because it is a delicious way to cook a variety of recipes, involves fairly easy clean up and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.
Also: Famous Dave’s BBQ
Consumer Reports ’ survey of chain restaurants finds best values[Jun. 6, 2006] Consumer Reports’
latest survey of restaurant chains shows that readers were especially happy with meals at some of the newer chains—and that casual restaurants usually offered the best bang for the buck. Readers told Consumer Reports
that they found the especially good value-$15 to $19 for a very good meal—at seven casual-dinner chains: Claim Jumper, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Johnny Carino’s Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy, Texas Roadhouse, Red Hot & Blue, and Famous Dave’s.
Welcome to spring . . . a great time for eggs![Apr. 6, 2006]
It's spring — the season to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate special occasions, like Easter, Passover, and graduation! While eggs are used all year 'round, they are especially important for many spring and summertime activities. They are used for cooking festive delights and for decorating and hiding just before the big Easter egg hunt.
Barbecue food safety[Apr. 5, 2006]
Cooking outdoors was once only a summer activity shared with family and friends. Now more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round. So whether the snow is blowing or the sun is shining brightly, it's important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness.
New Coke BlaK fizzles with Consumer Reports taste-testers[Apr. 2, 2006]
Consumers looking for more coffee with their cola may be disappointed with the new American version of Coke BlaK, according to Consumer Reports
taste tests. Consumer Reports
bought a bottle of the new American version of Coke BlaK and taste-tested it against both the French version and regular Coca-Cola Classic. Testers found the U.S. Coke BlaK sweeter, with a more caramel-like flavoring, similar to Coca-Cola Classic. The coffee flavor is a bare whiff. And Coke BlaK is a lot pricier than a regular can of Coke.
Also: Cojnsumer Reports
Hosting a wee bit of a party on St. Patrick’s Day[Mar. 14, 2006]
This St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re hosting a traditional Irish celebration or a modern-day party complete with green beer, be sure to encourage guests to designate a driver before toasting the patron saint of Ireland. To help promote responsible holiday revelry among adults, here are some simple tips to keep in mind.
Food safety: The top five mistakes people make in the kitchen[Jan. 10, 2006]
Most people think of food safety in the summer when grilling and picnics are at their peak. However, food safety is important year-round and no matter what the season, preventing foodborne illness should be top of mind. Whether you’re cooking a five-course meal or preparing food for a tailgating party, it’s crucial to know how to keep your food safe, especially when cooking for family and friends.
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