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Consumer Reports ’ survey of chain restaurants finds best valuesConsumer 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!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 safetyBarbecue 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-testersNew 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 DayHosting 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 kitchenFood 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.
Don't wing it with chicken cooking tipsDon't wing it with chicken cooking tips
[Aug. 4, 2005] Like all fresh meats, chicken is perishable and should be handled with care. Proper handling and cooking of chicken completely eliminates the risk of bacterial infection.
Six steps to grill the perfect steakSix steps to grill the perfect steak
[Jun. 22, 2005] There's nothing better than a nicely grilled juicy steak. But how come I can't duplicate that restaurant, expensive, juicy, melt-in-your mouth, perfectly grilled steak? Well, I found out how to grill steak perfectly - and here's how you can too. By Laura Folse
Winn-Dixie closes hundreds of storesWinn-Dixie closes hundreds of stores
[Jun. 21, 2005] Winn-Dixie, in order to focus on profitability, announced plans to shrink the store base by 35 percent and reduce the workforce by 28 percent.
Fresh produce plays an important role in a healthy dietFresh produce plays an important role in a healthy diet
[Mar. 22, 2005] We all know that “an apple a day helps keep the doctor away,” but the Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in January by the USDA drive home the importance of including a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. The guidelines recommend nine servings of produce every day as part of a healthy diet – four servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables. This is up from the previous recommendation of five servings a day.
Sanford Jaycees accepting entries for barbecue cookoffSanford Jaycees accepting entries for barbecue cookoff
[Sep. 20, 2004] Sanford - If you think you can cook a pig better than anyone else, Carolina Brick Festival organizers want you in the field of 20 teams who will spend the first night of the festival cooking in downtown Sanford. The three top pigs will earn their cookers $300, $200 and $100.
Farmers' markets are brimming with produce and moreFarmers' markets are brimming with produce and more
[Aug. 3, 2004] This is high season, when fields are bursting with vegetables and flowers and farmers are picking to exhaustion. Chatham County residents have a magnificent selection of high quality produce and much more at our local farmers' markets. By Debbie Roos
Also: Pittsboro's Farmers' Market
Also: Fearrington's Farmers' Market
BBQ & Ribs Co named to ‘Best of Best Barbecue in America’ listBBQ & Ribs Co named to ‘Best of Best Barbecue in America’ list
[Jun. 28, 2004] Are you searching for the most succulent, flavorful barbecue in America? Have you ever wondered what the experts qualify as “the best” barbecue in the nation? Well, your search is over! BBQ & Ribs Co. in Eastern, North Carolina has passed the test by being named to the National Barbecue News´ “Best of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America!” The first BBQ & Ribs Co. opened in Siler City in April of 2002. By Hilton Eades
Also: BBQ & Ribs Co
Snow Cream RecipesSnow Cream Recipes
[Feb. 27, 2004] Snow Cream - ice cream made from snow. What a great idea! Now, some people think this is unsanitary but if you're adventuresome, give it a try. It's a winter treat that doesn't happen often and tastes better than ice cream.

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