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Safely preserving at home[May 27, 2014]
Chatham County Center - North Carolina will be offering "Safely Preserving at Home", a basic canning class. Learn the most up-to-date, research based information for preserving safely. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned home preserver now is the time to plan ahead and get prepared. Get the equipment and supplies out and inspect them so you are ready.
Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Costco & Sprouts top Consumer Reports supermarket ratings[Apr. 28, 2014]
When it comes to supermarkets, biggest isn’t always best. In Consumer Reports’ latest survey, Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Costco and Sprouts earned the highest scores overall among 55 of the nation’s major grocery stores; Walmart, America’s largest grocer, landed at the bottom of the ratings, based on a survey of 27, 208 subscribers. The report, which includes the entire Ratings of grocery stores and tips for saving time and money at the supermarket, is available in the May issue of Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports: Five tips to save time in the kitchen[Jan. 31, 2014]
Five to ten minutes may not seem like much, but when cooking a weeknight meal, almost half of Consumer Reports subscribers said they wished they could get those minutes back. The average difference between actual time spent and what respondents desired: eight minutes. With that goal in mind, Consumer Reports experts set out to create the ultimate time-saving kitchen feature with top time-saving countertop appliances and expert tips from chefs, designers, organizer and others.
UNC Study: Fast food not the major factor causing increases in childhood obesity[Jan. 16, 2014]
For several years, many have been quick to attribute rising fast-food consumption as the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report that fast-food consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem: poor all-day-long dietary habits that originate in children’s homes.
Revolutionizing school lunches in rural North Carolina[Jan. 12, 2014]
The Abundance Foundation’s upcoming Cafeteria Man Expert Panel Discussion on January 13 at Chatham Community Library aims to answer questions. The panel features some heavy hitters in the North Carolina’s realm of healthy food access to discuss the documentary Cafeteria Man and how we can revolutionize the way we serve school lunches in our 17 public schools in Chatham County, and beyond.
ShopSmart: The best skillets and cookware sets[Nov. 11, 2013]
The best pots and pans should conduct heat evenly, clean up easily, and have comfy handles that stay cool to the touch. The November issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights seven skillets and cookware sets that exuded many of these qualities – including two from Walmart – and outperformed dozens of others in recent tests.
Cuisinart and Mr. Coffee models top Consumer Reports’ latest tests of coffeemakers[Nov. 5, 2013]
Serious coffee drinkers don’t have to spend a fortune to brew a good cup of Joe at home. In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of nearly 100 coffeemakers, models from Cuisinart and Mr. Coffee delivered convenience and optimal brewing that count. Consumer Reports evaluated seven types of coffeemakers. In tests of conventional drip coffeemakers, which are best for serving a crowd, the Recommended Cuisinart Crystal SCC-1000 Limited Edition Perfec Temp DCC-2800, $200, earned the highest marks. The Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT, a CR Best Buy, matched that brewing performance for just $40.
So you think you can cook?[Aug. 16, 2013]
Here's your opportunity to show off what you know. Since Bella Donna's is closed Sunday evenings, we are offering our kitchen to chefs (novice and professional) to come in and strut your stuff.
Edward Lee's adobo-fried chicken and waffles[Jun. 5, 2013]
Chef Edward Lee stopped in Fearrington Village in Chatham County to promote his new cook book "Smoke & Pickles" and to serve up some of the recipes from his book.
Below is his recipe for adobo-fired chicken and waffles.
Nearly 48,000 diners rate best & worst at 102 popular restaurant chains[Jun. 28, 2012]
Whether you’re traveling the interstate, looking for a sumptuous supper, or just want to get away from the kitchen this summer, Consumer Reports surveyed 47,565 diners to help find the best meals and best deals at 102 of the nation’s biggest sit-down chain restaurants. “Americans spend about $1.7 billion per day at restaurants. That’s close to the amount they spend each year on indigestion remedies. Clearly, diners deserve a sure thing: a clean place that provides tasty food, good value, and solicitous service” said senior projects editor Tod Marks.
Consumer Reports rates the best frozen treats for summer[Jun. 7, 2012]
When it comes to taste, offerings from 365 Everyday Value, Häagen-Dazs, Dove, and Walgreens led the pack in Consumer Reports latest tests of strawberry fruit bars, ice cream bars and sandwiches. The report is available online now at www.ConsumerReports.org
and in the July 2012 issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale Tuesday, June 5.
Subway’s Egg White and Cheese on Mornin’ Flatbread tops taste-tests of fast-food egg sandwiches[Apr. 29, 2012]
Egg sandwiches that are tasty and nutritious are hard to come by in most fast-food chains. Consumer Reports tried egg sandwiches from Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway—and deemed Subway’s Egg White and Cheese on Mornin’ Flatbread most tasty. Consumer Reports also evaluated the nutrition of egg sandwiches from those chains and Wendy’s to see if any could combine good taste and nutrition. The tastiest sandwich from Subway also had decent nutrition and while breakfast sandwiches from Burger King and McDonald’s rated good for taste, none of them scored better than fair for nutrition.
Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix & Fareway top Consumer Reports supermarket ratings[Apr. 5, 2012]
Consumer Reports subscribers rated Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix and Fareway tops among 52 of the nation’s major grocery stores. While most respondents were quite satisfied with their experiences, the survey also revealed even some of the high-rated chains gave plenty of shoppers something to complain about.
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