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National Restaurant Association Says Restaurants Hit Hard by Pandemic Lockdowns

National Restaurant Association Says Restaurants Hit Hard by Pandemic Lockdowns

This is a sad time for restaurant-loving foodies, but even more so for the owners of those food-service-based businesses. It has now been six months since restaurants were forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new survey released yesterday by the National Restaurant Association, nearly 1 in 6 restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) is closed either permanently or long-term; nearly 3 million employees are still out of work, and the industry is on track to lose $240 billion in sales by the end of the year.

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Product Review: Food Cubby

Product Review: Food Cubby

When I was little, I suffered from a mild case of brumotactillophobia, the fear of foods touching on one’s plate. It would freak me out when the gravy started oozing over to the veggies. And heaven forbid if the mashed potatoes touched the peas! I think life would have been much easier for me if Food Cubby had been around.

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Organic: Frequently Asked Questions About the Term

Organic: Frequently Asked Questions About the Term

Organic foods have been long promoted as the best choice when buying groceries. The USDA organic labeling program began in 2001. In 2016, there were more than 31,000 certified organic commercial farmers in the nation, and in more than 100 countries. Organics is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world — sales have risen over 20 percent each year. The industry is worth $43 billion today.

However, what does “organic” mean? In a scientific sense, all life is organic. But that’s not what we’re talking about in reference to produce, meat, and other foods you can purchase at the grocery store. The term has a legal definition, as well.

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Taste Test: Runamok Maple Organic Maple Syrups

Taste Test: Runamok Maple Organic Maple Syrups

Home cooks are the only ones who can be creative in the kitchen. Check out Runamok Maple. Based in northern Vermont, they specialize in maple syrup. But not just run-of-the-mill maple syrup, but “infused, smoked and barrel-aged maple syrup.” Of course, you can also get plain, ole’ pure maple, which they call “Sugarmaker’s Cut.” I recently received a sampling of four of Runamok Maple’s flavors and in this post, I’m sharing my experience with them.

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