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1/15/2021

Sweetgreen is putting its own stamp on the crispy chicken craze with the launch of the limited-time Crispy Chicken Salad. The salad will be made with crispy rice and chicken that is blackened rather than fried, and Sweetgreen will team up with health-focused social media influencers to promote the dish.

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1/15/2021

Gelatina de mosaico's beauty may fool some into thinking the popular Mexican dessert is difficult to make, writes Esteban Castillo, author of "Chicano Eats." The simple, adaptable recipe calls for cubing three colorful gelatins and adding them to a cooled milk gelatin base flavored with vanilla so the cubes are suspended within the finished dessert.

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epicurious
1/15/2021

The pandemic drove many of 2020's restaurant and food trends, and the National Restaurant Association expects some of those trends to continue this year, according to a report released this week. Restaurants streamlined menus, put the focus on off-premises dining, created new family and bundled meal options, and started selling groceries and alcohol to-go to boost sales.

1/15/2021

Restaurant Week launched in 1992 as a way to give New York City's eateries a boost during traditionally slow times, and in the years since the tradition has spread to markets across the country. This year, the pandemic has cities and restaurants rethinking the event, with some opting out, others rescheduling and some still unsure about what to do.

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National Public Radio
1/15/2021

Nebraska would establish a Farm to School Network under legislation introduced Thursday by state Sen. Tom Brandt. The proposed network would connect administrators and school nutrition professionals with area farmers and other producers to supply locally sourced food for school meals.

1/15/2021

A group of sommeliers from across the US reflected that the tumult of 2020 may actually galvanize lasting changes for the better in the wine industry, such as boosting its commitment to diversity and making wine accessible to a broader array of consumers through virtual tastings and e-commerce. "The silver lining is that keeping food, wine and service simple yet high-quality seems to be achievable," added Shelley Lindgren, who co-owns A16 in San Francisco and A16 Rockridge in Oakland, Calif.

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1/15/2021

The simplicity of a whiskey highball requires quality ingredients and a skilled hand that approaches the cocktail as part science and part art, writes Tim McKirdy. "Each one part of the process might not make a noticeable difference if you're doing it on its own, but if you care about every single step, all those little changes add up," said Deke Dunne, manager and head bartender at Allegory at Eaton DC.

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Tim McKirdy
1/15/2021

Menestra is a Spanish dish with peasant food roots that combines a variety of boiled vegetables in a gravy-like sauce flavored with wine. "Menestra is pure grandmother cooking -- the same as ever, the kind of food you never tire of," said Cristina Gutierrez, a chef and owner at Terete in Spain's La Rioja province, which has been serving the dish for a century.

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Saveur
1/15/2021

Rendered animal fat can be used in a wide range of cooking applications, from frying and roasting to baking. "Choosing the right fat is key, as different fats have different flavors and different smoking points too," said Aaron Rocchino of the Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, Calif., who recommends pork leaf lard for baking because of its mild flavor.

1/14/2021

The CDC has classified school staff as essential workers, and federal vaccine distribution guidance places them in the 1b category -- among the first to receive the vaccine. Yet, the timeline to vaccinate school staff varies nationwide because states establish their own priority guidelines.

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National Public Radio