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Tomato Prices Could Double; Trade Agreement With Mexico In Question

It seems we live in interesting times.  Or, maybe we should say expensive times.  First it was gas.  Then it was our paychecks.  Next was the price of milk.  Now, it appears that the prices we pay for tomatoes might be getting ready to double - if a trade agreement that the United States has with Mexico falls through.

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Bacon Taco Shells Makes For a Delicious Heart Attack

A restaurant has finally pulled off what bacon lovers have long been trying to create in their home test kitchens.

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Subway’s 12-Inch Sandwich May Be the Next Great Hoax

Five-dollar footlong?

How about $6.50 11-inch?

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Obama’s News Taxes Expected To Hurt The Restaurant Industry In A Major Way

Observers close to the food and restaurant industry are watching their bottom line shrink, with profits expected to be lost due to new taxes that went into effect on January 1st.  With Obamacare putting a halt to hiring and forcing some managers to cut staff and hours, the industry was already forecasting a pale 2013.  But now with the reversal of the payroll tax holiday that eats an additional 2% from employees take-home check, the companies and supervisors that manage the nations biggest restaurant chains are fearful for what that will mean for their bottom line.  Rising gas prices don't help, either.

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Six Food Staples We Should Always Have On Hand

There are many small towns and villages in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I live in one, Lake Nebagamon Wisconsin, and I love the small town atmosphere. Over the years, I have been caught short of food items on more than one occasion due to storms, unexpected emergency, or my own oversight Often times the neighborhood store is closed for the night. Restaurants are usually open, but that can be hard on both the waistline and the wallet. So what do we do now?

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New Beer Flavor Wheel for Real Beer Drinkers

For centuries, everyone from physicians to brewers have used flavor wheels as a means of breaking down the many varieties of aromas and flavors of a particular substance or beverage. A new book includes a consumer-friendly version of a flavor wheel just for beer drinkers.

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Mrs. Rayman’s Grandpa Mac’s Patsy Recipe

On a cold winters night, (and if I've been a good boy,) Mrs. Rayman will make these for dinner. She knows I'm a hothouse flower, so anything that warms me up inside is great, and this is really a special treat. Grandpa Macs are good and tasty and this recipe has been in the family for years. We hope you'll try it.

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Obama Administration Rolls Out New Food Regulations

Over 80% of the nations food supply will now be subject to new regulations.

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Hormel Buys Skippy Peanut Butter

Minnesota-based Hormel Foods - food parent to brands like Spam and Hormel Meats - has bought Skippy Peanut Butter from Unilever.  The deal is rumored to be $700 million for the venerable food brand.

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Starbucks Releases One Dollar Reusable Cup Today to Cut Down on Trash

This idea is a good one, not only for Starbucks, but more so for the environment. I'd be more likely to visit Starbucks more often, simply because of the introduction today of the reusable cup. Starbucks is cool for a lot of reasons, but for me the big thing is they are always on the cutting edge, always looking for new and innovative ways to not only increase business, but also to make sure a visit to Starbucks is a pleasurable one. Heck, I think I'll go order a White Chocolate Mocha Grande right now.

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Who Is Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond? Learning About The Latest Celebrity Chef

My co-workers have labeled me a "foodie";   Okay, they really call me a "food snob", but I prefer the former versus the latter.  I love to cook and yes, I can be particular about my likes and dislikes - especially when it comes to "celebrity chefs".

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Fiscal Cliff And Milk Prices; Deal Reached To Avert Prices Doubling

An update on a post from two weeks ago:  Congress has passed a deal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill that heads off rising milk prices in 2013.

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