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Food FYI: Democrats fail to block food stamp cuts in farm bill

July 12, 2012 |  9:38 am

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FARM BILL WATCH

House Democrats fell short in their efforts to block cutbacks to food assistance to poor families as the Agriculture Committee approved the half-trillion-dollar bill to fund farm and nutrition programs over the next five years. Republicans' attempts to make deeper cuts to the program also were defeated. [The Guardian]

ART OF PLATING

Michael Laiskonis, former Le Bernardin pastry chef, breaks down the art of plating. His example: a cylinder of yogurt, strawberry film, tiny cubes of pain de gênes, sliced strawberries, basil seeds, candied celery and celery leaves. (Think asymmetry and odd numbers; but don't overthink.) [Gilt Taste]

RAMADAN RECIPES 

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has African recipes for the Islamic religious holiday Ramadan, such as chicken-peanut stew and honey bread. [Epicurious]

RANDY'S TURNS 60

Souther California icon Randy's Donuts celebrates its 60th birthday. [KPCC]

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-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Robert Willett/MTC

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