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Sampler Platter: Barack Obama as food critic, kitchen truisms and making lox

January 7, 2009 |  8:58 am

Barackobamaeatingicee The intersection of food and taste...

  • Everyone's a critic. Barack Obama reviews Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Hyde Park, Chicago. He recommends the corn cakes and peach cobbler. Check, Please!
  • Does adding sugar to stir-fried vegetables preserve the greens? (Yes.) Does browning meat seal in the juices? (No.) The science (or lack thereof) of cooking truisms. New York Times
  • The 99 Cent Chef takes on Mario Batali's Ragu alla Bolognese recipe.
  • Eat Me Daily rails at the Joy of Cooking -- and rightfully so -- for releasing a line of frozen dinners.
  • Carl's Jr. expands in Texas; Taco Bell heads to Mexico and India; Chipotle visits Europe. Fast Food Daily

--Elina Shatkin
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