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BraveTart cookbook a sweet obsession

In the memoir turned movie Julie & Julia, Julie Powell sets out to cook every recipe (524) in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1, in a single year -- a daunting feat by any stretch of the imagination.Powell's experience is about so much more than food and cooking, though. For her it is nothing short of a life-altering transformation.I definitely admire Powell's determination. I also envy her for finding a cookbook so inspiring, so intriguing and so challenging...

How to Read a Chocolate Bar Label to Buy the Best Chocolate

Buying a bar of chocolate shouldn’t be an academic exercise, but with the maze of labels available these days, it’s hard not to stand dumbfounded in the chocolate aisle. Most of us resort to the same tactic we use to buy wine: pick the prettiest package! We shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s tempting. Especially when the packaging of so many artisan bars is so beautiful.But let’s talk about what to look for on a chocolate label, as well as what all that labeling...

Nursing Home Deaths in Florida Heighten Scrutiny of Disaster Planning

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — After an estimated 215 people died in hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, policy makers realized that the nation’s health care institutions were ill-prepared for disasters.One of the rules they created after years of discussion looked especially prescient in light of the tragic deaths on Wednesday of eight nursing home residents in Florida’s post-hurricane heat. But the rule, regarding power supplies and temperature control, does not...

Meiji to boost premium chocolate output as sales beat target

Meiji Holdings Co., Japan’s biggest chocolate maker, will buy more cocoa beans from Latin America to increase output of premium products after selling twice as much of its upscale THE Chocolate brand as it initially expected.Sales of THE Chocolate will rise as high as 120 million units by 2020, after reaching 30 million in the past year as Japanese adults step up purchases of higher-value luxuries such as craft chocolate, coffee and wine, Masahiro Sato, manager of Meiji’s confectionery sales...