Sandra Lee’s Godawful Kwanzaa Cake

* Gluttons for punishment and those with an affinity for culinary traffic accidents are likely familiar with Food Network personality Sandra Lee’s godawful Kwanzaa cake, an unholy adulteration of angel food cake that Anthony Bourdain claimed would make unlucky viewers’ “eyeballs burst into flames.” Turns out America’s favorite can-opening sweetheart didn’t even come up with the recipe — or any of her “recipes,” from the sound of veteran food writer, food stylist and recipe developer Denise Vivaldo’s article on Huffington Post last week. In it, she takes responsibility for that monstrosity as well as Lee’s Hanukkah Cake, begging forgiveness from readers. The story’s...

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Think Yourself Thin?

* Worried about gaining 20 pounds over the holidays? Imagine yourself eating as much as you want instead of actually doing it and you might be able to keep the pounds off. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh discovered that repeated exposure to a certain food decreases your desire to eat more, even if you’re not eating anything, according to the latest issue of Science magazine. In one experiment, researchers asked half their participants to imagine eating 30 M&Ms and inserting three quarters into the slot of a laundry machine. The other half was told to envision themselves eating three M&Ms and inserting 30 quarters. Then, all the subjects were allowed to eat as...

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Grey Plume is Green!

* The Grey Plume, which opened Dec. 10 at Midtown Crossing, was recently awarded three stars in sustainable building by the Green Restaurant Association, the organization's highest honor. In fact, The Grey Plume is the first restaurant in the country to receive such a rating. The restaurant is considered the greenest and most sustainable in the country and is the first in the world to meet SustainaBuild standards set out by the Green Restaurant Association. It's interior was built and furnished with repurposed and recycled materials, including salvaged wood and post-consumer recycled materials. It also recycles glass, paper, aluminum and plastic and uses recyclable and/or compostable...

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Clementine’s Produce & Provisions

* Even though spring’s a long way off, you can get a jump on locally sourced produce by signing up for a weekly delivery of fresh veggies from Gretna’s Clementine’s Produce & Provisions for $7.50 per person, per week. And no, you don’t have to commit to 10 pounds of cabbage if you can’t stand the stuff — just let them know and you’ll never have to see that in your box. The boxes will be available for 22 weeks, from May to September, and the cutoff for subscriptions is Feb. 15. For more information and/or details, go to clementinesproduceandprovisions.blogspot.com or email them at clementinespandp@gmail.com to learn more. * Looking for a specific wine or liqueur or just feel...

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Bellevue’s Amarillo BBQ closes, Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act

* Bellevue barbecue standard Amarillo BBQ closed its doors Dec. 1. However, fans of the restaurant, which served Texas-style smoked meat, can take a piece of the eatery home with them via an online auction Friday, Dec. 11, at auctionsolutionsinc.com. The restaurant was popular for its decor including retro memorabilia and plenty of license plates collected by its owner, Gordon Campbell, at flea markets primarily in Oklahoma and Texas. * A bill called the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act only awaits President Obama’s signature before going into effect. The bill promises current at-risk students more healthful school lunches — no more Cheetos. Schools that adopt the new standards will...

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Gift Tips for Foodies

Having a hard time finding the right gift for the foodie on your list? Here are three suggestions, ranging from the practical to the ridiculous. Got a cheese-lover on your list? Consider a subscription to Culture (culturecheesemag.com/), a magazine devoted to all things cheesy. Yeah, it’s a little expensive at $30 for 4 issues, but that wedge of St. Andre wasn’t exactly cheap either. What’s better than grilling while tailgating? How about the ability to brand your favorite team’s logo onto that hot dog or hamburger? The folks at Grill Toppers (thegrilltopper.com) have you covered, with cast-iron Husker grilling accessories/branding irons that enable you to sear your sincerity onto...

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