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Does It Get Better For the Indie Fine Dining Restaurant?

Chef Russell Jackson opened the fine dining restaurant Reverence in Harlem just months before the pandemic began. | Gary He

Chefs Russell Jackson and Ian Boden struggled to reconcile their visions of fine dining with their communities’ desires. Now, as they forge a sustainable path beyond the pandemic, one of them is ready to double down, and the other is ready to walk away.

Chef Russell Jackson was tired. When his New York City restaurant, Reverence, opened in August 2019, guests could sit at the U-shaped chef’s counter beneath 14-foot ceilings. The buzz of Frederick Douglass Boulevard would hum from the other side of floor-to-ceiling windows, and diners could watch as he and his team swiftly, silently plated courses of locally sourced, California-inspired dishes, like Koda Farms barley and Hudson Valley nukazuke in a pool of vegetable scrap puree, topped with Santa Barbara uni. But this past March, Jackson peered … Read more

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay is juicy, tangy, and absolutely divine. Marinated and then grilled to perfection serve these with a savory peanut sauce that is positively addicting.

Grilling meat on skewers makes it easy to turn and keep it all together. Try these insanely delicious Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp Skewer the next time you grill.

Grilled Chicken satay with peanut sauce on a plate.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Satay is a national dish of Indonesia. A popular Southeast Asian street food that involves marinated meat that is skewered, grilled and served with a saucy dip. Satay can be served using a variety of meats but today we are using chicken. The combination of spices and coconut milk creates a marinade that leaves the chicken exploding with flavor in every bite. The ease of making this dish is going to have you making it on a regular basis. The intense taste will keep your family asking for more.

Serving the chicken … Read more

Switzerland sees decline in most infections for 2020

Campylobacter and Salmonella infections declined in Switzerland in 2020 while Listeria was stable despite a large outbreak. E. coli reports fell for the first time since 2014.

The COVID-19 pandemic likely influenced disease reports, researchers said. Factors such as resources being diverted to coronavirus, hygiene measures and travel restrictions may explain the trend. The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) said people will have to wait until after the pandemic for the situation to be assessed in more detail.

The number of foodborne outbreaks almost halved from 23 in 2019 to 13 in 2020.  Overall, 161 people became ill and 36 were hospitalized. Ten deaths were recorded in one incident.

Although the number of campylobacteriosis cases confirmed by laboratory diagnosis decreased from 7,223 to 6,200 it remained the most frequently recorded zoonosis in humans in 2020.

As in previous years, men were slightly more affected than women. This trend … Read more

The Arch Deluxe Was a Hell of a Burger. It Was Also McDonald’s Most Expensive Flop.

In the ’90s, fine dining chef Andrew Selvaggio was tasked with creating a burger that would appeal to sophisticated palates. The problem was no one wanted it.

The year is 1996. Charles and Diana are divorcing, Jerry Maguire tops the box office, a Finn Dorset sheep named Dolly makes a friend made from her own mammary gland, and America’s favorite sitcom is a show about nothing in which four neurotic New Yorkers debate life’s finer points. Such sophisticated times, McDonald’s had determined, called for a sophisticated sandwich, one that would appeal to the urbane, discerning, and diet-conscious tastes of Gen X: the Arch Deluxe.

It was bold and upscale, featuring spices like pepper (ooh) and mustard (not yellow, but the stoneground kind — quelle magnifique). It was also the biggest marketing flop in McDonald’s history, with the brand spending an estimated $200 million to advertise a sandwich that … Read more

Incredible Parmesan Zucchini Gratin (Zucchini Casserole)

Three Cheese Zucchini Gratin has layers of creamy, cheesy sauce and is topped with a crunchy buttery topping. Ooey-gooey and cheesy, this low-carb take-on comfort food will please any crowd!

This recipe is a twist on classic scalloped potatoes. Gratins are so rich and indulgent, they make any meal a joy to serve and eat. Try creamy cauliflower, brussels sprouts, or potato and mushroom gratins for a more mouthwatering flavor you will LOVE!

Parmesan Zucchini Gratin in a white dish.

Zucchini Casserole Recipe

If you want a side dish to impress this is it! Not only is Zucchini tasty, but it’s also good for you too! It’s low in calories, keto-friendly, and packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins B and C. For those times when you really want comfort food but don’t want to overload in calories, this is the dish for you. Zucchini gratin is just as satisfying and filling as a potato dish with half … Read more