Restaurants Are Maybe, Finally Seeing the Benefit of Paying Workers Better Wages

Restaurants are hiring, and some with better wages. | Shutterstock

According to a new study, parts of the restaurant industry have cracked the code to hiring and retaining talent by paying more

Since the pandemic, the demands of restaurant and food service workers have basically come down to one key thing: the need for higher wages. Grueling, “essential” service work was deadly for many, remains dangerous, and has been done for too long on subminimum wage, or a minimum wage that isn’t actually a livable one.. However, a new study from One Fair Wage shows that things might be trending positively. The organization has documented 1,621 restaurants “that have raised wages to pay the full minimum wage with tips on top, with an average wage of about $13.50 — across 41 states in which the vast majority of restaurants were paying a subminimum wage of $5 or less earlier this … Read more

Quick and Easy French Bread Pizza

French bread pizza is quick, easy, AND delicious! Topped with all of your favorite things, this simple pizza delivers amazing taste! It’s definitely a winner!

I love simple recipes that don’t skimp on taste! This pizza is crispy and cheesy and totally has that yummy, deep Italian flavor! It’s SOO GOOD. Add in a pasta salad, some yummy lemonade, and these delicious cupcakes and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

Slices of French bread pizza.

Simple French Bread Pizza

If I could pick one meal that I am CONSTANTLY going to over and over, this is it! This meal is absolutely delicious! I can make it in under 10 minutes and my kids love it. I mean they really love it. And so do I! We can add in all of our own toppings which makes it different every single time we eat it. In fact, switching that up may be my favorite part. It … Read more

Foodborne illnesses decreased in 2020; could be result of pandemic factors

Foodborne illnesses in the United States decreased by 26 percent in 2020 compared with the average from 2017-19, according to a report released today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that its FoodNet surveillance system identified 18,462 infections, including 4,788 hospitalizations and 118 deaths, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

The decrease could be related to the coronavirus pandemic in more than one way, according to the researchers.

“The researchers speculated that pandemic-related behaviors, such as more handwashing, less international travel, and restaurant closures, may have contributed to the decrease in foodborne illnesses, but they note that changes in healthcare delivery and healthcare-seeking behaviors may have caused underreporting,” according to the report.

“While they also note that lab-testing practice changes may have had an effect, they found that the proportion of infections diagnosed by culture, compared … Read more

Season’s Greetings From the Other White Meat That’s Not Meat at All: Impossible Pork

The much-loved spicy rice cakes at New York’s Ssäm Bar, now made with Impossible Foods pork. | Momofuku/Instagram

Following the success of its convincing “beef” burger and faux chicken nuggets, Impossible Foods is debuting its take on pork at David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar

Impossible Foods came on the scene in 2016 with a realistically bloody and beefy-tasting plant-based burger. The company’s approach to meat-substitution was aimed at making realistic meat-alternatives, something the bean-heavy veggie burgers of the past were not interested in — or failed at — doing. David Chang’s Nishi was the first restaurant to introduce diners to the burger, and now you can buy it in grocery stores and order it at fast food restaurants. Since then, the company has added (convincingly fast food-like) chicken nuggets to its line of products. And after announcing last year that it would be rounding out its fake-blood-dripping arsenal of meats … Read more

The BEST EVER Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Homemade caramel popcorn is soft, sweet, and absolutely delicious! A family favorite, this homemade popcorn is something you will definitely want to add to your weekly movie nights!

This popcorn is quick and easy to make, even for the most beginner of cooks! It takes about 20 minutes from start to finish! And if you thought this popcorn recipe was good, go ahead and try this Funfetti (Bunny Bait), Grasshopper, and this amazing Salted Caramel Popcorn!

Caramel popcorn in a bowl.

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Finding a good caramel popcorn recipe is like trying to find a unicorn. It feels impossible! But after you try this recipe, you will not have to look anymore because this is it! This recipe has that delicious crunch of popcorn while being drizzled with the perfect amount of ooey-gooey caramel! It’s not too soggy and it’s not crispy. It’s just right! I felt like every other caramel popcorn had either … Read more