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Sponsor promises to amend Montana Food Freedom bill to make it passable

Enthusiasm is building in Montana for a Food Freedom bill that may be fatally flawed in its major elements. The major sponsor, Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Polson, has promised to keep working on the bill to get it across the finish line.

Hertz, owner, and manager of Moody’s Market in Polson, MT, is a retail grocer who says he sees demand from constituents who want to purchase fresh foods, including raw milk, directly from Montana’s farmers and ranchers.

Montana in 2015 passed a Cottage Foods bill that has led to the start of 400 businesses, according to some officials. Hertz wants Montana to go further with Senate Bill (SB) 199, the Montana Food Freedom bill.  

The Hertz bill as drafted would largely deregulate raw milk and meat production in Montana, and the bill has already drawn a warning from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

“The Department of Livestock has Read more

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes are savory crispy little cakes of goodness. You are going to love this fun way to prepare potatoes!

These incredible pancakes go with so many things. Make these potato pancakes as a side dish to remember and serve with Chicken, Salmon or Steak, delicious!

Crispy savory potato pancakes on a plate.

Potato Pancake Recipe

Potato pancakes come by many names. They are also known as German kartoffelpuffer, and Latkes. These are a cross between a french fry and mashed potato. The potato is processed with the onion so you get incredible flavor throughout the entire pancake. Frying it in pancake shape also gives you more surface area to create that crisp golden crust we all love to bite into.

Seasoned with just a bit of salt and pepper really lets these potato pancakes shine. The inside is super tender and perfectly cooked, and the outside crunchy and golden. Using a food processor makes … Read more

Tiger Brands outbreak killed young mother, leaving her twin sisters to raise her daughter

South African Nthabiseng Zaza liked traveling and gospel music. She liked shoes, especially designer brands like Michael Kors. “She was the life of the party,” Matlhogonolo said, Nthabiseng’s 26-year-old sister. 

Nthabiseng died from Listeria poisoning on Oct. 16, 2018.

Nthabiseng was a person who loved family above all else. She always wanted to have kids and was blessed with a daughter, Onthathile, who turns 5 this month. Matlhogonolo Chantell and her twin sister Michell Masego Zaza are raising their sister’s daughter. 

Onthathile doesn’t remember much of her mother, who at the age of 35 died from listeriosis in Oct. 2018. Her death was part of a Listeria outbreak in South Africa that was traced to Tiger Brand’s polony — processed deli meat similar to baloney.

 However, it wasn’t until 2020 that the family found out what had caused their Nthabiseng’s mysterious illness. They knew only that many people in the Read more

How the Past Year Changed Restaurant Criticism

Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Between calls for racial justice and an industry-devastating pandemic, the traditional role of critic is adapting to the times

The image of the traditional restaurant critic — an older white man, surreptitious in appearance yet hearty in appetite, issuing snobbish judgments from behind a white tablecloth— was out of date long before the pandemic hit. White men aren’t the only ones who have worthwhile opinions on restaurants; upscale iterations of French or Italian cuisine aren’t the only foods worth talking about; and anonymity, the sacred shield of the restaurant critic, doesn’t necessarily work the way it used to. (As the San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Soleil Ho put it, “I am a millennial and I’ve been on the internet for 15 years — it’s really hard to cover up my tracks at this point.”)

Such shifts in the world of criticism and food writing broadly … Read more

Better than Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice is better than any restaurant that you have had! Made with fresh shrimp, peas, carrots, egg, rice and topped with green onions, you will never have takeout again!

Fried rice is a staple in our house, and there are so many ways you can make it amazing. Try Original, Bacon or even Cauliflower fried rice!

Shrimp fried rice in a bowl.

Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

After I perfected the better than takeout fried rice… (seriously it is so much better than takeout!)   I knew that a shrimp version had to make the debut. The hubby loves shrimp and I have to admit it is starting to grow on me. But when you add it to some fried rice I am in love with it! There is nothing better than rice, peas, carrots, eggs, with shrimp hidden inside!

There are a few secrets to getting that restaurant quality taste. My sister in … Read more