Judge sequesters the Blue Bell jury

Federal Judge Robert Pitman Friday sequestered the jury deliberating for a third day over charges against the retired president of Blue Bell ice cream.

Pitman “ordered that the jury be sequestered during their deliberations from when they report to the jury room until released from the jury room each day and until released finally by the Court.”

The federal criminal case of the United States v Paul Kruse went to the jury by midweek after evidence was closed and submitted to the jury.

“While the jury is kept together and not allowed to separate, pursuant to this Order, the cost of subsistence of said jury, including the cost of coffee and other necessaries incurred by the said jury during Court recesses, shall be paid by the United States Government,” according to the judge’s order.

Kruse, 67, president of the iconic Blue Bell Creameries until 2017, is being tried on federal … Read more

Michael Twitty Goes Deep Into the Black Jewish Kitchen

In his new book, “Koshersoul,” the author of “The Cooking Gene” explores the intersections of African and Jewish diaspora cuisine and identity

On the very first page of Koshersoul, culinary historian Michael Twitty is already fighting to be understood. Twitty, whose 2017 memoir The Cooking Gene uses food to trace his ancestry from Africa through the slave trade and the American South, is asked by another writer if he’s traded writing about Black food for Jewish food. “No,” Twitty responds, “this is a book about a part of Black food that’s also Jewish food; this is a book about Jewish food that’s also Black food because it’s a book about Black people who are Jewish and Jewish people who are Black.”

That’s an intimidating task, and not just because many people refuse to acknowledge the possibility that someone can be fully Black and Jewish, as Twitty recounts in the … Read more

Tender Roasted Root Vegetables

You have not had delicious vegetables until you have tried these roasted root vegetables! They have SO much flavor, and their texture is so tender that you will want to eat these with every meal!

I absolutely love a good, hearty side dish! And one that is healthy is even better! Try out some more of these yummy veggies that you can pair with all of your entrees. Some of my favorites are grilled asparagus, this air fryer “roasted” cauliflower, or this delicious copycat Olive Garden salad.

A white bowl filled with roasted root vegetables.

What are Roasted Root Vegetables?

If you are asking yourself what a root vegetable is, then you are not alone! This is a common question! A root vegetable is a veggie that is grown underground. The ones that I used in this recipe are carrots, parsnips, beets, and yams!

These vegetables typically are ones that you see made IN something (like this roasted … Read more

Jury deliberates over charges against Paul Kruse in Blue Bell criminal case

After just five days of trial testimony, the United States v Paul Kruse is now in the hands of a Texas jury.

Trial testimony in Austin’s Western District Court moved much faster than predicted before the trial began with jury selection on Aug. 1.

The Austin American-Statesman Wednesday reported the prosecution moved on to closing arguments. The court says the jury will resume its deliberations today, meaning it could all be wrapped up inside of two weeks. Jurors were warned about a possible four-week trial when they were selected.

Kruse, 67, is the retired president of the iconic Blue Bell Creameries. He is being tried on federal felony charges of conspiracy and fraud for suppressing some information about the 2015 listeriosis outbreak.

During a crisis of more than 60 days in 2015, Kruse ultimately recalled all Blue Bell products and closed its production facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama.

But … Read more

Coca-Cola Please Calm Down

Coca-Cola Dreamworld | Coca-Cola

I do not need soda that tastes like “surrealism of the subconscious”!!

There is nowhere for Coca-Cola to go. It is the standard of the soda industry, such that I cannot come up with an apt comparison because every time I try to think of a company whose name has become synonymous with a whole type of product my mind immediately thinks “Coca-Cola.” We all know what Coke is, even those late to the game — there is no one left to convince. Which is probably what accounts for Coca-Cola’s “Creations,” a series of sodas whose flavors supposedly represent the abstract.

On August 15, Coca-Cola will release its fourth and final “Creations” flavor: Dreamworld. What does Dreamworld taste like? According to a press release, it “bottles up the technicolor tastes and surrealism of the subconscious with an invitation to savor the magic of everyday moments and … Read more