Deaths in Dominican Republic linked to tainted alcohol

More than 25 people have died in the Dominican Republic after drinking adulterated alcohol, according to authorities.

The Ministry of Public Health reported 26 deaths and more than 80 people affected throughout the country. The agency called on the population to not drink illegally produced alcoholic beverages.

The outbreak of methanol poisoning began during the Easter holiday and has affected people in Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo, Monseñor Nouel, Santiago and Puerto Plata.

Slightly more than half of those sick are men while a third fall in the 20 to 29 years old age group.

Ongoing investigation
Two possible sources have been identified; a homemade adulterated drink known as clerén and the other is a type of frozen cocktail. Clerén is an illegal alcoholic beverage without a health registration that is sold in bulk and consumed by poor people, because of its low cost.

Officials also believe some bottles of recognized … Read more

Restaurant Workers Are Fighting for Vaccine Slots Even With Expanded Eligibility

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Things are especially harrowing in states without mask mandates or capacity limits on indoor dining

Over the past couple weeks, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has opened up across the country, with more than half the states expanding to include all adults ages 16 and up. This has led to a flood of eligible people vying for vaccination appointments and, in some cases, demand outpacing supply. Restaurant and other food service workers are among those who find themselves in competition for those coveted slots — and for many of them, there’s the added pressure of having to report for work in cities and states where restrictions on dining have been loosened or lifted.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel recommended in December that essential workers such as food service employees be prioritized in phase 1c of the vaccine rollout, following … Read more

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu has layers of ham and cheese wrapped inside succulent crumbed chicken breast and with a crunchy breadcrumb crust. This one is oven-baked making it healthier too.

Chicken is an easy and favorite dish! For more succulent chicken, try this Chicken and these Chicken Nuggets too.

Closeup of the inside of chicken cordon blue with cheese oozing out.

Homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu

This crunchy breadcrumb coated chicken cordon blue has it all. Flavor, juicy chicken and gooey cheese, it’s all topped with a rich and creamy mustard sauce that’s so simple to make.

After loads of testing with different filling and cooking methods, I can now share all the tips for the perfect cordon bleu recipe.

What is Cordon Bleu?

Traditionally, cordon bleu is some form of schnitzel filled with ham and cheese, then rolled and pan fried.

This one is oven baked making it a little healthier and also easier to make. Once they’re ready to cook, then go … Read more

FDA announces ‘Closer to Zero’ plan to reduce toxic elements eaten by babies and young children

Janet Woodcock, the acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and Susan T. Mayne, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Thursday announced Closer to Zero, a new action plan for reducing exposure to toxic elements in foods commonly eaten by babies and young children to the lowest possible levels.

Their comments associated with the announcement included the following:

“Although the FDA’s testing shows that children are not at an immediate health risk from exposure to toxic elements at the levels found in foods, we are starting the plan’s work immediately, with both short- and long-term goals for achieving continued improvements in reducing levels of toxic elements in these foods over time.

“We recognize that Americans want zero toxic elements in the foods eaten by their babies and young children. In reality, because these elements occur in our air, water, and soil, there are limits to how … Read more

It’s Time to Forget the Old Rules of Wine Pairing

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Because drinking what you like shouldn’t be hard

On any given night in the pre-pandemic days, there was a four-top at a restaurant with a small-share-plates-so-order-several-items-and-I’ll-course-it-out-for-you type of menu, and, inevitably, someone in the group would want the sommelier to recommend a wine to pair.

Many times that sommelier was (or is) me, and often in that moment, I’ve hesitated. You want to know what I, a stranger, think you should have with your meal, with no clue what you actually like? Sometimes I just want to look you in the eye and say, “This is your dinner; it’s not about me.”

There is a long history of the all-knowing wine guru telling you that you absolutely must have X with Y. Sommelier courses like the Wine and Spirit Education Trust train and test students on traditional, tried-and-true pairings, maximizing the enjoyment of food and wine. This skill … Read more