A Florida bill that would prohibit the use of food stamps for soft drinks, candy and other snack purchases has cleared a state Senate budget subcommittee. Retailers and soft-drink bottlers oppose the measure, saying it will add costs for small businesses.
Food processors introduced by KitchenAid and Cuisinart include features such as blades for kneading dough and grating cheese. But even without the newest features, food processors can cut effort from nearly any recipe.
Grocery stores are hiring registered dietitians to give shoppers nutrition information and help them make healthy food choices. A recent survey found 77% of shoppers wanted nutritional services such as in-store dietitians.
An increasing number of restaurants are starting on-site vegetable gardens and taking other measures to boost sustainability. The small Tender Greens chain, for example, is jettisoning soft-drink bottles and will begin making its own beverages with fruits that are in season.
Alcohol-free drinks have come a long way since the Shirley Temple cocktail. Combinations such as a sparkling pomegranate punch and a virgin mojito use sophisticated ingredients and "wow-factor" garnishes.