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Julia Child dies at age 91.

Her television debut in 1962 was one of the most liberating in the history of a usually tame medium. Julia Child was 50 years old and an uninhibited 6-foot-2, trilled commands in a headmistressy warble that sounded like Kate Hepburn after a pint of gin, played the kitchen like an ambidextrous tympanist and didn't care how she looked or sounded as long as her ungainly, unbounded joy caught on.

"There was this woman tossing French omelettes, splashing eggs about the place, brandishing big knives, panting heavily as she careened about the stove." So Child described her first night on PBS in the role for which she was made, even if it took her 50 years to find the perfect part.

By the time of her death on Friday at the age of 91, Child had long since been sanctified as the guiding spirit of the kitchen, and American culture had found a way to appropriate her complete and utter strangeness. But to the last she made it bracingly clear that she was as out of step with modern life in this millennium as she'd been back in the black-and-white days of the last one.

Adolph Coors Co. (RKY.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Canada's Molson Inc. (MOLa.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) agreed to a merger that would create the world's fifth largest brewer by volume in a bid to better compete with larger rivals, the companies said on Thursday.

The agreement is structured as a share exchange were Molson shareholders can either convert their stock to shares in the new company or receive exchangeable shares on a tax deferred basis, the companies said.

But the deal may be threatened by an up to $4 billion bid for the Canadian brewer from former Molson Deputy Chairman Ian Molson, the Wall Street Journal reported. Ian Molson, who has been feuding with his cousin, company Chairman Eric Molson, quit the company in June.


A man was arrested on his 23rd birthday after a police officer saw him nude and covered with nacho cheese from a pool snack bar.

Michael P. Monn was arrested early Sunday in the parking lot outside the pool.

An officer saw a nude man carrying a box of Frito Lay snacks and a container of nacho cheese run toward a Jeep in the lot and stopped him.

"The male had nacho cheese in his hair, on his face and on his shoulders," Maryville Police Department officer Scott Spicer reported. "The nude male had a strong odor of alcohol and was semi-incoherent."

Investigators said someone climbed an 8-foot fence, broke into the pool snack bar through a window, threw nacho cheese on a wall and scattered chips on the ground. About $40 in chips and $7 in nacho cheese were stolen.

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The leading competitor not only has 57 varieties, but has 57 foreign factories as well. W Ketchup comes in one flavor: American.

G5s or GIs? A Tough Choice

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When you choose W Ketchup, you also support the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the children of our brave heroes who have fallen in battle.

South Koreans are demanding regulators put more bite into food safety laws after reports some food makers may have for years used spoiled vegetables in their hugely popular dumplings.

The discovery has prompted a public outcry and calls for harsh penalties.

Four dumpling stuffing suppliers had been charged for food safety violations after raids on processing plants, a police officer involved in the case told Reuters by phone on Friday.

Police would only give the name of one of the four stuffing suppliers and that company did not answer phone calls.

So far, there have been no reports the dumplings have made anyone sick.

On some days, they are hailed for their edible health virtues; on others, their culinary curse. Some studies boast of their abundance of life-extending antioxidants, while others warn of the poisons, fats, or other dangers they also contain.

They are those "back-and-forth" foods and drinks that keep making news for different reasons -- adding to a recipe for confusion when it comes to their real role in your health.

Low-carb lifestyle junkies are more likely to suffer from a seldom discussed side effect of such diets -- halitosis, aka bad breath. And since more than 25 million people say they have tried the Atkins diet (not to mention other low-carb eating plans), according to the National Marketing Institute, bad breath may be an epidemic!

Bad breath in the low/no-carb sect is often caused by certain chemicals that are released in the breath as the body burns fat. They are called ketones, and entering into a fat-burning state of ketosis is the hallmark of the Atkins diet. So the good news is that if your breath stinks, you're probably doing a good job of sticking to that low-carb diet.

  Mmmm, Whitetrash Calamari

The Octodog brings fun to an ordinary hotdog and meal, watch how many interesting and unique ways children can find to eat Octodogs.

Why Octodogs?

The hotdog is among the top ten items found in many lists concerning choking occurrences in young children. Pediatricians recommend slicing a hotdog linearly. The method of slicing a hotdog linearly can reduce the chances of choking during consumption. A sliced hotdog is a safer way to serve hotdogs to children. Octodogs are not only fun, but may be a safer way to serve hotdogs.


A Utah couple on a low- carb diet were kicked out of a buffet restaurant after the manager said they'd eaten too much roast beef.

Sui Amaama, who along with his wife have been on the Atkins Diet for two weeks, was asked to leave after he went up to the buffet at the Chuck-A-Rama in suburban Taylorsville for his 12th slice of roast beef.

"It's so embarrassing actually," said Isabelle Leota, Amaama's wife.

"We went in to have dinner, we were under the impression Chuck-A-Rama was an all-you-can-eat establishment."

Not so, said Jack Johanson, the restaurant chain's district manager.

"We've never claimed to be an all-you-can-eat establishment," said Johanson.

"Our understanding is a buffet is just a style of eating."

  Wine and Pizza

Wine and pizza tonight. This is the first time I've made a crust which didn't suck. It was really easy, and didn't require nearly as much cleanup as was needed in the past. I got this terrific pizza stone as an X-mas present, and I've been using it for just about everything I've baked. It's fantastic at regulating temperatures, so everything cooks faster, and more evenly. I think all ovens should come with one of these built in.

Here's the dough recipe so I can remember it in the future:
- 1 1/4 cup unbleached white flour
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 TBS olive oil

1. Sift together all the dry ingredients, then add the water and olive oil.
2. Mix until you get a ball, then turn it onto a floured board.
3. Kneed the dough until it becomes stretchy and flatten it out either by hand or with a rolling pin. I put it on the pizza stone, lightly dusted with corn meal, since it was a little sticky.
4. Brush the surface with olive oil, then cover with your favourite toppings.
5. Bake at 475 for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is a golden brown. The bottom should be equally cooked.

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - If Paetongtarn Shinawatra thought she could keep a low profile Monday on her first day working at McDonald's, her hopes were dashed when her father, Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, dropped by for a takeaway.

Thaksin, who became one of Thailand's richest men by investing in telecommunications, let the phalanx of reporters trailing him know that even in the family of a billionaire, the younger generation must learn the value of money and hard work.

"Thai kids, when they finish school, they don't know how to work," said Thaksin, as his giggly daughter stood by. Paetongtarn, 17, will be earning the equivalent of 80 cents Cdn per hour in her part-time job.

"I just want her to have the experience and to know about life, because she is the youngest child and when she was born her parents already had status," he said. "Money isn't the main issue. We want her to find experience."

It's called "Governator" beer -- and Portland Brewing Co. CEO Jerome Chicvara says he was surprised that no California brewer thought of it first.

The brewing veteran says the 3,200 cases bearing the Pumping Iron label are a humorous tribute to the 38th governor of California, "Terminator" actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


  Coffee = Health Drink

It is a daily routine for millions of Italians - the morning cup of espresso brewed on the kitchen hob or downed swiftly in a cafe on the way to work.

But for years their favourite way of kick-starting the day has had a bad press - most recently when it was reported that doctors had told British Prime Minister Tony Blair to drink less coffee.

Four local Wendy's restaurant supervisors ordered employees to shed their clothes under the direction of phony phone calls from a man who passed himself off as a cop conducting an investigation, police said.

"Words simply cannot express how badly we feel about the entire
incident," Wendy's spokesman Bob Bertini said. "Obviously we had managers who were duped. They thought they were responding to direct orders from police."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing KFC Corp., claiming the fast-food giant is misleading the public by denying it mistreats hundreds of millions of chickens headed for its outlets each year.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday, claims more than 700 million chickens slaughtered each year for KFC chicken restaurants "often endure suffering, often intense, for most, or all, of their lives."

The lawsuit is the culmination of a six-month campaign waged by PETA against KFC and its parent company, Yum! Brands Inc., to force the company to adopt standards designed to maintain and slaughter them more humanely.

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Alfredo Natal was playing loud music all night again.

It had been like that for a month--pounding music between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., neighbors said. The CTA worker was rude and was sometimes seen sitting in a corner of the neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts just staring at people.

But no one pegged him as someone who would kill over too much sugar in his coffee.

That's what police say set off Natal when he walked into the Dunkin' Donuts last week and gunned down Sukhdev Dave, 29, behind the counter.

  Good Eatin'

Visited the gym for the first time in a couple of weeks (I took some time off on account of my laziness). I was able to go 30 min. straight on the elliptical at a constant pace of 20 kcal/min. whatever that means. Strangely enough, I've lost a lot of weight since I got back from San Francisco. About 15 pounds. Weird, no? Well, not very weird at all. I've also been cutting crap out of my diet since I saw how they eat in SF. "They," meaning my brother and his fiancee. While not strict vegetarians anymore, they eat mostly salad, tea, and diet ginger ale. Apparently it's also a big thing to eat avocados in SF these days.

My brother's not a very meaty guy, it's true. And his fiancee recently went on a serious diet in an attempt (successful) to lose weight. So, of course, my brother has to eat what she eats, and he's lost almost as much weight as she. I mean, I'm not a carnivore, and even I think he needs a little meat in him.

So I've taken a lesson from all the beautiful people in 'merica-land. I've been avoiding fried food, eating more salad, and bringing lunch to work instead of going out to eat. This has the unusual side effect of me having more money. Pretty neat deal overall.


  Buying tea for Buddha

Just finished shopping at a couple of stores in the GTA. Doing a friend a favour by shuttling her around to find a wedding presend for a relative. There was an unusual side-effect, however, and that was me buying a bunch of rare teas and an expensive cast-iron teapot at the Tea Emporium. I'm such a sucker for kitchen gadgets.

Got to visit my favourite Buddhist restaurant down on Gerrard and Logan. Simon's Vegetarian Wok. The guy makes the best gluten and bean-curd rolls. As usual, I bought too much to eat. I'll start to look like Buddha if I keep eating like that.

  Breakfast from Hell

Careful. It's poison. Okay, it's not really poison, but you'd probably have to drink oil to flush this shit out, and that's poison. Swanson, producers of some of the world's fattiest TV dinners, is seeking to take over the breakfast market with a new line of microwaveable morning meals. It's called the 'Hungry Man All Day Breakfast,' and it's threatening to turn people into manatees...

Holy shit. Holy holy HOLY shit. 64 grams of fat, 2,090 milligrams of sodium, and enough cholesterol to kill anything that's ever lived. The 'justification' is that you're supposed to eat shitty food in the morning, as it supplies you with a suitable amount of energy to get through the day. Unfortunately, Swanson's supplying you with enough 'energy' to get through a week, and even if the only other thing you ate after this breakfast was oxygen, there's still a relatively high chance that your ass will grow hands and tie your intestines in knots to prevent this shit from ever passing through. Really, really awful stuff.

  Eat This, Kellog

Best known today for his inadvertent invention of corn flakes cereal--occurring when a pan of baking grain was left unattended during a medical emergency--Dr. John Harvey Kellogg was 43 years old when he wrote the above lines. He had never partaken of the connubial pleasures of his wife's bed, believed masturbation to be a sin best cured through copious enema treatments, and sought to cure his patient's ills through daily applications of yogurt--introduced at the body's two ends--aided by colon-wracking machines that could ably pump 15 gallons of water into a hapless behind in just a few seconds.

A strict vegetarian and devotee of what he called the pure plainness of "biologic living," Kellogg also briefly promoted "fletcherizing"--in which one's food is chewed to a ghastly liquid before swallowing--the use of electric tools to aid digestion, and quick intestinal surgery should all else fail to render the bowel, as he liked to phrase it, "squeaky clean."

Meats, dairy, and bad habits all conspire, Kellogg believed, to rid one of perfect health and a slim figure. The yeasty, odor-free bowel movement, he assured, was the key to health and happiness. Fruit and grains, he nodded, were the answer. While Kellogg was a celebrity of his day, even prompting lively bowel-movement discussions in middle-class drawing rooms, his name is now filed under "quack."

  2 Cool 2 8 Beef

Thinly veiled attempt by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to get little girls to eat more beef. It says it caters to girls aged 8-12, although I suspect it insults the intelligence of most 8-year-olds.

What are they "keeping real" anyway?

Would you spend $75 on a hamburger?

No? Then you obviously don't live in Manhattan, because that's the latest craze sweeping this competitive metropolis.

Call it The Burger Wars.

It all started last fall, when Daniel Boulud, the current heavy-hitter among New York restaurateurs, opened his db Bistro Moderne and placed a $45 (all prices Canadian) burger on the menu as the signature dish. The place was packed and everyone thought that would be the novelty item of the season.

Then, on Jan. 13, the venerable Old Homestead Steakhouse jumped into the fray by adding a $65 burger made from Kobe beef imported from Japan.

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