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Food and Cooking

Chilling out with soup

Michael Sears
Cold Cucumber Soup with shrimp is a popular summer item at Meritage restaurant in Milwaukee.

Imaginative purees can brighten up summer meals

By Marybeth Jacobson, Journal Sentinel
Aug. 10, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Michael Sears
Mangoes, olive oil and orange juice are puréed to make Mango Gazpacho, with vegetables and seasoning stirred in later.

Nothing melts resistance to chilled soup like a sizzling-hot summer.

Just ask Jan Kelly, chef-owner of Meritage restaurant in the Washington Heights neighborhood. Every summer, Kelly offers both a cold and a hot soup of the day at her restaurant at 5921 W. Vliet St.

"The cold soup is selling so much better this year," she says. "It used to be so hard to get people to try it."

As a case in point, she cites a chilled beet soup with horseradish cream that was a recent offering at Meritage. Kelly anticipated that many patrons would pass on that one, especially considering the lack of universal lov…

Olympics Closing Ceremony: 'It’s going to be cheeky, cheesy and thrilling’ ...

The Olympics Closing Ceremony will be stuffed full of great British songs, its music director David Arnold tells Neil McCormick.

Could they be in the closing ceremony? Kate Bush, Adele and Ed Sheeran. 

By Neil McCormick

7:00AM BST 09 Aug 2012

'To me, this should be the greatest after-party in the world,” says David Arnold, music director of the Olympic Closing Ceremony.

 “If the Opening Ceremony was the wedding, then we’re the wedding reception. We’re the one where everyone gets out of their cars at the village hall, goes 'Wasn’t that lovely, everyone looked great, let’s put on Blame It On the Boogie and have a laugh.’” 

Arnold is joking. Sort of. 

“It needs to be something where everyone, including the athletes, is going to be able to let off steam. There are seven and a half thousand of them there, so it’s a show for them all to get involved with, and hopefully it will wrap up the spirit of what these Games have been, which is slightly anarchic, slightly mischievous, funny, heart-w…


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Controversial Bolivian Highway May Increase Cocaine Corruption ...

Monday, 06 August 2012 16:05

Written by Calla Hummel

Protests against a planned highway cutting through an indigenous reserve in Bolivia's Amazon have focused on the environmental impact, but it is also worth considering the project's potential to increase the opportunity for drug smuggling and corruption.

The administration of Bolivian President Evo Morales has been pushing forward with plans for a controversial highway linking the border region of Beni to the coca-growing region of Chapare, via the national park Territorio Indigena y Parque Nacional Isiboro-Secure (Tipnis). The region suffers from poor infrastructure, but indigenous leaders from Tipnis oppose the project’s route through the park’s center. Activists argue that the highway will destroy the park’s ecosystems and communities while clearing land and markets for illegal coca growers.

Allegations of drug trafficking have smeared all sides, with authorities accusing community leaders of petty refining and trafficking. 

FOODNEWS Commentary for Friday, August 10, 2012 ....

Season of suspense

Friday August 10 2012

THE characteristic August lull is upon us in Europe, but this doesn’t necessarily mean a period of relaxation. 

Quite the opposite – in many areas of the food industry there is a certain impatience for scenarios to become clearer, new season prices to emerge, buyers to make a decisive move.

As we note on our front page this week, the market for mango products – purée and concentrate – has been thrown into disarray, with both sellers and buyers watching each other but not making a move.

Meanwhile, in the processed tomato sector, suspense became impatience a long time ago, with great frustration on the part of processors that the market is failing to recognise signals about falling production this year.

One of the few food commodity sectors where the prevailing trend is clearer, is frozen fruit, though not in a positive sense. Here, the more information emerges about harvests of small fruits in Europe and the US, the more it seems that high prices will…

Con éxito avanzan los preparativos del “IV Congreso Internacional del Mango Ecuatoriano” a celebrarse en el Hotel Oro Verde de Guayaquil – Ecuador los días 30 & 31 de Agosto del 2012. ...

Fundación Mango del Ecuador

IV Congreso Internacional del Mango Ecuatoriano

Con éxito avanzan los preparativos del “IV Congreso Internacional del Mango Ecuatoriano” a celebrarse en el Hotel Oro Verde de Guayaquil – Ecuador los días 30 & 31 de Agosto del 2012.

Este evento que se organiza cada dos años se ha convertido en un referente de la industria mundial del mango, sobretodo considerando el gran número de participantes de los distintos países productores y comercializadores que acuden al mismo.

Según Bernardo Malo, Presidente del Directorio de la Fundación Mango del Ecuador, lo anterior se evidencia también por el enorme interés existente de parte de las
diferentes empresas auspiciantes, las mismas que en un número aproximado de 40 se encuentran apoyando el Congreso.

Este Congreso Internacional una vez más recibirá la visita de catorce de los más connotados expertos en los campos de cosecha, plagas, irrigación, cadena de frío, etc., quienes compartirán sus experiencias y puntos de vi…

FOOD PRICES WILL SURGE: USDA estimates of corn and soybean production drop as drought takes its toll on farmers ...

View Photo Gallery — The drought of 2012: It has been more than a half-century since a drought this extensive hit the United States, NOAA reported July 16. The effects are growing and may cost the U.S. economy $50 billion.

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, August 10, 12:28 PM

ST. LOUIS — The government slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second consecutive month Friday, predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades grips major farm states.

Nonetheless, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a statement supplied exclusively to The Associated Press, insisted U.S. farmers and ranchers remain resilient and the country will continue to meet demand as the global leader in farm exports and food aid.

Record heat, extreme weather around the world: The United States broke a 118-year heat record in July, and the world has been beset by extreme weather in recent weeks.

The U.S. Agriculture Department cu…