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cash gobbler: the rising cost of thanksgiving dinner

Posted in food, journalism, the daily by kase on November 11, 2011

Thanksgiving dinner this year will leave bellies bulging, as usual, but its cost will make wallets slimmer than it did last year.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual informal study, Thanksgiving dinner for a group of 10 people — including a turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk — will cost an average of $49.20 this year, an increase of $5.73, or 13 percent, from last year’s survey.

Click behind the cut for the rest of the article (and screenshots of how it appeared in the app), or read at The Daily, where the piece originally appeared. (more…)

thanksgiving pro tip: get sexy to get safe

Posted in food, riverfront times by kase on November 24, 2010

​While the Red Cross doesn’t usually inspire many sexy ensembles, the safety tips the nonprofit is pushing for Thanksgiving kitchens may heat things up a bit around the dining table.

The Red Cross is urging home cooks to wear tight clothes in the kitchen to prevent another hot thing: kitchen fires.

More than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day each year, double the amount of blazes on an ordinary day. “Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking,” the Red Cross recommends. To avoid, you know, setting yourself on fire.

To which Gut Check says: In that outfit you’re on fire already!

Click behind the jump to see some more pro tips for a safe (and sexy!) Turkey Day, or read at Gut Check, where this post originally appeared. (more…)

fight club sandwich: battle of the pumpkin cupcakes

Posted in food, journalism, riverfront times by kase on November 17, 2010

Now that your Halloween hangover is but a distant memory, we’re going to have to break it to you: Our long, gourd-related national nightmare is not over yet. Thanksgiving looms in the near future, and pumpkin-related desserts will be crowding our bakeries for at least another month.

With this in mind, Fight Club Sandwich decided it was time to step in. Another enduring trend, though less seasonal: the cupcake. Why not marry the two culinary trends, and then make them fight? Enter the pumpkin cupcakes. In the red corner, we have the Pumpkin Harvest from the Cup in the Central West End. In the blue corner, the Pumpkin Pie from Delmar Boulevard mainstay Jilly’s Cupcake Bar.

Read more behind the cut, or at Gut Check, the RFT’s food blog, where this piece originally appeared. (more…)

local dentist wants to steal candy, ban fun (for a good cause!)

Posted in food, journalism, riverfront times by kase on October 19, 2010

Hey, kids! St. Louis dentist Dr. James Maxwell is secretly a goblin who wants to steal all your hard-won trick-or-treating loot.

It gets worse than that: He’s enlisting the help of your parents to snatch the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, fun-size Snickers and those tiny tastes of the rainbow, individual-size bags of Skittles, from your cold, grease-painted hands. Gut Check is all for surrendering the toothbrushes and dental floss that some jerks think it’s cool to hand out to little mummies and Harry Potters on Halloween, but keep your latex-gloved hands off our sugar supply!

Read more behind the jump or at Gut Check, where this post originally appeared. (more…)

fight club sandwich: rarebit battle royale

Posted in food, riverfront times by kase on October 12, 2010

Beer, cheese and potatoes. If these three food items don’t take up 60 percent of your “Five Favorite Things in Life” list, then we don’t want to know you. (That still leaves two slots for your significant other and your cat, so don’t say our selections take up too much room.)

Perhaps not coincidentally, beer, cheese and potatoes are the three vital elements of that rarest of gustatory pleasures: Welsh rarebit.

Sounds like the makings of a FIGHT CLUB SANDWICH!

But who should the contenders be? The Central West End boasts two Welsh pubs of great renown, both of which claim to serve authentic rarebit — but let’s spice it up a little, shall we? Why not make this a cage match FCS and throw another contender into the ring! Newstead Tower Public House, a gastropub known for its outstanding burgers and locally sourced ingredients, serves as our wild card in this battle royale of beer cheese dips.

We want a good, clean fight…. Let the rarebit rassle begin!

Read the rest of Fight Club Sandwich after the jump, or at Gut Check, the RFT‘s food blog, where it was originally published. (more…)

will the new rich-people bread co. be pay-what-you-will?

Posted in food, journalism, riverfront times by kase on September 22, 2010

Gut Check heard recently that St. Louis Bread Co. intends to open a new location on the north side of Plaza Frontenac, near Brio Tuscan Grille.

​Hat tip to the lovely and charming Deb Peterson for the scoop. The real question, beyond the blah-blah details of square footage and whether they’ll offer pedicures, is whether the Frontenac location will be designated as another of the Richmond Heights-based company’s pay-what-you-wish locations.

Click behind the jump to find out whether you’ll be able to get a dose of the warm fuzzies along with your overpriced LuluLemon sportswear, or head over to Gut Check, the RFT‘s food blog, where this piece originally appeared. (more…)

fight club sandwich: bottomless cup battle royale

Posted in food, journalism, riverfront times by kase on July 2, 2010

​Diagnose this illness, according to these symptoms:

1.) Patient displays craving for caffeine.

2.) Patient shows a tendency of resisting consciousness in the early parts of the day.

3.) Patient has no need for your wussy lattes.

Clearly, there is only one cure: a bottomless cup of coffee at a local java joint.

Sounds like a perfect setup for FIGHT CLUB SANDWICH, Gut Check’s food battle royale! The contenders for today’s battle of the beaneries: The Mud House on Cherokee Street, and the De Mun iteration of Kaldi’s. The criteria: does the coffee taste good, and will the atmosphere snap a poor, sleepy soul into wakefulness on a weekday morning?

See the results of the bottomless coffee smackdown after the jump, or read on Gut Check, the Riverfront Times’ food blog, where this was originally published. (more…)

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