Wednesday morning food news round-up

Oregon State, football and … cheese?

Journalists feast on campaign trial.

Egg soups, a primer.

Carrots get starring roles.

Wine levels dropping to 37-year lows.

Meatless Monday: Rosemary’s Rosemary Pumpkin Soup

Rosemary's Rosemary Pumpkin Soup

Rosemary’s Rosemary Pumpkin Soup
Serves 1 to 2, depending on serving size. Recipe is from Helana Brigman. “This recipe comes from a pumpkin-inspired experiment by my friend, Dr. Rosemary Peters. My version follows hers, but I’ve added a few more ingredients.”

1 tsp. finely chopped parsley
1 to 2 tbls. finely chopped fresh rosemary, to taste
2 green onions
1 small baking pumpkin (sugar pumpkin), capped and seeded
Broth (chicken, vegetable, or beef), enough to fill the pumpkin
1/3 cup bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Gruyere or Parmesan cheese, grated, to taste (about 2 ozs.)

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Monday morning food news round-up

Making Halloween candy less scary.

Italy unites for cheese.

Going back to school on lunch.

Decision to slaughter, eat oxen prompts protest.

PJ’s hosts Movember events

PJ’s Coffee, 5432 Magazine St., New Orleans, will hold a Movember celebration 11 a.m. to PJ's Coffee logo2 p.m. Nov. 3. Movember is an annual, month-long event that encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancers.

The PJ’s Movember celevration will feature Mo-Funk along with members of Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, 610 Stompers, DJ Dave Jinx, and appearances by the New Orleans Saints’ Whistle Monster.

PJ’s locations around Louisiana will carry a limited-time Movember coffee blend and collectable cup. A portion of the proceeds will benefit prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives.

Learn to make hot coffee cocktails with SoFAB

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum will host a demonstration of how to make hot coffee cocktails at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of their Coffee Month celebrations. The demonstration is free with musuem admission. Learn more about Coffee Month here.

Jay Ducote, Roux Wine & Spirits to host pop-up wine dinner

Chef Jay Ducote, of, and Roux Wine & Spirits, 17540 Airline Highway, Prairieville, are hosting a Vending Machine Winery Pop-Up Wine Dinner 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Neil and Monica Gernon will bring four wines and Jay’s created courses that include at least one ingredient found in a vending machine, including a … wait for it … Skittles vinaigrette. Tickets are $75.


Wednesday morning food news round-up

Peanut butter and … pickles?

Break out the gore for Halloween.

Greeks balk at past-due food sales.

Energy drinks, other high-caffiene products under scrutiny.

National Boston Cream Pie Day!

Meatless Monday: Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of Celery Soup
Serves 4 to 5. Recipe is from “Crescent City Cooking” by Susan Spicer with Paula Disbrowe.

 3 tbls. butter
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
 bunch celery, washed and chopped, leaves and tough strings removed 
1 medium potato, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
2 tbls. flour
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups chicken broth
½ cup heavy cream
Snipped fresh chives, for garnish
Susan Spicer’s Classic Croutons, made with multigrain bread, for garnish (recipe follows)

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