April 13, 2014 |
Jack, the round-headed fictional chief executive in Jack-in-the-Box commercials, is not only a hit on television. He's also popular on Wall Street. In the last year, investors have driven the company's stock price up more than 80% - and industry analysts are bullish about the company's future. Jack in the Box Inc.'s profit was up sharply in its recently completed fiscal first quarter, as sales increased at its flagship restaurants and at the company's other brand, Qdoba Mexican Grill.
April 8, 2014 |
Got a great recipe for which garlic is a key ingredient? It could earn you a spot in a popular cook-off during this summer's Gilroy Garlic Festival in Central California. Each July, people flock to the festival in Gilroy, about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco, to fill up on foods featuring the pungent perennial. The strong aroma of garlic will be impossible to escape during the July 25-27 festival. Each year, visitors consume more than 2 tons of garlic grown at the local Christopher Ranch . The Great Garlic Cook-off, a contest among amateur chefs, is one of the highlights of the annual festival.
April 5, 2014 |
Haylie Duff has cooked up something exciting and it's no joke: She and boyfriend Matt Rosenberg are engaged. The actress-turned-cookbook-author announced the news on her food blog, the Real Girl's Kitchen, on Thursday, noting that the proposal took place on April Fools Day. "This week has seriously just become the best week of my life!" the self-taught cook wrote. "As if announcing The Real Girl's Kitchen tv show wasn't enough, Matt just took me by total surprise and proposed…on April Fool's Day of all days!
March 31, 2014 |
On a recent Sunday, I was invited to a friend's house for barbecue -- and mac 'n' cheese. Not just any mac 'n' cheese, but Cowgirl Creamery's oozing, rich version from its new book, “ Cowgirl Creamery Cooks ” (Chronicle Books, $35). Forget the ribs: That mac n' cheese is killer. Cowgirls Sue Conley and Peggy Smith make it with their own Wagon Wheel cheese and the wheel-shaped pasta called rotelle . It's a showstopper when it comes to the table: bubbling, with tomato slices and buttered bread crumbs on top. A delight through and through, the new cookbook is unpretentious, sensible and full of both classic and quirky recipes.
March 28, 2014 |
Air New Zealand makes it easier to get to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific with a round-trip LAX-Rarotonga fare of $850, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability. The Cook Islands, a self-governing territory associated with New Zealand, are in the South Pacific. The territory is made up of only 15 islands, but they stretch out in an area of 770,000 square miles. You must stay in the islands at least six days but not longer than 20. Nonstop flights are available for Sunday departures and Saturday returns.
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March 22, 2014 |
When the offbeat BBC cooking show "Two Fat Ladies" was given a green light in 1996, costar Clarissa Dickson Wright did not have the highest hopes. "I found it very hard to believe," she later wrote, "and thought perhaps it might be a cult series with a moderate but good audience. We had no idea. " It quickly became an immense hit - on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., where it made its debut in 1997, "Two Fat Ladies" helped grease Food Network's ascent to a cable TV powerhouse, earning top prime-time ratings that made Dickson Wright and co-host Jennifer Paterson bona fide, if improbable, celebrities.