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Food Manufacturing

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Taste-Testing "Scoop Shop Only" Flavors

    There are few reasons why you should pay five bucks for a small (one scoop) serving of ice cream at a Ben & Jerry's scoop shop in Houston when you can buy four times the amount of the same flavor for significantly less money at a local grocery store. Unless, of course, you're seeking to sample one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Ever Wanted to Go Vegetarian? Now's the Time as Beef, Pork Prices Soar

    Thanks to a drought across much of the major cattle-ranching states and a deadly pig virus, we may soon be doing what those pesky Chick-fil-A cows are always encouraging on the billboards: "Eat mor chikin." Or veggies. Or tofu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that beef prices ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Pillsbury's Chocolatier Collection: Bake This

    They had me at chocolatier. I don't know what exactly this word means (and something tells me neither does Pillsbury), but I like to imagine it's the chocolate version of an atelier. The master artist of this cookshop is, of course, the Doughboy, who presides over various apprentices as they hone t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    FDA, Calling Them Detrimental to Human Health, Moves to Ban Trans Fats in Food

    On November 7, the Food and Drug Adminstration proposed that partially hydrogenated oils no longer be "generally recognized as safe" -- a ruling that, if made final, would effectively mean companies could no longer use anything containing trans fats in their products. I asked Houstonians what they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Top 5 Limited Edition/Seasonal Ice Cream Flavors

    A terrific ice cream treat is an easy and satisfying end to a summer supper, but while you're at the store, scan the frozen cases for new ice cream flavors. Again lured by the "limited edition" label, I have been exploring the world of seasonal ice creams. Here are five to try: 5. Peaches 'N' Cream ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    State House of Representatives Votes to Pass Texas Cottage Foods Bill

    When HB 1139 -- also known as the Bake Sale Bill -- was signed into law in June 2011 by Governor Rick Perry, it set a precedent in Texas for so-called Cottage Food Bills that allow small, independent bakers and other culinary artisans to make and sell food from their homes. Former Houston Press foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    How To Make Homemade Hot Giardiniera, My New Favorite Condiment

    If you've never tried hot giardineira (pronounced jar-dih-NAIR-uh), I urge you to immediately. I first fell in love with the condiment -- made with pickled vegetables and spices -- when I tried it on Pappa Geno's ridiculously delicious Wicked Philly. It even prompted me to pick up a jar and make my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Teach Your Kids That Cows Don't Make Artificially Sweetened Milk

    Let's face it -- kids are not consuming enough milk today. Most children would rather drink sugary juice or a soda rather than a glass of milk. The reason for these choices can be attributed to the fact that kids like foods with lots of sugar -- one ingredient that plain milk does not have. Unfort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Texas Cattle Ranchers Face a Trifecta of Worrying Issues, Which Means Higher Beef Prices in 2013

    This year will mark the 136th time the Cattle Raisers Convention has met, but it's in a climate that these cattlemen haven't battled for a long time. More than 2,500 ranchers and landowners are convening in Fort Worth this March to discuss a trifecta of issues that won't easily be solved. Ranchers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Sorry Houston, No Farm-Fresh Milk for You

    Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Is There a Chocolate Factory in Houston's Future?

    Tejas Chocolate is a young company. Scott Moore, Jr. and his partner Michelle Holland started making chocolate from scratch and working with cacao beans in 2010, and Tejas Chocolate began in earnest in 2011. Scott and Michelle are still working their day jobs running a railroad supply company, while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's Greek Frozen Yogurt

    It was only a matter of time. Lunch break at the Ben & Jerry's think tank: some enterprising young person looks at her carton of Chobani, then at the freezer, then at her Chobani...and voila, Ben & Jerry's Greek Frozen Yogurt. Greek yogurt has been all the rage (in the U.S.) since dieticians launc ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Why Texas Should Reopen Its Horse Slaughterhouses

    It's been five years since the nation's last horse slaughterhouse was shut down. The Cavel horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois, closed after Congress banned USDA inspections of horse meat -- effectively ceasing operations at the few abattoirs in the United States that dealt in horses. If the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Greatest Grub: Best Non-Blue Bell Ice Cream Flavors

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​As promised, here's the follow up to the last Greatest Grub featuring favorite flavors of Blue Bell ice cream. I can only imagine how many gallons of that stuff are bought in the state during these unbearably hot summer months. I know that Blue Bell is the hometown fa ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    Come and Bake It

    Local movement fights for cottage food bill.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​Lauren Marmaduke reported on the blue stuff in some "blueberry" food products not being actual blueberries, and some of our commenters expressed their displeasure with the industry. Said Gaspar Ramsey: Horsehockey. Food manufacturers use fake ingredients because they are trying to scam the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Food Safety Modernization Act Passes, But at What Cost?

    This...probably won't happen to your friendly local farm. Geez, Alex Jones...​Yesterday afternoon, President Obama signed what's being called "one of the most expansive food regulation bills in living memory," the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA), effectively creating a new arm of the Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Gummi Bear

    ​Not all gummi bears are created equal. Some people - including certain unnamed members of my family - do not seem to be aware of this, and blithely purchase generic gummi bears from supermarket bulk bins. While it's hard to get angry at someone who buys you candy, off-brand gummis have a cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    SunChips Compostable Bags "Too Loud" - Frito-Lay Says To Hell with Planet

    howgreenworks.comAmerica's youth only interested in saving the planet if it's done quietly. ​ Frito-Lay first launched a new, innovative line of compost-able packaging made entirely from plants for their SunChips brand in April of 2009. Less than 18 months later, the company is returning to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    The Green Scene in Fredericksburg

    Photo by jonlThe Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association at the 2008 Roundup.​Attention, Houston-area organic chefs, farmers and food producers: Fredericksburg wants you! The annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, which takes place this year from September 24 to 26, is l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Health Dept. Roundup: Market Edition

    ​This week on Health Department Roundup, we visited the city's retail food markets. At Foodarama Meat (11502 Wilcrest), a May 17 routine inspection found a hand-washing sign was not visible at all hand-washing sinks used by food employees, and that floors were not kept clean in several areas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Pola Artisan Cheeses

    ​We'd tried Pola Artisan Cheeses (1829 Colquitt, 281-414-2509) at the Urban Harvest Farmers' Market and even taken some to the St. Arnolds Brewery, but when we heard it was being made in a house in Montrose, we had to see it for ourselves. We called ahead to make sure it was cool to take a "ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Antonelli's Cheese Shop

    ​Specialty shops are not dead. Just ask Kendall and John of Antonelli's Cheese Shop in Austin (4220 Duval Street). On February 11 of this year, they opened Antonelli's Cheese Shop in the city's famous Hyde Park area. Not to worry, Hyde Park Grill and Dolce Vita fans. Antonelli's Cheese Shop ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Houston Company Hit With Claim Its Fish Contain PCBs

    ​A Houston-based fish-oil manufacturer might be exposing consumers to a harmful carcinogen, according to a lawsuit filed by environmental activists earlier this month.Filed in a California Superior Court, the suit accuses Omega Protein and seven other fish-oil manufacturers of failing to warn cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Late Night Scene: Waffle House

    ​We ventured out to the Waffle House at 11240 Westheimer for some pork products and waffles. There is something about this place that makes it a destination restaurant. We ordered a super "breakfast" with a pecan waffle, sausage, and our hash browns "smothered, covered and scattered." If you'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Artisan Chocolates at Whole Foods

    ​All-natural Lake Champlain Chocolates from Vermont are one of the stars of the Valentine's Day "Sweets for Your Sweetie" display at Whole Foods Market on Kirby. The company's chocolate blog is an amusing glimpse into life in a chocolate factory. I like the post about "frog day" on the manuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Top 5 Sweets of Sugar Land

    Wrong, but right: Oreo Pizookie​Imperial Sugar may not actually produce sugar in Sugar Land anymore, but even as dust collects on the factory smokestacks and the museum leads tours through the old warehouse, there are still a number of bakeries, breweries and cafes making Sugar Land's namesake ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 18, 2009

    Not So Clear Cut

    What are you really eating when you order fajitas in a Tex-Mex restaurant?

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Harvard Elementary Kids, Get Your Butts Back To School

    Another HISD school has declared total victory in the battle against swine flu (No political correctness here, pork industry!!). Harvard Elementary in the Heights, one of the first district schools to close down, will reopen tomorrow.The city's health department has given the OK for the move, HISD s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day: A Word of Caution

    Once a year, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shops give out free ice cream cones to anyone willing to wait in line. Yes, a scoop of ice cream comes with the cone. Next time you get snarky, please be more original. With our usual philanthropist attitude of public service, Eating Our Words took to the street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Crunchy Bacon Chocolate Bar

    The best thing I got in my Easter Basket was this Mo's Bacon Bar from Vosges chocolate company. The texture is not unlike a Nestle's Crunch, but instead of crispy rice, the crunchy bits here are pieces of alderwood smoked bacon and coarse alderwood smoked salt. When you open up the aluminum foil, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

    Photo by Robb Walsh Speaking of processed meats…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes… Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

    Photo by Robb Walsh Speaking of processed meats…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes… Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Imperial Sugar Hit Hard By OSHA

    The pride of Sugar Land, the Imperial Sugar Co., has just been hit by one of the stiffest fines ever handed out by the feds' worker-safety agency. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Imperial should be fined $8.7 million for violations at a Georgia plant where an explosion ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Chocolate Festival of Texas

    Sweetness comes to town

  • News

    August 23, 2007
  • Dining

    March 29, 2007

    Richard Kaplan

    His chocolate is hot

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Free Sample

    This week's Chef Special features Richard Kaplan, whose Brown Paper Chocolates was recently nominated for the Gallo Gold Medal, a national award for artisanal food producers--who better to ask for chocolate bunny advice? So Richard, why do the ears taste best? Because they're usually the first bit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Beating a (Nearly) Dead Horse

    Dixie Wilson/ARTEX Some of the horses endured much more than a bumpy ride and exhaust. In April, Press staffer Josh Harkinson told a sad tale of horse slaughterhouses and horse abuse. On the coattails of that story, we have a depressing follow-up. On Thursday, Bryan Morgan was been charged wit ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 9, 2004

    The Next Chef Boyardee

    Wolfgang Puck, creator of Spago in Hollywood, has lost control of his name

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    July 29, 2004
  • Dining

    January 8, 2004

    Bring On the Bovine

    Beef-mad Houstonians keep eating steaks

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pizzeria

    Pizza Bella

  • Dining

    January 25, 2001

    On a Whim

    Tex-Mex adventures

  • News

    October 20, 1994
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