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Wednesday, April 11, 2007 

Food Section Wednesday

I love the Wednesday edition of most papers. Generally it means...FOOD SECTIONS! Whoo Hooo!

The wonderful thing about these special sections is that it highlights the things that we all share in common....the need to eat (preferably something good.) North. East. West. South. We are all looking for "Good Eats." But some of the stories have a strong sense of place and the little things that set each community apart.

From the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, there's a story on what to have in your kitchen to get ready for storms and hurricanes.

With Tropical Storm Alberto ringing in this year's hurricane season, the answer to that question shouldn't be difficult to answer. But if you're like the thousands of Coastal Bend residents who have blown off stocking their shelves for a storm, now's the time to head to the grocery store, while Gulf waters are calm.

You're thinking tuna and bottled water, right?

That's a start. Non-perishables fly off shelves when the weather gets bad, so stocking up can mean the difference between eating from a can when electricity's out or having comfort food in the middle of chaos.

From the Minneapolis-St. Paul City Pages, there's a terrific story of an unusual foodie magnate. A Minnesota Marshmallow Magnate.
How does a woman with five kids make a few hundred thousand marshmallows? Very, very well. World, meet Laura Dhuyvetter, the only woman in the history of time to have five kids under the age of ten and launch a company that is inarguably one of the world's most important gourmet s'mores creators.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is lamenting the loss of many a specialty food/candy store in the City of Brotherly Love and rejoicing in finding a new one in the midst of the ruins.
It was a glorious age, if you were a candy watcher: "He did tremendous rabbits and chicks and shell eggs," recalls local candy wholesaler Jack Lees, admiring the work of Harold Schafer, now deceased.

It is a common refrain, more a lament, really, among Philadelphia's aging band of candymen. This season (even as Hershey decamps, in part, to Mexico), Harry Young, another stalwart of Easter, is gone: His iconic shop on Girard Avenue closed after his death last year.

But a happy reversal of fortune is playing out beneath the massive rafters and overhead flywheels that spun the belts to mix the buttercream at the Schafer's plant: Michael and Julie Holahan have opened a candy store.

From the Lansing State Journal, there's a little story on something sweet that has caught Martha's eye.

Imagine a wedding dress made entirely of icing. Michele Hester did - complete with elaborate lace bustier and sleeves, flouncy skirt and a huge bow that looks like satin.

It's all made of sugar and eggs, a concoction she calls SugarVeil that's more commonly used for elaborate cakes and other edibles.

....And after years of cold calls to chief executive officers and hours on her feet at trade shows selling her inventions, a remarkable thing happened. Martha Stewart came by.

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