Aug. 15, 2011 — More than 60,000 pounds of ground beef sold at three major grocery store chains in the Southeast have been recalled because of potential E. coli contamination.
The ground beef was supplied by National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. and sold by Winn-Dixie Stores Inc, Publix Super Markets Inc., and Kroger Co.
The USDA says routine testing at an Ohio Department of Agriculture facility revealed E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Further investigation identified the National Beef Packing Co. as the sole source of the tainted ground beef.
The USDA says there have been no reports of illness from the tainted ground beef.
E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea,dehydration, and in the most serious cases, kidney failure.
Children, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to illness caused by E. coli bacteria.
F&W’s Ray Isle makes it easy to find a wonderful bottle no matter where you are—even if it’s a so-so wine shop or a chain restaurant.
Shopping for wine is great fun—unless you are trying to find a specific wine, in which case it becomes extremely frustrating. That’s because even a good shop can carry only a tiny fraction of the vast number of wines available in the United States. Look for one made in limited amounts, and you’re likely to end up thwarted. But there’s a way to improve the odds. Recently, I tasted more than 70 wines produced or imported in amounts greater than 150,000 cases per year, enough to stock store shelves nationwide. Here you’ll find my 10 picks, plus my favorite new website and wine-finding apps and my six rules for making wine simple and accessible.
5 Accessible Value Red Wines
2009 Alamos Malbec ($11) Made by Argentina’s illustrious Catena family, Alamos’s bottling shows exactly what people love about Malbec: dense, dark-berry fruit and smoky spice notes.
2008 Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah ($12) Bogle released its first Petite Sirah back in 1978, before many people had ever heard of the variety. Petite Sirah is still less well known than it should be, especially given how appealing this boysenberry-scented wine is.
2008 Apothic Red ($14) This lush, fruity blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrahwill be hard to resist for people whose taste leans toward big, supercharged reds.
2007 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon ($17) Aided by a terrific vintage, longtime winemaker Rick Sayre has created an impressively layered, cassis-inflected Cabernet.
2008 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($24) Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse’s deft touch with Pinot Noir is especially impressive given how much she makes of this basic Sonoma Coast bottling. The wine is elegant and aromatic, with plenty of dark-cherry fruit.
5 Accessible Value White Wines
2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling ($9) This off-dry (i.e., lightly sweet) bottling is a good example of how a touch of sweetness can nicely set off Riesling‘s lively acidity. Anyone skeptical of off-dry whites should try the wine with a spicy Asian dish like a Thai curry: It’s an ideal match.
2009 Kris Pinot Grigio ($14) This nectariney wine is made by noted Alto Adige producer Franz Haas, in conjunction with US–based importer Leonardo Locascio. It has much more personality than many similarly priced Pinot Grigios.
2009 Chateau St Jean Sonoma County Chardonnay ($14) Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren’s basic Chardonnay has been a go-to value white for many years now, and the ’09 will only sustain the wine’s reputation. Silky, with an alluring touch of sweet oak, it’s classic California Chardonnay.
2009 Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($14) A combination of grapes from Marlborough’s Awatere and Wairau subregions gives this white a good balance of crisp gooseberry and citrus fruit and the grassy, herbal notes that are the hallmarks of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
2008 Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay ($20) Affordable Chardonnays rarely have this much poise. That’s partly a result of this wine’s blend of regions, in which grapes from the Russian River Valley, the Alexander Valley and Carneros provide succulent fruit, ripe depth and bright citrus notes in equal proportion.
Useful Wine-Finding Tech Tools
With help from the Web or a smartphone, tracking down a particular bottle is getting easier. Here, three great digital tools.
Snooth Wine Pro Snap a picture of a wine label; this clever app will search its vast database of wines to point you to a retailer and tell you the best prices. $5; itunes.apple.com.
Cor.kz Wine Info Cor.kz scans bar codes to bring up wine availability. It can also compare different vintages of the same wine. $4; cor.kz.
Vinopedia.com This intelligently designed new site finds stores that carry a particular wine and generates an interactive map.
I live by my iPhone! I rely on apps to do EVERYTHING. It can tell me what’s new and how to get there, what to cook and what I need to make it, even whats around me and exactly what to order! I occasionally make mention of my favorite apps (scoutmob, opentable, urbanspoon), but Us Weekly actually created their own list based on recommendations from Celebrity Chefs, which I thought I’d share with you…
-MARTHA’S EVERYDAY FOOD: FRESH & EASY RECIPES: For 99 cents, the app sends alerts for daily dinner ideas. And it uses your current location to find grocery stores near you! Why it’s hot: You can share your fave recipes on Facebook and Twitter.
-FOOD NETWORK IN THE KITCHEN: You can access 45,000 recipes from the network’s stars and new seasonal menus are updated each month ($1.99). Why it’s hot: Save favorite recipes in an online recipe box. Plus, use in-app timers to never burn a meal again!
-GORDON RAMSAY COOK WITH ME: Screaming fits not included! Outside of Hell’s Kitchen, Ramsay offers 56 recipes with guides and pictures ($7.99). Why it’s hot: The app offers wine pairings and an email function to invite to friends to enjoy the meal.
-NIGELLA QUICK COLLECTION: The kitchen goddess guides fans through 70 recipes with 40 minutes of video instructions ($7.99). Why it’s hot: You can make a shopping lists from recipes, then work through the recipes using voice control without even touching your phone.
-JAMIE OLIVER 20 MINUTE MEALS: If you liked his Food Revolution TV
show, you’ll love the British chef’s easy recipes ($7.99). Why it’s hot: Step-by-step pictures illustrate each recipe, and in 90 minutes of video Oliver teaches his tricks and basic kitchen tips.
-TYLER FLORENCE FAST: Picking from the app’s 500 recipes is easy. At the store, type in salmon and 15 recipes pop up! The Food Network chef tells Us ($4.99). Why it’s hot: Need recipe help? Use the app to email the chef or to chat with other users.
I know you’ve heard of this site! Get deals on great items… Today’s deal: A wine class for two only $35 today! Click the link below, join for free and learn a little more about wine. There are always awesome food and wine specials.
Here is a link to shopping site that I use frequently. They offer a limited stock designer items. The sale usually ends after a week or whenever they run out of the item. I’m giving you all the link because every now and then they offer cookware, flatware, stemware, cutlery, etc that would normally cost a fortune(!) at great accessible prices.
Check prices here before you head out on Black Friday… http://www.gilt.com/invite/missstyles. When you join, I get a notice. And when you buy, I get a bonus. Same goes for you and your friends.
The Gilt Group is well respected in the fashion world, but I love them for more than just clothes. Home decor, vacation packages and so much more make it a site I visit daily.
Get your Christmas shopping done online. And spare yourself the frustration of traveling to Atlantic Station, Lenox, Perimter, North Point or wherever you go that makes people like me feel claustrophobic.