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Chick-fil-A Is Conservative? So Are a Lot of Other Restaurants

I agree with AthenaHM. The politics of individual workers or operators of very small businesses are one thing. A large, apparently profitable national chain that helps fund right-wing causes is a very different matter. Boycott! Protest!

Jul 27, 2012
Gervasia in Features

No Drinks = Bad Service

I sympathize with servers and really think that part of the problem is management not having to pay servers and bartenders even close to minimum wage, so that servers are so dependent on hustling for tips. (I know a bartender at a popular tavern in an affluent suburb near Philadelphia who also makes $3-something per hour and has to work time at the end of her shift when she's not making ANY tips.)
At the same time, servers sometimes seem to forget that drinking alcohol is not a requirement of dining out--beside the fact that some people just CAN'T drink.

Feb 24, 2012
Gervasia in Features

Can Whole Foods Atone with Wellness Clubs?

The really unhealthy thing about Whole Foods is the way they treat their employees. (My husband worked at the South St. Philadelphia store.) First, workers in this country have a legal right to form unions, but Whole Foods not only doesn't respect this right but will use ANY means necessary to keep workers from organizing. As far as anti-union corporations they are right up in the top tier with Wal-Mart. This is an incredibly hypocritical corporation; they claim to be about health and environmental concerns but that doesn't include their workers. They have a cult-like jargon that sounds as if the ideas of the workers count but that's just window dressing. They do offer some benefits but not very good considering how big and profitable Whole Foods is, and the company constantly whines and moans about the cost of the benefits they do offer. Their business model is based on hiring perky young people who aren't going to stay around very long, and at the store where my husband worked there seemed to be a pattern of getting rid of older workers. If your holistic worldview includes human rights then DO NOT shop at Whole Foods.

Jan 20, 2012
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10 Canned Goods Worth Using

Canned Thai curry pastes--Maesri brand in very small cans, from Asian markets. All I've had are good-red, green, yellow, Penang, Massaman--haven't tried them all! Half a can (I freeze the rest in a little plastic container) of one of these, a can of coconut milk, odds and ends from the refrigerator and voila!--dinner for 2. Caution--if pepper heat is an issue you would want to use the curry paste sparingly.

Apr 28, 2011
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Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum - anybody baking from this?

If you are professionally trained, bake for people with similar credentials, have a lot of time on your hands--and a masochistic streak--then use this book. I like a challenge, have been baking for 35+ years, and almost never part with a cookbook; but I'm thinking of donating this one to charity. But then I wouldn't want to foist it on someone else. . . maybe with a warning: "For bookshelf decoration only." The Lemon Butter Bars were a major disaster for me; many recipes seem created for maximum difficulty. I've heard of others who have similar feelings about it this book.

Nov 08, 2010
Gervasia in Home Cooking