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Blog Sun Apr 08 2007

Same game, different player?

A recent post in the Stew, the Tribune's food blog, boasted the joy of Aldi's Mystik brand jelly beans, which are apparently a less expensive (and equally as tasty) cousin of Jelly Bellys. I personally love nothing more than finding a generic counterpart to the "branded" things I buy at the grocery store. But there are some things that I feel are never worth the risk; for example, the grainy and inedible taste of generic Mac'n'Cheese mix is proof that Kraft still has the market cornered, but I can easily handle Sweet Valley Cola over Pepsi any day. What corners do you cut at the grocery store? Your suggestions for acceptable (or superior) generic brand items are much needed...

 
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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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