Food And Drink

Food Critics: Your Nontraditional Valentine

Feb 3, 2012
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Forget the lobster and candlelight... how about spicy ceviche and mango smoothies? On this Walt Bodine Show, the Food Critics share ideas for taking your Valentine out for a nontraditional evening.

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Throwing food scraps to hogs and other farm animals is an age-old practice. As food production has become more industrialized, food factories have found ways to continue to recycle massive amounts of would-be food waste.

A Kansas social services official today defended a policy that has effectively made hundreds of children ineligible for food stamps. The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently changed how household income is calculated for the program.

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Walk into your neighborhood grocery store looking for healthy food and you might get lost amid a sea of confusing labels and dubious claims. Consumers looking to eat right may get the wrong ideas.

HyVee, like many grocery chains, is trying to part that sea and simplify nutrition for consumers who may not want to read the fine print on their food.

At HyVee stores, you’ll find NuVal. It’s a scoring system on a scale of 1 to 100. The healthier the food, the higher the score.

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Eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, join co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics for a conversation about finding tasty, yet nutritious food options in Kansas City.

Vegetarianism In KC / Pity The Billionaire

Jan 12, 2012

How difficult is it to be a vegetarian in Kansas City? Then later... Even Mr. T pities a fool, but why pity a billionaire?

If you've been to a Hy-Vee grocery store recently, chances are you've seen some numbers right next to the price of an item of food.

It's a "NuVal" - a nutritional value placed on each and every food product. 

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The Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on the off-label use of certain antibiotics in food-producing animals. 

In an order published today, the FDA said meat producers can no longer use the class known as cephalosporins in ways not approved by the agency. While curbing use won’t change much in the meat industry, the order signals a bigger concern about antibiotics regulation, some farmers say.

Food Critics: New Years Eve Dining

Dec 23, 2011
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New Years Eve isn't just about the bubbly these days. This Friday morning, join co-host Charles Ferruzza, and the Food Critics for a conversation about great places to go out and celebrate the arrival of 2012 over a great meal.

A refugee at age 10 and an immigrant at 12, Lidia Bastianich has always associated food with family and home. A wife, mother and restaurateur by age 24, Lidia's passion for bringing the taste of Italy to the American table has made her a favorite among PBS viewers, home chefs and foodies.

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Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics as we discuss great places to dine around town. Plus, in the second half of the hour, critics and callers gab about their favorite places to grab a burger around town.

Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.

People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.

"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.

Manhattan, Ks. – According to a survey done by Kansas State University, one third of all small-town stores closed just in the past three years. It's partly because rural populations are dwindling and mom and pop markets aren't able to compete with large chains.

Food Critics: Table for One

Nov 11, 2011
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When was the last time you sat down at a restaurant for a nice meal... alone? Join co-host Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Chris BecickaIngram's MagazineGloria Gale435 South Magazine, and Emily Farris, food writer.

Food Critics: Hotel Dining, Past & Present

Sep 30, 2011
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When was the last time you headed to a hotel just to enjoy a great meal? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine and Emily Farris of Casserole Crazy, as they stop in to discuss the evolution of hotel dining in the Kansas City area.

Food Critics: Eating Well While Eating Out

Sep 30, 2011
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Eating out is often an indulgence... but when we stretch our budgets, must we also stretch our waistlines? Join the conversation with Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka of of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as we discuss making healthy choices without compromising the pleasure of eating out.

Food Critics: Desperation Foods

Aug 19, 2011
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What's the last thing you ate during your lowest moment? At an airport? A food court? What about that time you woke up hungry at 3am with only expired eggs in the fridge? Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, and the Food Critics Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine and Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine  for a look at what we eat when we're feeling desperate.

Food Critics: Too Darn Hot

Jul 29, 2011
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Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as they stop in to share some meal ideas for those days when it's just too darn hot to eat... not that we've ever experienced that.

Food Critics: Too Darn Hot

Jul 29, 2011
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Join Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Bloch, of Around the Block, as they stop in to share some meal ideas for those days when it's just too darn hot to eat... not that we've ever experienced that.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many bargain-hunting foodies in Kansas City are rejoicing this weekend. The grocery store chain Trader Joe's has finally opened its doors in two locations: Ward Parkway Mall and on 119th Street in Leawood. For ten years, local customers have been begging the company to open a store here.

Food Critics: Drive-Ins and Food Trucks

Jul 8, 2011
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When was the last time you visited an old fashioned drive-in? Or walked over for a late night snack from one of KC's great food trucks? Our hosts today are Walt Bodine, co-host Charles Ferruzza, Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine, Gloria Gale of 435 South Magazine, and Mary Block of Around the Block. Join the conversation about the fun summer tradition of eating on the go.

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