Want to Go into Business? Commercial Kitchen Requirements

Pickyourown.org-Have you got a great recipe for home-made salsa, jam, jelly or other home-canned food? Your friends and family tell you that you should go into business selling it? And now you’re wondering what it would take to actually sell your award-winning tomato salsa, apple butter, applesauce or strawberry jam? This page should answer your questions to help you Decide if it’s right for you!

The production and sales of processed foods is governed by state and federal regulations. Each state is different, so proper advice is needed from a specialist in each state. Some states allow sales at farmer’s markets of select foods; others prohibit sales altogether.

A licensed kitchen

Food must be produced, processed, and held in a manner which prevents spoilage and contamination to keep it wholesome. Processing establishments must submit to unannounced inspections of the building and grounds. Unhealthy or ill persons must not be allowed to handle foods and pets are not allowed. For these reasons and others, home kitchens are not usually considered appropriate for processing purposes. In order to sell your homemade jams on a commercial basis, in most states, you’ll need to have your kitchen meet commercial grade kitchen standards and pass a health department inspection, like a restaurant. People who have done this tell me it can easily cost $50,000 to convert a home kitchen.

I’ve heard that there are a handful of states that have small quantity exceptions and exceptions for church sales, etc., but I haven’t see a comprehensive list.  If you know where to find your state’s webpage of rules for selling home canned goods, please send it to me, and I’ll make a list here. (Read More)

Kraft Pulls Ads From GCB

The roughly 400,000 members of the misnamed One Million Moms (a subsidiary of the American Family Association Inc) have managed to score a victory of sorts to get the show GCB off the air. They announced:

Victory! Way to go moms! You are making a HUGE difference! Kraft heard you loud and clear. They have pulled their Philadelphia Cream Cheese ad from the Christian bashing ABC program “GCB.” After you contacted and informed them when their commercial was airing, they announced their ads will no longer run during this controversial Anti-Christian show. The Chicago-based cream cheese company says it made the decision after customer complaints began to pile up. (READ MORE)

The Rise of Jeremy Lin- American Basketball Star of Chinese/Taiwanese Descent

Jeremy Lin – a name that few have ever heard of as little as a month ago, has become not only a household name sweeping across the basketball world, but a phenomenon whose impact extends far beyond sports. Fans and media outlets alike have become infatuated with the point guard’s sensational play as well as his improbable journey, with nicknames such as “Linsanity” and “Linderella” dominating the headlines for the past few weeks. As a result, advertisers have been lining up to grasp the marketing opportunity. The appeal is obvious; beyond the fact that Lin is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, the classic underdog story in addition to his humble, affable persona make a perfect spokesperson to reach a broad audience. (Read More)

Find out What Restaurants in New York have Jeremy Lin Inspired Food & Drink Specials

International Oreos: Flavors From Foreign Countries

If there’s one single cookie that makes us think of childhood, it’s definitely the Oreo. Known as “milk’s favorite cookie,” these creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies are considered the best-selling cookie brand of the 21st century, making $1.5 billion in worldwide revenues.

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About Blue Cheese & Dressing Recipe

Blue cheese is made of cow’s milk and has a distinctive tangy flavor. It is white, with blue streaks and
has a crumbly texture, similar to Roquefort cheese. Blue cheese is believed to have been discovered by accident. The caves in which early cheeses were aged shared the properties of being temperature and moisture controlled environments, as well as being favorable to many varieties of harmless mold.

In the European Union many blue cheeses such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Blue Stilton carry a protected designation of origin, meaning they can bear the name only if they have been made in a particular region in a certain country. The basic ingredients include blue cheese, mayo, sometimes buttermilk or sour cream, pepper, and sometime worcestershire sauce or vinegar.  (Watch How to Make Blue Cheese Dressing)

American Central American Actor Maurice Bernard

Maurice Benard (born March 1, 1963) is an American actor. He is known primarily for his iconic portrayal of romantic mobster Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, a role he has portrayed since 1993.

Born Mauricio Jose Morales in Martinez, California and growing up in San Francisco, California, Benard is of Salvadorian and Nicaraguan ethnicity. He started his acting career as Nico on the soap opera All My Children from 1987 to 1990. In addition to guest spots on several television series during the early 1990s, Benard also appeared in television movies including the 1991 CBS television movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, in which he portrayed Desi Arnaz.

Bet you didn’t know just how multi-cultural the character of Sonny Corinthos is supposed to be:

Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. is born on April 20, 1967[4] in the blue-collar Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father, Michael “Mike” Corinthos, Sr is of Irish and Greek descent and his mother Adela is Cuban.


The character of Sonny Corinthos is quite the ladies man and he loves to cook gourmet dinners for the ladies.  With a multi cultural background like his wouldn’t you like to see what he cooks up?

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Business Mogul Russell Simmons Speaks Out: Oscars, Hollywood & Race

I watched the Oscars this year and it felt, well, familiar. Sure, familiar can be comforting, but familiar can also just be downright boring. Now don’t get me wrong; I have deep respect for Hollywood and all its players. I know that they are, for the most part, well-intentioned, sweet, progressive, liberally minded storytellers who have grand aspirations for the world. The problem is that while they believe in the concept of an all-inclusive, post-racial America, they don’t trust in it enough to bank on it. And now, they’re paying for it. (Read More at the Hollywood Reporter)

New York to hold Japan Week from March 1- March 3

Japan Week, a multi-part festival to be held in various locations in New York City, will kick off March 1. The key events of Japan Week—the Kickoff Event and Japan Pavilion—will specifically focus on the unique world of Japanese cuisine.

Sponsored by the Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad (JRO), these events aim to promote a deeper understanding of Japan through a positive image of its food. Additional support is provided by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).

Japan Week’s Kickoff Event will be held in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal from March 1-3. Hosting a diverse array of vendors featuring distinct Japanese food and merchandise, the Kickoff Event will welcome the public to cultural performances as well as cooking demonstrations of Japanese dishes by renowned chefs. During the evening of March 1, an Opening Gala at Vanderbilt Hall will invite New York’s restaurant industry connoisseurs and major media to experience the latest in Japanese cuisine.

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Green Beer Recipe

Traditionally, light color beer is most preferred to create the green effect as well. Darker beer also can select but you can get a little darker green. It depends on satisfaction of each beer drinkers.


  • Recommended Light Beer or a Guinness Beer (light colored beers will display the green color better)
  • Green Food Coloring


Place 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring in the clear glass of Light Beer or Guinness Beer. Pour beer into a glass slowly. Wait for few seconds, the color mixing diluted with beer.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe


All recipes for traditional soda bread contain flour, baking soda, sour milk (buttermilk) and salt. That’s it!!!

This was a daily bread that didn’t keep long and had to be baked every few days. It was not a festive “cake” and did not contain whisky, candied fruit, caraway seeds, raisins (add raisins and it becomes “spotted dog” not to be confused with the pudding made with suet of the same name), or any other ingredient.

Ingredients for White Soda Bread

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly crease and flour a cake pan.

In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.

Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)

Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot). Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.

Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

Prefer Brown Bread- See Recipe
Info from www.sodabread.us