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The kitchens save nearly $230,000 per participating school, officials say.
lobster fried rice
Classic fried rice tends to be salty, but Chef Fang reduced the sodium in this version by increasing the aromatic vegetables and herbs and decreasing the soy sauce. Lobster makes for an elegant presentation, but shrimp or clams can easily be substituted to lower food costs.
The program did not appear to boost students’ academic achievement, despite advocates’ hopes, officials say.
The fines—which could equal up to 10 percent of the total amount schools are reimbursed for lunches—are intended to improve the integrity of the program, officials say.
local produce
Local sourcing is in high demand, but it can present challenges to foodservice directors. Experts in the field share six tips for meeting these challenges.
burger gochujang aioli
Give burgers a pan-Asian twist by mixing teriyaki sauce into the ground beef and topping it with aioli blended with Korean gochujang paste. Pickled red cabbage and grilled shishito peppers complete the Asian theme, but crinkle-cut fries add an all-American touch.
korean bbq meatballs
Trend forecasters have called gochujang “the next Sriracha,” and chefs are using the spicy Korean sauce in much the same way. Noodles & Company, the fast-casual concept with a global menu, adds gochujang to a bold barbecue sauce. The meatballs combine ground chicken and beef.
bbq chicken thighs
White miso is a versatile ingredient in the Asian pantry. Here, it's combined with ginger, garlic and several condiments to make a marinade, but miso also can be the base for soups and salad dressings. ...
Asian cuisines continue to trend on menus, with Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian being the most popular among consumers, according to a recent report from the National Restaurant...
The near $500,000 project would allow the school to cook and prepare food on premise rather than having it trucked in daily.

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