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Cooking shellfish

Raw shrimp turn pink and firm. Depending on the size, it takes from 3 to 5 minutes to boil or steam one pound of medium size shrimp in the shell.


FSD News: Boston College named Employer of Choice

The NRA's Educational Foundation has named Boston College a 2003 Employer of Choice, and will present the award--along with five others--at the NRA Show in Chicago. Foodservice at Boston College,...

SAS Institute, reportedly one of the best companies to work for in the country, is a leading software provider. So it's no surprise that the operating systems in the food and nutrition services department are cutting edge—albeit the serving line in the 15-year-old main cafe is straight-line rather than the more up-to-date scatter system.

"We have a tremendous staff of professionals," he says of those who make up the school system's "fabulous" foodservice team. He is slightly embarrassed that it's only his name on his Silver Plate Award, he says, because he credits the team with accomplishing so much.

Members of the meat and potato crowd—still a solid majority throughout the country—are generally willing to vary their entrees with a selection of grains "on the side," especially those that are either made-to-order, exhibition-style, or well-seasoned with an appetizing array of spices and herbs, operators report. Many locations now offer menu grains as a daily feature of their salad bars and often include them in specialty recipes on a weekly basis.

Sales of soy foods in the U.S. have more than tripled in the past decade to about $3 billion. In a recent survey by the United Soybean Board (USB), 70% of consumers thought soy was healthy, but only...

A balanced, varied diet is important before, during and after pregnancy, especially if breastfeeding (see modified Food Pyramid on this page).

The American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) and the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) jointly submitted a letter to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in January...

Not the beauty pageant winners of the garden, root vegetables nonetheless lend themselves to beautiful preparations. Many roots can be eaten raw and all have a wonderful range of flavors.

"We were losing customers on payday so a couple of years ago we started a pasta bar on Fridays. Now I don't dare remove it," says Mary Kimbrough, dir. of nutrition services at St. Paul and Zale Lipshy Univ. Hospitals in Dallas.