Website Wednesday: Fork & Beans


This week’s selection is Fork & Beans.

I have few words for this site – meaning it’s gorgeous in its layout and enticing photos. I’d rather you look at it for yourself.

So creative and just clean looking. The photos on the right side help align the left side of the site, and it’s no distracting at all. It just exudes a homemade, yet professional feeling.

I don’t eat gluten-free or vegan, but I might after looking through this site. So many options, including numerous holiday recipes.

I also noticed she is very prolific in her postings. Every few days she churns out another goodie. It takes time and focus to do that, I wonder if she has help?

It’s a definite – ‘why didn’t I think of this?’ kind of site!

Jack Daniel’s in Legal Fight With Small Distiller


A white whiskey named for an Appalachian moonshiner was first sold in Mason jars, but recently switched to square-shaped bottling.

That new look has the small distiller embroiled in a trademark fight with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey.

The owner of the Jack Daniel’s trademark has sued the Nashville, Tenn.-based distiller of Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee white whiskey.

The lawsuit claims the bottling for Popcorn Sutton’s is “confusingly similar” to the Jack Daniel’s packaging. It says the new bottle was sold in either late 2012 or early 2013.

The suit was filed by California-based Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. and seeks damages and an injunction to stop Popcorn Sutton from using the similar bottle.

Jack Daniel’s is the flagship brand of Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp.

Popcorn Sutton did not immediately respond to phone calls.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Ben & Jerry’s Launches “Scotchy Scotch Scotch”


Ben & Jerry’s announces its newest Limited Batch ice cream flavor, “Scotchy Scotch Scotch.”
Created in honor of beloved Ron Burgundy, the TV news anchor with a penchant for all things scotch,
the flavor is a creamy concoction of butterscotch ice cream with ribbons of butterscotch swirl. Don’t act like you’re not impressed!

“Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is a delicious ice cream and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions,” said Ron Burgundy. “Malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet.”

The flavor was officially unveiled at New York City’s Pier 36 where members of the press attended and witnessed the announcement first-hand. True to the iconic ice cream company’s untraditional style, the event kicked off with – what else? – a performance by Nutty The Waterskiing Squirrel, as seen in the first Anchorman film. Nutty’s amazing performance was immediately followed by the appearance of a Ben & Jerry’s scoop-truck-turned-Channel 4 News-truck, which rolled onto the scene transporting a legion of blazer-wearing Ron Burgundy look-alikes. After “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” was officially unveiled, attending media and fans were treated to free scoops of the new Ron Burgundy-inspired flavor.

Fans anxiously await December 20th, when Ron and his elite news team return to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

“As a company who believes our fans deserve nothing but the best, we have great respect for Ron Burgundy, who takes the same belief to heart,” said Lisa Sholk, Ben & Jerry’s Brand Manager, who lead the team on the Scotchy Scotch Scotch flavor project.

“Having Ben & Jerry’s celebrate the return of Ron Burgundy to the big screen with the introduction of this special ice cream is an exciting and delicious way to build anticipation for the film,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures. “We especially enjoyed the sampling process over the last several months to find the perfect Scotchy scotch flavor.

Scotchy Scotch Scotch is available now at participating scoop shops across the country. Pints of the flavor will arrive on store shelves over the next few weeks.

“To help locate the flavor as it rolls out, we’re asking fans of Ben & Jerry’s and Anchorman to log onto and share when and where they were able to have a taste,” Sholk said. “We want fans to be able to experience it all first-hand, because as Ron says, this flavor is ‘kind of a big deal.'”

With the 70’s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. Produced by Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Written by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. Directed by Adam McKay.

To learn more about Ben & Jerry’s and to find a scoop shop near you, visit

(Business Wire)

Roadkill Permits? You Can Go Online for That

Montana officials want to make salvaging roadkill for the dinner table as easy as a mouse click.

State officials plan to let drivers who accidentally kill big game to print out permits at home that allow them to harvest the meat for food.

State lawmakers earlier this year passed the bill allowing motorists to salvage the carcasses of deer, elk, moose and antelope struck by vehicles. They left it to the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency to sort out how to issue roadkill permits.

Wildlife commissioners are expected to approve regulations Thursday that allow people to go online for the permits. (AP)

Website Wednesday: Food Gawker


This week’s selection is Food Gawker.

As you can see this site is a foodie’s dream. Nothing but giant photos – it resembles Pinterest in appearance.

I don’t think there is much to say about this particular site. Just look at the homepage – shows you everything right there you know?!

And sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

Click on the photo – and it takes you to the referring site. In short, it’s an awesome way to discover a multitude of sites without searching – think of it as a foodie web portal.

Hovering over photos tells you what the food you’re looking at. Underneath are links to Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook – and maybe the best, or worst thing (!), a magnifying glass. It really doesn’t help when you’re hungry! Like I am now! You’ve been warned.

Clinton, Four Seasons to Help Haiti Coffee Farms

A high-end Canadian hotel chain will soon be lending a hand to Haiti’s coffee farmers.

The private foundation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton says Four Seasons Hotels Inc. will begin serving coffee exported from Haiti this fall in its New York and Toronto branches.

The coffee is grown in the mountains surrounding Thiotte, a remote village southeast of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

The Clinton Foundation also announced it has teamed up with a fair trade group and a Canadian foundation to launch the Haiti Coffee Academy. This will provide training, tools and other resources to help improve the quality of Haitian coffee.

Haiti was once a major coffee exporter but that ended because of decades of political instability.

The Clinton Foundation made the announcement Tuesday. (AP)

Website Wednesday:


This week’s selection is

And as you can probably guess, I just typed in to see where it would take me. And you know what, I’m happy A) it wasn’t a porn site and B) it actually contains food-related items, like real recipes!

There’s a lot of information on this site, but I think the white background helps visually separate out all the clutter.

The left sidebar is also a nice touch – I can see what other people are searching for with the ‘popular categories.’ As you can imagine, they are what you’d guess, from chicken to potluck and slow cooker, but the point is, it’s really easy to access it. It’s right there – no searching required!

I do wish the main photo – ‘it’s casserole night’ in this case was bigger. I need eye candy to suck me in – and make me stay on the site. I love all the choices, but I also need something visually appealing to draw me in right from the start.

I also thought it was odd ‘popular’ categories and recipes were separated. The larger recipes section might be a better seller if it were placed further up the page, above the fold. Yet, at the same time, it does contain a lot more information where it’s currently placed. It just depends on what you want to sell.

I don’t know, I just wish it had more color, and large photos, but that’s just me. Only downside I see. Otherwise, it’s a great site to bookmark for future food browsing!