Food news roundup

It’s tag-team tips for livening up your food life in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) today as Andrea Weigl and Kathleen Purvis offer a tip for each month. There’s a little healthy eating advice in there, but don’t fear, it’s not all yet more diet advice. Read the piece here. It’s in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, too.

The icy weather has brought out a run of chicken soup with matzo balls at my house. The Hub swears that EVERYONE uses the matzo ball mix rather than starting from scratch, and it’s good (especially since he’ll make them). Other ideas for soup + chicken are in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal here, including a chicken basil soup and a Mexican version.

Preparing wild game, venison in particular, is on the menu at the Salisbury (N.C.) Post, along with tips for getting out the “wild” taste. Frankly, I like my food pretty wild, especially with hot sauce. Read the article here.

Despite the perception that Americans eat out a lot, a new study from the American Dietetic Association shows an increase in the number of family meals eaten at home. I notice that it says eaten at home. Should we assume that means prepared at home? Read the article in the Chicago Tribune here.

It’s Thud Food season. That means meals that have a satisfyingly solid feel in the tummy. Stews are definitely Thud Food, and a whole month’s work of recipes are in the Houston Chronicle, here.

Young entrepreneurs are dumping the traditional corporate life while in their 20s and starting careers making their own food products, says the Boston Globe here. Will croutons made from Monterey Jack jalapeno corn bread be a ticket to food stardom?