Archive for July, 2009

Dinner prep business hopes to survive economic freeze

It would seem this is a story that many owners are familiar with.

“Eventually, it’s going to be a good thing. But I’m not sure we’re going to be here to capitalize,” Ewing said. “We’re in a last ditch effort to stay alive.”

As part of that effort, Dinner’s Ready Gastonia is another local business to drop its national franchise and declare independence, launching a new Web site www.dinnersreadytocook.com. Washington-based Dinners Ready at one time boasted as many as 34 locations in North America, but now the company Web site lists only eight locations in Oregon and Washington.

“Meal assembly has really suffered because of the economy,” Ewing said.

Dinner prep business hopes to survive economic freeze

Organic Food No Better Nutritionally Than Conventionally Produced, Research Review

Scientists in the UK who systematically reviewed research from the last 50 years concluded that from a nutritional point of view, organically produced foods are no better than conventionally produced.

Organic Food No Better Nutritionally Than Conventionally Produced, Research Review

Jamie Oliver puts new spin on recipe sharing

Not the first, certainly not the last. Still the amount of cookbooks being sold is staggering. I just wonder if it’s actually doing any good.

Jamie Oliver could persuade even the most inexperienced cook to throw away the can opener and rustle up a wholesome meal at home. That is his mission in Jamie’s Food Revolution, a cookbook filled with colourful, tasty photos and step-by-step instructions for the comfort foods that folks want to eat, day in and day out.

Jamie Oliver puts new spin on recipe sharing

Dream Dinners Recipe Contest

I have to admit I still find this recipe contest business just a little odd. Again, you are asking people who don’t know how, or are too busy, or won’t or for whatever reason, don’t prepare meals to submit their favorite recipes. It seems the equivalent of asking people who don’t own cameras to submit their best photos. I’m sure the people who participate enjoy it, but based on some of the previous entries they appear to submit an old “family recipe” or take a standard recipe from a cookbook where they’ve added dry soup mix and submit that. I don’t really get the sense that these are recipes that people spend a great deal of time crafting and honing. But then again, if you did spend that kind of time in the kitchen, you probably have no need for meal prep services.

Do you have a winning recipe to share? Enter our recipe contest and you could win $500 worth of Dream Dinners!

Winners will be chosen from four categories, with a prize for each winner in each category. Plus, we will publish your winning recipe in future Dream Dinners’ menus as one of our monthly dinner features.

Dream Dinners Recipe Contest

I guess it’s better than actually coming up with the recipes yourself. Cheaper too. And at today’s rate, $500 is a month’s worth of dinner’s right?

7 Franchises That Went Bankrupt

We heard about many of these through the year so far. I’m sure by the end the list will be much longer. Just wondering how long it will be until we see the larger meal assembly franchises on this list. Many of the smaller franchise owners found themselves out there on their own to make a go of it.

When these well-known brands went bust, franchise owners were left to soldier on with a tarnished brand.

7 Franchises That Went Bankrupt

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