Day: February 5, 2021

Norfolk community considering ordinance to allow restaurants to open drive-thrus

NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) – Officials in Norfolk, Nebraska, continue to discuss an ordinance that would allow restaurants to apply for conditional use permits to create drive-ins and drive-thrus.

If approved the ordinance would allow restaurants to offer other services during the pandemic.

The first reading – which was a proposal – passed on a 6-to-1 vote. The next 2 readings will be discussed at the city council meeting on Feb. 16.

Director of Planning and Development Valerie Grimes said this could provide some assistance to restaurants in the downtown area.

“There is the potential to have this help them. As long as we can get the logistics worked out through the planning commission and the conditional use permit process and that’s where the engineering department, public safety, will all probably get together and make sure that whatever is proposed is safe for everybody,” said Grimes

Napoli’s Italian restaurant in Downtown

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8 Ways to Actually Reduce Food Waste

It’s an unfortunate truth, but a good portion of our groceries end up in the garbage. That’s why taking the time to understand ways to reduce food waste is so important.

Tossing the last of the berries that turned moldy or the container or half-eaten leftovers might not seem like a huge deal. But all those little bits can add up to a lot of extra waste.

Between 30% and 40% of the U.S. food supply goes to waste,  according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.And the vast majority of those ingredients go straight to the landfill, generating massive amounts of greenhouse gases like methane that contribute to global warming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.

Our food-waste problem is happening pretty much everywhere in the U.S., including on farms, in supermarkets, and at restaurants. But it’s also happening in our homes. “All those fridge clean-outs and

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Health insurers add food, meal delivery programs to coverage plans

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat?

Oscar Health wanted to know if people had adequate food for the next couple weeks and how they planned to stay stocked up while hunkering down at home.

“We’ve seen time and again, the lack of good and nutritional food causes members to get readmitted” to hospitals, Oscar executive Ananth Lalithakumar said.

Food has become a bigger focus for health insurers as they look to expand their coverage beyond just the care that happens in a doctor’s office. More plans are paying for temporary meal deliveries and some are teaching people how to cook and eat healthier foods.

Benefits experts say insurers and policymakers are growing used to treating food as a form of medicine that can help patients reduce blood sugar or blood pressure levels and stay

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How Comfort Food Can Sharpen Your Mind and Support Weight Loss

Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella,” tweeted Jamie Oliver in 2016, before casually mentioning that his recipe for it included chorizo. The response from Spain was immediate – and brutal. Some compared the unconventional addition of the spiced meat to the desecration of the Ecce Homo Jesus fresco in Zaragoza; others went as far as suggesting that they’d kill him. “I had death threats,” Oliver said on The Graham Norton Show, “because of a bit of sausage.”

a pan of food on a wooden table: There's more to your bangers and mash than you think

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There’s more to your bangers and mash than you think

It was yet another manifestation of Oliver’s apparent war on the world’s traditional rice recipes, whose front lines have extended from a flagrantly inauthentic egg-fried rice to a parsley- and-coriander-loaded joll of rice that seemed closer in spirit to West Acton than to West Africa. But the anger of the purists is, perhaps, misplaced. These dishes are

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