Flip to ‘Chopped: Casino Royale’ Tuesday night to catch Seattle chef Kaleena Bliss in action

Not even the prospect of cooking with rattlesnake was enough to goad Seattle chef Kaleena Bliss into taking a gamble on a more familiar ingredient in the “Casino Royale” cooking tournament on Food Network’s “Chopped.”

In the premiere episode that aired in early January, contestants had the option to roll the dice: An even number gave them a more useful ingredient; an odd number might be something worse.

“At least they gave [the rattlesnake] to us in a can and we didn’t have to fabricate it,” said Bliss, executive chef at Conversation in Seattle’s Thompson Hotel, in an interview after her first episode of “Chopped” aired.

Of the three dishes Bliss prepared in that episode, her orecchiette pasta, featuring smoked rattlesnake and purple spinach pesto with a pickle-flavored potato-chip breadcrumb, proved her most successful creation.

“The judges didn’t actually have anything bad to say about it and I felt

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Food pantries see slight drop in demand, keep serving Fairfield County

LANCASTER — Food is one of the most important resources for everyday life, and sometimes the struggle to find enough for your family or yourself is something that can be overlooked. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, that struggle continues to be pronounced.

According to the Fairfield County Hunger Coalition, the programs designed to help people get the food they need were working as intended, with fewer referrals to area food pantries in 2021.

While some food pantries and some food distribution programs reported helping fewer clients through 2021, some still had the same volume of food distributed. Others saw demographics of clients shift, helping more households without children in them, than those with them.

According to the notes from the Jan. 5 meeting of the Hunger Coalition, 2-1-1 reported a 25% decrease in calls and referrals in 2021 compared to 2020. There was a 50% decrease in food referrals, but

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Julia and Paul Child’s marriage was “a true feminist love story,” directors of “Julia” doc say

Julia Child is remembered as many things — a larger than life TV personality, a cookbook author, the catalyst for a shift in how Americans view food as sustenance and entertainment. But how did she become such an enduring icon?

In their documentary film “Julia,” which has been shortlisted for an Oscar and will be released to digital retailers on Feb. 1, co-directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen use never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives and gorgeous cinematography to trace Child’s decades-long journey to revolutionize the world of food.

West and Cohen, who also collaborated on the 2018 documentary “RBG,” spoke with Salon about how Child became an unlikely TV star at the age of 50, her feminist marriage to Paul Child, how Child’s views on homosexuality evolved during her lifetime and the lengths they went to meticulously replicate Child’s iconic kitchen.

This interview has been lightly edited for

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