Home cooking, booze demand fire up global grocery sales in 2020


Central Banks to Pour Money Into Economy Despite Sharp Rebound

(Bloomberg) — The aggressive rebound in global economic growth still isn’t enough for most of the world’s central banks to pull back on their emergency stimulus.In Bloomberg’s quarterly review of monetary policy covering 90% of the world economy, the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan are among the 16 institutions set to hold interest rates this year.The outlook suggests officials still want to guarantee the recovery from last year’s coronavirus recession by maintaining ultra-low borrowing costs and asset-buying programs. That may require them to accept any accompanying bounce in inflation.Six central banks, most of them in emerging markets, are still predicted to hike, including Brazil, Russia and Nigeria. Turkey is the only one of those monitored which is forecast to cut borrowing costs this year.What Bloomberg Economics Says:“For advanced economies, continued virus uncertainty, deep labor market

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Seattle cooking school The Pantry teaches home chefs via Zoom


Instructor Jay Guerrero carving up a duck from the Duck a l’Orange class offered online by The Pantry in Seattle.

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What beats a new season of your favorite cooking show?

How about a live and interactive version starring you and a Zoom checkerboard of other home cooks (or non-cooks)? Maybe those others are random strangers; maybe they’re family and friends from all over the country or even all over the world?

That’s the experience that Seattle cooking school The Pantry has been offering since late May, part of a pandemic pivot for the 10-year-old business. And it’s been such a success that the school, which offers 70-80 classes a month, plans to keep up some virtual classes even when gathering up in person is once again allowed.

“People have been taking them from all over the place, which I really love,” said Jay Guerrero, an instructor

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Recipe developer’s tips to shop so there’s food you actually want to eat at home

August DeWindt has turned the relatable phrase into a good thing.

Unlike your parents, August DeWindt means it and gives the phrase new meaning because she helps home cooks make something truly delicious — and possibly even better than the original version.

“I like to share my weekly grocery plan … to show that you can budget,” she explained. “I shop for two people, my husband and myself, and I try to spend $100 per week.”

Those videos, she said, while not as popular for the younger

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Readers Write: Minneapolis police, custody laws, cooking at home

I read with great concern retired Minneapolis Police Department Lt. Kim Voss’ opinion piece (“Why I am one of many former MPD officers,” Feb. 5). As a former public defender, prosecutor and judge in Minneapolis, I had cases throughout the years with countless members of the MPD, including Voss herself. Several times I accompanied police officers on ride-alongs and observed their courageous and conscientious efforts to protect the public’s safety.

It is indeed a sad state of affairs when competent, experienced officers in our community feel compelled to leave the police force to preserve their own mental and physical well-being. While there are “bad apples” in any profession — including my own — the vast majority devoting themselves to law enforcement careers are committed to the public’s best interests, placing their own lives in jeopardy every time they put on their uniforms.

Those who condemn the police would do well

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