Chilly weather calls for chili


The Whitehouse Winterfest committee is hosting the second annual Chili Cook-Off Contest open to individuals, restaurants, and organizations.

Each contestant will be required to supply five gallons of chili at the Winterfest to be held Feb. 15. For $1 per vote, individuals can purchase tickets to vote on their favorite chili. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of half the proceeds from the ticket sales. The remaining half will be donated to the Whitehouse Library for programs.

The cook-off will begin at 11 a.m. in a tent near the Whitehouse Library, 10651 Waterville St., and will continue until the chili pots are empty.

Entry forms and rules are available at the Village Hall, on the village Web site at, on the Whitehouse Winterfest Facebook page, or by calling 419-877-5383. Pre-registration is required so that table space can be reserved for each contestant.

Magazine redesign

The February issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands Friday, will debut the magazine’s redesign. The issue also introduces FOOD & WINE’s chefs-in-residence: culinary superstars Grant Achatz, Hugh Acheson, Mario Batali, David Chang, Eric Ripert, and Andrew Zimmern. Along with illustrator-in-residence Anthony Bourdain, the chefs will share their expertise every month on topics ranging from cooking to travel.

For a sneak peek at the chefs-in-residence as they transition from kitchen to cubicle in the FOOD & WINE offices, check out the

chefs-in-residence videos: Mario Batali comments on cover art (“More orange!” he requests), Grant Achatz zings

copy with tasty adjectives, and Hugh Acheson rules the vending machine.

“We are thrilled to share the light, fresh redesign of FOOD & WINE’s print edition, with brilliant everyday recipes from our renowned

chefs-in-residence, of-the-moment destinations, and exceptional wine coverage, including more bottle recommendations,” FOOD & WINE

editor-in-chief Dana Cowin said in a news release.


Say you’re stuck in a meeting and can’t get home to adjust the temperature on the slow cooker.

No problemo anymore.

According to news for and about the housewares industry, provided through an International Housewares Association’s Housewares

SmartBrief, analysts expect 2014 will be a breakthrough year in the realm of smart homes as technology providers and appliance companies

join forces to bring the Internet of Things to new levels. Belkin connected Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee machines — developed in

partnership with Jarden Consumer Solutions — to let users control their brew or monitor their pot roast while on the go from a handheld

device, according to the association.


Coming soon: more mmmmm chocolate in the melts-in-your-mouth, not-in-your-hands candy. Bags of Mega M&M’s are to hit the store shelves beginning in May.

Based on the online hype, the candies will contain three times the chocolate of the regular M&M’s candy. The super-sized Mega will be available in original and peanut varieties. Supposedly, the peanuts will be mega as well. Several online notices about the candies reveal that the cost is to be $1.49 for a small bag and $3.29 for a medium bag of regular or peanut Mega M&M’s.

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