Cake flour's low protein content and fine consistency helps high-rise baked goods like biscuits and angel food cake come out tender, writes Becky Krystal. Whole wheat flour lends a nutty flavor, heartier texture and darker coloring to baking projects like muffins and yeasted loaves, while pastry flour helps achieve delicate, flaky pie crusts.
Bartenders in Japan take great care in selecting just the right ingredients to create the perfect highball. To emulate that focus, Houston bar Tongue-Cut Sparrow chose Suntory Toki whisky from Japan and carefully sought the perfect sparkling water from numerous candidates.
One way to better focus your business and strategic efforts is to ask employees how current efforts are going and what you can do better to help them succeed, writes Art Petty. Another way to bring in feedback is by developing a leadership charter that clearly states how you will lead others.
McDonald's will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 36% by 2030, the equivalent of annual emissions from 32 million cars, the company said Tuesday. The chain will focus on energy sourcing and usage, beef production, waste and packaging, four areas that generate about 64% of the company's emissions worldwide.
Novelist Brad Parks has written all eight of his crime novels while sitting at Hardee's restaurants, and the chain has named him its "Resident Novelist." Hardee's ran a full-page ad to promote Parks' latest book and placed a plaque at his regular booth in the Staunton, Va., restaurant where he wrote it.
Yael Krigman traded a six-figure salary at a law firm to pursue her entrepreneurial passion, launching Baked by Yael to sell her cake pops and other baked goods in Washington, D.C. The retail bakery, which does most of its sales through catering, now has 30 employees.
Feedback should look to help someone learn going forward and not simply be a list of criticisms, writes Shubha Apte. "Feedback can work wonders for continuous development and is often considered a gift for improvement," she writes.
US grocers are failing to modify their businesses sufficiently to prosper from e-commerce, said Tim Steiner, founder and CEO of the UK's Ocado. Steiner's company is using huge, high-tech warehouses and a hub-and-spoke system to offer more efficient and profitable deliveries instead of the click-and-collect or crowdsourced delivery models popular in the US, he said.
Gardening is helping to teach students at a Louisiana school about fresh produce. The garden features blueberries, citrus, mint, strawberries and thyme and was launched in partnership with Southern University's Agricultural Center SNAP-ED program.
As educators in Oklahoma prepare for a possible strike, school leaders are making plans to continue meal service for students if schools are closed. Preliminary plans in Tulsa call for serving meals at 70 off-campus sites in the district.