Earlier this week the Texas Cottage Food Bill made it through the Texas legislature. The almost-law (it only needs to be signed by Gov. Perry now) allows some canners, bakers and farmers to create low-risk food products like jams, jellies, baked goods and syrups in their homes. Current health regulations ban the sale of such products to the public unless prepared in a certified commercial kitchen.
Robb Walsh has more details about the "Texas Baker's Bill" movement and the recent legislation on his personal blog, Texas Eats.
Coffeehouses Making Headlines
Two new brewers of a different sort - and both inside the Houston Heights - have our town's two restaurant critics gushing with praise.
Alison Cook wrote like a young teenager enamored with a first love in her Down House review. Mentioning everything from fresh peaches to cappucino to vintage aprons, Cook's write-up hints that Down House could be a quintuple threat - food, service and ambience as well as coffee and cocktails.
Katharine Shilcutt, on the other hand, headed to a hippie-r Heights Ashbury Coffee House and sampled organic coffee, a raw kale salad, tacos and a white bean soup. If the quaint, San Francisco-inspired coffee house can make as equally positive an impression on all its visitors (as long as they get there early because it closes at 2:30 p.m.), along with Down House, the Heights could be the new go-to place for caffeine and crafty bites.