Bloomberg Makes Cookies; Paterson Bans Bottled Water at State Agencies

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On an episode of The Martha Stewart Show taped yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and Martha made oatmeal-raisin cookies from a Gracie Mansion recipe. [NYP]

A new executive order from Governor Paterson requires state agencies to phase out the use of bottled water. [City Room/NYT]

Shockingly, the Domino's employee who posted a YouTube of herself doing disgusting things to customers' orders last month is having a hard time finding another fast-food job. [NYDN]

In this day and age, when restaurants are working to make their wines more affordable, there's no reason to spend more than $100 a bottle. [NYP]

Gourmet Garage will take over the Upper West Side Balducci's space. [Racked]

Agriculture megacorporation Smithfield Foods is changing the face of hog farming in Eastern Europe from traditional methods to factory farming. [NYT]

As the price of the crop goes down, many cotton farmers in Mississippi are switching to planting corn. [NYT]

The Mario Batali Foundation, a children's charity helmed by the be-Croc-ed chef, launches with a benefit this weekend. [Serious Eats NY]

The owner of new kosher tequila Agave 99 admits that the idea to make it kosher was really just a marketing ploy. [City Room/NYT]
Previously: Hava Tequila

The first commercial vineyard in London since medieval times was planted in Enfield yesterday. [Decanter]

President Obama broke with routine yesterday in order to go out for lunch at a Beltway burger joint. [NYP]