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5:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Weeknight Kitchen: Spring Pea Soup

There's still a little chill in the air when the first peas are ready for picking. This soup is perfect in the spring when young lettuces are around.

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Food
3:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Vegetables Most Americans Eat Are Drowning In Salt And Fat

This isn't exactly what a healthy serving of veggies looks like.
Lauri Patterson iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 5:02 pm

Popeye and our parents have been valiantly trying to persuade us to eat our veggies for decades now.

But Americans just don't eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should. And when we do, they're mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Food
1:49 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

The inside of the Graveolens, a variety of durian that grows in the southernmost parts of Thailand, is sticky and cheese-like.
Courtesy of Lindsay Gasik

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 7:13 pm

What if a single taste of one fruit — in this case, the durian — changed the course of your entire life?

That's what happened to Lindsay Gasik and Rob Culclasure, a young couple who visited an Asian grocery store in Eugene, Ore., in 2009 in search of the football-sized fruit with thick, spiky skin. They were curious to try it after hearing that the durian's pungent smell and custard-like flesh had the power to drive people delirious with craving.

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Food
3:19 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

A fully formed coffee berry, left, is shown next to a damaged coffee berry due to drought, at a coffee farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim, Brazil on Feb. 6.
Paulo Whitaker Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:29 am

If you're drinking a cup of coffee right now, treasure it. The global supply of coffee beans may soon shrink because of problems in coffee-growing areas of Brazil and Central America.

With supply threatened and demand strong, prices are taking flight. Wholesale coffee prices are up more than 60 percent since January — from $1.25 per pound of bulk Coffea arabica beans to $1.85 this week.

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Food
6:31 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:41 pm

When hundreds of California nutritionists and dietitians gathered for their annual conference in April, their Friday lunch was a bacon ranch salad, chocolate chip cookies and a pink yogurt parfait, all courtesy of McDonald's.

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Food
10:09 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Resveratrol May Not Be The Elixir In Red Wine And Chocolate

There are more than three dozen polyphenols in red wine that could be beneficial. But resveratrol may not have much influence on our health.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:28 pm

If you've come to treat that daily glass of wine as your fountain of youth, it may be time to reconsider.

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Food
3:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

A turnspit dog at work in a wooden cooking wheel in an inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, in 1869.
Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:45 pm

In an old hunting lodge on the grounds of an ancient Norman castle in Abergavenny, Wales, a small, extinct dog peers out of a handmade wooden display case.

"Whiskey is the last surviving specimen of a turnspit dog, albeit stuffed," says Sally Davis, longtime custodian at the Abergavenny Museum.

The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in cavernous kitchen fireplaces.

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Food
1:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Sweet On Sundaes

Laura B. Weiss for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:07 am

Finally, the weather is warming up. And that means I'm dreaming about ice cream sundaes.

When I was researching my book Ice Cream: A Global History, sundaes were the ice cream treat I was most eager to learn about. For me, there's no more sumptuous dessert than the classic American combo of ice cream, toppings and whipped cream.

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Weeknight Kitchen
12:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Weeknight Kitchen: Banh Mi Pork Burgers with Cucumber, Carrots, and Cilantro

Prep a little in advance and get ready for some really exciting mid-week eating. This week’s recipe for Banh Mi Pork Burgers with Cucumber, Carrots, and Cilantro from Carla Hall’s Carla’s Comfort Foods combines the best of Vietnam’s fragrant banh mi sandwiches with the ease of the American burger.

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Food
6:50 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

The Golden Goose will retail for around $24.
Courtesy Y Line Product Design

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:08 pm

In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Submit with this form.

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Food
3:31 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Amazon Book List Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

Region by region, Amazon food editors found the favorite cookbooks from across America.
Amazon

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:26 pm

From upstate New York's heirloom veggie craze to the Pacific Northwest's baking boom, regional fare is taking off.

But with zillions of cookbooks coming out every year, how do you figure out which culinary jewels will be worth your precious time and shelf space?

Amazon, that giant aggregator of all things, breaks down about 500 regional cookbooks into manageable bites by curating what it considers the best of its vast collection.

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Weeknight Kitchen
12:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Weeknight Kitchen: Roasted Indian-Spiced Vegetables and Chickpeas with Raisins

This week’s recipe for Roasted Indian-Spiced Vegetables and Chickpeas with Raisins from Dina Cheney's Meatless All Day teaches us a good technique for speeding up weeknight cooking.

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Food
3:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

The most healthful loaves of bread contain chunks of grain still intact, like the seeded loaf on the right. Whole wheat loaves, like the one in the middle, may contain few whole grains and may be made up mostly of refined flour, like the white bread on the left.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:04 pm

We've all heard the advice to eat more whole grains, and cut back on refined starches.

And there's good reason. Compared with a diet heavy on refined grains, like white flour, a diet rich in whole grains — which includes everything from brown rice to steel-cut oats to farro — is linked to lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes.

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Food
4:45 am
Sun April 13, 2014

A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

The holes in matzo give the cracker its characteristic crunch,
Odelia Cohen iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:57 pm

Passover is nearly upon us. And for many observers of the Jewish faith, that means saying goodbye to leavened bread.

In the place of leavened bread comes what many Jews call the "bread of affliction," or matzo. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. And as the biblical narrative goes, they had to leave in such a hurry that they couldn't wait for their bread to rise.

So the matzo at Passover is symbolic. But the plain, dry crackers tend to get a bad rap for their taste (or lack thereof).

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Food
4:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

A new memoir highlights the experience of a family going without sugar for an entire year.
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Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:26 pm

Why would anyone put her family of four through a radical food experiment that would deprive her children of Halloween candy and chocolate-chip cookies?

A cynic who happens upon Eve Schaub's recently published book, Year Of No Sugar, might say that banning sugar from your home for a year to document the effects on your family is no more than a gimmick veiled in a health halo, and a harsh one, at that. "This experiment was pretty much guaranteed to wreak all kinds of unpredictable havoc with our lives," Schaub admits early on in the memoir. "I loved it."

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Food
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Pass The Chipotle-Marrow Matzo Balls, It's Mexican Passover

Pozole soup Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:27 pm

The typical American Seder meal served on the first night of Passover tends to be hearty, comforting and pretty bland. But it doesn't have to be.

At Rosa Mexicano, a New York-based chain of upscale Mexican restaurants, tried and true dishes like matzo ball soup and beef brisket are getting a spicy makeover this year for its 12th annual Mexican Passover week.

Wait, you may be saying. Mexican Passover? There are Jews in Mexico? Actually, yes, although the country is 97 percent Catholic.

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Food
10:54 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Think You Know How To Cook Eggs? Chances Are You're Doing It Wrong

"The egg is a lens through which to view the entire craft of cooking," says food writer Michael Ruhlman.
Donna Turner Ruhlman

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:41 am

Just in time for Easter, food writer Michael Ruhlman has a new cookbook that will likely change the way you think about the egg. At the very least, you may learn how to spruce up your scrambled egg technique.

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient is a guide to perfecting the most familiar of egg dishes — from poached to hard boiled — but also mastering béarnaise sauce and meringues.

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Food
12:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Is Everything More Delicious When You Eat With Your Hands?

Arun Venugopal hand-ate in public for the first time in March.
WYNC

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:42 pm

My wife Meera and I often have non-Indian guests over for dinner – typically a sumptuous Indian meal that she makes.

Everyone digs into their rice and daal, hariyali chicken and prawn curry with silverware. Then my daughter clears her throat and quietly asks if she can please just eat with her hands.

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Food
4:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Reece Melton, 18, of Longmont, Colo., is one of 580,000 FFA members across the country.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:38 am

A record number of kids are donning the blue corduroy jacket of FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. The jacket is an icon of rural life — the organization is sort of like Boy Scouts for farming, and it dates back to the 1920s.

Even though fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms these days, the extracurricular activity is attracting more urban and suburban kids interested in food and agricultural science.

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Weeknight Kitchen
12:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Weeknight Kitchen: Eccentric Caesar Salad and Quick Garlic Croutons

We are always looking for a new take on the Caesar salad, and this week's recipe from Myra and Marea Goodman's Straight from the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone is a nice change of pace. 

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