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9:51 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table

Chermoula is a friend to a fish dish β€” but also goes well with meat, poultry and vegetables.
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Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 12:14 pm

If you weren't on the guest list for Tuesday's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner, no need to feel left out. We've got the inside scoop β€” and a few recipes β€” for one of the meal highlights.

The White House served tender slabs of Wagyu beef, with a side of sweet potato puree and braised collard greens. To add a bit of African flair, the chefs rubbed on a marinade native to North Africa: chermoula.

Born in Morocco, chermoula is a blend of spices like coriander and cumin along with fresh chilies, giving it a rich herby and spicy taste. Olive oil turns the combo into a paste.

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Food
8:20 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone

Seriously, do you need to send that text right now?
Anna Bryukhanova iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 3:28 pm

You know how frustrating it is when you can't catch your waiter's eye? He may be thinking the same thing about you.

Diners distracted by their phones have become a real pain in the restaurant business, interfering with the flow of transactions and generally slowing things down.

"I would say probably 7 out of 10 people play with their phones throughout their meals," says Catherine Roberts, general manager of Hogs and Rocks, a ham and oyster bar in San Francisco's Mission District. "People are definitely on their phones excessively. It does gum things up."

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Food
4:05 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Gluten-Free Food Banks Bridge Celiac Disease And Hunger

A box of gluten-free food from Pierce's Pantry, a gluten-free food bank in Massachusetts.
Courtesy of Pierce's Pantry

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:51 pm

For people with celiac disease, eating gluten-free can be a struggle. But it's even harder for those who aren't always sure where their next meal will come from.

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Weeknight Kitchen
11:20 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Weeknight Kitchen: Thai Fried Omelet

Take a look at this photo and tell us you don't want a bite!Β This week's recipe for Thai Fried Omelet is from Asian food authority Andrea Nguyen's new book,The Banh Mi Handbook.

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Food
3:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Packages of edible insects lie on a display table at the Denver County Fair.
Luke Runyon/KUNC

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:50 pm

Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up.

But here in the U.S., a certain "ick factor" has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.

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Food
7:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

The Massachusetts Water Resources Agency will begin accepting food waste at its Deer Island anaerobic digester near Boston to produce biogas in 2014.
Rachel Schowalter/Massachusetts Clean Energy Center/Flickr

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 3:50 pm

Sure, there's plenty you can do with leftovers: foist them on your office mates or turn them into casserole.

But if you're a big food waste generator like a hospital or a supermarket, your scraps usually go to the landfill to rot.

In Massachusetts, that's about to change, as the state prepares to implement the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S.

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Food
11:03 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Brand Extension Theater Presents: 'Top Chef Duels'

Richard Blais gets it done β€” if by "it" you mean "the making of steam" β€” in Top Chef Duels.
Nicole Wilder Bravo

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:27 am

Have you ever heard a cheerleading squad do one of those call-and-response bits where they say, "Seniors yell it!", and then the seniors yell, "Fight! Fight", and then they say, "Juniors yell it!", and so forth? Top Chef brand extensions are kind of like that: All-Stars yell it! Dessert chefs yell it! Veterans yell it! Healthy chefs yell it! Former contestants yell it!

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Food
9:12 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Weekly Innovation: An App To Help Stop Food Waste

"We want to change the cultural conversation around what it means to consume food and the life cycle of food," says PareUp co-founder Margaret Tung.
PareUp

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:46 am

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series, in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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Food
5:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead

A peek inside the kitchen of Next, an early adopter of the ticket system that's replacing reservations at some restaurants.
Courtesy of Christian Seel

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:57 am

Have you ever wanted a ticket to see your favorite band so much that you could taste it?

You set the alarm, and start calling or clicking right when the tickets go on sale. You try again and again, until, finally, you snag a ticket. And even though the process is a pain, when you succeed, you feel like part of an exclusive group.

In the future, going out to eat could become a lot like going to a sold-out rock concert. In fact, some of the hottest restaurants now sell tickets instead of taking reservations.

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Food
1:25 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Doritos Inventor's Grandson Sees Dollar Signs ln Healthful Food

Although food entrepreneur Tim West's family legacy is in Doritos chips, he wants to shake up the food system β€” with sustainable, healthful food.
Vignesh Ramachandran/Ozy

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 5:56 pm

Tim West's grandfather invented Doritos chips and was an executive at the global snack food giant Frito-Lay.

The younger West ate plenty of junk food growing up. But lately, he's been much more interested in kale, quinoa and tree-ripened fruit.

And the 30-year-old Bay Area food entrepreneur now wants to completely reinvent what we eat and how it's produced.

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Food
9:36 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Making An All-American White House Dinner With Some African Flair

White House chefs chop a lot of vegetables to prepare for a dinner of 400 Tuesday night.
Gregory Barber/NPR

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 1:12 pm

Think of it as a state dinner for an entire continent. Tuesday night, after the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit sessions wrap up, the president and the first lady will host 50 heads of state and the chairman of the African Union for dinner. The 400 guests will be treated to a traditional American meal with an African twist in a gigantic tent on the South Lawn and enjoy a performance by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lionel Richie.

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Food
7:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Crazy Crab'z Sandwich

A delicious sandwich and a capable glove, should a foul ball come your way.
NPR

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 6:29 pm

What makes baseball great is that there's so little happening, it's a chance to really pay attention to what you're eating.

AT&T Park in San Francisco embraces this. There is a sushi bar right by our seats, but we made the long walk around the stadium in search of the famous Crazy Crab'z Sandwich. It's Dungeness crab and tomato on grilled sourdough β€” with butter, butter and a pinch of butter.

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Food
5:55 am
Sun August 3, 2014

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sam Van Aken's grafted fruit trees are still quite young, but this artist rendering shows what he expects the "Tree of 40 Fruit" to look like in springtime in a few years.
Courtesy of Sam Van Aken

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:59 am

It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring β€” and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.

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Food
6:33 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Bulleit is one of 50 different brands a food blogger says is using whiskey from an Indiana factory.
Mike McCune/Flickr

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 3:25 pm

It's a good time to be a whiskey maker, and craft whiskeys are all the rage, with names like Bulleit, Redemption, Templeton and George Dickel.

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Food
5:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment

A glass is filled with Moldovan wine at a wine fair in Belgium in 2013.
Yves Logghe AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 7:33 pm

Consider, for a moment, the misfortunes of winemakers in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in southeastern Europe, tucked in between Ukraine and Romania.

Their country is the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP about the same as Honduras. They'd love to sell their product β€” which has gotten approving nods from foreign critics -- in wealthier countries. But most of those customers don't even know that Moldova exists, let alone that its winemaking tradition goes back thousands of years.

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Weeknight Kitchen
1:30 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Weeknight Kitchen: Charred Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

There are never enough sweet corn recipes this time of year. This week's offering for Charred Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Kelsey Nixon'sΒ Kitchen ConfidenceΒ is a nice change of pace. Whole cobs of corn are grilled, the kernels cut off the cobs and then dressed in snappy vinaigrette.Β 

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Food
1:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Yonathan Zohar, Jorge Gomezjurado and Odi Zmora check on bluefin tuna larvae in tanks at the University of Maryland Baltimore County's Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology.
Courtesy of Yonathan Zohar

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:21 pm

In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.

They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi lovers, entirely in captivity. But the effort is fraught with challenges.

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Food
5:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

A fisherman pulls a basket filled with anchovies aboard a fishing boat off of Peru's northern port of Chimbote, in 2012. Peru is the world's top fishmeal exporter, producing about a third of worldwide supply.
Enrique Castro-Mendivil Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:05 pm

Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain.

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Food
12:18 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Could Specialty Cocoa Be Haiti's Golden Ticket To Prosperity?

Maman Pye cacao, a Haitian supertree, can produce 20 times as many cacao pods as ordinary trees, and the pods themselves are denser with cacao seeds than ordinary pods.
Shutterstock

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:26 pm

In Robillard, a tiny hamlet deep in the Haitian hinterland, Valmir Mamonvil is standing next to a would-be national hero: Maman Pye cacao, which in Haitian Creole means "mother cacao tree." His father planted it 30 years ago, but for Mamonvil, the tree is more than a family heirloom. It could be his kids' ticket to prosperity β€” and his country's chance to cash in on surging chocolate demand around the world.

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Food
9:39 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

The Planters Nutmobile, seen here taking a starring turn at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is hitting the road for a yearlong trip across the U.S.
Peter Roan Flickr

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 12:01 pm

Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.

The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.

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