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Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

I’ll be honest—I’m not a huge fan of eggplant. I enjoy the occasional eggplant parmesan or baba ghanoush but rarely buy it to prepare at home. With that in mind, we only planted two plants, which ended up producing more than enough for one family. At the height of our harvest, there was about 15-20 eggplants between the two plants. There are several varieties to choose from but we stuck with the common purple variety called […]

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September 19, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

A Taste for New Nordic Cuisine

A Taste for New Nordic Cuisine

Just in case you missed the life cycle of New Nordic Cuisine, here it is. Claus Meyer and René Redzepi started it in 2003 with the opening of Noma. In 2005 the Nordic Council of Ministers adopted a manifesto and twelve Scandinavian chefs signed it. Ragnar Egilsson of the Reykjavik Grapevine declared it dead late last month. So that was fast. Except that, if you take dining out seriously at all, New Nordic Cuisine isn’t […]

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September 17, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

Food News Fast – September 15, 2014

Food News Fast – September 15, 2014

Nestlé, ADM, and Cargill can be charged with aiding child-slavery in Côte d’Ivoire according to courts. [Food Navigator] To make Californians cut down on water usage, we should make water more expensive. [Library of Economics and Liberty] Though people have sought to bar the practice, children well under 18 still work up to 12-hour days in tobacco fields. [New York Times] Cowlicks may be a sign of aggression in cows. [Modern Farmer] Tree hunter Bob […]

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September 15, 2014 at 10:21 amFood News Fast News

Let Them Eat Corn – Cheap Food on the Verge of Crisis

Let Them Eat Corn – Cheap Food on the Verge of Crisis

“Let them eat cake.” This phrase, often misattributed to Marie Antoinette—perhaps uttered by another “great princess” of pre-revolutionary France, perhaps made up entirely—has come to symbolize the ruling elites’ indifference towards the plight of the poor, malnourished citizens of the lower-class. Someone suggested because the impoverished were unable to afford bread, they should eat cake—the irony being, of course, that cake requires expensive inputs like sugar and butter, effectively making it more costly bread. The phrase […]

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September 10, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture

Food News Fast – September 8, 2014

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Company Real Vegan Cheese may have found a way to make everyone’s favorite dairy product from human DNA. [Vice] A program called Student Action with Farmworkers sends college students into migrant camps where they help farmworkers gain access to educational, legal, and healthcare resources. This is the story of one student’s experience. [Narratively] How many real faces are actually behind some of the most famous food mascots? [First We Feast] 5 reasons why we should […]

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September 8, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

The Oyster War: Shellfish and Controversy California-Style

The Oyster War: Shellfish and Controversy California-Style

According to an article in SFGate, the sound of bagpipes filled the air on July 31, 2014 – the final day of business for Drakes Bay Oyster Company. In most cases, people don’t know more about their oysters than the shellfish’s geographic origin. Yet Drakes Bay had been making headlines over their fight to extend a lease with the National Park Service. One of many writers covering this fight between food, environment, and legal technicalities […]

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September 5, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

Jerk Chicken and Jamaica

Jerk Chicken and Jamaica

Finding Food and Culture in the Caribbean Isles “Come out da road!” he shouted and pushed me forcefully into a rocky strip of sand as a bus came tearing around the corner. I felt a WHOOSH of air and slight vacuum left by its departure as I blinked my eyes in the sun and glanced backward to see what had happened. Dwayne, officially the maintenance man at our rental house but today our tour guide […]

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September 3, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures Seasonal Recipes

Food News Fast – September 1, 2014

Food News Fast – September 1, 2014

Rail congestion caused by North Dakota’s new fracking industry is keeping corn and soybeans from getting to market. [New York Times] New York City has relied on wholesale markets for over 200 years. [Miracle of Feeding Cities] Memory Lane, a reconstructed 1940s village outside an elder care home near Bristol, uses food to reconnect patients to their past. [Edible Geography] Citrus greening is creating a problem for Florida orange growers as OJ becomes a luxury […]

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September 1, 2014 at 9:43 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  It’s an unspoken law in Texas that if you […]

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August 29, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

8 USPS Stamps that Celebrate Food and Agriculture

8 USPS Stamps that Celebrate Food and Agriculture

Earlier this month, the United States Postal Service unveiled their newest farmers market-themed stamps. Their purpose is to promote awareness and appreciation of the over 8,000 farmers markets sprinkled throughout the nation. For someone who loves a good food illustration, it’s hard to beat the thought of sticking one of these four stamps onto your next letter (or, more likely, outgoing bill). As Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at the stamp’s unveiling, “For years the […]

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August 27, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features