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New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

Friday, December 19, 2014

Two-thirds of the food Cubans eat is imported — but the reestablishment of ties with the U.S. could open opportunities for American farmers.

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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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WNYC News

First the Bill, Then the Appetizer

Friday, December 19, 2014

Battling those "profit-killing no-shows," Per Se plans to make guests pre-pay starting next year. That means shelling out at least $300 before you even see a piece of bread.

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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

Friday, December 19, 2014

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.

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All Things Considered

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has led to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

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Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LiquiGlide is a coating that helps that last bit of ketchup or mustard slide out easily without shaking or squeezing the bottle. Now, the company is expanding to other kinds of uses and industries.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

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All Things Considered

The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.

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Morning Edition

Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.

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Morning Edition

At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamón

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian emigre is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

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All Things Considered

Sandwich Monday: The Hanukkah Miracle

Monday, December 15, 2014

For this week's Sandwich Monday, guest eater Dan Pashman shares with us a creation that members of every faith can enjoy. It's a latke-doughnut sandwich called the Hanukkah Miracle.

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Morning Edition

Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Monday, December 15, 2014

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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The Sporkful

Calls: Are Whoopie Pies Sandwiches?

Monday, December 15, 2014

How do you get an indecisive group to go to your preferred restaurant? If your friends say your salsa’s too spicy should you make milder salsa or get spicier friends? We take your calls!

Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it's been making a comeback — updated for the 21st century.

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Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's the season of holiday cocktail parties and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast has tips for how to be a good guest and host. For instance, if you want to enjoy drinks and appetizers, buddy up.

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WNYC News

Making Poetry and Pies

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Author and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson shares tips and the history of the sweet potato pie.  

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