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Fruity With A Hint Of Bologna: A Slacker's Guide To Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Science is a beautiful thing — especially when it helps you impress your foodie friends. Here we present five easy party tricks — based on science, natch — that will make you look like a wine tasting pro. Do try this at home.

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Helping Pasta Salad Dress For Success

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The pasta salads of the supermarket salad bar often range from unexciting to unappetizing, and many are choked with mayonnaise. But summer is a great time to reinvent the picnic staple with fresh vegetables and flavorful dressings.

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Paula Deen's Sons Speak Up, But Her Empire Further Crumbles

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bobby and Jamie Deen say their mother is the victim of character assassination. Their defense comes as the queen of Southern cooking continues to lose endorsement deals. But not all of Deen's business partners are abandoning her, nor are all her fans.

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How Well Do You Know Your Fish Fillet? Even Chefs Can Be Fooled

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Oceana, a conservation group, has been beating the drum about seafood mislabeling. An interactive dinner hosted by the group helped prove how easy it is for anyone to become a victim of seafood fraud.

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Will GMOs Help Protect Ugandan Families Against Hunger?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

If your meals depended largely on the success of your family farm, would it change the way you felt about new crop technologies? Uganda is debating whether to give its first genetically modified plant, a GM banana, to millions of families for free.

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Our Beef With BuzzFeed's Viral Article On 8 Dangerous Foods

Monday, June 24, 2013

Buzzfeed's article on dangerous ingredients we eat in the U.S. has gotten millions of eyeballs. But don't panic: We take a closer look at the facts and the science behind the claims.

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Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

Monday, June 24, 2013

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Zombie Burger in Des Moines, Iowa. It does not serve brains — but does offer a timely "World War B" burger. The B stands for bacon, but if you like your sandwiches handsome, you can imagine it stands for Brad Pitt.

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Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It

Monday, June 24, 2013

Boloco is a chain of burrito restaurants that prides itself on ethical food sourcing. In a series of YouTube videos, its CEO unwraps his company's burritos and shouts from the rooftops about their decidedly distant origins.

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Don't Buy That Picnic Salad; Find It Near The Blanket

Saturday, June 22, 2013

For one Vermont couple, "local" doesn't mean heading to the farmers market. It means finding a natural salad bar at your picnic spot — or maybe even in your backyard.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

221: Cooking Behind Bars: A Recipe for Success

Friday, June 21, 2013

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we go to Concord Correctional Facility to interview inmate chefs. We’ll be tasting ice cream cones, and we’ll travel back in time to discover the origins of Honey Fried Chicken. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make magic chocolate ice cream. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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America's Test Kitchen Radio

221: Cooking Behind Bars: A Recipe for Success

Friday, June 21, 2013

This time on America’s Test Kitchen, we go to Concord Correctional Facility to interview inmate chefs. We’ll be tasting ice cream cones, and we’ll travel back in time to discover the origins of Honey Fried Chicken. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make magic chocolate ice cream. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."

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Coffee's Natural Creamer

Friday, June 21, 2013

Coffee beans are filled with oils that emerge from coffee grounds under high pressure. These oils form the crema�"the frothy stuff on top of an espresso. In the last installment of Science Friday's series on coffee, food-science writer Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking, explains the chemistry of crema.

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Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest

Friday, June 21, 2013

Vegetables plucked from grocery store shelves can be made to respond to patterns of light and darkness, according to a report in the journal Current Biology. Janet Braam and colleagues found that cabbages change their levels of phytonutrients throughout a daily cycle.

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Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Fourth of July is still days away, but in Maine, local food activists have already declared their independence. Ten towns so far have passed laws that essentially say local food producers don't have to abide by state or federal regulations if they are selling directly to consumers. And the revolutionary fervor has reached the statehouse.

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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.

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House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

Thursday, June 20, 2013

In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.

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How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A study finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested. Plants use circadian rhythms to help them judge when to turn on their chemical defenses.

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Farm Bill Meets Surprise Defeat In U.S. House

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The U.S. House defeated its version of the farm bill this afternoon. The bill would have cut the food stamps program and transformed subsidies for farmers from direct payments to crop insurance premium support. But Republicans lost 60 of their own members who voted no, along with most Democrats.

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Chef Paula Deen Under Fire After Admitting To Racial Slurs

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A lawsuit accuses Southern chef Paula Dean of using racial slurs in the workplace. Deen says she has used a slur regarding African-Americans, but not in a long time. The case is bringing out some surprising admissions.

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