Daily Digest: February 4, 2014

nutella

 

Could any of these "alternative" chocolate-hazelnut spreads topple Nutella? [Time]

 

Struggling rural pageants relax entry rules in hopes of attracting more candidates for Mrs. Asparagus, Beef Queen, and other royalty. [NPR]

 

John Markulis, baker of hamburger buns for In-N-Out, Original Tommy's, and others, has passed away at 83. [LAT]

 

In case of processed-cheese shortage, make your own at home. [LAT]... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 3, 2014

Chocolate milk

 

As the Olympics near, chocolate milk gets rebranded as a sports drink. [WP]

 

With food safety in mind, purveyors of marijuana-laced treats want their products to be regulated. [NPR

 

​What's inside your protein bar? More sugar and calories than you think. [NYT]

 

Processed-cheese apocalypse: first Velveeta, now product shortages from Kraft's Polly-O.  [Fox News... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 30, 2014

Sugar

 

Is sugar the new future in gasoline? [Wired]

 

Cooking helps the economy: by legalizing the sale of homemade food in California, the state created over a thousand local business. [Forbes

 

Move over, Cronut: there's a new hybrid in town. Meet the doughscuit. [NPR]

 

College loans aren't the only worry for students: a new study shows food insecurity is, too. [Time]

 

The U.N. dispatches food aid to rebel-held refugee camp after 85... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 29, 2014

farmer

 

Michael Pollan tackles a new subject: justice for food workers. [Truth-out

 

No cork? Condoms designed to seal up your next wine bottle are coming soon. [LAT]

 

Despite numerous attempts in the past decade, FDA is still unable to control farm antibiotics. [Wired]

 

$8 billion may be cut from food stamp program when new farm bill is revamped. [Eatocracy

 

Charges dropped for three men arrested for taking home food waste... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 28, 2014

pigeons

 

Amsterdam's trendy "game pâté" is rumored to be made from urban pigeons. [Smithsonian

 

The FDA has understood the health risks of giving antibiotics to livestock for years. [NPR]

 

A Wisconsin brewery is testing beer delivery via drone. No word on how the technology will determine if customers are of legal drinking age. [CBS Minnesota)

 

A former sushi chef and a farmer have teamed up to cultivate a very special kind of rice in Uruguay. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 27, 2014

Spam

 

Spam is one of the most coveted food products in South Korea. [NYT]

 

The potato lobby pressures the USDA to include white potatoes in one of its food assistance programs. [Food Politics

 

Pig virus kills off one million piglets. How will this affect our bacon? [NPR]

 

New cookie dough and marshmallow crispy Oreo flavors are on the way. [LAT]

 

Fifteen potato chip flavors that ought to be available in America. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 23, 2014

Fishing boat

 

Sport fishermen are now reeling in excess fish to help feed local food pantries in Maine. [NPR]

 

No scout left behind: as Girl Scout cookie season begins,the organization is releasing a new, gluten-free treat at select test markets today. [LAT]

 

Monsanto takes a step back from GMO crops and into a new market: organic. [Wired]

 

Perfectly crafted and mixed before shipping, bottled cocktails trend its way into the U.S. from London. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 22, 2014

mozzarella

 

Americans eat more mozzarella than any other cheese, but chances are it's not the good kind. [Time]

 

This redesigned egg carton is reminiscent of pyramids, a snail, and many other things. [Smithsonian]

 

Remember when Wisconsin transportation officials started using cheese brine to combat icy roads? Turns out it worked pretty well. [NPR]

 

What happens when Michael Voltaggio and Umami Burger team up? The Monte Cristo burger. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 21, 2014

stove

 

How to inspect your oven's accuracy and maximize its efficiency. [LAT]

 

Burgeoning "food hubs" are helping small farmers do business with more restaurants. [NPR]

 

The untold story of Pow, the fourth Rice Krispies elf. [Smithsonian]

 

Jelly Bell to release new draft beer and chocolate-covered Tabasco jelly bean flavors. [Time]

 

Tomb of ancient Egyptian brewer discovered by Japanese archeologists. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 15, 2014

beer

 

Budding brewers and winemakers may want to consider a degree in fermentation science, now on offer at Appalachian State University. [Atlantic]

 

The latest in Instagram memes: farmer selfies, a.k.a. "felfies." [Modern Farmer]

 

In light of the looming Velveeta shortage, here's a comprehensive history of "Kraft's liquid gold." [Smithsonian]

 

Europeans are eating more chocolate, adding to global demand that's already outpacing supply. [WSJ]

 

Bartenders aren't spared from California's new food... Read more >

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