What We're Reading: August 12, 2014

 

There’s just not enough sustainable beef to feed our fast food habit. [Vice

 

Pepsi thinks the new coconut water will be … cashew juice? [NYT

 

Someone’s gotta do it: the most extreme food jobs in the world. [First We Feast

 

Watch out, PB&J, America’s got a new favorite nut. [Washington Post

 

They don’t serve this kind of rye bread at Katz’s. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 18, 2014

The science behind the myriad colors of fish flesh. [NPR

 

Mark Bittman looks at how we get Big Food to change its strategy. [NYT]

 

As the economy picks up, fast food chains like McDonalds and Taco Bell fall out of favor with consumers. [NBC]

 

The Brewers Association has expanded the definition of “craft beer,” leading some big name beers to sport it on their labels. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 25, 2014

cheddar cheese

 

Everything you need to know about cheddar, the most popular cheese in the world. [Boston Globe]

 

Buddha's hand: it looks freaky, but actually has many uses in the kitchen. [Smithsonian]

 

Los Angelenos, you now have a chance to eat a cronut without hopping on a plane to New York. [LAT]

 

How is California's drought affecting the state's grass-fed beef industry? There's not very much grass to eat. [SFGate]

 

Five beers to... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 13, 2014

Charlie Trotter

 

Charlie Trotter's widow wants to honor her late husband with a library and a school. [Crain's Chicago Business]

 

California chefs aren't happy about the new state law that requires cooks to wear gloves while handling "ready-to-eat" food. [LAT]

 

Prison gardens give inmates outdoor work, job training, and nutritious meals. [NPR]

 

America's first Trappist brewery is up and running in a small Massachusetts town. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: August 26, 2013

Recipe for Corn Madeleines with Crème Fraîche and Ratatouille, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering bites from our favorite blogs. Here are the dishes we're eyeing this week:

 

Gin-Marinated Olives [101 Cookbooks]

An irresistible hors d'oeuvre: warm, buttery Castelvetrano olives dressed with olive oil, lemon peel, Serrano peppers, and a splash of really good gin.

 

Corn Madeleines with Crème Fraîche and Ratatouille [JBF]

Cornmeal and fresh corn give these savory madeleine cakes a rich, summery flavor. Topped with a... Read more >

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Beard to Table: James Peterson's Meat Loaf

James Peterson's recipe for meat loaf

 

In this new series, we'll be taking a closer look at some of our favorite recipes from JBF Award winners as well as from Beard himself. To start, we turned to a beloved cold-weather staple: meat loaf.

 

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A well-made meat loaf is a dinnertime workhorse. It's comforting, it's savory, it can be dipped in ketchup: what's not to love? But if you haven't yet seen the meat loaf light (perhaps the memories of the too-dry, or too-moist, or too-chunky ones of your childhood still linger), get ready to be convinced. James Peterson's bar-setting recipe for the classic dish, from his JBF Award–winning cookbook Meat: A Kitchen Education, is the one that's going to make you a believer.

 

Peterson's meat loaf recipe distinguishes itself in a few key ways:

 

1) It's intensely... Read more >

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