What We're Reading: August 28, 2014

mozzarella

 

Science confirms what we've known all along: mozzarella is the best cheese for pizza. [NPR]  

 

Swiss cheesemakers use DNA fingerprinting to fight counterfeit fromage. [Bloomberg]

 

The green bell pepper: a love story. [NYT]  

 

An extremely rare blue lobster has been caught off the coast of Maine [First We Feast]

 

The "Finger Nap," a innovation from South Korea, aims to make rib and fried chicken consumption less messy. [... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Vacherin

vacherin

 

WHAT?  Several cow’s milk cheeses, both French and Swiss in origin, go by the name Vacherin, which contains the French word for cow, vache. Some are made specifically for fondue; others are so soft they’re eaten with a spoon. To make matters even more confusing, the word is also used for a French meringue dessert. The dessert, it’s true, was named for the cheese, which it’s said to resemble. Rings of meringue are stacked on top of one another to form a basket, which is filled with fruit and ice cream, whipped cream, or crème chantilly, and then prettily decorated.

 

WHERE? Virginia Rising Stars

 

WHEN? September 9, 2014

 

HOW? Virginia Peanut Vacherin with Oat Dacquoise, Raw Sugar Meringue, and Peanut Praline Ice... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 25, 2014

Apple Pie

 

The history of America's long love affair with apple desserts. [History Channel

 

New FDA regulations endanger American artisanal cheese production. [Chicago Reader

 

This year's Alaska State Fair will feature Guinness World Record–breaking vegetables. [NPR

 

Eat Mor Chikin (and waffles): Chick-Fil-A tries to keep up with the growing fast-food breakfast market. [Food Beast

 

Here is how to cut... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 18, 2014

 

A glimpse behind the scenes of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheesemaking. [First We Feast

 

Do you know how your groceries vote? [HuffPo

 

Your bottled water may come from areas of drought. [Mother Jones

 

Leave the oven off and give these stir-fried sweets a go. [Chicago Tribune

 

Roses in your Reese’s? The growing trend of edible flowers in desserts. [NPR... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 5, 2014

 

Caviar poaching in the land-locked Midwest? [Medium]

 

A day in the life of a London food delivery cyclist. [Miracle of Feeding Cities]

 

Harvard scientists reveal the surprisingly diverse world of cheese rind microbes. [Wired

 

USDA expands the definition of “processed foods,” placing frozen fruit and Twinkies... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 24, 2014

Stevia

 

A ninth grader discovers that Truvia sweetener contains insecticides. [Food Beast

 
Think beyond pork: duck bacon sales are on the rise.​ [Food Republic

 

Woman raises the bar on birthday baking with a homemade pizza cake. [ABC

 

A Velveeta recall leads to liquid gold shortage. [NBC]  

 

Kentucky community raises thousands of dollars for injured local chef.  [Today] ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 13, 2014

 

An exposé by The Guardian reveals human trafficking and slave labor on Thai fishing boats is at work in supplying major supermarket chains (including Walmart and Costco) with cheap shrimp. [The Guardian]

 

The F.D.A. issued, and then backpedaled from, a ruling banning the use of wood planks in cheese making. [NY Times]

 

Lower U.S. corn yields are expected in the future as climate change and water shortages affect farmland. [Grist]

 

What’s in the juice? The POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola Co. Supreme Court ruling could leave the door open for further litigation against deceptive marketing... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 10, 2014

Chinese takeout

 

Far more than beef and broccoli: niche food-delivery services are on the rise in NYC. [NY Daily News]

 

In a time of drought, logistics and the law prevent water from flowing to California’s needier areas. [NPR]

 

When it comes to sugar and nutritional value, the differences between fruit juice and soda are few. [NPR]

 

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What We're Reading: June 3, 2014

Bagel with cream cheese

 

Better than Philadelphia? The little-known cream cheese winning over Calvin Trillin and Ruth Reichl. [NYT]

 

A tribute to Maya Angelou’s poetry in the kitchen. [NYT]

 

Panera pledges to drop all artificial additives by 2016. [USA Today]

 

Vetting wine through gamma radiation. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 14, 2014

 

mozzarella

 

Thirteen arrested in counterfeit cheese scam. [LAT]

 

The making of the world's most beautiful crops and how to use them. [NPR]

 

Are all calories created equal? Katie Couric searches for an answer. [NYT]

 

The World Pork Expo will make adjustments in light of PEDV threat. [WHOtv... Read more >

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