What We're Reading: September 25, 2014

 

When it comes to holiday challahs shapes, round is just the beginning. [NPR

 

The funky history behind Gorgonzola. [MUNCHIES

 

NYT Staffers weigh in on their favorite kitchen tools. [NYT

 

A Japanese gadget will magically turn your eggs into... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 24, 2014

 

For the Goldilocks in all of us: an in-depth guide to oatmeal. [The Kitchn

 

Turns out that gut bacteria might also be impacting your brain. [The Atlantic

 

A new cookbook highlights the role of women in Mexican cooking. [NYT

 

Poultry companies are switching from controversial antibiotics to probiotics for their chickens. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 8, 2014

 

Not into your beer? You may be using the wrong glass. [Edible Manhattan

 

The story behind a Southern staple: the history of pimento cheese. [Serious Eats

 

Widespread changes are on the menu at NYC’s first vegetarian elementary school. [Food Network

 

Leading food advocates weigh in on the low-carb vs. low-fat debate. [... Read more >

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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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