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 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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Eat This Word: Absinthe

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WHAT? Louche libation. A distilled, mildly anise-flavored spirit infused with herbs, absinthe was mythologized by countless late 19th- and early 20th-century writers and artists—Degas, Van Gogh, Wilde, and Hemingway among them. Often called "the green fairy," absinthe came to be considered as dangerous as it was popular and was banned in the United States and several European countries by 1915.

 

Described at the time by a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "one of the worst enemies of man," the seriously strong spirit, which is made with wormwood, a plant with purported hallucinogenic properties, was blamed for several high-profile cases of violence (including Van Gogh's ear-cutting incident).

 

These days absinthe's mind-altering effects have been widely disproven. In 2004 the U.S. ban was lifted, and absinthe moved off the black market and onto the shelves. The liquor, which has an alcohol content of up to 75%, is traditionally served in a glass topped... Read more >

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Recipe: Pegu Club's Gin-Gin Mule Cocktail

Pegu Club's Audrey Saunders and her Gin-Gin Mule cocktail

 

This fresh and vibrant cocktail is one of Pegu Club’s signature drinks. “The trick is the homemade ginger beer, which is non-negotiable," says Audrey Saunders, who opened the bar in 2005. “Commercially produced ginger beer is laden with sugar, which suppresses the bright, bold flavor profile of this drink.” Thankfully, the accompanying ginger beer recipe yields a whole gallon, so your Gin-Gin Mules will only be a few shakes away for weeks to come. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: PDT's Paddington Cocktail

The Paddington cocktail from New York City's PDT

 

Inspired by Paddington Bear, this cocktail from New York City's PDT, one of the bars nominated for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, is flavored with a spoonful of orange marmalade (Paddington's favorite); its bitterness is kept in check by the honeyed notes of Lillet Blanc and the tropical, spicy character of white rum . Get the recipe here

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Recipe: The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder Cocktail

The Hush and Wonder cocktail from the Violet Hour in Chicago

 

This riff on the classic daiquiri from the Violet Hour, one of the nominated bars for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, uses a rinse, a trick for imparting a drink with just a hint of a particular ingredient. A small amount of Crème de Violette is swirled in the glass to coat its inner surface, enlivening the cocktail with a fresh and floral character. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: October 28, 2011

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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 recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheddar Crackers [SE]
Use a biscuit cutter and a paring knife to turn these flaky, cheddar crackers into little pumpkins. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups [

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