Sustainability Matters: August 14, 2015

 

How the Midwest's Corn Belt could be cooking the planet. [Mother Jones]

 

Sorry, Paleo-proselytizers: we may owe our big brains to carbohydrates. [NYT]

 

Treat your soil right and grow cover crops this fall. [MF]

A Spanish town has taken steps towards cutting food waste with their “solidarity fridge." [NPR]

 

Los Angeles experiments with millions of shade balls to protect drinking water... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 28, 2015

 

Go Italian by way of the Mason-Dixon line with this recipe for cornbread panzanella. [Food52

 

Kombucha may be the darling of the probiotic food scene, but it can be a dangerous choice for recovering addicts. [MUNCHIES

 

If you’re not cooking fish whole, you’re missing out. [NYT

 

From salads to pancakes to pasta and more, sweet summer corn can brighten up any dish. [Serious Eats

 

Four questions to help you buy better coffee. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 20, 2015

 

One NYC restaurateur wants you to give spaghetti-in-a-cone a twirl. [Gothamist

 

Stop wasting money on chicken cutlets and break down the meat yourself. [Serious Eats

 

How corn grew from fuel for slaves to the cornerstone of the American diet. [WaPo

 

Dig a spoon into the terroir of yogurt. [NPR

 

Meet mofongo, the unofficial food of Puerto Rico. [Bon Appétit

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Sustainability Matters: November 28, 2014

 

Looking for way to cut down on your holiday food waste? Here are some tips on planning, preserving, and getting creative with your leftovers. [Ecocentric]

 

Native American food companies work to preserve the land and build business. [Civil Eats]

 

The U.K.’s “Bio-Bus”, which uses sewage and food waste as fuel, is taking to the streets. [Treehugger]

 

Chinese authorities have stopped accepting corn exports that contain a specific genetic modification. Now experts are questioning if the move is to protect consumers or to protect the market. [... Read more >

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Summer Corn: Get It While You Can

Thomas Keller's creamed summer corn

 

Though the weather’s getting cooler, sweet summer corn is still available at the markets, but not for long. Make the most of the remaining days of corn season with these recipes:

 

Thomas Keller's Creamed Summer Corn

One of our favorite recipes from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home, this dish could not be easier to make.

 

Corn Custard with Greens and Country Ham

Studded with kernels of fresh summer corn, this sweet, rich custard is paired with thinly shaved country ham, sautéed greens, and a drizzle of warm apple cider gastrique.

 

Wild Striped Bass with Sweet Corn Chowder

Top an elegant, brothy chowder with pan-seared striper. Substitutes for wild... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 26, 2014

 

From esquites to jerk seasoning, a look at how the rest of the world eats corn. [HuffPo

 

Paula Deen, unintentional hipster? The growing trend of artisanal lard. [Modern Farmer

 

It turns out breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day. [The Atlantic

 

Colorado is the latest state to put a GMO labeling bill on the ballot. [WaPo

 

Quinoa may top American grocery lists, but how will it fare in Kazakhstan? [... Read more >

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Recipe: Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread

Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberry Compote

 

Sweet corn is abundant in the summer months, and there's no reason to relegate it to the grill. For this Italian-inspired dessert, acclaimed pastry chef Karen DeMasco paired the creamy pudding with a tart blueberry compote and crunchy shortbread cookie. She recommends using the corn as soon as you bring it home from the market, when it'll still have its peak flavor and sweetness.

 

Get the recipe here. 

 

 

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Recipe: Creamed Summer Corn

Creamed Summer Corn recipe

 

Today's recipe comes from Ad Hoc at Home, one of Thomas Keller's many indispensable cookbooks. Fans of elote, the popular Mexican street food, will recognize the addictive combination of lime, cayenne, and cream.

 

Get the recipe here.

 

 

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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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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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