Recipe Roundup: Seafood Stews

 

Every year on Christmas Eve, Italians around the world gather at the table for an elaborate seafood dinner called the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Though the meal often includes a parade of classic dishes like salt cod (baccalà), seafood salad (insalata di mare), fried smelts, and spaghetti with clam sauce, a simpler menu could feature cold, briny oysters on the half-shell followed by a boldly seasoned seafood stew of any provenance. The beauty of the dish is its versatility: just add green olives and cumin for a Moroccan-style dish, potatoes and chorizo for Portuguese flavors, coconut milk and cilantro for a taste of the Caribbean, or, of course, tomatoes and red wine for a more traditional Italian dish.

 

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Sustainability Matters: August 29, 2014

 

Due to the frequency of inaccurate fish labeling, diners could be getting more mercury than they think. [Treehugger]

 

A handful of farmers across the country are using tanks of bacteria and microbes to turn the methane from cow manure into electricity. [Civil Eats]

 

Energy exploration in North Dakota has led to a delay in grain shipments, costing millions of dollars in losses. [NY Times]

 

Legislation to restrict the use of pesticides on GMOs in Hawaii has been overturned by a local judge. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 30, 2014

Scientists suggest that insects could be the key to solving world hunger. [Science Daily]

 

Can we hack our way to a better food system? [Civil Eats]

 

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report on the food industry’s sugar-coating of the sweetener’s negative health effects. [UCS]

 

With cod being overfished... 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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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 12, 2014

Ice Coffee

 

Just in time for summer, a round up of the nation's most innovative iced coffees. [NYT

 

Start-up firm Coffee Blocks suggests swapping egg yolks for milk in your morning brew. [LAT

 

New FDA research says expecting moms should eat more fish for healthier babies. [NPR

 

Introducing Space Lettuce: NASA begins vegetable production aboard the International Space Station. [NPR

 

A Harvard study links breast cancer to... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 9, 2014

Camel

 

Forget kale: camel’s milk might be the next superfood. [Citizen Times

 

San Francisco's gourmet toast trend is taking the nation by storm. [Market Watch

 

Which is better for you, honey or sugar? [Huffington Post

 

Suggesting links to deforestation, a new report reveals the potential dark side of doughnuts. [NPR]  

 

Farmed fish might be able to feed the world, but will it destroy the environment? [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 4, 2014

Fish

 

A new study indicates the world could run out of fish by 2050. [Washington Post

 

Inspired by a Michael Jackson classic, the Bottle Boys give empties a second life. [LAT

 

A look at the long legacy of African Americans in the White House kitchen. [Washington Post

 

New research shows chocolate might save the world. [NPR

 

7-Eleven unveils new Lebron James-inspired Slurpee. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 3, 2014

Vegetables

 

Seven simple ways to increase your vegetable intake. [The Guardian

 

An exploration of the meaning behind the "chef" title. [Esquire]

 

Dining etiquette to make you a more savvy restaurant-goer. [WP]

 

Raising the bar: an argument for stool-top dining. [WSJ]

 

As fish populations decrease, should parts of the ocean be cut... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 21, 2014

 

A new Oceana report lists nine "dirty" U.S. fisheries blamed for hundreds of millions of pounds of bycatch each year. [Food Safety News]

 

Scientists find that chemicals used in agricultural pesticides and food products could cause in utero neurological damage. [The Atlantic]

 

Celebrate with cheese: new research reveals that there is no consistent link between saturated fat intake and heart disease. [NPR]

 

Are floating farms the future of food production? [Modern Farmer]... Read more >

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