What We're Reading: August 18, 2015

 

A California sushi chef is not only pushing boundaries through her menu, but also through her all-female staff. [MUNCHIES]

 

Shave off that milk mustache and try these dairy-free calcium sources. [Food Network

 

The rise and fall of food tech darling Good Eggs. [Food + Tech Connect

 

How did rosé go from guilty pleasure to luxury status symbol? [Vanity Fair

 

Heritage breeds, seeds, and menus: a new trend has chefs reaching back to colonial times for inspiration. [... Read more >

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Cooking with Sea Vegetables

 

Offering a hint of their briny habitat without tasting distinctly fishy, sea vegetables (aka seaweed) infuse dishes with deep, savory flavor. Some of the most commonly consumed varieties include nori (the seaweed used to make sushi), wakame or alaria (the soft, shredded greens often found in miso soup), or black, crunchy hijiki, which adds texture to seaweed salads and stir-fries. Sea vegetables are most commonly sold in dried form, but they’re very easy to work with. Simply soak in water until soft, then chop and add to your dish. Some seaweeds, like nori, which is used to make sushi, and dulse, are usually eaten dried.

 

Though they're a longtime staple of many Asian cuisines, seaweeds can also enhance foods from other parts of the world: try cooking dried beans with alaria, or sprinkle dulse flakes over puff pastry, as Dorie Greenspan does in the French-inspired pinwheel recipe listed below.

 

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What We're Reading: February 10, 2015

 

Ballard Bee Company markets itself as a lawn service, but for backyard hives and honey-makers. [Civil Eats

 

The way to the heart is through the stomach: Valentine’s Day recipes for two. [Serious Eats] 

 

Beer cans are making a comeback, but a controversial lining may have you sticking to bottles. [Mother Jones

 

According to this former maître’d, don’t even think about dining out on Valentine’s Day. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 26, 2015

 

Maternity maki rolls? A new study refutes previous bans on eating sushi while pregnant. [MUNCHIES]

 

Dive right into that dumpster: one food waste activist has promised to pay the fines of those caught in the act. [Civil Eats

 

These mood-boosting ingredients are literal comfort foods. [Greatist

 

The consumer shift towards fast-casual chains reveals much more about our social priorities than a love of burritos. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 15, 2015

 

Pizza Hut guarantees celiac safety with two new gluten-free pies. [NYT

 

Before you start home-brewing, make sure you have these equipment essentials. [Food52

 

Need a last-minute dinner party dessert? Serious Eats swoops in with an emergency elegant fruit mousse. [Serious Eats

 

The truth behind the crab stick inside your California roll. [HuffPo

 

Top chefs wax rhapsodic on their favorite fast food burgers. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 9, 2014

 

Is sushi to blame for the decreasing population of bluefin tuna? [NPR]

 

How America's youth is learning about the food system and the relevance of 4-H in the twenty-first century. [Civil Eats]

 

Foie gras, the ever-controversial chefs’ favorite, returns to California after a two year ban. [NYT]

 

The end of foam takeout, according to de Blasio. [NY Post]

 

The new chicken cage law in California may have some negative consequences. [... 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: August 19, 2014

Hazelnut Spread

 

As confectioners scramble for hazelnuts, Nutella-maker the Ferrero Group sits pretty on its stash. [Business Week

 

Move over New York: Restaurant titans like David Chang and Daniel Boulud are flocking to our nation's capital. [Eater]  

 

If you're trying to add more protein to your diet, consider cricket flour. [NPR

 

Show your sushi love with this collection of roll-inspired... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 6, 2014

 

With freshwater eel populations in decline, a Japanese summer ritual is also endangered. [Smithsonian

 

But there’s no saltwater in it: how a boardwalk candy classic got its name. [Mental Floss

 

McDonald’s tests the limits of fast food with a 60-second drive through guarantee. [Time

 

Thanks to candy chain It’Sugar, you’ll soon be able to purchase SNL’s “Schweddy Balls” and “Colon Blow Granola.”  [Grub Street

 

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What We're Reading: July 3, 2014

Margaritas

 

The many origin stories of the margarita. [History Channel

 

Chinese oenophiles have acquired a taste for South African wines. [Bloomberg

 

A doctor in Seattle might have solved the peanut allergy issue. [NBC

 

There's more to simple syrup than just sugar and water. [Food Republic

 

The California Strawberry Commission fights to keep strawberry breeding a public affair. [... Read more >

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