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Fat Tuesday, King Cake, And All That

March 4, 2014

Happy MG, y'alls. USA Today attempts to tell us where to get King Cake right here.

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UK Frozen Foods Boom: Healthy Plus or Just Profit-Maker?

February 28, 2014

Frozen foods. Better than canned? Yes. Better than fresh? Likely not. Less wasteful? Possibly. Longer lasting? Hmm. Less expensive? Sure.

"Six years ago Delia Smith was lampooned for recommending frozen mash and, more recently, Gordon Ramsay's reputation was dented over frozen ready meals. But m…

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Ukraine, Third-Largest World Wheat Exporter

February 28, 2014

Via FoodSafetyNews: "Food is a big part of the current political upheaval in Ukraine. As the world’s third-largest wheat exporter, the news from Kiev has already roiled the Chicago Board of Trade, and Russian threats to block imports from Ukraine are ratcheting up tensions. Much more in the backgrou…

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Secret Starbucks Fuels Olympian NBC Staffers

February 16, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, NBC, "... which paid $775 million for exclusive U.S. broadcasting rights for the Games, has erected the Sochi Starbucks in its cordoned-off area of the Olympic media center. Baristas serve the free java 24-hours-a-day to the roughly 2,500 people NBC says it sent…

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No Food Porn, Please, We're French

February 14, 2014

The BBC reports:

"Two Michelin-starred French chefs are cracking down on customers who take photographs of their food, it's been reported.

Gilles Goujon, who runs the three-starred L'Auberge du vieux puits restaurant in Fontjoncouse in southern France, says it is poor etiquette to take photos of…

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Hey, Hon? Sugar? Sweetie?

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day brings out the sweetnik in us all, right?   Here's the Guardian's take: "...For most of the year, though, the foods of love are refreshingly different: they're the affectionate nicknames people use for their loved ones on a daily basis.

Photo via boredpanda.org

Most popularly used…

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"Food Deserts" Not the Problem?

February 10, 2014

Does continuous lack of money, rather than poor food choices, cause ill health and obesity? Yes, says Slate, despite improved access to fresh foods and cooking info in poverty-stricken areas of the US.

Read more here. ( Image by Shirley Cannon.)

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"Fake," Mis-Labeled Foods Revealed in UK

February 10, 2014

 

"Consumers are being sold food including mozzarella that is less than half real cheese, ham on pizzas that is either poultry or "meat emulsion", and frozen prawns that are 50% water, according to tests by a public laboratory.'

 Read more via The Guardian

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Olympian Appetites, Fed

February 10, 2014

Snow and ice-surrounded US athletes are eating better than ever. The Women's Hockey Team is one example.

Via NYTimes

"SOCHI, Russia — At 7 a.m. Saturday, five hours before the United States opened the Olympic women’s hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory over Finland, the Americans ate a bre…

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Unlikely Vietnam World's 2nd Largest Exporter of Coffee

January 25, 2014

Coffee powers Vietnam's economy, and its production in small plots may have pulled millions out of poverty, according to this report from BBCNews.

"How did its market share jump from 0.1% to 20% in just 30 years, and how has this rapid change affected the country?

Coffee production…" grew by 20%-…

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Micro-Vineyards: Wine Collectives in Spain

January 24, 2014

( Photo of a micro-vineyard in France.)

Via the Guardian:

"...what if making your own wine conjured up images, instead, of a valley in Southern Europe, snow-topped mountains in the distance, olive and almond groves climbing up the hillsides and an abandoned, 100-year-old vineyard, that you'd bou…

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Food Addiction? Older Women?

January 24, 2014

"Research released this week online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at food addiction among 134,000 middle-aged and older women, all of whom participated in the large-scale Nurses’ Health Study. Nearly six percent met the criteria for food addiction as established by the Yale…

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Hearty Grain Harvests Keep Meat Costs Lower

January 2, 2014

"Gains in food costs around the world have slowed as record harvests from India to the U.S. expanded supply and sent corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar and coffee into bear markets."

So in Vietnam, the price of pork is stable, according to this piece from Bloomberg News.

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The Big Guy in Red is A Coffee Drinker!

December 23, 2013

Solar Power Project to Aid Food Processing in Haiti

December 23, 2013

Bringing cost-effective electricity to Haiti is one goal of a DC non profit, EarthSpark, with funding from USAID. "Haiti imports 60 percent of the food that it consumes, while local nutritious produce literally rots on the ground for want of processing. We're looking at what the micro-grid electri…

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Earthbound Farm Bought by White Wave

December 9, 2013

White Wave is buying Earthbound Farm for approximately $600 million cash, a lot to stuff into reusable shopping bags... "Earthbound Farm Co-Founder Drew Goodman said, “For 30 years, Myra and I have been committed to Earthbound Farm’s mission to bring the benefits of organic food to as many people as…

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Carteret Islanders Embrace Cacao

December 5, 2013

Climate-change refugees from the South Pacific Carteret Islands hope their move to Bougainville Island, 80 km away, will result in new cacao production from which they will benefit.

The Carteret Islands have lost most of their gardening plots due to rising seas.

Read more from The Guardian.

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The Nuts Have It!

December 1, 2013

"In the largest study of its kind, people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than were those who didn't consume nuts, say scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard School of Publi…

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Healthy Muffins, Healthy Business, in LA

November 25, 2013

Healthy brain-and-body muffins are pleasing school kids in LA, and also boosting business. "The Los Angeles Unified School District's order with Buena Vista Food Products Inc. to bake 4 million servings of muffins, coffeecake and corn bread every month has doubled the firm's business and created 1…

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Appropriately, Cranberry Sauce on Latkes?

November 25, 2013

"...On Nov. 28, the lunar and Gregorian calendars will align, providing a rare opportunity to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving with hybrid helpings of turkey and latkes; pumpkin pie with jelly doughnuts on the side."

For more, go to SFGate.com. Pictured, sweet potato latkes vi…

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