Food

Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders

The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.

Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.

Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

Both "chop chop" and "Chinaman" have long, complicated histories, which we thought we'd surface in light of this story.

Board Games That Bored Gamers

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.

Pilots Downing Their Planes Is Unusual, But Not Unprecedented

Investigators looking into the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 this week now believe it was the result of a "deliberate act" of the co-pilot. If so, it wouldn't be the first time.

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

Kraft And Heinz To Merge, Bringing Together Prominent American Brands

March 25, 2015
Bottles of H.J. Heinz Co. Tomato Ketchup on February 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo Illustration by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The deal will form the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company, bringing together American brands from Jell-O to Heinz Ketchup.

Interweaving Family History With Healthy Soul Food

March 23, 2015
Alice (left) and her daughter Caroline (right) wove their new healthy soul food recipe and family histories into the book 'Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family.' (Penny De Los Santos)

The mother-daughter team of Alice and Caroline Randall write a memoir-cookbook that dives into the often fraught relationship black women have with the kitchen.

New Plan To Tackle Seafood Fraud Follows Fish From Ocean To Plate

March 19, 2015
Is food from Hong Kong making it to your plate? (McPig/Flickr)

Do you know where the seafood on your plate came from? The Obama administration’s new plan to combat seafood fraud might just help you out.

Moral Indigestion In The Global Pantry

March 19, 2015
Eric Silverman: Our national menu may be gloriously international, but it comes with a heaping side portion of ignorance. (lyzadanger/flickr)

Our national menu may be gloriously international, but it comes with a heaping side portion of ignorance.

Midwest States Push To Legalize Raw Milk

March 18, 2015
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control warns that one sip of unpasteurized milk can cause serious illness because it’s a fertile breeding ground for harmful germs like salmonella and e. coli. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Unpasteurized raw milk is illegal at the federal level, but it is gaining popularity. In order to limit its sale, some Midwestern states are trying to legalize it.

Kathy Gunst Does Breakfast

March 17, 2015
(vastateparkstaff/Flickr)

Never skip breakfast again with these recipes from Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst.

Combating Bait And Switch In The Seafood Industry

March 16, 2015
The plan to stop seafood fraud will create a system to detect black market fishing and seafood fraud, and a system to track seafood from its harvest, all the way to U.S. port for market. (Bill Dickinson/Flickr)

The Obama administration has unveiled a plan to detect and stop seafood fraud.

Photos: After Fire, Groton’s Blood Farm Rebuilds

March 12, 2015
Dick Blood, the seventh generation of Bloods to run Blood Farm, stands amongst pork and beef hanging in the refrigerator waiting to be processed. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

After a devastating fire, the community of Groton joined with the local meat industry to urge the Blood family to rebuild one of only two USDA certified slaughterhouses in the state.

Saving A Slaughterhouse: Why Groton Rallied Behind Blood Farm

March 12, 2015
Tom Peyton, Blood Farm's plant manager, walks in front of the newly built processing facility in Groton. A fire in December 2013 destroyed the business that has been staffed by seven generations of Bloods. After the fire, the community of Groton joined with the local meat industry to urge the family, one of only two USDA certified slaughterhouses in the state, to rebuild. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Bloods (yes, that’s their real name) have been running Blood Farm in Groton for seven generations.
When a fire threatened to shut them down for good, the family was surprised by the outpouring of support urging them to rebuild.

Forget The Baby Registry, Give New Parents The Gift Of Food

March 12, 2015
My husband and I both like to cook, and I figured we would still have time and energy to feed ourselves. Not so much. (Jake Stimpson/flickr)

My husband and I both like to cook, and I figured we would still have time and energy to feed ourselves. Not so much.

4 Recipes For Beet Lovers

March 5, 2015
Beets (chrisandjenni/Flickr)

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst shares recipes for roasted beet salad, beet napoleons, beet hummus and more.

What We're Really Eating At Breakfast Now

March 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

What Does New Peanut Allergy Research Mean For Parents Of Allergic Kids?

March 2, 2015
For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now, a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. (Patrick Sison/AP)

About 2 percent of American children are allergic to peanuts, and while that may not sound like a lot, the number has more than quadrupled since 1997.

Allergy Solutions Take New Forms

February 26, 2015
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

Bringing Together African-American And Kosher Cuisines

February 25, 2015
A hearth-cooked meal at historic Brattonsville, South Carolina. (afroculinaria.com)

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian who brings together the flavors of black and Jewish heritage on his blog Afroculinaria.

What Do Changed Cholesterol Recommendations And Other Dietary Guidelines Mean?

February 23, 2015
Eggs for sale are seen in a Des Moines, Iowa grocery store. Drink less sugary soda, but an extra cup of coffee or two is OK. So are eggs. And as always, don’t forget your vegetables. A government advisory committee is recommending the first real limits on added sugars, but backs off stricter ones for salt and cholesterol intake. (Charlie Neibergall, File/AP)

The big news this month about what we should eat and why has to do with cholesterol.

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