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In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, diners eat at U.S. Taco Co., which is owned by Taco Bell, in Huntington Beach, Calif. As people increasingly reach for foods that stray from the norm and seem less processed, some companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their famous logos in favor of more hipster guises. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

Sunday, March 1, 2015

At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident that the U.S. Taco Co. is an outpost …

Try a taste of this Scandinavian Lenten treat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Swedish-speaking part of Finland. And though I have never been to the land of my ancestors, I was raised to love cardamom, which is to Swedes and Finns what cinnamon is to Americans. The weeks leading up to Easter are, …

Homemade mozzarella in 40 minutes? Not a stretch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: satisfying, quick, inexpensive and fun. Stretching the cheese is like pulling taffy, but the cheese is quicker to …

Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Demand for goat milk and other dairy products has steadily increased in the United States in recent years largely because of growing interest in artisan cheeses and populations accustomed to goat products. That’s left goat farmers and dairy producers scurrying to keep up and find new and better …

Dietary guidelines panel advises policy changes, soda tax

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A government panel of nutrition experts is suggesting taxes on sodas and snacks along with incentives for healthy eating to encourage Americans to eat better. Some members of Congress are already pushing back, saying the panel has overstepped its bounds. The recommendations, released last week by the advisory …

FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice – a life-threatening danger to people with peanut allergies. The recall has been ongoing since December, as more retailers identify products that contain the cumin. The Food and Drug Administration …

Colleges start to embrace sustainable seafood label

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maine Colleges embrace label for sustainable seafood A Maine science institute wants students at New England colleges to know if the seafood in their school cafeterias was pulled from the region’s waters. The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research …

Braise those blues away: Tips to coax cold–weather vegetables into something warm and wonderful

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Even the most dedicated herbivore can get discouraged by the monotony of root vegetables, potatoes, onions, brassicas and such that crowd our midwinter produce sections. Fortunately, there’s a surefire remedy for the winter vegetable blues: braising. Yes, I …

Vegetable braising recipes

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Onions Glazed With Pomegranate Molasses 1 pound white boiling onions, about 1 inch in diameter (see headnote) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon peeled, minced fresh ginger root 1 clove garlic, minced One 2- or 3-inch cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf 1/8 teaspoon …

Sip with an accent: The Capitan

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

‘The Peruvian response to the Manhattan’ In Peru, there’s more to cocktails than the beloved pisco sour. So when ThinkFoodGroup cocktail innovator Juan Coronado was researching drinks for China Chilcano in Washington, D.C., he took inspiration from another …

American lobster: The new Chinese New Year delicacy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Now on the menu in Beijing for Chinese New Year: lots and lots of American lobster. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s …

Grocers finding it hard to keep organic milk on shelves

Sunday, February 15, 2015

About once a week the phone rings at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op in the artsy Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with the same question: Got milk? Organic, to be exact. “I’ll have people call up and say, hey, I know the truck’s coming on Tuesday, can you …

See’s Candies says some mislabeled packages may contain nuts

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

See’s Candies says some heart-shaped boxes of chocolates shipped for Valentine’s Day have been mislabeled and may contain nuts. The San Francisco-based company is warning people with allergies to coconut, almonds, walnuts or pecans to avoid eight-ounce boxes labeled “Classic Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates.” The candies were …