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This April 2015 photo provided by Ecotrust Canada via This Fish shows the "Boat To Plate" smartphone app being created by a group of Maine fishermen and scientists that will allow consumers to source seafood all the way back to the fishermen who caught it. The app is in the development phase, but has already earned a nod from the feds in the form of a grant. (Eric Enno Tamm/Ecotrust Canada via AP)

Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket. Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association are cooperating to develop the tool, which they say will likely be a smartphone …

Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Federal officials are planning an aggressive …

School’s almost out, so it’s time to get schooled on burgers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As food goes, it’s hard to imagine anything more American – and that more perfectly captures summer – than a great grilled hamburger. Trouble is, as much as we love a great burger, we’re not always all that great at making them. That’s because there is more to making burgers than serving time …

For better steaks, veggies, make better butter to go on top

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s summer and your grill is about to go into overdrive. At the start of the season you’ll probably be content to cook up perfectly seared, but otherwise unadorned steaks, chops and portobello mushrooms. A few weeks down …

Washington fruit distributors expand to meet demand

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Washington state’s fruit industry is expanding as worldwide demand increases and new technologies help yield more crops. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the state’s apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make …

New barbecue books to help get your grill sizzling

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

With grilling season solidly upon us, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the various ways we send our food to the fire. There is, of course, Monday through Friday grilling. This is when the intense heat …

Ecology Department withdraws permit for shellfish spraying

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Washington Department of Ecology says it is canceling a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The decision to halt the practice is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. The growers association submitted a …

’Top Chef’ judge Simmons joins NY school nutrition effort

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of childhood nutrition issues. The advocates met at a Manhattan public school recently as cafeteria workers served the children a breakfast that included …

Requiem for a restaurant chain

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants – the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers and burritos – have …

Batter up with buckwheat

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Despite its name, buckwheat is not a form of wheat at all. It is a seed in the rhubarb and sorrel family – not even technically a grain, botanically speaking. But because it is eaten like a grain and is rich in fiber, B vitamins and antioxidants like …

Made for Mom

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

If you really want to show Mom how much you care on Mothers Day, the recipe is pretty simple – carbs and fat. After all, it’s what the rest of us crave on special days. So why fuss …

PHOTOS: ’Tis the season for ice cream

Monday, May 4, 2015

It’s finally ice cream season in Concord. The warm weather brought out a large crowd to Arnie’s Place for a bite of the cold stuff, including Anders Hanson and his mother, Julie. “It’s so nice out we couldn’t …

Make your own ricotta

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Making your own ricotta is easy and the results are far more delicious than what comes from the grocery store. Better yet, the recipe can be tinkered with to suit your needs. Like your ricotta creamy? Swap in …