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New Mexicans say they dished out world’s longest tamale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning. Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot-7-inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen, N.M. Organizers say the ingredients, which were provided by Bueno Foods, included 120 pounds …

Stock your freezer with fruit while you can

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The autumn produce season catches me off-guard every year. As we glide from the hot days of August into the cooler months ahead, we never quite know when the magic moment arrives that we have seen our last bit of fresh summer fruit in the produce aisle. Sure, we can get peaches all …

Popular foods taking on new hues without artificial dyes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won’t be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won’t be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two less colors. Food makers are purging their products of artificial dyes as people increasingly eschew anything in their food they don’t feel is natural. But …

Post-White House, Sam Kass to be food analyst for NBC News

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nation’s food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it. NBC News recently announced that Kass, who worked at the White House from 2009 until 2014, would serve as a …

Tilton Winter Farmers Market in need of a new home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joan O’Connor, the manager of the Tilton Winter Farmers Market, envisions a bright, expansive space for the market. A place with atmosphere, a facility full of sunlight that is reminiscent of Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “I’d love a beautiful …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere …

Scientists have discovered a new taste that could make food more delicious

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Taste, the sense that allows us to appreciate the beauty of good food, is something scientists understand fairly well. The sensation we feel when eating a piece of cake, chewing on a hamburger or taking the first bite of a piping hot piece of pizza is triggered when …

Added sugar: Proposed food label would say how much to eat

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Are you eating too much added sugar? The nutrition facts label may one day help figure that out. The government is proposing that food labels include the percentage of your recommended daily intake of added sugars – the “percent daily value.” The Food and Drug Administration proposed an …

Embracing a new grain for a fresh take on bibimbap bowls

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bibimbap is incredibly trendy in urban centers right now. Not familiar with it? You’ll want to be! Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl – white rice topped with meats, veggies, kimchee (intensely pickled cabbage) and hot sauce. Often, …

From My Kitchen: My favorite blueberry muffins

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To me the best recipes are the ones regular people like me have been making for ages. There’s a place in my kitchen for fancy cookbooks for sure (I love sitting down with a gorgeous new cookbook and …

Maine’s smelts rebounded in 2015, but future still murky

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maine’s beloved smelts rebounded somewhat in 2015, but state biologists say the little fish is still appearing in lower numbers than in recent years. Ice fishing for smelts is a tradition in Maine, where fishermen pan fry or deep fry the wriggling fish and eat them whole. They …

For the love of lavender

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My niece is getting married at my house in September, and so my garden is more about flowers this year than vegetables. Which is why I was moaning the other day to Danielle, the True Brew barista, as …