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Caitlyn Faircloth, a worker with Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, hands out free ice cream next to a tip jar, Monday, June 2, 2014, at a rally celebrating the passage of a $15 minimum wage measure outside Seattle City Hall in Seattle. The Seattle City Council passed a $15 minimum wage measure, Monday, but not until after debate over how long businesses will have to phase in the measure, and how tips, benefits, and other forms of compensation will be considered. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment screen prompts you to make a decision about a tip you weren’t planning to give or at a rate that seems totally …

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that’s long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don’t get gored later. It’s routine to remove the horn tissue …

AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by the police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island, and five other men were in the cage this week. The Burmese slaves sat on the floor …

10 fresh ideas for using slow cooker pulled chicken and pork

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don’t. I tend to be in the latter group. Not because I don’t appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And I certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of …

Panel reverses, says white potatoes okay for WIC recipients

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The white potato has been ostracized by health officials for several years – but no more. It’s now back in favor. The Institute of Medicine said people aren’t getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes. In a new report released yesterday, …

Coke bets on ‘premium milk’ to boost declining category

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it’s betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks …

A cauliflower soup so rich you won’t believe it’s so simple

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It’s easy to overthink things in the kitchen. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that flavor needs a whole lot of labor – or at least a long ingredient list. I certainly was of that …

An easy, customizable chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sometimes it takes just a few simple ingredients to win my heart. That’s what fellow Southerner Ben Mims recently did. And he did it with candy. Truth is, I’m generally not the sort of person who makes candy …

Burn notice: Greek Eggplant Dip

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When George Pagonis asks for charred, he means charred. As in so burned it’s barely recognizable. That’s the case, anyway, with eggplant, the main ingredient in the melitzanosalata at Kapnos, the Greek restaurant he co-owns in Washington, D.C. …

Asian food: The fastest growing food in the world

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

In a matter of only 15 years, Asian cuisine has gone from being a niche food obsession to one of the most popular around the world. Global sales at Asian fast-food restaurants have grown by nearly 500 percent since 1999, the fastest growth seen in any fast-food category …

The crazy amount of calories Americans eat during the Super Bowl, in one chart

Sunday, February 1, 2015

If you were to add up the calories per serving for every food item a household purchased during the week of the Super Bowl, it would equal more than 6,000 calories, according to a recent study. That’s the largest number of calories for any week through the year …

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards …

Pack in protein — and save the budget — with beans and rice

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

When I was growing up, beans and rice were an end-of-month staple. As money got tight, my mom would whip up a beans and rice casserole, a healthy, budget-friendly choice that stretched our pantry a bit longer. Not …