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The FDA has a plan to prevent the next ice cream disaster

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Months after an outbreak of deadly bacteria in ice cream that killed three and sickened seven more, U.S. regulators are near making food producers like Blue Bell Creameries have safety plans to minimize future outbreaks. There hasn’t been a federal requirement that all food producers have a written-down plan. Blue Bell, the Texas-based ice cream maker, shut down most of its manufacturing and fired or furloughed most workers after the …

A new ketchup that just might inspire condiment excitement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New ketchup in town We all have that food, the food we eat when nobody else is looking. Mine involves ketchup. Unless you are a ketchup freak like me (and most people above the age of 8 are not), you may find this habit bordering on disgusting. Nonetheless, I occasionally indulge in what …

Picnics aren’t just sandwiches and chips! Think dessert, too

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When it comes to packing a picnic, the savory items are easy. Sandwiches and wraps. Potato and pasta salads. Chips and dips. It’s all very transportable and all very easy to eat while perched on a blanket in the grass. But dessert can prove less obvious. Sure, you could do cookies. But what …

3 countries investigate fishing slavery reported by AP

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Officials from three countries are traveling to remote islands in eastern Indonesia to investigate how thousands of foreign fishermen were abused and forced into catching seafood that could end up in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. A …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Celery root is ugly, but pretty tasty

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It wasn’t until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac – also called celery root – is here in the US. In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar …

Use mushroom confit all week

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When it’s time to make dinner, I enjoy the conceptualizing, I love the cooking and, when I have time, I luxuriate in the chopping and knife work as a slow, pleasant meditation. And then there are those nights when making dinner seems almost impossible, not because the recipe …

Dinner in 25 minutes: Crispy Lemon Fish

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Set aside any fears of frying and have fun with this one. The batter is a quick blend of sparkling lemonade, lemon zest and seasoned flour. If young eaters are around, get them to do the mixing and dipping. You’ll need an instant-read thermometer. Serve with a lightly …

FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don’t want any part of it and others are staying silent. The Food and Drug …

Inexpensive, healthful, filling

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When I was in my 20s, I made my living in New York City’s nonprofit theater. I worked 16 hour days much of the time – all day in the office, all night on a show. In those …

Starbucks baristas stop writing “Race Together” on cups

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Starbucks baristas will no longer write “Race Together” on customers’ cups starting yesterday, ending as planned a visible component of the company’s diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took …