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The (Ukraine) Eggs Have It

April 14, 2014

The finest of traditional Easter eggs are from the Ukraine, we think, a place all too much in the news these days.

"As an example of the mystery of life itself, the egg was considered enormously powerful. Ancient people decorated the egg with symbols and colors that held a special meaning and used…

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Pope Francis O'erwhelmed With Foodish Gifts

April 3, 2014

Again with the food-related gifts for the Pope! Via The Guardian, "The Queen has met Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican, presenting the famously plain-living pontiff with a hamper of British food including honey, cox's apple juice and 12 eggs from the crown estate."

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Thinking Outside the Shop: Borderless Cafes

April 1, 2014

Seeds to the Vatican from the White House

March 28, 2014

Via WaPost: “These I think are carrots,” Obama told the pope as he pulled out a blue velvet pouch from the seed chest.

The White House said the gift was inspired by Francis’ decision to open to the public the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence in the hills south of Rome. Th…

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TEDTalk: Global Food Waste

March 28, 2014

Al-Shabab Builds Canals for Somali Farmers

March 12, 2014

Rejecting foreign aid, the people of the "breadbasket" area of Somalia apparently are benefitting from canals built by an Al Qaeda-linked group.

Via Al Jazeera English: "In a seven-hectare maize farm on the outskirts of this riverside town, Hussein Mohamed Ali, 66, is still in an ecstatic mood afte…

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Renee's Garden: Seeds for the Small Garden

March 5, 2014

The WaPo's Adrian Higgins meets the power behind a fine damn seed catalog: "The seed business is a $3 billion-a-year global industry. Only a fraction of that is designed for the needs and desires of the home gardener. Each year in this country, almost 100 million acres are planted in field corn an…

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America's Cheeses Need….New Names?

March 5, 2014

So US-made cheeses apparently will need better names, more geographically correct names, names that reflect origins, if the EU trade agreement goes through ? Provenance, yeah!

Read more via Slate.

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Fat Tuesday, King Cake, And All That

March 4, 2014

Happy MG, y'alls. USA Today attempts to tell us where to get King Cake right here.

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UK Frozen Foods Boom: Healthy Plus or Just Profit-Maker?

February 28, 2014

Frozen foods. Better than canned? Yes. Better than fresh? Likely not. Less wasteful? Possibly. Longer lasting? Hmm. Less expensive? Sure.

"Six years ago Delia Smith was lampooned for recommending frozen mash and, more recently, Gordon Ramsay's reputation was dented over frozen ready meals. But m…

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Ukraine, Third-Largest World Wheat Exporter

February 28, 2014

Via FoodSafetyNews: "Food is a big part of the current political upheaval in Ukraine. As the world’s third-largest wheat exporter, the news from Kiev has already roiled the Chicago Board of Trade, and Russian threats to block imports from Ukraine are ratcheting up tensions. Much more in the backgrou…

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Secret Starbucks Fuels Olympian NBC Staffers

February 16, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, NBC, "... which paid $775 million for exclusive U.S. broadcasting rights for the Games, has erected the Sochi Starbucks in its cordoned-off area of the Olympic media center. Baristas serve the free java 24-hours-a-day to the roughly 2,500 people NBC says it sent…

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No Food Porn, Please, We're French

February 14, 2014

The BBC reports:

"Two Michelin-starred French chefs are cracking down on customers who take photographs of their food, it's been reported.

Gilles Goujon, who runs the three-starred L'Auberge du vieux puits restaurant in Fontjoncouse in southern France, says it is poor etiquette to take photos of…

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Hey, Hon? Sugar? Sweetie?

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day brings out the sweetnik in us all, right?   Here's the Guardian's take: "...For most of the year, though, the foods of love are refreshingly different: they're the affectionate nicknames people use for their loved ones on a daily basis.

Photo via boredpanda.org

Most popularly used…

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"Food Deserts" Not the Problem?

February 10, 2014

Does continuous lack of money, rather than poor food choices, cause ill health and obesity? Yes, says Slate, despite improved access to fresh foods and cooking info in poverty-stricken areas of the US.

Read more here. ( Image by Shirley Cannon.)

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"Fake," Mis-Labeled Foods Revealed in UK

February 10, 2014

 

"Consumers are being sold food including mozzarella that is less than half real cheese, ham on pizzas that is either poultry or "meat emulsion", and frozen prawns that are 50% water, according to tests by a public laboratory.'

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Olympian Appetites, Fed

February 10, 2014

Snow and ice-surrounded US athletes are eating better than ever. The Women's Hockey Team is one example.

Via NYTimes

"SOCHI, Russia — At 7 a.m. Saturday, five hours before the United States opened the Olympic women’s hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory over Finland, the Americans ate a bre…

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Unlikely Vietnam World's 2nd Largest Exporter of Coffee

January 25, 2014

Coffee powers Vietnam's economy, and its production in small plots may have pulled millions out of poverty, according to this report from BBCNews.

"How did its market share jump from 0.1% to 20% in just 30 years, and how has this rapid change affected the country?

Coffee production…" grew by 20%-…

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Micro-Vineyards: Wine Collectives in Spain

January 24, 2014

( Photo of a micro-vineyard in France.)

Via the Guardian:

"...what if making your own wine conjured up images, instead, of a valley in Southern Europe, snow-topped mountains in the distance, olive and almond groves climbing up the hillsides and an abandoned, 100-year-old vineyard, that you'd bou…

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Food Addiction? Older Women?

January 24, 2014

"Research released this week online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at food addiction among 134,000 middle-aged and older women, all of whom participated in the large-scale Nurses’ Health Study. Nearly six percent met the criteria for food addiction as established by the Yale…

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