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Serena Dai

Chicago Baconfest 2012: "Bacon Gives Me a Lardon"

Serena Dai | Posted April 17, 2012

We did not eat bacon in my house.

I know: It's dreadful to think about. It wasn't until the fifth grade at a friend's sleepover when the magic happened. Her mom fried up turkey bacon, which I liken to a gateway drug of sorts. There was no turning back.


Amie Valpone

New Uses for Orange Peel

Amie Valpone | Posted April 17, 2012

The past week I've explored using fresh orange peel in many of my clients' dishes from breakfast to dessert and it's already done wonders for their palates. Just in time for your fresh spring and summer dishes -- fresh orange zest adds the perfect touch of sweetness without added sugar...

Wenonah Hauter

Mr. Almanza: You Missed Some Key Facts

Wenonah Hauter | Posted April 18, 2012

Last Friday, Alfred Almanza, Administrator for U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), wrote a post titled "Setting the Record Straight on the Proposed Chicken Inspection Policy." Mr. Almanza talked a lot about facts in his post, but unfortunately he left out many important ones...

Laura Kumin

Roasted Cauliflower and Cumin Dip

Laura Kumin | Posted April 17, 2012

Crushing spices in a mortar and pestle is a great way to get out your frustrations.  There is something so satisfying about pounding away, especially when the effort is productive and the result so delicious.  If you doubt me, take a few cumin seeds and crush...

Jenna-Marie Warnecke

The Joy of Eating: How Overcoming Anorexia Taught Me to Love Food Again

Jenna-Marie Warnecke | Posted April 17, 2012

Since moving to Paris a few months ago, I've discovered that it's true what they say -- it is indeed a land of decadent, delicate, obscenity-worthy good food. Cheese. Bread. Wine. Chocolate. The first day of spring was Jour du Macaron, in which several famous and well-regarded pâtisseries all over...

Jay Weston

L.A. Restaurant Scene is Booming!

Jay Weston | Posted April 17, 2012

double-cut Colorado lamb chops
Hickory & oakwood-smoked Colorado 'double' lamb chops
from Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air dining room.

The first few months of 2012 have proved to be a scintillating scene for the restaurant...

Craig McCord

Falling in Love... With Dirt

Craig McCord | Posted April 17, 2012

Paul Quinn College has found a way to score big on the football field -- without playing a single down.

The Dallas, Texas college, which was founded in 1872, recently abandoned its football program and converted the field into a working organic farm maintained by the students themselves.

The metamorphosis...

Ann Gentry

Will Travel for Food

Ann Gentry | Posted April 17, 2012

Traveling can have its challenges, but traveling while vegan is an adventure unto itself. As a vegan or any kind-of vegetarian eater, not only do you have to plan a vacation or business trip like anyone else would, but you are also faced with the task of discovering veg-friendly eateries. Sometimes, we...

Cathy Erway

Why It's Ethical To Eat Meat? To Set A "Good" Example

Cathy Erway | Posted April 17, 2012

Last weekend was the deadline for an essay contest held by the New York Times, which asked readers to answer in 600 words, "Why it's ethical to eat meat." I didn't enter the contest, because I couldn't articulate the reasons I thought it was possible for meat-eating to...

Daniel Klein

Illegal Chickens

Daniel Klein | Posted April 17, 2012

The backyard chicken trend is becoming more and more prevalent these days. But in many North American cities, keeping a flock of hens is still illegal. On our cross country Real Food Road Trip, we met up with some unlikely outlaws who were breaking the law right in...

Mairlyn Smith

My All-Time Favourite Big F-Word

Mairlyn Smith | Posted April 17, 2012

We just aren't getting enough of it.

And the bottom line is we need it in our lives.

As a matter of fact, most of us are getting so little of it, we're crabby, tense, and our health is suffering.

To make matters more complicated there are...

Gustavo Arellano

The Best Mexican Restaurants In America (PHOTOS)

Gustavo Arellano | Posted April 17, 2012

Almost from the moment Americans have tried Mexican food, they have simultaneously devoured what's in front of them but also desired the next-great thing--the mythical "authenticity" quest, that idea that somehow what we're eating isn't the best possible Mexican dish to consume. It's an idea in Mexico, where the elite...