Food

Department of good questions
6:18 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Why We Rarely Feed Animals Food Scraps, Even In A Drought

Farm worker Jesus Francisco Cayetano feeds pigs a slop made from food scraps from casinos near North Las Vegas, Nev. in 2006.
Isaac Brekken AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:12 pm

Last month we heard that a farmer in Kentucky was feeding his cattle discarded chocolate because corn was too expensive. Things are getting weird, we thought.

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Food Insecurity
4:42 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Recession drives up hunger in Washington

A Tukwila food pantry stocks its tables. Emergency food providers say demand is up since the recession.
USDAgov Flickr

The recession has brought a major spike in the number of Washington families who experience hunger, according to data from advocates and federal officials. Hunger has gone up all over the country, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that Washington has fared worse than the country overall.

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Food
11:59 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Bacon IN your coffee? Seattle’s Best to sell bacon-flavored joe

Sure it's good with coffee, but apparently it makes for a bold cup of joe when it is IN the coffee.
Wendy Flickr

Apparently bacon goes with everything … including in and not just with coffee.

Seattle’s Best Coffee held a series of contests for a new coffee recipe and the winner, from Des Moines, infused her coffee concoction with caramelized bacon.

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Food for Thought
7:36 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Supermarket self-check: Raising convenience or blood pressure?

zazzle.com

Definitely the BP in my case but I'm a confirmed Luddite, anyway.   I can be accused of malfeasance right at home by my wife.  I don't need to go to the supermarket to hear it from a snooty machine.

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Gardens and Technology
1:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

'Cropswap' website takes barter between home gardeners online

A budding friendship between happy traders. Connie Parsons, co-founder of the Cropswap website, and Scott Shaffer expect they'll trade gardening tips via the site as well as continue trading for home-grown goods.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

What do you do when you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or lettuce? Or flower bulbs that have multiplied like rabbits? Many people give their extras away. And in the down economy, more and more hobby gardeners are trading their bounty at swap meets. 

A new website from a team in Seattle and Tacoma makes those transactions easier.

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NPR health
7:08 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

A shopper surveys the produce at Pacifica Farmers Market in Pacifica, Calif., in 2011.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:13 pm

Yes, organics is a $29 billion industry and still growing. Something is pulling us toward those organic veggies that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

But if you're thinking that organic produce will help you stay healthier, a new finding may come as a surprise. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds scant evidence of health benefits from organic foods.

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Food
3:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

5 lessons in extreme locavore dining

Chefs prepare an extreme locavore/organic dinner at the Herbfarm, a restaurant in Woodinville.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

I’ve never eaten so many flowers in my life – Anise-Hyssop, Borage, Nasturtium, Day Lily …

But it turns out flowers are common fare in extreme locavore/organic dining. That’s the first thing I learned at the Herbfarm restaurant and gardens where I went to explore how chefs there make the restaurant’s strict locavore, organic dinners.

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NPR Food
9:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than everyone else?

Asparagus and tofu
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 8:58 am

Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than the rest of us? Judging from personal experience, a good number of people who aren't vegetarian or vegan would offer a resounding "Yes" to this question.

Those individuals who publicly tout eating no meat, especially when their stated reason has to do with caring about animals, are thought to be telegraphing a message of superiority: My dietary choices make me a better person than you.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Finding feasts in your freezer

Nancy's Sri Lankan beef curry.
Nancy Leson

Of course there will be no feast to find unless you put one in.  The feast my Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson likes to store is her Sri Lankan Beef Curry.  The picture above shows the results, and it looks pretty good to me.  Why don't we all give it a try?  Here's  the recipe.

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Restaurant openings are not always so grand

Freeclipart.com

Even for some of our favorite activities the first time is not necessarily the best time.  Restaurants are no exception.  Especially when you stop to think about how much there is to go wrong.

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Food for thought
4:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Cooking gifts for newlyweds

The little man on the wedding cake celebrates to excess..
Guzer.com

Seattle Times food writer and my Food for Thought co-conspirator  Nancy Leson is just back from the windy city where she attended a big fat wedding.   She points out that these days there's a bit of a problem in giving cooking-related wedding gifts.  Here's why.

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Health
12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Reach for the fries? Apple slices recalled for possible Listeria contamination

This apple-topped salad is one of several products being recalled for potential contamination with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes
Ready Pac, Inc.

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:29 am

If you've been applauding yourself recently for choosing the apple slices over the french fries for your kid's fast food meal, or an apple-laden prepackaged salad for your own dinner, you might want to hit the pause button.

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed August 8, 2012

What's shakin' is bacon!

The impossible dream.

It's a bacon renaissance. The stuff's in everything from milkshakes to chocolate to bourbon whiskey. Just Google "new uses for bacon" and you'll see. There are innumerable sites devoted to all things bacon. Including one called Mr. Bacon Pants, a concept with some intriguing possibilities. 

And now in the interest of full disclosure, I confess:

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Around the Nation
7:33 am
Sat August 4, 2012

This Drought's No Dry Run: Lessons Of The Dust Bowl

Scorched pastures are spreading across central Illinois and the rest of the Midwest. Technology and techniques developed from previous droughts like the Dust Bowl are helping to save some of today's crops, but there's no substitute for water.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 8:43 am

This summer's drought continues to wilt and bake crops from Ohio to the Great Plains and beyond. Under a baking, late-afternoon sun just outside of the tiny east-central Illinois town of Thawville, John Hildenbrand walks down his dusty, gravel driveway toward one of his corn fields.

"You can see on the outer edge, these are a lot better-looking ears on the outside rows. Of course, it's not near as hot as it is inside the field," he says.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Edmonds farmers market puts bite on dogs

Nancy's Mya-Kai sips a frosty muttini.
Nate McCarthy Wereteens of Edmonds

Nancy's pretty let down about this. Not so much that she can't bring her own but that she won't get to watch the dogs others bring.  In Seattle dogs are allowed at some farmers markets and banned at others.  

Here's a list: Farmers markets in Washington make their own rules.

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