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The Salt
3:35 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Sugar, Salt And Subtle Tannins: Pairing Wine And Junk Food

"Lovely bouquet ... it will go perfectly with my Tootsie Rolls."
Getty Images/Flickr RM/Ozy.com

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:30 pm

The classic rules for wine pairing work well for a nice night out: white wine with fish; red wine with steak. But what about nights you stay in β€” with a bag of candy, or chips, or takeout?

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The Salt
2:09 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Is 'Cook At Home' Always Good Health Advice?

One reason cooking at home might be linked to poor health? Researchers say it could be because there are too many unhealthful baked goods coming out of the oven.
Amriphoto iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 3:48 pm

Author Michael Pollan called home cooking the "single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being" in his 2013 book Cooked.

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The Salt
12:31 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Vintage Beer? Aficionados Say Some Brews Taste Better With Age

A stash of vintage beers at Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware.
Courtesy of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 1:39 pm

In the late 1970s, a young Southern California beer enthusiast named Bill Sysak began doing something quite novel at the time. He bought cases of beer and stashed the bottles in his basement to age like wine. Over several years, Sysak discovered that some beers could develop rich flavors β€” like toffee and caramel β€” not present in their youth. Excited by what he found, Sysak ramped up his cellaring program and made it a full-time hobby.

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TED Radio Hour
8:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Chef Dan Barber explains how he went on a journey to find the perfect fish.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode In Search Of

About Dan Barber's TED Talk

Chef Dan Barber tackles a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. He chronicles his search for a fish that would please both diners and environmentalists.

About Dan Barber

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The Salt
4:40 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On His 80th Birthday, Shake It Like Elvis With A Milkshake

A still-trim Elvis Presley enjoys a sandwich in 1958. His love of fatty foods hadn't caught up to him yet.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

Elvis Presley was better known for his music than his gourmet tastes. But he did have a famous affinity for the fried goodness of the American South β€” and he had the waistline to prove it.

In honor of what would have been the King of Rock 'n' Roll's 80th birthday, let's take a look at some of his legendary eating habits.

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The Salt
3:56 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Out Of the Shadows And Onto Menus: Foie Gras Is Back In California

A foie gras dish is prepared at Hot's Kitchen during a "Farewell Fois Gras" event in June 2012 in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The restaurant was one of three plaintiffs that filed suit after the ban went into effect, and it has been serving free foie gras to guests ever since.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:07 pm

Foie gras, the luxe delicacy made from fatty duck or goose livers, is no longer contraband on California menus.

A federal judge on Wednesday lifted a statewide ban on the sale of foie gras, which is made from the engorged liver of ducks or geese that have been force-fed to create the food's signature rich, creamy taste.

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The Salt
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

How Food Shopping Can Turn New Year's Resolutions Into 'Res-Illusions'

Researchers created the bag on the left as an example of groceries bought in December while those on the right show groceries bought in January. After the New Year, some shoppers add healthier items to their carts but end up taking home more calories than they do during the holidays, a study found.
Robyn Wishna Cornell University

It's the time of year when many of us have promised to drink less, eat less and eat better. But a new study shows that in the first few months of the New Year, families may be piling more food into the shopping cart than they do the rest of the year.

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The Salt
5:27 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Bite Back At Bad Cholesterol: Eat An Avocado A Day

Researchers say they think there's something in the avocado β€” other than just the healthy fat β€” that may lower bad cholesterol.
Tastyart Ltd Rob White Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:11 pm

New research finds that eating an avocado per day, as part of an overall diet rich in healthy fats, may help cut the bad kind cholesterol, known as LDL.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University recruited 45 overweight participants who agreed to try three different types of cholesterol-lowering diets. Their study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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The Salt
11:07 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Why Some Chefs Just Can't Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna

The IUCN says the Atlantic bluefin tuna is endangered. Its stocks have declined globally between 29 percent and 51 percent over the past 21 to 39 years, according to the conservation group.
Tono Balaguer iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 1:28 pm

On Monday, a single 380-pound bluefin tuna sold for about $37,500 in the first auction of the year at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. That's far below the peak price of $1.76 million that a bluefin went for at the same market in 2013, and this year's price isn't a good indicator of the supply, or population status.

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The Salt
3:19 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015

The Mediterranean-like DASH and the plant-centric Ornish eating plan topped this year's rankings of diets by a panel assembled by U.S. News & World Report.
Gillian Blease Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 7:11 am

Despite the buzz about paleo and raw food diets, a new ranking of the 35 top diets puts these two near the bottom of the list.

Why?

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Shots - Health News
2:02 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Belviq, a weight-loss drug from Arena Pharmaceuticals, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. With the agency's approval of Saxenda in December, there are four new weight-loss pills available.
Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc/Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 7:07 am

In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new obesity drug, Saxenda, the fourth prescription medicine the agency has given the green light to fight obesity since 2012. But even though two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, there's a good chance their insurer won't cover Saxenda or other anti-obesity drugs.

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The Salt
11:15 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 1:11 pm

As New Year's resolutions go, cutting back on food and drink are right at the top of the list. And while those vowing to change their eating habits may cut the carbohydrates or say a sweet goodbye to sugar, for regular drinkers, the tradition may involve what's known as a "dry January": giving up booze for a month.

But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits?

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The Salt
2:52 am
Tue January 6, 2015

How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Barotrauma can cause a fish's eyes to pop out of its head and its stomach to be pushed out of its mouth, according to Chris Lowe, a marine scientist at California State, Long Beach.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 10:35 am

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All Tech Considered
4:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES

The San Francisco-based startup CellScope has built a tool to do ear exams at home, instead of going to the doctor.
Cellscope

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:30 pm

When your kid's ear is throbbing at 2 a.m., you might want to grab the car keys and head to the emergency room. But now you can pick up your iPhone instead.

A startup called CellScope has built a little ear probe that you clip on top of your iPhone camera. The footage streams into an app where you can view the inside the ear.

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The Salt
3:42 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

In Spain, A Kingly Ring With A Hidden Surprise Wraps Up The Holidays

The classic Spanish roscΓ³n is an aromatic, citrus-infused brioche topped by sugar, flaked almonds and candied fruits – arranged like the jewels on a king's crown. It's ubiquitous on Spanish tables on Three Kings Day, Jan. 6.
James Badcock for NPR

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 5:27 pm

The first time I visited my in-laws in Spain, they fed me a sweet, doughy treat that, for a brief moment, made me wonder whether they were trying to kill me.

You see, it was Jan. 6, el Dia de Reyes – or Three Kings Day β€” which commemorates the visit of the magi to the baby Jesus. My hospitable in-laws had laid out a delicious roscΓ³n, a ring-shaped cake delicately flavored with orange blossom water. But as I tucked into this scrumptious offering, my teeth struck something very, very hard.

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The Salt
2:07 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Sandwich Monday: The Pretzel Dog

Don't call it "Long Pig in a blanket."
NPR

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 4:28 pm

Auntie Anne's logo is a pretzel wearing a halo. This is probably supposed to connote a pretzel that's good for you. Or heavenly, maybe? But when you look at it long enough, it makes you think: Pretzels can die. And there's an afterlife for them.

Is pretzel heaven the same as people heaven? Where do bad pretzels go? These are the things that go through your head when you're waiting for your Pretzel Dog β€” a hot dog wrapped in soft pretzel.

Ian: This is indistinguishable from a Nerf Blowgun.

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The Salt
8:08 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

With so many craft breweries now in operation, just about every beer name you can imagine is taken. That's making it harder for newcomers to name that brew without risking a legal fight.
Leif Parsons for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:49 pm

Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El NiΓ±o? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they're all taken.

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The Salt
6:01 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Marketers Turn To Memories Of Sweeter Times To Sell Cereal

General Mills is bringing back the popular '90s cereal in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales.
General Mills AP

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:46 pm

The taste of foods from our childhood can trigger intense emotional reactions. It's a fact well known to students of French literature and marketing executives.

And it's changing the make-up of the cereal aisle. Thanks to the power of food nostalgia, General Mills is bringing back the sugary cereal French Toast Crunch.

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The Salt
4:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

A Resolution For Foodies Who Want To Do Good: Pick A Campaign

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 4:40 pm

Say you're kicking off 2015 with big plans to be a conscientious food consumer.

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The Salt
12:13 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

"The egg is a lens through which to view the entire craft of cooking," says food writer Michael Ruhlman.
Donna Turner Ruhlman

Eggs are a marvel, a mystery and a mainstay of the American diet.

And so when we looked back at our most popular posts of 2014 and saw that three of the top 20 were about eggs, we weren't surprised. People love eggs.

And don't mind if we admit that these three stories, which went viral, were good ones:

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

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Shots - Health News
6:40 am
Fri January 2, 2015

How Will You Work Out When CrossFit Is No Longer Hip?

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 9:03 am

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Food
6:37 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Organizing Like A Chef Makes For Good Habits

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:57 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Next we look back on a story that's right for today. Some of us surely have made New Year's resolutions to get more organized.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Steve, did you make that resolution?

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The Salt
4:43 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then, At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Abebe, the owner of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, Kenya, shows some of the foods permitted during the pre-Christmas fast. Orthodox Ethiopians typically eat just one vegan meal per day for 40 days before the Christmas feast on Jan. 7.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:48 pm

An Ethiopian kitchen can be a place of both succulence and self-denial.

In the kitchen of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, the owner, Abebe, demonstrates how his cook prepares the dish called kitfo. It's raw minced beef whipped together with cardamom and chili and a spicy butter, with a texture and taste closer to delicate cheese than to steak tartar.

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The Salt
3:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A Restaurant That Serves Up A Side Of Social Goals

Srirupa Dasgupta opened Upohar, a restaurant and catering service, with a social mission. Her employees β€” primarily refugees β€” earn double the minimum wage.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 6:23 pm

This is part of a series of stories about starting over, profiling people who, by choice or circumstance, reinvented or transformed themselves.

When Srirupa Dasgupta came to the U.S. from India to attend college in the mid-1980s, she was determined to work in high-tech, not the restaurant industry. But today, she owns a small restaurant and catering service in Lancaster, Pa., and employs primarily refugees who might have trouble finding work elsewhere.

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Food
3:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

To Prevent A Hangover, Develop A Pre-Drinking Plan

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

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The Salt
2:49 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

Grilled lemon pound cake topped with slow-roasted nectarines, basil gelato and olive oil drizzle. Yum.
Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin Courtesy of W.W. Norton & Co. Inc.

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 8:02 am

NPR's David Greene enjoyed a little time in the kitchen just before the holidays with Brooks Headley, a punk-rock musician and award-winning pastry chef at New York's Del Posto. Other chefs may revel in fancy technique, but Headley prefers keeping things simple. He says he never wanted to be so obsessed with presentation that the conversation at the dinner table stopped when dessert arrived.

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Found Recipes
4:20 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

After a long night, don't head to the medicine cabinet β€” head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole.
Jesse Hendrix Inman Courtesy of Estes PR

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:52 am

On New Year's Day, there's one comfort food that could be your magical hangover remedy, according to chef Anthony Lamas.

"If you're cold, you're hung over, you've had a long night, posole is that Latino cure for you in a bowl," he says.

That's right β€” don't head to the medicine cabinet, head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole, a traditional hominy stew from Mexico, says Lamas, the owner of the restaurant Seviche in Louisville, Ky.

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The Salt
4:10 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

"Lechon," or roasted pig, is often served at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year's celebrations.
Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 4:46 pm

Many cultures greet the new year with a feast that symbolically sets the table for the year ahead. As they sit down to traditional dishes, people often try to metaphorically eat their hopes and goals for the coming year.

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Around the Nation
3:26 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

In Sacramento, Fighting Hunger Requires More Than Charity

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

One in seven households in the U.S. won't have enough to eat sometime in the coming year, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even someone with a good job and steady income could quickly become a person who relies on food banks to make ends meet.

This story came to us from Capital Public Radio's documentary series, The View From Here.

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The Salt
2:13 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

If You're Toasting To Health, Reach For Beer, Not (Sparkling) Wine

Scientists say beer has more nutrients and vitamins than wine or spirits. "There's a reason people call it liquid bread," says researcher Charlie Bamforth.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:51 am

What's the healthiest libation for ringing in the New Year?

Beer, says Charlie Bamforth, a professor of brewing sciences at the University of California, Davis. Though it's been blamed for many a paunch, it's more nutritious than most other alcoholic drinks, Bamforth says.

"There's a reason people call it liquid bread," he says.

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