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Archive for July 2017

July 7, 2017

 

maria brummett

Behind The Cheese Counter With Maria Brummett

This week, we hear how Murray's Cheese Master Maria Brummett built her unexpected career. Then Robyn Morton explains why making mozzarella can be so tricky.

July 14, 2017

 

jennifer robinson and james farmers

A Systems Approach To “Selling Local”

From soil to weather to customers, farming is a system of interconnected forces. "Selling Local" takes a similar approach to analyzing the local food movement.

July 21, 2017

 

Marti Crouch inspecting chanterelles

Chanterelles Flourish In Indiana’s Hot, Rainy Summer

This week, we re-air an interview with former Bloomington Community Farmers' Market Mushroom Inspector Marti Crouch. Then mushroom recipes with Chef Jeff Finch.

July 1, 2017

 

Lemonbalm Shortbread

Summertime Tea With Lemonbalm Shortbread

I often use fresh lemonbalm to make a delicious aromatic tea, but its delicate citrus-like flavour also lends itself well to desserts.

July 2, 2017

 

brussels sprouts salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Pear And Pomegranate

This salad has many of the attributes of a summer salad: it’s crisp, crunchy and slightly sweet because of the pomegranate and pear.

July 3, 2017

 

the potlicker papers

Paying Down Southern Food’s Great ‘Debt Of Pleasure’

In his book The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge tells modern Southern history through food, which means digging into issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity.

July 3, 2017

 

fishermen

Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label?

Beef and poultry get labels designating humane treatment; seafood doesn't. Two fishermen want to change that.

July 4, 2017

 

drawing

How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores.

July 4, 2017

 

peaches

Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes Bite Out Of Georgia Peach Crop

A warm winter in Georgia, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

July 4, 2017

 

Berries with Cream

Summer Berries With Mascarpone Whipped Cream

This simple dessert lets summer berries shine. It's topped with a slightly-sweet mascarpone whipped cream.

July 5, 2017

 

Beehives in an apiary

Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California’s Great Hive Heist

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County.

July 5, 2017

 

wild bees

Study: Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere

A new study conducted across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby, but the damage depends on local conditions.

July 5, 2017

 

bee and flower

Can Bee Buzzes Predict Pollination Success For Farmers?

A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields.

July 6, 2017

 

sprayer covers a soybean field

Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields.

July 6, 2017

 

church service

Churches Support Refugees, Immigrants In Meatpacking Town

In small, rural, diverse towns like Denison, Iowa, religious institutions can serve as prominent points of connection between the different communities.

July 6, 2017

 

A fence post with barbed wire borders the edge of a farm at sunset.

Study Shows Farmer Suicide Rate Still Rising

New research indicates that the suicide rate for farmers has continued to climb higher since the 1980s compared to workers in other industries.

July 7, 2017

 

Estela and Enrique Peralta

Los Angeles Moves Closer To Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vendors

A campaign to legalize street vending is gaining strength from local resistance to President Trump's immigration policies.

July 8, 2017

 

homemade tagliatelle

Make Your Own Fresh Tagliatelle

Pasta is such a simple food, containing only four ingredients. And yet with a little kneading, rolling and cutting, you end up with delicious dinner.

July 9, 2017

 

lambsquarter bunch

Cream Of Lambsquarter Soup

As someone once commented on another one of my ‘obnoxious weed’ recipes, if you can’t beat ‘em, EAT ‘EM!

July 10, 2017

 

charred trees

Great Plains Sees Massive Increase In Wildfires

Wildfires can be started by neglected campfires or cigarette butts. They can ignite from prescribed burns run amok or launch from lightning strikes.

July 10, 2017

 

An Iowa soybean harvest

Missouri Suspends Sales Of Controversial Pesticide Dicamba

Dicamba is suspected in the damage of tens of thousands of farm acres primarily in Arkansas, but also in southeast Missouri and in neighboring states.

July 10, 2017

 

Zucchini Scones

Vegan Zucchini Scones

Because of the amount of olive oil in these scones, it’s important to use one with a mild flavor. Strong olive oils may make your scones taste bitter.

July 11, 2017

 

zucchini-cheddar-hand-pies

Zucchini Cheddar Hand Pies

These hand pies are very hard for anyone to resist: the dough is light and flaky as can be and the filling is cheesy and gooey.

July 11, 2017

 

cows

Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise Stake For India’s Beef Wars

The rules ban cattle sale for slaughter at livestock markets and come at a time of escalating tensions between Hindu extremists and beef-eating minorities.

July 12, 2017

 

red snapper

Who Fishes For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It’s All Politics

The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated.

July 12, 2017

 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

You’ll never be able to tell there’s zucchini hidden inside this delicious chocolate cake. Zucchini's built-in moisture makes this recipe foolproof.

July 13, 2017

 

Tilted Shed's

An Ancient Spanish Style Of Cider Takes Root In America

The tart, funky-tasting "sidra natural" can taste a bit off to first-timers. but as America's craft hard-cider market grows, people are warming up to the drink.

July 13, 2017

 

school lunch

USDA Requires Schools To Outline “Lunch Shaming” Policies

The federal agency wants school districts to better communicate with parents their policies for unpaid student lunch debts.

July 14, 2017

 

panzanella salad

Summer Panzanella

Panzanella is a quintessential summer dish that lets the freshness of tomatoes shine. Crusty bread soaks up the juices from vegetables, olive oil and garlic.

July 14, 2017

 

espresso

Italy’s Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals, Mysterious Rules

Can you drink cappuccino after breakfast? Should you take espresso in a cup or a glass? Italy has much to say about when and how to enjoy it.

July 16, 2017

 

tomato bulgur salad

Cherry Tomato Bulgur Purslane Salad

This recipe is a very loose play on a panzanella salad. The bulgar acts as the bread would... sorta.

July 17, 2017

 

Grandview R-II School district

Rural Students Head Online When Schools Don’t Offer Physics

One rural school district in Missouri offers credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can’t afford.

July 17, 2017

 

cherry-tomato-clafoutis

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Somewhere between a cake and a custard, a clafoutis has a magical array of flavors and textures that changes as you eat different parts of a slice.

July 18, 2017

 

Rooftop Republic

On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

July 18, 2017

 

The sun sets on a Whole Foods store in Austin, TX

Grocers Brace After Amazon’s Whole Foods Takeover

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods in June rocked the grocery industry and inspired a flood of speculation from analysts.

July 18, 2017

 

Cattle feed at a Nebraska feedlot.

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama

The animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States,” according to the USDA.

July 19, 2017

 

food graphic

What’s The Difference Between Famine And Hunger? A Food FAQ

We asked our readers what they wanted to know about world hunger? So many thoughtful questions came in that we did a roundup of queries about hunger and famine.

July 19, 2017

 

aid parcels

Why It’s So Hard To Stop The World’s Looming Famines

Millions of people in Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa are facing food shortages and severe malnutrition. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Justin Forsyth of UNICEF.

July 19, 2017

 

elevated strawberry farm

Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air

Hezam Kittani liked the elevated, computerized planters funded by USAID. But he wanted to figure out a way to build the system without relying on grants.

July 19, 2017

 

tomato chia ponzu

Tomatoes With Chia Ponzu Dressing

For this salad I’ve made a simple ponzu dressing with yuzu juice and soy sauce, but you could do this with lemon juice, or a more standard vinaigrette as well.

July 20, 2017

 

minty cucumber cantaloupe salad

Minty Cucumber And Cantaloupe Salad

I’m always looking for cucumber recipes around this time of the year, especially for those renegade cucumbers that grew a little too big for pickling.

July 20, 2017

 

Margaret Joseph sells grasshoppers

So What Does A Deep-Fried Grasshopper Taste Like?

As it turns out, not too bad. That's what our correspondent found in northeastern Nigeria. Maybe the secret is the hot pepper sauce!

July 21, 2017

 

farm worker runs a tine weeder

Zapping Noxious Weeds On Organic Farms Harder Than You Think

There are few inexpensive and low-labor options to control the aggressive field invaders, which potentially cut into their profits.

July 1, 2017

 

Lemonbalm Shortbread

Summertime Tea With Lemonbalm Shortbread

I often use fresh lemonbalm to make a delicious aromatic tea, but its delicate citrus-like flavour also lends itself well to desserts.

July 2, 2017

 

brussels sprouts salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Pear And Pomegranate

This salad has many of the attributes of a summer salad: it’s crisp, crunchy and slightly sweet because of the pomegranate and pear.

July 4, 2017

 

Berries with Cream

Summer Berries With Mascarpone Whipped Cream

This simple dessert lets summer berries shine. It's topped with a slightly-sweet mascarpone whipped cream.

July 8, 2017

 

homemade tagliatelle

Make Your Own Fresh Tagliatelle

Pasta is such a simple food, containing only four ingredients. And yet with a little kneading, rolling and cutting, you end up with delicious dinner.

July 9, 2017

 

lambsquarter bunch

Cream Of Lambsquarter Soup

As someone once commented on another one of my ‘obnoxious weed’ recipes, if you can’t beat ‘em, EAT ‘EM!

July 10, 2017

 

Zucchini Scones

Vegan Zucchini Scones

Because of the amount of olive oil in these scones, it’s important to use one with a mild flavor. Strong olive oils may make your scones taste bitter.

July 11, 2017

 

zucchini-cheddar-hand-pies

Zucchini Cheddar Hand Pies

These hand pies are very hard for anyone to resist: the dough is light and flaky as can be and the filling is cheesy and gooey.

July 12, 2017

 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

You’ll never be able to tell there’s zucchini hidden inside this delicious chocolate cake. Zucchini's built-in moisture makes this recipe foolproof.

July 14, 2017

 

panzanella salad

Summer Panzanella

Panzanella is a quintessential summer dish that lets the freshness of tomatoes shine. Crusty bread soaks up the juices from vegetables, olive oil and garlic.

July 16, 2017

 

tomato bulgur salad

Cherry Tomato Bulgur Purslane Salad

This recipe is a very loose play on a panzanella salad. The bulgar acts as the bread would... sorta.

July 17, 2017

 

cherry-tomato-clafoutis

Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Somewhere between a cake and a custard, a clafoutis has a magical array of flavors and textures that changes as you eat different parts of a slice.

July 19, 2017

 

tomato chia ponzu

Tomatoes With Chia Ponzu Dressing

For this salad I’ve made a simple ponzu dressing with yuzu juice and soy sauce, but you could do this with lemon juice, or a more standard vinaigrette as well.

July 20, 2017

 

minty cucumber cantaloupe salad

Minty Cucumber And Cantaloupe Salad

I’m always looking for cucumber recipes around this time of the year, especially for those renegade cucumbers that grew a little too big for pickling.

July 23, 2017

 

Baba Ghanoush

Simple, Smoky Baba Ghanoush

I like using Japanese eggplants for this dish because they are sweet when roasted and have almost no seeds.

July 24, 2017

 

Nikumiso Dengaku

Nikumiso Dengaku (Stuffed Eggplant)

Nikumiso literally means “meat miso.” I’ve made a standard meatless eggplant dengaku before, but this version takes it from a tasty side to a hearty main.

July 3, 2017

 

the potlicker papers

Paying Down Southern Food’s Great ‘Debt Of Pleasure’

In his book The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge tells modern Southern history through food, which means digging into issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity.

July 3, 2017

 

fishermen

Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label?

Beef and poultry get labels designating humane treatment; seafood doesn't. Two fishermen want to change that.

July 4, 2017

 

drawing

How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores.

July 4, 2017

 

peaches

Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes Bite Out Of Georgia Peach Crop

A warm winter in Georgia, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

July 5, 2017

 

Beehives in an apiary

Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California’s Great Hive Heist

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County.

July 5, 2017

 

wild bees

Study: Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere

A new study conducted across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby, but the damage depends on local conditions.

July 5, 2017

 

bee and flower

Can Bee Buzzes Predict Pollination Success For Farmers?

A new technique based on recording buzzing bees hopes to show farmers just how much pollinating the native bee population is doing in their fields.

July 6, 2017

 

sprayer covers a soybean field

Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields.

July 6, 2017

 

church service

Churches Support Refugees, Immigrants In Meatpacking Town

In small, rural, diverse towns like Denison, Iowa, religious institutions can serve as prominent points of connection between the different communities.

July 6, 2017

 

A fence post with barbed wire borders the edge of a farm at sunset.

Study Shows Farmer Suicide Rate Still Rising

New research indicates that the suicide rate for farmers has continued to climb higher since the 1980s compared to workers in other industries.

July 7, 2017

 

Estela and Enrique Peralta

Los Angeles Moves Closer To Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vendors

A campaign to legalize street vending is gaining strength from local resistance to President Trump's immigration policies.

July 10, 2017

 

charred trees

Great Plains Sees Massive Increase In Wildfires

Wildfires can be started by neglected campfires or cigarette butts. They can ignite from prescribed burns run amok or launch from lightning strikes.

July 10, 2017

 

An Iowa soybean harvest

Missouri Suspends Sales Of Controversial Pesticide Dicamba

Dicamba is suspected in the damage of tens of thousands of farm acres primarily in Arkansas, but also in southeast Missouri and in neighboring states.

July 11, 2017

 

cows

Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise Stake For India’s Beef Wars

The rules ban cattle sale for slaughter at livestock markets and come at a time of escalating tensions between Hindu extremists and beef-eating minorities.

July 12, 2017

 

red snapper

Who Fishes For Red Snapper In The Gulf? It’s All Politics

The fish were nearly wiped out from the Gulf 20 or 30 years ago, so the catch is closely regulated.

July 13, 2017

 

Tilted Shed's

An Ancient Spanish Style Of Cider Takes Root In America

The tart, funky-tasting "sidra natural" can taste a bit off to first-timers. but as America's craft hard-cider market grows, people are warming up to the drink.

July 13, 2017

 

school lunch

USDA Requires Schools To Outline “Lunch Shaming” Policies

The federal agency wants school districts to better communicate with parents their policies for unpaid student lunch debts.

July 14, 2017

 

espresso

Italy’s Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals, Mysterious Rules

Can you drink cappuccino after breakfast? Should you take espresso in a cup or a glass? Italy has much to say about when and how to enjoy it.

July 17, 2017

 

Grandview R-II School district

Rural Students Head Online When Schools Don’t Offer Physics

One rural school district in Missouri offers credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can’t afford.

July 18, 2017

 

Rooftop Republic

On Top Of Hong Kong’s High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

July 18, 2017

 

The sun sets on a Whole Foods store in Austin, TX

Grocers Brace After Amazon’s Whole Foods Takeover

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods in June rocked the grocery industry and inspired a flood of speculation from analysts.

July 18, 2017

 

Cattle feed at a Nebraska feedlot.

Mad Cow Disease Detected In Alabama

The animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States,” according to the USDA.

July 19, 2017

 

food graphic

What’s The Difference Between Famine And Hunger? A Food FAQ

We asked our readers what they wanted to know about world hunger? So many thoughtful questions came in that we did a roundup of queries about hunger and famine.

July 19, 2017

 

aid parcels

Why It’s So Hard To Stop The World’s Looming Famines

Millions of people in Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa are facing food shortages and severe malnutrition. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Justin Forsyth of UNICEF.

July 19, 2017

 

elevated strawberry farm

Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air

Hezam Kittani liked the elevated, computerized planters funded by USAID. But he wanted to figure out a way to build the system without relying on grants.

July 21, 2017

 

farm worker runs a tine weeder

Zapping Noxious Weeds On Organic Farms Harder Than You Think

There are few inexpensive and low-labor options to control the aggressive field invaders, which potentially cut into their profits.

July 24, 2017

 

Open Bite Night

A Grassroots Food Festival With Profound Aspirations

Open Bite Night began as cookouts in Indianapolis' MLK neighborhood. Now, locals use the block parties as launching pads for their business ideas.

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