The Salt What's On Your Plate

Dr. Curtis Chan, a dentist in Del Mar, Calif., loads up a truck with 5,456 pounds of candy to deliver to Operation Gratitude during the Halloween Candy Buy Back on Nov. 8, 2013. Dr. Chan personally collected 3,542 pounds of candy from patients. Courtesy of Dr. Curtis Chan hide caption

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Confused about all the different sustainability ratings out there? The simplest option may be to shop at your local farmer's market. iStockphoto hide caption

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Elaborately decorated skulls are crafted from pure sugar and given to friends as gifts. The colorful designs represent the vitality of life and individual personality. Karen Castillo Farfán /NPR hide caption

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Farms outside Baghdad as seen from a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter. Much of Iraq's soil has a high salt content because of flooding and poor drainage. Jim Gordon/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr hide caption

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Sourdough loaves made by Fromartz with a bolted white flour from Anson Mills in South Carolina that he says reminded him of the wheat he'd tasted in southern France. Samuel Fromartz hide caption

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Author Mimi Thorisson and her husband, photographer Oddur Thorisson, moved their six children and dogs from a Parisian apartment to a farmhouse in the Médoc region of France. Oddur Thorisson hide caption

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Proponents of the taxes say that if the measures pass, the money would be directed, in San Francisco, toward childhood nutrition and recreation and, in Berkeley, into the city's general fund. Joel Saget /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After a hard day of bruising battle, ancient gladiators reached for a post-workout drink, according to an ancient account. New research backs that up. Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis hide caption

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At Moriah Pie in Norwood, Ohio, Erin and Robert Lockridge serve homemade pizza and diners pay what they can. Christopher Kuettner hide caption

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Say you want to make creme brulee, but don't own a kitchen blowtorch. What to do? In Toronto, there's a new solution: a start-up offering a library just for kitchen tools and appliances. Radius Images/Corbis hide caption

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America's Test Kitchen recommends cooking meat, like this pan-seared steak, at a moderate temperature to seal in the juices. Carl Tremblay/Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen hide caption

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These pomegranates are about an inch smaller than the typical size, but they're packed with antioxidants. Courtesy of Tiziana Centofanti hide caption

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