November 1, 2011 The Italian crostata balances a simple, seasonal filling with the sweet dough that encases it — unlike many pies, which make the filling the star. For fall, try a lattice-topped crostata filled with tender apple and pear chunks, or sweet squash mixed with delicate ricotta and spiked with cinnamon.
A customer studies a display of milk and dairy products at Bryan's Grocery in San Francisco in March.
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November 1, 2011 Most adults can't digest milk sugar: It's a recent genetic adaptation most common in northern Europe. The food industry has come up with enzyme supplements and lactose-free products for those who want to enjoy ice cream without a tummy ache. But not all supplements have what it takes.
Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.
November 1, 2011 The decibel level in a room filled with children trading candy rivals that of Wall Street. When the trading peaks, cross-room deals have Milk Duds flying overhead while a Jolly Rancher comes the other way.
Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008.
October 31, 2011 Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008, according to a report. The author says the industry's efforts to regulate its advertising to kids haven't worked.
October 31, 2011 San Francisco has a famous neighborhood called the Tenderloin. And Indianapolis has a famous neighborhood-sized sandwich called the Pork Tenderloin. It's a gigantic deep-fried piece of pork, hanging over the edges of a bun.
Chef Daniel O'Brien slices the pig ear terrine he made for the "Scary Bits" dinner at his Season Pantry supper club in Washington, D.C.
October 31, 2011 Variety meats, or offal, were once common on American dinner tables before industrial-style livestock production made other cuts more affordable and available. But now some chefs say they are bringing them back because they're flavorful and more economical.
Bobby Flay pictured with a cheeseburger
October 30, 2011 If you had to pick one last thing to eat, what would it be? Here's how a few chefs responded.
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A Thai worker prepares grubs to cook. Eating bugs is accepted throughout the world, but it is now being proposed as a healthy and environmentally friendly treat that's catching on in North America and Europe.
October 30, 2011 Lots of creepy crawly things will appear on doorsteps and fence posts for Halloween, but will they be on your dinner plate? Insects are being proposed as a cheap and environmentally friendly food source. Long accepted around the world, eating bugs is considered, well, gross to many in North America and Europe.
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Pythons' huge meals strengthen their hearts, and scientists hope it will help them learn how to treat human heart diseases.
October 29, 2011 Pythons can eat up to quarter of their body weight, or 40 pounds, in one meal. It turns out those huge meals make their hearts stronger and may offer insight into how to treat heart disease in humans.
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Would you remember exactly what was in this salad more than a week after eating it?
October 28, 2011 The E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 4,300 people in May and June had epidemiologists scrambling to find the contaminated vegetables that caused it. What made it difficult, they say in a new paper, is that people had trouble remembering what exactly was in the salads they ate. In this case, the culprit turned out to be fenugreek seeds, but it was a long road to get there.
Illinois farmers harvest corn crops near Monticello, Ill. An unseasonably hot summer likely damaged much of this year's corn crop, which means farmers may seek support through their crop insurance.
October 27, 2011 Crop insurance has become a critical safety net for farmers subject to fickle weather that can ruin crops. And though politicians are looking to make some big cuts to farm programs in the upcoming 2012 farm bill, farmers are clinging fiercely to crop insurance.
A snakehead is filleted for a dinner this week hosted by the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
October 27, 2011 The snakehead fish is invasive, destructive, and, some say, delicious. Maryland chefs, fishermen, and conservationists hope that by putting it on menus, they can eliminate it from regional waterways.
A photo from 2009 shows "All Natural" Necco Wafers. But after customers rejected the changes, the Massachusetts company returned to its original recipe.
October 26, 2011 The candy company that makes Necco wafers thought its customer base would approve of a switch to natural flavors and colors. But it was wrong. Now the company is going back to its original recipe.
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A customer holds up a spoon of deep-fried water bug in a restaurant in Thailand. Insects are a popular food in Thailand and many other countries around the world.
October 26, 2011 San Francisco has a burgeoning entomophagy (bug eating) movement, and its proponents say bugs have a lot of advantages over meat. They're tasty, not that different from shellfish, and better for the environment.
Male binge eaters were more likely to be depressed and obese than men who didn't binge, a study found.
October 26, 2011 Fasting after eating too much and pushing through an insanely long workout to compensate for overeating are behaviors associated with binge eating. Men are almost as likely as women to develop the disorder, a new study finds.
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