October 1, 2011 Northeast residents who hope to carve jack-o-lanterns this Halloween may have to shop around. Tropical Storm Irene destroyed pumpkin patches in Upstate New York and other areas. Other farms, though, were left with a bumper crop. Marie Cusick visits Black Horse Farms in Athens, N.Y., where pumpkins are selling out fast.
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Worker holds up a cantaloupe for sale
September 30, 2011 Updated figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 84 people in 19 states have been sickened by listeria bacteria from an outbreak linked to cantaloupes.
Fans pose for a picture with a pawpaw character at the 13th Annual Pawpaw Festival in Albany, OH.
September 30, 2011 Festivals, beer, recipes and pie
September 30, 2011 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says changes to the school nutrition rule are underway, including more clarity on the recommendation to reduce kids' potato and starchy vegetable consumption. He also says rural America needs a 'thank you.'
September 29, 2011 The chemicals in rotting fruit excites male fruit flies, even before they catch a whiff of their future mates. After they mate on the fruit and leave the eggs behind, their larvae can hatch into a nutrient-rich world.
September 29, 2011 The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.
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Peanut butter prices are up — and likely to increase again.
September 28, 2011 High cotton prices and bad droughts have conspired to create conditions that have caused a national peanut shortage. Consumers like Jennifer Rice will have to pay more to put peanut butter sandwiches in the lunchbox.
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September 28, 2011 Listeria's long incubation period in the gut or even in the fridge means the threat is potentially sticking around longer than in other food-related outbreaks. So its more important than ever to be vigilant about what's in the fridge and how you fix it.
September 28, 2011 The Berkeley College Republicans based prices of their baked goods on customers' race and gender. The Tuesday event was protesting proposed legislation that would allow race, gender and ethnicity to be considered in the admissions process across California public universities. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis and UC Berkeley student body President Vishalli Loomba.
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September 28, 2011 In sub-Saharan Africa, where agricultural productivity is lowest and food shortages are most common, "huge volumes of rainwater are lost or never used," says Alain Vidal, director of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, which commissioned the studies.
September 28, 2011 The aromatic leaves — not at all related to curry powder — impart a pungent, lime-lemony flavor to breads, main dishes, cocktails and more. Food writer Monica Bhide, from the northern part of India, calls them the culinary essence of her youth.
The miracle fruit from West Africa has a chemical that binds to and boosts sweet taste receptors in the presence of acidic foods.
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September 27, 2011 Japanese food chemists have found a way to explain how a chemical in miracle fruit makes sour flavors taste sweet. The fruit has inspired a small counterculture of flavor trippers as well as chefs who are experimenting with the chemical as a low-cal sweetener.
September 27, 2011 A Harvard School of Public Health study of more than 50,000 nurses suggests the more caffeine they drank, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are calling for more study on why this might be.
Lemongrass stalks, when finely chopped, add a unique citrusy note to Thai cuisine.
September 26, 2011 Lemongrass is prized in Southeast Asia for lightening meat dishes and keeping powerful seafood flavors in check, as well as imparting its own unique citrusy, herbal flavor. The Thai people have also traditionally prized lemongrass as a digestive aid.
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September 26, 2011 In memory of Arch West, the man who invented Doritos, we eat a Dorito Sandwich: Doritos and Miracle Whip on Wonder Bread.
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