food

Salmonella Outbreak
1:41 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner: No salmonella-tainted cantaloupes in Louisiana

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says none of the salmonella-tainted cantaloupes that recently killed two people and sickened 141 nationwide have been traced to Louisiana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the salmonella outbreak is linked to contaminated cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana. The outbreak comes a year after cantaloupes contaminated with listeria from Colorado killed at least 30 people and sickened 146.

Out to Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Fruit and Chocolate

Rob Nelson, president of Elmer's Chocolate, with his new boxes of chocolates.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Cool Fruit Sensations is a new local juice venture making a splash. Elmer's, makers of Heavenly Hash and Gold Brick, is New Orleans' Easter favorite and one of the oldest candy companies in the U.S.

Farmers Market Minute
8:00 am
Sat August 18, 2012

The Certainty of Uncertain Weather

This summer, I have emptied my garden's rain barrels twice to keep herbs, vegetables and flowers alive during our endless drought. I’ve also witnessed spirited debates between farmers, shoppers, and the occasional know-it-all about global warming.

While my uncle may be a meteorologist, I am simply a casual observer, and what I have noticed is this: Farmers return from their fields with stories of extreme and unfamiliar weather. These patterns affect our food.

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Food
4:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Where Y'Eat: Dim Sum and Then Some at Royal China

The highway map-sized dim sum menu at Royal China.
Ian McNulty

A daily dim sum service and a hybrid style akin to "Louisiana fishing camp Chinese" are the specialties at a long-time suburban outpost for Cantonese cooking.

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The Salt
1:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

President Obama's Tour Bus Rolls With White House Home Brew

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:27 am

It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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Louisiana Eats!
12:21 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

La Cocinita, one of the active food trucks on the streets of New Orleans.

On this week's Louisiana Eats, we're talking about the American food truck phenomenon on a national and local level. Writer John T. Edge will speak about his new book, Truck Food Cookbook. And then we'll discuss the different food truck scenes in New Orleans and Baton Rouge by speaking with two different food truck operators.

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Rank Wildcat Spirits Distillery
11:53 am
Mon August 13, 2012

New rum in Louisiana called 'Sweet Crude'

Two oil company landmen have an off-hours business in Broussard as the Rank Wildcat Spirits Distillery, crafting a rum they named Sweet Crude.

The Advertiser reports that 26-year-old Cole Leblanc welded the still together, and 35-year-old David Meaux — who also is a lawyer — dealt with all the paperwork.

They monitor the distilling, they bottle and label the rum, and even went to a sugar refinery and shoveled 1,600 pounds of raw sugar into huge barrels to bring back to Broussard.

Around the Nation
4:51 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Maine Lobstermen Give Farming Sea Scallops A Try

As lobster prices plunge, scallops offer fishermen an alternative to make money.
Levi Bridges for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:57 pm

If you don't love scallops, you probably just haven't had one that's cooked properly. That is, pan fried with some garlic and butter and herbs. They are very tasty.

In Maine, scientists and fishermen are learning how to farm, instead of catching, these tasty sea critters. That could be good for business and the environment.

Out on the water off Stonington, Maine, Marsden Brewer is motoring his lobster boat through the crowded fishing harbor. Today, just about all the boats here are lobster boats. But 30 years ago, he says, it was a different story.

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Farmers Market Minute
8:00 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Canning's comeback

Have you noticed the unexpected knitting revival? Or how about the new stores devoted to the art of sewing, like Oak Street's Sew Fabulous? Another old-school favorite that’s enjoying a come back is canning.

Farmers markets are contributing to this rediscovery. Sure, any recession-minded shopper knows to purchase products at the peak of the season to get the best deals: say, okra in August versus June. However, it takes a particular set of skills to handle a bushel or a peck of what market vendors refer to as "seconds."

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The Salt
7:58 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Summer Lobster Surplus Leads To Cross-Border Price War Between Trappers

Blockades set up by lobster trappers in Canada have disrupted Maine's lobster business.
Robert F Bukaty AP

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:38 am

You might imagine a war between lobster trappers to be something like this battle of the lobsters. OK, not really. Still, the price war heating up between the fishing folk in Maine and Canada this summer is bringing everybody down.

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