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Louisiana Eats!
10:00 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Investigating Deep Culture: Soul Food And The Amazon

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On this week's Louisiana Eats! we speak with Adrian Miller about his new book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, a self described love-letter to African-American cooks. Adrain traces the history of this particular cuisine and theorizes why it might be in jeopardy.

And for years the Amazonian rainforest has been in jeopardy. We hear from Louisiana native and ethno-botanist Dr. Mark Plotkin about the way it shapes our Louisiana table. Plus, Ryan Hughes also joins the program to discuss an exotic fruit he's just started working with: Dragon Fruit.

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Tropical Storm Karen
8:28 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Some Oyster Beds Re-Opened As Tropical Storm Karen Threat Lessens

Louisiana health officials say they are reopening some oyster harvest areas where the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Karen has diminished.

Louisiana harvest areas 13 to 23 will open Sunday morning. They were among the areas ordered closed because of the possibility of contamination from flood waters.

Saturday's announcement said a precautionary closure of oyster harvest areas one through 12 would remain in effect until health officials determine the waters meet standards set by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

Louisiana Eats!
6:28 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Tailgating Expeditions Around The South

Taylor Mathis traveled to Southeastern college towns collecting stories about tailgating on game day. Taylor was received warmly in Baton Rouge; he ate seven different meats in a single day.
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On this week's Louisiana Eats! we speak with Taylor Mathis about his escapades around the Southeast in search of the best tailgate parties on College Game Day. We'll also hear from Bill Heavey, who spent a year eating foraged food and writing about it in his new book It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It.

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Healthy Food
4:53 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Farm To (Preschool) Table: Abeona House Gets Healthy Food To Little Kids

The Abeona House Child Discovery Center.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

 School lunch has remained a topic of national discussion since First Lady Michelle Obama helped encourage Congress to pass the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act in 2010. While schools may have had success integrating healthier options into lunch rooms, getting kids to like those options is a whole different challenge.

The Abeona House is a New Orleans preschool that’s working to address this issue, by introducing farm-to-table values to children from the very start.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Music Inside Out: Food Songs

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Food may be the most popular subject on the planet. In fact, scientists have long said that men and women think about food more often than almost anything else: more often than global warming or world peace, more than super heroes, more often, even, than sex.

We can't beat those odds, so this week on Music Inside Out we make a grocery list and dedicate the show to Louisiana songs about food.

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The Salt
4:35 am
Sat September 21, 2013

No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

A marriage made in New York, though both partners came with plenty of baggage.
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 4:35 pm

There's a certain kind of joy in breaking the overnight fast by biting into a bagel: crackling crust, chewy center, smooth and silky cream cheese, sharp smoked salmon. For some, capers and onions join the ritual.

But just who invented this breakfast staple, which has become as American as apple pie?

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Louisiana Eats!
5:31 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Taking Their Craft To The Next Level

The Cheesemonger Invitational is a competitive gather of professionals within the cheese industry held each summer in New York City. This year, Justin Trosclair competed victoriously for the St. James Cheese Company in New Orleans.
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This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll hear how three professionals hone their skills to step onto the national stage.

Justin Trosclair refined his knowledge of cheese at the St. James Cheese Company in New Orleans before taking home first prize at the Cheesemonger Invitational in New York City. We'll talk with Justin about the competition. Then, Steven Hollenkamp left his job in finance to create Cocktail Caviar, a new accessory to your favorite drinks.

We'll also hear from Lolis Elie about the new cookbook he's written that's inspired by the real and fictional worlds of Tremé.

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The Salt
2:16 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

Fourth year Tulane medical school student Neha Solanki (far right) preps a Greek frittata during a class at Johnson & Wales.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 8:26 am

For the past few weeks, the culinary arts students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., have been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

One of them, Clinton Piper, may look like a pro in his chef's whites, but he's struggling to work a whisk through some batter. "I know nothing about baking," he says.

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Green Minute
11:44 am
Sat September 14, 2013

The Green Minute: Make Food, Not Lawns

Urban Farms are gaining traction in NOLA and other cities world-wide.
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Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute.

It’s getting harder to know exactly what’s in the food we buy. Many people are tired of grocery store ambiguities and are starting to grow their own food. But what if you are a city dweller or live in a subdivision? How can you start your own one-person gardening revolution? 

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Louisiana Eats
6:17 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Vegetable Lover's Paradise

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Deborah Madison has been involved in the food industry since the 1970's. She joins us on Louisiana Eats! to talk about her new book, Vegetable Literacy, and growing up in a family of botanists. We'll also hear from a pair of Memphis natives to discuss how to make vegetables the centerpiece of any meal by sprucing them up with traditional Southern ingredients. 

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