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Word of the Week: Gingerbread

12/16/2015

Gingerbread is a tasty treat, especially around the holidays. From houses to men, baking with gingerbread can be lots of fun!

411 on Sprouted Potatoes

12/11/2015

We had some potatoes at home that sprouted, which made some questions pop up in our minds. A few experts were glad to provide the answers.

 

Word of the Week: Sugarplums

12/9/2015

Sugarplums are thought of around the holiday season -- children have visions of them running through their heads, and who can forget the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker?

Does Buying Local Food Guarantee It's Safe?

12/7/2015

Farmers' markets remain a growing trend, with 64 percent of the more than 8,400 farmers' markets surveyed by USDA reporting increased traffic in 2014 and 85 percent of market managers wanting to add vendors. This shows consumers are clearly interested in buying local food.

Buying locally helps support the local economy, and could reduce the amount of energy required to ship food from other areas. In some cases, fruits or vegetables may be fresher if bought locally. But does that mean that locally-grown food is safer?

Word of the Week: Fig

12/2/2015

It's the time of year for figgy pudding, whatever that is! OK, it's made with figs, but what exactly is a fig?

Battle of the Potatoes

11/30/2015

We often receive questions from readers about the differences between regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. You may have had both during your recent Thanksgiving festivities -- was one favored over the other? We break down the differences between the two in this "Battle of the Potatoes!" Despite the potatoes being very different, you may be surprised to find out the competition between the two is pretty close.

Thanksgiving Leftover Roundup!

11/25/2015

What are our favorite things about Thanksgiving? The delicious meal and being surrounded by loved ones are at the top of the list, but close behind is Thanksgiving leftovers! Utilizing leftovers is a great way to not only prevent food waste but also to get creative with different recipes. With a plethora of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, veggie dishes, and much more, it can be tough to decide exactly what to make. We've compiled tips and tasty recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers to help you turn your Thanksgiving leftovers into culinary dreams. 

Egg Labels Got You Scrambled?

11/23/2015

A consumer recently saw local eggs being sold as "cage free, antibiotic free and hormone free" and had some questions about all those labels. How can eggs be produced without hormones? What's the difference between farm fresh eggs and those sold in the grocery store? We reached out to experts to help unscramble the mystery of egg labels.

What's the Definition of Natural? The FDA Requests Public Comments

11/19/2015

When you are looking at the label or package on food and you see the word “natural," what does it mean? Depending on who you ask, there can be different definitions. A Consumer Reports survey released in 2014 found that nearly two-thirds of Americans think the word “natural” on the label of a packaged or processed food means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically modified organisms. Yet, under current federal labeling rules, there is no strict, government-mandated definition for the term “natural." That may be changing very soon as the Food and Drug and Administration is currently accepting public comments on the definition of "natural" in food labeling. 

Word of the Week: Vichyssoise

11/18/2015

Happy National Vichyssoise Day! What in the world is vichyssoise, you ask? It's soup!

Word of the Week: Cornucopia

11/11/2015

Cornucopia, also referred to as a horn of plenty, is a term to indicate an abundant supply of good things.

3 Things You Need to Know About Processed Meats and Cancer

11/10/2015

You may have recently heard about the World Health Organization’s announcement regarding processed meats being carcinogenic or cancer-causing. Here are the top three things you should know about this announcement.

Cheese, A History

11/9/2015

Everything is better with cheese, right? If you live life with this as your motto, let us assure you, you are not alone. After years and years stuffing things with it and melting it on top of our favorite dishes, we thought it was time to learn more about the history of one of our favorite foods. To find out more about the history of cheese, we chatted with Paul S. Kindstedt, PhD, from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont.

Word of the Week: Pickled

11/4/2015

We all that Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, but what does pickled mean?

Word of the Week: Semolina

10/28/2015

Ever wondered about the ingredients in pasta? 

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