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Cháo-ing down

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Cháo-ing down

Nearly every Asian language includes a word for a certain rice-based gruel that’s ubiquitous across the world’s largest continent, found virtually anywhere rice is grown. The dish often goes by congee, its Chinese name, and many rice cookers even have a “porridge” or congee setting. This humble bowl of steaming goodness can make for...

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Redundant Protein Salad

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Redundant Protein Salad

A salad can be many things, from a leafy vegan fiber-fest, to almost anything that contains raw vegetables. The romaine and dandelion-based salad I’m about to show you, in all its greasy, leafy protein-rich glory, is all of that, as well as a window...

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Nutrition scientists on the take from Big Food

July 23, 2015
By Ari

According to a new report, many scientific studies about nutrition, as well as the trusted experts who disseminate this information to the public, are being funded by the very entities that should be scrutinized. The report, Nutrition Scientists on the Take from Big Food,...

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Something to do with spinach

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Something to do with spinach

When the airborne fluff of cottonwood flowers floats on the sweet breeze of my hometown, it’s my cue that the summer solstice is near, which means the spring crop...

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Sprouted, dehydrated almonds, ftw

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Sprouted, dehydrated almonds, ftw

Anyone following California’s deepening water crisis has heard about the state’s thirsty agriculture industry, which uses 80 percent of the state’s water. And they’ve probably had a crash course...

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Getting Jigae with it

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Getting Jigae with it

It isn’t true what they say about everything staying in Las Vegas. I returned from there with a taste of some special Korean knowledge about tofu, and a craving...

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Keep COOL, lose the mystery meat

July 23, 2015
By Ari

A recent move by the World Trade Organization (WTO) threatens to put more mystery in your meat, while undermining our national sovereignty. On May 18 the WTO ruled that...

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Pork and Bean theory

July 23, 2015
By Ari
Pork and Bean theory

Anywhere in the world that beans are cooked, beans are cooked with pork. There are classic dishes with fancy names for this combination, like Brazilian feijoada and French cassoulet....

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The Restaurant Critics’ Blues

July 23, 2015
By Ari

In a few weeks I will write my final restaurant review for Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, and head home to Montana. I’ll miss restaurant criticism, but will also feel...

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Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise was smeared across the news last fall, thanks to a lawsuit filed by its parent company, Unilever, against fledgling vegan “mayo” purveyor Hampton Creek. The case...

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The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

May 12, 2015
By Ari
The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule...

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Healthy, defined

May 12, 2015
By Ari

The FDA wrote a rather unkind letter to the makers of Kind Bar brand granola bars in March, accusing the company of mislabeling its product. When the letter was...

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Dying to lose weight

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Americans spend about 33 billion dollars a year on dietary supplements, many of which promise things like weight-loss, enhanced cognitive function, and increased muscle mass. According to Dr. Pieter...

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A street smart hen

May 12, 2015
By Ari
A street smart hen

There are many ways that a hen can die. If you raise them long enough, you’ll see your share. I’ve been keeping hens since before it was even legal...

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Sugar: the new tobacco

May 12, 2015
By Ari

We know foods like donuts and soda can make you fat, but the effects of sugar on the liver and brain are less well-known. Dietary sugar can fry your...

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