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Bone broth believers

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Bone broth believers

For longer than there have been kitchens, people have found ways to boil bones. From rural villages to urban restaurants to grandma’s house, the virtues of bone stock, and its salted cousin broth, are hardly a secret. But lately, bone broth has boomed into a trendy end in itself. You can pay nearly ten...

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The pH of Kool-Aid

May 12, 2015
By Ari

We live in the heyday of designer bottled waters. Whether the water is filtered to maximum purity or flavored, sweetened, electrolyte-infused and vitamin-enriched into a “sports drink,” the discerning water consumer has never enjoyed more options. A rising star in this field, in terms of sales growth, is alkaline water. With various bottled brands...

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Bitter Principles

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Bitter Principles

A baby will put almost anything in its mouth, even a sour lemon, without flinching. But bitter foods are quickly ejected with a grimace. We are born with zero tolerance for bitterness, presumably because most toxins are bitter. Yet, many non-toxic, beneficial foods, as well as many types of medicine, are bitter as well....

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News Flash: Beef might not be evil

May 12, 2015
By Ari

The prevailing rhetoric coming from the environmental, dietary, and vegetarian communities paints cattle as perfectly designed agents of personal and planetary demise. From both ends of a cow’s alimentary canal, a climate toxin – methane – spews forth that is so heat-trapping, it makes carbon dioxide look like an amateur. The flesh and mammary...

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Potato salad with carrot mayo

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Potato salad with carrot mayo

As you have probably heard, start-up food company Hampton Creek was recently sued over the branding and labeling of its egg-free sandwich spread, “Just Mayo.” It’s not mayonnaise, complained the plaintiff, food giant Unilever, maker of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. Unilever ended up backing down and the suit was dropped, thanks to a perfect storm...

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Seed Catalogs, where purple is the new green

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Seed Catalogs, where purple is the new green

Few pieces of reading material can fuel ambition like a seed catalog. They arrive in the mail during the darkest days of the year, offering warm hopes and delicious dreams of lush vegetation and tasty produce, a welcome contrast to the dismal, frigid conditions outside the window. I study seed catalogs with the obsession...

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The Cuban food system, then and now

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Eleven years ago on New Years Day, I arrived in Cuba with a group of students from the University of Montana in tow. We were there on a hard-to-get educational permit. Our goal was to get a handle on the state of Cuba’s agriculture system, which, thanks to geopolitical circumstances, had been thrust in...

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You say hominy, we eat posole

May 12, 2015
By Ari
You say hominy, we eat posole

In the kitchen of a snow-covered cabin in northern Montana, a lonely, gallon-sized can of hominy sits on a high shelf. My hunting buddies make merciless fun of that hominy, and me by extension. It was, admittedly, a random, impulse purchase, and at the time I had no idea why I’d made it-or why...

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Soy Vey!

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Soy Vey!

I’ll spare you the un-gory details, but it wasn’t the greatest hunting season for me this fall. I try to bag enough animals to satisfy all of my family’s meat needs, but this year I’ll be looking to purchase my proteins on the open market. Thus, I’ve been reacquainting myself with tofu. This isn’t...

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Of Fat and Flavor

May 12, 2015
By Ari

With the salad days of summer behind us and dark, cold days approaching, fat is in season. The holidays, and the accompanying onslaught of rich feasts, present a timely opportunity to think about fat, and there is much to consider these days. I used to assume that we ate more fat in winter because...

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