Hardee’s Most American Burger Is Exactly the Nutritional Disaster You’d Expect

Some food wrecks are hard to look away from. Today Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. began serving their Most American Thickburger, a gargantuan meaty concoction that combines a hotdog, a cheeseburger, potato chips, condiments, lettuce, and tomato all on a fresh-baked bun. The 1/2-pound version (it also comes in 1/3- and 1/4-pound variations) checks in at 1,190 calories, 29g of saturated fat, […]

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Local Find: Farmers’ Fridge—Salad on a Mission

Chicago-based entrepreneur Luke Saunders’ vision of an efficient, affordable, and wholesome lunch source has taken life in sleek vending machines fringed with live greenery. These specially designed kiosks planted in office buildings and food courts in downtown Chicago represent Farmer’s Fridge, the 29-year-old founder’s initiative “to make healthy food more accessible.” Each machine offers a variety of hearty salads made […]

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What You Need to Know About Almond Milk

Stroll the dairy case in today’s supermarket, and you’ll find that it’s no longer just about dairy.  The milk section is now crowded with an array of nondairy milks—including soy, rice, coconut, hemp, and all of the many nut varieties.  Ever wonder how all those nuts compare? Let’s take a look. Nut Milk Basics The good: They’re a great option for […]

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What’s On Our Plate This Week

Each week we round up all the news (or pseudo news) that’s making headlines across the country or just in our offices. – Know GMO. Though they have not confirmed it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reportedly developing a non-GMO certification program. This means food brands can apply for non-GMO certification and can label their foods non-GMO if and when they meet the […]

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Cooking Light Dieter Says Sayonara to Taco Bell

It’s really easy to tell yourself you’re going to eat healthy … until life gets in the way. I couldn’t count on fifty fingers how many times I’ve had the best of dinner intentions, only to throw in the towel and phone in the pizza. They deliver so I don’t have to ruin my couch’s familiar potato contour! Well, Andrea Carter […]

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Artisans We Love: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Is Back

Kudos to Jeni Britton Bauer and her team for handling a recent voluntary recall with humility, grace, and determination. After a sample tested positive for Listeria bacteria, the Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams destroyed 535,000 pounds of ice cream, shuttered all scoop shops (including outposts in Nashville, Atlanta, L.A., and New York), and halted production. They reworked every aspect […]

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Get Mad About Soda Ads

Spoiler Alert! Don’t read this post if you don’t want to know about the final episode of Mad Men. Last night, on the series finale of Mad Men, it didn’t look good for our “hero” ad man Don Draper. He had lost his creative mojo and was wandering aimlessly around the country, hopeless and sad. But just as it seemed all […]

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Barnraiser: City Slicker Farms Taking Root in Oakland

When City Slicker Farms was founded 14 years ago, there was nowhere in California’s West Oakland neighborhood to buy fresh, healthy food. One group of residents sought to transform this food desert into a community of urban gardens that have grown more than 219,000 pounds of good food and empowered thousands by providing access to their backyard garden program. And they’ve […]

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What Can I Substitute for Rice Vinegar?

The first rule when substituting one vinegar for another: Color is not the best indicator. While rice vinegar and white vinegar may be closer in color, rice vinegar is incredibly sweet and delicate, while white vinegar is sour and harsh. White wine and white balsamic vinegars are rich, fruity, and tangy—still a bit stronger than rice vinegar. The best substitute […]

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How to Render Bacon Fat

Cooking bacon over low heat melts the solid fat, rendering it from the meat. It’s so versatile, and a little goes a long way, so it’s our tactic for bringing a smoky presence to a dish without adding a lot of fat. Cut up the bacon. Rather than cooking full strips, use kitchen shears to snip cold bacon into ¾-inch […]

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