[1] You can use both green and purple figs in this recipe. A combination is more alluring (all photos © California Figs). [2] Kadota figs keep their color when pickled. [3] Mission figs, combined with Kadota figs, give the jar of pickled figs more eye appeal. [4] All figs, be they fresh, dried or picked, […]

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Staying in for Halloween? Want a quick and easy Halloween dinner? Here’s an idea from our colleague Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog. She made her own black pasta, and used canned pumpkin as the base for the sauce underneath. Her recipe is vegan, but we took an easier approach: We purchased the squid-ink pasta. Then, […]

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[1] What you can do with a pot pie for Halloween (photo © D & D | London). [2] There’s no octopus in this beef pot pie; but the crust fits right in with Halloween. Here’s the recipe (photo © Cook’n).   D&D London is a collection of 43 diverse restaurants, bars and one hotel […]

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[1] Beautiful tomatoes that everyone would buy. Compare to the misshapen tomato below, that no one in a first-world country wants to buy (photo courtesy FAO). [2] Misshapen produce, although tasting just like normally attractive produce, is thrown away (photo © U.C. Davis). [3] Fruits with surface blemishes are not acceptable in first world countries, […]

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July 21st is National Junk Food Day. Is this permission to chow down on our favorite junk foods? And what is junk food, anyway? When we drilled down, we were surprised. We’d always thought of junk food as empty calorie food: candy, chips and other salty snacks, cookies, fast food, foods baked or cooked with […]

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