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Go For the Food: ‘Rocket’ rules in Haverhill

HAVERHILL, Mass. — Sometimes the best time to visit a community is when it’s struggling. Because when a place is itching for a comeback, that’s when exciting — and often delicious — things start happening. And that’s the case with Haverhill, a northern Massachusetts city …

Bringing baked Alaska into a healthier, modern era

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When it comes to ice cream, I generally believe it’s hard to improve on a simple scoop right out of the carton. But this time my mind has turned to baked Alaska. I know ... How retro! Baked Alaska once was the star dessert of …

Potatoes get OK to be added to WIC food plan

WASHINGTON — The ubiquitous white potato has scored another victory on Capitol Hill. House and Senate panels have endorsed the inclusion of fresh white potatoes in the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. The Agriculture Department doesn’t allow them in the program for low-income …

Taste the Big Easy in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — The Broadway Oyster Bar may be a mere block from the home stadium of the St. Louis Cardinals, but its heart lies in another Mississippi River city nearly 700 miles south. “We’re trying to bridge the connection between St. Louis and New …

Genetically modified foods confuse consumers

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WASHINGTON — Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.

The Food and Drug Administration says they don’t need to be labeled, so the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. Gov. …

A light, airy fruit pudding from America’s past

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Snow pudding is a great old American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things such as gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. In fact, the very first edition …

Coke, Pepsi dropping controversial ingredient

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NEW YORK — Coca-Cola and PepsiCo said Monday they’re working to remove a controversial ingredient from all their drinks, including Mountain Dew, Fanta and Powerade. The ingredient, called brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of petitions on Change.org by a Mississippi teenager who wanted …

Engineered salmon may be a tough sell

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WASHINGTON — Don’t expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon.

The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the …

Milwaukee group wants to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon

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MILWAUKEE — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The brewing tradition started by Milwaukee’s German immigrants in the 1800s …

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Lighter take on classic eggplant Parmesan

I’ve always been a big fan of eggplant Parmesan. There are a bunch of ways to make this classic Italian dish, but I’m partial to what you might call the full-fat version: thick slices of breaded eggplant that are sauteed, then baked until creamy, and finally topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese.

Chew on this: Gum loses its pop

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NEW YORK — Gum seems as appealing as that sticky wad on the bottom of a shoe these days.

It’s not that Americans don’t ever enjoy a stick of Trident or Orbit, the two most popular brands. They just aren’t as crazy about chomping away …

Saving carrots from their usual sugary Easter fate

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Though carrots often make it into the Easter feast lineup, I’ve never understood why. Maybe it’s a nod to the Easter bunny.

Typically, we prepare them much as we prepare sweet potatoes (their distant orange cousins) at Thanksgiving — by glazing them and otherwise shoveling …

In California, chefs fight for bare-hand contact

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders.

One used her hands to toss locally grown romaine hearts with anchovy dressing in a metal …

First lady: Cooking at home has its advantages

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WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama said last week that a new focus of her anti-childhood obesity effort will be to help people cook more of their meals at home because they’re healthier. Addressing a health summit in Washington, the first lady said home-cooked meals have less …

A healthy roast bird to help welcome spring

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Our spring feasts — often centered around Passover and Easter — typically call for a center-of-the-plate star such as brisket or lamb. Of course they’re delicious, but both can seriously ramp up the fat and calories in a meal that tends to put the groan …

Hummus drives chickpea growth

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The rising popularity of hummus across the nation has been good for farmers like Aaron Flansburg. Flansburg, who farms 1,900 acres in southeastern Washington, has been increasing the amount of the chickpeas used to make hummus by about one-third each year. Land …