Food & Food Culture

1:03pm

Thu June 12, 2014
The Salt

A Sweet Solution For Dandelions: Eat 'Em To Beat 'Em

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:42 am

Freshly picked weeds, hot from the fryer.
Sarah Miles Flickr

When searching for ingredients to cook with, Irish chef Darina Allen sometimes has only to make a short trip — to her yard. There, she's sure to find a constellation of bright yellow dandelion flowers.

"Where other people see weeds, I see dinner!" she says.

Allen's the founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School and an advocate of organic farming. She says that with a quick transplant from the yard to the kitchen, the humble dandelion might shed its bad rap.

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10:11am

Thu June 12, 2014
The Salt

Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 10:39 am

The Food and Drug Administration official who recently suggested that the wooden boards used to age cheese for centuries may be unsafe probably did not expect to start a cheese storm. But she did.

In a letter to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, FDA dairy safety chief Monica Metz wrote:

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1:09am

Thu June 12, 2014
The Salt

Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:38 pm

The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm caters to local residents and restaurants. But unless its lease is renewed, its days are numbered.
Richard Gonzales NPR

Drive just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, and you're in Drakes Estero, named for the first English explorer to lay claim to California.

This near-pristine, wind-whipped marine wilderness is a federally protected home for large beds of eelgrass, the base of the marine food chain. The estuary hosts the largest colony of harbor seals on the West Coast, and tens of thousands of resident and migratory birds.

It's also home to the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

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3:09pm

Wed June 11, 2014
The Salt

Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 2:28 pm

There's little consensus in the debate on how meat consumption fits into environmentalism.
Jit Lim iStockphoto

Earlier this week, we told you about a school backed by director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, that may become the first vegan school in the U.S.

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3:00pm

Wed June 11, 2014
The Salt

School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake?

kcline iStockphoto.com

School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about 31 million kids every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies.

In 2010, Congress gave the Federal School Lunch Program a nutrition make-over. New regulations called for:

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