Food & Food Culture

7:40am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Salt

Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:33 am

The European hornet, or vespa crabro, helps make wine by kickstarting the fermentation process while the grapes are still on the vine.
Otto Hahn Getty Images/Picture Press RM

The next time you take a sip of your favorite wine, you might want to make your first toast to hornets. Or, more precisely, European hornets and paper wasps.

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6:18am

Mon July 30, 2012
The Salt

Fun — And Olympic Games — On National Cheesecake Day

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:23 am

There's evidence the first Olympic athletes ate cheesecake, but it probably looked a lot different than this.
iStockphoto.com

It turns out to be easier to find out when and where the original Olympic Games were held (776 BC, in Olympia, Greece) than to nail down the story behind National Cheesecake Day.

Yes, in case it had passed you by, today is National Cheesecake Day.

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3:59am

Sun July 29, 2012
Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty

In New Mexico, A Brittle Treat That Smolders

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 9:20 am

Nut brittles from the Las Cruces Candy Company are studded with pecans, pistachios and almonds, and infused with New Mexico's signature chili peppers — both green and red.
Melisa Goh NPR

New Mexicans can get a little carried away with their chile peppers. There's chile beer, chile pizza, chile ice cream — you can find the smoldering flavors of chile peppers in just about anything.

And then there's chile brittle. Luis Flores, owner of chili brittle purveyor Las Cruces Candy Company, beats the summer heat by getting up at 3 a.m. to prepare his specialties.

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4:22am

Sat July 28, 2012
Food

You Won't Throw Tomatoes At These Recipes

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 10:50 am

Chef Cassy Vires uses heirloom tomatoes like these in her tomato terrine.
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Late July is peak tomato season in much of the country, so for some fresh and inventive twists on the fruit — and yes, it is botanically a fruit, no matter what the Supreme Court says — we're heading to Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Mo.

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4:21am

Sat July 28, 2012
World

Egyptians Break Fast, Beat Heat At The Same Time

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 5:52 am

Mohamed Godb works at Paradise Juices in a Cairo suburb. One way Egyptians are trying to beat the heat this Ramadan season is breaking the fast by drinking fresh juice.
Kimberly Adams for NPR

On a sweltering day in July, Cairo temperatures top 100 degrees and the humidity is an oppressive 83 percent. There hasn't been a single day this month with a high of less than 90 — in a country where access to air conditioning is much more limited than in the United States.

Add to that the fact that much of the country is fasting for Ramadan and it gives a new dimension to what the Egyptian Meteorological Association calls a "humid heat wave."

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