Food & Food Culture


Fri July 4, 2014
The Salt

Designing The Perfectly Architectural Ice Cream Sandwich

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:26 am

(From left) Strawberries and cream gelato; peanut butter ice cream sandwich; dirty mint chip.
Brian Leatart Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Coolhaus ice cream shop — which is just blocks from NPR West in Culver City, Calif. — is famous for its ice cream, which comes in crazy cool flavors like Whisky Luck Charms and Peking Duck.

Coolhaus recently came out with a cookbook, so NPR's Renee Montagne visited the shop to learn how some of these loopy flavors can be used as building blocks in crafting the ultimate ice cream sandwich.

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Thu July 3, 2014
The Salt

Simple Summer Jam Session Calls For Strawberries And Sunshine

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:55 pm

A few jars of strawberry jam bask in the light of what made them: the summer sun.
Christian Grantham Flickr

With the onset of summer comes also a bounty of strawberries. Add to those berries a bit of sugar and plenty of sunlight, and you have a strawberry jam recipe fit for the season's best mornings — with a slice of good toast, of course.

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Thu July 3, 2014
The Salt

No Ants Were Harmed At These Picnics Of The Past

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:58 pm

Two couples having a picnic during the '50s.
George Marks Getty Images

When summertime rolls around, we're all for eating outdoors, but the American heyday of the picnic may very well have been the 1950s.

Convenience food was newly popular; many mothers stayed home and had time to pack everything just right. Tupperware was taking off, picnic tables popped up on roadsides, and an outing in the fresh country air was often just what the doctor ordered.

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Wed July 2, 2014
The Salt

How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:44 am

Researchers say the polyphenols in dark chocolate can help the body form more nitric oxide, a compound that causes blood vessels to dilate and blood to flow more easily.

The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new.

Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods.

And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow.

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Wed July 2, 2014
The Salt

Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:26 pm

Yesterday, we reported on a legal tussle over control of the country's top center of strawberry breeding, at the University of California, Davis. But there's a backstory to that battle. It involves the peculiar nature of the UC Davis strawberry program.

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