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Puerto Rico finds unexpected source of growth in agriculture

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:27:51 UT

The U.S. territory is seeing something of an agricultural renaissance as new farms spring up across the island, supplying an increasing number of farmers' markets and restaurants to meet consumer demand for fresher produce. "More and more people have noticed that this is one of the only successful ways of living on the island right now," said Tara Rodriguez Besosa, a farming advocate and owner of an organic restaurant in San Juan that buys from local farms, including one started by her mother several years ago. The agricultural rebirth can be seen in the aisles of supermarkets, where local rice went on sale in August for the first time since the last producer closed in 1989, and in the shimmering green fields where the grain is grown on the outskirts of the southwestern town of Guanica. The government helped launch Finca Fraternidad, or "Fraternity Farm," by providing 1,350 acres of vacant public land. The rice venture is one of about 350 farms that the government supported to reduce Puerto Rico's reliance on expensive food imports and spur the growth of a sector that dominated the economy until the 1940s, when the territory began a decades-long transformation into a more urban, developed society where few wanted to work on farms. Following a 2015 executive order legalizing medical marijuana derivatives, GreenVision LLC, a subsidiary of Nevada-based StereoVision Entertainment Inc., announced plans in August to build a 40,000-square-foot (3,700-square-meter) cultivation and manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico.



Apple Crisp Cookie Cups

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:31:10 UT




Doctors 'prescribe' fresh produce with help from food banks

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:13:03 UT

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The idea is simple: Load fresh fruits and vegetables into a refrigerator truck and drive it to a health clinic, then have a doctor write a "prescription" for food to improve the diets of low-income people with diabetes and high blood pressure. U.S. food banks — the organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger — increasingly are promoting "food as medicine" strategies designed to address, not exacerbate, the high rate of chronic health problems among the poor. One-third of households using food banks are feeding a family member with diabetes, and 58 percent have a family member with high blood pressure, according to a recent survey by Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.



Daphne Oz's cookbook aims for weekend cooking on weekdays

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:40:30 UT

Daphne Oz seeks to close the gap in her new book, "The Happy Cook," with 125 recipes that she says are practical enough for Monday through Friday while still tasty and adaptable enough to satisfy a variety of eaters and food concerns. For TV's "The Chew" co-host, cooking at its best is an act of love and personal fulfillment, something she learned from her mother and grandmother. In an interview, Oz discussed the logistics of making enticing, healthy food while juggling home and work demands, and why she believes counting calories isn't the way to go. How can parents manage weekday cooking, which might include catering to child and adult tastes, without running screaming from the kitchen? I tried to pay close attention to the reality that no one wants to go out and shop 20 ingredients for every meal they're gonna make. (As a college student trying to lose weight) I tried every diet under the sun and none of them worked but, more importantly, they were robbing me of my love of food. ... Once I got to a healthy place where I could know what would make me feel great and let me indulge when I needed to, I never wanted to go back to a place where I was exclusively thinking about a numbers game. ...



Seattle has 2 of the world's greatest places to eat

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:43:53 UT

Conde Nast recognized both a Seattle mainstay and a new standard in its list




Winning in the kitchen: Curry cooks up career with new book

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:03:26 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ayesha Curry remembers the first meal she cooked for her ultra-popular NBA player-husband Stephen Curry: a baked chicken dish. Ayesha said the Golden State Warriors point guard loved the first meal she made, which included "his dad's famous seasoning." "No discredit to the people that do — I'm always watching and looking on social media at the stuff that they make — but at home I think I'm so prideful with my food and so I make everything," she said. For the book, she also worked independently: "I food styled and cooked all the food for the photos myself, so it was just the photographer and I." Some of the standouts in her book include her Mama Alexander's brown sugar chicken, Stephen's five-ingredient pasta (for game days) and her honey-peppered cast-iron biscuits. Riley's become a social media star, garnering attention at her father's basketball games, press conferences and more. Her angry Twitter rant earlier this year following a Warriors loss during the finals made her a target (she later apologized).



Night shift workers toil while the world sleeps

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:03:51 UT

Beneath portable work lights, the deafening chorus of gas-power demolition saws slicing cement splits the air. Project superintendent Tom Tasco, a towering man with a kind smile, a scruffy white beard and 35 years as a bridge worker under his belt, eyes the highway, carefully watching cars merge into one lane as they approach his work site. [...] shift. All of Allied's nurse and nurse aide departments and also Allied Terrace personal care home require round-the-clock staffing. Some of Allied's intellectual development programs also require a 24-hour staff, as well as its maintenance department. Allied has creative ways to entice workers to take those less-than-desirable shifts — programs like 12-hour shifts so some staff can work only three days a week. Often, workers take the night shift for personal reasons, then find that the schedule grows on them and stick with it even after they finish school or their kids are out of the house, Oprisko said. By habit, when one worker hunched over a saw works his way toward the cone barrier, another worker stood in front of him to watch the road. Nyleve is obligated contractually with the state Department of Transportation to work between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. because they have to reduce traffic to one lane to replace the expansion dams on Route 309. A buzzer rings, calling her to the great oven where racks of bread loaves turn slowly behind a heavy glass window.



Ethel businessman indicted in $3.5M investor fraud scheme

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:26:55 UT

(AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Ethel businessman accused in a $3.5 million investor fraud scheme allegedly spent some of their money at fine dining restaurants, casinos, Victoria's Secret, Disney and LSU athletic events.



Big Food's biggest trend? Crusading against Big Food

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:18:59 UT

(AP) — Gathered for a free music festival, a crowd waits to see one of the headline attractions — an exhibit about fast-food ingredients. Chipotle's "Cultivate" festivals encapsulate the food industry's hottest marketing trend: crusading against Big Food. While the burrito maker still struggles to recover from an E. coli outbreak last year, its previous success in presenting itself as a reformer has led companies big and small to follow suit as they seek part of the $256 billion that Americans spend on fast-food each year. [...] some are positioning themselves as advocates for change before accomplishing some health goals, and skeptics say even well-intentioned marketing can be a disingenuous way to help people rationalize overeating. In issuing its challenge to improve kids' meals, Panera also decried marketing gimmicks, then launched digital ads featuring children's voices trying to explain items like "sodium benzoate." Local, which touts its "revolutionary fast food" in two low-income California locations, says "giant corporations that feed most of America have degraded our communities by maximizing profit." Musk, the brother of tech mogul Elon Musk, already has several sit-down restaurants and blames processed foods low in nutrients for leaving people "fat and starving." The company also sees it as an opportunity to boost sales by offering the dietitians tips for incorporating its bars into people's diets. [...] while its touting of quality ingredients and ethical sourcing practices may have helped sales, that positioning may also partly explain its lagging sales since an E. coli outbreak last year:



Business Highlights

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:40:30 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition. In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address "negative attitudes toward sugar" after studies began emerging linking sugar with heart disease, according to documents dug up from public archives. The following year the group approved "Project 226," which entailed paying Harvard researchers today's equivalent of $48,900 for an article reviewing the scientific literature, supplying materials they wanted reviewed, and receiving drafts of the article. The resulting article published in 1967 concluded there was "no doubt" that reducing cholesterol and saturated fat was the only dietary intervention needed to prevent heart disease. Chipotle's "Cultivate" festivals encapsulate the food industry's hottest marketing trend: crusading against Big Food. While the burrito maker still struggles to recover from an E. coli outbreak last year, its previous success in presenting itself as a reformer has led companies big and small to follow suit as they seek part of the $256 billion that Americans spend on fast-food each year. [...] some are positioning themselves as advocates for change before accomplishing some health goals, and skeptics say even well-intentioned marketing can be a disingenuous way to help people rationalize overeating. Stocks soared Monday after an influential Fed policymaker indicated she was in no hurry to raise interest rates despite intensified speculation that the Fed is poised to tighten U






Mocha Donut Cake

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:12:52 UT




Loaded breakfast baked potato

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:10:26 UT




Organic Valley buys McMinnville creamery

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:56:37 UT

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — The nation's largest organic dairy cooperative announced it is buying McMinnville-based Farmers Creamery Cooperative. Wisconsin-based Organic Valley said in a news release that the McMinnville creamery will close for renovations and reopen by late winter or early spring. Additional details of the sale were not immediately available. The Capital Press reports (https://is.gd/rZE94A ) that Organic Valley represents more than 1,800 farmers in 36 states, and has 72 co-op members in Oregon and Washington. Organic Valley produces organic milk, cheese, butter, eggs, soy and other products. ___ Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/washington



Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:02:22 UT