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‘A Sense of Crisis’ for Wasabi, a Pungent Staple of Japanese Cuisine

IZU, Japan — For three decades, Mitsuyasu Asada has proudly tended the same lush mountainside terraces where his father and grandfather grew wasabi, the horseradish-like plant with a fluorescent green hue and head-clearing pungency that unmistakably connotes Japanese cuisine. Yet…

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New Vermont Law Requires Residents to Compost All Food Scraps

Starting July 1st, Vermont has two new laws designed to reduce waste. One will be easy for residents, as it’s been in the works for a while. Shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or boxes to all retailers or start paying a fee for paper bags. Plastic bags are banned from stores and will […]

Will this pandemic teach us to be frugal?

Around dinnertime each day, my husband and I make our way to the kitchen from our respective home offices and stare at a relatively full refrigerator. There’s a decent collection of fresh fruit and vegetables, some meat, lots of dairy,…

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A gut-to-brain circuit drives sugar preference and may explain sugar cravings

The sensation of sweetness starts on the tongue, but sugar molecules also trip sensors in the gut that directly signal the brain. This could explain why artificial sweeteners fail to satisfy the insatiable craving for sugar.

How safe are edible, homemade gifts?

After one too many tacky ties or too-small sweaters, a gift of homemade jam or salsa can be a welcome respite from the overconsumption that permeates this time of year. But whether it’s chutney, relish, pickles, condiments or nut butters,…

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Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

It is sometimes called rocket, roquette, rugula or rucola. It looks like a baby lettuce and is often compared to watercress, but its little known secret is that it is really just a common local weed, and a member of the cruciferous family related to broccoli and cauliflower.

Arugula History

In 2006, arugula became a symbol for the entire foodie movement with the publication of David Kamp’s book, The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.

In his book, Kamp explores how we evolved to a society where balsamic vinegar, free-range chicken, extra virgin olive oil, and of course, arugula, have become mainstream terms.

However, in 2008, arugula lost its luster when it became embroiled in political controversy. Unwittingly, arugula became a symbol of the culture wars in the presidential election and the media latched onto Barack Obama’s bewailing the price of arugula, much like it did when George H.W. Bush bad-mouthed broccoli.

Now the sordid details can come out: Arugula leads a double life.

Arugula Cultivation

Far from being a food for the elite, arugula can be found growing wild all over North America.

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How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming.

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Keep your pantry stocked with these staples for a plant-based diet

Switching to a plant-based diet is a lifestyle change that requires a lot of meal prep and planning. In a world of convenient pre-packaged food, stocking your pantry with healthy, plant-based products isn’t easy. It takes time to figure out the right pantry staples, and it takes even more time to figure out how to use those items when preparing snacks and meals. If you are new to the vegan lifestyle and are looking for some help with setting up your kitchen, here are some pantry staples…

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