American cuisine

Avocados in USA

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avocados_cSummer is prime season for avocados that Americans have come to love more each year. They consume roughly 31/2 pounds of avocados annually, more than twice as much as a decade ago, according to federal data. And while there are nearly 500 varieties of avocados grown around the world, Americans tend to favor just a few, mostly Hass or Hass-like varieties.

What School Lunch to Give Your Children

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lunch2_cBack-to-School brims with new beginnings even though the old routines are still valued, such as putting together the daily school lunch. Kids develop new tastes and interests as they grow and change during the summer months, so by the fall, something as favorite as a trusted PB&J combo seems downright boring.

Sno Pac Foods Offers Frozen Fruit and Vegetables

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snopac_cSno Pac Foods of Caledonia has seen many changes, and moved into different ventures during its century-plus existence. The local producer of organic frozen vegetables and fruits, which are marketed throughout the U.S. and Canada, recently ventured into a new market in the frozen foods industry.

Use Onion and Mango in Your Meals

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mango-and-red-onion_cWant to take a vacation in the tropics? Look no further than the kitchen for an island-style escape. Let the fresh, delicious flavor of mango and onion enhance the meal and help transport you and your dinner guests on a taste adventure without ever leaving home.

Raw Corn Is Like Peach

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raw-corn_cWe think of corn as a vegetable, but it's also a grain or a seed that's picked before maturity, says University of Florida horticulture professor Stephen Olson. And like other seeds that we eat raw -- think sugar snap peas with their crunchy pods and delicate fleshy globes -- raw corn bursts with succulence.

Fresh Look at Growing Barley

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barley_cOnce upon a time, planting barley was straight forward. Growers planted either a malt or feed barley variety in the spring - and that was the end of it. But today growers are taking a fresh look at barley, which may change the types of varieties planted in southern Idaho.

Do We Buy Local and Organic Food?

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cow_cNot only is it true that we are what we eat, but, increasingly, what we eat is having an extraordinarily adverse impact on ourselves and our environment. Growing incidence of food-borne illnesses, diabetes, obesity, cancer (and many other human disorders related to pesticides) can be directly traced, at least in part, to the unsustainable and unhealthy ways we grow, process and distribute our food.

Summer Dessert "Peaches and Ice Cream Bombe"

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bomb_cThe name might just as easily refer to the dessert's ability to sabotage any diet. That's why this peaches and ice cream bombe uses a combination of nonfat vanilla yogurt and fat-free frozen yogurt as a base, then injects pureed frozen peaches into the mix.

Every Cake Has Its Secrets

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cake_cCake doesn't seem to be in vogue these days. Recent wedding articles would have you believe that all the cool couples have replaced stodgy tiers of wedding cake with hipper pies, cookies and chocolate fountains. But cake isn't about glamour. In individual servings, it's a slice of comfort that we find ourselves returning to.

McDonalds Fast-Food Test. Video

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Add Lavender to Your Cooking

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Lavender_cLavender is an incredibly versatile herb for cooking. In today's upscale restaurants, fresh edible flowers are making a comeback as enhancements to both the flavor and appearance of food. As a member of the same family as many of our most popular herbs, it is not surprising that lavender is edible and that its use in food preparation is also returning.

Can We Buy Healthy Food by Lower Price

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healthy-food_cFresh fruits, crunchy veggies and lean meats are becoming some of the highest priced foods in grocery stores. Meanwhile, heavily processed foods sport prices that appear more appealing to the college student living on her own or the financially strapped mother of four looking for a bargain in a sour economy.

All about Bread Puddings

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bread-pudding_cBread pudding was born in the 13th century. Known as "poor man's pudding" it was created as a means of salvaging stale bread. The bread was soaked in milk or water, then sugar, butter, fruit, and/or spices were added, and then it was baked. But what does it look like today?

Mustard Seeds: Facts, Usage, Storing

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mustardseeds_cMany religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam, contain parables about these tiny, perfectly spherical seeds, which are found tucked inside the seed pods of the mustard plant, a cruciferous cousin to broccoli and cabbage. Although there are more than 40 varieties of the plant, only two are commonly harvested for their seeds.

Cooking with Chile Peppers

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peppers_cDo you like hot food? I mean really hot food? Are you a chile head? Then let's talk hot peppers. Chile peppers, of which there are almost 200 varieties, have been cultivated since 6200 B.C. All chile peppers get their fire from a compound called capsaicin, (kap-SAY-ih-sihn), the greatest deposits of which lie in the veins of the pepper.

Pumpkin - Very Tasty and Low Calorie Vegetable

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Pumpkin_cPumpkins are the most famous of the winter squashes all over the world. But in India it is available all through the year. There is hardly any vegetable, which is as big as the pumpkin. It is native to tropical America and now cultivated all over the world. A large number of varieties are grown. Botanically it is known as Cucurbita maxima.

Find Your Pizza Recipe

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pizza_cPizza is one of those chameleon foods: It can be whatever you want it to be. But most people - even chefs - never reach beyond the cheese, pepperoni, vegetables and red sauce. Differend kinds of pizza: Salad Pizza, Dessert Pizza, Hawaiian Pizza, Barbecue Pizza, Indian Pizza, Spanish Pizza.

Avocado - Delicious and Good for Your Health Fruit

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avocado_cOf the hundreds of avocado varieties, most of the ones grown in Hawaii are of Guatemalan origin (Persea americana). Two other cultivars exist. Mexican avocados are most often grown in California and Mexico and the tropical West Indian race thrives in many tropical parts of the world. All avocados are in the Lauraceae family, which includes bay laurel and cinnamon trees.

Should We Eat Farmed Salmon?

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salmon_cUnfortunately ubiquitous in Hawaii's restaurants is farmed salmon. Most islanders are unaware of the many reasons to avoid ordering this manufactured fish. Aquaculture should be saving our ocean resources rather than depleting them. Sadly, this isn't the case for farmed salmon.

One Fast-food Meal Contains Kid's Daily Rate of Calories

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FastFood_cThe first comprehensive report on kids' meals at popular fast-food and chain restaurants finds the servings are far too high in calories for a single meal. In fact, some of the meals contain more 1,000 calories, which is almost as many calories as some elementary-school children need for the entire day, according to the analysis from Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group.

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