food http://www.kplu.org en Happy Foragers Finding Bumper Crop of Wild Mushrooms http://www.kplu.org/post/happy-foragers-finding-bumper-crop-wild-mushrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wild mushrooms are going gangbusters this year in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to just the right weather conditions, and f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">oragers are rejoicing after<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-wild-mushrooms-short-supply"> last year&rsquo;s shortage</a>.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10397 at http://www.kplu.org Happy Foragers Finding Bumper Crop of Wild Mushrooms Waiting for a Table http://www.kplu.org/post/waiting-table <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So how long would </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">you </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">be willing to stand on line for a table at a popular restaurant? Ten minutes? A half hour? Longer? Not </span>KPLU&rsquo;s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dick Stein, as he tells Seattle Times food writer Nancy </span>Leson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on today&rsquo;s Food for Thought.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Nancy Leson & Dick Stein 306 at http://www.kplu.org Waiting for a Table The real reason no one buys produce in low-income areas http://www.kplu.org/post/real-reason-no-one-buys-produce-low-income-areas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What if fresh foods were easier to find in lower income neighborhoods?&nbsp; Would that lead to less obesity and disease?&nbsp;</span></p><p>King County has been testing this idea by offering store-owners a free “makeover” to help them sell fresh produce.</p><p>They discovered: selling fresh fruits and vegetables poses surprising challenges. Some are cultural, since many small stores are owned by recent immigrants. Others involve the hidden world of produce wholesaling. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:57:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7685 at http://www.kplu.org The real reason no one buys produce in low-income areas Cutting sugar consumption helps keep extra weight off http://www.kplu.org/post/cutting-sugar-consumption-helps-keep-extra-weight How evil is sugar? That's long been a hard question for researchers to answer. Most of the studies about sugar's health effects to date have been too small, too short-term, or too poorly designed to nail it one way or another.<p>But a new <a href="http:/www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.e7492">mega-study</a> on sugar and weight tries to fill that void. Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand looked at more than 15,000 of studies on sugar and obesity at the request of the World Health Organization, which is updating its guidelines on sugar intake. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:33:10 +0000 Nancy Shute 7574 at http://www.kplu.org Elvis Left The Building Long Ago, But His Food (And Music) Lives On http://www.kplu.org/post/elvis-left-building-long-ago-his-food-and-music-lives-0 Elvis Presley was better known for his music than his gourmet tastes. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:23:29 +0000 7516 at http://www.kplu.org Elvis Left The Building Long Ago, But His Food (And Music) Lives On Not just for coffee anymore: A look at the rise of caffeinated foods http://www.kplu.org/post/not-just-coffee-anymore-look-rise-caffeinated-foods That buzz from your morning cup of joe waning? How about a quick boost from caffeinated mints, gum, <a href="http://www.perkyjerky.com/">Perky Jerky</a> or, from the makers of Cracker Jack, coffee-flavored Cracker Jack'd snacks?<p>It's not just coffee and tea and soda anymore. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:27:33 +0000 7395 at http://www.kplu.org Not just for coffee anymore: A look at the rise of caffeinated foods Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-wild-mushrooms-short-supply Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.<p>At Pagliacci Pizza in Seattle this autumn customers are often coming home to their families without the coveted mushroom Primo Pizza. The Northwest’s bleak mushroom crop means sometimes the stores cut back on the number of pies, or don’t have them at all.<p>“We’ve run out of mushrooms at certain locations. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:16:21 +0000 6816 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply Out of the binder, into the kitchen: Working women and cooking http://www.kplu.org/post/out-binder-kitchen-working-women-and-cooking Mitt Romney is getting a lot of heat for his somewhat awkward comments about women in the workplace during Tuesday night's presidential debate.<p>The Internet's meme makers made merry with Romney's comment about the "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/17/163071667/presidential-debate-spins-binders-full-of-women-meme">binder full of women</a>" that he sought out to work for him during his stint as Massachusetts governor. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:51:32 +0000 6763 at http://www.kplu.org Out of the binder, into the kitchen: Working women and cooking Bacon IN your coffee? Seattle’s Best to sell bacon-flavored joe http://www.kplu.org/post/bacon-your-coffee-seattle-s-best-sell-bacon-flavored-joe <p>Apparently bacon goes with everything … including in and not just with coffee.</p><p>Seattle’s Best Coffee held a series of contests for a new coffee recipe and the winner, from Des Moines, infused her coffee concoction with caramelized bacon.</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:59:12 +0000 Jake Ellison 6209 at http://www.kplu.org Bacon IN your coffee? Seattle’s Best to sell bacon-flavored joe 5 lessons in extreme locavore dining http://www.kplu.org/post/5-lessons-extreme-locavore-dining <p>I’ve never eaten so many flowers in my life – Anise-Hyssop, Borage, Nasturtium, Day Lily …</p><p>But it turns out flowers are common fare in extreme locavore/organic dining. That’s the first thing I learned at the Herbfarm restaurant and gardens where I went to explore how chefs there make the restaurant’s strict locavore, organic dinners.</p><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:09:46 +0000 Mallory Kaniss 6169 at http://www.kplu.org 5 lessons in extreme locavore dining Schools rush to reform lunches; more whole grains and veggies required http://www.kplu.org/post/schools-rush-reform-lunches-more-whole-grains-and-veggies-required <p>The rush is on, to get healthier lunches into public school cafeterias. But administrators say you almost need an advanced degree to comply with the latest rules.</p><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:15:12 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6159 at http://www.kplu.org Schools rush to reform lunches; more whole grains and veggies required Trial 'mini-grocery' brings fresh food to poor neighborhoods http://www.kplu.org/post/trial-mini-grocery-brings-fresh-food-poor-neighborhoods <p>You might have trouble finding any attractive vegetables or fruits if you shop in the wrong stores. It&rsquo;s especially challenging in poor neighborhoods, where mini-marts packed with beer, cigarettes and junk food may be all you can find.</p><p>One solution to be tested in Seattle this month will be in the form of a healthy corner store. Call it a mini-grocery.</p><p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5858 at http://www.kplu.org Trial 'mini-grocery' brings fresh food to poor neighborhoods Manju: A taste of home for Seattle's Japanese community http://www.kplu.org/post/manju-taste-home-seattles-japanese-community <a href="http://www.thejapanesetutor.com/culture/food/manju/Introduction.aspx">Manju</a> (MAHN-jew) are Japanese dough buns — often sweet — made from pounded rice flour dough and flavored fillings. In Japanese culture, a box of manju is what you'd take to someone's house on a special occasion, like <a href="http://japanlinked.com/Festivals-Holidays-Events/may-5-kodomo-no-hi-childerns-day.html">Children's Day</a>. Or you might simply snack on it with a cup of tea. Sat, 07 Jul 2012 19:09:45 +0000 5536 at http://www.kplu.org Manju: A taste of home for Seattle's Japanese community Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead http://www.kplu.org/post/tired-mowing-your-lawn-try-foodscaping-it-instead When the economy began its steep decline in 2008, almost everything related to housing hit the skids, including the lawn and garden industry. But one sector escaped the pinch: food gardening.<p>In fact, <a href="http://assoc.garden.org/press/press.php?q=show&id=3457&pr=pr_research">food gardening sales</a> nationwide have spiked 20 percent since then, and they've stayed there. Sun, 03 Jun 2012 01:18:23 +0000 Blake Farmer 5176 at http://www.kplu.org Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Food Network's Alton Brown http://www.kplu.org/post/clean-your-grill-and-other-hot-holiday-tips If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.<p>"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy <a href="http://altonbrown.com/">Alton Brown </a>tells NPR's Scott Simon in the kick-off segment of <em>Weekend Editio</em>n's "Taste of Summer" series.<p>"[Flame] makes <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2003/0509pollution.html">soot</a>, and it makes deposits of various chemicals that are not too good for us. Sat, 26 May 2012 19:02:53 +0000 5117 at http://www.kplu.org Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Food Network's Alton Brown