Food & Food Culture

11:06am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Salt

Stone Age Stew? Soup Making May Be Older Than We'd Thought

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:36 pm

The tradition of making soup is probably at least 25,000 years old, says one archaeologist.
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Soup comes in many variations — chicken noodle, creamy tomato, potato and leek, to name a few. But through much of human history, soup was much simpler, requiring nothing more than boiling a haunch of meat or other chunk of food in water to create a warm, nourishing broth.

So who concocted that first bowl of soup?

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12:56am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Salt

New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:51 am

Throwback Brewery co-owner Nicole Carrier and assistant brewer Chris Naro pour beer for customers at their North Hampton, N.H., taproom.
Emily Corwin NHPR

As beer drinkers demand increasingly obscure beers with ingredients like jalapenos or rhubarb, smaller and smaller breweries are stepping up to the plate. New Hampshire is one state helping these brewery startups get off the ground, with new laws that make it easier for small-scale breweries to obtain licenses and distribute their craft beers.

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2:19pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda May Make You Drunker

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:36 pm

The rum in that Cuba libre will hit your bloodstream faster if it's mixed with diet cola.
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Looking to cut back on the calories in your cocktail by mixing, say, diet soda and rum? Well, get ready for the buzz.

According to the results of a new study, this combination will leave you drunker than if you'd mixed the liquor with a sugary, caloric mixer.

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11:23am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

First, Personalized Pez Dispensers. Next, Printed Food?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:11 am

Toronto-based 3-D jewelry company Hot Pop Factory created personalized Pez dispenser heads for the employees of an architecture firm.
Hot Pop Factory

The Pez dispenser is a cultural icon that has withstood the test of time, with Mickey Mouse, Yoda, even George Washington doling out little candy bricks through their plastic necks.

So applying the hot new technology of 3-D printing to make personalized Pez dispensers makes sense, in a weird way. It's just one of a growing number of efforts under way to print customized food products.

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8:48am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

Why Health Officials Want You To Eat More Potassium

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:32 am

It's a real bummer to be told to eat less of something. Especially when it's salt, the ubiquitous ingredient that seems to make everything taste a little better.

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