Food & Food Culture


Thu December 8, 2011
The Salt

Farewell To Argentina's Famed Beef

Argentina has long been famous for its grilled beef. But that beef isn't what it was.
Galina Barskaya

When I think of Argentina, I think of beef from cows that graze on the endless pampas, tended by watchful gauchos. That grass-fed beef has been the centerpiece of Argentina's most famous dish, a slow-cooked asado on the parilla.

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Wed November 23, 2011

A Time-Saving Trick For Thanksgiving Cooks



So if you're listening to this program while doing some Thanksgiving prep in the kitchen, you might want to turn it up because I am about to introduce you to a potentially life-altering trick. This is called the garlic trick. Now, if, like me, you cook with lots of garlic, then you know it can sometimes be a pain. You'd smash the clove, but you still have to peel off the skin. And it's time-consuming, and it gets your fingers really stinky. Well, your garlic nightmare is about to end.

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Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 1:05 pm

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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Thu July 21, 2011

Entrepreneur Bets On Happiness With Grilled Cheese

Entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan, who created the Flip camera and sold it to Cisco, is opening a chain of grilled cheese restaurants in August.
The Melt

Jonathan Kaplan describes himself as a "serial entrepreneur." He started his first businesses when he was a kid, with a paper route, snow shoveling, then landscaping. He's had a printing company, and a DJ service, playing Sweet 16 parties and bar mitzvahs — all before Kaplan hit college.

He's picked up speed since then, founding several technology companies, including the one that created the Flip digital camera. He sold that to Cisco for more than $500 million. The company later discontinued the camera.

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Wed April 13, 2011
Kitchen Window

A Passover Recipe As Easy As Matzo Pie

Originally published on Wed April 13, 2011 6:43 am

Alex Trimble for NPR

Toward the opening of the Passover Seder, participants point to the matzo on the table, and announce: "This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are needy come and celebrate Passover." It's a lovely sentiment, remembering the struggles of previous generations of Jews, and opening your home to all those who suffer to this day. But bread of affliction? No more.

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