Chef Lalitha Presents Vegetarian Delights

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Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and Fremont resident Lalitha Visveswaran has always found that “the kitchen is the center of [her] life.” As a child, she foraged for herbs with her grandmother in South India. While in college, she enjoyed homemade meals transported in tiffin carriers (a popular style of lunchbox used in India). She graduated [...]

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How to grow and prepare cabbage

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A gardener and a chef team up with advice on growing cabbage and cooking it in a mélange of vegetables to enhance its taste. Cabbage, because it grows best in cool weather, is one of those vegetables that will withstand frosts, says Anne, the gardener. You can put cabbage plants out in the garden in [...]

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Listeria Outbreak Linked To Cantaloupes

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The U.S. Center for Disease Control is collaborating with public health officials in several states, including Colorado, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of listeriosis. Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Listeria [...]

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The Farm Bill: Better Food Starts Here

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Our current food system is broken, and it didn’t happen by accident. Decades of bad food policy designed to benefit agribusinesses and mega-farms, combined with unchecked corporate mergers, have wreaked havoc on family farmers, public health and rural communities. The Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in 2012, and if we can implement certain changes, [...]

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Flood cleanup poses major mess for Tier farmers

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NICHOLS — On the roads and fields around Engelbert Farms in Nichols, there’s a layer of mud that complicates cleanup from last week’s flooding. Where it is shallow, it can be slippery. Where it is deep, it swallows boots. The flood, triggered by back-to-back tropical storms, caused $1.125 million in damages to the farm, according [...]

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Local apple crops thriving this fall

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Local fruit growers are predicting a good apple picking season and want consumers to know they are open for business despite the recent severe weather. “Our hearts go out to our friends in farming who have been wiped out by horrible weather this past month, but for the most part, the apple crop came out [...]

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Washington State Potato Growers Vote To Continue Marketing Order

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Washington state potato growers have voted to continue their federal marketing order program. Eighty percent of growers who voted, representing 52% of the participating volume, voted in favor of continuing the marketing order. The order authorizes the establishment of minimum grade, size, quality, maturity, pack, container, and labeling requirements for Washington state fresh market potatoes. [...]

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CHEMICALS APPLIED TO FRUIT SUBJECT OF USDA SURVEY

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SACRAMENTO – Beginning October 1, fruit growers will be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to participate in the 2011 Fruit Chemical Use Survey. NASS will contact growers in 12 states, including California, to collect information on pesticides used, acres treated and rates applied to more than 20 fruit [...]

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Master Gardeners: Marin’s Mediterranean climate ideal for growing olives

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THE MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE of Marin County is ideal for cultivating olive trees. A number of commercial olive farms have taken root in our county. But any household garden may have enough room for one olive tree — and that is all you need. The commercial growers cultivate trees that produce olives for oil. The backyard [...]

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Will those tomatoes EVER turn red?

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A common question lately is “Should I give up on my tomatoes?” Many novice as well as veteran tomato growers are seeing less-than-stellar performance with their crops this year. A typical complaint is that plants haven’t grown as large this year as they usually do. Others are noticing much less fruit than normal. Some gardeners [...]

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Best in Season Fruits and Vegetables to Cook with this Fall

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One of the best things about fall is the abundance of fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ markets and produce aisles at the grocery store. The stalls and shelves are literally overflowing with the fall harvest — apples, grapes, squash, pumpkins, cabbage — all of which provide excellent inspiration for cozy, comforting fall dishes. Here [...]

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School Cafeteria’s Fruits and Vegetables Vie With Food Trucks’ Sweet and Salty Treats

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On Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Cardenas, 16, stood on the curb outside Novato High School buying his lunch from a food truck that was peddling ice cream, candy, soft drinks and chips. For $3.50, Edgar, a sophomore, purchased a bag of Hot Cheetos, a can of Coca-Cola and a package of Airheads Xtremes candy. In the [...]

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10 Not-So-Healthy Health Foods

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When it comes to shopping for healthy foods, consumers often fall victim to the same misconceptions. “People think ‘If I eat less calories, I’ll be better off,’” says Sharon Richter, a registered dietician. She adds that people also tend to buy foods toutimg terms such as “light,” “whole grain” or “fat-free” without checking out the [...]

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Food Insecurity: 1 in 6 Americans Struggles to Buy Food

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The number of Americans struggling to put food on the table remains at record levels though the Obama administration says the government’s safety net has kept hunger from getting worse. The USDA reports about one out of every six Americans had trouble coming up with enough money to buy food at some point last year. [...]

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Scorpion in your soup? EU spends £2.5m encouraging people to eat insects

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Nutrition experts have found a cheap way to help save the environment and solve the food shortage crisis. They have found an abundant supply of food rich in calcium and protein, while low in fat. But the squeamish might want to look away now – because the food source is insects. The European Union thinks [...]

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Grape growers happy with the heat

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Roseburg (KMTR) – The heat wave Oregon has been experiencing seems to be a pleasant surprise for grape growers in the region. Alex J. Cabrera, Vineyard Manager at Abacela Winery in Roseburg, says the lagging spring and late summer weather put their crop about a month behind. But now, with warmer temperatures and plenty of [...]

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