food http://kuow.org en Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System http://kuow.org/post/sichuan-peppers-buzz-may-reveal-secrets-nervous-system The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.<p>What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when people who suffer from <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm">paresthesia</a> experience constant tingling in their limbs.<p><a href="http://mcb.berkeley.edu/index.php?option=com_mcbfaculty&name=bautistad">Diana Bautista</a>, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, wondered: Could these sensations be connected?<p>Bautista says a lot of what we know come Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Ike Sriskandarajah 32709 at http://kuow.org Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System Sous Vide Makes Its Way To The Home Kitchen http://kuow.org/post/sous-vide-makes-its-way-home-kitchen <em>Sous vide.</em> Not that long ago, it sounded so exotic — or, at least, so <em>French</em>. It was a phrase that belonged in restaurants, amid white tablecloths and flower arrangements and hushed conversations. Alternatively, it was a word that belonged to the modernist kitchens just beyond the swinging doors — kitchens filled with gleaming dehydrators and transglutaminase "meat glues" and spherification siphons and more.<p>I first heard it in the kitchen of now-famous Wylie Dufresne's first restaurant, 71 Clinton Fresh Food, where I was a clueless intern in the spring of 2000. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:22 +0000 T. Susan Chang 32666 at http://kuow.org Sous Vide Makes Its Way To The Home Kitchen How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos http://kuow.org/post/how-rwandas-only-ice-cream-shop-challenges-cultural-taboos Rwanda has a warm climate, and the people love milk. You'd think ice cream would be an easy sell.<p>But mention ice cream to Chantal Kabatesi, and she rubs her jaw like she's at the dentist with a toothache. When she first tasted ice cream at the age of 35 "it was like eating hailstones," the kind that fall on her childhood village once or twice a year.<p>"I thought, 'Oh no, what are we serving to our customers? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Gregory Warner 32307 at http://kuow.org How Rwanda's Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos Some Appetizing Nibbles For Pre-Seder Snacking http://kuow.org/post/some-appetizing-nibbles-pre-seder-snacking The Passover Seder is usually described as a ceremonial meal: Participants sit down to a set of ritualized foods and tell the story of the exodus from Egypt. But more than just tell it, Jews are bidden to <em>relive</em> it. We engage in ritual and discussion and debate, until each of us feels that we've made a journey ourselves. It's a singular, time-stopping evening. But it can take a very long time.<p>And while there are a few ceremonial bites along the way — a bit of matzo, some horseradish — the actual "meal" part of the Seder may not happen for hours. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:18:46 +0000 editor 32192 at http://kuow.org Some Appetizing Nibbles For Pre-Seder Snacking Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? http://kuow.org/post/can-fish-farms-thrive-usa Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the United States?<p>It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported. The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:46:08 +0000 Dan Charles 32072 at http://kuow.org Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? Funeral Dinners Help Darrington Cope With Losses http://kuow.org/post/funeral-dinners-help-darrington-cope-losses <p></p><p>The first wave of memorial services honoring the victims who perished in the Oso landslide took place this weekend.</p><p>In Darrington, residents gathered to remember Linda McPherson, a longtime resident and librarian. After the service, the community gathered for a meal together. It's a special tradition that goes back many decades in this small community.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:25:13 +0000 Ruby de Luna 32016 at http://kuow.org Funeral Dinners Help Darrington Cope With Losses Extra Virginity: Historical Toil Of Olive Oil http://kuow.org/post/extra-virginity-historical-toil-olive-oil <p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with author Tom Mueller about his book, "Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil." Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:11:35 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 31875 at http://kuow.org Extra Virginity: Historical Toil Of Olive Oil The Joys And Ethics Of Insect Eating http://kuow.org/post/joys-and-ethics-insect-eating A week ago today, I ate my first crickets.<p>It was a first step into entomophagy, the practice of insect eating. I <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/01/14/262491723/the-katydid-dilemma-will-you-eat-insects">wrote about this topic</a> here at 13.7 in January but had never before tried it myself (excluding accidental ingestion of the insect parts often found in peanut butter, chocolate, vegetables and other foods).<p>Because the crickets, in the form of cricket flour, were baked into chocolate-chip cookies, it wasn't as if I found myself crunching down on visible insect parts. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:37:39 +0000 editor 31861 at http://kuow.org The Joys And Ethics Of Insect Eating Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate? http://kuow.org/post/should-we-close-part-ocean-keep-fish-plate For lovers of fatty tuna belly, canned albacore and swordfish kebabs, here's a question: Would you be willing to give them up for several years so that you could eat them perhaps for the rest of your life?<p>If a new proposal to ban fishing on the open ocean were to fly, that's essentially what we might be faced with. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:28:00 +0000 editor 31793 at http://kuow.org Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate? The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed http://kuow.org/post/old-and-mysterious-practice-eating-dirt-revealed <strong></strong>There's an old saying in the South: "A child's gotta eat their share of dirt."<p>Mamie Lee Hillman's family took this literally, but they weren't after just any old dirt.<p>"I remember my mom and my aunties eating that white dirt like it was nothing," says Hillman, who grew up in Greene County, Ga., and used to go with her family to dig for their own dirt to snack on. "It was an acceptable thing that people did."<p>"White dirt" is actually a soft, chalky clay called kaolin and is widely used to make porcelain, paper and paint. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:05:00 +0000 editor 31766 at http://kuow.org The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet http://kuow.org/post/rethinking-fat-case-adding-some-your-diet Remember the fat-free boom that swept the country in the 1990s? Yes, we know from the Salt readers who took our informal <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/03/22/292389447/remember-fat-free-mania-take-our-survey">survey</a> that lots of you tried to follow it. And gave up.<p>"I definitely remember eating fat-free cookies, fat–free pudding, fat-free cheese, which was awful," Elizabeth Stafford, an attorney from North Carolina, told us in the survey.<p>Back then, she avoided all kinds of foods with fat: cheese, eggs, meat, even nuts and avocados. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:31:00 +0000 editor 31580 at http://kuow.org Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom http://kuow.org/post/why-we-got-fatter-during-fat-free-food-boom If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.<p>That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.<p>And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 editor 31441 at http://kuow.org Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom Getting Fresh: Spring Into Delicious Edition http://kuow.org/post/getting-fresh-spring-delicious-edition <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of<a href="http://www.cascadeharvest.org/"> Cascade Harvest</a> about what spring will bring to local farmers markets. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:27:47 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Ross Reynolds 31676 at http://kuow.org Getting Fresh: Spring Into Delicious Edition The Secret To These Sauces Is Nuts http://kuow.org/post/secret-these-sauces-nuts I grew up thinking of nuts as junk food: full of fat and calories, a guilty treat for holidays and special occasions. I remember bowls of salty cocktail mix, nut-covered cheese logs, sweet buttery honey-roasted peanuts and cashews, or Jordan almonds in their strangely addictive sugary coating. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:58:50 +0000 editor 31340 at http://kuow.org The Secret To These Sauces Is Nuts Does Beaver Tush Flavor Your Strawberry Shortcake? We Go Myth Busting http://kuow.org/post/does-beaver-tush-flavor-your-strawberry-shortcake-we-go-myth-busting A few years ago, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver kicked up a foodie firestorm when he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_uSMGvrwg">told</a> the audience at the <em>Late Show with David Letterman</em> that vanilla ice cream contains flavoring from a beaver's ... um, derriere.<p>"Beaver anal gland — yes," Oliver shouted bluntly, as the crowd booed and hissed. "Oh, come on! You're telling me you don't like a little beaver? ... It's in cheap sorts of strawberry syrups and vanilla ice cream."<p>In the food flavoring world, the truth can be stranger than fiction. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 31332 at http://kuow.org Does Beaver Tush Flavor Your Strawberry Shortcake? We Go Myth Busting