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Old Bay & the Chesapeake's Identity

It's one of the flavors that defines life in the Chesapeake region: Old Bay Seasoning, the blend of herbs and spices that's been made in Maryland for nearly a century. Kojo explores the link between spice and regional identity - and what Old Bay has contributed to the culinary DNA of the Chesapeake region.


Sandwich Monday: The Deep-Fried Grilled Cheese

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try an update to a sandwich classic: the grilled cheese, breaded and deep-fried.

Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

To create accountability and transparency, some raw milk producers are coming up with guidelines for testing and safety. But federal agencies say all raw milk is still risky to consume.

On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito

Anna Maria Barry-Jester has been traveling the USA, eating, photographing, blogging and ranking the nation's burritos. She tells NPR's Tamara Keith about the epic journey.
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'Black Widow' Falls Short In Hot-Dog Eating Contest

Three-time defending champion Sonya Thomas — who hails from Alexandria, Virginia — lost her hot dog eating title Friday to Miki Sudo in the women's division of the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

Designing The Perfectly Architectural Ice Cream Sandwich

NPR's Renee Montagne visited Coolhaus Ice Cream Shop in Southern California to find out what architecture and frozen desserts have in common, and how to stack up a mean ice cream sandwich.

Simple Summer Jam Session Calls For Strawberries And Sunshine

When strawberries are in season, the Food Network's Amy Thielen's thinks of jam — sun jam. She shares her grandmother's method for making preserves with little more than sugar and the summer sun.
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Cultivate Ventures Bets Big on D.C.'s Food Scene

A new venture capital firm is determined to help take D.C.'s artisanal food movement to the next level.

How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

In a small study, people with peripheral artery disease who ate dark chocolate could walk farther than those who ate milk chocolate. Compounds in dark chocolate may make it easier to keep moving.

Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.