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Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.
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Alcoholics Learn To Make Their Own Beer In Canadian Program

In a twist on the old "teach a man to fish" adage, a Vancouver group teaches inveterate alcoholics to brew their own booze. The goal? Keeping them from drinking unsafe liquids that contain alcohol.
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How Tracing The Oil In Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

A Kellogg shareholder helped nudge the company to buy palm oil that's fully traceable to its source. The hope is that more transparency in the industry will prevent environmental and labor abuses.
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What Sbarro's Woes Say About Where We Get Our Fast Food Now

The pizza chain is closing 155 stores. Sure, malls have been hit hard, but Sbarro's problems are bigger: These days, diners are more likely to opt for "fast casual" options like Chipotle.
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Trader Joe's Caught In Sticky Lawsuit Over Peanut Butter Pretzels

Creating the salty-sweet snack was a bit of a technological marvel. And the company that claims to have invented it says Trader Joe's has unfairly cut it out of the pretzel marketplace.
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USDA Tells Schools: Don't Refuse Food To Students Who Owe

The agency responds to a January incident in which a Utah elementary school served students food – and threw it away when their accounts were found to have a negative balance.
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'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

Undercover footage shows a hog farm feeding sows ground-up piglets that succumbed to a deadly virus. Veterinarians say it's the only method they have to protect herds against a fast-spreading disease.
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Festive In Purple, This Pasta's Got A Sweet Side

Food writer Julia della Croce got quite a surprise when she discovered a purple variety of sweet potato at the market — and her signature Italian dumplings got a kick of color.
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The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer

Most of the nation's chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it's time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.
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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a small but growing trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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