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For Calif. Family, It's Not Thanksgiving Without Rice

For celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins, Thanksgiving isn't complete without her grandmother's rice. Des Jardins was raised in a family of rice farmers in California's Central Valley. And, every day as a child, she ate this short grain white rice they grew.
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EPA Says Its Ethanol Rules Aren't Driving Up Food Prices

The Environmental Protection Agency says it won't waive a law that requires much of the nation's corn to be refined into ethanol and blended into gasoline. Meat producers say this will drive up food prices, but the EPA says the "ethanol mandate" isn't at fault.
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Root Vegetables

While their appearance can be dark and earthy, enthusiasts say these under-appreciated winter vegetables can make up a number of flavorful side dishes, entrees and even desserts. Kojo talks about the variety of root vegetables you'll find at market and how to use them in your kitchen.

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Hostess To Sell Off Its Brands After 82 Years

Hostess, the iconic brand behind Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ho Hos, says it is going out of business. The company plans to shut down 33 plants and 565 distribution centers as it liquidates. More than 18,000 workers would lose their jobs. Already in bankruptcy, Hostess said a nationwide strike "crippled" the company's operations. The union representing bakery workers blames mismanagement for the company's demise.
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Beer, Wine And Spirits: When Counting Our Liquid Calories, Are We Honest?

Despite the perception that Americans are a bunch of boozers, a new study shows men in their 20s and 30s take in about 175 calories a day in alcohol; for women, it's about 60 calories. Still, the government warns, it's a little more than we should be imbibing on a daily basis.
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Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Scientists have sequenced all of the DNA in the cells of a female pig. While this information will likely be used to create happier pigs that get sick less often, it could be used to create tastier pork products.

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