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A Summery Spread That's As Cool As A Cucumber

It's summertime and cucumbers are abundant. If you don't feel like making pickles, why not try Benedictine? This blend of cream cheese, cucumber juice and onion is a Kentucky classic, dating back a century to a Louisville tearoom.

Micro-Garden Madness: You Showed Us Your Stuff

Earlier this week we told you about people who want to see micro-gardening go big. We've chosen a few of our favorite images of micro-gardens from around the country that make the most of small spaces and idle containers.
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Understanding Your Taste Buds

Do you like salty or sweet? The answer is in your genes. We explore the science -- physical and culinary -- behind our sense of taste and why each of us prefers different flavors.


How Much Arsenic Is Safe In Apple Juice? FDA Proposes New Rule

The FDA's proposal would set a threshold of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice — the same standard used for drinking water. In 2011, a pair of investigations raised alarms about the levels of inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen, in the juice.

Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

The biggest loser from this year's heavy rains in the Midwest is the land itself. An environmental group says 50 townships in Iowa have lost more than five tons of topsoil per acre, "more than what is tolerable over an entire year."

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.

Why Doctors Oppose Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Doctors say a viral video demonstrating force-feeding helps expose the unethical treatment of Guantanamo detainees subjected to the procedure. Force-feeding is wrong, doctors say, because prisoners of sound mind have a right to refuse medical intervention, including nourishment.

Taste Of Grandma's Kitchen: We Hack An Old Ketchup Recipe

Jim Ledvinka grew up outside of Chicago watching his grandmother make ketchup from scratch once a year. As a kid, he hated the stuff. As a man — and now a grandfather — he became desperate to re-create it. That's where All Things Considered's Found Recipes project comes in.

Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

Unwanted chicks are filling up some city shelters around the country, and some activists are blaming fair-weather hipster farmers. But a closer look reveals another root cause: When urban farmers order hens, they often end up instead with roosters — illegal in many cities.

It's Not Just The Middle East With Quirky Booze Laws

Our commenters point out that the Middle East isn't the only place with confusing laws regulating the purchase and consumption of alcohol. Dry counties, wet counties, blue laws and mini-bottles: Jurisdictions across the U.S. also grapple with how to regulate alcohol sales.