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D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind

The owner of Inspire BBQ caters to the tastes of discerning barbeque lovers, but he's also on a mission to reclaim troubled young people and teach a profession that will help them sustain themselves and the community.
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How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the infrastructure for local food is lacking but growing fast. "Food hubs respond to that call," one official says.
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Cooking With Conifers: An Evergreen Trick That's Newly Hip

American chefs from coast to coast are using evergreens to develop unique flavors in dishes from white fir and sorrel broth to pine needle vinegar to smoked mussels. It's a food trend with roots that go back centuries.
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And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

In the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street, just about everything is over the top – including the side dishes. But it turns out, a memorable scene involving extravagantly priced sides isn't so far from the truth. These days, chefs are giving these former afterthoughts starring roles of their own – and they come with big price tags to match.
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Linking Poverty And Poor Health

As Congress debates cuts to food assistance programs like SNAP benefits, some doctors and advocates for the poor say the study is further evidence that cutting food and other assistance programs leads to expensive health care crises.

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Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate

The latest evidence that artificially sweetened drinks may be making us hungrier? Heavier-set people who choose diet beverages are making up the calorie gap at meals and through snacks — especially sweet ones, researchers report.
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Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

The omnibus spending bill approved by the Senate on Thursday night contains language banning funding for USDA inspections of slaughterhouses for horses. That effectively stops plans to restart the slaughter of horses in the U.S. to export meat abroad.
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Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

A study in the journal Obesity found that students who used credit or debit cards in the school cafeteria chose fewer fruits and vegetables and more desserts than kids paying with cash. But the researchers say schools should work with the bias instead of trying to fight it.
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A Taste Of South Texas In A 9x13 Dish

Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook, aka the Casserole Queens, pass along a recipe for King Ranch Casserole. Sandy grew up with the cheesy Tex-Mex dish and says the traditional quick-fix doesn't need updating. Never mind if the casserole's origins have gotten mixed up along the way: This one's a keeper.
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Baltimore's 'Arabbers' Keep 150 Years Of Tradition Alive

Baltimore's "arabbers" walk around the city selling fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carts — a job that harkens all the back to the Civil War.

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