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Sriracha Factory Under Fire For Fumes; City Sues

Some people in Irwindale, Calif., say the smells coming from the factory where the hot sauce is made are very irritating. They report burning eyes, sore throats and headaches. So the city has asked a judge to order a halt in production until a fix can be found.
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Goodbye Paper Menus? Restaurants Test The Water For Tablets

Digital menus may help diners make more informed choices about restaurants' food and drink options. And they may boost restaurant profits, too: Sales have increased 23 percent since one Florida restaurant introduced tablet menus in September.
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Sandwich Monday: Lard Bread

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try lard bread, which is even more appetizing than it sounds. Mostly found in Brooklyn, it's soon to be found inside us.
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Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security

In a new book, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and his son and grandson discuss how to feed a growing planet. "We've been fortunate to make a whole lot more money than anybody can spend intelligently on themselves, so the object is to spend it intelligently on the rest of the world," says the senior Buffett.
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Possible Listeria Contamination Leads To Recalls In 25 States

Fears of possible listeria contamination are forcing grocery stores in 25 states to pull refrigerated foods from shelves. Taylor Farms of Jessup, Md., is recalling products that include salad kits with packets of dressing due to concerns of a possible contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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A Sweet And Sour History Of Our Obsession With Candy

You may blame a love of Snickers for those too-tight jeans, but in the early 20th century, the accusations were more serious: Candy was blamed for moral and physical decay. In Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Samira Kawash traces our love/hate relationship with sweets.
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How A Portland Cook Became A 'Proud Copycat' Of Thai Food

Andy Ricker spent years eating in roadside restaurants, noodle stands and home kitchens across Thailand before opening his first restaurant, Pok Pok, in Portland, Ore. But he avoids using words like "traditional" and "authentic" when talking about this food. He'd rather call it "accurate."
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Fish Sauce: An Ancient Roman Condiment Rises Again

We usually associate fish sauce with Southeast Asian cooking. But it turns out the briny condiment also has deep roots in Europe, dating back to the Roman Empire. What caused its decline? Historians say it boils down to taxes, and pirates.
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Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

New data suggest that even modest increases in blood sugar among people in their 50s, 60s and 70s can have a negative influence on memory. To control blood sugar, what you eat is important.
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Death Becomes Whimsical On Dia De Los Muertos

The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday is a time to remember the dead and prepare for their visit. It's also a time for food and friends. With Dia de los Muertos just around the corner, learn how to make a pumpkin and ancho chile mole and the traditional dessert bread, pan de muerto.

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