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A food truck at the University of Connecticut is now serving up roasted crickets. creative commons

Repair and boost the bacteria in the gut with the right food, prebiotics and probiotics, and you'll feel better and lose weight. That's the theory of Dr. Raphael Kellman of New York, author of The Microbiome Diet.

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

The Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train in Lincoln is exactly that.  Part train, part restaurant, the Cafe rolls down 20 miles of track serving five course meals to passengers over a 2 hour trip. NHPR's Sean Hurley rode along on this moveable feast on rails and sends us this.  

Do You Know Where Your Cheese Comes From?

Sep 30, 2015

Americans love cheese. According to the USDA, we ate about 34 pounds of cheese per person last year. But how often do we think about who makes our cheese, or about its journey from France or Vermont to our crackers?

Well, some local cheese mongers are waging a campaign to raise awareness about cheese origins, cheese integrity and cheese abuse.

A Subterranean Education

Tom Hopkins

His new book is just out, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen… his salmon tostadas are the fastest appetizer around… and don't miss his baked potatoes escargot—stuffed with snails, scallops or shrimp, and a drizzle of buttery garlic sauce…

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Yale professor Paul Anastas says it isn't enough to know that environmental chemicals are making us fat and sick. Anastas directs a department that is working on redesigning chemicals in our food and many products we rely on so that they do not threaten our health.

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Agricultural developments in the mid-20th century catapulted the farming industry to new levels of production. But that "green revolution" also fostered a population boom that's once again forcing farmers to innovate. 

Most of the kids in the U.S. don't get much time to eat lunch. And by the time those kids wait in line and settle down to eat, many of them feel rushed.

And a recent study suggests that this time crunch may be undermining good nutrition at school.

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In an ambitious goal, the EPA said it would like to reduce the amount of food tossed into trash bins 50 percent by 2030. It's looking like one big byproduct of that goal will be a growing market for methane in Connecticut. 

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Jacques Pépin's apple galette using store-bought pizza dough… the cinnamon toast cocktail from Anthony DeSerio… oven-roasted cranberry compote from Fine Cooking… Ina's parsnip and pear gratin… the easy, dry-brined turkey with extra-crispy skin… and, don't throw away that turkey carcass -- it's really tasty...

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Around the middle of the twentieth century, a period of agricultural advancement known as the Green Revolution brought on one of the greatest population booms in history. 

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Seven Connecticut school districts are offering free breakfast and lunch for all students, thanks to a new meal program offered by the federal government called the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP. 

When hurricanes or other large storms roll in, we often focus on the human toll-- buildings destroyed, properties damaged.

But those same storms can also wreak havoc on ecosystems and the plants that are their foundation. And if a native system is wiped out, will it bounce back? One conservation group is trying to create a repository of native New England seeds, which can be used for just that purpose.

We dive into hot topics about wine tasting behavior and the prediction that restaurants will stop using humans up front in favor of full automation… it's close to ready — the new modernist Mohegan Sun “molecular gastronomy” bar and restaurant, Sticks and Stones… the best cheap chef’s knife… an aged rum old fashioned named “Peg Leg” by Anthony DeSerio… how to create a meal using restaurant leftovers by Alex Province… and the new hit, HooDoo Brown Barbeque in Ridgefield, Conn.

The campaign to force America's farmers to change the way they handle their animals celebrated a victory this week.

McDonald's USA announced that in the near future, it will no longer buy eggs from chickens that live in cages.

Those cages are still the industry standard, and 90 percent of America's eggs come from chickens that live in them.

Alex Province

Dive into this insanely good and easy recipe for shrimp-stuffed swordfish rolls sprinkled with crisp, lemony breadcrumbs… Our experiment: can we make wine taste better at home by mixing two bottles together? Yes we can!… Linda Giuca gives us ideas for energizing back to work and school snacks…

A crowd of more than 30 people gathered at the town hall in Cabot this week to discuss the way Cabot Creamery gets rid of wastewater leftover from cleaning its plant. The cheese maker is asking the state to renew its permit to spray the liquid on land. The crowd was there for a hearing called by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to take public comment on a draft permit issued in June.

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It's a thrilling chilled cocktail, the New York Sour, all velvety in the mouth… try a fast and dreamy pasta of fresh tomatoes, garlic, parmesan, and chopped fresh arugula… don't give away the zucchini until you try our recipe for it stuffed with shrimp, feta, and fennel… or grill it using Alex Province's recipe for zucchini slathered with mayo to make it brown and gorgeous…

At a festival on the Danish island of Fyn, Claus Holm, a fast-talking Danish celebrity chef, is sniffing and mixing into a pot of stew an ingredient he calls "totally forbidden." It's cream, and it expires today.

Danes' increasing willingness to buy and consume items like just-expired dairy products has helped make them, arguably, the world champions in the fight against food waste. According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago.

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Our healthy frozen piña colada is a terrific taste treat thanks to contributor Anthony DeSerio… dirty steak from contributor Alex Province is a "how-to" on cooking steak right on top of the lump charcoal… enjoy our pesto chicken potato salad from scratch or the easy way… and fresh bluefish fillets get the citrus treatment…   

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Our basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley herbs are going to town in the garden. But what do we do with all these herbs?

Food 2.0

Aug 20, 2015
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I'll take it as a given that you like food. But no matter what your style of eating and cooking is, I'm betting the complexity of the American food system can leave you confused, judgmental, guilty, apathetic, or overwhelmed. If that's true, here's some good news: Once in a while an original voice comes along and breaks through to offer clarity and a new way to conceive of something.

Lunch on Wheels: The Food Truck Revolution

Aug 20, 2015
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Not that long ago, you might not have known what a food truck is, but today it's hard to avoid them. They seem to be everywhere, serving every kind of cuisine, but they still face a gauntlet of legal challenges to operate - and still aren't allowed to operate in some towns in the state.

August 19, 2015

Aug 19, 2015
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The sexy, Mexican paloma cocktail pairs tequila and grapefruit juice… we have a shortbread style, gluten-free pie crust… the Bastianiches have an Italian, raw-tomato, pasta sauce—all you do is boil water—oh, boy, is this making use of great fresh tomatoes… and a white Bordeaux under $20 for August cheer…

Chris Prosperi

It's a salad celebration… The BLT... the super fast and easy buffalo chicken… crab Louis… Moroccan chicken with pan-fried, pistachio-crusted goat cheese… salads for all tastes… salads designed to make you happy!

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This time of year, there’s a bevy of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans, and other veggies to eat and share. Even giving them away is a challenge, as I see my neighbor cringe when I walk up their driveway with yet another gift of zucchini. 

Summer Corn

Aug 5, 2015
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It's a corn celebration… Chris Prosperi's corn cakes… Alex Province's corn salad... garlic bread corn on the cob... corn with bacon, shrimp, avocado, and lime… it goes on and on, featuring one of the greatest gifts of summer… corn!

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This hour I talk with Dr. Reza Yavari, a metabolic doctor and endocrinologist with offices in Madison and Trumbull, Conn. Yavari, affiliated with Yale University, has coached countless clients, many with health issues like diabetes or obesity, to stay motivated and at a stable weight. He shares his tips in this conversation.

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Find out what happened when I told the gang producer Jonathan McNicol was going to surprise us with an array of party music and, on the spot, we had to come up with party themes to make your backyard entertaining a blast. Sometimes spontaneity and brainstorming are far better than planning, right? Plus, you're going to want to dance when you hear this one...