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Chefs High on Cooking With Cannabis

Culinary creators' main obstacles: harnessing drug's taste, effects

(Newser) - If someone made kale trendy, someone can make marijuana recipes that taste good. So says former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl to the New York Times about a growing culinary niche: cooking with cannabis. Adventurous chefs are excited to create novel dining experiences, as are culinary scientists toiling to make pot...

Rocket Scientist Rethinks the Saucepan

Flare Pan cooks faster and saves energy, says Oxford tinkerer

(Newser) - It doesn't have any buttons or a touchscreen, but a new saucepan could represent serious progress in cooking technology. The Flare Pan, which doesn't look much different from a normal pan, cooks food 44% faster, saving energy in the process, the Daily Dot reports. It was invented by...

IBM's Supercomputer Whips Up Own BBQ Sauce

Watson's creation is delicious, humans say

(Newser) - What does a machine with no mouth, no taste buds, and no interest in consuming ribs know about barbecue sauce? Everything, according to IBM. The company says its Watson supercomputer has analyzed huge numbers of recipes and used its "cognitive cooking" abilities to create a delicious BBQ sauce, NPR...

Paula Deen Cooking Up Paid Digital Network

Latest in her comeback machinations

(Newser) - Paula Deen is taking the next step into reinserting herself into your life: The fallen Food Network star is going digital in her quest for a comeback, announcing plans today for the Paula Deen Network, a paid subscription-based network set to launch in September that will be accessible by computer,...

How You're Cooking Your Eggs Wrong

Turn down that heat: Michael Ruhlman

(Newser) - Scrambling some eggs for breakfast? Be warned: They're "one of the most overcooked dishes in America," food writer Michael Ruhlman tells NPR . "We kill our eggs with heat." What we should really be doing, he says, is cooking them "very slowly over very gentle...

12% of Your Spices May Be Contaminated With 'Filth'

FDA also finds that 7% of imported spices have salmonella

(Newser) - Great, the FDA has identified one more thing for people to worry about in the kitchen: spices. The most comprehensive testing yet finds that 7% of spices imported into the country are contaminated with salmonella, reports the Los Angeles Times . That's twice as high as other foods inspected by...

'Mother of Italian Cooking' in US Dead at 89

Marcella Hazan published 7 bestselling cookbooks

(Newser) - Marcella Hazan—"the first mother of Italian cooking in America," according to restaurateur Lidia Bastianich—has died at age 89 in her Florida home, after years of emphysema. Even if you've never heard her name, Hazan may have influenced your cooking, the New York Times points out;...

This May Be the Internet's Most Popular Recipe

A lasagna from salesman and father-of-two, John Chandler

(Newser) - What's more popular than pancakes, banana bread, and chocolate chip cookies? With 12 million views in the last five years alone, it appears the answer is John Chandler's lasagna . The dish, with its nearly two pounds of meat and more than two pounds of cheese, is appropriately called...

Now You're Cooking With ... a Dishwasher?

Latest food fad is poaching salmon and washing your dishes at the same time

(Newser) - For those too lazy or cheap for a microwave, NPR looks at the fabled art of ... cooking in a dishwasher. Yes, this is an actual thing that people actually do, and apparently it's growing in popularity. The "traditional method," writes Michaeleen Doucleff—who says her mother has...

Archeologists Find First Evidence of Spicy Cooking

Honor goes to garlic mustard seeds used 6K years ago

(Newser) - The first foodies? Archeologists have uncovered the oldest known evidence of humans cooking with spices, they report in PLoS One . The UK researchers found traces of garlic mustard seeds in 6,000-year-old pots dug up in Denmark and Germany. Because the seeds have little nutritional value but deliver a peppery...

London Poised to Beat Paris as Foodie Haven: Michelin Boss

City now home to 60 restaurants with Michelin stars

(Newser) - Looks like London's not just meat and potatoes anymore. After 16 British restaurants got their first Michelin star yesterday and three their second, the city is rivaling Paris as a destination for fine dining. In total, London boasts 60 starred restaurants; four of those have three stars and eight...

Chef 'Slow Cooked' Wife's Body for Days: Cops

Dawn Viens' body was never found

(Newser) - Investigators say a southern California chef has confessed he "slow cooked" his wife's body for days in 2009, then disposed of the remains. "For some reason I just got violent," David Viens, a chef who ran a restaurant in Lomita, told cops. He said he bound...

Grilling App Crashes After Zuckerberg Praises It

iGrill makers thrilled with endorsement

(Newser) - Want to boost traffic to your site? Try getting an endorsement from Mark Zuckerberg. His Facebook post on the iGrill app caused so much traffic that it shut down iGrill's servers for two hours. The app is a wireless cooking thermometer for Apple touchscreen devices, and Zuck's post...

Happy Birthday, Julia: You Changed Our World

Julia Child would have been 100 tomorrow

(Newser) - Julia Child would have turned 100 tomorrow, and New York Times food writer Julia Moskin pays her respects. "It was Child—not single-handedly, but close—who started the public conversation about cooking in America that has shaped our cuisine and culture ever since," she writes. When Child's...

Japan Eclipses France as Culinary King
 Japan Eclipses France 
 as Culinary King 
michelin guide

Japan Eclipses France as Culinary King

But skeptics take issue with Michelin Guide assessment

(Newser) - Japan has overtaken France as the fine dining capital of the world—at least according to the latest Michelin Guide, reports ABC News . The newly released 2012 edition of the influential guide has bestowed 29 Japanese eateries with a 3-star rating—the highest possible grade—compared with 25 in France....

Food & Wine Gets Reality TV Twist

'Top Chef Magazine' section to grace January issue

(Newser) - Reality television apparently isn't too lowbrow for Food & Wine. The magazine's January issue will feature a 24-page special section called Top Chef Magazine. The articles, which will be labeled as an advertorial, will focus on aspects (culinary, we assume) of the Bravo show's contestants. If it...

Brian Palmer: Make This Year's Fourth of July Cookout a Green One
 Make This Year's 
 Cookout a Green One 

Make This Year's Cookout a Green One

Three easy tips for a tasty—and eco-friendly—Fourth

(Newser) - With 10% to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from food, why not make this year’s Fourth of July cookout a green opportunity? In the New York Times , Brian Palmer offers some tips:
  • Don’t boil your potatoes—cube and pan-fry them. That method takes less than a third

Sporks and More: the 10 Dumbest Food Inventions
 10 Dumbest Food Inventions 

10 Dumbest Food Inventions

Sporks, wine stoppers serve no discernible purpose

(Newser) - Have you ever truly benefited from a spork? Do you face a pressing need to bake muffin tops, not actual muffins? The Daily Meal rounds up the most useless food-related inventions:
  • Quesadilla maker: Don’t you already have a pan?
  • Spork: Use a fork or use a spoon. End of

Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Be a Waste of Money
Extra Virgin Olive Oil May
Be a Waste of Money

Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Be a Waste of Money

If used to cook, it ends up tasting the same as cheaper stuff

(Newser) - If you're shelling out a buck per tablespoon to cook with extra virgin olive oil, you might want to think about going a cheaper route—say humble canola oil for about a dime per tablespoon. That's because it all tastes pretty much the same after being exposed to heat for...

Ebert Can't Eat, But He Can Cook

And to prove it, he's publishing a cookbook

(Newser) - Cancer left Roger Ebert unable to eat or speak —but it didn’t rob his ability to cook. The beloved film critic, who often reminisces about the foods he misses (root beer, Steak ‘n Shake) on his blog , doesn’t mind sharing a restaurant meal or a kitchen...

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