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10 Haikus About Real Food: Foodie Underground

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ColumnThe beauty of real food boiled down into simple words.

Eat real food, and eat well.

Usually Foodie Underground is a lengthy column about some version of the six words above. Sometimes I feel that every week I am just trying to find a new and creative way to say the exact same thing: eat real food. One week it can be an argument for buying dirty vegetables, another a dive into the world of direct trade coffee. But ultimately, the message remains the same. And when you write the same message all …

California Bans GMO Salmon Production

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GMO salmon have been a point of contention for a while now as the FDA sits on the issue. But California is taking major steps to keep so-called frankenfish out of their neck of the woods.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the commercial production of GMO salmon in California waters in an effort to protect native species.

AB 504 will protect California’s native chinook and coho salmon species, like those prevalent in San Francisco’s Humboldt Bay. The salmon are already dealing a crippling drought, according to the bill’s author …

Delicious Gin Cocktail Recipe with Poached Pear Simple Syrup

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Make the puree for this poached pear and gin cocktail the day before so your happy hour can be truly happy.

The delicate sweetness of pear juice is enhanced in a fool-proof simple syrup. Simple syrup is simply sugar and water. Many recipes call for one part sugar and one part water but I don’t like my cocktails to be extremely sweet. This recipe calls for less sugar and relies on the natural sweetness of the pear.

As for the pears, I like to use over ripe Boscs or Bartletts in …

Link Love: Pharrell in Pink + Free College in Germany + Millennials Have Clothes Issues

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This week’s Link Love, we feature a delicious crisp potato recipe, fab news out of Germany where anyone can go to college tuition-free (even foreigners), Pharrell rocking pink, living on water and why millennials can’t care for their clothes.

Are you a millennial? Chances are you’re caring for your clothes all wrong. [via Ecouterre]

OMG. College for anyone in Germany is now totally F R E E even for foreigners. [via Slate]

Drool. Crispy smashed potatoes with avocado garlic aioli. [via Oh She Glows]

Pharrell looks amazing in pink, and …

Sweet Beet Juice Recipe with Kombucha

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Pull out your juicer to make this fresh combination of a beet juice recipe with kombucha, or simply buy the juices to make this sweet and tangy blend with a subtle ginger flavor.

Beet Juice Recipe with Kombucha

Serves 2 

Ingredients

11/2-inch knob peeled fresh ginger
11/2 cups plain kombucha (plain kombucha can be either home brewed or store bought)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup beet juice
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

Combine the ginger, kombucha, orange juice, carrot juice, beet juice, …

9 Must-Read Books About Food that Aren’t Cookbooks: Foodie Underground

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Column You don’t need another cookbook. You need a book about food. Yes, there’s a difference.

In the last year, I bet you have bought at least one cookbook. But how many books about food have you read? Cookbooks are inspirational, but books about food are informative. Certainly there are cookbooks and general food books that fall somewhere in the middle, but I happen to love food-themed writing that doesn’t come with recipes.

Be it political, investigative or simply a beautiful travel narrative about a tasty meal, here are 9 different books that any …

Goat Milk Yogurt Ranch Dressing Recipe

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This goat milk yogurt ranch dressing recipe gives Hidden Valley a healthy run for its money.

While salad greens may be light as a feather, the dressing you often put atop them is not. Ranch dressing is a popular type of salad dressing that is both creamy and flavorful. Needless to say, it is quite heavy. Full of fat, calories and other not so body-friendly ingredients, ranch dressing very much defeats the purpose of eating a healthy salad in the first place and instead loads you with more than you …

21 Millet Recipes to Try Right Now: Is it the New Quinoa?

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Delicious millet recipes prove that this grain is about more than just bird seed.

While quinoa is the wunderkind of any moderately conscious eater, millet has certainly taken a back seat. Maybe it’s because most people equate millet to bird seed, or maybe it’s because millet just hasn’t been branded as a “sexy grain” yet, but for whatever reason we have forgotten to pay attention to millet. Now is the time to change that.

Gluten-free, high in protein and a good source of magnesium, millet is an all around healthy grain that …