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This Gadget Will Soon Revolutionize The Way You Boil Water

Heat only what you need. What a novel concept!
Nov 4, 2014 10:00 am

Did you know that the standard electric tea kettle usually wastes about half its energy heating up, especially for single-cup servings? With this clever new induction system, heat only the amount of liquid you need quickly and efficiently. That's right, all liquids, all amounts. No time at all.

Coffee Flour: Rich In Antioxidants And Makes A Pretty Good Cookie

Learn to bake with flour made from coffee berries
Oct 30, 2014 8:00 am

Coffee flour is an elegant solution to an ugly problem. Coffee cherry, the fruit that surrounds a coffee bean, has long been a major pollutant in coffee-producing areas. Some of the cherry can be used for fertilizer, but most of it – more than 10 billion pounds per year – ends up getting dumped in waterways. A new company, aptly named “Coffee Flour,” uses a proprietary method to transform coffee cherry into a gluten-free powder that can be swapped out for flour. 

Your Pasta Sauce Is A Dirty Lie: Puttanesca Unrelated To Prostitutes

Back off, carb freaks: the spicy sauce ain't yo ho
Oct 27, 2014 3:00 pm

Well this is embarrassing. Without further ado, we hereby apologize to puttanesca, that saucy Italian dish of pasta with tomatoes, garlic, anchovies, olives and capers, for the decades it was assumed to be named after the ladies of the evening who cooked it. Really, mia cara, on behalf of pasta lovers everywhere, scusarsi. Here's the real story behind that salty wench of the Italian menu. 

Here's What's Not On The Menu: Your Underpaid Female Server, Line Cook, Hostess

Join Eve Ensler in NYC, rally against harassment!
Oct 13, 2014 11:00 am

Whatcha doing Tuesday, October 14th at 11 a.m.? Rallying against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry? Demanding equal pay for women? Us too! Tuesday's “Not On The Menu” rally gives voices to the women impacted by the restaurant industry’s low wages and seeks to encourage anyone with experience in the restaurant industry to share their stories and fight the notion that sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in the restaurant industry is ‘just part of the culture.’ 

Surge Is Back! Will It Lead To The Return Of Vintage Sodas Josta Or Crystal Pepsi?

Citrus soft drink was discontinued 12 years ago
Sep 16, 2014 8:00 am

Power to the (soda) people! Fans of the soft drink Surge have reason to celebrate, following a lengthy and passionate effort to bring back the citrus-flavored soda. Coca-Cola Co. announced today that the iconic drink from the ‘90s will reappear in limited supply. The return of the sugary soft drink is a testament to the power of social media.

Gird Your Bacon: Meatless Monday = Evil Brainwashing Propaganda?

Oh wait no, it's just Fox News doing Fox News
Sep 15, 2014 3:35 pm

You'll need to see this clip of Mr. Texas Agriculture Commissioner accosting the most friendly and inoffensive step man has taken towards becoming healthier and more environmentally responsible: Meatless Monday. Now we've seen tantrums thrown over tofu before...usually from picky kids.

Colorado Murderers Make Great Goat Farmers, Winemakers. Neat!

Cheeses made in prison get sold at Whole Foods
Sep 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Prison budget shortfalls mean putting the incarcerated to work. But instead of damning them to the license plate-making machines, Colorado Correctional Industries instructs the outlaws it employs in productive skills. Not that "getting away with it" isn't a productive skill, but let's master the art of goat-milking and sauvignon grape cultivation first, then talk about what went wrong. These guys probably make awesome pruno. 

10 Very Good Reasons To Start Eating Bugs

Hoppers, crickets, ants and other tasty critters
Jul 30, 2014 11:00 am

In case you've been living under a rock (bug joke!), you've heard that insects are slowly but surely crawling onto menus all over the country. They're low in fat, high in protein, vitamins and minerals and eating them is better for the environment than farmed meat. But before you reach for the fly-swatter, hear us out: they're also delicious. Discover 10 ways we like getting our grub on, not limited to brownies, tacos and burgers.

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