Food http://kut.org en Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients http://kut.org/post/some-food-producers-are-quietly-dumping-gmo-ingredients A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.<p>One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline">Jostein Solheim </a>says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:49:43 +0000 Jane Lindholm 10828 at http://kut.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines http://kut.org/post/aaron-franklin-barbecue-new-expansion-and-those-long-lines <p class="p1">People stand in line for up to five hours to eat at&nbsp;<a href="https://franklinbarbecue.com/">Franklin&nbsp;Barbecue</a>. The Austin restaurant, run by Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacey,&nbsp;has earned national praise for serving slow-smoked Central Texas barbecue within the Austin city limits.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Franklin Barbecue has been closed for the past couple of weeks for an expansion that includes a new smokehouse. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, July 8. Aaron Franklin swung by the KUT studios to talk about it. You can read the interview below or listen to it here.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157744480&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:58:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10745 at http://kut.org Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not http://kut.org/post/has-fda-brought-cheese-apocalypse-probably-not <strong></strong>The Food and Drug Administration official who recently suggested that the wooden boards used to age cheese for centuries may be unsafe probably did not expect to start a cheese storm. But she did.<p>In a letter to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, FDA dairy safety chief Monica Metz wrote:<p><blockquote><p>"The porous structure of wood enables it to absorb and retain bacteria, therefore bacteria generally colonize not only the surface but also the inside layers of wood. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:20:36 +0000 April Fulton 10585 at http://kut.org More Places For Low Income Texas Children to Get Free Meals During Summer http://kut.org/post/more-places-low-income-texas-children-get-free-meals-during-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More low-income Texas children have access to free and reduced price lunch over the summer than they did in 2012, according to </span><a href="http://frac.org/pdf/2014_summer_nutrition_report.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a new report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by the Food Research and Action Center (</span>FRAC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), based in Washington D.C.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRAC says Texas added 297 "summer meal sites" across the state in 2013. Those are places at schools or non-profit organizations where children whose families make less than 185 percent of the<a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/14poverty.cfm"> federal poverty level</a> can get reduced-price meals through the federal&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">Summer Food Service Program</a> or the <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/national-school-lunch-program">National School Lunch Program</a>. Children from families earning less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level get free meals.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 01:01:13 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10528 at http://kut.org More Places For Low Income Texas Children to Get Free Meals During Summer Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing http://kut.org/post/olive-oil-far-being-next-boom-texas-industry-growing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kstx/audio/2014/05/RP-OLIVE_OIL_BOOM-FEA1_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last five years the number of olive trees in Texas has increased rapidly, but even with tremendous growth several farmers say it’s not enough to call it the next oil boom.</span><p>Jim Henry, a pioneer in farming olives and founder of the <a href="http://www.texasoliveoilcouncil.org/index.html" target="_blank">Texas Olive Oil Council</a>, said in the mid-1990s there were only a handful of trees, but in 2010 that number jumped to over 800,000. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:08:56 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10508 at http://kut.org Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing Lawmakers Seek Delay On Healthy Lunch Rules For Schools http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-seek-delay-healthy-lunch-rules-schools How hard can it be for school cafeterias to swap white bread for whole-grain tortillas, cut sodium, and nudge kids to put more fruit and vegetables on their trays?<p>Tougher than you might imagine, according to some schools.<p>From the <a href="http://journaltimes.com/news/local/waterford-school-districts-drop-federal-lunch-program/article_a67dcee0-b348-11e3-9b4e-0019bb2963f4.html">Waterford school district</a> in Wisconsin to the <a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Lunch-fails-many-students-4230626.php">Voorheesville school district</a> in New York to <a href="http://chicago.cbsl Tue, 20 May 2014 21:30:10 +0000 10458 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Seek Delay On Healthy Lunch Rules For Schools Nolan Ryan's Recipe for Success - and His Big Tex Rib-Eye http://kut.org/post/nolan-ryans-recipe-success-and-his-big-tex-rib-eye <p>At the ripe old age of 10, Nolan Ryan announced to his parents he was ready to get into the cattle business. And he did just that –&nbsp;buying his first calf from a local dairy farmer outside of his hometown of Alvin, Texas.</p><p>Fast forward a few decades, and most folks seem to associate Ryan's name with baseball. Pitching in the majors for 27 seasons, Ryan played for the Mets and California Angels before coming home to Texas, pitching for the Rangers and Astros and being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:40:00 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10437 at http://kut.org Nolan Ryan's Recipe for Success - and His Big Tex Rib-Eye PHOTOS: After 34 Years, Austin's Tamale House Closes http://kut.org/post/photos-after-34-years-austins-tamale-house-closes <p>Customers lined up today for their last taste of tacos from Tamale House #3 on Airport Boulevard. Owner Robert "Bobby" Vasquez died last week, and the restaurant announced <a href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1442499652664275&amp;id=1400522703528637&amp;stream_ref=10">on Facebook</a> it would close the location after 36 years. <a href="https://twitter.com/TamaleHouseEast">Tamale House East</a> on East 6<sup>th</sup> St. will remain open.</p><p>"Everybody misses the place," said Connie Salazar, the long-time companion of Vasquez. "I'm going to miss him too."</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:21:19 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10374 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: After 34 Years, Austin's Tamale House Closes Austin is Making It Easier For Food Trucks to Recycle and Compost http://kut.org/post/austin-making-it-easier-food-trucks-recycle-and-compost <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BatonCreole" style="line-height: 1.5;">Baton Creole</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> food truck owner Lynzy Moran has been cited twice by the City of Austin for trying to be more environmentally friendly.</span></p><p>Once it was for collecting grease to be recycled into biodiesel. Another time it was for trying to compost food waste. Now she drives the hot oil she uses to clean her fryers from her East Sixth Street location to a commissary for disposal.</p><p>"I'm literally having to travel with hot oil in my car every night, which is also very dangerous and pretty scary," Moran says. "[I've] definitely burned myself a few times."</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:05:29 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10336 at http://kut.org Austin is Making It Easier For Food Trucks to Recycle and Compost Mayor Leffingwell Gets a Breakfast Taco Intervention http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-gets-breakfast-taco-intervention <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leffingwell</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;made a much-debated statement&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-hosts-reddit-ask-me-anything-thread">while answering questions on&nbsp;Reddit</a>:&nbsp;He said Taco Cabana makes some of his favorite breakfast tacos.</span></p><p>Mando&nbsp;Rayo, a self-described “<a href="http://tacojournalism.blogspot.com/">taco journalist</a>” in a city that takes its breakfast tacos very seriously, decided to press the issue. On Tuesday,&nbsp;Rayo&nbsp;picked up breakfast tacos from one of his favorite Austin taco spots, Veracruz All Natural, and hand-delivered them to Mayor&nbsp;Leffingwell’s&nbsp;office.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:40:25 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10277 at http://kut.org Mayor Leffingwell Gets a Breakfast Taco Intervention This Musician Has a Unique (and Maybe Lifesaving) Message for Kids With Food Allergies http://kut.org/post/musician-has-unique-and-maybe-lifesaving-message-kids-food-allergies <p>It’s becoming more common for kids at school to share a classroom – or a lunchroom&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with a student with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as one in 15 kids in the U.S. have food allergies – and those numbers appear to be on the rise.</span></p><p>The issue is a serious one because kids can become very sick or die from exposure to certain foods. But kids also may feel isolated or be bullied because of the precautions they have to take.</p><p>Some local schools and parents are taking a unique route towards promoting awareness and acceptance.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143559325&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:24:04 +0000 Laura Rice 10141 at http://kut.org This Musician Has a Unique (and Maybe Lifesaving) Message for Kids With Food Allergies No More Cheap Margaritas? Why Lime Prices Are On the Rise http://kut.org/post/no-more-cheap-margaritas-why-lime-prices-are-rise <p>These days restaurants are spending obscene amounts of money on limes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think about what that means for Mexican food alone: limes are used in practically everything, from margaritas to </span>ceviche<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to guacamole.</span></p><p>Last week, the rising price of limes became personal for this reporter.</p><p>I stopped by La Moreliana, a small eatery in southeast Austin that serves up authentic tacos. The food was great – but the tacos were missing the citrusy, acidic bite only lime juice can add.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141297149&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:25:46 +0000 Joy Diaz 10027 at http://kut.org No More Cheap Margaritas? Why Lime Prices Are On the Rise Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening http://kut.org/post/americans-want-antibiotic-free-chicken-and-industry-listening In an age when consumers want transparency in how their food is produced, meat producers are under the microscope.<p>And the meat industry is responding: Antibiotic-free chicken is showing up everywhere you look.<p>Industry leviathans Perdue Farms and Tyson Foods have both come out with their own antibiotic-free brands of chicken — something that might have seemed practically unthinkable several years back. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:36:24 +0000 9810 at http://kut.org Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening New Food Truck Court to Open on Barton Springs Rd. http://kut.org/post/new-food-truck-court-open-barton-springs-rd <p>A new food trailer court is slated to open on Barton Springs Road in March, creating a new home for well-known mobile food vendors such as <a href="http://www.mightycone.com/">The Mighty Cone</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turf-N-Surf-Po-Boy/364351950938">Turf N Surf Po’Boy</a> and <a href="http://electriccock.com/">Ms. P’s Electric Cock.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thepicnicaustin">The Picnic</a>, as it's to be named, will occupy one-third of a three acre site <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/9BDPh">between</a> <a href="http://www.chuys.com/">Chuy's</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/BabyAcapulco">Baby Acapulco</a>&nbsp;where the&nbsp;Manor Mobile RV Park used to be. The other two thirds of the site is being developed as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coldwateraustin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Coldwater&nbsp;Luxury Apartments</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Unlike some food trailer courts that are located on undeveloped sites while landlords rent space to offset property tax until they can build something on the lot, the Picnic aims to be a long-term facility.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:50:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9683 at http://kut.org New Food Truck Court to Open on Barton Springs Rd. Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins? http://kut.org/post/whole-foods-bans-produce-grown-sludge-who-wins If you've ever shopped at Whole Foods, you've probably noticed that some of the foods it sells claim all kinds of health and environmental virtues. From its lengthy list of <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/unacceptable-ingredients-food">unacceptable ingredients for food</a> to its strict rules for how seafood is caught and meat is raised, the company sets a pretty high bar for what is permitted on its coveted shelves.<p>Now, Whole Foods is dictating what kind of fertilizer the farmers that grow its produce can use. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:21:01 +0000 9607 at http://kut.org Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins? The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet http://kut.org/post/fruits-free-trade-how-nafta-revamped-american-diet Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.<p>Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.<p>In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables. For starters, the volume of produce from Mexico to the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:14:19 +0000 Ted Robbins 9507 at http://kut.org Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food http://kut.org/post/flying-holiday-here-are-few-tips-survive-airline-food When you think about a scrumptious meal, airline food does <em>not </em>come to mind.<p>There are plenty of challenges to tasty airline meals, like the fact that many airlines now charge you for anything more than a tiny bag of chips and a plastic cup of non-alcoholic drink, at least on domestic flights. Plus, you can't cook on an airplane, so anything you're served has probably been chilled, then reheated. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:45:35 +0000 9422 at http://kut.org Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food Why In-N-Out Burger Pays More Than Other Fast Food Joints http://kut.org/post/why-n-out-burger-pays-more-other-fast-food-joints <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austinites got a taste of California yesterday with the opening of the city’s <a href="http://hosted.where2getit.com/innout/newdesign/?form=locator_search&amp;addressline=Austin+TX+78705&amp;search=&amp;state=&amp;geoip=1">first In-N-Out Burger&nbsp;at 45th and Airport</a>. The drive thru is known for made-to-order burgers and an ordering system that allows you to micromanage your meal. (Want your bun extra toasted? <a href="http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/03/the-in-n-out-survival-guide-we-ate-every-single-item-on-the-secret-menu.html">Just ask</a>.)&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In-N-Out Burger&nbsp;<a href="http://www.in-n-out.com/menu/food-quality.aspx">has no freezers.</a> No microwaves. No heat lamps. And In-N-Out has been quietly going against another trend in the low-wage, low-benefit fast food industry: they're paying their employees much more than the industry standard.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124670710&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:43:29 +0000 Terrence Henry 9366 at http://kut.org Why In-N-Out Burger Pays More Than Other Fast Food Joints Should You Stuff Your Turkey For Thanksgiving? http://kut.org/post/should-you-stuff-your-turkey-thanksgiving <p><em>As Thanksgiving nears, attention turns to the kitchen. And as families across the country prepare their family meals for Thursday, a debate: whether to stuff the bird.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.fieldandfeast.com/">Field &amp; Feast</a> is a weekly feature airing Saturdays on KUT and KUTX. On the Field &amp; Feast website, Cecilia Nasti <a href="http://www.fieldandfeast.com/cook-something/turkey-tips/">wades into the stuffing debate</a> and offers the following advice on how to avert dressing disasters and other Thanksgiving goofs. </em></p><p>What’s turkey without stuffing?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That wonderful </span>bready<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> filling, saturated with the savory juices of your holiday bird is heaven – that is, until it makes someone sick.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The challenges of cooking a stuffed bird is getting the stuffing to reach the food safe temperature of the cooked turkey: 165° F.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:10:30 +0000 Cecilia Nasti 9272 at http://kut.org Should You Stuff Your Turkey For Thanksgiving? Could a 'Healthy Food Zone' Keep Fast Food Away from Austin Schools? http://kut.org/post/could-healthy-food-zone-keep-fast-food-away-austin-schools <p>A “healthy food zone” ordinance could be in the works for areas surrounding Austin schools, parks, recreation centers, libraries and child care centers. And that could potentially mean a prohibition on new fast food restaurants in those areas.</p><p>In an effort to battle childhood obesity, the City of Austin and Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services have developed <a href="http://austintexas.gov/healthforum">a Community Health Improvement Plan</a>. One of the priorities in the plan is creating healthier environments for children. To that end, the plan has an objective of creating “healthy food zones” around specific areas by June 2016.</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:28:52 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 9212 at http://kut.org Could a 'Healthy Food Zone' Keep Fast Food Away from Austin Schools?