Utah Pioneer Day means family, food and Jell-O

Pioneer Day and food preservation are essential to Utah’s culture, which is intricately tied to the customs and calendar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – the Mormon Church. Family and community gatherings — often potlucks, picnics and barbecues — are often also religious affairs. Pioneer Day, the official state holiday celebrated …

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Ratatouille translates as summer in any language

In the 1960s, when French cuisine started to hit the American market, we expanded our palates to accept many new foods. First there were quiche, brie and baguette. No problem. Then onion soup, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon. So, why don’t we eat ratatouille, one of the most basic and delicious of French dishes? I …

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Meat lab on Wisc. campus offers real hands-on learning

To help pay for the semester’s books or a weekend night out, many American college students hold down jobs at the campus library or gym. But when Alex Richter goes to work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he dons rubber boots, a white coat and a hairnet. Richter is a campus butcher. Richter and 15 …

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Early-American cakes renamed to honor U.S. heroes

Since George Washington was larger than life, it’s not surprising that a cake created in his honor was “the largest ever known,” according to the baker. In 1838, John Pease, a New York City baker, made what he called a “delectable compound,” weighing in at more than 2,600 pounds. The mammoth cake was made of …

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