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The world has become largely homogenized. Still, there are regional foods in Mississippi no one's heard of in Wisconsin. And we think that's wrong. We want to hear from Mississippians about fried catfish and Wisconsinites about cheese curds. Along the way, we'll pluck some choice bits — many never before reported — from national archives.


The farmers market has always been a rite of spring

While I was growing up in St. Louis in the 1960s, my mother established a weekly market routine. Every Saturday morning, we headed to Soulard Farmers Market to buy the weekʼs fruit and vegetable supply from local farmers. (Mom always adamantly avoided the “commission house” sellers. We ate local food even back then.) Fresh produce …

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Podcast: Matzah, pizza rustica and coconut cake

In this week’s podcast, Domenica Marchetti and Peter Ogburn discuss symbolic foods of the season; namely, Passover matzah and Italian Easter pie (pizza rustica). Turns out there’s matzah and then there’s Vermatzah, small-batch, whole-grain artisan matzah from a bakery in Vermont. Pizza rustica, on the other hand, is about as far from matzah as you …

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A Passover seder in Iowa

When Good Friday and the first night of Passover coincided several years ago, the Rosenblum family and a minister friend of theirs from Iowa decided to celebrate together. The New York Rosenblums decamped to Emmetsburg, population 3,904 at the last census, where they were to prepare a traditional Jewish seder for their friend’s congregation. And …

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Vermont matzah made the ancient way

Doug Freilich and his wife, Julie Sperling, had their Vermont bakery and farm for four years when they decided to go back to basics. “We were experimenting with local grains and different wheats that could be grown in Vermont and the northeast,” says Freilich. One variety they chose was emmer, an ancient grain that has …

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Pour Two Brothers’ red rye, put on the (Chicago-style) dog

It’s daunting to choose just one brew to represent Illinois, our nation’s fifth most-populous state. A veritable beer-soaked wonderland, it boasts an abundance of fantastic, family-owned breweries and enough delicious suds to keep the entire country in fine spirits. Illinois has America’s longest brewing history outside the 13 colonies, according to “American Breweries II” author …

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Idaho Laughing Dog IPA no joke with potato salad

I first experienced Idaho while racing west on Interstate 90 from Glendive, Mont., to Spokane, Wash. I strapped in for the 11-hour drive on a warm summer evening, accompanied by some good tunes and a lot of coffee. Near midnight, I crossed the state line into the Gem State. The road was invitingly open for a …

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Brisket for a hunger the size of Texas

When Katie Younger left Texas nearly a decade ago, she had no idea she was leaving brisket too. “I was shocked,” she says about the ignorance surrounding large slabs of fat-blanketed beef. “I just thought it was such a common meal for people to have.” In New England, beef brisket most often shows up as …

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Father-daughter brownie love story

My dad and I love desserts. We’re suckers for ice cream, Bananas Foster and all things toffee-flavored. But we could do without chocolate. It’s just not in our flavor profile. Except for brownies. Something about the moist, chewy, flaky dessert just hits our sweet-tooth spot. As a little girl growing up in the northern Chicago …

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Back Forty Beer Co. wants to put Alabama brew, food out front

The mention of “Alabama cuisine” might conjure up hazy images of vegetables fried beyond recognition, bread crumb-topped mac ’n’ cheese, sticky-sweet barbecued pork and gallons of sweet tea or six-packs of cheap beer, sweating beads of condensation under a brutal sun. Delicious, for sure. But forward thinking? Refined? Artisanal? Not so much. Jason Wilson is …

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50 States of Beer: Hawaiian IPA goes swell with Spam

One of the joys of living on the West Coast is its proximity to the Pacific. The ocean’s generally freezing, yes, but it also offers a direct connection to Japan, Southeast Asia and the many islands dotting its massive blue expanse. That Pacific pathway delivers a great many things to the continental United States, including …

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