Common Fuel for the Campaign Diet? Pizza and Doughnuts

The U.S. Presidential candidates may have left New Hampshire, but they’ve also left a lot of fast food wrappers in their wake.

Almost everyone on the campaign trail gains weight, thanks to an endless stream of late night takeout and photo-ops at greasy spoons (see Eater's report on how much Democrats Secretary Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders are spending on donuts). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Eating well on the run requires planning—and maybe a pocketful of nuts.

Melissa Snow, a registered Dietician and Nutritionist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, watched the fast-food fury with alarm as the two Democratic and eight Republican candidates crisscrossed the ...

Seaweed Farming May Be the Prescription for Troubled Waters

Even in the dead of winter, the Gulf of Maine is a vibrant place. Birds, crabs, and fish abound. Tiny plumes of smoke rise from the homes of Mainers living along the well-populated Southern coast.

But the sea is changing. The Gulf has warmed faster than any body of water in the world, with climate change models projecting surface temperatures to rise another 5.5°F by 2065. “Since 1982, these waters have warmed at a rate of 0.07°F per year—four times the average,” says Gulf of Maine Research Institute Chief Scientific Officer Andrew Pershing in the journal Science in November. It’s a scenario that could spell the end of ...

Is the Christmas Goose Making a Comeback?

A hundred years ago, a golden-browned goose was a familiar delicacy on December 25th. Scrooge thought it essential to add to  poor Bob Cratchet's table in A Christmas Carol, and a goose who lays golden eggs was a prize in the Jack In the Beanstalk story. But good luck finding one at your average American supermarket today.

The Christmas goose actually traces its roots back to the medieval European feast of Martinmas. St. Martin was revered in Roman times as a spiritual leader and patron of children and the poor. As legend goes, one evening, having learned of his consecration as Bishop, he hid in a barn to avoid what he saw as a title above his humble station, only to be revealed by the loud squawking of geese. Their punishment? Feast fare for centuries to come. But as farming life waned, so did ...

Global Warming Pushes Maple Trees, Syrup to the Brink

The polar bear is a powerful symbol of the effects of climate change in the Arctic.  Here in New England, our symbol may soon be the sugar maple tree. Tapped for syrup for centuries and famous for its fall foliage, the sugar maple is stressed to the point of decline and many scientists studying this beloved tree believe rising temperatures are the cause.

Maple syrup’s use as a food was first recorded in the early 1600s, when French writer Marc Lescarbot noted that Native American tribes “get juice from the trees and distill it down into a very sweet and agreeable liquid.”  The syrup lore goes like this: A chief threw a tomahawk at a tree and noticed the rich syrup dripping from it.  His wife cooked that evening’s venison in the sweet ...

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