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The Thursday Edition: A Roundup of Newspaper Food Stories

What's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free), it's where most of your content comes from. Surf away. Just remember that spilling your macchiato over your keyboard is a lot more expensive than spilling it across newsprint.

At the Los Angeles Times, Russ Parsons outlines how to grill the perfect steak; a look at Bigmista's Barbecue; 1 1/2 stars for Chaya Venice.

At The New York Times, Mark Bittman on 101 reasons to light the grill; growing oysters for credit; Harold McGee on the secret to ribs (the oven).

New Orleans chef Susan Spicer sues BP, Halliburton and others for damages relative to the oil spill, at the Times-Picayune.

The Boston Globe looks at a Crate to Plate program engineered by local lobstermen; an examination of salad dressings for the July 4th holiday weekend.

At The Detroit News, the joys of fresh sugar snap peas; The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper answers a reader's letter concerning anchovies in vinaigrette.

Rick Bayless writes about his July 4th fiesta; if you want something different on your grill, try bison, at Chicago Tribune.

How to make cookies out of cake mix (Sandra Lee, are you reading this?); take a freezing, canning and dehydrating workshop, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

A list of handy recipes for your July 4th picnic, from The Washington Post.

How to make whoopie pies--perhaps the new West Coast dessert of choice--at home, from the San Francisco Chronicle.