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Thursday, August 15, 2013

One of the hits with the "astronauts" -- Cajun Spam jambalaya - SIAN PROCTOR/HI-SEAS
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Six scientists -- some of them accomplished chefs -- emerged from four months in a simulated space habitat where their mission was ... to eat.

The purpose of the study, conducted on an isolated lava field about 8,000 feet above sea level on the northern slope of Mauna Loa on Hawaii's Big Island, was to determine how best to feed astronauts during the long trip to Mars. The mission, known as Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (or HI-SEAS for short), was led by Cornell University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and funded by NASA. It began in mid-April and wrapped up August 13.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cookbooks

A New Nutella Cookbook + A Recipe for Nutella Whoopie Pies

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Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Cover of the Nutella cookbook - © LAROUSSE
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The new Nutella cookbook coming out next month from the Ferrero company is, well, not a pastry book you'd confuse with something from Jacques Torres or Pierre Hermé. It looks more like one of those puffy books your kids used to read in the bathtub. Of course, this is not a bad thing. Some of us still read books in the bathtub. Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes by Jacquie Small is shaped exactly like a jar of Nutella, and is only slightly larger than the giant jar in my cabinet.

Nutella, the highly addictive chocolate-hazelnut spread created in Italy by the Ferrero company, apparently translates very well into recipes. The thirty of them in this cookbook include a recipe for Whoopie pies (turn the page for that one), as well as those for Nutella mousse, Nutella milkshakes, Nutella truffles, Nutella rice pudding and Nutella crème brûlée. The recipes are easy to follow, with ingredients in both grams and ounces, and include very pretty photographs of each dish.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Nutella on toast - FLICKR/ELISASIZZLE
Maybe it's a good thing that New York City Mayor Bloomberg has targeted soda as a leading cause of the obesity epidemic, because he could have targeted something far, far more important: Nutella. Which is precisely what the government of France has done. In an effort to curb obesity, France is proposing a "fat tax," which would target not pâté or foie gras, but palm oil. Right. Because that's what's making everyone fat, apparently, not the many McDonald's restaurants in Paris or all that glorious cheese. (And yes, if you were wondering, French people get fat too, although calling out Gerard Depardieu seems really unfair.)

In what has become known as the Nutella Amendment, France's (Socialist, of course) government plans to quadruple taxes on products containing palm oil, a key ingredient in the hugely popular Italian hazelnut-chocolate spread. The argument is that palm oil consumption is fueling obesity, reports The Guardian. And no, this isn't making anybody happy, particularly French schoolchildren and the government of Malaysia, which produces palm oil.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

A dab of Nutella on mini toast - FLICKR/ELISASIZZLE
Nutella isn't a health food? But it's made with hazelnuts -- nuts are good for you. And chocolate -- doesn't chocolate contain healthy antioxidants?

Two class-action lawsuits against Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, say the company's claims in a recent TV commercial that Nutella spread on toast makes a healthy breakfast for children went a little too far, according to the New York Daily News. (One suit was for California, where the suit originated, and the other was for hazelnut-spread victims in the rest of the country.)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nutella brownies - LA WEEKLY FLICKR POOL/COOKING ON THE WEEKENDS
This LA Weekly Flickr pool photo, taken by photographer Cooking On The Weekends, manages to combine most of the key elements of Valentine's Day into one shot -- and one recipe. You've got the hearts, the chocolate, the pretty colors. You even have Nutella, which is what some of us plan to eat for dinner in lieu of an actual date night out. (Okay, maybe after a trip to the Sichuan restaurant down the street. A different Sichuan restaurant, Tony! Thank you. We love you too.)

And a reminder that if you have any brilliant shots of food you've taken around town recently, you might consider uploading them on our Flickr pool. Never know where they might show up.

Friday, February 3, 2012

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In addition to being the Super Bowl (Patriots vs. Giants, by the way), this Sunday, Feb. 5, is the sixth annual World Nutella Day. OK, this is one of those holidays (Arbor Day, National Cream Puff Day) that may seem arbitrary and slightly ridiculous at first, when in fact it is a serious vindication for some of us.

In 2007, two American expat writers living in Italy, Sara Rosso and Michelle Fabio, made it official, declaring their love for the chocolate-hazelnut spread and the day a holiday. What to eat in the kitchen during the halftime show, if Madonna at 53 is not really your thing. Or read maybe, as Rosso and Fabio also have a book, The Unofficial Guide to Nutella, (history! stories! recipes!) out on Kindle.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Nutella truffles - LA WEEKLY FLICKR POOL/COOKING ON THE WEEKENDS
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If you're the sort of person who buys jars of Nutella in bulk, has a mental map of all the shops in L.A. where you can get the European-made stuff, and has toured this town more than once to find Nutella-related dishes on menus, then this lovely photo will make you as happy as it did us. The LA Weekly Flickr pool photo comes to you from photographer Cooking On The Weekends, a lovely shot of her Nutella truffles. Which recipe you can find on her blog. (Scharffen Berger, hazelnut praline, a whole jar of Nutella.) And, of course, if you have any brilliant shots of food you've taken around town recently, you might consider uploading them on our Flickr pool. Never know where they might show up.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nutella

Local Pantry: Fat Uncle Farms Will Make You Rethink Your Nutella Habit

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Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Call It What You Will, We Call It Good - JGARBEE
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  • Call It What You Will, We Call It Good
Fat Uncle Farms is one of those guilt-inducing farmers market stops by default, meaning that even something healthy like almonds feels like an indulgence when you are surrounded by piles of carrots. But you really do need a bag of rosemary-sea salt roasted almonds for your desk drawer, don't you? And of course, some honey-scented marzipan and freshly ground almond flour to bake a frangipane tart this weekend. Now you can add their chocolate almond butter -- yeah, essentially farmers market Nutella -- to your "essential" pantry list.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nutella

Man Eats Whole Jar of Nutella

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Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

No matter how addicted you are to Nutella, you probably haven't powered down an entire jar in one sitting, never mind in four minutes.

Former-anoxeric-turned-bodybuilder-turned-champion-competitive-eater Furious Pete shows how it's done and also -- what you might look like during the experience. Which might dial back your craving for Nutella a few clicks.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nutella

Pietro Ferrero Dies: Co-CEO of Ferrero, Makers of Nutella

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Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 2:53 PM

jar of Nutella - FLICKR/KLAVR
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Time to get out your jar of Nutella and raise a spoonful. According to The Telegraph, Pietro Ferrero, the co-CEO of Ferrero group, the makers of Nutella, has died. The 47-year-old Ferrero died April 18th in South Africa, where he collapsed while cycling near Cape Town. He's survived by his wife, their three children and his brother Giovanni, who is joint-chief executive of the family-owned Ferrero group. The company was founded in 1942 by Ferrero's grandfather, also named Pietro Ferrero, in the town of Alba, in northern Italy. And no snide jokes about Nutella being bad for you, or the recently-documented toxicity of sugar either. A moment of silence and chocolate.

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