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All Hail, the Microwave: get zapped

Aside from Double-Doubles and vanilla shakes from the drive-thru, God’s greatest gift to cooks is the microwave. This culinary anomaly can make ramen in seconds, nuke an entire turkey in minutes and host a Peeps battle like none other seen before. Best of all, virtually anything can be made with a microwave. I know what […]

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The Incredible Edible Egg

During the 1990’s, dietary cholesterol became associated with the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, which today remains the number one cause of death in the United States. The egg contains 185 mg of cholesterol, more than half of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), and quickly became the face of the anti-cholesterol movement. Although recent studies […]

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Egg cookery: 4 ways to cook a perfect egg

Breakfast is awesome, so long as you’re not the one cooking. Ask any cook who has worked a breakfast or brunch service, and they’ll tell you it’s akin to the seventh circle of hell. The last thing many of us want to do on a Sunday morning is break out the pots and pans, let […]

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Eggs-cellence: Why eggs are great, and also why they suck

There are but a few culinary luxuries that can match the food-gasm of flavor from a perfectly cooked egg. If you’ve never seen or tried it before, I dare you, nay, I double-dog dare you, to order a cheeseburger with a fried egg. Just imagine a little, golden balloon filled with a sexified protein center […]

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Shopping fair trade

Here’s a quick reference guide for when you’re hunting for establishments that offer fair trade foods, or are looking for some retailers that carry fair trade products. Compartes Chocolatier: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head down to Brentwood’s Compartes Chocolatier, located at 912 S. Barrington Ave. Young-gun chocolatier Jonathan Grahm continues to uphold Compartes’  64-year […]

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Decoding ‘fair trade’ and ‘free trade’

People typically encounter the terms free trade and fair trade when shopping for coffee, but the two practices are applicable to almost any sort of consumer product. Fair trade practices are characterized by the close relationship producers maintain with distributors, and often allot more time and adequate pay commensurate with the product’s market value. On […]

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What in the world is sustainable food?

When it comes to the language of food, foodies love tossing around three-dollar words like organic, free-range, farm-to-table, non-GMO and sustainable produce — but it’s all bullshit. We live in a world where pseudo-words apparently have more context than those from which they are derived. This alphabet mash-up has bastardized the English language, reducing it […]

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CSUN-ny Side Up takes a break

CSUN-ny Side Up takes a break

Author Jake Fredericks will resume writing after spring break. In the mean time, try one of his farmer’s market fresh recipes.

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A farmer’s market may be headed to a campus near you

A farmer’s market may be headed to a campus near you

In 2010, the CSUN Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics investigated bringing a farmers market to the CSUN campus. Logistical hurdles being what they were, a partnership was formed instead with Underwood Family Farms and the current Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program was born. Whereas farmers markets are designed for multiple […]

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Ripe for the picking

If you’re like most shoppers, picking out ripe produce is typically a game of chance. As you awkwardly smell the outside of oranges and rap the side of a honeydew melon, it dawns on you that you have no clue what you’re doing. Just exercising some random tip you heard once in passing, on television […]

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Coming to a farmer’s market nearest you

Name: Northridge Farmers Market Location: 9301 Tampa Ave. Northridge, CA 91324 (Northridge Mall) Market Open: Wednesdays 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. (March-Oct.) Good For: Families, free samples, dinner, date night About: The Northridge Farmers Market is a nice place for the families and students residing in the Valley to access farm-fresh produce and wholesome fun. This […]

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Farmers markets, the urban grocer

Thank goodness for bees. Without these amazing winged specimens the season of spring would cease to exist. You don’t have look very far to see how impactful the bees’ labor of love stretches, simply look toward the variety of produce, offered in great quantities from vendors at Los Angeles’ farmers markets. Here, purveyors and customers […]