October is a sweet spot for food news -- the nation's food sections are done with all those overabundant-garden stories and are still plotting their Thanksgiving/Christmas/post-holiday diet coverage, giving food writers the time to file interesting articles:
Taco Bell’s Fare Baffles Mexicans by Mark Stevenson (AP/Seattle Times): Taco Bell takes another stab at the Mexican market -- yeah, you read that right, in Mexico -- after failing miserably 15 years ago. Would love to see what Yucatecans and Sonorans would make of Taco Time.
A History of the Honeycrisp by Susan Taylor (Chicago Tribune): Apparently, Seattle's cult apple comes from Minnesota, which, BTW, claims its Honeycrisps are better than ours (bring it on...). A fantastic story about how a new variety of apple gets developed, mass-marketed -- and at some point in the future, ruined.
The Cocktails You Eat by Betty Hallock (LA Times): The Jell-O shot goes gourmet. Maggie, weren’t we joking about doing this a couple weeks ago? And here I laughed at your (brilliant) idea. Perhaps it's time to start upscaling your Mudslide recipes.
Perfect Porridge by Simon Humphreys (UK Guardian): One lone Brit sets out to take home the Golden Spurtle from the national porridge (oatmeal, to civilized people) competition in Scotland.
Buying and Cooking Dried Beans by Kelly Myer (Culinate): The Food Section tends to avoid practical stories. Maybe I've just been in a legume-y space recently, but I found this article a good primer/reminder on how to properly simmer beans.
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