Gabriel: Government regulates every inch of pickles (and everything else)

By Jon Gabriel, Special to the Republic Jon Gabriel: If the Code of Federal Regulations were put into one volume, it would be nearly 60 feet thick. Products Branch of the Fruit and Vegetable Division of the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It contains scintillating regulations, such as: Sizes of whole pickles […]

Jala Jala is an Alabama Maker worth shouting about

By Tommy Black   –   Alabama Newscenter Being from Texas, Jay Short just assumed other folks loved jalapeño peppers as much as he did. “Growing up in in the Dallas area, jalapeños were a way of life. My dad would serve them with every meal,” he says. “So I thought everybody ate them.” These […]

This One-Skillet Jalapeño Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese Is Just as Easy As the Instant Stuff

BY SHAY SPENCE•  @CHEZSPENCE • People.com blob:http://people.com/eaf7a99f-3761-4142-9d87-453130570ca4 Take 5 is a PEOPLE Food series with a mission: Get a star-worthy meal (or dessert or cocktail) on your table in either 5 minutes or using only 5 ingredients. Each recipe has been bravely tested, tasted and approved by our food editors for your eating pleasure. If you’re hungry for more recipes, we’ve got you covered. Look, we are […]

Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal. By Eleanor Ainge Roy   –   the guardian A rare, tiny marine creature known as the “unicorn of the sea” has swarmed in its millions on the west coast of America, ruining fishermen’s nets and baffling scientists […]

New Braunfels prepares to open branch of San Antonio Food Bank

By Zeke MacCormack   –   San Antonio Express-News Construction is nearing completion on the San Antonio Food Bank’s first branch location, a $6.1 million facility in New Braunfels that should allow the agency to help more people with expanded programs and improved logistical capabilities in the rapidly growing area. To be called the New Braunfels […]