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Archive for 2009

NEWS: What Happened To The Chesapeake Blue Crab

Maryland’s iconic blue crab is on the list of the Top 25 Things Vanishing From America according to WalletPop.com. In 2007, the Chesapeake Bay saw the lowest harvest since 1945, just 22 million pounds; 40 years ago the harvest was 96 million pounds. There are only about 120 million crabs in the Bay, and officials estimate that 200 million are needed for a sustainable population. Overfishing, pollution, invasive species and global warming are the culprits. The federal government granted the state $20 million to combat the problem, although, as the post notes, legislators were more worried about helping save jobs for the crabbers than the disappearing species. But in this economy, who’s shelling out $200 for a bucket of blues? Read the full story. crab - blue crabs in pot

Only the males have blue claws; but both males and females end up the same color—orange—when cooked. Photo by Michael Thompson | IST.

– Learn more about the different grades of crabmeat.
– See the different types of crab in our Crab Glossary.

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RESTAURANTS: The Heart Attack Grill

Those whose New Year’s resolutions don’t include healthy eating should high-tail to Chandler, Arizona for a feast at the Heart Attack Grill. Yes, that’s the name, and the sign on the door of this burger bar says, < Caution! This establishment is BAD for your health! > How bad?

– The hamburger buns are coated in lard
– There’s no lettuce on the burgers
– There’s no salad bar, but a fries bar, with as many fries as you want, fried in lard and laden with all the cheese sauce you want
– There’s no diet soda or light beer
You get the picture…and you’ll get much more when you watch the video.


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CONTEST: Healthy Bread Contest

The 2009 National Festival of Breads, sponsored by King Arthur Flour and Kansas Wheat, want to emphasize the role that bread plays in a healthy and active lifestyle. If you have an original yeast bread recipe, you could become a finalist to receive a $500 cash award and a trip to Wichita, Kansas, to compete for additional prizes. The Grand Prize Winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to a baking class of his/her choice at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont (see the class schedule at kingarthurflour.com/baking–you may want to plan a “baking vacation” this year). Five special awards of $500 cash may be given, depending on entries received, to: Best Recipe Using White Whole Wheat Flour (at least 75% white whole wheat flour in recipe), Best Recipe Using Cranberries, Best Recipe Using Cheese, Best Recipe Using Nuts and Best Recipe Using Raisins. Inspired? See the full contest rules at kingarthurflour.com/events/2009nfob.html.
– THE NIBBLE’s entire January issue is devoted to healthy foods. Check out the Table of Contents.

– Our Diet Nibbles Section includes fat-free, gluten-free, low-calorie and sugar free foods (that also taste great—NIBBLE Criterion #1).

– If your goal is to eat more organic food this year, check out our NutriNibbles Section—all organic and wellness foods.

Happy New Year from all of us at THE NIBBLE.

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