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Chinese pine mouth — ever had it?

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When we were down in Louisiana a month or so ago, we made a pesto sauce. Turns out I was the only one who ate it. Afterward, for several days I couldn’t eat anything without it tasting really metallic and […]

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How to make a magic red wine sauce

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I want to assure y’all that on the new blog, you’ll see fewer celebrity-snark posts, but I won’t abandon posts about food and wine, and some of the personal stuff (e.g., updates about my sister). You’ll still get Ruthie, and […]

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An amazing teen gardener

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Alexandra Reau is not yet old enough to drive, and just look: Lawn mowing and baby-sitting are standard summer jobs for the enterprising teenager. Alexandra Reau, who is 14, combines a little bit of each: last year, she asked her […]

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The sublimity of wine

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Last night Julie and I went to dinner at Spring Mill Cafe, a wonderful French restaurant not far from my office. Chef Michele Haines had a special Bastille Day menu and program. One happy result of Pennsylvania’s stupid liquor laws, […]

Peasant food is now rich people’s fare

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That earlier GMO Eucharist thread got taken over by a discussion of gluten and celiac disease. I will re-post these lines from Ocholophobist, quoted in the original post, in hopes that y’all will want to discuss it here: [T]here is […]

Culture & their fat Kentucky home

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Via The Browser, here’s a really good slice-of-life portrait of a small, rural Kentucky town where most people are obese. Excerpts: The residents of this town of 2,100 — 95 miles southeast of Lexington and deep in the Appalachian foothills […]

Wine and the value of Value

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I invite you to go into the comboxes in the latest PA wine thread, in which I’m arguing with commenter Andrew about the crazy Pennsylvania wine laws. The whole thread is worth reading, I think, for full context. Here’s something […]

PA state wine commissars tech FAIL

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Just look at this thing. It’s a vending machine for wine, now being tried out in Philadelphia. As regular readers and/or PA residents know, this state has a Soviet-style liquor-purchasing system in which you have to buy all wine from […]

Radical homemaker FAIL

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Madeline Holler is no Sharon Astyk, and she knows it. She and her husband left a relatively high-income lifestyle for a place in the Midwest, where they found themselves living on a third of what they had been making. Excerpts: […]

FDA moves against antibiotics in animals

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Finally, the government does something right in regulating the food system: The Food and Drug Administration urged farmers on Monday to stop giving antibiotics to cattle, poultry, hogs and other animals to spur their growth, citing concern that drug overuse […]

Bear Grylls for avid indoorsmen like me

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Behold, a gallant Frenchman shows you how to freaking open a bottle of wine with your shoe! Are they a great people, or what? Say, we need a show for avid indoorsmen, like Your Working Boy, that features some rake […]

SCOTUS backs GM seeds — or not?

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I don’t closely follow the controversies over genetically modified seeds, but the Supreme Court ruling this week saying it was legal for Monsanto to go ahead with production of genetically modified seeds without an environmental impact study strikes me as […]

Anthony Bourdain on cool

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I’m addicted to Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” travel food show, which I watch via streaming Netflix. Bourdain is a self-conscious cool guy, and at times, something of a jerk. But he’s compulsively watchable. Though I wish he would trash the […]

The magical allergy-curing hamburger

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OK, this is weird. Julie woke up this morning and had a massive allergy attack, which is different for her than it is for me. With me, I can feel some histamine-related swelling, but mostly it makes me feel really […]

What’s for dinner, summer folks?

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As you know, summer is my least favorite season. Hate me the heat. But the fresh vegetables do make it tolerable, and sometimes more than tolerable. Julie went to her garden today to work all afternoon while I slept off […]

Global warming and the dim fate of wine

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Yes, there are far more serious things to be concerned about re: global warming than the fate of the wine industry, says Steven Kolpan — but it’s not nothing. Kolpan writes that we’re already seeing big and deleterious changes in […]

Food! Summer! Farmers! Greens!

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Just back from our neighborhood farmer’s market, carrying three sacks full of kale, chard, lettuce and turnip greens. Also bought two tomatoes — it’s early for them yet, but I’m dying for some fresh tomato — and a jar of […]

Fun with Pennsylvania Soviet wine shopping

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I’m going to spare you all another rant about the idiotic system of state-run wine and spirits stores in Pennsylvania. You know the drill: the state holds a monopoly on wine and spirits sales, making all clerks in the state-run […]

Hannah in the city

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As mentioned earlier, we have our niece Hannah staying with us this week, up visiting from Louisiana. She’s my sister Ruthie’s 17-year-old daughter, and this is her first visit to Philadelphia. As I write this on Saturday morning, she and […]

New Orleans: ‘Let BP eat cake’

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A New Orleans friend sent me this photo of a cake in the pastry case at Breaux Mart on Magazine Street. He says, “Love this town!” Hell, who wouldn’t?

Is the ‘autism diet’ really ineffective?

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Yesterday I saw a story about a study showing that the “autism diet” (gluten-free, casein-free) had not demonstrated effectiveness in treating kids on the autism spectrum. I passed that along to a Philadelphia friend and reader of this blog who […]

What would you pay at pay-what-you-want?

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Heard about these pay-what-you-want restaurants? No prices, just pay what you think you should. It’s a fascinating experiment in psychology. According to the AP report about an outlet of the Panera Bread Co. restaurant operating under this model: The pilot […]

Bordeaux? Dude, what’s that?

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Lots of buzz on the wine and food blogs about Eric Asimov’s Times column observing that the younger generation of wine aficionados don’t care about Bordeaux. Excerpt: But for a significant segment of the wine-drinking population in the United States, […]

Strawberries, mud, Champagne and springtime

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This week, Julie and I have our niece Hannah staying with us. Hannah is my sister Ruthie’s 17 year old daughter. It’s a real treat for us to have her around. On Friday, I’m taking the day off, and we’re […]

Eating with the vegan ultra-marathoner

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How on earth does a man who trains for 150-mile races do it without eating meat or dairy protein? Mark Bittman talks to Scott Jurek. Excerpt: He said he spent a great deal of time shopping, preparing and cooking food […]

Dogs in space? Yes — with soy sauce

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How far we’ve come since Laika: Yang Liwei, the 44-year-old military pilot who commanded the Shenzhou Five mission in 2003, revealed the menu on-board the spacecraft in his autobiography, The Nine Levels between Heaven and Earth. “Many of my friends […]

Fat as a moral issue

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This material is going to be familiar to many of you from an earlier series of blog postings here, but here’s a piece I’ve done on obesity as a moral issue. Excerpt: Anyone who wishes to exercise self-discipline has to […]

The cost of chemicals in our lives

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Reader Conor sends a report about how the extensive use of the weedkiller Roundup has resulted in the emergence of Roundup-resistant weeds. Excerpt: Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous […]

Our disgusting meat supply

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Yesterday I paid a depressingly high price for a two-pound brisket at Whole Foods. But every time I wonder if I’m paying too much for “clean” meat, I’ll read something like this. Excerpt: In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment […]

All hail the Cupcake Cannon!

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Best invention since the iPad:

Best mint julep recipe ever! Really.

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Happy Derby Day. Sit down right now and read Walker Percy’s essay about Bourbon. I’m a Southerner, so trust me on this: the mint julep recipe Cud’n Walker provides is the best one ever. The dusting of nutmeg is the […]

Carbs: The source of all evil

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Hey, how about this, from Scientific American?: Eat less saturated fat: that has been the take-home message from the U.S. government for the past 30 years. But while Americans have dutifully reduced the percentage of daily calories from saturated fat […]

A Benedictine guide to cheese-making

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This item about a Benedictine nun drawing spiritual lessons from cheese-making might just be the Platonic ideal of a Rod Dreher blog post. Excerpt: Mother Noella began her presentation with a slide of a gold-gilded icon of St. Benedict beholding […]

Climate change threatens wine industry

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OK Mister Global Warming, it’s one thing when you cause glaciers to melt, threaten piddly Pacific islands with inundation, and promising a future of bleak migration and misery for millions, but when you start threatening Your Working Yuppie Boy’s wine […]

Peak phosphorus, or, for want of a nail

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Reflecting on how the Icelandic volcano brought much of life in Europe — especially economic life — to a near-standstill in Europe, badly inconvenienced travelers waxed philosophical: “I think Europe weirdly needs this kind of occasion to be reminded that […]

Traif: The bad-faith restaurant

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Lots of press attention to Traif, a new restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, run by a Jewish man and his Gentile partner. Their gimmick is … well, it’s the sort of thing that if a Muslim tried it with a restaurant […]

Coffee from a varmint’s butt

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Here’s a post that combines two of my favorite things: coffee and juvenile scatological humor. Naturally, I speak of the exceedingly rare and expensive coffee brewed from beans that have been treated inside the gut of a civet cat, then […]

Up with women farmers!

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So says woman farmer Sharon Astyk, writing in In Character. Excerpt: I was not raised on a farm. My parents or grandparents were NOT farmers. My husband comes NOT from farming people but from an apartment in New Jersey. Both […]

Obesogenia, or, to be American is to be obese

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We had several threads about obesity here a few weeks back, and I urge anyone who felt strongly about them to, by all means, read the Atlantic essay by Marc Ambinder, who discussed obesity in America and his own decision […]

Riesling, I hardly knew ye

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When I bought a case of wine from Moore Bros., I asked four eight reds and four whites. I told Susan, the helpful consultant, that I strongly preferred bone-dry whites. She slipped a bottle of Riesling into the mix, which […]

Food politics in France and America

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Adam Gopnik, writing in The New Yorker: In America and England, you are what you think about eating. Tell me where you stand on Michelle Obama’s organic White House garden and (with the exception of a handful of “Crunchy Cons” […]

A foodie paradox: It’s expensive to eat poor

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Lovely story from today’s NYT food section about Darina Allen, an Irish woman who has worked hard to bring back traditional Irish cooking. Excerpt: “Using elements of native cuisine in a white-tablecloth setting was totally new in Ireland at the […]

The foodie who won’t eat anything

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Or, well, hardly anything. Tonight I pan-fried some scallops in olive oil, sprinkled some sea salt on them, and enjoyed 15 minutes of bliss. And now I see that my pal Amy Sullivan has written a piece implicitly denying the […]

Are you a hegan? Would you date one?

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Well, if you’re an Orthodox Christian man, you’d better be a hegan (male vegan) now, this last week of Lent. The Boston Globe examines heganism (versus sheganism?) as a masculinist cultural phenomenon. Excerpt: Three years later, sipping a yerba mate […]

Getting good, healthy food cheap

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Andrew Sullivan links to a post in which the writer discloses the secret of eating exotically and well for cheap. Excerpt: People are always railing, of course, about how people on food stamps don’t buy enough healthy food. But heaven […]

A culture that hates asceticism

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I had a great conversation with a new friend on a train ride today. I don’t think he’s religious at all, but we got to talking about Lent, and asceticism. He said that it’s no surprise to him that American […]

Kombucha: a crunch too far

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Try as I might — and I have tried, a little — I can’t stomach the idea of drinking the fermented, bacteria-rich tea called kombucha. According to The New York Times, I am well behind the foodie curve. Excerpt: To […]

One more Lenten week to go!

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I’m so sick of beans. I’m so sick of almond butter. I’m so sick of broccoli and hummus. I’m so sick of tofu. Please, Jesus, come out of that tomb and bring us some dadgum barbecue! UPDATE: A reader informs […]

Farmers markets should be consumer-friendly

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So says food guru Joel Salatin, who argues that farmers markets have a lot to learn from supermarkets. Excerpt: The one-stop shop model works. We just need to figure out what a truly transparent, localized one-stop shop looks like. Once […]

Food stamps at … Whole Foods?!

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And you thought people on food stamps only bought buckets o’ crap: “I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit […]

A final word on obesity

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I’m not going to be able to blog much today, because I’ll be busy in Washington, but I wanted to say a final word on the obesity thread. First, I want to thank you who have shared your painful personal […]

Bring me the cheese head of Steve Jobs!

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What do you get when you combine a Mac nerd with a foodie? A guy who creates a cheese head of Steve Jobs for his upcoming iPad launch party. Genius. Recipe here.

Social structures that promote obesity

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Sorry to keep up with the obesity blogging, but I’ve been running across science-based articles today that shed some light, possibly, on the psychology, both social and individual, of obesity. New and occasional readers should know that I place my […]

What’s your food and weight story?

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As a way to think and talk around the controversy over obesity and weight control in earlier threads, I’m thinking it might be good to start a thread in which people who have struggled with food and weight issues — […]

The hard road fat people walk

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: I’m not clear on precisely how much shame can actually help. It’s shame that’s created our absurd McWeightLoss culture where Octomom takes to the cover of celebrity magazines to show off her new bikini body, and retired athletes […]

Freedom and the fat of the land

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This revolting Donna Simpson person weighs 602 pounds, and is trying to get to 1,000 pounds. Why? She makes her money with a website in which pervs (like her kinky boyfriend) pay to watch her shove food in her mouth […]

Why is a Big Mac cheaper than a salad?

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It has a lot to do with the federal government badly skewing the market with subsidies. Look: If the government is going to game the system via subsidies, why not subsidize the production of fresh fruits and vegetables, to make […]

Chinese man bites dog, swallows

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Yuck:

You can’t beat a good wine shop

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It occurs to me that I should update you on my alleged experience with the Moore Bros. wine shop, where in my anti-Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board fantasy, I “visited” this past weekend to pick up a mixed case I had, […]

PA’s crazypants liquor police strike again

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Having solved the problem of violent crime in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania liquor police swung into action this weekend. Get a load of this: More than a dozen armed State Police officers conducted simultaneous raids last week on three […]

Obsolete occupations

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NPR has a nice photo essay documenting occupations that are now obsolete (e.g., typist, lamplighter, copy boy). Anybody care to speculate about the occupations in our day that will likely be obsolete fifty years from now? It’s a tricky thing […]

Let’s say I went to a wine store today

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For the sake of argument, let’s say that this morning I broke the ridiculous Pennsylvania law intended to force the state’s residents to buy wine at our state stores, and went out of state to buy a case of wine. […]

Resolved: Never, ever buy food from China

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What is wrong with that country? Excerpt: Since late February, batches of cowpeas from the lush Sanya area of the island of Hainan have tested positive for a highly toxic pesticide, isocarbophos, that is banned from use on fruits and […]

All hail crop mobbing!

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Hey you young agrarian punks, get offa into my field! Excerpt: The Crop Mob, a monthly word-of-mouth (and -Web) event in which landless farmers and the agricurious descend on a farm for an afternoon, has taken its traveling work party […]

Bad news for fat people

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Well, this stinks. Excerpt: But bodies don’t gain or lose weight indefinitely. Eventually, a cascade of biological changes kicks in to help the body maintain a new weight. As the JAMA article explains, a person who eats an extra cookie […]

Lent is here

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So, it begins — at least for us Orthodoxes; our Western Christian brothers and sisters will join us on Wednesday. I felt far away from our church home in Dallas today; the Forgiveness Vespers service is always so very moving, […]

Jamie Oliver and Lent

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Jamie Oliver’s wonderful TED talk about fighting obesity in America:Lent is almost upon us liturgical Christians, and we’ll be thinking about food, and about repentance. Anybody have any ideas about what we can do in our own lives to change […]

Wal-mart, friend to local farmers. Really!

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If Corby Kummer says it — and shocks himself by so doing — it must be true. Excerpt: I started looking into how and why Walmart could be plausibly competing with Whole Foods, and found that its produce-buying had evolved […]

Cooking gumbo with John Besh

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Folks have asked me for the recipes I’m going to use for my Louisiana cooking this weekend. The truth is, I’m not sure. I can’t find all my cookbooks in our giant pile o’ stuff as yet unpacked, and I’m […]

Growlers: Is there anything beer can’t do?

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I have already expectorated all over the crackpot alcohol retailing laws of my new state, and in that vein, let me praise the new Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting for introducing me to the growler. I made a WF run […]

Against supersized cocktails

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When we stopped at an Arby’s in northern Tennessee, I asked for a medium diet Coke. The worker behind the counter handed me a tub. This didn’t surprise me, actually, because I’d seen the documentary “Supersize Me,” which tells of […]

Bad Road Food Syndrome

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Julie and I aren’t Jane and Michael Stern, so we don’t know where the good road food places are along the highways and byways of America. Nor did we have the sense to consult their Roadfood.com website while on this […]

Who’s going to grow our food?

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It took Sharon Astyk’s blog post about the demographic crisis in agriculture (she’s now blogging on Science Blogs, by the way) to crystallize in my mind what rubbed me the wrong way about Caitlin Flanagan’s disparaging Alice Waters for her […]

Gardening with SWPLs

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It was with automatic hostility that I came to Caitlin Flanagan’s essay in the Atlantic Monthly in which she rips Alice Waters and the state of Calfornia’s educational establishment for its school gardening program, Edible Schoolyard. What is wrong with […]

The future of Britain’s food

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The UK government has announced a new “food security” policy — and it’s not going to make localists happy. Excerpt: Imported beef. Genetically modified potatoes. The disappearance of those handy labels that tell you just how far your green beans […]

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