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Zucchini Carpaccio Salad with Parmesan, Basil, and Walnuts Recipe

Raw zucchini is beautiful and tasty when sliced carpaccio-thin and topped with olive oil, fresh lemon, Parmesan, walnuts and basil leaves. Try it as a starter, side dish, or even as a light lunch.<p>Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious Eats-approved by our staff. Never miss a recipe …

Raw Asparagus Caesar Salad Recipe

I know it may sound strange, but crisp raw asparagus makes a wonderful salad. Here, it's chopped into bite-sized pieces and tossed with a creamy Caesar vinaigrette and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.<p><i>Thanks to Shauna Sever, from the popular Piece of Cake blog, for inspiring this recipe.</i><p>Every …

Thai Steak Salad with Roasted Chili Mango Vinaigrette

To prep steak, whisk together marinade ingredients (the coconut milk through the chili sauce) in a large bowl. Season the steak with salt and pepper …

Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette + Buttery Carrots

<i>We're celebrating Meatless Mondays with balanced, delicious meal plans. We hope you'll join us -- whether you're vegetarian all the time or just here and there.</i><p><i>Today: Have everything you want and have it all at once (for dinner, at least).</i><p>You can't always get what you want. Fortunately, that …

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How to Make Kale Salad Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Kale is in every kitchen and on every menu these days. But don't pass it off as just another trend --</i> …

Oven-Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

It's hard to find fault with a caprese salad. Unfortunately, in many parts of the country, tomatoes aren't at their best for much of the year. To make up for that inferior flavor, I like to give them a toss in maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and them in the oven. They emerge sweetened, flavorful, …

19 Social Media Facts That Every Marketer Should Know

Most brands, by now, recognize the power of social media and understand it's not just a passing fad. In fact, if Facebook were a country, it would …

Just Eat shares rise on stock market debut

Shares in Just Eat, the online takeaway service, rose nearly 10% when it made its debut on the London stock market on Thursday, before falling back close to the IPO price.<p>The flotation valued the London-based company, which uses the slogan "give hunger the finger", at £1.47bn – more than 100 times …

Fear of the waffle taco has driven McDonald’s to offer free coffee

Apparently $1 wasn’t cheap enough.<p>The world’s largest fast food chain, McDonald’s, usually charges a modest buck for coffee, but it will be offering its cups of “joe” for free to customers across the US over a two-week span beginning on March 31 and ending on April 13. This is the first time …

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California Leads All States (And All But 2 Countries) With 111 Billionaires

When WhatsApp’s Jan Koum headed back to his old welfare office last month to sign the $19 billion deal that made him a billionaire, California’s 10-digit club grew to 111 members. If the Golden State were its own country, it would be tied with Russia for third-most billionaires in the world, behind …

11 Signs Fast Food Has Completely Taken Over America

It seems like someone somewhere is announcing a new fast food creation every day, whether it's a new burger at Wendy's, new seasonal items at McDonald's or <i>breakfast at Taco Bell</i>. And the marketing for all of these items makes fast food establishments seem very enticing. Between Taco Bell's cleverly …

McDonald's Admits It May Lose The Fight To Keep Wages Low

McDonald’s is joining the rest of us in worrying about income inequality, but not because it thinks low-wage workers don't make enough -- instead, it worries it might have to pay its own workers more.<p>A groundswell of public concern about income inequality could hurt the fast-food giant's profit …

How Kickstarter users raised nearly $1 billion: The really long tail of crowdfunding

If Kickstarter were like the media institutions that dominated the 20th century—book publishers, movie studios, record companies—the crowdfunding site’s revenue would derive mostly from a few big hits, like the Oculus Rift virtual-reality visor and the Pebble smartwatch. That is, most of the money …

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U.N. world food price index jumps 2.6 percent in February | Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Global food prices rose 2.6 percent in February in the sharpest climb since mid-2012 due to unfavorable weather, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, with the crisis in Ukraine threatening to cause future volatility.<p>A vendor sells potatoes and other vegetables to a …

How corporate America exports disease to the rest of the world

The global age of hyperconsumption is here, and with it come preventable injuries, illness and even premature death<p>In the next decade or so, the people and governments of China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and other emerging nations will need to make a momentous decision: whether to follow …

Crop values drop 9.8% in 2013 as prices fall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of U.S. crops fell 9.8% last year as prices declined for major crops, including corn and soybeans, from 2012's record high levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual estimate.<p>The value of field crops fell to $166.95 billion in 2013, down from …

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Coca-Cola announces $1 billion in cuts as demand, profit slide

Coca-Cola Co., faced with tepid demand and a drop in fourth-quarter earnings, said Tuesday it was initiating a $1-billion cost-cutting campaign to improve profitability.<p>The world's largest beverage company said Tuesday that profit fell 8.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the same …

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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

California may be stricken by drought, but this month it's also celebrating a record wine grape harvest for 2013.<p>Cyril Penn, editor of Wine Business Monthly, tells <i>Morning Edition</i> that the state's preliminary crush report says 4.23 million tons of wine grapes were crushed in 2013, an increase of 5 …

Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Hungry for a Philly cheesesteak or a hot Reuben sandwich? That'll be about 0.001 bitcoin, please.<p>From restaurants to breweries, to even your local farmers market and lemonade stand, the popular cryptocurrency has inched its way into the food industry, as more vendors consider it a valid form of …

Campbell\’s: thriving on sleet, snow and Goldfish

Heineken forecasts a better year ahead

Heineken, the Dutch brewer, reported a soberingly slow performance in 2013, but gave some cheer to investors by forecasting a better year …

Can PayPal Beat Apple, Google, Amazon And Icahn In The Wallet Wars?

<b>PayPal is in the center of two battles: one for control of every transaction on the planet, the other for control of its own destiny.</b><p><b>The clogged roads</b> of San Jose teem with Priuses, which merely serve as earnest slalom gates for David Marcus to blow through in his black Porsche Panamera Turbo on a …

The world put $4 billion on Starbucks gift cards last year

<b>The numbers:</b> Impressive. Starbucks reported quarterly profit of $813 million, marking a near-30% jump from the same period last year. Revenue for the quarter soared to a record $4.2 billion. The company’s global comparable sales grew by 5% on the heels of a 4% spike in customer traffic.<p><b>The …

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Photo Interlude

Here's a dizzying photo tour of the <b>Danish Crown</b> slaughterhouse, which calls itself "the world's most modern pig slaughterhouse." <b>Alastair Philip Wiper's</b> photographs show the step by step journey from living pig to butchered and packaged product at this very high tech Denmark slaughterhouse. [APW via …

McD's Says It 'Overcomplicated' Its Menu

McDonald's hit bottom, finally confessing to analysts today that it knows it has a problem. After reporting disappointing Q4 sales, including a global same-store-sales gain of just 0.1 percent and a 1.4 percent decline in the U.S., McDonald's accepted that its rapid-fire limited-time-offerings menu …