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Excerpt: Australia’s Barbecue Heritage

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Rick Browne, Ph.B takes a look at Australia’s love affair with barbecue in “Baang-gaa to Barbies: Australia’s Barbecue Heritage,” excerpted from the May/June issue of Burn! Magazine. Let me smash a common misconception about Australian barbecue: Down Under, they cook prawns —no one here “slips another shrimp on the Barbie.” In fact, cooking shrimp, er, prawns on a barbecue was …

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Digging the Disc-It

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To paraphrase Michael Corleone, “If history has taught us one thing, it’s that you can cook on anything.” Genghis Khan and his crew grilled on their shields over campfires, thus giving us Mongolian barbecue. People who crave the tang of gas fumes even use their car engines to cook food in foil. In northern Mexico, there’s cooking discada. That’s where …

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Improve Your “Foodprint”: Farming and Climate Change

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In an article posted on The Atlantic’s website last week, Gary Paul Nabhan, co-author of Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail, addressed the relationship between farming in the Southwest and climate change—both food production and food security have been cast into question with the growing scarcity of water and unpredictable growing seasons and weather patterns, such as drought. …

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Doctor Feel Good (at least, until the heart attack)

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From celebrity gossip to midget blowfish porn, you can find anything on the Internet, including vindication. For years, I’ve practiced a strict health regimen of triple cheeseburgers, pizza, and boxed wine. I mean, the better something tastes the healthier it is, am I right? All those doctors with their fancy eight-year college degrees think they know better, but I’ve had …

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Featured App: Jim’s Burning Ring of Fire

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Here’s the first of what will probably be many apps built around hot sauce. According to the website, Jim’s Burning Ring of Fire iPhone App “empowers your inner pyro and manages your flaming taste-buds with hot sauce reviews and ratings for an exhaustive listing of available hot sauces and hot sauce makers…. AND includes a handy reference Scoville Heat Unit …