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Which vanilla ice cream is the cream of the crop? We taste test 12 top brands

Vanilla ice cream: Which is best? The Chicago Tribune conducted a blind tasting of a dozen ice cream brands. Read more

TASTE OF THE TOUR: Sheep stomachs and Roquefort in Millau

MENDE, France (AP) — The Tour de France travels through a region where the gastronomy is heavily influenced by sheep on Sunday, with stuffed sheeps' stomachs and Roquefort cheese just two of the local specialties. Read more

TASTE OF THE TOUR: Nutty pastry fingers in Mende

VALENCE, France (AP) — After a brief respite, the Tour de France heads for the heights again on Saturday when almond and hazelnut pastry fingers point the way for surviving riders through terrain featuring ancient artworks and fanciful architecture. Read more

TASTE OF THE TOUR: Truffle treasures in the Drome region

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — As the Tour de France's weary cyclists get some respite after three days scaling mountains, the race enters the terrain of a truffle that is so highly prized it's nicknamed the "black diamond." Read more

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Crème Anglaise elevates summer fruit

When it comes to celebrating the fruits of Summer, there’s no doubt that cobblers, tarts and crisps are all fine maneuvers. Read more

Try this quick fruity summer salad

Here’s a quick summer salad. Sweet mangoes, roasted chicken and a tangy dressing provide contrasting flavors. Lush, ripe mangoes are hangin… Read more

Pump up the spice: Grilled, chile-spiked fruit salsa brings the sweet heat

Here we are in the heart of grilling season, a time when people who love outdoor cooking will look for any excuse to fire up the grill. Enthusiasts happily toss just about any ingredient on the fire, from heads of radicchio or Belgian endive quickly charred for a delicious salad to kabobs, sausages, burgers,... Read more

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Brats, BBQ and Baja tacos: Here's each state's most iconic dish

From fish tacos in California to bratwurst in Wisconsin and barbecue in Missouri, here's a look at the food that represents each state, acc… Read more

Weird foods and drinks to deep-fry

If you’re craving indulgent fair food, you can actually make some of these deep-fried creations at home. Read more

Vegetarian options at fast-food restaurants

Check out these meat-free options at fast-food joints. Read more

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UN says fish production rising, overfishing still a problem

ROME (AP) — The U.N. food agency says global fish production is expected to grow 18 percent over the coming decade, even as farmed fish production slows down and the numbers of wild-caught fish level off. Read more

From trash to treat: Rock shrimp's rise to fame in Florida

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A seafood once considered trash is celebrating 50 years as a popular Florida cuisine. Read more

Maine's leading organic group has a new executive director

UNITY, Maine (AP) — One of the biggest and oldest state-level organic growing associations in the country has a new executive director who will start next month. Read more

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