Cleanses to leave you beachy clean
March 5th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Yikes, didn’t you realize that Spring Break was just around the corner? Or is already here? And you haven’t started your diet yet? There’s not a minute to waste. It’s time to do a cleanse. If you need help figuring out the best one for you, here’s a little Q & A that might help.

Farmers continue to struggle after MF Global financial scandal
March 5th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Luverne, Minnesota (CNN) - Dean Tofteland promised to take care of the farm while his father was on vacation.

"I want you to go ahead and enjoy yourself," he told him.

The small private plane carrying Arnie Tofteland never reached its destination. It ran out of gas on the way to Indianapolis, fell from the sky and struck the backstop of a baseball field before slamming nose first into the pitcher's mound.

Dean, then just 27, had come home to the farm for a short stint; he hoped to enter the world of agribusiness. Suddenly, he was thrust into the role of carrying on his father's legacy.

Twenty-three years later, he drives through his corn and soybean fields in the southwestern corner of Minnesota. "I'm still taking care of it," he says. "It's not just a way of life. It's a part of my life."

Read the full story: Farmer faces planting season with seeds of distrust

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Box lunch: Food deliveries and Pepper Jack popularity
March 5th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Of swerves and tips: A bicycle deliveryman's life on the road. - New York Times

  • Uncovering the secrets of the world's healthiest women. - Shine on Yahoo!

  • Restaurants of late are pouring on the Pepper Jack cheese. - USA Today
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National absinthe day
March 5th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Fancy a visit from the green fairy? - March 5 is National Absinthe Day!

St. Patrick's Day is still more than a week away, but it's the perfect day to get your green drink on! Throw on your flapper dress or fedora in celebration of this vampy beverage.

This naturally green and highly alcoholic drink has a distinct flavor that combines green anise, wormwood, sweet fennel, culinary herbs and at times, a whole lot of sugar.

Pairings for Tex-Mex: Wine not?
March 5th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Friday was Texas Independence Day, which, if you grew up in Texas like me, will bring back memories of endless hours in 7th grade, drilling into your brain the crucial minutiae of Texas history: What years was it an independent nation (1836-1845), where was Dr Pepper invented (Waco), and what is Texas’s official flying mammal (the Mexican free-tailed bat, of course - what else?).

But what Texas Independence Day reminds me of most, and what I long for as an expat Texan is great Tex-Mex food. Beer and margaritas are ideal partners, of course, but it would be a shame to leave Lone Star (or other) wine lovers out in the cold, with nothing to drink along with their fajitas. So, a quick guide:

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