Food news roundup

On Wednesdays, North Carolina legislators’ thoughts turn not to pork-barrel spending, but to fried squash in the legislature’s cafeteria. Read about the weekly phenomenon in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), here.

I’ve said it before: Pie is the new cake. And the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer recognizes that fact today with all about pie (although I disagree about salt flavor in the crust – not my thing). The article is here (and in The News & Observer). For those of you who are in terror of making your own crusts, really, it just takes practice. And I find many people willing to eat my pie exercises.

At the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, it’s pie time, too, with recipes from winners of an apple pie contest at Historic Bethabara Park, site of the Moravian settlement that predated Old Salem. I notice that none of the three recipes contain my secret ingredient for apple pie filling: A couple of heaping tablespoons of spiced dark rum. Good for the cook, too. The article is here.

What parents should feed young athletes is the subject at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune today. Among other things, not sodas and energy drinks – good, old water is great, the experts say. Read more here.

The whole “Twilight” thing has now officially gone too far: There is a “Twilight” cookbook. I learned about this from the Salt Lake City Tribune today. The author of “Love at First Bite: The Unofficial ‘Twilight’ Cookbook,” Gina Meyers, posits that the series of books is “brimming with juicy forbidden recipes” and contends Edward is a vegetarian vampire. What, he only bites blood oranges? Read for yourself here.

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