Is Bacon Actually Banned in California?

Is a bacon ban really looming in California? That’s been the pressing question among meat lovers for days after the Associated Press sounded the alarm on the upcoming implementation of Proposition 12, a law in California that will require a larger minimum confinement area for pigs, egg-laying chicken, and calves. The good news is that this doesn’t mean that bacon or other pork products will be all-out banned in the Golden State, but the legislation, which will go into effect in 2022, will impact farmers, restaurateurs, and consumers, as the price of pork will likely increase in a few years.

What Is Proposition 12?

Although pork lovers are biting their fingernails, wondering if they’ll be able to enjoy bacon strips with breakfast or a nice, crispy pork schnitzel at dinner, this measure isn’t anything new. It was actually on ballots in California way back in 2018.

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Is a bacon ban really looming in California? That’s been the pressing question among meat lovers for days after the Associated Press sounded the alarm on the upcoming implementation of Proposition 12, a law in California that will require a larger minimum confinement area for pigs, egg-laying chicken, and calves. The good news is that this doesn’t mean that bacon or other pork products will be all-out banned in the Golden State, but the legislation, which will go into effect in 2022, will impact farmers, restaurateurs, and consumers, as the price of pork will likely increase in a few years.

What Is Proposition 12?

Although pork lovers are biting their fingernails, wondering if they’ll be able to enjoy bacon strips with breakfast or a nice, crispy pork schnitzel at dinner, this measure isn’t anything new. It was actually on ballots in California way back in 2018.

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A Local’s Guide to the Best Food in Rhode Island

When it comes to summer in New England, there’s really no place better than my home state of Rhode Island. I may be an extremely biased travel guide, but it’s true:

With over 400 miles of shoreline, the smallest state in the nation has no shortage of …

When it comes to summer in New England, there’s really no place better than my home state of Rhode Island. I may be an extremely biased travel guide, but it’s true:

With over 400 miles of shoreline, the smallest state in the nation has no shortage of beaches. You can swing by the Tennis Hall of Fame for a match or plan an idyllic tailgate picnic at Newport Polo. Stroll down winding paths, wander under footbridges, or catch a gondola down three rivers to immerse yourself in Barnaby Evans' sculpture of 80 bonfires that light downtown Providence at Waterfire. None of that sounds appealing? You can always take a ferry to Block Island for a cocktail by the sea or venture to Watch Hill to scope out Taylor Swift’s mansion.

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What You Need to Know About the Latest Recall of McCormick Spices

Salmonella concerns are back, and this time you should check your spice cabinet. You’re used to hearing about recall alerts when it comes to romaine lettuce, salad mixes, baby carrots, and other fresh produce. But less often do you hear about salmonella outbreaks when it comes to dry, packaged goods like spice blends. But it’s 2021 and here we are. On Tuesday, July 27, McCormick announced a voluntary recall of three popular seasoning blends: McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning, and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. At this time, no illnesses have been reported in connection to the salmonella outbreak.

“McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately, and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption,” the company said in a statement. The affected products were shipped to 32 states across the United States, as well as Bermuda and Canada, between June 20th and July 21st.

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Salmonella concerns are back, and this time you should check your spice cabinet. You’re used to hearing about recall alerts when it comes to romaine lettuce, salad mixes, baby carrots, and other fresh produce. But less often do you hear about salmonella outbreaks when it comes to dry, packaged goods like spice blends. But it’s 2021 and here we are. On Tuesday, July 27, McCormick announced a voluntary recall of three popular seasoning blends: McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning, and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning. At this time, no illnesses have been reported in connection to the salmonella outbreak.

"McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately, and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption," the company said in a statement. The affected products were shipped to 32 states across the United States, as well as Bermuda and Canada, between June 20th and July 21st.

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Heads Up: There’s a Major Carrot Recall Right Now

Time to check your crisper drawer: There’s been a major recall, and this time, we’re talking about carrots. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a significant recall of six different carrot products, which were all distributed by Grimmway Farms. The southern California-based company issued a voluntary recall after finding that their products may have been contaminated with Salmonella. “The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test,” said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby in a statement. “The health of our customers and the integrity of our products are our highest priorities, and we will continue to monitor and communicate as additional information is available.”

The list of products recalled include Bunny Luv Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, Bunny Luv Organic Premium Petite Carrots, Cal-Organic Organic Petite Carrots, Grimmway Farms Shredded Carrots, O Organics Organic Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, and O Organics Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots. Grimmway Farms’ press release stated that in addition to these products, they also “recalled certain shredded carrots and chopped (chunk) carrots that were sold to food manufacturers and food service distributors. All affected food manufacturers, food service distributors, and retail customers have been notified with much of the product having been recaptured before being available for consumption.”

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Time to check your crisper drawer: There’s been a major recall, and this time, we’re talking about carrots. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a significant recall of six different carrot products, which were all distributed by Grimmway Farms. The southern California-based company issued a voluntary recall after finding that their products may have been contaminated with Salmonella. "The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test," said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby in a statement. "The health of our customers and the integrity of our products are our highest priorities, and we will continue to monitor and communicate as additional information is available."

The list of products recalled include Bunny Luv Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, Bunny Luv Organic Premium Petite Carrots, Cal-Organic Organic Petite Carrots, Grimmway Farms Shredded Carrots, O Organics Organic Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, and O Organics Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots. Grimmway Farms’ press release stated that in addition to these products, they also “recalled certain shredded carrots and chopped (chunk) carrots that were sold to food manufacturers and food service distributors. All affected food manufacturers, food service distributors, and retail customers have been notified with much of the product having been recaptured before being available for consumption."

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This Is the Best Spiked Seltzer to Sip All Summer

If there’s one thing I look forward to doing most over the summer, it’s sitting outside—be it on a beach, rooftop, grassy knoll, or, heck, even my fire escape—while sipping an ice-cold beverage (usually something with a little kick, if you know what I …

If there's one thing I look forward to doing most over the summer, it's sitting outside—be it on a beach, rooftop, grassy knoll, or, heck, even my fire escape—while sipping an ice-cold beverage (usually something with a little kick, if you know what I mean).

My go-to is a dry rosé (usually this well-priced bottle by La Vieille Ferme) or a pitcher of something herby, citrusy, and refreshing, like a Pimm's Cup or this Bowery Punch.

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Hey You! Freeze Those Summer Green Beans

There are, of course, many welcome newcomers to the produce aisle this time of year. The tomato is the obvious star of the show (we get it, you’re juicy and sweet and delicious and pretty much perfect), but there’s also eggplants, zucchini, all sorts o…

There are, of course, many welcome newcomers to the produce aisle this time of year. The tomato is the obvious star of the show (we get it, you’re juicy and sweet and delicious and pretty much perfect), but there’s also eggplants, zucchini, all sorts of stone fruit, bell peppers, and corn. One summer growth, however, doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves at the farmers market, and that’s the humble green bean.

They’re sturdy and reliable, endlessly versatile, and thus deserve a spot in summer’s pantheon. I like them cooked low and slow until effortlessly tender and velvety in a good dousing of olive oil. Though green beans can be found year-round (thanks, modern supermarkets), there’s something special about all the varieties of pole and bush beans, like romano, wax, and long, that start to emerge come summertime. So whether you grew your own, picked them fresh, or bought them at a farmers market or grocery store, here’s how to enjoy those summer beans well into cooler months.

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Do You Actually Need to Salt Eggplant in Advance?

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today: everything you ever wanted to know about eggplant.

Eggplant is both a fruit and a vegetable. Botanicall…

In The Kitchen Scientist, The Flavor Equation author Nik Sharma breaks down the science of good food, from rinsing rice to salting coffee. Today: everything you ever wanted to know about eggplant.


Eggplant is both a fruit and a vegetable. Botanically and technically speaking, it’s a fruit (eggplants are considered berries because they arise from flowers and contain several seeds). But most of us eat eggplants in savory dishes, so by that rule of usage, it becomes a vegetable (tomatoes and peppers also fall into this confusing category). Eggplant is also an emoji with naughty implications.

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5 New Beer Trends That Are Here to Stay

From the west coast pale ale, fruity and sweet hazy IPAs, and heavily fruited sour beers, the beer industry is used to change and chasing trends. With nearly 9,000 breweries across America, it’s just about impossible to keep up with what’s going on wit…

From the west coast pale ale, fruity and sweet hazy IPAs, and heavily fruited sour beers, the beer industry is used to change and chasing trends. With nearly 9,000 breweries across America, it's just about impossible to keep up with what's going on with beer these days—unless you're committed to continually tasting a seemingly unending number of styles and flavors.

Luckily, we are committed. So if you're looking to stay on top of what's all the rage in the industry right now, or just want to try something you usually wouldn't, we've assembled a list of what's been trendy in the beer world and what recent styles are here to stay.

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Vegan Ice Cream Is Truly Excellent—If You Don’t Believe Us, Try These 11 Brands

If you’ve ever spent time in that very specific section of your grocery store’s frozen aisle, sweating from the stress of the great decision lying before you, you’re not alone. Forget “golden age”—we’re in the platinum age of ice cream, finding ways to…

If you've ever spent time in that very specific section of your grocery store's frozen aisle, sweating from the stress of the great decision lying before you, you're not alone. Forget "golden age"—we're in the platinum age of ice cream, finding ways to improve upon every flavor under the sun, from the austere yet satisfying vanilla to the downright cockamamie (but also apparently very good?) Kraft mac 'n' cheese.

But why should dairy ice cream have all the fun? (It shouldn't.) Luckily for us, a host of plant-based cooks and makers decided to take matters into their own hands, and the vegan ice cream frozen dessert revolution was officially underway. To celebrate the wonders of this creamy-yet-creamless confection, we've rounded up 11 of the best brands out there, and our favorite flavors to boot.

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Our Editors’ Favorite Places to Eat in Seattle

Seattle has some of the best restaurants in the country. A few summers ago, as I worked in New York and my partner worked in the Emerald City, I flew out to stay with him. We didn’t so much plan an itinerary as we planned meals—breakfast, lunch, and di…

Seattle has some of the best restaurants in the country. A few summers ago, as I worked in New York and my partner worked in the Emerald City, I flew out to stay with him. We didn’t so much plan an itinerary as we planned meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner; snacks between breakfast, lunch, and dinner—many of which were at Renee Erickson's great restaurants. After cooking her recipes for years, one of my trip goals was to finally enjoy her food in person. And did we ever. But we also stumbled upon a lot of other wonderful eats. I spoke with my Food52 colleagues to get their takes on the best restaurants in Seattle, and here are our top 13 spots in no particular order.