The Worst Has Happened—There’s a Recall on Amy’s Macaroni & Cheese

This one hurts: Amy’s Kitchen, the company behind vegetarian- and vegan-friendly frozen foods, is voluntarily recalling more than 15,000 cases of vegan macaroni and cheese, due to potentially containing “trace amounts of milk.” This could pose a severe…

This one hurts: Amy’s Kitchen, the company behind vegetarian- and vegan-friendly frozen foods, is voluntarily recalling more than 15,000 cases of vegan macaroni and cheese, due to potentially containing “trace amounts of milk.” This could pose a severe risk to anyone who has a dairy allergy or sensitivity and has recently consumed the frozen Vegan Organic Rice Mac & Cheeze. At this time, no other products from Amy’s Kitchen have been recalled.

Take a peek in your freezer and see if you have any boxes of the vegan mac and cheese—if you do, check for the printed lot number 60J0421, which is the specific batch that is being recalled out of an abundance of caution, according to the company. “Amy’s follows the highest possible food safety and quality control standards to ensure the safety and full enjoyment of its meals and is committed to implementing corrective actions flowing from the investigation of this event,” Amy’s Kitchen said in a statement.

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Custard Toast Is an Actually Delicious TikTok Trend

TikTok’s mysterious algorithm churns out tons of viral recipes that get obscenely popular, some of them because they combine simplicity and flavor, others for their absurdity. But the most interesting of them take a cool idea, a super easy technique, a…

TikTok’s mysterious algorithm churns out tons of viral recipes that get obscenely popular, some of them because they combine simplicity and flavor, others for their absurdity. But the most interesting of them take a cool idea, a super easy technique, and offer endless options for variation, because that is when the app really shows off what it does best: let millions of people showcase their own spin on an idea. The latest viral recipe to emerge, called #CustardToast or #YogurtToast, makes it easy to customize a piece of toast into a rich, sweet meal. The former hashtag has 3.3 million views and the latter 13.8 million views, with an incredible number of the videos going up just in the past few days—meaning we're dealing with feta-pasta or dalgona-coffee speeds of virality.

One of the original videos to show the technique, from user Moody Day, calls it “An easy cheesecake copycat”, summarizing the appeal of the dessert-like breakfast or snack. The catchy recipe starts with basic ingredients most folks have on hand, meaning they can make it as soon as the video inspires them: two slices of bread, a few spoonfuls of yogurt, one egg, a dollop of honey, and the fruit of your choice. Then you use a fork to flatten a little pool in the center of each slice of bread and stir together the wet ingredients. Fill the flat part of the bread with the mix, top it with the fruit, and slip it into an air fryer for about 10 minutes, or a 400°F oven for a bit longer, until the bread is crisp and the custard set.

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We Stan Dolly Parton & Her Brand New Baking Mixes

The one thing it seems that all Americans can agree on is Dolly Parton. She’s a national treasure. The queen of country, who has spoken in favor of Black Lives Matter and helped to fund the COVID-19 vaccine (again, we stan), has teamed up with Duncan H…

The one thing it seems that all Americans can agree on is Dolly Parton. She’s a national treasure. The queen of country, who has spoken in favor of Black Lives Matter and helped to fund the COVID-19 vaccine (again, we stan), has teamed up with Duncan Hines for the sweetest partnership ever—beginning in March, home bakers will be able to stock up on Dolly’s favorite baking mixes inspired by her family’s favorite southern recipes. The Dolly Parton x Duncan Hines baking line includes two cake mixes: Southern Style Coconut Flavored Cake Mix and Southern Style Banana Flavored Cake Mix, which will retail for $2.19.

“I have always loved to cook and, growing up in the South, I especially love that authentic Mom and Pop kind of cooking,” said Dolly Parton in a statement. “I am excited to launch my own line of cake mixes and frostings with Duncan Hines, bringing that sweet, southern-style baking experience I enjoy to others.” In addition to the two cake mixes, the collaboration also includes two frosting mixes: creamy buttercream and chocolate buttercream, each of which will retail for $2.09.

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What Is TikTok’s Sleepy Chicken Trend? A Good Way to Poison Yourself.

The internet loves little more than to gawk at the culinary horrors of TikTok, and the latest one making the rounds features “Sleepy Chicken,” which involves cooking chicken breasts in a neon sea of cough syrup.

The online articles about it gasp at th…

The internet loves little more than to gawk at the culinary horrors of TikTok, and the latest one making the rounds features “Sleepy Chicken,” which involves cooking chicken breasts in a neon sea of cough syrup.

The online articles about it gasp at the dangers of the supposed trend, interviewing doctors about the potential harm and making vague allusions to how widespread and horrifying it is. (And to be clear: Do not do this—it is not a great plan from a poison safety standpoint.) But none seem to demonstrate any actual evidence that people tried to cook their chicken in cough syrup and actually ate it.

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Trader Joe’s Pizza Bread Cheese Is As Delicious As I Feared

Maybe you’ve never heard of bread cheese, let alone pizza bread cheese. Maybe before you saw the package in Trader Joe’s you assumed it might mean cheese on top of bread, or bread stuffed with cheese, or maybe bread that has been somehow transmogrified into cheese. But no: Bread cheese, also known as juustoleipä, a Finnish delicacy, is a mild, buttery cheese.

What makes bread cheese really special is its texture. Like Halloumi or paneer, it’s a cheese that you can griddle without melting. That means you can get a delicious crispy crust on the cheese before you eat it.

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Maybe you’ve never heard of bread cheese, let alone pizza bread cheese. Maybe before you saw the package in Trader Joe’s you assumed it might mean cheese on top of bread, or bread stuffed with cheese, or maybe bread that has been somehow transmogrified into cheese. But no: Bread cheese, also known as juustoleipä, a Finnish delicacy, is a mild, buttery cheese.

What makes bread cheese really special is its texture. Like Halloumi or paneer, it’s a cheese that you can griddle without melting. That means you can get a delicious crispy crust on the cheese before you eat it.

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A Whopping 28,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Just Got Recalled

If the USDA’s New Year’s resolution was to recall less meat, they’ve already fallen off the wagon. It’s happened to the best of us, and when it’s in the name of public safety, I can’t blame them. In the last 12 hours, the USDA announced a recall of mor…

If the USDA’s New Year’s resolution was to recall less meat, they’ve already fallen off the wagon. It’s happened to the best of us, and when it’s in the name of public safety, I can’t blame them. In the last 12 hours, the USDA announced a recall of more than 28,000 pounds of ground beef. Oregon-based Interstate Meat Distributors is recalling approximately 28,356 pounds of ground beef products (give or take) that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, which refers to a particularly nasty strain of E. coli.

The raw ground beef was produced on December 20, 2021 and was distributed to retail locations including Albertsons, Kroger, Walmart, and WinCo in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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Plant-Based Chicken Will Now Be Available at KFC—Wait, What?

Since I was a little kid, my family has always celebrated the Kentucky Derby with—what else—Kentucky Fried Chicken. We’d crowd around the television, sit down on a picnic blanket on the floor, and devour a bucket of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, maca…

Since I was a little kid, my family has always celebrated the Kentucky Derby with—what else—Kentucky Fried Chicken. We’d crowd around the television, sit down on a picnic blanket on the floor, and devour a bucket of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, flaky buttermilk biscuits, and our own version of a “mint julep” (which I realize now was just a mint chocolate chip milkshake). Eventually, we turned to a vegan diet, ditched the KFC, and then, years later, ditched the veganism. If only KFC had come out with plant-based chicken…

But now they have! The fast-food chain just announced that its more than 4,000 locations across the country will now offer vegan fried chicken. In an exclusive collaboration between KFC and Beyond Meat, the plant-based option will be available for a limited time beginning on Monday, January 10. Fans of the fast-food chain can buy KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken in six- or 12-piece orders, with dipping sauces included, of course. Prices start at $6.99, excluding tax.

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Kraft Will Pay You to Not Make Cheesecake This Christmas

“You can earn $20 by not making cheesecake,” sounds like an internet scam, but thanks to the current cream cheese shortage, it’s actually true. Kraft Heinz, the parent company of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, is offering a $20 digital reward to 18,000 sho…

“You can earn $20 by not making cheesecake,” sounds like an internet scam, but thanks to the current cream cheese shortage, it’s actually true. Kraft Heinz, the parent company of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, is offering a $20 digital reward to 18,000 shoppers in exchange for forgoing their usual Christmas cheesecake.

How does it work? On December 17 and 18, log on to spreadthefeeling.com at 12 p.m. EST, and make a dessert reservation. There will be 10,000 rewards offered on the 17, and 8,000 more released on the 18. Then the fun part: You need to buy a dessert—any dessert of any price—between December 17 and December 24, and keep the receipt. Then, between December 28 and January 8, upload the receipt to get your $20 digital reward.

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‘How the Other Half Eats’ Unpacks Nutritional Inequality in America

Have you ever thought about how differently one family eats compared with another? Sociologist and ethnographer Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD, certainly has. Her book How the Other Half Eats offers a critical examination of nutritional inequality in America through the lens of social class, race, and health, intimately following four families across the income spectrum in an exploration of the meaning of food itself. The book reveals the thin tightrope that parents—mostly mothers—must walk to feed their children while maintaining their dignity and sense of worth, even as others judge and critique their food choices. In this excerpt, Fielding-Singh explores how children’s hunger and pickiness work to shape the food that makes its way onto families’ dinner plates.


For low-income moms, financial scarcity can give way to food scarcity. The ever-present threat of running out of money means living with the fear that food can also just as easily run out.

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Have you ever thought about how differently one family eats compared with another? Sociologist and ethnographer Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD, certainly has. Her book How the Other Half Eats offers a critical examination of nutritional inequality in America through the lens of social class, race, and health, intimately following four families across the income spectrum in an exploration of the meaning of food itself. The book reveals the thin tightrope that parents—mostly mothers—must walk to feed their children while maintaining their dignity and sense of worth, even as others judge and critique their food choices. In this excerpt, Fielding-Singh explores how children’s hunger and pickiness work to shape the food that makes its way onto families’ dinner plates.


For low-income moms, financial scarcity can give way to food scarcity. The ever-present threat of running out of money means living with the fear that food can also just as easily run out.

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How Supply Chain Issues Are Affecting Food Pantries

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, cars lined up for miles and miles as people waited to receive a basket of food to get them through the next week. For millions of Americans, this was a first. In 2020, one in every five people had to turn to the …

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, cars lined up for miles and miles as people waited to receive a basket of food to get them through the next week. For millions of Americans, this was a first. In 2020, one in every five people had to turn to the charitable food segment for help. The loss of jobs and the suffering economy caused more than three million Americans to experience food insecurity for the first time in their lives. “COVID created what we like to call the perfect storm for the charitable food system. We saw immediate disruption in the supply chain, there was an immediate need for help in our neighbors who were facing food insecurity, and there were shifts to how we distributed food due to safety protocols. And we are still facing all of those challenges,” says Casey Marsh, Chief Development Officer for Feeding America.

“During the pandemic, a lot of people came to us who probably never thought they’d need food assistance. We were seeing previous volunteers or donors in line for an emergency kit of food,” says David May, director of marketing and communications for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Pre-pandemic, May estimates that they reached around 300,000 people across their three locations; now, he says that number is closer to 900,000, which is nearly 10 percent of the population in LA county.

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