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It’s an overcast spring morning at the East Dallas Community Garden. Voeun Tath is preparing this weekend’s harvest: heirloom lettuce and Cambodian bunching onions. She’ll take some home to her family, but most of it will end up on tables in homes and restaurants all over North Texas.

Tath is one of several hundred refugee gardeners who hold plots at community gardens across Dallas.

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Eating a ripe, juicy peach — from a fruit stand along a country road or from a farmer's market or inside a grocery store — is a summertime ritual for many Texans. 

While we can get peaches and most produce all year round, the best chance to eat homegrown fruits and vegetables at their peak is knowing their typical season. 

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There’s just something about a New York bagel. But what is it exactly? And can it be found outside of the city?

Hot dogs and buns are made for each other. But while hot dogs are traditionally sold in packs of 10, buns are sold in in packs of eight.

Just off a Houston freeway, in a strip mall with an Indian tailor and South Asian grocery store, is a small restaurant with an out-size reputation. It's called Himalaya and its chef and owner is a Houston institution.

Chef Kaiser Lashkari is a large man with a bushy salt-and-pepper mustache. He's constantly in motion — greeting clients, inspecting steaming dishes carried by busy waiters, calling out to his wife overseeing the kitchen. He offers us food before we've even sat down.

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For eight years, Leslie Brenner's been Dallas' leading restaurant critic. This week, she announced that she’s leaving The Dallas Morning News to work for a real estate startup that specializes in restaurants. 

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Cattleack BBQ in North Dallas was recently named the No. 3 best barbecue joint in the state by Texas Monthly.

It beat out local staples like Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum and Lockhart Smokehouse in Bishop Arts. It's the first time the North Dallas joint, whose name plays off Cadillac, has been recognized on the list.

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Whether you buy them at a store or make them in the kitchen with family, tamales are popular during the holiday season. Recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Lots of people skip the cooking and just flock to La Popular Tamale House in East Dallas to buy the corn-husked goodies.

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Bon Appétit announced its list of 50 nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants -- and one of them is a family-owned taqueria in West Dallas.

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved changes to the nutrition facts label on packaged and processed food, beginning with larger, bolder type to make it easier to read. What  you will and won’t find on the label has also changed.

Not All Texas School Districts Will Bring Back Sodas And Fried Foods

Jul 1, 2015
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Students eager to purchase soda and fried foods when they return to school in the fall may be disappointed, despite Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's recent announcement that both will be welcome back on Texas public school campuses after a 10-year ban. 

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It's about freedom, not the fries. So says new Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, who announced Thursday that the state will repeal a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public school kitchens.

A little more than 10 years ago, Texas banned soda machines and deep fryers in public school cafeterias.

Now the state's current agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, wants to do away with that ban. He believes these kinds of restrictions should be in the hands of local school boards — not state regulators. But some students are among those who aren't happy about this idea.

To Some, Texas Agriculture Commissioner's School Food Plan Is Half-Baked

May 13, 2015
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The reintroduction of deep fat fryers and soda machines into public schools may top the agenda of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. But some teachers, nurses and parents don't appear to share his appetite for sugary drinks and french fries.

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High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors contributing to heart disease, heart attack or stroke, but your diet can help prevent that.

Study Up For Think: Barbecue Bonanza

Feb 5, 2015
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Daniel Vaughn what is arguably the best job in America. The Texas Monthly writer is the nation’s first full-time Barbecue Editor, and a highly credentialed one at that. He’s the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue and the creator of the blog Full Custom Gospel BBQ.

At 1 p.m. Vaughn will chat with Think's Krys Boyd on what makes the perfect plate of 'cue. 

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Pizza Hut, the nation’s biggest pizza chain, is overhauling its brand. There’s a new logo, a more casual uniform, and fresh leadership. But the biggest upgrade is the menu.  

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One factor contributing to obesity and diseases like diabetes is portion distortion. The belief that the larger portions on today’s menus and shelves are normal and the size we should always consume.

In this edition of Vital Signs, dietitian Jamie Bass, a dietitian with Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Fort Worth explains the difference.

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Researchers at the University of Arizona combed through 3.5 million tweets from October 2013 to May 2014 to map out the food people had on their mind the most. 

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Big Tex will be served up all fried, spicy and boozy this fall.

The State Fair of Texas on Monday morning announced the eight finalists vying for the annual Big Tex Choice Awards, which honors the top new foods at the fair. 

You know how frustrating it is when you can't catch your waiter's eye? He may be thinking the same thing about you.

Diners distracted by their phones have become a real pain in the restaurant business, interfering with the flow of transactions and generally slowing things down.

"I would say probably 7 out of 10 people play with their phones throughout their meals," says Catherine Roberts, general manager of Hogs and Rocks, a ham and oyster bar in San Francisco's Mission District. "People are definitely on their phones excessively. It does gum things up."

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If the states were ranked by food and drink, Texas would be in second place. And it is, at least according to Thrillist.

Study Up For 'Think': Why Are We Crazy For Cupcakes?

May 29, 2014
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The cronut craze, the superfood frenzy and the truffle oil trend may be intentional palette fads cooked up by an unseen system of food advocates. At 1 p.m., David Sax, who explores the objectives of popularizing food in his book "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes But Fed Up with Fondue," will join Krys Boyd to talk about what we eat and why we eat it on Think.

Leave it to San Francisco to turn one of the simplest — and cheapest — dishes into the trendy snack du jour.

We're talking about toast.

"Artisanal" toast is made from inch-thick, snow-white or grainy slices, lathered in butter and cinnamon or peanut butter and honey, then wrapped individually in wax paper.

And you think that latte is expensive. Each one of these slices will set you back at least $3.50.

The toast craze started at an unlikely location: a modest coffee shop, called Trouble, about four blocks from San Francisco's sleepy Ocean Beach.

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Jeannie Marshall, author of The Lost Art of Feeding Kids, is off the grid of microwave-reliant food culture. The Canadian journalist lives in Rome with her husband and son, where the veggies are fresh - and the cooking process is celebrated. Hear Marshall talk about her time in Italy on Think at 1 p.m.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a big-time TV host visits Dallas-Fort Worth eateries, new radars will do a better job of detecting strong storms, is Dallas segregating low-income housing, and more:

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These jack-o’-lantern scraps are the healthiest part of the whole pumpkin. Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, pack in a serious dose of magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin K. Here are some creative ways to make them part of your meal.

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Irving ISD students got a surprise in their lunches on Friday – mango.

The Irving ISD Food and Nutritional Services department launched a new campaign that encourages students to try a new fruit or vegetable for free.

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We’re just three weeks away from opening day of the 2013 State Fair of Texas.

And what’s the No. 1 reason we all go to the fair? To pig out. (Corny dogs, fried butter, funnel cakes, oh my!)

You’ve already heard about the top new foods – Fried Thanksgiving Dinner and Deep Fried Cuban Roll recently won the Big Tex Choice Awards. NPR’s John Burnett recently profiled some of the creative chefs.

Check out the slideshow of the eight dishes that competed in the Big Tex Choice contest. Just looking at those pictures raises your cholesterol levels.

But what else have these fried foodies whipped up this year?

Thanksgiving never tasted like this. A newly concocted delicacy called Fried Thanksgiving Dinner won "most creative" honors today at the State Fair of Texas' annual fried food-off. And in a shocking upset, Fried Nutella was shut out of the winners' circle.

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