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Texas prisons often deny dentures to inmates with no teeth

Sep. 24, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Inmates without teeth in Texas are routinely denied dentures because state prison policy says chewing isn't a medical necessity because they can eat blended food. Texas prisons' medical providers approved 71 dentures to a state inmate population of more than 149,000 in 2016, the Houston...

Red lentils shine when you add garlic, ginger and curry

Sep. 24, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

Small red lentils are one of our favorite legumes; they do not hold their shape when cooked but break down into a creamy, thick puree_perfect for a hearty, satisfying soup. Lentils are popular in quick-cooking soups because of their short cooking time and the fact that they don't require soaking before cooking....

Dive into a rich dish of zucchini, basil and mozzarella

Sep. 24, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

This summer, my sister, Mary Pat, traveled to Italy on a bike tour. One of the advantages of biking through Italy is that you can eat anything and everything you want and not worry a bit about the calories. Turns out, my sister's favorite dish was actually a healthy dish of local zucchini, tomato sauce, basil and...

COOKING ON DEADLINE: One-Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

Sep. 24, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (yup, got it) and often cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the heat. The combination of spicy and chocolate just plain works, and I wanted to see how it would translate into another beloved treat, the good old American brownie. A few...

For Sunday supper, try something bold, classic and easy

Sep. 24, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

Puttanesca, a classic Italian sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives, offers bold flavor and comes together fairly quickly_perfect for a Sunday supper. Cooking the tomato sauce in a skillet and then cooking the pasta directly in the sauce made things even speedier. For a lightly thickened...

Put away the lobster and try roasting your shrimp next time

Sep. 24, 2018 9:49 AM EDT

Lobster is not the only crustacean that benefits from roasting. Shrimp, too, see their sweet flavor concentrating and deepening, but those benefits are only worth it if the quick-cooking flesh stays tender and moist. Aiming for that ideal balance of profound flavor and perfect doneness, we took every precaution...

You can get great meaty, bold chili thanks to a multicooker

Sep. 24, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

Great chili should have bold, long-simmered flavor, even if it's made with convenient ground beef. The multicooker was the perfect way to achieve this with a minimum of hands-on time. A combination of chili powder, cumin, and garlic was all we needed to give the chili great spice flavor. We used crushed tomatoes...

A bright, lively minestrone can be made with a slow cooker

Sep. 24, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

Creating anything garden-fresh in a slow cooker is a tall order, but we were willing to try to beat the odds and develop a recipe for a bright, lively tasting minestrone that married a flavorful tomato broth with fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta. The base of our soup would be our broth, and after microwaving...

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

Sep. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough. And while...

Swiss reject bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

Sep. 23, 2018 11:11 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday roundly rejected two proposals aimed at protecting Swiss farmers and ensuring that food from both domestic and foreign producers is healthier, more environmentally sound and animal-friendly. About 61.3 percent of voters rejected the "Fair-Food Initiative," which would...