Bonny Wolf http://wrvo.org en Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives http://wrvo.org/post/fighting-tasty-invasive-fish-forks-and-knives Add kitchen knives to the list of weapons that humans are using to fight invasive species. I'm talking about fish who've made their way into nonnative waters.<p>How do they get here? Sometimes they catch a ride in the ballast water of ships. Or they're imported as live food or dumped out of aquariums. Once here, they can wipe out native fish, trash the ecosystem and wreck the beach business.<p>Take the <a href="http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/snakehead.shtml">northern snakehead</a>, which has made its way into tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 60518 at http://wrvo.org Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback http://wrvo.org/post/wild-turkeys-gobble-their-way-comeback Wild turkeys and buffalo have more in common than you might guess. Both were important as food for Native Americans and European settlers. And both were nearly obliterated.<p>There were a couple of reasons for the turkey's decline. In the early years of the U.S., there was no regulation, so people could shoot as many turkeys as they liked. And their forest habitat was cut down for farmland and heating fuel. Without trees, turkeys have nowhere to roost. So they began to disappear.<p>By the early 1900s, there were only about 30,000 wild turkeys left in the whole country. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:45:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 28953 at http://wrvo.org Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback Popcorn Gets Its Moment On The Red Carpet http://wrvo.org/post/popcorn-gets-its-moment-red-carpet Popcorn and movies (or the Oscars) go together like Batman and Robin. And nowadays, options stretch far beyond plain or buttered.<p>Food critics call one brand the Rolls Royce and another the Prada. They are designer labels for the simplest, most American snack food.<p>Gourmet popcorn was named one of the top five trends to watch at the specialty food trade show this winter. There's popcorn covered in chocolate, <a href="http://www.metropolitanbakery.com/bakery/popcorn/bourbon-infused_popcorn/" target="_blank">infused with bourbon</a>, seasoned with curry. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:29:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 14976 at http://wrvo.org Popcorn Gets Its Moment On The Red Carpet Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine's Sweet Surge http://wrvo.org/post/moscato-madness-dessert-wines-sweet-surge In the U.S., wine drinking has held its own during these hard economic times, and even grown in some unlikely corners. Moscato, for example, the Italian dessert wine, has gone from relative obscurity to the toast of the town.<p>Hip-hop singer Drake, in his song "Do It Now," gives it a shout-out. It's also the wine Kanye West orders for special parties. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:57:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 13597 at http://wrvo.org Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine's Sweet Surge Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year http://wrvo.org/post/artisanal-and-authentic-flavors-new-year Come 2012, there's a new food vocabulary: authentic, craft, small batch, artisanal, rustic and, of course, local. It's the opposite of processed, mass produced and factory farmed.<p>What might be called urban neo-ruralism has apartment dwellers canning tomatoes, keeping bees and churning butter.<p>The small farmer is the new gastronomic superhero, sourced on restaurant menus. Independent butcher shops are opening across the country with unfamiliar cuts like Denver steak, petite tender, flat iron. Sun, 01 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 12018 at http://wrvo.org Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year