Growing Brush Fire Burning East of Santa Maria

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Stick a fork in Whole Foods?

Whole Foods may be toast. Granted, it's toast made from pricey, gluten-free, organic honey oat bread. But toast nonetheless.

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Study: Americans cutting calories, but still not healthy

After years of bad news about the obesity epidemic, which affects one-third of Americans, things may finally be looking up. In the past 10 years the rates of obesity appear to be leveling off among both children and adults.

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FDA bans some cilantro from Mexico

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico after an investigation to determine the cause of hundreds of reported intestinal illnesses in the United States dating back to 2012.

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The leading sources of food poisoning

There are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States every year. A small fraction of these illnesses lead to hospitalization and death, but the vast majority usually just lead to a wretched day on the toilet.

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Burger King winning burger wars thanks to chicken fries

Maybe life at McDonald's would be less depressing if it had invented chicken fries.

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40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without

Small eats, and a lot of them, are the big thing in Taiwan.

Recently voted by our readers as the best food destination in the world, the culinary philosophy here is eat often and eat well.

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America celebrates National Hot Dog Day

Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day.

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Maine brewery infuses boiled lobster into beer

What's lobster without beer, and vice versa? A Maine brewery is making it easier to consume both at once.


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McDonald's sales plunge. CEO calls results 'disappointing'

McDonald's is not out of the woods yet.

The fast food giant reported a 10% drop in quarterly sales and earnings per share on Thursday. And while that was good enough to beat Wall Street's meager expectations, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook called t...

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Did McDonald's manager reveal secret menu?

Say something on McDonald's corporate FAQ site, and nobody listens. But say it on Reddit, and the Internet blows up.

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All-day breakfast on McDonald's menu

McDonald's is said to be moving ahead with its plans for around-the-clock McMuffins and other breakfast items.


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Why bananas as we know them might go extinct

Fifty years ago, we were eating better bananas. They tasted better, they lasted longer, they were more resilient and didn't require artificial ripening.

Ask The Cook

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Which organic foods are worth the switch?

Organic food has risen to become a major market over the past quarter century.


Five 'healthy' foods that may not be

You can find a health and fitness section in just about every newspaper, magazine,…

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Nightly munchies don't have to bust diet

Avoiding late-night snacks is best for keeping off weight. But if you must snack,…

Main Courses

Grilled chicken

Pesto chicken salad with red grapes

Serve this for a light dinner or an elegant Sunday brunch.


Capellini with crabmeat and tomatoes

Complex flavors and rich crabmeat make this dish a winner!

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Caribbean grilled catfish with tropical fruit salsa

These flavors will make your palate dance!


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Sweet and sour cucumber slices

This cool, refreshing side pairs very well with spicy foods.

Roasted red pepper hummus

Roasted peppers add a whole new dimension to this dip.

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Cumin-scented potatoes in filo cups

Appetizer or side dish, this will get your guests talking!



Classic Margarita

No festive gathering is complete without these!


Old-fashioned lemonade

Make several batches to last you through a long weekend!


Strawberry-banana smoothie

Cool down on a warm day with this nutritious drink.


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Fresh peach mousse

Fluffy, light and satisfying ... and you can substitute other fruits as well!

Mixed berries

Berry-wine soup

Serve this tempting treat as a first course or a warming dessert.


Blueberry fruit pops

This sweet treat will beat the heat and help break your kids' junk food habit.

House and Home Headlines

Goleta Short Term Rentals In Effect

The city of Goleta is asking for help from short-term rental owners to register…

Many Central Coast Residents Unhappy with Haggen Store Prices

Central Coast residents took social media by storm to show their displeasure at…

UPDATE: Garage Fire Damages Two Homes in Arroyo Grande

Two homes in Arroyo Grande were badly damaged in a fire that remains under…

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