Crawfish season officially gets under way in early spring, and the bright red crustaceans usually remain in supply through June. The majority of crawfish in North America come from Louisiana, where rice fields are flooded in late summer to make way for the Cajun delicacy. Louisiana leads the nation in crawfish production, with crawfish farms producing more than 100 million pounds a year.
What’s an American picnic, holiday gathering or family reunion without deviled eggs? The dish of boiled eggs sliced in half and stuffed with a yolk/mayonnaise filling has been an American staple for decades.But our love affair with deviled eggs wasn’t born in the New World. The dish’s origin dates back centuries to ancient Rome, Spain and other parts of Europe. Around the first century A.D., Romans enjoyed boiled eggs enhanced with spices, oil and wine. Spain began stuffing its eggs in the 13th century, adding flavors such as cilantro, pepper and a fermented fish sauce. Over the next few centuries stuffed egg fever spread across Europe, and what filled the boiled eggs ran the gamut from raisins to herbs.
Breweries, wineries and more foodie stops dot the map between Los Angeles, California, and Seattle, Washington. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which runs between the two cities and hugs much of the West Coast—and is billed as “one of the most spectacular of all train routes”—offers a compelling way to explore the region. The entire trip from the Los Angeles Central Terminal to Seattle Amtrak Station, or vice versa, takes 35 hours without stops, but to savor a taste of the West Coast plan a leisurely trip with multiple stops. As an example, you might hop off at these six stations to visit six unique independent breweries.
The spirits industry is booming and the number of distilleries across the U.S. is growing. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reported record spirits sales in 2017, with a four percent increase for a total of $26.2 billion. While the majority of American distilleries are male-owned, the number of women helming the stills is on the rise. Since March is National Women’s Month, we’re featuring seven women who are shaking up the status quo. Here, they share some of the highs and lows of their work.
Salt is the stuff of life. It infuses our oceans, which average 3.5 percent salinity. It’s in our bodies, too: a typical-sized adult is comprised of around 100 grams of sodium chloride. Of course, salt has long been used for preserving and seasoning food, but it’s responsible for more than keeping grub fresh and flavorful. Humans need to ingest salt to live, something our ancestors must have guessed; salus, the Latin word for health, originated from sal(salt). Among other bodily functions, sodium helps our muscles to contract and our blood to circulate. It’s crucial to preventing dehydration, too.
Sonoma County,California has already earned a reputation as one of the world’s best wine producing regions. Its aim is to seize another title: First 100 percent sustainable wine region in the United States.
A popular destination for travelers who love good food, good wine and good conversation with local wine producers, Sonoma County is home to wine grape growers with an uncommon commitment to sustainability. These folks are passionate about their commitment to protecting the gifts Mother Nature has provided in northern California and ensuring resources remain bountiful for generations to come.