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Food news: Celebrate doughnuts

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Mmmm. Peaches. Sweet, juice dripping down your hand with every bite. Tucked under a sweet cobbler topping waiting to be served with ice cream. Grilled with honey. Spiced and canned for a savory treat all year.

It’s peach season, and next Tuesday, we’ll have a peachy-keen story about that.

Do you have a favorite peach recipe or memory? Do you have the best recipe for cobbler or pie or the ultimate peach ice cream?

You have just six days to share it with us. Mail to peach recipes, Salisbury Post, PO Box 4639, Salisbury NC 28145 or email to news@salisburypost.com. Please include your name and daytime phone number, along with complete instructions.

Your squash recipes sound delicious. Look for a whole page on squash later this month.

Krispy Kreme’s 78th

If you’re willing to travel for your doughnuts, you can be part of Krispy Kreme’s 78th birthday celebration in Winston-Salem.

Founded July 13, 1937 by Vernon Rudolph in a small shop in Winston-Salem, Krispy Kreme will have a free FanFest and classic car show at Bailey Park, 445 N. Patterson Ave. in downtown Winston-Salem. The event will be Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.-noon.

Krispy Kreme is accepting registration for classic cars through July 15, by emailing rebecca@capturevalue.com or calling (336) 722-9660. Cars will be judged in three categories and winners will get a trophy and doughnuts for a year.

Krispy Kreme will offer doughnuts and coffee from its mobile store.

Food festivals

In case you want to make a summer out of traveling to food festivals, check these out:

• Hamburger Fest in Seymour, Wisc., said to be where the hamburger was born in 1885. There’s eating contests, of course, a parade, a car show and a Bun Run race. Aug. 8.

• Yarmouth Clam Festival, Yarmouth, Maine. It’s the 50th annual clam fest and features a parade, a race, fireworks and a clam shucking contest. July 17-19.

• Pucker up for the Sauerkraut Weekend in Phelps, N.Y., which has a hot dog and kraut eating contest and a kraut eating contest. This is actually good for you  with the recent emphasis on fermented foods. There’s also cabbage bowling, cabbage head decorating and a car show. July 31-Aug. 2.

• Stay healthy at the 27th annual National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Wash. Twenty percent of U.S. lentils are grown in this area. Of course, there’s a cook-off, music and local microbrews and wine. No mention of a car show. Aug. 21-22.

• And if you’re having trouble with vampires, go to the big Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., where everything is cooked with garlic, from fried to bread to ice cream. Cook-off, wine and sangria, stuff for kids and such treats as garlic fried bananas and garlic gator on a stick.

Yet another study

This is a curious result, based on research by someone from Harvard and someone from Duke. People who bring their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store buy more organic foods and more junk food, or what the researchers called “indulgent” food.

Their brains seem to rationalize that they’re doing a good thing, so they need a treat.

Marketers love this result, so don’t be surprised if you find more indulgent foods at the checkout aisle — fancy chocolates or specialty breads — in the future.

— CBS News

More bad news

Be careful when you buy healthy foods at the store. Many labels, such as low-carb, natural and “energizing” have no official definition. No fat labels on things like jelly beans are misleading — jelly beans are all sugar. Sugar free can mean a higher fat contest and reduced sodium may not be reduced very much. Fat free foods are often heavy on sugar or sodium.

Some gluten-free foods are higher in fat, calories and sugar. When a manufacturer takes something out, it is replaced with a different ingredient man times.

With that in mind, also watch out for portion sizes. A serving of avocado is one-fifth of an avocado, not the entire thing.

A trend shows that people who eat what they think is healthy, judging by labels, actually eat more food and calories and exercise less.

In other words, you can’t have that low sugar, no gluten cake and eat it, too.

— U.S. News & World Report

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