Farmer's Fridge brings fruit, veggies to vending machines

Dinner from a vending machine usually evokes images of chips, cookies, frozen burritos, and other junk food. But if Farmer's Fridge has its way, meals from a vending machine could mean organic meats and cheeses and healthy salads full of locally grown veggies, fruit, beans, and seeds.

The Farmer's Fridge vending machines offer a selection of salads, including Antioxidant, High Protein, Detox, Thai, Mediterranean, North Napa, and more. The salads, with dressing included, are presented layered in BPA- and phthalate-free plastic jars. Smaller jars of organic meats -- such as lemon pepper chicken, tuna salad, lemon tofu, and salmon salad -- are sold separately.… Read more

Foursquare makes it easy to find what you'll love

With its latest update, Foursquare has evolved beyond its roots of checking in to businesses and unlocking badges and special offers from those businesses. Now the app lets you explore your local area based on data culled from other Foursquare users while still retaining the gamelike features of its roots.

While the original app was always well-designed, the new features make it even more useful. Recommendations for smaller towns can be sparse, and the settings can be somewhat overwhelming, but it remains an essential download for avid Foursquare users.

The basics When you first launch Foursquare, you'll need to … Read more

Pinterest amps up recipe search with new filters

Pinterest now includes dietary restrictions and specific ingredients as a way to sort out recipe search results.

The social network, capitalizing on the popularity of food pins on its site, rolled out the new filters and search capability Tuesday.

The idea is you can open your fridge, see what ingredients you have on hand, and then do a search on Pinterest with the desired dietary restriction checked off. Filters include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. There's also an "Indulge me" button, a shortcut to unhealthy foods.

The new feature was developed by Punchfork founder Jeff Miller. Pinterest … Read more

Finally! MIT scientist helps you get all the ketchup out of the bottle

I don't know what you have in your shower, but I have those bottles of soap from Sephora.

You know the ones -- they have different smells like raspberry sorbet, almond ice cream, and Keira Knightley.

I paraphrase, but not by all that much.

Anyway, it's always hard to get the last bit of sorbet out of the bottle. You leave it upside down, hoping that the soap will all come out smoothly during the next shower. Then the plastic seems to crinkle a little too much. Then you squeeze and still there's soap left over.

This … Read more

Taqueria vending machine? Say hola to Burrito Box

In Los Angeles, a city full of taquerias and Mexican restaurants, you'd think a vending machine selling burritos at a gas station would be met with eye rolls from foodies and the burrito bourgeois. However, Burrito Box appears to be one of those novelties that even the most jaded hipster can't help but try. After all, Burrito Box is on Instagram.

The self-proclaimed "world's first burrito kiosk" (located at Mobile Gas, 8380 Santa Monica Blvd.) sells five kinds of burritos: chorizo sausage with cage-free eggs and cheese; uncured bacon with egg and cheese; roasted potato with egg and cheese; free-range chicken with beans and rice; and shredded beef and cheese. Sour cream, hot sauce, and guacamole sell for extra cost. Burritos are $3 plus tax by credit card. … Read more

Science says perfect french fries lie beyond Mars

For some time now, I've taken it on faith that the best french fries in the galaxy could only be the beautifully battered and double-fried potato sticks served at the Taos Diner a few blocks from my home. But according to bizarre new but actually earnest food research, Douglas Adams' Restaurant at the End of the Universe might have a better chance of serving up the best fries in existence, if that eatery actually existed.

Then again, short-order fry cooks on Jupiter are also in short supply so far as we know, and yet that's where two researchers from the chemistry department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece have found the gravitational conditions best suited to frying the perfect batch of fries.… Read more

Teen girl shares road to anorexia recovery on Instagram

Lurking on Instagram can be a gut-wrenching experience for anyone battling an eating disorder, considering how many of us take endless photos of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. For Swedish 18-year-old Antonia Eriksson, Instagram is where her journey began when she was admitted into a hospital for anorexia not more than 15 months ago.

"So I don't know for sure yet, but tomorrow I'm probably being put in hospital for my eating disorder," Eriksson wrote on her first Instagram photo. "I just can't fight it on my own anymore and it's gotten really serious and out of hand. I'm anyway considering starting a blog so I can write about my life and my disorder in a better way, what do you think?"… Read more

Home canning made simple

Home canning has been around for a long time. And while there's nothing necessarily wrong with grandma's approach, traditional water-bath canning is a fairly arduous process. From preheating the jars to removing the preserved food from the boiling water, you have to actively monitor, well, everything. If you don't, your food runs a greater risk of carrying harmful bacteria.

Enter Jarden Home Brands' $299.99 Ball Freshtech Automatic Home Canning System. Yes, you still have to prepare the recipe for canning and clean the jars, lids, and bands beforehand, but this appliance will preheat your jars and … Read more

Review: MacGourmet for Mac is the ultimate solution for storing and organizing recipes

MacGourmet for Mac is designed to provide a central storage and organizational system for your recipes within OS X. It works seamlessly in this regard, providing dozens of useful tools that are reminiscent of iTunes in many ways, making it easy to organize recipe files, create new ones, share them with friends, or print recipes to index cards or other media from your desktop.

After installation, you will be prompted to select the layout and interface for MacGourmet when it opens. You can change any of these options later from the preferences menu but this will affect how the app … Read more

Must-have Android apps for holiday cooking and baking

With Thanksgiving planning upon us, Hanukkah starting tomorrow, and the rest of the holidays right around the corner, there's a lot of pressure to cook, bake, and show up to events bearing food and drinks. Luckily, all the recipes and drink suggestions you could ever need can fit on your Android phone, thanks to a plethora of cooking apps in the Play Store.

From the many options out there, I've uncovered three of the most useful Android apps that can help you prepare a fabulous meal no matter if you're a pro in the kitchen or barely … Read more