Deborah HylandThe "Peelers" at Napoli 2Traditionally, soft-shell crab season begins on the first full moon in May, when blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay molt, leaving them with paper-thin shells. Theoretically, soft-shells are available until September, but good luck finding them in St. Louis ... More >>
image viaIt's still unclear why several thousand birds fell from the sky over Beebe, Arkansas, on New Year's Eve and whether this is, indeed, an early sign of the impending apocalypse. Mysterious bird deaths have now been reported in Sweden and Louisiana and, adding to the sense of doom, mill ... More >>
The FDA gives a boost to small organic farms with a variety of new efforts to improve conditions for farmers. "Guys, this is your window - use it," USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan told organic farmers and the companies that work with them on Wednesday. According to the San Francisco Chronic ... More >>
Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Dunkin' Donuts dropped off coffee at the office, presumably in response to my missive: http://bit.ly/9zpggG No doughnuts, though.
More oysters in the Chesapeake Bay -- though the population still has a long way to go to recover fully. (New York Times)Behind the scenes of the Cooks Illustrated empire. (Boston Globe)A new study links women's improved sex lives to red wine. (Wine Spectator)
A lengthy, but illuminating, history of the disgraced Peanut Corp. of America and its founding family, the Parnells. (Washington Post)In light of the current salmonella outbreak, Americans are eating less peanut products, even in cases when there is no risk. (UPI)A controversial plan to save the Che ... More >>
Eau Bistro is better -- and edgier -- than ever
Wildly successful restaurateur Eddie Neill does it again -- or does he?
Directed by Sydney Pollack
When a frisky retriever paid an unexpected visit to the neighbors, he wasn't welcomed -- he was shot. And such killings are anything but uncommon.