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Sugars are creeping into our diets and, "Even if you're reading labels, you have to read the labels with some insight," says Jon Jackson.

"There's a lot of hidden sugars in our foods, that even people who are well-intentioned and disciplined find it difficult to restrain their weight growth because they keep running into hidden sugars."

Listen in now to learn more about where hidden sugars are showing up, and how to spot them on food labels.

The Senate has started debating its version of the Farm Bill, and both of Montana’s Senators, Jon Tester and Steve Daines, say their chamber’s version of the Farm Bill is good news for Montana farmers and ranchers. But they disagree on at least one important aspect of it.

First, Yellowstone Public Radio's Jackie Yamanaka reports on what they agree on.

Donald Duck frozen orange juice.
Brian Bennett (CC-BY-NC-ND)

With all the contradictory health claims floating around online, it can be hard to know what to believe. The "Food Guys" set the record straight about fruit juice as a "healthy" option, and make the case for avoiding it altogether.

Raising Chickens Locally: The Future Of Agriculture?

May 28, 2018

As the nutritional quality of food declines and monoculture agriculture grows, many Americans have few options for healthy, locally grown food. Main Street Project aims to change that.

Improvised Catalan Beef Stew, Inspired By Julia Child

Apr 29, 2018
Catalán-style beef stew.
Flickr user, Anna Lynn Martino (CC-BY-NC-2)

Beef stew with rice, onions, bacon, tomatoes and cheese: that's the basis for Julia Child's recipe for "Boeuf À La Catalane," or Catalan Beef Stew. It became the jumping-off point for an adaptation by Greg one night as he improvised on this "hearty dish from the Spanish Mediterranean corner of France," with "a green salad, French bread, and a strong, young red wine" the recommended accompaniment.

Cook And Baker's Two-Pot, Four-Course Meal

Apr 1, 2018

Someone left the recording studio door unlocked this week, allowing Cook and Baker, a.k.a. The Junk Food Guys, to take full advantage. Brace yourself for a DIY, seasonal, 'artisanal,' four-course meal comprised entirely of junk food.

Do Artificial Sweeteners Induce Glucose Intolerance?

Mar 19, 2018
Sugar dish.
Flickr user, Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-2)

Jon and Greg discuss a November 2014 online column by Ari LeVaux, "Irony Alert: Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat." LeVaux's piece examines recent findings, published in Nature, that mice who were fed artificial sweeteners in their water developed glucose intolerance.

How To Make Pie Crust, The Baking Wizard Way

Mar 4, 2018

Food Guy Greg Patent, a.k.a. The Baking Wizard, is puzzled by FOBPC (Fear of Baking Pie Crusts). “It seems to scare cooks to death – I don’t understand it. I have a basic pie crust formula that works for me pretty much all the time." One key to Greg's success: he mixes pie dough in the food processor, to minimize handling it.

Recipe: Pizza Dough

Feb 18, 2018
Flickr user, Nicola. (CC-BY-2.0)

"There's something that goes on with refrigeration and pizza dough," observes Jon Jackson, one of the Food Guys. Other Food Guy Greg Patent agrees and gives this phenomenon a name: it's cold fermentation, and you can take advantage of it when you make pizza dough or sourdough bread. After you've kneaded the dough, stash it in the fridge to give it additional time to ferment.

A team of volunteers rallied to get thousands of pounds of potatoes and bread to Heart Butte after a severe storm stranded the community on New Year's Day.
Courtesy Kathryn Hayes

Hunger is a chronic problem for many families on the Blackfeet Reservation. Grocery stores are few and far between, and the poverty rate is around 40 percent.

Like in any rural area, fresh food especially is expensive. It takes a lot of hours in the car or on the phone to access public assistance programs. But when a severe winter storm blew in around New Year's Eve, the chronic hunger issue became an acute crisis.

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