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Murphy: Learning to Love Lamb

May 17, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Of all the healthy, flavorful, downright delicious menu items at today’s chic restaurants, lamb is arguably one of the finest, yet least appreciated choices. But that may be about to change.

Murphy: Short-Term Strategies Don’t Work

May 16, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Along with our partisan divide, another crippling problem has afflicted society: an inability to take a long-term perspective, rather than focusing on the immediate impact of policies and priorities.

Murphy: What’s Wrong with Kansas?

May 14, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Nothing that doesn’t afflict much of rural America: depopulation, lack of economic development and a ‘brain drain’ of educated young people leaving town. But there are solutions to be pursued.

Murphy: The New ‘Sniff Test’

May 11, 2018 by Dan Murphy
With the cost of food waste approaching $165 billion a year, determining if perishable items are still edible is a priority. But are the recently developed ‘mechanical sniffers’ really the answer?

Murphy: A Positive Outcome

May 09, 2018 by Dan Murphy
With all the publicity about hate crimes and bigotry toward Muslims, we forget that such incidents are the exception, not the rule. Here’s a great example to prove that point.

Behold: The Triple Threat

May 07, 2018 by Dan Murphy
You don’t cruise into a fast-food drive-thru in search of a low-cal, lite ’n lean lunch. So why not pile on the protein? Which is exactly what Arby’s is offering with its three killer sandwiches.

Murphy: The Secret to Sizzle

May 04, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Preparing a special dish for guests isn’t about culinary quality; it’s about the adulation that comes from people admitting that your kitchen secrets are better than theirs. Here’s a good one.

Murphy: Finally — A Feel-Good Moment

May 02, 2018 by Dan Murphy
It’s not that often that a sane, plausible commentary appears in the mainstream media — not when the subject is animal rights. Too bad it was necessary to travel 8,000 miles to read it.

Murphy: Another Fake Meat Fight

May 01, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Missouri legislators just voted to require alt-meat products to be labeled as such. But this time, the promoters of ‘plant meat’ are raising a different, puzzling justification for their opposition.

Murphy: To Wash, or Not to Wash?

Apr 30, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Sorry, Will, but that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler to suffer the attacks of outrageous pathogens, or rinse one’s meat against a sea of bacteria, and by opposing end them.

Murphy: Viva la France

Apr 26, 2018 by Dan Murphy
French food producers will no longer be able to use “steak,” “sausage,” “meat-like,” “meat-free” or other similar labeling terms to describe products that are not partly or wholly composed of meat.

Murphy: An End to Meat Shaming

Apr 23, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Our ‘callout culture,’ in which we lob insults at those who don’t conform to our personal ideology, fashion standards or lifestyle choices, has only exacerbated the ‘meat vs. veggie’ battles.