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FDA to warn of carcinogenic arsenic in rice

You may want to hold off on making that stir-fry dish for dinner tonight. The U.S. FDA is set to warn consumers about potentially dangerous levels of carcinogenic arsenic in rice and rice-based products, The Chicago Tribune reports. The agency has not yet set federal limits for the amount of arsenic in food, the Tribune notes, but Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is cautioning the public to avoid eating large amounts of rice or feeding rice products to infants.

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Summer Fruit Tart

This is a fruit tart of unknown origins. My mom sent me the recipe many years ago, when I was interning far away from home and was in need of dessert tips. Thanks to the wonders of gmail, I found the recipe again this summer, and the tart made an appearance at my boyfriend’s “We’re done with the bar exam! (at least for now)*” barbecue at the end of July.

I originally thought the tart was from an Ina Garten cookbook, but Ina’s recipe is slightly more complex. And that is the beauty of this fruit tart. It’s simple to make and takes advantage of the gorgeous summer fruit harvest.

*I say at least for now because I’m still waiting for Illinois bar results. He passed the Wisconsin bar!

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Black Bean Confetti Salad

Is anyone still reading? I hope so! This black bean and bell pepper salad from smitten kitchen is not to be missed. Savory but not overpowering, you’ll bring it to picnics, use it as a side dish at dinner and pack it for lunch. (I’ve done all three.)

Better yet, it’s quick. I made it twice over the summer, even though I barely had time to post here! (More on that later.)

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