Happy Monday. This is the last week before Labor Day, so maybe sip up the last dregs of summer with this recipe for a tequila and watermelon fresca; stay in a summer state of mind with this history of one of America’s most iconic ice cream treats; or just read Marcella Hazan’s brilliant treatise on tomatoes.
In today’s top food news:
— A recipe recently published by the Chicago Tribune purportedly contained KFC’s top-secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, but the chain says it’s not real. Colonel Sanders’ actual recipe is "locked up in a digital safe that's encased in two feet of concrete and monitored 24 hours a day by a video and motion detection surveillance system," so anyone who wants to get their hands on it will have to execute an elaborate Ocean’s Eleven-type heist.
— Purchased any pre-chopped produce lately? Better check your crisper drawer, because 30,000 cases of pre-cut vegetables sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have been recalled over listeria fears.
— Pizza Hut’s latest gimmick is a pizza box that doubles as a paper football field. Okay, yes, literally any surface could be used to flick a tiny paper football, but this one has goal posts (and, presumably, greasy pizza residue).
— The market for frozen orange juice concentrate is all but dead. Bad weather has negatively affected citrus crops in Florida, but perhaps more importantly, people are simply drinking less OJ — and when they do, it’s not from concentrate.
— Speaking of concentrated breakfast beverages, here’s how instant coffee is made. (It may not be very tasty, but the technology behind it is impressive.)