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Food News: Sweet potatoes, green tomatoes, throwing less away

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions to

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Would you throw a dollar in the trash? How about $2,000? Probably not, yet that’s the worth of the food the average family of four throws out each year. Our nutrition columnist offers tips for reducing waste in your own kitchen here.

Food pantries in our area are seeing increased demand. Read about their efforts here.

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Castiglia’s Italian restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg has added a new tapas bar in the retail space that formerly housed the Bella Italia market on William Street. Read the details, including owner Luigi Castiglia’s long-term plans for the eatery, here.

The Cheesecake Factory will open its new restaurant at the Potomac Mills shopping center Nov. 7. Bill Freehling has more details here.

This week’s review: Jack’s Cafe in Bowling Green

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Sauteed sweet potatoes and black beans make a healthy combination that also features the colors of Halloween. Find a recipe here.

Are there green tomatoes in your garden? As we get closer to the first frost, you might want to have a strategy for how to handle them. This post from the blog, “In My Kitchen Garden,” discusses what to do to get them to ripen once you take them off the vine.

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If the harvest season has you wanting to read about what starting and running a food-producing farm is really like, I’ve got a book recommendation for you.

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