It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

Well this is good news. Women who moderately drink wine are less likely to gain weight than those who don’t.

Moderate female drinkers are less likely to gain weight than those who drink mineral water, according to a new study.

Women drinkers also have a lower risk of obesity than teetotallers.
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The $5 Dinners website has free gardening planner printables. There’s a chart for what and when to plant, a square foot gardening planner, a container gardening planner, and chart for keeping track of your harvest.


The Watchagonnado Diner Tour is a creative fundraiser for New Jersey’s food banks next weekend that you might want to check out if you live in the state. New Jersey is famous for its diners, and one local band, Kindred Souls, will perform a 20-minute acoustic set at a diner in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties in a 48-hour period with the goal of raising at least $250 per diner.


Here on MNN we have an interesting story about how the Center for Disease Control used information from shopper cards from grocery stores to help pinpoint the source of a recent salmonella outbreak.

As they scrambled recently to trace the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds around the country, investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention successfully used a new tool for the first time — the shopper cards that millions of Americans swipe every time they buy groceries.

With permission from the patients, investigators followed the trail of grocery purchases to a Rhode Island company that makes salami, then zeroed in on the pepper used to season the meat.

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Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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