Canning Across the Country; Will New Yorkers Go Nuts for Goobers?

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, requests for canning classes have increased. Countrywide canning fests organized by Canning Across America are all the rage, and Jarden Home Brands -- makers of Kerr and Ball brand jars -- say sales of canning equipment are up 30 percent. [Wall Street Journal]

A new study suggests that chocolate could be an alternative to aspirin for killing pain. The distraction of eating foods like chocolate for pleasure acts as a natural painkiller, apparently. The study was conducted on animals, but results would likely be the same for humans. [NY Daily News]

Where do the stars of AMC's Mad Men go for a Manhattan? Michael Gladis, who plays Paul Kinsey, has Parkside Lounge as his local, but he goes to the Belcourt for cocktails; Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane, goes to Rudy's on Ninth Avenue. [Metromix]

A Brooklyn couple from Florida is betting New Yorkers will love goobers: fresh, immature peanuts boiled in salty brine. The couple has a stand at the Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO and just began home delivery in Manhattan and Brooklyn through BoiledinBrooklyn.com. [NY Daily News]


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