Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

Senate shoots down food stamps amendment

by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/20/12, 05:50 pm

This coming Independence Day, almost 47 million Americans will stay dependent on food stamps. That means roughly one-in-seven families will picnic on taxpayers' dollars-about $81 billion this year.

Yet the Senate has already shot down a block grant amendment to the food aid program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), voting 65-33 to defeat the proposal introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

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Stambler (Associated Press/Photo by Damian Dovarganes)

Wheat watchers

Lifestyle | Regulators and inspectors discourage cottage food producers, but local food activists are fighting back
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/20/12, 04:29 am

Mark Stambler is a serious bread baker. His sourdough and rye loaves are leavened from a homemade wild yeast starter, kneaded with hand-ground wheat, and baked in a hand-built 6-foot-tall backyard oven.

The Los Feliz, Calif., resident has been an at-home boulanger for over 40 years, baking rustic breads good enough to sell. And that's what Stambler did for about a year when two local specialty shops agreed to sell his bread.

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