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Natural State Provision leaves Test Kitchen

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Food enthusiasts got their first taste of the test kitchen Feb. 1 when its three food stands launched inside the Fishers District.

Indianapolis Star

Fishers Test Kitchen is searching for a new restaurant concept to fill an accelerator space following the departure of Natural State Provision this week.

The Southern comfort food counter-service concept — one of three in the inaugural cohort at the culinary incubator at the Sun King Innovation Brewery in the Yard at Fishers District that launched in February — was asked to leave, said test kitchen co-founder John Wechsler, though he wouldn’t elaborate.

“We wish them well at King Dough,” he said. “This was time for us to bring another concept in.”

The move caught Natural State owners Adam and Alicia Sweet off guard, they said in an emailed statement.

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Mortgage bailout numbers improve slowly, but real test is ahead

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The number of borrowers in government Covid-19-related mortgage bailout programs is shrinking, but those in private-label or bank bailouts is rising.

This suggests that there is still pain ahead in the mortgage market, as some borrowers are simply not recovering enough financially to afford their home loans.

The total number of mortgages in active forbearance programs, where borrowers delay their monthly payments for at least three months, declined by 26,000 last week or 0.7%, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data firm. This marks four consecutive weeks of improvement, but the pace has been slowing for the past few weeks.

As of Sept. 15, just under 3.7 million homeowners remain in these plans, representing 7% of all active mortgages. Together, these loans represent $781 billion in unpaid principal. The number of forbearance plans are now down more than 22% from the

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This Is the Best Wood for Cutting Boards, According to a Test Kitchen Pro

When it comes to kitchen tools, a durable wood cutting board is one of our essentials. The only question is, what type of wood is best? There is no shortage of materials: acacia, teak, maple, bamboo, walnut—even Japanese cypress!



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Use the guide below to decide what type of wood is right for your kitchen. Then, follow our tips for expert cutting board care.

What Is the Best Wood for Cutting Boards?

The Taste of Home Test Kitchen has use every type of wood cutting board on the market. And the winner is clear: maple. Sarah Farmer, who leads the Taste of Home culinary team, says, “We like our cutting boards like we like our syrup—of the maple variety.” In other words, her go-to material for a cutting board is maple.

“It’s durable, prevents the growth of bacteria, is easy on the knives and looks nice,”

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Startup Lands VC Funds As Demand Surges For Its At-Home Test Kits

Proov, an at-home hormone testing kit company, has announced funding from two venture capital firms that aim to build up underrepresented founders.

The investment – the amount was not disclosed – from Lightship Capital and Texas HALO Fund will help Proov scale in the wake of Covid-19 as the company continues to offer fertility diagnostics technology to the retail market.

MFB Fertility Inc. launched Proov in 2018. Its FDA-approved at-home test measures the presence of progesterone metabolite PdG in urine to help a woman confirm ovulation; low progesterone is the number one cause of infertility and preventable miscarriage. The company was originally co-founded in Boulder, Colorado, by two women who both struggled to conceive.

Because of Covid-19, the

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