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Why I'm Voting Yes on Prop 37: Label Genetically Modified Foods

(57) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 6:29 PM

To be honest, I'm a little surprised I even need to write this. In a national survey, over 90 percent of American voters favored labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. Labels for GMOs are already required in the European Union, Japan, Australia and dozens of other nations. In direct...

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10 Overrated Health Foods

(39) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 9:00 PM

Like it or not, we tend to believe whatever we are exposed to in the media and in advertisements. In nutrition, this usually means that as a society we all follow the same diet fads, glorifying some foods over others in the quest for better health. (It's okay, I love...

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Book Review: Folks, This Ain't Normal

(9) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 9:47 AM

Joel Salatin is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Self-described as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-farmer," you're probably more familiar with him as the "beyond organic" owner of Polyface Farm featured in Michael Pollan's landmark book The Omnivore's Dilemma and the documentary Food, Inc. (note: if you...

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What to Look for When Picking Fruits and Vegetables

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 4:35 PM

Most people know instinctively to avoid bruised or blemished produce, but there is much more involved in the art of choosing fruits and vegetables.

While buying fresh food is always a little bit of a crap-shoot (and not every rule will apply to every piece of produce), these tips will...

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How To Make Cauliflower Taste as Good as French Fries: Roasted Curried Cauliflower

(20) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 5:18 PM

I've resisted publishing this recipe for months because I was worried it was too simple for an entire blog post. But every time I cook it for someone (which I do all the time because it is so easy and delicious) they ask me for the recipe so...

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Finding the Courage to Roast a Chicken

(29) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 8:42 PM

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard a foodie proclaim that roasting a chicken is the easiest thing in the world and the perfect place for new cooks to start.

Please.

I can think of at least a hundred things easier to cook than roasted chicken,...

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8 Reasons Awesome Girls Should Learn to Cook

(11) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 8:33 PM

My post last week 8 Reasons Regular Guys Should Learn To Cook received a tremendous response, but a few people called it out as "sexist." Gasp!

Though I doubt anyone would have preferred a post titled "8 Reasons Most People Should Learn To Cook," I'm happy to balance...

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8 Reasons Regular Guys Should Learn To Cook

(208) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 1:31 PM

Some guys I know don't consider cooking a worthwhile venture. Besides the occasional stint behind the grill, they'd rather bask in blissful ignorance than feed themselves in more than three steps: stab, chew, swallow.

But ask any woman (or man that already knows how) why it is better to be...

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10 Simple Kitchen Tips You Wish Someone Told You Earlier

(76) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 7:35 PM

For myself and people of my generation, cooking represents the worst kind of irony. Feeding ourselves is our most basic human need, but for some reason no one bothered to tell us how to do it (or even that it was important to learn).

So we grew up, left the...

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Is it Food? [Flowchart]

(157) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 9:10 AM


Grocery shopping has never been more confusing than it is in 2011.

With conflicting nutrition information coming at us from all sides, navigating the supermarket can feel as impossible as doing long division while juggling loaded bear traps. It's neither fun nor...

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10 Tips to Get Moving!

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 12:41 PM

You know who you are. As hard as you've tried, you've never liked going to the gym. Maybe you've even hired a personal trainer a few times, hoping the added expense and accountability would be enough motivation to turn you into a regular gym rat. But it didn't work.

Every...

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How to Tell if Your Diet Plan Is BS

(12) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 11:28 AM

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that most diet plans out there are full of it. If they worked, a third of us wouldn't be classified as obese. But if you're trying to get healthy and lose weight, how can you tell the healthy diets from the lousy...

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Let's Make the Perfect Farmers Market Bag

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 7:50 PM

I've talked before about how much thought and preparation I put into getting all my farmers market produce home undamaged. Though the tactics I use work decently well, they are by no means perfect and are more than a little bit of a hassle.

To address my farmers...

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9 Tips To Avoid Weight Gain While Vacationing

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 8:24 PM

Vacation and travel is tricky business for someone looking to live a healthy lifestyle. While your time away is meant to be a break from your regular daily restrictions, most of us would rather not return home with extra luggage around our waists.

So how do you find the balance?

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Truth and Marketing: Why Sliced Bread Was Never A Great Invention

(53) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 4:32 PM

Food marketers have been at it for nearly a century. They're saving us time, making it ever easier for us to consume their products, and all they ask in return is to charge us a little extra for the "convenience." Bless their hearts.

When pressed, most of us will acknowledge...

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The Myth of Superfoods

(28) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM

The term "superfood" gets thrown around a lot, usually by the media or somebody selling something. (Or in my column, but we'll get to that in a second)

Superfood refers to an edible plant (e.g. blueberries) or animal (e.g. salmon) that contains high levels of a...

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Summertime Farmers Market Checklist

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 7:10 PM

A harsh reality hit me this past Saturday. Believe it or not, I was woefully unprepared to bring everything I wanted home from the farmers market.

It wasn't obvious to me at first. After all I had remembered to stop at the ATM for cash, brought with me my large...

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10 Reasons You Hate To Cook (And What To Do About Them)

(132) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 12:51 PM

I don't like the word hate and try not to use it. I especially dislike it when it is applied to any kind of food or cooking.

Do you really hate asparagus? Or are you just whining about something you haven't bothered to learn to appreciate? Yeah, I thought so.

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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Farmers Market Newbs

(246) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 2:41 PM

If you haven't spent much time at farmers markets, I know they can be a bit intimidating. Locals always know exactly where to go and what to buy, and seem to possess some kind of secret, cult-like knowledge of seasonal favorites and exclusive deals.

How is a farmers market noobie...

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Unplug With One Meal a Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 6:03 PM

Few things are as irrevocably tied to our health and well being as food. But while much attention is given to the kind of foods we eat, the way we eat and our relationship with food can be just as important.

Eating traditions and food culture have been all but...

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