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Erica Wides is the host and co-creator of "Let’s Get Real with Erica Wides™: The Cooking Show About Finding, Preparing and Eating Food" on the Heritage Radio Network.

Known for her sarcasm, wit, and matchless knowledge, Erica is a national authority on how to find, afford, cook, and eat real food.

Known as the “Jon Stewart of Food” she takes the snootiness out of the food conversation and explains how to tell real food from “Foodiness™,” which is the gray area between real food and junk food, but often is masquerading as "healthy" food. Foodiness is a term she coined in homage to Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness.”

On Let’s Get Real, Erica clears a realistic path for anyone to have access to real, minimally processed foods that are good for them—but with no chicken coop, kraut crock, bee-hive, or home-grown vegetables required.

She was also a featured speaker at TedX Berkeley in April 2013, has appeared as a guest expert on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS’s Stress Free Cooking, Martha Stewart Morning Living, the Food Network’s Chopped and Top Five, and has sold useless stuff on The Home Shopping Network. She's been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered; and is a featured culinary expert for About.com. Erica also writes a twice-monthly column for Nutrisystem's NuMi, and contributes to Recipe Corner, and other media outlets.

Erica also works as a commercial actor and
voiceover artist.

Entries by Erica Wides

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Or Is It All Just 'Fishiness'?

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 3:31 PM

My niece, Sophie, spent last week "down the shore" as they say in New Jersey. Her friend has a beach house, and they invited her to visit. Lucky! See? My sister was right; send your kid to an expensive private school, they get a superior education, meet the right people,...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Or Is It All Just Dust in the Wind...

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Let's start off with my report from the International Sweets and Snacks expo; remember, I attended this sugary show in Chicago, hoping to uncover some new magical unicorn answer to my snacking needs?

Unfortunately, and as I well suspected, not much turned up. I was on my quest...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, Does It Help You When You're 'Hangry'?

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 3:43 PM

I'm embarking on a quest, a mission, a journey. I'm going on a worldwide (okay, nationwide) search for something. Sorta like Kerouac, in search of himself, or America, but not. That's not what I'm doing, I don't need to find me, I'm right here, in Brooklyn.

It's the thing...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, Is It Shaped Like a Baby or a Carrot?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:40 PM

Across the hall from me live two cute and chatty little girls. Because we live in a former factory with very long hallways, all the kids love to play in the halls, it's like their front yard. It's kind of irresistible really; sometimes I'll just go out there and race...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, Are You Throwing Away 40 Percent of It?

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 2:35 PM

I'm not a sports fan. I just don't really get the whole organized, professional sports team thing, the fanaticism, caring who wins what, when, by how much. And the obscene salaries and crazy prices for tickets, food and merch at the games really makes me sick. To me, it seems...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, Let's Go Back to the Prairie, Yet Again, and Discuss It With Laura

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Who do I love to talk about the most, other than myself? Just take a guess. Correct. Laura. As in, Laura Ingalls Wilder! Only my imaginary best friend in the whole world, and yes, I know she was a real person, but she also became my pretend BFF...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well, What If Your Valentine Gave It to You?

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:21 AM

Valentine's Day isn't a day to worry about sugar, because technically, it's one of the few days a year when you should be eating a big pile of sugar. Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween. Not every day, as in, not in a big bowl of miniature fake french toast cereal at...

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Is It Food, Or Is It Foodiness? Let's Ask the Good Citizens of Idaho!

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Down here in the Foodiness fallout shelter, we're very busy getting ready for the great American holiday devoted to overeating. We've got our turkey all picked out from the wild flock that just "wanders" onto the property right around this time every year, the cranberries have been harvested from the...

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Is it Food, or is it Foodiness™? Let's ask Almanzo Wilder!

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Sniff ... sniff ... what's that warm smell floating on the cooling October air? Is it one of the classic aromatic harbingers of fall? Wood smoke, gently decaying leaves, crisp fresh apples? No wait, it's spicier, sweeter, more evocative of something ... else. Something freshly baked, vaguely vegetal, not quite...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Let's Ask Platina, the 15th Century Vatican Librarian

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Who, you ask? You know, Platina! The guy who wrote what is considered the first cookbook...?

Oh come on, you don't know who Platina was? The Italian Renaissance humanist writer and gastronomist? Really? Where've you been?

Well, neither did I until I had to start teaching all...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Let's Ask Cookie Monster!

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 9:15 AM

Let's talk about non-butter butters. Since my last post was about non-milk milks and English as a flawed language, it seems a logical progression. Obviously I don't mean real, delicious, actual dairy butter made from cream, nor am I discussing unspeakably disgusting margarine and other non-dairy spreads which...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness™? Well, Does It Come From a Nipple?

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 7:21 AM

I've been with Adam, my husband, for 13 years. Well, we're not actually really married, per se, but I consider him my husband, and I refer to him as such. When you're an almost 50-year-old woman it sounds really stupid to use the word boyfriend, or for him to use...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Or Maybe It's "Berry-ness"?

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Down here in the Foodiness Fallout Shelter, we really enjoy thrift. As an avowed thrift lover and general cheapskate, I'm always looking for free stuff to fill the shelter with. Free castoff furniture, free magazines from the recycling bin, and free food (in the wild) when I find it.

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Is It Food or Is It Foodiness? Depends on Your Sex

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Greetings from the Foodiness fallout shelter, where we are spending the summer months, and where we work hard to help you see your way out of the Foodiness rabbit hole. It's easy to fall way down the rabbit hole to that deep, dark place where food manufacturers and marketers like...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Let's Ask Laura Ingalls

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Picture a 9-year-old girl in the suburbs of Long Island, short for her age, sporting brown aviator glasses on her round face, cute but overweight by 1970s standards, wearing homemade pants with a fake patched-denim print, that sit high over her little belly. She's idly riding her little Schwinn bicycle...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well... Would Popeye Eat It?

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:35 PM

I've come to a major realization. Want to know what it is? OK. It is that after all this talking and reading and learning and figuring stuff out about food, and nutrition and health and everything, that it turns out that A. we still don't really know what we're supposed...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Part of Your Complete Breakfast!

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 10:11 PM

What is breakfast cereal? No, I'm asking you, you tell me. What's the first thing you think of when I ask you that question, the first mental image that comes up? For me, it's bowl of multicolored puffy sweet things, or a pile of mealy brown flakes, maybe with some...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Let's Ask the Chicken... or Maybe the Egg?

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:06 PM

The spring holidays have ended, the last bit of stale matzo has been choked down, and we Hebraic types can all go back to eating bread again, although I never stop eating bread at Passover. In fact, I probably ate MORE bread last week then I normally do any other...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Cheezy. Poofy. Doodly.

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 9:42 AM

There's Cheese... and then there's cheese, and then, if the cheese is in your snax, it's probably cheeze.

Cheeze isn't Cheese, or cheese. It's those cheeses' evil doppelganger. It's the devil's cheeze. El Queso del Diablo. Yikes! Scary. The devil runs the factory that makes all the processed, industrial,...

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Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Popcorn Edition

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:22 AM

So now that I've introduced the world to foodiness, (which actually happened three years ago on my show Let's Get Real, the Cooking Show About Finding, Preparing, and Eating Food, on the Heritage Radio Network), and you've all signed up for the spring session of foodiness re-education camp,...

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