Capsaicin's positive effects are modest. But they are real. All of this is to say, the obsession with chili pepper heat may be a fad. Or a form of masochism. But it may also reflect -- for once -- popular taste and nutrition in a happy alliance.
Cold weather giving you the blues? Try brightening up your winter recipes with some fresh citrus fruits! Lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are at their sweetest and juiciest during the cold winter months, and they add a refreshing burst of flavor that will make you think of sunshine.
Every New Year's Eve we prepare the cake ("Vassilopita"), decorate it with the number of the New Year and we hide a coin (gold, silver or brass) inside, which is believed to bring good luck to whoever wins.
There are better known restaurants in NYC -- though few in Midtown -- doing this kind of food as well as this, but it really shows when the chef is doing the kind of menu on which just about everything is so tempting.
Now that New Year's Eve is upon us, so-called "brown spirits" are always a good gift idea, so here are some that I've been impressed by, not because they are so rare or come in a really nifty bottle, but because they are really quite distinctive.
The proof is in the pudding this year. Women chefs cracked the glass ceiling repeatedly to achieve record "first female" milestones in culinary history, magazines, James Beard Awards, the White House and Michelin guides.