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The Wheat That Is Not a Wheat

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 9:32 AM

The GF trend is big these days -- for the uninitiated, that's "gluten-free." If you're going gluten-free or simply looking to cut back on gluten, rice and potato flour can get a little dull -- enter buckwheat. It's one of my favorite variations on crepes (or pancakes if thick's your...

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'Top Chef' Judge Gail Simmons Reveals Her Favorite Ketchup

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 1:50 PM


"Cooking is the only craft that relies on all five senses. The only way to become a great cook is to use them all." Gail Simmons, judge on Top Chef joins us for an interview and shares her insights on cooking and...

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Which Food Trends Are Rising, Which Are Falling

(72) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 12:20 PM


It seems that in the past there was always one dominant food trend at any one time - the no fat/high carb trend of the early 90's, the high fat/no carb trend (aka Atkins) of the late 90's. But these days there are multiple...

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Winner Of 'Top Chef Masters' Floyd Cardoz Reveals His Favorite Restaurant

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 4:42 PM

2011-08-02-FloydCardozimage.pngFloyd Cardoz just won Top Chef Masters, so he knows a thing or two about cooking. In this interview, he shares how to get more flavor out of spices, which spices he buys at Costco, which food trends...

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Beyond The Omelet: 6 Ways to Break The Egg Routine

(29) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 5:31 PM


As experimental as I pride myself on being the kitchen, there's one thing I never vary - eggs in the morning. I went through my bagel phase, my three cereal combo phase, oatmeal, smoothies, and yogurt, but eggs just work for me, and perform...

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6 Berry Buying Myths Busted

(53) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 3:01 PM


June in the North East not only means a return of flip flops, the whirling of air conditioning units, dinners outdoors, but most importantly - strawberries. The joy that a basket of ruby red farm picked berries brings to the mouth is...

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10 Ways To Sweeten Food Without Sugar

(78) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 4:34 PM

My sugar evolution has gone something like this - promiscuous sugar usage as a child, artificial sweeteners in college, honey post college, agave, stevia and now - nothing. (Well mostly nothing, nothing would be a lie, drastic reduction is more accurate.) When I do eat sugar it's largely in fruit-form...

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Your "Natural" Herbal Tea May Not Be So Natural

(67) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 10:20 PM

"If need to be known for a medical reason, your physician may contact us in writing."

This is what I was told when I asked the company about their "natural flavors."

Sweet and Spicy Tea and Herb Blend is the name. It comes in a box with a sketch...

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Is Food Too Cheap?

(122) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 9:44 AM


I was looking for three chicken breasts. Not eight. Or four. Just three. I was visiting my parents in Arizona and shopping for dinner. They're Canadian snow birds, flying south for the winter in search of sun and lower priced food. Due...

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13 "Health Foods" That Aren't

(501) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 2:06 PM

It's easy to be swayed by claims like "Fat-free," "A full serving of vegetables in every ounce," or the mere suggestion of fruit on a label. But many foods positioned as "healthy" may still have ingredients lurking in them (often it's sugar) that make it a little less healthy than...

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How To Make Homemade Stock From Scraps

(26) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 10:06 AM

This is a "how-to" that covers two of the most common New Years resolutions: Eat Healthier and Spend Less. Food scraps(that might otherwise be thrown out) can be saved and used to make vegetable or meat stock. What could be easier than dumping your peelings, stems and cores into a...

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Is Your Food Pro-Life?

(80) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 9:53 AM

Probiotic means "pro life" (as apposed to antibiotic which means "against life"). We are being marketed probiotics aggressively and though they are naturally created in some foods,they are "enriching" many foods such as chocolate and juice. Here's what you need to know about this heavily hyped "nutrient."

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Are Brown Eggs More Nutritious Than White? Test Your Egg IQ

(269) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 1:54 PM

As a country, we consume billions of eggs a year, and as an individual with a passion for them, I am quite sure I consume more than my per capita share. Which is why marketers are working hard to convince us that their eggs come from blissfully happy, healthy chickens....

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14 Food Shockers

(288) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 3:17 PM

The Sweet Beet (a food site described by Daily Candy as "An investigative blog for foodies") has unearthed surprising food facts that will shock, enlighten and amuse. Did you know that whole flax seeds do not deliver as much Omega 3 as ground ones? And that organic foods...

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What Happens When Mouths Meet

(10) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 4:45 PM


I can always tell the extent to which I am into a date, based on my desire to share appetizers. I don't think it's even conscious. We are either drawn to someone and want to experience arugula together or not.

Sharing food is...

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