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Archive for April, 2012

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Sponge Cakes with Blueberry Sauce

Sponge cake is light and airy but still very satisfying as a sweet treat.  The trick is to make pre-portioned amounts so you don’t go overboard and indulge too much!  I like to prepare these cakes with blueberry sauce, but I’ve also made them with strawberry sauce or lemon curd.  For a nice presentation, slice […]

(Vitamin) C is for Citrus

If you’re living in the United States in 2012, you’re probably getting enough vitamin C.  It’s found in so many foods and drinks that most of the population never has a problem.  However, vitamin C is easily lost in storage and cooking so store foods in a cool dark place and cook them quickly, with […]

Judging: Ethically Eating Meat

The essays are in and the judging is underway!  In case you missed it, the New York Times issued an essay contest challenging readers to make an ethical case for eating meat.  Now, the bunch has been whittled down to 6 essays and we, the public get to vote. I encourage you to read all […]

Myth: To maximize your workout, join a gym

Gym membership has risen significantly over the last 10 years – from about 36 million people to 48 million!  Many experts speculate that the market is still not saturated, so membership rates are expected to rise for several years. Clearly, many people out there subscribe to the idea that gyms are necessary to be healthy. […]

Recipe: Baklava Bundles

The history of Baklava is up for debate but it may date back to Mesopotamia, around the 13th century.  That’s old!  Its earliest concoctions were probably made with dough, nuts, sweets (like fruits).  These days, it’s made with all kinds of nuts, sweets or seldomly-used ingredients like rose water, depending on what region of the […]

Recipe: Savory Caramelized Onion and Herbed Turkey Cupcakes

I randomly stumbled upon the idea of lasagna cupcakes and was so overcome with excitement that I spent an entire Friday night assembling different flavors and testing proportions.  Here’s the answer I came up with:  they all taste good.  It’s lasagna!  What’s not to like about lasagna?! The nice thing about this recipe is that […]

Myth: Coffee is bad for you

TRUTH: Coffee itself is not bad.   It’s when you start adding cream, sugar, or having 4 cups a day that it becomes a problem.  Cream, sugar, artificial creamers, et al add sugar, fat, and preservatives.  In that sense, coffee drinks may sometimes contribute to excessive sugar or fat consumption – but the coffee itself […]

What’s the best workout?

Asking ‘what’s the best workout’ is going to elicit a different answer depending on who you ask.  Personal trainers may encourage cardio but emphasize the benefits of weight training. Endurance athletes will probably promote the benefits of long duration exercise.  Professional athletes will probably cite their diversified workout routines and cross training.  The reason this […]

Recipe: Szechuan Green Beans

Green beans are, in my opinion, one of the best spring veggies because they’re green, crunchy and delicious raw.  However, there are still some cold nights ahead of us and this dish is a great way to use green beans in a bold, flavorful, comforting side dish. Chinese style Szechuan cooking is characterized by bold […]

Recipe: Crispy Panko Fish Sticks with Tzatziki Dip

In an effort to embrace fish sticks, a popular fast food treat, this recipe offers a tasty and healthy alternative to the breaded and fried fast food sticks served with tartar sauce.  There are a few major changes to make ‘em healthier.   First and most obviously: don’t fry them.  Second, use fresh fish – if […]