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Glutens Goodness in Flour’s Power

So you’ve heard of white, wheat, corn…and maybe a few other flours.  You might not care much about flour but when attempting to bake, the flour you choose can make or break you. This is where gluten content is key.  Gluten is a sticky, stretchy protein that helps create structure and substance in baked goods.  […]

Myth: Your spicy tuna roll is made from tuna

TRUTH:  This isn’t completely a myth but because there’s a 1 in 3 chance that your tuna is actually tuna.  From over 1,000 samples collected over the last couple years, a seafood conservation group, Oceana, has used DNA testing to prove that only about one third of the samples taken were properly labeled.  The most […]

Top Food, Nutrition and Wine Apps in 2013

I’m an iphone user and I have very few apps on my phone, mostly because I’m so overwhelmed with the choices that I can’t decide.  I need someone to tell me which I should use.  While I may not know the best games or media apps, I can form my own opinions about the food […]

Travel Nationally, Eat locally

Resolving to travel and explore new places more frequently in the upcoming year is a popular resolution.  As you might expect, I would suggest eating locally when doing so but let’s add another layer: eating the most commonly produced foods from a region.  Local is local is local, so why bother, you ask?  Simply not […]

Product Spotlight: Holy Crap, Dragon’s Blend

Why have I chosen Holy Crap Cereal for the product spotlight? (Isn’t it obvious?!)  This cereal claims to be the worlds most amazing breakfast cereal.  Plus, it’s the Dragon’s blend.  And, clearly, they’re well fed, so since this is their blend, I’m in.   Here are the nutritional claims on the package (including the back), […]

How to save your heirloom tomato seeds

This works for any tomato seeds, really, but sometimes I come across a rare variety of heirloom tomato that is not only pretty but sweet and juicy.  I’m always a little sad thinking that I might never find that variety again.  But, with these 5 easy steps, you can easily save the seeds and grow […]

Recipe: How to make your own flavored salts

Despite the bad rap that salt has gotten, it enhances the flavor of food and adds an extra dimension to your presentation.  Plus, contrary to popular belief, salt added at the table is not the culprit of high blood pressure (but you read my blog so you probably know that already). As a student and […]

10 No-cook meals for hot summer days

Everyone is miserable in this heat.  Luckily, in NYC, we got a break this week and temperatures are (only) in the mid 80’s.  Last week, with temperatures in the high 90’s, many people were scrambling for easy and cool meals. Though the recipes below aren’t exact, experiment with the ingredients until you find a balanced […]

Myth: Mushrooms should never be rinsed

TRUTH: Maybe you’ve heard that mushrooms should be cleaned with a damp towel rather than rinsed under running water.  The theory is that because mushrooms are porous, they would absorb water, making them mushy and less appetizing.  Given that they’re already 90% water, I’m not too sure how much more they could absorb! The truth […]

Easy at-work lunches stored in your desk

You’re running to work and you don’t have a lunch packed, again.  You’re probably annoyed, frustrated, and feeling like your goal to eat healthy has been foiled, again.  Lunch at work can be difficult, particularly if you’re not a home cook.  If you want something fast, easy, and that can be stored in your desk, […]