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Myth: Sugar is toxic

TRUTH:  Claims that sugar is toxic have become more popular recently due to Americans’ overconsumption of highly palatable foods (like soda, candy, cakes, cookies, etc).  At this point, it’s been clearly established that extra calories from any foods are stored in our bodies as fat.  But, the question remains – is sugar toxic? Dr. Robert […]

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

Take advantage of Kirby cucumbers because they’re now in season.  Often, I would recommend making pickles with these cucumbers, but canning in the heat sounds a little tedious and uncomfortably hot.  Instead, this is a basic quick pickle that will last in your fridge for weeks. Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers Serves 6 6 Kirby cucumbers, […]

Playing the Blame Game with Soda

Let’s establish a few facts that will be the basis of this post: Disadvantaged populations consume soda more frequently than any other group. Increased soda consumption is also linked with minority groups, low-income status, and less education. Soda has a lot of calories and few nutrients. Consuming excess calories leads to weight gain. Many people […]

Seasonal Jam Series: Gingered Rhubarb

For general jammin’ information, check out this post about water bath canning or this general guide to home canning. *Remember: you can always make jam and eat it right away (no canning necessary)! Gingered Rhubarb Jam Makes about 1 quart 8 cups chopped rhubarb, chopped 8 cups halved strawberries (you can use frozen if you […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe: Apples with Cherry Glaze

Out with the old and in with the new!  It’s a little sad to see last year’s apple harvest dwindle, as the last of the cold storage apples are sold at farmers’ markets.  But springtime brings back the cherry!  Cherries and berries (strawberries) are coming into season, and though local cherries aren’t available in New […]

Recipe: Strawberry Chipotle Compote

I’m dying for some summer fruits!  I’m all squashed out right now and I’m guessing many of us are feeling the same way.  At a recipe tasting I conducted yesterday, where people tasted and compared 4 acorn squash recipes, someone commented “Tasty! They looked appealing but I can’t pick one. I’m sick of squash! (But […]

Raising the Tax on Soda

Forget the war on drugs or the war on terror; we’re waging the war on bubbly soft drinks.  Not a bad war to wage, but worthy of serious consideration as mentions of a soda tax has sparked debates. On Wednesday night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address, in which he (again) expressed […]

Myth: Vitamin Water is healthy, vitamin-packed hydration.

TRUTH:  I have to give Glaceau (producer of Vitamin Water, owned by Coca-Cola) credit – the name of the product alone sparked nutrition-related discussion and media hype for their “novel” creation.  Why not put vitamins in water?  It’s not a bad idea per se, but they make some seemingly bold claims for being sugar water. […]