Want to Cook with Your Kids? Read Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s New Cookbook, Noodle Kids

by in Cookbooks, Cooking for Kids, February 16, 2015


Chef Jonathon Sawyer always had a good palate. He was born into a family that cherished and celebrated good food, and his grandmother often whipped up meals, or rather feasts, for Sawyer and his 33 first cousins. He entered the restaurant world at the young age of 13, but it wasn’t until Sawyer landed at an upscale bistro, Café Boulevard, that he discovered he had true culinary potential. One day the surly and old-fashioned German chef tasted his food, nodded and then said, “You know, Jon, you’re not bad at cooking.” That was the pivotal moment for Sawyer, and soon after it, he ended his engineering studies at the University of Dayton and pursued a degree from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts.

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Diet 101: The Bulletproof Diet

by in Diets & Weight Loss, February 15, 2015


Are butter and coffee the answer to weight loss? According to Dave Asprey, the creator of the Bulletproof Diet, these two foods along with a laundry list of “bulletproof” foods are how you can shed pounds and reclaim your energy. If you think this diet is different than all the others, you’re sadly mistaken.

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Noticed: Whey on the Way

by in Food News, Grocery Shopping, Trends, February 14, 2015


Maybe you haven’t seen bottles of it at major grocery chains just yet, but whey beverages are on the way. Where is all this whey coming from? Gallons of liquid are separated from milk solids during yogurt production. That’s what actually gives Greek yogurt its nice, thick consistency; much of the liquid has been removed from straining. This byproduct is called whey. There’s so much whey, in fact, that yogurt producers have the liquid carted away by the truckload. Modern Farmer reports dairy facilities in the Northeast hauled 150 million gallons of whey away in 2012. But as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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Nutrition News: Hot Chile Peppers, Great Organics and Fake Supplements

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, February 13, 2015


In this nutrition week’s news: Chile peppers may get hot with dieters; organic foods are linked to lower pesticide exposure; and buyer beware of herbal supplements barren of herbs.

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New Brews Put a Healthy Twist on Happy Hour

by in Food News, Trends, February 12, 2015


For those who try to make healthy food and drink choices but don’t mind a social tipple from time to time, a new trend will come as welcome news: alcoholic beverages with a wholesome bent. Read more

War of the Chocolates

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 12, 2015


Chocolate is the aphrodisiac of choice on Valentine’s Day. But not all varieties of this confection are created equal. Here’s a rundown of the most-lovable options for you and your waistline.

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The Chef’s Take — Jeremie Tomczak’s Farro Salad with Beets and Blood Oranges at King Bee

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Dining Out, February 11, 2015


The New York City dining scene is chock-full of options. But until King Bee opened, Acadian cuisine was not one of them. Now it’s here. Acadian food, you ask? Well, it’s inspired by the culinary evolution from the Acadian emigration to Louisiana. Think New Orleans country cooking meets the Pacific Northwest. It comes to the East Village in the form of a cozy little nest, decorated like a vintage cottage tucked into the mountains. A fire might as well be blazing on a hearth. Read more

Veg Out! 5 Vegan Cafes to Try Today

by in Dining Out, February 11, 2015


Hip vegan restaurants and cafes are sprouting up all over the country. Perhaps the reason eateries are leaning meat- and dairy-free is because a plant-based diet is getting much-deserved press. Or maybe it’s simply because these restaurants serve up tasty, scrumptious food that happens to fit the vegan mold. Read more

Salad of the Month: Valentine’s Day Roasted Radicchio with Pomegranate Seeds

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, February 10, 2015


Instead of making a sweet and chocolatey treat for Valentine’s Day, I decided to do the opposite and make something with a complex, bitter flavor. Why bitter, you may ask? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each flavor (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty) nourishes a different organ. Bitter-tasting foods nourish the heart, so I thought it fitting to include a recipe that would benefit the heart on a day when we are encouraged to express our love.

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50 Shades of Cacao: Your New Valentine

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 9, 2015


At first glance, cocoa powder and raw cacao powder might look the same, but get a bit closer and they’re anything but. Once you get to know antioxidant-powerhouse cacao powder, you realize it’s the real deal: Made from cold-pressed raw cacao beans, it is thought that the vitamins and minerals stay intact. Meanwhile, cocoa powder is produced from raw cacao beans that have been roasted at high temperatures and then ground, reducing all those naturally occurring health benefits. This Valentine’s Day, make your sweetie swoon when you serve up these decadent cacao-packed recipes for everything from gooey truffles to spicy hot chocolate.

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