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January: dry and meatless?

January: dry and meatless?

I’m starting to think January should be renamed Virtuary. Long the month of weight guilt and calorie counting, January is now also about giving up stuff, sort of like Lent for foodies. We have: Dry January. Who knew: this is a trademarked activity, started over 

Coconut oil in the kitchen

Coconut oil in the kitchen

A few weeks ago, I needed to make a birthday cake. Chocolate? I was strangely not craving chocolate. How about something different? Coconut! The recipe I found used canned coconut milk, but when I opened the can, all the fat had separated and risen to 

Fat phobia is so 20th Century

Fat phobia is so 20th Century

Fat is my friend. Food fat that is. Fat adds flavor and texture and satisfaction to your food. Fat in your meals can increase satiety and moderate appetite. Despite these positive attributes, public health “experts” spent the past few decades spreading fat phobia, because certain 

My 5 Rules for Buying Olive Oil

My 5 Rules for Buying Olive Oil

When I shop for olive oil, I spend a lot of time making a choice. Price is an issue. Extra virgin is a must. But I’m also interested in where the olive oil came from. Is it single origin oil? Or a mix from random 

Sesame seed: more than a decorative garnish

Sesame seed: more than a decorative garnish

This has probably never happened: you wake up in the morning and think “I need to eat more sesame seeds.” In Westernized countries, sesame seeds aren’t on the food radar screen other than as a decorative garnish. You find them on burger buns or crackers 

6 foods for heart health

6 foods for heart health

February is Heart Month. This year there is a lot of focus on learning CPR, but lifestyle changes that prevent heart disease are still emphasized by most public health organizations. The idea that specific foods and nutrients will prevent heart disease have been around since