Change the way you eat and live better: Michael Pollan's mantra

I’ve just finished reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. It discusses the state of American eating and how it affects our health. Pollan paints an alarming picture, and folks, it ain’t pretty. But we can learn our way out of this obesity mess.

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Parents bought more organic food this year

The organic trade association announced survey results, reporting that, in spite of tightening wallets, U.S. families continue to buy more organic products than ever before.

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10 must-have items for the gourmet kitchen

As a former chef, I still cook a LOT. It relaxes me, feeds creativity and my husband seems to enjoy this little hobby of mine. A win-win, if you will. But my sous chefs do a lot of the heavy lifting — my favorite kitchen (and, naturally, wine) tools that help make my daily culinary exploits move a lot quicker. Thought I’d share.

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Ten things you may not know about yogurt

I miss the yogurt sold in Europe. Less sweet, it makes this creamy, healthy, cultured milk less dessert and more breakfast. So I was psyched when thicker, plain Greek yogurt started appearing at grocery stores. I like the rich consistency, the higher protein and how decadent it tastes when mixed with a slight drip of honey and some fresh, seasonal fruit. But I didn’t know all these yogurt facts.

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Helpful tips for the kitchen

We all need help in the kitchen, right? From melting chocolate to storing fresh herbs, check out these tidbits that will make your frustrated cooking life a little easier.

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For the love of Alton Brown

Alton Brown: my favorite, and only Food Network obsession. I can take or leave the others (not in the market for hot chicks like Giada, however, she’s got some cooking chops), but his show, Good Eats, we DVR with religious fervor. There are evenings when my husband and I sit down with dinner in our laps and watch four episodes back-to-back, basking in his food science wisdom and crack pot humor. He confesses he flunked chemistry in high school and college but I call bullshit on that one. But it doesn’t matter…he makes cooking fun for those new to the craft and rejuvenates interest in those who’ve been cooking forever.

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Hardee’s biscuit hole commercial earns funniest commercial of the year status

This kinda speaks for itself but you gotta wonder if these people are actors? None of them said to themselves afterwards,” What did I just say on camera?!” And retreat to safe ground.

An American Foodie travels to China

Listening to the pre-trip food-poisoning, bug-eating horror stories, I expected to lose weight. But far from the miracle Dexatrim solution I’d envisioned, my recent vacation in China proved to be an incredible culinary adventure.

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