Food

The History of Chocolate as Medicine

Christine A. Jones

In the 17th century, Europeans who had not traveled overseas tasted coffee, hot chocolate, and tea for the very first time. For this brand new clientele, the brews of foreign beans and leaves carried within them the wonder and danger of faraway lands. They were classified at first not as food, but as drugs — pleasant-tasting, with recommended dosages prescribed by pharmacists and physicians, and dangerous when self-administered.

A Glass of Rose: The Best Wine Pairing for a Summer Feast

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For a main course, such as a seafood salad featuring crab, shrimp or lobster, or a salad using hearty ingredients like roasted corn, avocado or quinoa, you might want to choose a Provencal variety. Mathilde Chapoutier Provence Rosé uses a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes. While the Grenache grapes add a fruity flavor with bright grapefruit and apricot notes, the Syrah grapes add more body and round out the texture. 

Yes, Breakfast Really Is the Most Important Meal

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"Skipping breakfast puts your body in a panic mode, wondering when it will be getting its next meal," says Blatner. "If you go too long without eating, it can cause you to overeat when you do finally eat, and your body wants to store those excess calories rather than burning them consistently throughout the day. This can also cause peaks and pits with energy levels."

Cherry Delight in Door County, Wisconsin

Barbara Noe Kennedy

Come midsummer, Door County’s cherry trees burgeon with abundant fruit, heralding the arrival of everything cherry. In this idyllic, sweet-scented realm framed by the shimmery blue waters of Lake Michigan on one side, Green Bay on the other, chefs, bakers, vintners, mixologists, brewers, and other culinary artisans get to work, concocting some of the planet’s most exquisite examples of summer yumminess. 

Filipino Chefs Are the Rising Stars of the Culinary World

Momar G. Visaya

The third time’s a charm for Filipino-American chef Tom Cunanan of Washington, D.C.’s Bad Saint, who finally won as Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at the James Beard Awards held May 6 at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. He was also previously nominated in 2017 and 2018. The awards, presented to recognize culinary professionals in the United States, are sometimes called the “Oscars” of the food world.

The American Fascination With Grilling

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Tobias Dorzon, former professional football player, professional chef and champion of Food Network’s "Guy’s Grocery Games" grills for the health benefits and delicious flavor. Dorzon notes, “Grilling is a healthier alternative because it burns the fat off meats and it uses less oil. Plus, grilling takes less time to cook and it keeps all the nutrients and flavors throughout your food."

 

Six 21st Century Nutrition Fads Explained

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Only two strains of probiotics are shelf-stable, whereas different and diverse strains can be present in refrigerated probiotics. But shelf-stable probiotics have the advantage that they can be used in other food products, like granolas, butter, soups, etc. Just don’t mess with the packaging or open blister packs until you want to use them, as they are packed for preservation. Dead probiotics won’t harm you, but they don’t have any health benefits either. 

How to Age Gracefully Via a Healthy Diet

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"Try substituting fish into meals a few times a week," says Jackson Blatner. "Americans tend to eat less fish than people in other parts of the world, and they are missing out on great-tasting protein that's packed with omega-3s." Omega-3s support brain and heart health, two important considerations as you age. In fact, Mayo Clinic doctors believe that omega-3s reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.

Jenn Segal and the Art of Food

Tara Taghizadeh

A classically trained chef from the Washington D.C. area, who also lived and cooked in France and once worked at the renowned L’Auberge Chez Francois,  Segal’s philosophy centers around the easy access, culinary joy – and above all – diverse and delicious tastes of food. In her cookbook (also named Once Upon a Chef), published in April 2018 to much acclaim, foodies can discover 100 easy-to-follow, family-friendly recipes that won’t break the bank. 

‘New Filipino Kitchen’ Defines Authentic Filipino Cuisine and Traditions

Momar G. Visaya

More than just a cookbook, The New Filipino Kitchen, through the personal stories of the contributors, provides a more nuanced and deeper understanding of Philippine history, culture and tradition. Lauri now lives in the United Kingdom, her seventh country of residence. Prior to Manchester, she also lived in Croatia, Portugal and, before her move to the U.K., she lived in Norway, where she said two chefs of Filipino descent excel in the culinary industry 

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