Re-post: The Essentials Of Grilled Fruit

Grilling fruit is one of the easiest ways to summer-ize a dish.  Whether savory or sweet, it instantly adds a succulent twist.  This weekend while friends were over for dinner I turned some plums I had into a wonderful appetizer.  I simply grilled slices of rustic whole grain bread with olive oil, salt and pepper and topped it with ricotta cheese, grilled plums and a drizzle of honey.  It was absolutely delicious.   Peaches, figs, and dates would have worked beautifully as well.

In honor of that dish, I am Continue reading

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2012 Rankings

It’s that time of year again…  For the eighth year in a row, the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group has released its annual Dirty Dozen list of the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables on the market as part of their 2012 Shoppers Guide (along with the coinciding list of the cleanest 15).  To compose this year’s list, EWG researchers looked at 45 popular fruits and vegetables based on pesticide-load reports conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  The database includes 60,700 samples taken over a 10 year period, beginning in 2000.  The group found that 68 percent of the food samples tested had detectable pesticide residues, even after they had been washed and/or peeled.

Like last year, apples top the dirty list, while Continue reading

Improving Skin Through Food: The Dietary Essentials

We all know that living a smoke-free, sunscreen-filled life is the key to gorgeous, glowing skin, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat (and avoid) to naturally enhance your complexion.  With a few simple dietary tweaks, you can improve dull, dry skin, decrease oil and acne production, and reduce the signs of aging and thinning skin.  The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to appearance…  Check out the list below for easy ways to give your skin that little extra summer boost with nothing more than a trip to the grocery store. Continue reading

The Top 10 Basics Of Gluten-Free Baking

Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or are just curious to experiment with gluten-free baking, here are some of the basic rules and guidelines I follow to create delicious, moist, and tender baked goods.  And if you’ve ever tried a dried out, rock hard gluten-free baked good, you can appreciate what I’m talking about.  Use this as your cheat sheet and I guarantee you will not be disappointed with the results. Continue reading

Food Labeling Misconception #4: Healthy Claims

Although food labels are meant to accurately tell us what’s in the package we’re buying, marketers have devised a clever little system to make foods sound more healthful than they really are.  More specifically, a food item can claim any number of vague health statements that may or may not be scientifically valid.  There’s been a recent trend in products suggesting that they can boost immunity or defend against illness – but there’s typically little or no evidence backing up such claims.  This rather large white lie is permitted because of the lack of regulation regarding labeling rules. Continue reading

The Fruits and Vegetables of Spring 2012

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens

Spring has officially arrived, and with warmer weather and longer days comes a bright new crop of fresh fruits and vegetables.  So why not ‘spring clean’ your diet, lose the heavy fare of fall and winter, and load up with the deliciously light bounty of spring.  Shopping the best of what’s in-season will not only provide the most nutritional value, it will also provide the best flavor and value.  Here’s what to look for on the produce aisle or at the local farmers’ market.  Continue reading

Food Labeling Misconception #1: All-Natural

I have many, but I will not bore or inundate you all at once with a long list of them.   Today we will only look at one: The “Natural” label.

When you look at any packaged food, the words “All Natural” or “Made with Natural Ingredients” splayed across the label are meant to lure you into thinking this product is healthier than the non all-natural package next to it.  I basically consider this totally false and deceptive marketing.  This natural label is implying that a food is more wholesome by virtue of the fact it contains Continue reading

The Top 10 Food Trends for 2012

Baby boomers controlling more than 50 percent of the total dollars spent on groceries, farmers as celebrities, and an increased presence of men in the kitchen are among the trends that will most affect food makers and retailers in 2012, according to Phil Lempert, founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report.  For more than 30 years, Lempert has predicted the top 10 food trends for the upcoming year.  Here is a recap of this years’ Top 10 Food Trends for 2012 as featured in the most recent issue of Food Nutrition & Science.

  • Trend #1 – Food prices: Higher input costs and increased exports will continue to Continue reading

‘Tis The Season For Holiday Baking Benefits

There’s no denying that this weekend will include its fair share of holiday sweets and treats.  And I’m not here to tell you to hold back, I mean it is Christmas after all, and I like cookies just as much as the next person.  But, and there’s always a but, there are a handful of ways to increase the health benefits of your favorite cookies, pies, and cakes.  Take a look the list below and you may see that many are already tucked away in your age-old family recipes. Continue reading

The Reinvented Latke

Looking for a new twist on the traditional Hanukkah latke?  Have no fear, this week Edible Brooklyn and Great Performances catering held the third annual latke festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  And twists there were.  No longer just a crispy potato pancake topped with sour cream and applesauce, these beloved holiday delights were proven widely adaptable to a variety of combinations and mixtures. Continue reading