You may have seen the headline: A new study says that eating fatty or processed foods may contribute to depression and anxiety.
Well as they say, no kidding Sherlock. (Actually they don't say that exactly, but I avoided the foul alliteration.)
As an avid media consumer, I am bombarded with information about how healthy eating will improve my life: Drinking tea could make me live longer; less meat means more energy; and if I choose Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast over regular Cheerios--too much sugar--I should just stick my head under my pillow and call the day a wash.
So really, it's hard not to feel depressed when I buckle and scarf down a delicious cheeseburger or rip into a bag of nachos. Did I mention that burger was delicious? Okay, but now I feel guilty and anxious.
I saw this headline and thought, "How in the world did they come to that conclusion . . . scientifically."
A team at the University of Melbourne, Australia studied 1,046 randomly selected women aged 20-93 over a
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As exciting as it is to voraciously tear into a bag of cookies, there's something delightfully old school about reaching into a cookie jar. And with a reliable lid, the jar will help prolong your cookies' flavor and texture. Since we converted from bag to jar, we decided to do it in style. Here are some smart-looking ones to choose from.
1. Pomaireware clay pig cookie jar ($36; amazon.com)
2. Old Dutch copper cookie jar ($23; coppergifts.com)
3. Again & Again recycled glass canisters ($38-$98; anthropologie.com)
4. Green Apple ceramic cookie jar ($38; amazon.com)
5. Wise Ol' Cookie Jar ($128; anthropologie.com)
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- bon appétit magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 14, 2010 4:08 PM EST
Nothing beats semolina pasta, but not everyone can eat wheat. It's estimated that nearly three million Americans have celiac disease, a serious digestive condition that is triggered by the consumption of gluten (wheat protein). Other health-conscious folks have cut back on wheat because they believe they're more clearheaded and leaner without the grain. Whatever your reasons for skipping wheat, your gluten-free spaghetti and meatballs can still taste delicious with our top three pasta picks.Read More »from Bon AppÃ©tit's Picks for 3 Best Gluten-Free Pastas
1. Riso Bello Spaghetti al Riso ($7 per package; olioandolive.com) is a rice-and-corn pasta from Italy. The mild flavor and tender texture make these noodles a fantastic sub for regular pasta.
2. Ancient Harvest Supergrain Quinoa Pasta ($20 for 12 boxes; quinoa.net) blends organic corn and quinoa flours. Its hearty texture stands up to meat sauces. Quinoa ups the nutritional profile because it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
3. Rustichella d'Abruzzo Organic
Cleaning up may not be the sexiest part of cooking but it is essential to prevent spreading food-borne illnesses, as well as flu and cold viruses. Washing your hands often is, of course, a given. Here are five more easy ways to keep your kitchen germ free this winter.Read More »from 5 Tips for a Germ-Free Kitchen
1. Wash Your Work Surface. Studies have shown that granite counter tops in particular are especially hospitable to bacteria. Use soap and hot water to swab down counter tops and faucets often, especially if you are handling raw fish, poultry, or meat. If you use paper towels, throw them away immediately; dish cloths and towels should go in the laundry basket.
2. Clean Your Cutting Boards. Wash chopping boards and blocks with hot water and soap and let them air dry. If you're extra concerned about bacteria, forget plastic and use wooden boards instead--studies show that food-borne bacteria have a harder time surviving on wood.
3. Zap Your Sponges. Clean them often--otherwise, a sponge is a bacteria barge. Microwaving
A recent study found that if you eat too quickly, the hormones that should say "you're full" don't kick in. This leads to overeating, which leads to wider trousers.
The mandometer, a device from researchers in England, could help improve the health of people who suffer from scarfing. It uses cutting-edge 2010 technology to measure the weight of the food on your plate and then yells at you if the plate becomes lighter in an unacceptable amount of time. Okay, it's really just a scale that talks, but the company released a study this week that shows people who have used the scale reduced their BMI (body mass index) more than people who were not scolded by their plates.
Unfortunately, the machine doesn't know if the six pounds of food on your plate is a Cherpumple, in which case your chewing momentum is inconsequential. I'm also concerned that people would try to finish their meal as quickly as possible just to get the machine to stop nagging them. A more cost- andRead More »from A Plate That Scolds You for Eating Too Fast
- bon appétit magazine | New Year – Mon, Dec 28, 2009 9:20 PM EST
Add some flavor to your schedule in 2010 with these food-forward calendars.
-- Emily Fleischaker
Check out these party-perfect mini hors d'oeuvres. From, cherry tomatoes stuffed with marinated feta to meatball sliders these one-bite wonders are sure to please. For nineteen more one-bite holiday appetizers, click here.More from Bon Appétit: Bon Appétit's 31 Favorite Holiday Cookies
A friend recently asked how long she could store an opened bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine in the fridge. While it's best to consume the bottle within hours of opening for optimal freshness, there are two options for storing bubbly in the refrigerator. The first, and most effective, is a Champagne stopper, which hermetically seals in freshness and effervescence for up to four days. The second method, frowned upon by wine snobs the world over and dismissed as an old wives' tale, is to dangle the handle of a silver or silver-plated spoon into the bottle. I've found that the bubbly retains its fizz for about 24 hours, though it's admittedly not as sprightly as when it was initially opened. But it is a fun and stylish party trick. Better yet, to avoid the issue altogether, finish the bottle-or look for producers offering half-bottles (375 ml) or half-splits (187 ml). --Heather JohnRead More »from How to Keep Champagne Bubbly
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Sites for cooking and baking tools
Make any serious cook or baker happy with a gift from these sites.
Beryl's Cake Decorating and Pastry Supplies - A baker's wonderland of quality supplies
The Broadway Panhandler - A great resource for the well-stocked kitchen
Cooking.com - Filled with exclusive colors and models, there's a warehouse-sized selection here.
Sites for shoppers on a budget
Try these bargain hubs for fabulous gifts that won't leave your wallet empty.
CB2 - Crate and Barrel's sister store carries affordable, modern housewares
Curiosity Shoppe - Funky and fun kitchen items curated with a sense of humor
Etsy - This online marketplace, where artists can sell their homemade crafts, is a perfect place to find treasures on a budget
Fish's Eddy - Whimsical and unique goods that will bring personality to any kitchen
Pier 1 Imports - Find colorful, ethnic-inspired gifts and a lot of
In the quest for delicious holiday meals, we've all had dark moments. In my case, it's a wonder how something called "Reindeer Balls"--meatballs glazed in a cranberry-esque sauce--ever makes it onto the spread. (How, Mom!?) Whether it's for the sake of tradition, the sake of experimentation, or just trying not to hurt the chef's (usually, your family member's) feelings, we've cooked and eaten some gross things this time of year. The result: meals that have far greater comic value than flavor depth.Read More »from Bon AppÃ©tit Shares All-Time Worst Holiday Dishes
And then there's the holiday cook's version of beer goggles. Why do we cook and eat things during the holidays that, any other time of year, might repulse us? Johnny Carson famously remarked that there is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. Comedian Dave Attell once wondered who invented eggnog: "Were they thinking, I want to get a little drunk, but I also want some pancakes?" -Michael Singer
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