Asparagus by the plateful

Sep 25, 2012 by

By Jennifer Brule` Jennifer Brule` is a classically trained chef, food writer and mother. Over the past decade, she has written for newspapers and national magazines such as Cooking Light. Each of her hip and sassy columns feature an ingredient demystified with humor and facts. Contact her at jennifer@thefoodsyndicate.com. Man, I love asparagus! Although it’s in peak season right now, (February through June) I eat it year round by the plateful. I like the spears best quickly steamed to crisp/tender, al dente perfection. Melted butter is good, but I prefer it plain with just a light sprinkling of sea salt. Asparagus has so many attributes and just one detractor (that weird stinky-tinkle factor, but I’ll get to that later). It is a powerhouse of nutrients. A heavy 5-ounce serving has only 20 calories, no...

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Beware of the BBQ

Sep 20, 2012 by

Most of us love BBQ’ed food. It is also fun to have your friends round for a relaxed BBQ dinner. But barbecueing can pose a risk to your health. According to a study of the The American Institute for Cancer Research, eating grilled/barbecued meat, poultry or seafood exposes us to carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These substances form on foods as they cook on the BBQ or under the high heat of the grill, whether or not char is formed. And when fat drips onto the heat source, it creates flare-ups and smoke that then deposits on the food another group of carcinogens, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A simple way to avoid these carcinogens and still enjoy grilled meats is to put them under wraps. Placing poultry, fish, or meats into foil packets...

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Dining Alone and Loving It – Cooking for One...

Sep 15, 2012 by

So you’re living alone and you’re hungry. Nobody’s around asking you what you want for dinner. Poor you. Sure, you know your diet is ridiculous and not especially healthy. Maybe you’ve tried cooking for yourself but it’s just you, so why bother? And I know all about you single vegetarians. The cheese sandwich solution, the nachos…Poor you. Poor you. Hey, wait a minute. Lucky you! Cooking for one is cheaper than eating in a restaurant. You’re saving money. You can afford to buy small portions of the most expensive food. You can even go organic. So set the table and cook your dinner. You don’t have to go out and buy fancy cooking equipment (except a salad spinner, if you don’t have one). I also know that to get you started, the recipe has...

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