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Crazy-Good Condiments

DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients While not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from TheDailyMeal.com, it stands behind ... Read More »

Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health Three years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and ... Read More »

The World’s Healthiest Cuisines

What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating BY JUDITH FERTIG Americans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have ... Read More »

Spice Up Healthy Cooking

Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs BY AMBER LANIER NAGLE Spices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.   Garlic (Allium sativum) “There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says ... Read More »

Frugal Foodie

Practical Uses for Aging Produce BY JUDITH FERTIG When Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV ... Read More »

Foods Our Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices BY JUDITH FERTIG “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood ... Read More »

Eat Wheat Again

Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health  BY JOHN DOUILLARD The New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those ... Read More »

Fermented Foods Revival

Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival. Grassroots Groundswell “I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither ... Read More »

Eating Vegan on the Road

Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere JUDITH FERTIG Traveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned ... Read More »

Backyard Pizza Party

Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads CLAIRE O’NEIL Summer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a ... Read More »