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Michelle Edelbaum's Blog (Page 12)

November 24, 2009 - 3:19pm

I love food and from time to time, like on Thanksgiving, I've been known to eat too much. Since I only eat Green Bean Casserole and Pumpkin Pie once a year, I often allow myself to (over) indulge.

I can immediately recognize the effects of this overeating when my pants get too tight, but I never thought about the damage I'm doing to my body until I read this article. I found out that as I’m loading up on calories (yum!) my body is being forced into overdrive as it tries to undo the damage done by the harmful free radicals produced as I digest food. (Free-radicals attack cells and...

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November 20, 2009 - 11:51am

Even though my son is only 8 months old, I’m offering him a wide variety of foods and spices (curry!) with the hope that he’ll be an adventurous eater. But after I recently read that boys and girls prefer different foods, I realized there may be more influencing kids' food preferences than what we put on their plates. (Find more than 20 delicious recipes for dinners and lunches kids will love here.)

According to a new study of kids in grades 3-12 published in the Journal of School Health, girls preferred fruit and vegetables, while boys liked meat, fish and poultry. (Don’t worry, tastes changed and expanded as the kids got older.)

I e-mailed the study’s co-authors, Natalie Caine-Bish, Ph.D., R.D., and...

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November 12, 2009 - 12:17pm

Gravy goes on nearly everything on my plate at Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, green bean casserole, the sweet potatoes. Hey, even if some gets on my pumpkin pie I’m OK with it.
The most important thing about gravy is that it be lump-free. Perfect gravy is silky and smooth.

The secret to lump-free gravy? Our Test Kitchen cooks recommend:

  • Use a whisk! It’s the best tool to distribute ingredients quickly and evenly.
  • Whisk your thickener (like flour or cornstarch) into a small amount of broth or water before adding it to your gravy. Adding your thickener directly into the gravy can cause gooey lumps that are hard to mix in.

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November 11, 2009 - 11:17am

We all have one—that special dish that immediately makes us feel good. Mine is Chicken Potpie. Unfortunately, comfort foods like potpie are notorious diet derailers: high in calories and saturated fat. But don’t despair: with these lighter versions of your favorite comfort food recipes, you can indulge and stay slim. These recipes for American classics made healthier keep the traditional flavors of the foods you love, but their calorie counts and fat content are diet-friendly. Put them back in your diet today! (Potpie anyone?)

Chicken Potpie:  This chicken potpie is studded with peas, mushrooms, carrots and onions and topped...

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October 30, 2009 - 11:06am

When it comes to minor ailments like headaches and motion sickness, I don’t really like to take medications. I’d rather use a kitchen-based remedy to soothe my symptoms. And I’m not the only one. A recent survey reported that worries about the economy are driving more people to alternative remedies as they look for ways to save money on expensive doctor visits and prescription medicines.

So I was excited to read an article about the science behind homegrown remedies for five common ailments—nausea, headaches, urinary tract infections, yeast infections and arthritis pain.

Here’s the truth about home remedies for 5 common ailments:

1. You’ve heard: “Grab a cup of coffee to relieve a headache.”...

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