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Smart farm-to-table trends
Farmers are working to use less water to increase sustainability of the rice crop grown in the Mississippi Delta. (Carolyn ONeil)

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Talk about a bumper crop. According to Georgia’s Department of Agriculture, the state boasts 144 farmers markets, and counting.What’s in the markets as summer heat reaches its peak are healthy harvests of peaches (of course!), field peas, watermelons and cantaloupes.But, what you may not know is that Georgia farmers are ...
Aspen festival attracts foodies
Ratatouille puree elevates the taste experience of halibut with summer corn and fava beans at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colo. (Carolyn O’Neil)

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016

They come for the food, the wine and the wisdom.“A young chef adds and adds to the plate. As you get older, you start to take away,” said French-born chef Jacques Pepin, author of more than 20 cookbooks and celebrated host of more than 300 television cooking shows.The audience of ...
Summer food safety is serious

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summertime is prime time to relax in a hammock or by the pool, but it’s certainly not the time to relax food safety concerns.Due to a variety of factors, most notably the sweltering temperatures outside, foodsafety.gov ramps up consumer education efforts in summer and reports that the risk of foodborne ...
Mexico City cuisine celebrates local ingredients
Warm chocolate sauce is poured over a sponge cake shaped like a cacao pod during a dessert course salute to Mexican chocolate at the St. Regis Mexico City. (Carolyn ONeil)

11:10 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The art and architectural treasures of Mexico City lure visitors in search of inspiring cultural and historic experiences. Sampling the city’s culinary treasures is a portal to the past as well. Mexico’s cuisine is influenced by centuries of food customs, from the indigenous Maya to Spanish conquerors. Today’s chefs leading ...
Enjoying the flavors of Mexico City
This dessert at Amaya in Mexico City is a colorful variety of fresh local fruits, including dark orange mamey and vivid pink prickly pear. (Carolyn ONeil)

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Demand for fried churros dusted in sugar and dipped into chocolate sauce begins at breakfast and continues all day at Mexico City’s historic El Moro churreria, open since 1935.Street food carts at busy intersections in the sprawling city of 9 million serve up sweet corn slathered in butter and crispy ...
Atlanta area farmers markets in full swing for summer
Shoppers help each other pick out local produce at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. (Carolyn O’Neil)

Updated: 1:47 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summertime is prime time for farmers markets, and there are more than ever in the Atlanta area. The Norcross Community Market makes its debut Saturday in downtown Norcross.At these markets, farmers meet shoppers one-on-one to sell their just-picked crops. Friends and neighbors, many with kids and dogs in tow, chat ...
Nutrition facts panel improved on packaged foods
The current nutrition facts panel does not show the amount of sugar added to foods that have naturally occurring sugars, such as yogurt and fruit. (Carolyn ONeil)

Updated: 11:37 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The old saying “you can’t believe everything you read” shouldn’t refer to the black and white nutrition facts label printed on packaged food products.While marketing words such as “all natural” and “made with whole grains” are often part of the manufacturer’s package design, each line listed on the nutrition facts ...
Marbled beef adds satisfaction to small portions
Certified Angus Beef must meet standards for marbling, the fine threads of fat that add flavor and juiciness. (Carolyn ONeil)

10:59 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016

You can enjoy the thrill of the grill even when it’s raining if you use a pan with raised grooves that create grill marks.Demonstrating on a kitchen cooktop at Le Creuset L’Atelier in Charleston, chef Michael Ollier made sure the cookware company’s cast iron grill pan was good and hot ...
Gluten-free options increasing to meet demand

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From soy sauce and salad dressings to baked goods and beer, there’s a gluten-free free-for-all going on, as more foods compete to meet consumer demand.“Over the last 10 years there’s been an explosion of gluten-free products,” said Shelley Case, a registered dietitian specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. ...
Food concerns include animal welfare

11:12 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016

From low in sodium to high in fiber, food claims can help guide us to healthier choices to treat our bodies better. However, more consumers are looking for labels that indicate how the animals that produced that food were treated.“They’re looking for attributes of food beyond nutrition,” said registered dietitian ...
Culinary conference dishes up healthy food trends
Vegetables star in Los Angeles’ dining scene. English peas, sunchoke purée and crispy potato with Spanish chorizo at Little Beast restaurant. (Carolyn O’Neil)

11:41 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016

If you bypass flawless tomatoes in favor of slightly misshapen ones, then you’re part of the”ugly veggie” trend to choose less than perfect produce and help cut food waste.A review of top food trends kicked off the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference held in Los Angeles. The list ...
Egg nutrition is hard to beat
Eggs are a nutritious addition to healthy eating patterns. (Carolyn O’Neil)

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The biggest myth to unscramble is that eating eggs is bad for heart health because the cholesterol in eggs raises blood cholesterol levels.It’s true that eggs do contain cholesterol — about 180 milligrams in one yolk — but research shows that the dietary cholesterol we consume has little impact on ...
Clearing up common nutrition myths

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The problem with simple advice is that it’s often simply ridiculous. That’s the case with a number of well-intentioned tips for eating a healthier diet.Shop-the-perimeter mythFor instance, the old adage for finding the healthiest foods in the supermarket is to “shop the perimeter of the store.”“It’s just not true,” said ...
Seasonal Norwegian fish a short-term treat
Skrei, a type of wild-caught cod from Norway, is in season right now. (Carolyn O’Neil)

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016

There’s more than one fish in the sea, as the saying goes.Relatively new to the U.S. seafood scene is a premium white-fleshed fish called skrei, a wild-caught Norwegian artic cod available only from January through April.The name skrei (pronounced “sk-ray”) comes from the old Norse language for “the wanderer,” because ...
Photographing your food can be healthy habit
Taking food selfies can add mindfulness to meals. (Carolyn O’Neil)

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016

If anyone gives you grief for photographing your food, just say you’re doing it for your health.Pausing to take a photo of a culinary creation can help build anticipation in a mindful moment. Professors Sean Coary of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Morgan Poor at the University of San ...
Is it healthy? It’s complicated

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

I’m always excited when a category on the “Jeopardy” television game show is about food.A previous clue on the show: “Yes, we have dishes made with cloud ears and wood ears types of these.”Correct response: “What are mushrooms?”But, there are many important questions about food, nutrition and farming that require ...
It matters what you feed your gut

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

If you’ve ever had the feeling that there’s more to eating well than calories and cholesterol, then you really should trust your gut.Research on our gastrointestinal tract shows that the mixture of microbes in the gut can make or break the body’s overall health. Referred to as the microbiome, the ...
Vacations should mean leaving stress at home
Tranquility is part of the fitness plan at Parrot Cay resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands. (Carolyn O’Neil)

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Keep calm and plan a vacation designed to soothe your body and mind. Whether it’s a 10-minute meditation imagining palm trees or a 10-day escape to the beach, downtime to unplug from daily stress is good for you.“I can actually see our guests’ shoulders start to fall and relax after ...
Eco-minded menus on the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos cuisine is strictly controlled by environmental regulations. (Carolyn O’Neil)

10:39 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Imagine if your grocery list was edited to remove foods considered a threat to the balance of nature in your own backyard. That’s the culinary challenge Norman Brandt faces every day as executive chef of the Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos Islands.“When I got the position, I made a list ...
Fresh and fit diet advice as you tackle your New Year’s goals

12:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Weight-loss regimens are a national obsession, especially at the start of the new year when fitness centers fill up with new converts and supermarket carts fill up with salad fixings.Whether your goal is to trim a few pounds or overhaul eating habits for the long haul, here is a roundup ...
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