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Can you curb emotional eating during the holidays and enjoy a slice of Gingerbread?

December 5, 2012

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I started up Spotify’s Ultimate Holiday Playlist, danced to the kitchen, and hummed above the noise of the mixer. It’s early December, and I have been craving holiday spirit. And my attempts to satisfy that craving have all involved sugar. Cookies, pie, gingerbread. Emotional eating occurs throughout the year for many people and is characterized […]

What do Fish Cakes have to do with mental health?

May 16, 2012

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Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right and you can’t even imagine opening the refrigerator door to start preparing dinner? Have you ever gorged on frozen carboard pizza, cut into a greasy fast food burger, or finished off every last cookie in the house while brooding over a bad day? Have you ever […]

Is it gratifying to cook Coconut Oats?

March 30, 2012

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Some people love to cook. It is their go-to task, the thing they do to relax, the thing that brings them real joy at the  end of the day.  Trying to discover the source of that inherent, “joy of cooking” is one of the goals I had in mind as I began to explore the psychology of […]

Do you have a Coffee Cake habit?

March 13, 2012

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Do you drink coffee every morning at 7am on the dot? Is it worse that I eat a slice coffee cake with as much regularity…perhaps even more often than I drink a cup of coffee? In the past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot about the new book The Power of Habit, written […]

In search of an authentic Caldo Verde?

February 23, 2012

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What defines authentic cuisine? Why is an authentic recipe always the most sought after? Who verifies whether a dish is authentic or not? I continue to make an effort to prepare authentic Ghanaian food for my husband. I know what the authentic food tastes like. I use all the same ingredients that go into the authentic […]

What’s there to decide about Cinnamon Rolls?

February 14, 2012

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I made a decision earlier this year. A new year’s resolution in fact: to learn how to work with yeast. So far, I have made pizza dough, naan, and these here cinnamon rolls. I’m doing pretty good! I realized though the decision to follow through on such a resolution has required me to make a […]

Have Baked Eggs set the bar?

January 31, 2012

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Some strange, but lovely and relatively talented cook has taken up residence in my kitchen. She feeds us good food. On Saturday, she served us fluffy pancakes, drizzled with a crimson triple berry sauce, warm maple syrup, and a dollop of butter melting down the sides. She made red wine braised short ribs, falling off the bone atop a pile of roasted garlic […]