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Wasabi, The Green Taste You Crave (Or You Should)

Wasabia japonica is an amazing root. I have no clue how the Japanese figured out you could actually eat the stuff. I suppose some starving peasant was digging around looking for something, anything, edible, and wasabi was what he brought home to the wife. No word on whether he recovered fully from the beating, but […]

National Cashew Day (Gesundheit!)

Yes, today’s National Cashew Day. I wonder what lobby got that one declared? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

Anyway, it’s okay. They’re quite nutritious, actually. (Get it? NUTritious? Man, I CRACK me up. A lot.) Without the doughty cashew we wouldn’t be able to make bad jokes. No cashew, no cashew chicken or cashew shrimp.

The world would […]

Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

The Congress is at it again. They want to be able to count pizza and French fries as vegetables on school lunch menus. Well, even that’s not entirely true; it’s the tomato sauce on the pizza that would count.  (Everybody knows that no self-respecting kid, […]

French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

A disturbing new trend in Europe these days; specifically, in French school cafeterias. Ketchup has been banned from the kitchen and tables there! And this is a direct slap at the condiment that Americans use the most. Never mind that ketchup was invented in the […]

What’s Going On? Suddenly, You’re Allergic to a Favorite Food…

I don’t know if this has ever happened to you: You bite into your favorite hand-fruit and within minutes you’re not feeling so well. Oh, you’re not in agony; just itching like crazy, and maybe your throat feels a bit constricted. Or you’re sneezing your head off.

What happened?

Well, you may be a victim of […]

Cilantro: Love It or Hate It? There’s a Reason, You See…

Coriander. Chinese Parsley. Cilantro. Yan Shi. Whatever you know it by, this herb is widely used in many cuisines. Some folks love it, some hate it…

Growing up in central Texas, I was a teenager before I realized there was such a thing as “Tex-Mex” or Mexican foods. It was part of the standard meal […]

These Foods Have Bad Reputations; They Aren’t Really Bad for You…

Here’s a short picture-article online that lists nearly a dozen foods that have developed a bad reputation over the years, but are in fact quite healthy. How did they get the bad rap? I’ll go out on a limb here and say it’s usually bad science, or worse yet, fair science that gets mangled […]

Food for Fighting Pain: Frijoles Borracho and Pork Loin Roast

I was in a lot of pain yesterday with the rehabilitation exercises for my shoulder and all. Enough pain that I essentially had no appetite. Of course, the pain meds don’t help the ol’ appetite either. I knew it would be like that too; they warned me.

I want to keep my strength up, of […]