When I was introduced to Vietnamese food years ago, I was immediately taken with the incredible flavors of the simple dishes - aromatic rice, hot and sour soups, mild coconut-based curries, feathery noodles and Asian wraps. There is no mystery to this cuisine, just some easy techniques that turn simple ingredients into wonderful dishes.
A destination city known for its tech industry and music scene, Austin epitomizes the adage "If you build it, they will come." That was never more true than in 1980, when city engineers rebuilt the 946-foot Congress Avenue bridge, and Austin's bat population took off.
Of the many odd, old and quirky things that adorn my kitchen - my husband's great-grandfather's hand-forged blacksmith tools, an 1898 apple corer, two muslin embroidery samplers, and my antique Swiss butter and cookie molds - I love none more than the metal contraption that's clamped to one end of my kitchen counter.
What’s the difference between all those nutrition bars?
In the fall of 2003, in one of the biggest wildfires in California history, 22 people lost their lives, thousands more lost their homes, and hundreds of thousands of acres burned. Yet, by recent standards, 2003 wasn?t off the charts. In 2002, 7 million acres burned.
Willie Nelson climbs onto the stage, battered guitar in hand and trademark bandana around his long, braided gray hair. It is early April in northern Missouri, and a light snow covers the farmlands. Nelson is here to raise money for Lincoln Township in Putnam County. Lincoln, a rural community of 146 registered voters, has been struggling to protect its pastoral lifestyle from Premium Standard Farms (PSF), the second-largest hog producer in America and the town’s newest neighbor.
Every winter, I gain weight. I can’t figure out the reason because I don’t seem to do things much differently. Why does this happen?
Besides exercising too little and eating too much—especially too much over-processed, high-calorie food—there’s another possible reason that many Americans are overweight, says Amy Joy Lanou, PhD, director of human nutrition at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC.
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Festive, filling burritos start the day off right, while bright and robust dinners—and a luscious fruit-studded pudding—end it with a bang.
Given all the shopping lists, social obligations and decorating demands that fill the holidays, a spa getaway is probably the last thing on your mind. You might want to make it first. A mid-season day of self-pampering, a post-holiday week of recharging or even a long weekend during the peak festivities—at a veg-friendly resort spa with friends/family along and the cooking and decorating done for you—could make this year unlike any other.
Red wine alters blood lipid levels, which is a fancy way of saying it keeps our blood vessels clean. A decade ago, researchers at the University of California-Davis wondered why the Brie-eating, cream-loving French weren’t keeling over from heart attacks at nearly the rate Americans were.
You know the rule about pairing white wines with fish or white meat and red wines with red meat? Here’s a simple rule that works with most vegetarian foods...