5 Most Divisive Foods in America

Everyone has a different sense of taste.  Some love raw veggies, others hate them.  Some like the taste of chicken, others don’t.  Here’s a list of five divisive foods that receive substantial opposition.

1. Cilantro

cilantroIn Texas cilantro is not an uncommon ingredient.  Many people love the pungent herb, but just as many despise it–so much so that there are websites dedicated to the hatred of cilantro (i.e. ihatecilantro.com).  Even Julia Child despised it, saying, “Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all. They’re both green herbs, they have kind of a dead taste to me.”  Continue reading

Myths We Have All Believed About Food

Collage of four photos: breads, fried egg, corn syrup, and ice cream1. Myth: Eating eggs raises your cholesterol and is bad for your heart.

In recent decades eggs have been condemned for their high cholesterol content and their potential for increasing risk for heart disease. Recent research has suggested a different story. According to an article by the Harvard School of Public Health, eating 1-2 eggs a day can actually lower your risk of heart disease due to the presence of protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate in the yolk. Continue reading

The Surprising Origin of the American Breakfast

Young Edward Bernays

Keeping with the breakfast theme this week, it seems appropriate to delve into the classic American breakfast–bacon and eggs.

Meet Edward Bernays, the father of public relations and the man we have to thank for making bacon and eggs the iconic american breakfast.  During World War I, Bernays was part of the propaganda effort on behalf of the Allies.  He believed that, “if [propaganda] could be used for war, it can be used for peace.”   Continue reading

Rotisserie Chicken in a Red Wine Cream Sauce

chicken in a wine cream sauce

Ingredients

1 small rotisserie chicken. I typically buy the ones that H-E-B has already prepared, but you can make your own if you wish.
2 cups red cooking wine
1 8 oz carton heavy whipping cream
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms
Fresh parmesan or pecorino cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 T olive oil
Spaghetti noodles (or any other type of noodle)
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4 Seemingly Impossible Food Revolutions You Won’t Believe Exist

Impossible Food Food preparation has changed significantly throughout the course of history.  Each development, from the conventional oven to the microwave has resulted in a rich source of new dishes.  Similarly, with globalization and the widespread popularity of dining out, we have gained access to virtually any type of cuisine.  With advances in technology across the board, there are significant innovations that have the potential to change the way we prepare, consume, and view food.  Here are four surprising innovations. Continue reading

Meal Planning for a Week

slices of pizza with "what's for dinner" written on top

Meal planning can be somewhat time consuming, but will save you money, cut down on food waste, and can be fun if you enjoy trying new dishes.  These are some straightforward recipes that I’ve enjoyed playing around with. I set this meal plan up for two people, but if you’re cooking for yourself you can cut some of the recipes in half.  Also, if you don’t want to cook during the work week, you can make two recipes on Sunday, then eat leftovers for the rest of the week.  One of the problems I’ve encounter when planning meals is when I spontaneously decide to eat out with some friends.  In fact, I rarely execute the meal plan perfectly.  Freeze some leftovers if you find yourself deviating-this will cut down on how often you have to cook and will reduce your food waste.
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