Archive for September, 2012

52 Cupcakes and Layla

Cupcakes, recipe, chocolate

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Who can resist a cupcake? Not me! This is embarrassing to admit, but this blog makes me drool. This blog features yummy cupcake recipes.These aren’t your typical school bake sale cupcakes.

52 Cupcakes started out as a blog to bake cupcakes every week for a year, but we’re so grateful she’s stayed on cooking up Superman cupcakes, candy cane cupcakes, as well as tennis, cookie dough, chocolate mayo, lollipop, and so many more cupcakes. Guaranteed baking inspiration. [Read more]

This Week For Dinner

cooking, food, dinner

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Welcome to This Week for DinnerTM!  My name is Jane Maynard.  I don’t mind cooking but can’t ever come up with what to cook. I started this blog to keep myself on track and to get dinner ideas from friends…and it’s worked! Every Sunday I post my weekly dinner plan.  TWFD friends then post their menus in the comments section, providing me (and everyone else) with fresh ideas week after week!  I’m a busy mama, but I love good food…I keep it simple and yummy. [Read more]

Health Effect Of Meat

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Meat eating societies, such as the United States, tend to have higher levels of cholesterol in their blood, and higher rates of coronary heart disease, than societies where people depend more heavily on plant foods.

American vegetarians have been shown to have lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure than their meat- eating counterparts. And Italian researchers have shown that substituting soy protein for animal protein in the diets of people with high cholesterol levels can lower these levels even more than is possible with a prudent low-fat, low cholesterol diet.

But until recently the direct health effects of eating meat had not been studied. Now a team of medical researchers from Boston has shown that the addition of meat to the diet of vegetarians who rarely consumed other animal foods produced a rapid and significant increase in blood cholesterol levels. A similar, but also significant, increase in blood pressure was seen also when meat was included in the vegetarian diet. .

The meat used in the experiment, which is described in the August 7th issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, was about nine ounces of lean beef. It added saturated fats and about 170 milligrams of cholesterol to the vegetarian diet, which contained only 30 milligrams of cholesterol on average. To keep caloric intake the same, the vegetarians ate less of their usual low-fat, cholesterol-free grains, beans,and rice while consuming meat.

In four weeks on the meat regimen, the cholesterol level increased 19% and blood pressure rose 3%. While such other factors as distress over eating meat could account in part for these effects, the researchers, headed by Dr. Frank M. Sachs of Harvard Medical School’s Channing Laboratory, concluded that “the study suggests an adverse effect of consumption of beef” on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Cocktails, spirits, bars

Blog URL: is journalist Camper English’s blog about cocktails, spirits, bars, and bartenders, as well as the place to find links to Camper’s published work on other sites. is the most influential English-language spirits blog and the third most influential alcohol blog overall, according to a study by eCairn. It is also rated the top cocktails and spirits blog by Wikio. Alcademics won a Best of the Bay award in 2011 for “Best Liquor Lowdown.” [Read more]


Cook Blog

Food, drink, cuisine

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I’m a painter, mostly, though since January of 2009 I’ve been the Food & Drink writer (now editor) for Chronogram, an arts and culture magazine in the Hudson Valley. I wrote the entry on Basque cuisine in the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, published in 2011 by Greenwood and edited by Ken Albala. Beginning with the Fall 2011 issue, I’m a contributor to Edible Hudson Valley.  I’ve been writing this blog since early 2006; the previous version called itself “an improvised, intermittent, and utterly unscientific gastronomy journal by an artist who should probably be painting right now.” That’s still true, though I’m more serious about food than I was when I started this project. [Read more]

Clooney to attend White House Dinner

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George Clooney and his girlfriend Stacy Keibler, will be attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the end of the month.

The pair will be going to the Dinner as guests of Time, the magazine announced on Monday, the Politico reported.

The 50-year-old went to a state dinner at the White House last month, but the WWE diva wasn’t with him.

Italian Wine Blog

Italy, wine, grapes

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Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and is the world’s second largest wine producer behind France. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.

And Italian Wine Blog – Plus the occasional foray outside the Italian Wine World too. [Read more]

Supper is Ready!

 Supper, sandwiches, soups

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In parts of the United Kingdom, supper is a term for a snack eaten after the evening meal and before bed, usually consisting of a warm, milky drink and British biscuits or cereal, but can include sandwiches. And what’s for supper? Join me, Chef Mick from Tony’s Markets, for a seasonal series of recipes sprinkled with cooking tips and techniques – you can do this! [Read more]

Why Skipping Breakfast Increases Appeal Of High Calorie Foods


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Scientists presenting a new study at a conference this week suggest the reason skipping breakfast makes high calorie food more appealing later in the day is because our brain circuits may be primed toward seeking it when fasting.

Lead author of the study, Tony Goldstone of Imperial College London in the UK, and colleagues, compared people’s MRI brain scans and their eating patterns, both after breakfast and when they skipped it.

They presented their findings at Neuroscience 2012 in New Orleans on Wednesday. Goldstone, who is from Imperial’s MRC Clinical Science Centre, told the press:

“Through both the participants’ MRI results and observations of how much they ate at lunch, we found ample evidence that fasting made people hungrier, and increased the appeal of high-calorie foods and the amount people ate.”

For their study, the team took several functional magnetic resonance images (fMRIs) of 21 normal-weight volunteers who were asked not to have any breakfast when they arrived in the test centre on the mornings of their visits.

After an initial visit, some days the participants ate a large 750-calorie breakfast about one and a half hours before undergoing scans, while on other days they underwent scanning without receiving a breakfast beforehand. They were served lunch after the scans each time, and the scientists observed how much they ate.

On each occasion, participants were also asked to rate the appeal of pictures of high-calorie and low-calorie foods while they underwent brain scanning. They were also asked to rate the appeal of household objects as a control.

The results showed that skipping breakfast increased hunger, appeal of high-calorie foods and food intake at lunch after scanning.

When they compared the brain scans of the breakfast eating and the breakfast skipping visits, the researchers noticed different patterns of activity in the orbitofrontal cortex. This area is situated just above the eyes and influences judgements about pleasantness and reward value of food.

On the days the participants skipped breakfast, this area was more active when they looked at pictures of high-calorie foods than on the day they had breakfast.

The study suggests the orbitofrontal cortex plays a key role in making food choices. The researchers say their findings add weight to previous studies that have suggested fasting is not a good way to lose weight: it appears to “bias” the brain toward seeking out high-calorie foods.

They said it was possible, through looking at the MRI scans, to predict which individuals were “primed” to respond more strongly to high-calorie food.

Funds from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the European Union Marie Curie Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare Charity, and the National Institute for Health Research helped finance the study.


My French Cuisine

French, cuisine, travel

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French cuisine has evolved extensively over centuries. The national cuisine started forming in the Middle Ages due to the influence of the work of skilled chefs and various social and political movements. During their lifetimes, these chefs have been held in high regard for contributions to the culture of the country. The national cuisine developed primarily in the city of Paris with the chefs to French royalty, but eventually it spread throughout the country and was even exported overseas.

And at this blog, French recipes… cooked up in California. [Read more]