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  • Jul 22, 2013
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    To Nag or Not to Nag, That Is the Question (and Here May Be the Answer...)  

    An interesting conclusion from a New England Journal of Medicine study about the effectiveness of intervention to make lifestyle changes among diabetics....More
  • Jul 3, 2013
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    Beach Read Recommendation  

    Here's a murder mystery from the 1930s with both a good story and a culinary angle—plus classic recipes from the time!...More
  • Jun 24, 2013
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    What is 'Kids' Food,' Really?

    There's an interesting blog by David L. Katz over at US News & World Report about the concept of "kids' food" and what it means to our species. It's worth reading, a different perspective from a father of five who asks us to:...More
  • Jun 3, 2013
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    Big Brother or Big Liability?

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  • May 13, 2013
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    Do Teens "Eat Fresh" at Subway?  

    A study of teen eating habits at McDonald's and Subway draws some might broad conclusions from some mighty slim statistical variances....More
  • Apr 30, 2013
    blog

    Best Airport Food Ever

    I've been traveling a lot over the past couple months, and I've seen the highs and lows of airport food. First the low: I was waiting for a flight that got delayed three times and then finally cancelled, putting me on a much later flight. It was that point in an airport where travel no longer seems like a fun adventure. You're tired, fed up and super annoyed by each and every person standing in line with you to get on a new flight....More
  • Apr 22, 2013
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    The Hazards of Social Media Engagement 1

    As one university dining department discovered, engaging with young customers on social media can prove irresistible to would-be comics and hackers....More
  • Apr 15, 2013
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    Don't Believe Everything You Read...  

    University study suggests obesity surveys can be skewed by self-reporting....More
  • Mar 27, 2013
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    Picky Eaters and 'Pale Food'

    In this recent article in The New York Times, the author describes the eating habits of her 4-year-old daughter: "anything carb-heavy, creamy and unchallenging, preferably anchored by pasta, bread or rice."...More
  • Mar 25, 2013
    Commentary

    Crisis Management in a Social Media World  

    Dining Services at the University of South Florida responded quickly to what is an increasingly pervasive issue for campus dining departments: a Facebook post allegedly showing a photo of an undercooked (in fact, nearly raw) piece of chicken supposedly served in one of its dining halls....More
  • Feb 5, 2013
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    In Defense of Tuna Casserole 1

    Had I taken it too far? Last week, I sent an email to a few of my favorite onsite chefs to see what they thought about tuna casserole. I wrote: "So I’m working on a story for the March issue about what new and exciting ways you could make, say, a tuna casserole? It’s a great comfort food and economic, too, right? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this and possibly interview some of you and/or a chef from your organization."...More
  • Jan 16, 2013
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    Big Fish Story

    Some news reports simply don't make sense, at least to me. One recent one, reported by the Associated Press, indicated that a 489-lb. bluefin tuna recently sold for 155.4 million yen in Japan, which is about $1.7 million here, according to the article. Let's do the math....More
  • Jan 7, 2013
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    Farm to Table Fatigue? Try Farm to Disco!

    Farm to table? Great, but maybe a little predictable. I came across this very cool idea at Eater.com today: Farm to Disco! It's an event that's taking place in Austin, TX, and it's billed as "a night of glitz, glam and fondue."...More
  • Nov 29, 2012
    Commentary

    A Tough (Butter)nut to Crack

    Cutting up and skinning a butternut squash is kind of like carving a pumpkin. But a pumpkin is easier! Cutting the sillhouette of a witch and her cat into the pumpkin included. Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to face my fear and try to make something out of this mysterious squash....More
  • Nov 14, 2012
    Commentary

    Bloomberg Speaks

    Observations by Mayor Mike Bloomberg on soda regs, calorie postings, and more....More
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Commentary

    Are Carrots the New Kale? 1

    Carrot tacos, carrots roasted in salt like a whole fish, carrots slathered with mole poblano, and carrot salads of all kinds are all uprooting the idea that the humble root vegetable isn't a star....More

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