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Monday, May 16th, 2011

The NYT is writing about food labeling again and how it seems that products from cereal to yogurt to juice are including claims on their packaging regarding how their product (which is usually packed with sugar) is gonna make your baby smarter or make you poop faster.

These labels tend to bother me as a consumer and as a scientist. It is misleading and unethical to lead people to believe that rice krispies will boost your immunity or that frosted mini wheats will make your kid ace an exam. Moreover, these types of claims often appear on “foods” that have been so processed and refined that I sometimes cannot even tell what they are actually made up of anymore.

As a result, I offer the labels above (which can be printed on Avery US Letter 5160 label paper – wink, wink). They read, “Humans have been on this earth for thousands of years. It is likely that early humans would not have even recognized this product as food.” I consider these labels appropriate for highly processed or refined foods making outrageous health claims. Feel free to use as you see fit.


Friday, May 13th, 2011

Today is Friday the 13th, a day that some consider to be unlucky. One of my favorite quotes regarding luck is the title of this post – “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” A similar take on the same idea is, “chance favors the prepared mind.” For me, these quotes represent the idea that a person can bias the likelihood that good stuff will happen if they are “prepared” or if they have a solid foundation in place. With regard to food and cooking, that solid foundation is your pantry.

The pantry is so important because a well-stocked pantry is your toolbox for manipulating, complementing, and transforming your fresh meat and fresh produce into complete dishes and meals. Below are just a few pantry staples that we like for their nutritional value, relatively long shelf lives, and versatility:

- olive oil (extra virgin for salads and dressings, light for most cooking)

- coconut oil (great for high temp cooking and baking)

- coconut milk and Thai red curry paste (for curries and other sauces)

- dried herbs and spices of all kinds

- a head or two of garlic

- tomato paste (thicken soups and sauces, base for pizza sauce)

- canned tomatoes (used in a number of sauces, marinara, chili, etc.)

- tuna fish (great for a quick snack, all kinds of salad options)

- anchovies (used in sauces and olive tapenades

- jerky (great snack, used like bacon bits in omelets and other dishes)

- good quality vinegars (red wine, white wine, balsamic – great for dressings, sauces, etc.)

- nuts (good for snacking, desserts, crust for meats)

- unsweetened dried fruits and berries (great for snacking or as an addition to almost any dish)

- coffee and tea (beverages of choice, finely ground coffee is a great addition to a dry rub for red meat)

- club soda (good for stains, but stocked for NorCal margaritas)

- protein powder (great for a meal on the go or for beefing up the protein content of a dish or baked good)


With these pantry staples in-house, you can take just about any type of meat or vegetables that are in season or on sale and whip up a delicious salad and/or entree.

What other pantry staples do you love?


Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Ok, so this is how it goes down. Word starts circulating around the office or on the floor that so-and-so brought in some extra brownies or cupcakes that he/she made for a child’s birthday or bake sale, or that there is leftover Halloween candy or Christmas cookies in the breakroom. Or perhaps the approach is even more direct and a co-worker offers you a treat saying, “yeah, I just didn’t want to keep all of these at home because we would eat them up.” This is textbook dumping of unhealthy food at work.

In all fairnes, I am used to assuming that the dumper’s intentions are mostly good. It is likely the case that he/she figures that people at work will enjoy the treats and that he/she shouldn’t keep all of that at home because it will be rapidly consumed and (here is the important part) they know that the food in question is unhealthy. So that leads me to my next thought, which is, WTF?! You don’t want to eat all of this yourself so you give it to us?

Now, if you recognize yourself as a workplace dumper, it might be the case that you work with a bunch of folks who can eat anything they want and don’t care about consuming a ton of sugar. Or, you might dislike the people that you work with and either consciously or subconsciously want to fatten them up a bit. However, if these are not the case, and if you care about the health of your co-workers as you care about the health of yourself and your family, then you might consider rallying for a no dumping policy at your workplace. Your co-workers might even thank you for it.

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