Category archives for: Kitchen Shrink

The Cane Mutiny: Pushing sugar to the sidelines (Part 1)

Catharine L. Kaufman

Considered one of the most energy-depleting foods, studies have shown sugar to be as addicting as cocaine, and linked to causing serious dental, mental and physical diseases and ailments. Sugar is a modern gustatory obsession mistakenly used to reward children for good behavior, a celebratory treat, a love token and a customary way to end a meal.

Almond joy: Nutty aphrodisiac for Valentine’s Day

Catharine L. Kaufman

Tying first place on the A-(phrodisiac) List, knocking the lowly oyster (loaded with mercury, cadmium and PCB’s) out of the running, and neck-and- neck with bittersweet chocolate is the divine, heart-healthy, nutrient-dense almond. Here are this beaut’s sexy little secrets to help revv up your sweetie’s engine for Valentine’s Day and always.

Science meets food: Salk’s gustatory experiment

Catharine L. Kaufman

A holistic medical pioneer in ancient Greece nearly 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates prescribed that food be used as medicine since it was the most powerful healing agent against diseases. That philosophy is embraced by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, which recently launched a wellness series.

Kitchen Shrink: When moo shu meets matzo: Horsing around Chinese New Year 2014

Catharine L. Kaufman

Strolling through the cookbook aisles of my local bookseller searching for something fun and creative for the Chinese New Year, two titles caught my eye: “From Lokshen to Lo Mein — the Jewish Love Affair with Chinese Food” by Donald Siegel and “The New Chinese Kosher Cookbook” by Ruth and Bob Grossman. These are likely combinations since Jewish and Chinese cuisines (and cultures) share many similarities, despite the presence of shrimp and pork in Chinese dishes that violate kashrut laws.

Comforting cabbage rolls have international history

Catharine L. Kaufman

Stuffed cabbage rolls, a blend of sweet, sour and savory flavors, are popping up everywhere from diners and delis to five-star restaurants. They are the new mac-and-cheese, but comfort food with a healthful twist, warming the cockles of your heart, while warding off heart disease. Many countries lay claim to its origins, which accounts for the several interesting riffs on the traditional recipe.

Catch some zzz’s with these sleepy bites

Catharine L. Kaufman

Living in a stress-filled electromagnetic soup has created a nation of insomniacs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 50 and 70 million American adults suffer from sleep disorders. If you’re among them, conider making the new year the time to muffle the static in your head, ease tense muscles, trigger sleep hormones (serotonin and melatonin) to flow freely and get your long overdue beauty sleep. Let’s toss the sleeping pills and indulge in soporific foods. Pleasant dreams.

Some funky food forecasts

Catharine L. Kaufman

Culinary predictions for the new year include this Kitchen Shrink’s observations for what to expect on restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. As the economy hobbles into a slow- healing recovery, some scrumptious indulgences are coming out of hibernation, while sustainability, seasonality and farm- to table-ethea remain status quo.

Some naughty Noel noshes

Christmas brings a bounty of seasonal goodies to our tables from the much-lampooned fruitcake to close cousins of stollen and panettone. Here’s a decadent sampling of traditional holiday favorites from fruit to nuts.

Here’s to your holiday herb happiness!

Catharine L. Kaufman

Aromatic herbs and spices scream holiday cheer along the produce aisles. Here’s a winter wonderland of quintessential holiday flavorings to help you get the most from your sweet and savory treasured recipes.

How to trim holiday fat from your dinner table

Catharine L. Kaufman

‘Tis the season for stuffing your face silly from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, punctuated by some fattening pit stops (Chanukah, Kwanza, Christmas and various holiday cocktail parties). According to studies in the New England Journal of Medicine, although the average holiday weight gain is only one pound, it is not reversed during the spring and summer months, accounting for the increase in body weight during adulthood. Let’s leave the belly fat to Santa, and make this one a healthier, slimmer season, excluding high-calorie, artery-clogging celebratory monsters from the table.

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