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February 11, 2010
Momofuku's Crack Pie Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling and chilling times Servings: Makes 2 pies (6 to 8 servings each) Note: Adapted from Momofuku. This pie calls for 2 (10-inch) pie tins. You can substitute 9-inch pie tins, but note that the pies will require additional baking time, about 5 minutes, due to the increased thickness of the filling. Cookie for crust 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (3 ounces) flour Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick)
April 23, 2014
2 1/4 cups flour 1 cup brown sugar, packed 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 cup corn oil 1 cup sliced almonds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk Mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and ginger. Blend in oil until smooth. Remove 3/4 cup mixture and combine with almonds and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
October 29, 2008
Total time : 35 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time Servings: Makes 2 dozen cookies 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 1/2 cup flour 1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, salt and cinnamon, using the back of a large spoon. Stir in the vanilla extract and nuts. 2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, then add these to the butter mixture, beating the butter into the flour with the spoon to form a dough.
February 26, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday will propose the first major revamp of nutrition labels in more than two decades, an update that would emphasize calorie information, include the amount of added sugars and revise serving sizes to reflect how people really consume food. The revision is aimed, in part, at addressing serious public health issues, including obesity and other chronic diseases. Administration officials believe the new labels could lead consumers to make more healthful food choices and encourage the food industry to reformulate some products, particularly those with high amounts of added sugar.
March 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Butterfly Bakery Inc. notes on its website that all of its goodies are "made with 100% love. " Federal regulators say that recipe also includes plenty of sugar - even in food advertised as "sugar-free. " U.S. District Court Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh approved a consent decree of permanent injunction against the Clifton, N.J., business this month, shutting down its operations until the bakery complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration labeling requirements. FDA and state officials tested muffins and snack cakes from Butterfly over several years and found that many were misbranded, the FDA said this week.
October 5, 2009 | Kathy Price-Robinson
One afternoon in 1978, when I was 24, I lay down in my apartment and decided to "face reality." It's a term I had just read in a Self magazine, and I decided to give it a shot. Here was my reality: I weighed 275 pounds, ate everything in sight, watched TV all day and all night, smoked cigarettes and other things, drank alcohol to excess and had a loop of negative thoughts, feelings and memories working through my brain and body. After the reality check, I decided I had two choices: end it all right there, or get up off the bed and figure out what was wrong with me. Slowly, over the years -- through therapy, support groups, making amends, helping others and seeking spirituality -- I untangled the morass of negativity that had nearly destroyed me, and I have gone on to live a happy, sober and relatively thin life.
August 22, 2007
  Total time: 45 minutes, plus baking and cooling time for the cake Servings: 10 to 12 Note: Adapted from "Southern Cakes." Cake 3 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened, plus additional for greasing the pan 1 (1-pound) box dark brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 5 eggs 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. 2.
July 30, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Good news:  Americans are cutting back on the amount of added sugar they're eating, according to new research  -- from about 3.5 ounces a day in 2000 (25 teaspoons, or 375 calories) to 2.7 ounces a day in 2008 (19 teaspoons, or 285 calories). The term “added sugars” was promoted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help people make the distinction between sweetened foods with low nutritional contents - items like soft drinks and candy bars - and naturally sweet foods such as fruits and some vegetables.
August 31, 2009 | Douglas Fox
As the palette of artificial sweeteners has grown and manufacturers have honed the skill with which they blend them to mimic sugar taste, debate has swirled around whether these sensory stand-ins really help people consume fewer calories and avoid weight gain. New research adds another dimension to the uncertainty: It suggests that even when artificial sweeteners fool the taste buds, they still don't fool the ultimate arbiter of our appetites -- our subconscious brains. The latest evidence for this comes from a brain scanning study performed in the Netherlands.
April 22, 2011 | By Diana Wagman
I love sugar. A box of cookies in my house lasts two days tops. A perfect dinner for me is a bag of Peanut M&Ms and a Creamsicle. I am way too old for this, but I have no control. Except for 40 days a year. For the last four years I have given up sugar for Lent. No cake, cookies, candy, pie, ice cream, not even jelly on my peanut butter sandwich. I go cold turkey. The first day isn't too bad. I am firm in my resolve. The next three are tough. I crave it. I have to take a walk or play the piano, keep my hands and my mind very busy.
February 3, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Americans consume too much sugar, and our collective sweet tooth is killing us. So says a study published Monday by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. It finds that 71.4% of U.S. adults get more than the recommended 10% of their daily calories from added sugars in foods and drinks - and that higher levels of sugar consumption are correlated with higher risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. "Too much sugar does not just make us fat; it can also make us sick," Laura A. Schmidt, a professor of health policy at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, wrote in a commentary that accompanies the study.
January 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?" Shakespeare asked in Twelfth Night. There were cakes and ale aplenty at the Sugar Games, a literary dessert competition presented by PEN Center USA at Angel City Brewery in L.A. Thursday night. KCRW's Evan Kleiman judged culinary merit, and I was the literary judge. Eleven entrants executed literary desserts for us to try, and there were three winners: Lady of the Rings was first, The Things They Curried came in second, and a book riffing on "A Tale of Two Cities" took third.
January 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
In 2014, I am going to read "War and Peace" again, cut out added sugar and recommit to meditating at least 20 minutes every day. In truth, by June, I am likely to have only started Tolstoy's tome, consumed less sugar - and paid attention when I do - and meditated … some. I hope to be nice to myself about that meager progress, for such is the way with resolutions. Still, there are plenty of reasons to assess the past and think toward the future, and doing better is better than not. Tom Rath, a writer and expert in making change, says it's important to find "simpler wins" with an immediate payoff rather than aiming for overwhelming goals, such as avoiding heart disease.
January 10, 2014 | By Jim Ruland
Throughout the history of boxing, the sport's appeal has been its undoing: A contest between equally matched opponents will always attract bettors, and betting begets corruption. With the rise of the National Football League, boxing has waned in popularity. Thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which recently celebrated its 20th year of promoting mixed martial arts events, boxing is not even the most popular combat sport. While the sport may be in serious decline, the boxing novel is alive and well, thanks to Michael J. Seidlinger's audacious new book, "The Laughter of Strangers.
December 14, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Gifts are a lot like greeting cards. Store-bought is nice, but nothing compares with homemade and the sentiment it conveys. Not only can you tailor a handmade gift to each recipient, but you can also choose ideas that will fit your budget, whether large or small. And when it comes to food, there is nothing like the taste of something lovingly made from scratch. Here are 19 food-related homemade ideas perfect for giving. From intricate projects to simple nibbles you can fix in an afternoon, there is something for every level of craftiness.
November 23, 2013
Mom Parsons' cranberries Total time: 15 minutes, plus 1 to 3 days chilling time 3 cloves 3 allspice berries 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup water 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries Grated zest of 1 orange 1. Make a sachet: Wrap the cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks in a cheesecloth square and tie it shut. Bring sugar, water and spice sachet to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Cook, stirring, until the syrup is clear, about 3 minutes.
October 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The food and beverage industry has made some major moves in recent days in the struggle over super-sweet products. Major cereal-makers Nestle and General Mills pledged to cut sugar and salt content in children's breakfast cereals abroad, while soda and restaurant trade groups sued to stop a New York City ban on sales of large sugary drinks. On Monday, Nestle and General Mills said that by 2015 , they will cut sugar content in 20 popular breakfast cereals by up to 30%. The two companies have a joint venture known as Cereal Partners Worldwide, which sells brands such as Honey Nut Cheerios and Nesquik outside North America.
April 22, 2010
Wild rice sticky puddings with brown sugar and bourbon Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 6 1/2 pound dried figs, chopped finely 1/2 cup bourbon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter, plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided 1 egg 1 cup light brown sugar, divided, sifted after measuring to remove any lumps 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup cooked wild rice, cooled and roughly chopped 1/4 cup heavy cream 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
November 21, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
In the fitfully moving "Sugar," director Rotimi Rainwater translates to the big screen his own nine months of living on the streets. Opening during Homeless Youth Awareness Month, his snapshot of teenage boardwalk-dwellers eking out an existence on Venice Beach is more successful as an instructive tool than as a narrative feature. Shenae Grimes stars as Sugar, the sole girl in a makeshift family of down-and-out teens, which includes her Mormon-runaway boyfriend (Marshall Allman) and a 13-year-old foster kid (Austin Williams)
November 8, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Responding to the Food and Drug Administration's move to banish trans fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates grumped Thursday that the agency was playing catch-up to a trend already well underway nationwide. Still, many of the same experts expressed hope that the FDA's move will open the way to a new era in the agency's regulation of food additives. By setting several new precedents, the FDA's decision on trans fats may bring some of our most beloved ingredients -- salt and sugar -- under new scrutiny by the agency, they predicted.
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