A time honored Southern tradition, the infamous “Cat Head” biscuit has become as much an icon of southern cooking as fried chicken. Just say the words “Cat Head Biscuits” almost anywhere in the South and you will instantly conjure up memories childhood and of mouthwateringly delicious meals.
There are wide variety of ingredients in Chinese cooking. The ingredients that we normally see can be divided into two major kinds: vegetable and animal. Vegetable ingredients can be further divided into vegetables, beans, fresh fruits, dried fruits, seasonings, vegetable fat, etc. Animal ingredients can be further divided into meat, internal organs (not everyone likes them), poltry, aquatic product, egg product. There are also a selection of special ingredients that we don’t often use in our daily cooking. They are either rare and expensive that we only see them in high class hotels or restuarants, or we use them for special occasions, or from time to time when we want something different for a change. Some of these inexpensive special ingredients are getting more popular nowadays due to their nutritional values and unique tastes.
Raw foodism is a way of eating that has grown in popularity in
recent years. Celebrities such as Woody Harrelson, Carol Alt,
and Alicia Silverstone have gone raw. So what’s the story? Raw
foodists believe that cooking anything over 120 degrees destroys
essential food enzymes needed for proper digestion.
So is it myth or fact that raw food is better for you? As with
so many things, the jury is still out. Whenever you make drastic
changes to your diet, it’s important make sure you’re receiving
all the nutrients you need. Those who incorporate more raw food
into their diets such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh
juices, and raw nuts often see a huge improvement in overall
health and well-being. It may not be necessary to be so extreme
as to eat everything raw in order to reap the benefits.
If you decide to “go raw,” how far you decide to take your raw
diet is up to you. Many people choose to eat their morning and
afternoon meals raw and then eat a cooked dinner. Forget the
fads and do what feels right to you. Adding more raw fruits and
vegetables to your diet never hurt anyone.
As for the health benefits, proponents of the raw diet claim it
can lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improve eyesight,
heal skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, and even aid in
reversing chronic disease and cancer. While there is no research
to back this up, more and more doctors and scientists are
becoming interested in what raw food can do.
There are several great online raw food resources:
Health Diaries features blogs on the raw food
diet. New raw foodists can read others’ diaries or start
their own and track their progress.
Shazzie has been raw for
several years. Her site features a blog, raw products, and
several great before and after pics.
David Wolfe, the owner of Rawfood.com, is a well-known
raw foodist. On his site, you can purchase raw food products,
books, and just about everything else related to raw food.
Through these sites you’ll discover many more raw resources.
There’s a great online community just waiting for those who are
looking to improve their health through the raw food diet.
About the author:
Deborah Wilson is a freelance writer specializing in health and
Despite the lasting influence it has had on food in such far-away places as Macau and Goa, Portuguese cuisine is hugely underrepresented outside Portugal. Often confused with Spanish cooking, it is, in fact, quite distinct. At its best, Portuguese food is simple ingredients impeccably prepared. Based on regional produce, emphasising fish, meat, olive oil, tomato, and spices, it features hearty soups, homemade bread and cheeses, as well as unexpected combinations of meat and shellfish.
Grilling and Barbecuing, two of the most popular cooking methods in the U.S., especially in warmer weather. There are some who know the difference between grilling and barbecuing, and some who don’t. Do you?