Crock Pot Skeptics

Check out this new Washington Post article for crock pot skeptics – Cooking for One: Discovering slow cookers.

More Michael Pollan – Your Dietary Dos and Don’ts

Michael Pollan’s favorite food rules that were posted in the comments on Tara Parker Pope’s health blog.

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

It’s apple season! Check out this new collection of apple dessert recipes from Martha Stewart.

Yeah, I’ve got dessert on the brain.. so I know I could use a refresher on this – How to Find Time to Cook Healthy Meals.

Last, check out The 11 Most Important Rules For Healthy Eating for some great ideas.

Ever read The Omnivore’s Dilemma? It’s a pretty cool book. Here are 7 Rules for Eating from the author, Michael Pollan.

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Foodie News – A Health, Science and Lolcat Kind of Month

Welcome to our second installment of Foodie News! Click here if you missed our first edition at the end of May. Today we have a fairly healthy round up of foodie news and tips for you – some have made an appearance on our Twitter feed, but some are brand new!

There are tons of diets out there (right now I keep hearing about the P90X?), but have you heard about the Mayo Clinic’s Recommended DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure? The DASH diet encourages moderation and emphasizes portion size and eating a variety of foods and getting the right amount of nutrients. Moderation instead of fad diets?! Crazy, we know.

Dorie Greenspan lends a few tips on buying, keeping and cooking asparagus that shouldn’t be missed. She also explains the differences between white and green asparagus.

Meat is one of the most expensive things Americans eat. Is it any surprise that in today’s economy more people are turning to cheaper options? The economic downturn may have a positive effect on the meat-heavy American diet, says Think these “Recession Flexitarians” will last?

Cereal claims to be a healthy option. I’ll embarrassingly admit that I ran out to get more Grape Nuts when they launched their “Eat 2 Lose 10” campaign. A new report assesses the nutritional content of 100 breakfast cereals, detailing the salt, fat, saturated fat and sugar contents per 100g, and listing the worst offenders and healthier options in each category.

Minicows! Seriously… minicows! One Slate writer wanted to get snarky and lament more genetic engineering, but then he realized he had it backwards. After years of genetically modifying cow genes, economic and ecological forces are now pulling us back to the original gene pool.

And don’t worry, I’d never forget to add a foodie lolcat in training:
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Have a lovely weekend, DinnerCakes readers!

If you’re not following us on Twitter yet, then you may have missed out on some cool foodie links that we unearthed this week. Here’s a wrap up of what we think is fun or interesting in the foodie world right now:

Epicurious posted their thirty favorite, top-rated cake recipes – browse through mile-high chocolate cake, cheesecake, fresh coconut cake and some more exotic options like “Persian Love Cake,” a lemon-cardamom chiffon cake with saffron and rose-scented whipped cream. Click here.

Chef Edwin located Mark Menjivar’s “You Are What You Eat,” a photographic exploration of the contents of strangers’ refrigerators. Click here.

Looking to jazz up your usual coffee routine? Try some new tricks for your coffee. Click here.

My personal favorite thing about the warm weather means that farmer’s markets are back in action. But do you know how to pick the right fruits and vegetables. Click here for a short quiz to see if you know how to shop a farmer’s market.

David Murdock at the Huffington Post shares the amazing health effects of “33 Of The Healthiest Foods On Earth.” Click here for the list.

And of course, your festive Lolcat for the day! If I was deprived of pancakes I believe I’d be making that same face.

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Hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day weekend!