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While many of us were cramming our gullets on January 1 with Hoppin' John and collard greens for wealth in the New Year, many folks of Chinese descent like Chris Yeo, the chef/owner from XINO|SINO and The Straits, will be waiting to get lucky until the first day of the Chinese New Year celebration.
Five Lucky Foods for Lunar New Year: Chris Yeo
We mentioned earlier today that we've resolved to pop the cork, lid and casing on the edibles we'd been saving for a special occasion - especially if they are in peril of perishing. It's not about living luxe or overindulging, but rather appreciating what we have and honoring those who produced it.
Over at Salon.com, our friend Francis Lam has vowed to eschew cheap chicken. Chef and author Michael Ruhlman has dedicated the month to breadmaking, cookbook author and Meatless Monday advocate Kim O'Donnel calls our attention to a Wall Street Journal plea for 2011 to be The Year of the Vegetable and Epicurious Associate Editor Esther Sung has made a vow to live more simply, including making better choices at the market.
Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
It’s a breakfast! It’s a dessert! It’s National Oatmeal Month!
Lauded for its cholesterol-fighting abilities, oatmeal often takes the backseat to more exciting cookies (chocolate chip, sugar and peanut butter, for example) - but here’s the thing about an oatmeal cookie: it’s sweet and chewy, yet wholesome and filling. Gail Dosik of One Tough Cookie, Inc. even recommends bringing a batch of the whole-grain treat home with you when you’re introducing “the one” to your parents.
And in the breakfast arena, oatmeal continues to impress nutrition specialists and chefs alike.
“Oats also contain a lot of compounds and nutrients which help reduce diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, cancer,” said Katherine Tallmadge from the American Dietetic Association. “Being a whole nutritious food, it has so many benefits.”
To reap the maximum benefits, Tallmadge recommends preparing your oatmeal from scratch.
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Per author and former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni, via Twitter, "Resolutions go in2 effect 2MORROW, yes? Since Jan. 1 and 2 fall on a weekend, Jan. 3d is the good-behavior starting point, RIGHT?"
I agree with the stave-off sentiment, but in 2011, I've got a particular "good behavior" mandate for myself that has nothing to do with incorporating more vegetables into my diet (if I do even more of that, I will actually become kale, and that'd make it hard to type), upping the cardio (that's a plan for a lifetime, not just a year) or cutting down on coffee (which would just make life suck for the people around me). It's not about self-deprivation - rather the opposite.
Call it carpe diem, gathering ye rosebuds or an ode to Erma Bombeck - I'm going to open some Amarone or olio novello on a random Tuesday, bust out the fancy Fortnum & Mason marmalade for a solo breakfast and eat that stunning tomato before it rots on the countertop. Good food and wine were meant to be consumed, it's a crime to waste them, and sorry to get all Stuart Smalley on you, but we're all worth it.