Cooking smoke deadly threat in developing world
September 16th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Cooking a hot meal is one the most basic, instinctive, nurturing ways to feed the body and soul of a loved one. Yet for nearly 3 billion people in the developing world with inefficient and rudimentary stoves, it yields an unsavory outcome.

Approximately 1.9 million people - mostly women and children - die prematurely each year because of exposure to and respiratory complications from poorly ventilated cooking smoke.

According to the World Health Organization, that makes indoor air pollution from biomass and coal stoves the fifth largest health threat to the developing world.

“What you often find is the mother’s intentions are so positive. She’s collected the wood, she’s built a fire, she’s cooked food to nourish the kids, but the impact and effect can be the exact opposite of nourishment,” says Radha Muthiah, the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Box lunch: Leftover levying and sautéed 'shrooms
September 16th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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September 16th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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This past Labor Day weekend, I took my first ever visit to the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.

Knowing my love of tasting new foods, some Minnesota friends of mine had been trying to get me to go to the fair for years. I have to admit, I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into, but I was certainly up to the challenge.

For years I had heard tales of deep-fried [insert edible item] on-a-stick, but nothing they spoke of could have possibly prepared me for what lay ahead.

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Breakfast buffet: National guacamole day
September 16th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Say hello to the king of all mash-ups - September 16 is National Guacamole Day!

No matter how you slice the avocado, today is worthy of a fiesta. Grab some of the good green stuff, your favorite tortilla chips and get dippin'!

This Mexican dish, meaning "avocado sauce," is usually made by mashing up ripe avocados with a mortar and pestle, tossing in some tomato, chiles, onion, lime juice and salt. Of course, you can add whatever you want, especially when amping up or cooling down the flavor.

Coffee klatsch
September 16th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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