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Junk Food Can Affect Mental Health

 

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I always thought that when one was depressed one turned to junk food for comfort. But according to a recent study in the Public Health Nutrition journal it is the other way around. The more junk food one  eats the more prone one is to depression. This study shows that there is an increased risk of depression in people who regularly consume junk foods – pizzas and burgers, doughnuts and croissants.

Researchers (from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the University of Granada) also found that people who eat junk food regularly lead a more sedentary lifestyle, are likely to be smokers , and work over 45 hours a week.


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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All Passover all the time. That about sums up our week here. We have continued to bring you a TON of Passover recipes and ideas, menus and crafts. Stick with us and you’ll have a phenomenal Passover!


 

Thursday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including a loose tea portable brewer, storage containers and a stockpot.


 

The Man-O-Manischewitz Cook Off Winner Is….

 

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On Wednesday, March 28, Manischewitz hosted its 6thannual Kosher Cook-Off at the JCC in Manhattan. Five competitors from around the United States were selected to compete in a challenge sponsored by Manischewitz and Maytag, with a $25,000 grand prize as well as a new kitchen furnished by Maytag. Cookbook authors, chefs, restaurateurs, high school students, and magazine editors were among the attendees who were able to both watch the contestants prepare their dishes in an hour, as well as eat versions of their recipes cooked earlier by Simply Divine, a catering company based out of NYC.

A diverse array of judges was selected to be the authoritative voice at the competition, among them Joy of Kosher’s own Jamie Geller and Food Network’s Claire Robinson. Robinson seemed thrilled to be a part of this competition, and shared a few of her recipes with media using Manischewitz’s new line of All-Natural broth flavors. In the Q & A session that followed, Robinson, who hosts a show on Food Network called 5 Ingredient Fix in which she creates recipes using 5 or fewer ingredients, explained that she believes that the best dishes feature quality and straightforward ingredients.  She shared her recipe for Short Ribs (which can even be made on Passover) and Chicken Pozole (which due to the corn cannot be made on Passover) using Manischewitz broth.


 

Wednesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including flatware, a slow cooker and ceramic knives.


 

Chocolate Helps You Stay Slim?

 

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I love chocolate. In almost any form. It’s that one treat that makes you smile, that soothes a broken heart, that makes everything ok, that gives you energy when you need it. Recent studies show that those of us who regularly indulge our inner chocoholic are thinner than those who don’t.

There was a recent study undertaken by Beatrice Golomb (click to access the study), associate professor of medicine at the University of California in San Diego. People aged 20-85 were asked about their chocolate consumption habits, alongside questionnaires on other foods consumed. Their weight and heights were measured and their BMIs calculated. (Click to calculate your own BMI).


 

Tuesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including dishes, bakeware and an electric skillet.


 

How Much Food Do We Waste?

 

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I try to clean out and organize my refrigerator at least once a week – I find that a) it keeps it clean, and b) it helps me remember what produce I have at the back of the fruit and veggie bins. However, sometimes time just runs away with me and when I get to cleaning it out or even reaching for an apple or tomato I realize that there are some interesting shapes and oozes within that drawer.

According to a recent study by the University of Arizona, over forty percent of food grown in the USA is not eaten. It’s partly due to non-harvested crops left to rot in the fields, but mostly due to consumer wastage. The study found that the average American family threw out nearly $600 worth of food a year – money that most people can ill afford to lose.


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including grilling utensils, Seder plates AND a portable grill.


 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

 

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It isn’t often that there are movies based solely on food, let alone one particular type of food. I love to watch any show on the Food Network – but David Gelb’s movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi brings culinary excellence to the silver screen.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. A 20 course meal costs about $300 and is over in 15 minutes. But his customers firmly believe it is worth it.


 

Best of the Web this Week

 

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Insanely busy week here over on JoK. Not only are we bring you awesome content and recipes so that your Passover is the best ever, we are also trying to make Pesach in our houses AND Jamie is up to her eyeballs in recipe testing for her new book.

Some JoK highlights from the week:


 

Thursday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including wine glasses, utensils, and salt and pepper shakers.


 

Cookbook Ghostwriters

 

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One of the first things I learned last summer at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) from Chef Avram Wiseman is that a chef needs to be talented, creative, and passionate, but cannot have an ego. The culinary creations a chef produces should not be out of pride, and a desire to advance their career and become more famous, but simply because they love cooking and want to share their food with others.

However, ghostwriting, where individuals write recipes and articles through the voice of a particular chef instead of them, is the prevalent mode chefs use to further their stardom and popularity. Perhaps it is my naïveté, but this came as a shock to me when I read an article about ghostwriting in the New York Times. As Julia Moskin says in her article I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter, “In most cases, the job of a ghostwriter is to produce a credible book from the thin air of a chef’s mind and menu — to cajole and probe, to elicit ideas and anecdotes by any means necessary.”


 

Wednesday’s Deals of the Day – Five at...

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including ice cream, dishes and storage containers.


 

James Beard 2012 Award Finalists Announced

 

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Covering all aspects of the food industry — from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more — the James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year. Winners will be announced on May 4th and 7th 2012.

Here are the final nominees, listed per category.