Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese made in 2012

A few weeks ago, Whole Foods Market organized a private event, “Parmigiano Reggiano, The King of Cheese,” in which we nibbled on Italian hors d’oeuvres, antipasti and wines. The featured chef was Massimo Bottura of the award-winning Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, Italy. His restaurant is listed in the top five of The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards since 2010. Read more

Sarina of TriniGourmet.com
Sarina of TriniGourmet.com

Sarina lives close to the equator on a vibrant island called Trinidad. Her goal: To be the first Caribbean blogger representing her country (and possibly the region) at next year’s Food Blogger Connect (FBC) in London. No problem, right? Well… in the interview below, Sarina explains how the exchange rate doesn’t work well in her favor–among other factors that makes travel difficult. Meanwhile, she’s representing her culture by way of cooking on her food blog, TriniGourmet.com, publishing eBooks, and producing how-to cooking videos. She’s on a mission to spread the love about her comfort food, and MyLifeRunsOnFood.com wants to help her. Learn more about Sarina and make a contribution to her campaign, London Calling. Read more

Taharka Bros. Poster
I need a break from the news. It’s emotionally draining, upsetting and people are either insensitive, forgetful and/or arrogant. I mean… there’s a rage growing inside of me. As this piece is being written, I’m finishing reading, The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. It tells the story of the Jim Crow laws at the turn of the 20th century through the history of three people who left the south to pursue a better life in Northern cities and on the West coast. It explains how history created present day wealth gaps and how racism has evolved. Between this beautifully written historical book and today’s news, it makes me wanna scream.

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Appetizing Thoughts: The Now and Future of First Fresh Olive Oil

Saffron Olive Oil Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze

In 2011, Bill Sanders of First Fresh Olive Oil was interviewed, in which he demystified olive oil and promoted the launch of a kickstarter campaign raising money to start a private label selling quality olive oil in the United States at competitive prices. Since successfully raising the funds, he has garnered two outstanding industry recognized awards, crossed the country to introduce his peppery tasting olive oil by offering tastings and learned a few start-up marketing lessons. In this follow up interview, he explains his future goals, inspiration from a recent Sicilian trip for First Fresh Olive Oil and why using olive oil in desserts is better, especially for the recipe—Saffron Olive Oil Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze —at the end of the interview. 
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Appetizing Thoughts: Dr. Angelo A. Alonzo Hearts Your Health

The effects of eating unhealthy food isn’t always immediate. It’s why many people continue to have unhealthy eating habits… until it’s too late.  One result are heart attacks. If victims survive, they have to follow a strict diet if they value the continuity of their life. Butter, salt and sugar are usually completely eliminated from their diet. As a foodie, my heart goes out to them.

In today’s guest interview, Dr. Angelo A. Alonzo discusses his project, The Yale Heart Study. He’s concerned about how people get medical care as they experience heart attack symptoms. In the following interview, Dr. Alonzo shares his favorite heart warming recipe, Pasta with Artichokes, Leeks and Olives, as he discusses his project in detail. Read more