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Foodie Favorites: Dressing Up the Humble Chicken Wing

Bon Appetit's turmeric and lemongrass chicken wings

Photo from BonAppetit.com

When I was playing softball in high school, my teammates and I would often crawl dirty and bedraggled to a particular local pizzeria after games. They’d sit laughing over their greasy cheese slices, while my taste buds, mature even then, would inevitably draw me toward the more gourmet pies, usually something with fresh mozzarella and basil, or maybe a whole wheat crust. Uncharacteristically, however, I’d more often than not supplement my slice with a small basket of this establishment’s signature chicken wings—something I never ordered at other restaurants. They weren’t good, not even by cheap chicken wing standards—they were often dry and rarely crispy. Yet something about them just perfectly fed that unique hunger I’d only get when I was sore and tired from a game, and my lunch break had been somewhere in the neighborhood of 10:50 am.

Now, despite my wheat and dairy allergies and my general obsession with healthy eating, I still find myself craving those awful chicken wings when my adult slow-pitch softball games end. The only course of action is to figure out how to make ‘em right!

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Foodie Favorites: Have an Ice Pop

It’s hot. Unless you live in the Southern hemisphere, I doubt I had to tell you that. I’ve been craving ice cream pretty much every day for the past two weeks, but I’m not supposed to eat it. This was leaving me not only hot, but cranky too. And it got me thinking about ice pops.

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Foodie Favorites: Natural Alternative Sugars

Lately it seems like we as a society are more food conscious than ever (well, at least those of us who are paying attention). Dieting is nothing new, but I’m happy to see that some awareness is being built about what our food is actually made of. Disturbingly, in too many cases, it’s not actually food.

I have a sweet tooth (shocking, I know). Growing up I enjoyed my mother’s homemade baked goods just about every day, and it never really got me into trouble. However, as I’ve mentioned before, recently I’ve developed some food sensitivities and I’ve been trying to limit my intake of cane sugar, among other things. Whether you’ve got sensitivities/allergies or not, you know we can all stand to reduce our sugar intake a little (probably a lot). So how do you satisfy your sweet tooth without resorting to those chemical-laden sugar substitutes in familiar little colorful packets?

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Foodie Favorite Finger Food: Baked Clams Oreganata Dip to Die for!

Baked Clams Oreganata

Forget the diet for the day and focus on this baked clams oreganata “delicioso” dip. You don’t even have to worry about this dish being a crowd pleaser—which it will—because you’ll probably not want to share it with anyone other than yourself anyway.
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Foodie Favorites: Healthy, Allergy-Free Super Bowl Recipes

Have you ever imagined what would happen to the quality of your social life if you removed food and drink from the equation? I’m willing to bet a lot of people have never given it a thought. I certainly hadn’t, until recently. A few months ago, some health complications led me to discover that I am sensitive to a number of common foods, namely eggs, wheat, and dairy products. My new diet makes me feel wonderful and it’s full of things I really enjoy, but it has also dragged a fair amount of stress and negativity into my life. It’s awkward to attend a holiday gathering or dinner party if you have to impose on the host to alter the menu to suit your needs, or bring something separate for yourself to eat. Going out with new friends (and old) is tough if you have to worry about every restaurant. Those in the allergic and sensitive population are not the only ones who go through this; anyone who has been on a diet knows how depressing it can be to sit in the corner munching celery sticks while your friends and family pig out at a party. It’s hard to appreciate how integral to socializing food is, until your ability to enjoy it is compromised in some way.
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