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Eat Like The King: The Elvis Diet!

Elvis Presley would have been 84 this week, but what’s the King of Rock and Roll doing on a home cooking blog? Well, Elvis wasn’t just famous for his music and swagger; he also had a tremendous appetite and a whole menu of favourite dishes from the butter and gravy-soaked American south. From BBQ bologna…

Water: How Much is REALLY Enough?

According to common wisdom – and lots of A-list celebrities – the answer is “a whole lot”. Water regimens (eight glasses a day, or six, or three before lunch and five before bed, etc) have been credited for everything from weight loss to perfect skin. Fortunately for those of us losing sleep over our hydration, modern water lore…

Eight Food Myths You Probably Believe

Let’s face it: you can’t believe everything you hear, even if everyone is saying it. It’s the same when it comes to food. These are some of the more common pieces of food wisdom that belong on the compost pile. 1. The food pyramid As it turns out, that classic “food pyramid” diagram, the one…

Debunking Detox: Why Cleanse Diets Don’t Hold Water

It’s easy to toss the word “detox” or “cleansing” into a health ad. Whether it’s Dr Oz describing the “cleansing” effects of his 10-day detox diets, health spas that claim their aromatherapies trigger the body’s “detox mode” or even dive shops espousing the “detoxifying” effects of salt water, it can be hard to avoid the…

A Bluffer’s Guide to Beer

Feel lost and awkward when you hear your beer-loving friends talking about their Belgian blondes and chocolate stouts? Don’t feel bad: In our book, it’s better to be an ordinary schlub who likes to drink a cold brew from the supermarket than an insufferable snob of the suds. Still, a little knowledge of beer terms…

Gelato, Sorbet, Ice Cream… Cool Stuff!

Do you hate it when someone offers “gelato” but then hands you a bowl of sorbet? Or when you order frozen yoghurt, only to receive soft-serve ice cream? Or worse: Maybe you’re the one disappointing your dessert-savvy dinner guests. Well, this guide should help you keep your frozen treats cool. (As most of the desserts on…