I like my cereal full of it. I like my peanut butter slathered on it. Now, I can enjoy my house clad in it. I never thought wheat would charm the pants off of me, but when I came across a stunning coffee table, it was love at first sight. And so my love affair with wheat décor began. For other adoring wheat fans, there are bushels of other ways to bring the harvest home. Come check them out!
Also known as farik or frikeh, freekeh (pronounced "freek-kah") has been gaining traction in Western cuisine. Freekeh is an Arab grain made of young green durum wheat that's harvested when the seeds are yellow, and still soft and moist. They are then sun-dried, roasted, polished, and cracked.
This smoky-flavored green wheat contains high fiber, high protein, four times the fiber of brown rice, and almost no gluten. It's been traced by to Biblical times and is still popular today in the Middle East. Have you ever cooked with it?
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Pork chops may be filling and healthful, but because they're a leaner cut, they aren't always full of flavor.
To keep your taste buds dancing, incorporate the other white meat into a classic Southern staple that's got major sass: the Hoppin' John.
A medley of black-eyed peas, brown rice, kale, and pork come together with the help of tomato, broth, vinegar, and paprika. Enjoy a dish that's got a little bit of everything when you keep reading.
Ever since I made pasta with lamb and tomato ragu, I haven't been able to stop singing the praises of ground lamb. If you love ordering lamb at restaurants but have never made it at home, ground lamb is the perfect starting point, since it requires no special handling.
Prepare the quick, from-scratch recipe for wheat pitas below or, in a pinch, use store bought pitas or tortillas. The textural contrast of the grainy bread with Greek yogurt and ground meat is incredibly satisfying. For the fun, hands-on recipe, read on.
Oxymoronic as it may sound, fast food chains have begun marketing their latest products as nutritious, wholesome meals. One of the best examples of this movement is Pizza Hut's new health-oriented pie, the Natural.
The Natural pizza ($9.99 for a medium with one topping) has sauce "made from vine-ripened tomatoes," all-natural toppings, and a multigrain crust that has been endorsed by the Whole Grains Council. Find out what I thought of its taste — and how healthy it really is — when you read more
It's the middle of Fall, and the festivities are bigger than ever. From Spencer, WV, to San Francisco, there's something for everyone, whether you've got a craving for candy or a hankering for ham. Know of something we've left out? Please feel free to add your comments below!
- New York, NY: Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival — Oct. 9-12
- Denver, CO: The Celebrity Chef Tour Denver — Oct. 9
- Denver, CO: Great American Beer Festival — Oct. 9-11
- Spencer, WV: West Virginia Black Walnut Festival — Oct. 9-12
- San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Magazine's Fallfest 2008 — Oct. 9-12
To see the rest, read more
As someone who loves to bake, I was pretty bummed to hear that the price of flour is going up. We've been hearing about how grocery prices are going up due to increased prices of dairy and wheat, but this is the first time I've seen solid numbers. According to CNN Money, the price of a 50-pound bag of flour went from $16 to $37, a 131 percent increase. And if that's not crazy enough, sources say that the price may reach $40 next week.
The prices have been steadily climbing due to poor growing conditions including a US Winter freeze and a European drought. With prices reaching new records, it's not just the homecook who won't be able to afford anything. Increased prices means less profit margins for restaurants and retailers. Sooner or later, those price increases are going to be passed on to those of us eating the food. So start saving your pennies, that $2 croissant might just be $3 tomorrow.
Remember the Pet Food Recall I told you about? They thought it was contaminated wheat gluten that was causing cats and dogs to die of kidney failure.
This poison known as aminopterin actually isn't legal to use in the U.S. for killing rodents, although it is used as a cancer drug because it inhibits the growth of malignant cells. It is highly toxic if taken in high doses, and for small animals like cats and dogs, it can cause kidney failure.
The rat poison could have been used on wheat imported from China, and that's why it was thought that the contaminated wheat gluten was the culprit.
Fit's Tips: So far 15 cats and 1 dog have died from kidney failure due to eating pet food manufactured by Menu Foods. If this pet food recall is news to you, check to see if your pet food is on this list.
Here's a little quiz for you - which of the following food, based on normal portion sizes, has the highest amount of iron.