Allison Aubrey http://wmuk.org en For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion http://wmuk.org/post/love-oysters-how-kiss-sea-evokes-passion Question: Which of these foods are said to stir passion? An oyster, and avocado or a turnip? (Scroll down to the bottom for the answer.)<p>One of these, at least, is a gimme. The stories linking oysters and other shellfish to lust go back to at least the ancient Greeks.<p>Think of the image of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising out of the sea from the half-shell.<p>"There's something primal about eating oysters," says oyster-lover MJ Gimbar. He describes them as creamy and velvety. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:36:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 12351 at http://wmuk.org For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust http://wmuk.org/post/easy-pie-master-art-perfect-crust Those of us slaving over pecan and pumpkin pies ahead of Thanksgiving already know that pie-making season is decidedly in full swing. And on a segment for <em>Morning Edition </em>airing Thursday, host David Greene and I discuss the best advice for pie-making newbies. Really, it comes down to this:<p>Baking is not like cooking a stew or soup. Bakers can't take as many liberties — adding a pinch of this or that.<p>Baking requires more precision. And perhaps it's a pursuit better suited for the rule-followers of the world, who are happy to simply follow the recipe. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 10645 at http://wmuk.org Easy As Pie: Master The Art Of The Perfect Crust Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life http://wmuk.org/post/nuts-longevity-daily-handful-linked-longer-life Americans have not always been in love with nuts.<p>Think about it: They're loaded with calories and fat. Plus, they can be expensive.<p>But Americans' views — and eating habits — when it comes to nuts are changing. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:11:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 10498 at http://wmuk.org Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese http://wmuk.org/post/how-17th-century-fraud-gave-rise-bright-orange-cheese The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/01/242412024/kraft-dims-that-mac-and-cheese-artificially-orange-glow">news</a> from Kraft last week that the company is ditching two artificial dyes in some versions of its macaroni and cheese products left me with a question.<p>Why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turns out there's a curious history here.<p>In theory, cheese should be whitish — similar to the color of milk, right?<p>Well, not really. Centuries ago in England, lots of cheeses had a natural yellowish-orange pigment. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:51:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 10142 at http://wmuk.org How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both http://wmuk.org/post/mind-body-study-finds-mediterranean-diet-boosts-both For all of us nearing middle age, or slogging through it, yes, there is a benefit in eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit.<p>A new study published in the <em>Annals of Internal Medicine</em> finds that women who followed this pattern of eating in their 50s were about 40 percent more likely to reach the later decades without developing chronic diseases and memory or physical problems, compared to women who didn't eat as well.<p>Researchers tracked the dietary habits and lifestyles of more than 10,000 women, beginning in late middle age. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 10042 at http://wmuk.org For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both