All Things Considered host Amy Eddings serves up her take on food, food politics and recipes that have caught her eye.

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It's All About the Tea Cozy

Thursday, August 04, 2011


Remember when I couldn't stand the thought of dropping my coffee habit in favor of more healthy, less caffeinated, tea? Me neither. But I've drunk the (Earl Grey, bergamot-flavored) Kool-Aid.

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My Growing Fruit Sticker Collection

Friday, July 29, 2011

There used to be a time when the only sticker found on a piece of fruit was the brand label for Chiquita bananas. My siblings and I used to stick them in the middle of our foreheads when we were kids. Now, I could cover my entire face with the number of fruit and veggie stickers I've been encountering this summer.

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The Mango Challenge: Slice Me Nicely

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


It occurred to me somewhere in Week One of my detox, as I was peeling yet another mango for my morning fruit-and-rice milk smoothie: Just what else can you do with this delicious, flowery-fragrant fruit, besides pop it in a blender and grind it into a mushy pulp?

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Go Gourmet

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and bacon have all had their makeovers in the kitchens of top chefs. It was the humble grilled cheese sandwich's turn this weekend at a community garden fundraiser in Brooklyn.

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The Mental Detox: Art at the Met

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If there's one thing I've learned since completing my 21-day detox program a week ago, it's that one's mind can become as bloated and overweight and sluggish as one's body.  And so I took my mind (and the body it's attached to) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this morning.


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: 'Chocolate-Free' Doesn't Have to Mean 'Pleasure-Free'

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I've kicked the sugar habit for the past 24 days now, as part of a detox that was supposed to last just 21 days. I'm feeling light on my feet and healthy, I've lost seven pounds, my skin and eyes are super clear ... so, why stop? One possible reason: chocolate.


A Break from the Ubiquitousness of the Coffee Shop: The Tea Salon

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


Since giving up decaf coffee 16 days ago, I've found it tough to enjoy coffee shops. The delicious smell of the roasted coffee is a distraction. And it's hard not to feel deprived when looking at a menu board full of coffee options (cappuccino, espresso, americano, red eye, latte), but little to say about tea except "black" and "herbal."


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: What's to Love About Durian?

Thursday, June 30, 2011


I ate the Southeast Asian tropical fruit the durian today. It was my first and last taste.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Celebrating the Humble Herring

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I didn't know herring had a season, until I was invited to attend Russ & Daughters' New Catch Holland Herring Festival.


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Lessons from a Tea Lover

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


In the afternoons, around 5 P.M., I'm really Jonesing for a cappuccino. Even a decaf one, made with foamy, hot soy milk, in keeping with my detox efforts for 12 more days. But I can't. I must resort to tea.


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Monster Juicer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I got my new juicer yesterday. It's HUGE. I must have gotten the juicer used by the U.S. Olympics Team.


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Discovering Yerba Mate

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I love coffee. Not for the caffeine -- I've been drinking decaf for several years now -- but because I like the strong taste and the creaminess of coffee with frothy, warmed milk. So, it's been a big drag to have to give it up for my 21-day detox. I've switched, for the time being, to tea.


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Blender Wars

Monday, June 20, 2011

For the next 21 days, juice will be my breakfast and dinner. It's part of a detox program called Clean that I've taken a shine to. It's given me an excuse to buy a juicer -- it's on its way -- and a new blender for the soups and smoothies I'll be making.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Looking for Something Sweet? Try Kale

Friday, June 17, 2011


I found a new BFF (best food friend): kale.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Weeds for Breakfast

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Now that I'm giving my body a break from sugar, wheat and dairy, as part of my quest to find a new Zen attitude toward eating, I've had to redefine my breakfasts. Leaving me with ... purslane.


Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Cooling My Heels for a Hot Beverage

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


When it comes to my afternoon decaf soy cappuccino habit, I'm a creature of habit. I go to the Starbucks on Spring Street that is one block down the street from WNYC's studios on Varick Street. But it closed several days ago for renovations, and now I'm forced to go to the one that is on Hudson Street.


Amy Eddings’ Food for Thought: Getting Over My Fear of Artichokes

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Artichokes are an Italian kitchen staple and a spring treat, but they scare me half to death. They look forbidding, have sharp little spines on their leaves, and seem to yield very little for all the work that I thought went into preparing them. A tiny (admittedly, yummy) little heart, and lots and lots of tough leaves with a little dollop of flesh at the end that you eat by scraping against your teeth. Really? Are artichokes worth it?

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: The Power of Food to Heal and Hurt

Friday, June 10, 2011

All this talk about the medicinal properties of anise hyssop and calendula has me thinking about the power of food to heal, and to harm.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: No Pea Shoots? Grow Your Own

Friday, May 27, 2011

We talked about pea shoots in this week's edition of Last Chance Foods, and I have to admit, I've never eaten them. And I'm not noticing them at my farmers' market in Fort Greene Park or supermarket. Shauna Reid's suggestion? Grow your own.

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Amy Eddings' Food for Thought: Pepper

Friday, February 25, 2011

In my zeal to try different types of pepper, I bought two big bottles of whole pink and white peppercorns -- the pricey Morton & Bassett kind. I wanted to try red peppercorns, but I figured pink was the same thing. It's not.

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