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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

I have had Tikka Masala all over the world. The best is, by far, at a restaurant in Las Vegas (not on the Strip) called Mantra Masala. Period.

This recipe is easy and quite delicious. Because the dish is full of great spice you don't need much salt to have a great salty flavor. Serve over brown rice or lentils.

Tarragon Mustard Scalloped Potatoes

Tarragon Mustard Scalloped Potatoes

I conceived of this recipe while traveling in Spain, where I encountered a similar dish. It was too, too rich and creamy. That is, of course, the standard of scalloped potatoes, but I wanted something more subtle and softer. The key seemed to be in the vegetable stock, where the slow simmering would create a lighter sauce as the potatoes soaked up the stock but gave up some potato starch. 

The result is a rich sauce that is enhanced by a little bit of butter and oil. You could flavor this with any number of seasonings, but be careful not to overdo it. Tomato paste and basil would work, but use just two teaspoons of tomato paste and a half teaspoon of dried basil. As the liquid reduces during cooking, the flavor will intensify and too much of the flavorings will overwhelm the dish. 

Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

This was inspired by a simple statement by my wife: "barbecue chicken chili." Those three words just sound so great together and this chili is true to its name. It is chili with chicken and great barbecue sauce flavor. Sometimes simple is best.

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Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Back in May I wrote about a study that seemed to show that drinking beverages sweetened with calorie-free sweeteners would actually help you lose weight. The problem, however, is that the study was funded by The American Beverage Association and two of the researchers involved had been paid consultants for Coca-Cola, who (surprise, surprise) is one of the three largest members of The American Beverage Association.

Other, more reputable research into the effects of drinking these types of beverages is rather more mixed, with some research suggesting that those drinking diet drinks instead of sugar-sweetened beverages were more likely to become overweight or obese over time. Research in rats has suggested that drinking beverages sweetened with calorie-free sweeteners may affect the individual's ability to judge the number of calories actually consumed.

A team at Texas Christian University theorized that the effect of these beverages sweetened with non-caloric sweeteners (NCS) might be far more subtle and long term than had previously been thought (Appetite 2014;83:82-88). They designed a set of three experiments to assess people's psychological and behavioral responses to consuming beverages sweetened with NCS. Diet drinks may contribute to long term weight gain »

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