Still Cool After 84 Years: The 2-Ingredient No-Bake Cake

My mother made it in the ’50s. My grandmother made it in the ’30s. And as it enters its eighth decade, food bloggers and home cooks are still touting this no-bake dessert’s simplicity and great taste. I’m talking about the chocolate wafer icebox cake or zebra cake or whatever you might call the cookies-and-whipped-cream confection that’s been around since Nabisco introduced it in 1929. >> Slideshow: Top 15 Superfoods for People Over 50 Back in 1924, Uneeda Bakers (now part …

With the Aid of Science! News Roundup

Bionic eyes, curing malaria and sweet, lovely chocolate. There’s a lot of cool and groundbreaking science and medical news that came out this week. Medical science was kind of awesome this week. Cyborg: A 54-year-old blind Australian woman was fitted with a bionic eye that stimulates her nervous system to allow her to see some light. While not actually vision, it does seem to be a good first step toward a better understanding of integrating technology with the nervous system. …

But What About Chocolate? Americans Reveal Their #1 Favorite Food

Forget about “as American as apple pie.” Substitute “pizza” for “apple” and you’ll know what a new survey found to be Americans’ favorite food. Of the 1,000 or so Americans surveyed for a global study by Oxfam International, pizza was the hands-down top choice, garnering twice as many votes as second place steak and third place chicken. Surprisingly, the all-American burger ranked only eighth with a measly three percent of the votes. Most upsetting, at least to some of us, …

Looking at the Sweeter Side of Life in 2011

One resolution that many folks have every year is to stress less. While we all have our own ways of removing stress from our lives, some could take some advice from chocolatier Antoinette Little. (Is it just me or isn’t that such a perfect name for a chocolatier?) In AARP’s December feature of Your Life Calling, we profiled this woman’s transition from lawyer to chocolate-maker, and how much “sweeter” it’s made her life. Check it out and read more about …

A Little Chocolate is Good for the Soul…and Heart

Believe it or not, this little guilty pleasure can actually help your heart. A new Swedish studies shows that eating a little bit of a high-quality chocolate every week can potentially have benefits on you heart’s health — but beware, too much of it will not: The study is highly relevant as nearly 6 million Americans have heart failure and one in four women will die from heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. The nine-year study of …

The Benefits of Chocolate!

It’s easy to see why this news story this morning quickly caught my eye: the word “chocolate” was in the headline. The Associated Press is reporting today on a study published in the European Heart Journal that shows that a small amount of chocolate everyday can actually reduce a person’s risk of heart problems. I can get on board with that! We’ve heard for a while that a little dark chocolate may be helpful for your health, but this study …