July 27, 2000 |
Betty Dudas is 81 years old, and she's covered in powdered sugar. She scratches at her skin, because the sugary coat makes her itch. As she wipes her hands on her blue apron, she leaves a trail of white. She looks down and flicks away the sticky stuff under her fingernails. It's hard to tell where her gray hair ends and the sugar begins. That's what happens when you powder more than 70,000 doughnuts in six days for the Kimberton Community Fair, where the Firemen's Auxiliary is churning out doughnuts as if they were dollar bills.
July 29, 2004
Announcements of new medical findings or miracle drugs often leave us fighting bouts of skepticism. Seems something deemed healthy for us one day becomes the bane of our existence the next. Which brings us to caffeine and diabetes. Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center this week said having caffeine with meals has a negative effect on the blood sugar and insulin levels of Type 2 diabetics. In a country with an estimated 17 million Type 2 diabetics you might think this is big news.
February 15, 1987 |
Call it the disorder of the decade. You've certainly read about it. You've probably discussed it with friends. And chances are, amid the hoopla, you have wondered if you, too, have hypoglycemia. Why the hype about hypoglycemia? Because it has become a catch-all diagnosis for myriad problems related to low blood sugar. For the last decade, the public has been deluged with reports listing the symptoms associated with the condition. Before you could say, "Get me to a doctor, quick," plenty of people who occasionally felt even the slightest sign of dizziness, nausea or fatigue were convinced that they were victims of hypoglycemia.
February 16, 2010 |
Come the holidays, Walter Deuschle would carve an ice sculpture or make a gingerbread house. For special occasions, he might create an elaborate centerpiece or table decoration. But for most of his career as a chef, food-service supervisor, and later general manager at such local country clubs as Ashbourne, Whitemarsh, and Huntingdon Valley, Mr. D, as he was known, let his creative and artistic abilities lie fallow, devoting himself instead to pleasing the palates of diners and serving the needs of club members.
February 18, 1987 |
Sweet-and-sour sauces are popular in many cuisines. Unfortunately for waistline-watchers, the "sweet" part of the sauce usually derives from empty-caloried sugar or syrups. Health-food aficionados who substitute honey or molasses for the sugar aren't really saving any calories; these sweets are simply other kinds of refined carbohydrate. A better idea is to use fruit as part of the sweet-and-sour sauce - no sugar needed. Not only do you get natural sweetness, fruit comes "packaged" by Mother Nature with natural fiber - appetite-satisfying bulk - that can help thicken the sauce without adding refined flour or cornstarch.
December 13, 2000 |
What: Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Maker: McNeil Specialty Products Co. Where: Supermarkets nationwide and at www.splenda.com Size: 1.9 ounces (55 grams), equivalent to 1 pound of sugar Price: $2.59-$2.99 Splenda is branded sucralose, a modified form of sucrose or table sugar. In use in Europe and Canada since 1991, it received FDA approval as a food ingredient here in 1998. The molecular structure is changed to keep the body from absorbing it as a carbohydrate, creating a product that can be labeled no-calorie and no-carbohydrate.
May 8, 1991 |
Dear Polly: Please let me know what the ingredient is that's added to sugar to make powdered sugar? - Alice You can easily make your own powdered sugar at home by whirling regular white sugar in a blender or food processor (the food processor works best) until it is fine and powdery. It becomes even more like the commercial powdered sugar when you add 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch to each cup of granulated sugar before processing it. Store the homemade powdered sugar in an airtight covered container.
December 17, 2009 |
There's no more apt ingredient for December than confectioners' sugar, the sweetener that, like snow, transforms whatever it touches - be that lightly or in heaps. Its wintry aesthetics and seemingly magical properties make it symbolic of the small joys of Christmas and all manner of year-end celebrations. It is impossibly white, more so than freshly fallen snow or an angel's wing. It is so silky and light that if a baker isn't careful shoveling it into a mixing bowl, tiny blizzards cloud the kitchen.
February 9, 1994 |
What's a mother (or father) to do? A report published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine - the people who brought us the ThighMaster scare - concluded that sugar doesn't make kids bounce off the walls. Many kids, we're told, are just naturally bouncy. Sugar may even have a slightly calming effect on some. So what now? Are we supposed to run out now and stock up on Snickers? Has Halloween come early for millions of children? Don't count on it. Whether you're a wheat-germ-and-brown-rice fanatic or you believe a Twinkie a day keeps the blues away, one study isn't likely to change your mind about sugar.
May 16, 2004 |
They perfected the art of making cake without the "c. " But can the pastry wizards at Tasty Baking Co. preserve the love in their confections with fewer carbs and no sugar? After a sneak preview tasting of the new line of Sensables treats, I'd say that depends on how desperately you need that Tastykake fix. There is no way a devotee of the company's standard iced fudge bar will consider the Sensables chocolate-chip cookie bar an equal substitute. The rich shmear of icing on the original is replaced by a brittle snap of tiny sugar-free chocolate pebbles.