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Photo: cleber It's never possible to make all the right choices when it comes to food. Sometimes we think we've got the basics down, but then we realize that the labels on our food aren't as straightforward as we thought. The low-fat diets we thought were getting us closer to happily healthy? Turns out, sugar might be the bigger and unseen culprit. But in better news, maybe we can throw out the no-pasta rule: there's a local, slow-food (not to mention gourmet and tasty) option now from two Italians in California. And when it comes to protecting our skin from the sun, there's a (tasty) extra step we can take without that sunscreen smell. And, the city of New York is joining us this week and expanding its recycling programs to include compositing initiatives. There--feeling better already.

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Best of the Week: Our Most Popular Stories

photo: armaburrito
photo: armaburrito

This week, we're doing things a little differently. Marcus asked us all to think about why we love the food we turn to again and again, whether it was our must-go places at home or the classic cold summer treat. And then, we remixed, making them our own. We paid more attention to ingredients like chayote, and talked to Alison Cross, whose Boxcar Grocer rethinks the conventional convenience store. Brined in tea and double-fried, we shook up the quintessential soul food, made in a new way and combining the classic and the personal. Soul food remix, accomplished.

chayote and corn with chiles
chayote and corn with chiles
Korean ban chan at Plaza Market
Korean ban chan at Plaza Market

Best of the Week: Our Most Popular Stories

This week, we kicked back with a perfectly steeped and sweetened glass of iced tea. The tricks are in the details, from the freshness of the tea to the temperature of the water. The same can be said for Bluegrass Soy Sauce, brewed by Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, KY, in true Southern style. Another ingredient worth paying attention to: Argan oil (it's not just a basket ingredient on Chopped). Use in place of your normal oil of choice, and make things interesting. We were all about taking things easy, from repurposing leftovers to getting a full night's sleep--there are worse ways to spend a week.

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