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Divergent was a hit film this spring...is Shailene Woodley getting fit for the sequel by eating clay?
Shailene Woodley is divergent in more than one way. The star of the hit dystopian movie Divergent admitted on David Letterman that she likes to eat naturally, and tries to have a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a teaspoon of clay per day! Woodley admitted this unusual eating habit when she appeared on David Letterman this week.
Woodley was clearly aware that her strange habit of eating clay is well … strange. She also admitted to making her own toothpaste out of the earthy substance.
"Clay binds to other materials in your body and helps your body excrete those materials —that are not necessarily the best for you," she explained in the interview.
She also said that many indigenous cultures eat clay every day. For those wondering, Woodley isn’t talking about the Play-Doh kind of clay; she means the stuff you find in the earth. Both clay and dirt are types of soil, but they aren’t the same thing. Clay is a hard, solid mass of earth, while dirt is looser and contains other particles.
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi.
Is Gwyneth Paltrow making you sick?
When it comes to our health, many of us trust celebrities over science. Have we become so gullible and star-struck that we’re incapable of critical thought — or is our biology to blame?
Sydney Loney Updated March 10, 2015
Illustration, Matthew Billington.
Steven Hoffman is an international lawyer specializing in global health and an assistant professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. He’s also totally obsessed with celebrities. Hoffman, earnest and bespectacled, has spent the past two years studying how actors, professional athletes and pop stars influence our everyday health decisions. What he’s discovered, he says, terrifies him.
“A lot of people who like celebrities are into pop culture — not so much for me. I see celebrities as serving a regulatory function, deciding what information we get about our health — and what information we don’t get.” Too often, Hoffman says, the health practices and products endorsed by celebrities are nothing more than “health-information pollution.”
“You might think that celebrities who promote things that don’t work aren’t causing much harm, but they are,” he says. “They make people aware of things that are unhelpful and wasteful and that can negatively affect their health. They also make it harder for people to figure out what they’re actually supposed to do to be healthy.”
Stars didn’t always have this sort of medical clout. Fifty years ago, we didn’t know what Audrey Hepburn ate for breakfast or whether John Wayne worked out. These days, with social media fuelling our insatiable appetite for all things celebrity, we know everything — and that knowledge alters not only how we perceive ourselves but how we live our lives. “The rise of the web has made a significant change in the production, distribution and consumption of celebrity images, especially in the last decade,” says Samita Nandy, director of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS), an international organization based in Toronto. “Celebrity worship has become completely pervasive in our society.” And nowhere are celebrities more influential than in the realms of health, beauty and aging.
Every month, at least a handful of people arrive at Dr. Yoni Freedhoff’s Ottawa weight-management clinic just to ask whether eating certain foods in combination — as Suzanne Somers has recommended for years — really helps with weight loss (it doesn’t) or whether they should follow the latest advice from Dr. Oz’s daily television show (the answer is almost always “Absolutely not”).
“There is no lack of evidence to suggest that celebrities influence people’s health decisions, because they do,” says Freedhoff, who is also a family physician and author of The Diet Fix. “But you can’t just tell people that what they’ve heard is stupid, or immediately discredit it as bunk, because many people want to believe these things.” One of the biggest problems, Freedhoff says, is that these days the medical advice offered by celebrities is more highly regarded than a doctor’s professional opinion.
Last year, Divergent star Shailene Woodley told Seth Meyers on his late-night talk show that she brushes her teeth with clay toothpaste, then swallows it to help her body detox. Zoë Kravitz was the next celebrity to publicly embrace clay as a detox miracle, and in January, Oprah added Juice Generation’s new line of beauty beverages (which contain charcoal and clay) to her O List of “A few things we think are just great!” Now you can order clay shots at juice bars across Canada and the United States. Freedhoff hadn’t heard of that one yet.
“I’m curious about what clay does, but it sounds super delicious,” he says, adding that there is simply no science to support the idea that people need to detox in the first place. We have internal organs that perform that function for us — and no amount of clay is going to make them more efficient at doing it.
In his new book, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?, Timothy Caulfield, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, explores some of the health advice that Paltrow (who favours the new bone-broth craze over clay as her detox method of choice) serves up on her popular lifestyle blog, Goop. Caulfield says he picked on Paltrow simply because “she puts herself out there,” widely dispersing an array of dubious, often downright ridiculous health recommendations. (Among the latest: her endorsement of vaginal steaming, a process that she says cleanses the uterus and balances female hormones. Not surprisingly, health professionals have been quick to warn that the practice could lead to yeast infections.)
“Gwyneth was just a great person to use as a metaphor for the whole field,” Caulfield says. “There seems to be a growing tolerance of pseudo-science in our society, whether it’s around supplements, cleanses or crazy diets, and I think celebrity culture plays a big role in creating space for that to happen.” Still, Caulfield decided to personally test Gwyneth’s 21-day cleanse — more shakes than substance — just to see if it lived up to her hype. In all the months of gruelling research for his book, he says, completing the cleanse was by far the hardest thing he had to do. Caulfield lost nine pounds on Gwyneth’s diet, then promptly put the weight back on once it was over.
“One reason I think all of these diets and detoxes are so popular is that you get this positive feedback that you’re losing weight, so it looks like it works, and you feel different — I sure as hell did — so that must be the cleanse,” Caulfield says. “Then, when you put the weight back on, it’s not the cleanse’s fault, it’s your fault. It’s a best-case scenario for the people out there marketing these things.”
While cleansing and detoxing may be responsible for a lot of frustration, wasted money and unhealthy eating habits, perhaps the most insidious celebrity health claim to date is the thoroughly debunked assertion that vaccines cause autism. The seed of this idea was planted almost 17 years ago by disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield and later given Hollywood fanfare by Jenny McCarthy, an actor and former Playboy Playmate who believed her son developed autism after he’d been vaccinated for measles — a belief she shared at every televised opportunity. Although McCarthy can’t be held entirely responsible for the anti-vaxxer movement of the moment, not to mention the recent measles outbreaks across North America, she popularized a dangerous notion, one that other celebrities, including actor Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory (who actually has a PhD in neuroscience), have helped perpetuate. A poll of more than 3,000 people in Ontario in February found 20 percent still believe that vaccines cause autism. Polls in Saskatchewan and Alberta have yielded similar results.
Illustration, Matthew Billington.
“Jenny McCarthy is a public health menace,” Hoffman says. The problem is that once a celebrity health claim is out there, it is so widely disseminated that it becomes difficult to dispel. Eventually the origin of the claim itself becomes murky. “Most people who are anti-vaccine are probably not saying it’s because they heard Jenny McCarthy talking about vaccines on television,” Hoffman says. “It’s more likely that they heard friends, family or acquaintances express some concern about vaccines that they heard from someone else who heard Jenny McCarthy say it. It’s a cascading effect.”
Hoffman says this has been one of the most troubling aspects of his research: the fact that misguided celebrity health advice can influence people indirectly, without them even knowing it. “Personally, I feel like a strong, independent agent who gets to make my own decisions,” he says, “but it really made me realize that I’m probably being influenced by what celebrities say too.”
In January, Hoffman released a study outlining 14 reasons why celebrities have so much influence over our health. “We found that people are biologically, psychologically and socially hard-wired to trust celebrity health advice,” he says. These people have become such a big part of our lives that we believe we know them, feel attached to them and see them as trendsetters in our society. “It’s like a form of pattern recognition — we are more likely to have a positive association with things that are familiar to us,” Hoffman says. It also leads to herd behaviour, as we seek to emulate celebrities by adopting their diets, exercise routines and medical procedures.
Studies show that unhealthy snack foods and drinks are frequently endorsed by popular athletes but that people are more likely to perceive them as being healthy — and ultimately purchase them — because of their association with their favourite sports stars. One 2013 study in the Journal of Pediatrics found children ate more chips when they were linked to a high-profile athlete. Hoffman also uses Angelina Jolie as an example. After Jolie announced that she’d tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation and had a preventive double mastectomy, there was “explosive interest in genetic testing,” even though the mutation itself is rare and testing is recommended only for women who have a family history of the disease.
Another standout in Hoffman’s research was what he describes as the celebrity halo effect. “Celebrities have a golden glow, and if they’re seen on a certain diet or taking a particular product, that glow is transferred to the diet or product, making it more appealing.” This is especially problematic when it comes to someone like Dr. Oz, an actual MD. Research published in the British Medical Journal in December revealed that no evidence could be found to support more than a third of the medical recommendations made on his show, which is worrisome given the reach Dr. Oz has, not just on television but on Twitter. (A single Dr. Oz tweet reaches almost four million followers.) “It’s just a constant, daily circus of nonsense from him,” Freedhoff says. “But if you’ve got a daily show that has to draw millions of viewers, you need hype and miracles, or your show won’t be on the air for long.”
One of those miracles is the green-coffee-bean extract Dr. Oz fervently endorsed in 2012, which resurfaced to embarrass him last year when he was grilled about it before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing that probed weight-loss scams (but not before he’d helped sell more than half a million bottles of the bogus weight-loss pills). Unfortunately, celebrities seldom endorse the strategies that really work, the things Freedhoff refers to as the non-sexy stuff: cooking more frequently, sleeping, not smoking, having friends, drinking in moderation. “That’s 95 percent of everything we know to be true about healthy living,” he says.
Freedhoff blames celebrities for perpetuating the belief that magic exists, but Samita Nandy of the CMCS tends to side with the stars. “I don’t think celebrities have a greater obligation than anyone else when it comes to following health tactics,” she says. “Fans idolize celebrities and overlook their own responsibilities and influences in the process, but we’re all ultimately responsible for our own well-being.”
Hoffman, meanwhile, places the blame elsewhere: on the public health authorities who seem unable to adequately debunk false claims and convince people of the medical benefits of scientifically proven health interventions over celebrity pseudo-science. “Public health organizations and charity groups would benefit from engaging celebrities to promote evidence-based practices,” he says. He praises stars like Glenn Close and her efforts to educate people about mental illness, Michael J. Fox and the $450 million he’s raised for Parkinson’s research and Jamie Oliver, who has partnered with various medical establishments to promote healthy eating.
Finally, Hoffman says we need to brush up on our own science literacy. Just being critical of celebrities who claim “the research shows” or “studies say” will go a long way toward helping us take our health back into our own hands, Hoffman says. “Science is still the best tool we have to inform the way we can live better lives. It’s about finding the good science and sifting out the bad, which so often has the glow of a celebrity wrapped around it.”
Green Deane’s “Itemized” Plant Profile
IDENTIFICATION: Biannual. First year plant a low circle of rhubarb looking leaves with a foul odor. Second year flowering stalk, bushy, many purple flowers, thistle-like burs. Leaves usually large, ovate, woolly underneath, leafstalks usually hollow.
TIME OF YEAR: Middle summer to late fall, even after a frost, just mark where they are.
ENVIRONMENT: Sun or part shade, any type of well-drained soil. Grows a huge tap root so loosened soil is helpful to harvesting. Normally found along roadsides, barnyards, fence lines, disturbed soil, under bird feeders.
METHOD OF PREPARATION: First year roots can be eaten raw, or can be slow roasted for many hours making them sweeter. Older first year roots — scrubbed –boiled 20 minutes. Young shoots boiled until tender, more if bitter. Second year, stems peeled before flowering and boiled 20 minutes. Seed sprouts edible. Young leaves boiled edible but bitter. Leaf stems peeled and boiled. Also leaves can be wilted by fire then used for wrapping food.
Fans rabid for 'Divergent' premiere
The crowd lined up at the film's premiere on Tuesday night sure was.
"Shailene, YOU ARE HOT!" shouted a sign-toting fan, as star Shailene Woodley made her way down the black carpet.
Woodley turned to the crowd. "Thanks, dude!" she hollered back.
Woodley was joined on the black carpet at the Regency Bruin Theatre by co-stars including Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Theo James, Miles Teller, author Veronica Roth and Maggie Q.
And it was hugs for everyone on the press line, as is Woodley's trademark. On a promotional tour this size, doesn't she worry about getting sick? "I think shaking hands is so much more germy. You shake hands and then you (touch your face)," she grinned.
The down-to-earth star looked glamorous in a gold draped Elie Saab Couture gown for the big premiere. "Is it too much?" she asked, noting that she had plans to de-glam as soon as the black carpet wrapped. "Someone down there is holding a very large tote bag with jeans, flip flops and a T-shirt," she said, pointing to the end of the carpet. "As soon as I'm done with this I'll be in jeans for the movie."
Woodley is handling the attention like a pro, said Scandal's Tony Goldwyn, who plays her father in the film: "She's a real old soul. She handles all the attention with grace and perspective."
"I think right now, girls need better role models," added Maggie Q. "We have a star in this film who puts her heart and soul in her work, who is incredibly talented, and who also is the kind of person young girls should look up to."
Shailene Woodley, right, looked glam in Elie Saab Couture alongside co-star Kate Winslet at the "Divergent" premiere on Tuesday. (Photo: Gregg DeGuire, WireImage)
Director Neil Burger said he's paying attention to reviews, but thinks the early negative critical reception to Divergent is not representative of how the movie will ultimately be received.
"The early ones haven't been good," he said. "But you know, they'll slowly even out. It's the kind of movie that I don't know it's necessarily for certain critics. But other people love it."
Box-office expectations remain strong, with prognosticators estimating Divergent will do business in the $55 million to $70 million range this weekend. But "I have been staying as far away from that as possible," said Roth. "Because I just really love the movie and I hope people love it too."
Zoe Kravitz, who plays Christina, wore Balenciaga, and said she and Woodley have remained best friends throughout the Divergent process. On set, "she made me amazing stuffed peppers with this amazing organic turkey inside," said Kravitz. "She's a great cook."
"We cooked together!" added Maggie Q. "Shai and I don't eat everything, so we'd wrap and go to our apartment and make our weird food that no one else eats."
Star Jai Courtney, who plays Eric – and is currently on a fish-heavy diet to "bulk down" for Terminator: Genesis – said he's just beginning to understand the scope of Divergent's fandom.
"When you see this kind of fan base – (during filming) you're aware that it's built in and that they're there. But when you're actually meeting these kids who have been standing out in the suburbs in the cold at some cinema for hours just to meet you, it puts it in perspective," he says. "It's really rewarding."
This recipe has skin and chicken that are equally delightful
Here's the skinny: As much as I want to be healthy and eat smart, when it comes to chicken, it's all about the skin.
I was indoctrinated in this preference early, as 80% of our Sunday dinners when I was growing up showcased chicken.
My mother was never a truss-er, and a whole roasted bird rarely showed up, except for her "Romertopf Period," when she picked up a handmade covered casserole that looked like a clay coffin. It was presoaked in water, then the whole bird was entombed and extracted about an hour or so later from the oven.
That casserole never made it past its premiere and took its place on the basement rack for long-term storage.
Her go-to chicken was cut up pieces tossed in melted butter, seasoned very liberally with salt and mega pepper, and then oven-roasted to a deep golden brown. The meat was juicy and delicious, but the star was the crispy crackling skin that became an independent contractor, much the way that Peking duck skin overshadows the accompanying meat.
The only downside was that I could never stop eating until it was all gone, so most of my after-dinner time was spent in a mini writhe on the couch.
Now I'm an older eater, and I think a smarter eater, and so I pick my moments to indulge. I also consume half of what I used to, which my stomach thanks me for.
Today's recipe has morphed from one hungry eater to serving four sensible folks. It's a simple classic preparation of chicken under a brick involving the trinity of Italian poultry adornment: rosemary, garlic and lemon.
I like a two-day marinade, as this is a large bird. And instead of a brick to weigh the chicken down (which facilitates that crispy crust), I use a slightly smaller pan to completely cover the dimension of the bird. With this flavorful marinade I think you'll agree that this is one time that the meat is as succulent, satisfying and memorable as the skin.
Sanford "Sandy" D'Amato is former chef and co-owner of Sanford Restaurant in Milwaukee and a James Beard Award winner.
10 Types of Women That Men Do Not Want to Marry
I recently wrote an article here on Huffington Post Women entitled 10 Types of Men Who Won't Marry You and in response to it, I have gotten over 1,000 comments as well as endless emails asking me why I hadn't written a similar list of types of women. As a result, I have created such a list here, using the opinions that I have heard from tens of thousands of men during my years working as a matchmaker. The fact is, if you are a woman and you want to get married, you need to be smart about your dating. This means avoiding certain male types, but it also means recognizing what you are doing wrong in your dating and whether the type of woman you are putting out there to the male population attracts or repels them. To figure this out, you can start by considering the list below and whether you, at times, are any of these quite unattractive female types:
Miss "Bossy Pants": This woman usually can't help herself she has bossy in her DNA. When a man first meets her, he might think this character trait is cute, for awhile. However, once he starts to feel like he is in grammar school being told what to do by his second grade teacher, he will give this woman her walking papers.
Miss "Playing Games With His Heart": This woman thinks that being a game player will help her land a man. However, even though a man might be intrigued by a hard to get lady in the beginning, as soon as he decides that he is interested in her, all he wants is an honest straightshooter. If this woman doesn't remove Battleship from her repertoire quite quickly, she will be shown the door before she can even sink his vessel.
Miss "I Want To Change You": This woman is lurking everywhere. She is the type of woman many men are the most leery of. (Of course, there are some men who love this woman because of their own insecurities.) She claims that she loves her guy just the way he is, but little by little, she chips away at just about everything about him. First, it's his wardrobe, then it's his taste in music. However, when she gets to his friends and his hobbies, she is usually kicked to the curb.
Miss "Suspiciously Jealous": This woman is on edge all the time because she is very distrusting. Many times, she has been burnt in the past, so she is on guard for anything that looks or feels wrong. When a man first meets this woman, he sees her as a damsel in distress and wants to reassure her that he is nothing like that guy in her past. However, once she accuses him one too many times, he will have no choice to leave her because he can't go through his life being prosecuted for somebody else's crimes.
Miss "I Live For You And I Have Nothing Else Going On": This woman is very difficult for a man to date, let alone marry. At first, he is flattered that she is so into him, but very quickly, he feels overwhelmed and suffocated by her. As a woman, you must have something going on in your own life so that you are not just waiting by the door for him to come home.
Miss "I Have Daddy Issues": This woman usually dates older men and deep down is looking for a father figure, not a boyfriend or husband. Initially, her guy might like how she looks to him for approval and the answer to all of her questions, but soon, he realizes that he wants to have sex with a real woman, not someone who is stuck in her teen years trying to get Daddy to notice her.
Miss "I Speak To My Mother Five Times A Day About Everything": This woman has her mother on speed dial and can't seem to make a decision or do anything without getting her opinion. When a guy first meets her, he thinks it's nice that she is so close to her family, but soon, he finds it to be way too much. A man just doesn't want to have to ask her mother's permission about things in his life.
Miss "Shhh, I Shouldn't Really Be Saying This, But. ": This woman is like a human Page Six. She loves to gossip and talk about other people and she loves to hear things about other people as well. Initially when a guy meets her, he might be entertained by her anecdotes but eventually, he begins to wonder what she is saying behind his back.
Miss "Keeping Up With The Joneses": This woman needs to be at least as good as everyone else she knows. She is constantly talking about what the other people do and what the other people have. This places a lot of undue pressure on her guy and eventually, he justs gets fed up that she can't appreciate what they have instead of wishing she was someone else.
Miss "I Don't Eat": This woman picks at her food, is on a never-ending diet or doesn't eat pretty much everything that most people eat. When a man first meets her, he thinks to himself, at least she will never become overweight, but eventually he realizes that it's no fun to eat alone. The fact is men like to eat they like steak, they like trying different foods, they like dessert and women should be eating too, at least sometimes.
Keep in mind that most men just want a happy and easy going woman who has good values, so just focus on putting the best YOU out there.
The chip butty works. A fish sandwich can work. Yet the fish and chip sandwich is a dimwitted gilding of the lily, too much of two individually good things. It is too thick to eat comfortably, battered fish is slippery and difficult to control in a sandwich, and the bread muffles one of the key textural and acoustic pleasures of fish and chips, the satisfying crunch of crisp batter.
At the other end of the culinary spectrum, the mayo-bound crab, samphire and chip bun so drooled over by Jay Rayner at Hackney’s Duke of Richmond may be delicious, in its own way, but it has deviated so wildly from the original concept that, surely, it barely supports its listing on the menu as a “Cornish crab chip butty” (£9.50)? Would you put crisps in a tuna sandwich and call that a chip butty, too? There is a relationship there, arguably. All these creations share a family tree. But if this is a family with a shared core DNA, its members are now scattered across the globe, communicating only through Christmas cards, living lives so divergent in their experiences that any meaningful connection or shared outlook on life has been lost.
There can only be one liquid accompaniment to the perfect chip butty. Photograph: Tom And Steve/Getty Images
Sitting between those two extremes are lots of additions (cheddar, parmesan, fried egg, bacon etc) that, while not actively unpleasant – how could they be, given that these are obviously complementary ingredients – fail to transform the chip butty into a heightened experience. They are, at best, curios, fleetingly interesting deviations, but ultimately distractions from the majesty of the chip butty classique.
Food Restrictions – “Should the Dieter Stick With It?”
The first thing a dieter may notice about Paleo Diet is the list of restricted, or discouraged, foods. “Anything that is processed, in any way, should be cut from the diet,” explains our Research Editor. “Unfortunately, this is where things can get confusing because one author allows something like diet soda, and another doesn’t. This is because there’s no definitive structure.”
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, food restriction can negatively affect the body. In particular, results “show significantly lower BMC (bone mineral content) values in women with high CER (cognitive eating restraint) scores.”
Health.gov explains how people should eat. “Healthful diets contain the amounts of essential nutrients and energy needed to prevent nutritional deficiencies and excesses. Healthful diets also provide the right balance of carbohydrate, fat, and protein to reduce risks for chronic diseases, and they are obtained from a variety of foods that are available, affordable, and enjoyable.”
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5 Jessica Simpson Rarely Brushes Her Teeth, Wipes Them With Her Shirt Instead
Ever since she asked, "Tuna or chicken?" in an iconic totally-not-set-up-for-reality-TV moment, the public verdict on Jessica Simpson is that she's even dumber than her father, Homer. And while that may or may not be true, there are two facts about Miss Jessica that are indisputable:
A) That time she sampled "Jack & Diane" is more unforgivable than a thousand Avada Kedavras.
B) At least she knows how to brush her teeth.
Yes, Jessica Simpson's approach to good oral hygiene is to barely bother at all. While being interviewed on Ellen, she confessed that she brushes, at most, thrice weekly. You might recognize that as roughly 11 times less than what every dentist not named Isaac Yankem or Orin Scrivello recommends. Her preferred tooth-cleaning approach? A fucking shirt.
Recommended by 4 out of 5 mental patients.
That's seriously it. Jessica Simpson believes using some old rag she paid $5,000 for and wore once to wipe off her chompers after chili night is a fine substitute for brushing her teeth with a toothbrush. Now, yes, we all can't agree how to brush (except that we probably suck at it), but most of us agree it's a useful thing to fucking do. But not Jessica, and why? Because, she says, "My teeth are so white, and I don't like them to feel too slippery." Y'know, in case you're running your tongue along them and your tongue slips and breaks its ankle.
That's what caused the extinction of the tuna, you know.
She's attempted to make her habit slightly less disgusting by insisting she flosses and uses mouthwash regularly, so the shirt thing's totally OK, you guys. Except, according to (once again) just about every dentist you will ever meet, those things are minimally useful, if not downright useless, without brushing to back them up. She might as well floss with steak gristle and gargle with Pepsi for all the good they're doing her. And, amazingly, she appears to know this, admitting to iHeartRadio, "Find me when I'm 60 and [my teeth] will probably be all out, but I literally have these strong powerful teeth that don't need to be brushed."
That means you need to brush them, Jessica. One of life's most basic goals is to make it to the end with all your teeth, so you don't have to suck your final meal through a straw. Your statement's only slightly less insane than, "I'm sure Russian Roulette will blow a hole in my brain eventually, but it hasn't happened yet, so probably I'm a Highlander and will live forever." And if it's a slippery Crest-induced film that keeps you awake at night, you can probably brush sans toothpaste and be perfectly fine. I'm here to help, Jessica. I'm a friend. A fan. A future husband, perhaps. Just as long as you promise to respect high fashion (and Mellencamp songs) from now on.
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Soak the rice for 30 minutes and drain. This is very important. It helps the rice cook through evenly.
Use a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot. It will hold and disperse heat better, so the rice will cook evenly.
In the end, I hope you won’t be scared away by this relatively long cooking note! If you try to cook this dish once, you’ll actually find that the cooking process is very easy and quick. Be prepared if the texture of the rice doesn’t come out perfectly the first time, though. If you have trouble with the doneness of the rice, please leave a note below and let me know your cooking process in detail, so I can help with troubleshooting.
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