As we mentioned in the first post of this round of Ask the Panel, this series would focus on entertainment and a bit more. Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned about our panelists’ favorite movies, books, and musicians. Now it’s time for the “more” we noted earlier, which – you’ve guessed it – is food.

For this round, our panelists grabbed their adult-sized bibs and slipped into their eating pants, ready to share the foods that make their mouths water every time they’re within close proximity. Without further ado, we’ll end the series with the following question:

What foods can you not live without?

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In her latest installment of The Bare Hands Series, resident food writer Heather Do gets mushy while discussing her take on the lumpy breakfast staple. Continue reading to see her original recipe for homemade oatmeal.

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I’ve searched through dozens of food blogs to find you the best soup recipes to warm up to during the chilly winter months. Some of the soups were made by familiar faces, like Hélène Dujardin of Tartelette, while quite a few were created by some new faces you’re soon to love. Whether their vegetables are pureed or diced, or they feature pasta or bacon, these soups will definitely let you exercise your culinary muscle and leave your dinner guests in awe.

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While many New Years’ resolutions include exercising and quitting a slew of vices, let me propose adding a new, albeit belated, one to your list: eating ethically.

A few weeks ago, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (or ROC United) put together a Diners’ Guide for the new year. As champions of improving the wages and conditions of food service workers, they have rated 150 of the nation’s most popular restaurants according to a variety of factors,
including tipped and non-tipped wages, paid sick days, and opportunities for advancement.

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Although not a salad eater by nature, a few pieces of shrimp, chickpeas, and avocado slices can make me seriously reconsider ordering that tuna melt for my mid-day meal.

With talented food bloggers at the helm, I give you four leafy dishes that will satisfy not only your hunger (most likely), but also your daily intake of food porn (definitely). Prepare to give yourself a pat on the back for completing your resolution for following a healthy diet… at least for one meal.

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Who says that your hard candy can’t match your age? Certainly not Vintage Confections, the latest shop in our Etsy Spotlight. Awarded with the Martha Stewart seal of approval, this online store based out of the Chicago suburbs features a variety of customized lollipops and elegant hard candies. Some of the lollies come in popular ice cream flavors like mint chocolate chip and Neapolitan, in funky shapes like numbers, musical notes, buttons, and mustaches, and with conversation hearts or gold stars. If that’s not an upgrade from the freebie pop you get after your doc checks your reflexes, I don’t know what is.

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