Health Food

Autumn has finally arrived in New York, bringing cold weather and the cold season. I've been in bed off and on for a week, and I can't seem to shake the sniffling nose and scratchy throat that has afflicted so many others. If you're part of the sniveling, red-eyed lot, your appetite has probably decreased. But given the number of food cures surrounding the common cold, it made me wonder if the old maxim "starve a fever,feed a cold," was right after all.
Below are a few medicinal eats, recommended by health nuts everywhere (or, in one case, people who think it's funny to watch others eat raw garlic). Some worked, some didn't, some made me want to never eat anything in the onion family again. But if you’re sick as a dog, they’re worth a try. And please, as always, weigh in with more suggestions.

Chicken Soup
Not a new food cure on the scene, chicken soup has been recommended by grandmothers for ages as a remedy for the sniffles and sneezes. A dose of the warm broth is definitely soothing on the throat, but does it really do anything a cup of hot tea doesn't? According to a study reported on, scientists discovered that the combined ingredients in chicken soup were thought to stop neutrophil movement, the activity of white blood cells that releases cough and runny nose-causing mucous. While homemade soup is ideal taste-wise, the scientists concluded that most store bought varieties had the same helpful affect. Without a grandmother in sight, I popped open a can of Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup and let the chickeny goodness warm on the stove for homemade authenticity. The cold didn't leave permanently, but the soup soothed symptoms for the duration of the bowl, and I felt more lively afterwards.

Echinacea Tea
The debate over the usefulness of echinacea rages on between herbalists with nothing better to do, but my mother is a firm believer in the curative power of the flowering herbaceous plant. Forewarning: it's disgusting. In a liquid form, like Super Echinacea from Herb Pharm, drops are distilled in water and taken best like a shot, rivaling a glass of warm rail gin in taste. It's more effective this way, but I prefer the softer tea version that doesn't impart the grassy aftertaste. Organic Echinacea Plus Tea from Traditional Medicines makes a fine cuppa, but many kinds of echinacea tea are available in natural food stores. Cheers!

I adore garlic, so when I was told it possessed healing powers, I was psyched. Allicin, the same organic compound that gives garlic its zesty taste, is also considered a cold fighting component. Garlic supplements are available, but when I went to the local natural store to purchase some, an employee informed me that crushing whole garlic cloves in water was a better, faster acting cure. She was right! After choking down a small glass of garlic water, I was so disgusted that I forgot I even had a cold in the first place. Next time, I'm sticking with the pills.

Hot Toddy
Tired of punishing myself, I opted for a tasty cold cure that was introduced to me by an Irish friend. It's a drink called the Hot Toddy, and it's wonderful even if you're well. The origin of the Toddy is disputed, but whether it came from India, Ireland or Scotland, it was the most effective in curing my cold symptoms. My toddy was a simple combination of hot water, lemon, honey and Scotch whiskey, although some recipes use tea instead of plain hot water. What the makers of NyQuil discovered long ago is true: a small dose of alcohol can be of great help to cold sufferers. The throat soothing warmth of the hot water and honey, combined with the warm alcohol, had me happily dozing on the couch within minutes of finishing the cold cure cocktail. The recipe is below, for the ill and healthy alike.

Cold Sufferer’s Hot Toddy
1 1/2 ounces Whiskey, or more to taste if you like your drink a little stronger
1/2 ounce Honey
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice to taste
3 ounces hot water
Optional: cinnamon stick garnish

  • Boil water in a kettle, or warm in the microwave
  • Add whiskey, lemon juice and honey to taste. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and enjoy (preferably sitting somewhere in your favorite comfy sweatshirt, within close proximity to kleenex).

Browse Culinary Arts Schools & Colleges

Refine School Matches
Hide filters

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • Externship opportunities are available at numerous famous New York City restaurants.
            • Campus is located near downtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many popular attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            4 Program(s) Found
            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
            • Campuses in New York and Silicon Valley with nearby housing available
            Show more [+]
            2 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
            Show more [+]
            1 Program(s) Found

            Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a focus on keeping higher education affordable and accessible to our immediate community, Lackawanna draws 80 percent of its student population right from our own region.

            With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.

            3 Program(s) Found
            L'Ecole Culinaire , Saint Louis
            • Offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef.
            • Students are trained by professional chefs and spend the majority of their final term working in the campus restaurant to learn all phases of the culinary industry.
            • St. Louis campus offers new Food Truck Entrepreneurship courses.
            • Has a student-run food truck that tours around St. Louis.
            • All campuses have a public restaurant where food is prepared and served by students.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            3 Program(s) Found
            • First opened its doors in 1980 as the Academy of Medical Art and Business.
            • Students can choose from a variety of diploma or degree programs, as well as continuing education courses.
            • Provides programs in massage therapy, dental assisting, criminal justice, cake decorating, and more.
            • 7.5 acre campus is located in the foothills of Blue Mountain, north of Harrisburg, PA.
            • Involved with many community service organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB), March of Dimes, and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits