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Say what you will about Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP newsletter, she did OK with today's installment: a simple nod to 10 food blogs that do it right, with lively writing, drop-dead gorgeous photos and inspired/inspiring recipes.

Sprinkled in with the predictable (David Lebovitz, Orangette) and the uber-popular (Smitten Kitchen, Tastespotting) are a few I hadn't heard of, mere mortal that I am, but which I've now bookmarked.

Paltrow's 10 favorites, in alphabetical order:

Canelle et Vanille
David Lebovitz
Matt Bites
Oh Joy Eats
Orangette
Pictures and Pancakes
Smitten Kitchen
Stay at Stove Dad
Tastespotting
What Katie Ate

Happy reading.

To your health, Italian style

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After riding the train in today with the two people in the world who haven't learned how to cover their mouths when they sneeze and cough, it's time to fortify my immune system to fight through the winter cold and flu season. In today's Food Section, we talk about the very trendy blood orange juice. High in Vitamin C and antioxidants, the blood orange juice is slightly thicker with a flavor that blends the nice dry citrus of the grapefruit with only the slightest hints of sweetness in an orange. At Ina's, 1235 W. Randolph, the restaurant serves the Sicilian brand juice Aliseo. Word is that the best blood oranges come from Sicily. The story goes that volcano ash from Mt. Etna has made the soil a perfect spot for growing the lushest blood orange trees, says Sal Russo, owner of Amici Italian Deli, 1149 Fairview in Westmont. While the oranges are in season in December and January, Russo says he sells the juice year-round: "A lot of it."

If you follow the MenuPages Chicago blog, you'll notice that it has morphed today into the Grub Street Chicago blog. Chicago is one of five cities into which Grub Street -- an influential blog owned by New York Media, which puts out New York Magazine -- has expanded. The Chicago Grub site is much sharper looking than MenuPages and includes posts from the other Grub sites, though it retains the MenuPages listings and reviews.

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Sun-Times Food editor Janet Rausa Fuller is always thinking about her next meal.

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