Saffron comes from the crocus, a purple flower that originated in Greece. It takes 75,000 crocus flowers to make 1 pound of saffron. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Aasif Mandvi plays Samir, a high-class chef who takes over his father's Indian restaurant after he has a heart attack. Matthew Cohen Creative hide caption

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Eat Up: Eating a large meal at the holidays won't have a big impact on your weight, says one physiologist. That's because your brain keeps a close watch on food intake and can tolerate the occasional big meal. It's slow, steady weight gain that's more problematic. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A cup of coffee could soon cost you more. Prices for green coffee, the unroasted beans, have soared more than 50 percent over the past year. iStockphoto hide caption

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