Skittles crush dessert into sugary pellets

Skittles crush dessert into sugary pellets

  The trouble with buying candy on a whim and planning to blog about it is actually having enough candy left to photograph and sample when it comes time to do the actual writing. My Skittles addiction found a new object of worship: dessert flavors. Skittles and I have been on a hiatus since they took the lime out of the original bag. My favorite flavor got sacked for lousy green apple, and now lime only comes in some weird...

Read More

Making snowmen in May

Making snowmen in May

You know how some people wouldn’t be caught dead using coupons or buying day-old bread or the meat that’s marked down because it’s just about to hit the sell-by date? Yeah, I’m not one of those. I’m a scrounger, and a scrimper, and an it-hurts-to-pay-full-price shopper. I can thank my mom for that; I imagine she mastered the art of the deal in the womb and passed a portion of it on to me in the same...

Read More

Alton Brown is teaching us to Cook Smart

Alton Brown is teaching us to Cook Smart

It’s fair to say that if you don’t have an older relative guiding you through the wonders and inevitable disasters of learning to cook, Alton Brown’s Good Eats is a handy substitute. The TV show was a favorite for me and my husband — a food show we could watch together for the culinary science, the humor and the kitchen lessons. In the years since the show went off the air, we haven’t found a replacement. Other...

Read More

Measuring cup? Not anymore

Measuring cup? Not anymore

There comes a time in every liquid measuring cup’s life when the old lines just ain’t what they used to be. All of those dishwasher cycles, week after week, year after year, can really dish out a beating. The lines fade slowly at first. “I can still measure,” the sturdy Pyrex cup insists, with its proudly stackable handle unbowed and its smiling spout. “Just look at how long these beautiful red lines...

Read More

Your kitchen needs a silicone injection

Your kitchen needs a silicone injection

Sometimes, you don’t realize you need something until it arrives in a box on your doorstep. And then you wonder how you ever lived without it. (No, we are not talking about storks dropping off babies. Everyone knows they arrive in baskets, not boxes.) I’m talking about silicone. The love affair started with a gift of two silicone cookie sheets from my mother-in-law. Fast cooling, easy cleanup, nonstick without using cooking sprays or...

Read More

Are you eating better than a fifth-grader?

Are you eating better than a fifth-grader?

Last week, I briefly mentioned the mealtime oddity of working the 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. Let’s elaborate, shall we? (We shall, because the Internet is made for unnecessary elaboration. And cat photos. And since I don’t have a cat…) The first meal of the day is also the largest. We’ll call it breakfast-lunch-dinner. Brunner, if you prefer. Brundin? Sure, let’s be rebels. Brundin is the meal typically consumed around...

Read More