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...

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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...

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Are you a cooking demon or a loving chef?

Are you a cooking demon or a loving chef?

“Dinner” is a tough concept when you work a 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. It’s more of a large, late lunch at home followed by a snack-ish supper at the desk. Either that, or eat “dinner” at 2 a.m. and ruin any hope of falling asleep before the sun rises. On the plus side, switching shifts means I’m home and wide awake when Adult Swim is on TV. Adult Swim, if you’re not familiar, is full of cartoons for...

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Convenience vs. Pocketbook in a fight to the last penny

Convenience vs. Pocketbook in a fight to the last penny

I did something stupid today. (Actually, I do lots of stupid things most days, so I suppose some specificity couldn’t hurt.) I bought a vending machine soda.   The scope of stupidity This could be stupid for a number of reasons, but I’ll restrain the scope of stupidity to just two points: Caloric intake Financial cost I’m not a coffee drinker, so on a normal day, I drink one 12-ounce can of soda at work to stay...

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5 ways to solve the cheese puff conundrum

5 ways to solve the cheese puff conundrum

For some unknown reason, newsroom elves have been leaving gifts of junk food on the free-for-all snack counter. We on the copy desk suspect these gifts come from reporters angling for better play for their stories in the next day’s paper or photographers hoping we won’t make a midnight decision to crop their photos at unflattering sizes. A well-fed copy desk is a happy copy desk — a truism that goes for just about any position...

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My eyes are bigger than my freezer

My eyes are bigger than my freezer

You know how when you load up your plate and your appetite dies in the middle of the meal, there’s always some smart alec who has to point out that your eyes were bigger than your stomach? I wish they had a person at the grocery store inspecting carts and making snide remarks about eyes being bigger than freezers. It would have saved me half an hour of jockeying and shoving to cram everything into the remaining space that I was so, so sure...

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