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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Hershey dips into spreads

Hershey dips into spreads

Not to harp on the spreadable snack toppings — yes, I know I just talked about specialty peanut butters — but Hershey Co. has jumped on the bandwagon with some Nutella-style offerings of chocolate-and-nut paste. The company suggests trying the spreads on strawberries (duh), pickles (what?) and graham crackers (uh, no, that’s what frosting in a tub is for) as well as some vegetables: “People are seeing the permission to...

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You got a little something in your peanut butter

You got a little something in your peanut butter

I have a confession to make. I’m one of those picky peanut butter eaters who never deviates. Same brand, same creamy style, year after year after year. Crunchy peanut butter? Sacrilege. Peanut butter should be smooth and flowing and eaten by the spoonful straight out of the jar. But I met a new peanut butter this week, and I’ve got an eensy-weensy crush on it. A girl needs a little adventure in her life, right? Planters introduced...

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