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5-second rule put to the test

A college professor and her students at Connecticut College, in New London, CT, have put the “5-second rule” to the test in a real world environment to see how the long-standing “rule” stood up. The “5-second rule” is a bit of conventional wisdom/old wives tale that says a piece of food that has fallen onto the floor is fine to eat if you retrieve it ... Read More »

How far will you go for ingredients?

While I appreciate recipes that allow me to use ingredients I have on hand, I don’t mind ones that present me with unusual ingredients if they promise a particularly tasty result. For instance, seeking out a particular spice blend for a curry dish at an ethnic market or going to a specialty bake shop for a particular flavoring every once in a while is no ... Read More »

100% kid friendly programming, 80% junk food advertising

Kids have long been a major target for advertisers because even though they don’t do the buying, they exert a lot of influence over what products are purchased for a household. A rapidly increasing obesity rate triggered concern over the prevalence of such ads – especially after a connection between the number of food ads viewed and weight gain was made. Advertisers say that they ... Read More »

Portable Lap Counter

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Admit it: at one time or another you have carried a tray or a bowl away from the kitchen and over to the couch so that you could watch TV while you prepped and peeled veggies, whipped egg whites or kneaded bread dough. There’s nothing wrong with that. It can be tough on the back when you’re standing up, leaning over a counter for hours on end ... Read More »

Blackberry Cobbler

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Sometimes I think of cobbler as pie for lazy people, as it delivers all the delicious flavor of a well-made fruit pie without requiring you to go to any of the trouble of making a full pie crust. Or at least, I tend to make them when I want something homey without the effort of doing a full pie from scratch. They’re definitely a favorite summer ... Read More »

Father’s Day 07 Gift Ideas for foodie dads

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Fathers don’t seem to get the same pampering treatment that mothers enjoy on Mother’s Day, but dad still deserves a little something special for Father’s Day. Ties seem to be the standard fallback gift for Father’s Day, and while nice enough, you can do better. Like gadgets? Like drinks? The Piet Hein Drink Cooler is an ice ellipsoid (as opposed to an ice cube) made of stainless ... Read More »

“Light” whipped cream isn’t that light

whip it good, not light

Whipped cream is one of the more waistline-unfriendly foods you can eat. It’s high in fat, can be high in sugar (and thus, high in calories) if over-generously sweetened and it is really hard to limit yourself to a two tablespoon serving size when slices of apple pie, ice cream sundaes and molten chocolate cakes call out for more than just one mouthful – and ... Read More »

Wilton Cake Caddy

cake caddy

Imagine that you have made a cake or some cupcakes for a friend’s party. You spend hours baking and decorating only to realize that you need to pack up the cake and get it to the party in one piece. Transporting cakes can be a pain in the you-know-what. You have to worry about keeping the icing from getting smushed, keeping the cake from tipping over in the car ... Read More »

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