Archive for October, 2006

37 Foods by Subscription

October 30th, 2006

Over on SenseList today, I posted a list of 70 different things you can get in the mail every month with a subscription. More than half of these are foods. I’ve personally been a member of a fruit-of-the-month club and a chocolate-of-the-month club, and for a while we subscribed to the Illy a Casa program […]

Pizza Vending Machine

October 27th, 2006

One of the few things I’ve been craving regularly since being on the South Beach Diet is pizza. Not just any pizza, of course: genuine New York-style, foldable, greasy pepperoni pizza is my personal favorite. Still, in an emergency, something is better than nothing. If only a local business cared enough about my cravings to […]

Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner in Print!

October 20th, 2006

I’m delighted to announce that you can now purchase a lovely printed version of Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner. Thanks to our friends at Qoop, we’re now offering the print-on-demand edition—7 x 9 inches, with a Wire-O binding to lie flat on your kitchen counter and a laminated, color cover. The pages inside can be […]

Celebrating the staff of life

October 15th, 2006

Bake it or buy it, but blog about it. Monday Oct. 16 has been declared World Bread Day by the International Union of Bakers and Bakers-Confectioners. The idea here is to appreciate this “universal product, found in every civilisation.” Over at the kochtopf blog they’re urging people to photograph and blog about their favorite bread […]

The Cream Puff Wedding Gown

October 13th, 2006

I can hardly think of a more attention-grabbing headline than the following, from SFGate yesterday: Chef Makes Wedding Gown With Cream Puffs. I am deeply fond of cream puffs in any form (the two Beard Papa’s franchises near me, about which more in a future post, are more tempting than I can begin to tell […]

Zarafina Tea Maker

October 10th, 2006

Given the choice, I’ll nearly always opt for coffee over tea, especially when I can get my coffee from a superautomatic coffee machine. However, as much as I rely on coffee’s high caffeine content and strong aroma for their stimulant properties, I do enjoy a nice cup of tea from time to time. Recently, I’ve […]

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

October 9th, 2006

Because we worked hard to get Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner published in plenty of time for Thanksgiving in Canada, and included Canadian-friendly metric measurements, I take a keen interest in how Canadians will be celebrating the holiday today. To be sure, Canada doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving on the same scale as the United States, and […]


October 6th, 2006

In Morgen’s Interesting Thing of the Day article about Aquanomy, she described this new trend—the connoisseurship of water—which results in some trendy restaurants having water lists as long as a good wine list. She said: This may seem like decadence to those used to drinking water straight from the tap, or a huge luxury when […]

Ultraviolet Bread Box

October 5th, 2006

I’m trying to decide whether I like this idea. Following these instructions at, you can outfit an ordinary bread box with a UV light that will prevent mold from forming on the surface of the bread, supposedly extending its shelf life to two weeks. I’ve certainly had to toss out bread that became moldy […]

Custom Printed M&M’s

October 4th, 2006

I’ve always loved the idea of being able to buy M&M’s in nonstandard colors, such as purple. And you can do so at any of the M&Ms retail stores or online at M&M’ At some point within the past couple of years, they started offering Custom Printed M&M’s—also, clearly, a brilliant idea for which I […]