For the Dishwasher’s Sake

I’ve been writing on some weighty topics lately — too little money, too many choices, too few jobs. It’s time, I decided, to move on to some questions that haunt me almost every day. How much soap should I put in my washing machine and dishwasher? Do I need to do more for my dryer […]

Healthy Food, Fast

New York City is number one again – this time they’re the first city in the U.S. to require major fast food restaurants to post the calorie content of all their menu items. The chains have had nutrition facts available for a long time, but now the calories are actually posted – prominently. Here’s an […]

Best Bets for Italian, Mexican, and Steakhouses

Dining out can be a special treat, and there are definitely occasions—like birthdays and anniversaries—when you should certainly allow yourself to splurge on a luxurious meal without worrying about calories or fat grams. On the other hand, if you hit the restaurant scene on a regular basis and are looking for diet-friendly suggestions, here are […]

Things Your Grocer Won’t Tell You

Get smarter about grocery shopping. These tips could change your family eating habits. 1. If you hate crowds and lines, shop at dinnertime (5 to 9 p.m.) or even later. Only 4 percent of shoppers hit the aisles between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Least-crowded day of the week? Wednesday. 2. Go ahead and reach […]

10 Worst Sandwiches in America

When it comes to sandwiches, remember this: With the power to create comes the power to inflate. Want proof? Check out this jaw-dropping list of the 10 Worst Sandwiches in America for a lineup of disastrous handheld mega-meals that’ll bloat your belly and call for a loosening of belt buckles. It’s not all disastrous, though—if […]

Italy’s blue mozzarella cheese mystery

Italian police confiscated some 70,000 balls of mozzarella in Turin after consumers noticed the milky-white cheese quickly developed a bluish tint when the package was opened, authorities said Saturday. Agriculture Minister Giancarlo Galan ordered ministry laboratories to investigate what he called a “disturbing” development. State TV said a woman in Turin called police after noticing […]

Accessorize Your Boring Salad

Bored by that bland bowl of greens? Shake it up with these tasty toppers.  Ways to accessorize your salads and still keep it healthy. Dress for success. Say good-bye to the days of “Oops, I drowned my salad in raspberry balsamic!” Spray dressings are, hands down, the best way to get a controlled amount of […]

Gay-Friendly McDonald’s Ad Goes Viral

A new commercial for McDonald’s in France is generating a tremendous amount of Buzz online. In the spot, a teenage boy sits in a McDonald’s booth, looking at his class picture, when his phone rings. “I was just thinking about you,” he says, with obvious affection. “I miss you, too” he replies, and then says […]

Supermarket Coffee

Which coffee is best? We sipped through dozens of choices from the grocery store to figure out our favorites. BEST INSTANT: Maxwell House Instant Coffee Our tasters described this dark-colored quickie as full, smooth and nutty. “It tastes like coffee!” enthused one surprised cynic; another called its vanilla zing “heavenly.” BEST DECAF: Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin’ […]

Cajun Food

Not A Craze, A People Ask anyone from Louisiana about Cajun food and you may get a chuckle. Back in the 1980’s, Cajun food was all the rage. The rest of the world had finally discovered what residents of southern Louisiana had known all their lives; simple food, local to the region, cooked in abundance […]