November 25, 2007

Barenaked in the kitchen

While mixing up our Thanksgiving mashed potatoes and sweet potato pies, we were getting in the holiday groove with the band Barenaked Ladies and their CD Barenaked for the Holidays.

The songs are infectiously fun. You just know the guys (yes, they are all men) had a good time recording the tracks. Seven year-old Pikachu likes the rendition of Jingle Bells that starts slow and somber and morphs a crazy verse of Jingle Bells Batman smells, Robin laid an egg. I favor the Elf’s Lament and the Chanukah songs interspersed with the Christmas tunes. You can listen to a few of the tunes here.

What are you listening to this holiday season?

November 23, 2007

How do you like your turkey?

Chicken noodle soup turkey, anyone? Grab something to soothe your stomach and check out this site for the results of their annual Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold Competition. Look, the Spam turkey comes with a side of humor!

Courtesy of Karen at Strollerderby.

November 16, 2007

Really Fast Food

I recently had the chance to tool around town in a fully-loaded 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. With its swivel seats and handy little table, it gives a whole new meaning to meals on the run. You can read my review here.I was not paid for my participation in the word-of-mouth campaign; it was just a fun thing for us to try. Also, I would not let my kids eat a meal while driving around. I'm sure accident-prone Smartypants would wind up with a fork in his eye or something.

Edited an hour or two later to add: I just received a Border's gift certificate in the mail from the company that sponsored the promotion, Matchstick. Obviously, it was sent to me before my post was actually up. And I seriously had no idea it was coming. I'll pass it on to DH for tolerating my blogging habits.

November 13, 2007

Drink your latkes this Chanuka

Sure, you love crispy latkes (potato pancakes), but they're a hassle to make, stink up the house and the fried treats add to your ever-expanding waistline. Plus, all that chewing saps the precious energy you need to open all those presents.

Worry you should not tattela; your friends at Jones Soda have got your back! Check out their new Chanuka Pack featuring four of your favorite traditional Chanuka tastes: latke, applesauce, chocolate golden coin, and jelly doughnut.

Even with a blender, your Yiddeshe mama couldn't make such treats. Buy two packs, so you have one soda for each joyous night.

What? You don't celebrate Chanuka? S'okay. They've got a Christmas pack, too.

November 09, 2007

Black is the new chocolate

Yes, black foods may just be the next big thing in food according to Janet Helm in a recent Chicago Tribune article.

Helm notes that in some cultures, black foods are considered a sign of good health. For example, she writes that in Chinese medicine, food colors are linked to specific body organs. In that case black food realtes to kidney health.


Again cribbing from her article, black and dark foods are colored by anthrocyanins, a class of natural plant pigments that are also at work in cherries and blueberries. Studies suggest that these anti-oxidants may have anti-inflammatory properties and may offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.

Black is Beautiful
Try these at your next meal

Black beans- great in a salad, hearty winter soup, or if you're not inclined to mess up your kitchen, a burrito from Chipotle or your favorite Mexican joint.

Black vinegar- available at Asian markets, as are products made with black squid ink

Black mushrooms-

Blackberries- the kind you eat

Black nigella- or fennel, seeds, available at Indian markets

Black carrots- yes! Sort of. Click to see a rainbow of carrots

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