July 9, 2013

Summer S’mores With a Twist

After a recent bonfire mishap, I was on the hunt for s’more recipes that didn’t involve making a fire. I found three bonfire-free s’more recipes definitely worth sharing.

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April 14, 2011

Life as a Bringer

Ever heard the term “bringer” before? Let me give you a hint. It has to do with school lunches. Up until 8th grade, I was a die-hard “bringer.” My mom would pack my Xena Warrior Princess lunch box with a sandwich, potato chips and probably some cookies. It wasn’t healthy, but it was much more satisfying than the leather pizza in the cafeteria or whatever “hot” special they had for the day.

When I heard that a public school on Chicago’s West Side has decided to ban home-brought lunches and certain snacks in order to promote the “healthy” school lunches, I was horrified. As an extremely picky eater as a child, I couldn’t imagine having to eat my grade school’s lunch.

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December 15, 2010

How I Became A Meat Eater


I remember the exact moment when I forsook my vegetarian ways. It was July 5, 2003. I was in some little town in the middle of nowhere with my boyfriend (now ex) and his family. They had invited me to celebrate the holiday with them, and I had a great time. We rode in an old 50s car that was mint green and we fed their horses. Plus, we lit off sticks of dynamite. I thought I was going to go deaf! But, as the day went on, my stomach started to make strange noises. It was calling for food!

Luckily, dinner was about to be served. But there was a major problem. We’d be eating hamburger and hot dogs. That was it. Immediately, I panicked. I was already pretty hungry, and there was no way I could deal with not eating until we returned home late that night. So I loaded a cheeseburger with ketchup, and I ate it as fast as possible. After the initial shock wore off, I realized that the burger was pretty darn delicious. And the rest is history…
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November 9, 2010

Lose Weight by Eating Twinkies?!


What if you could eat a Twinkie every 3 hours and actually LOSE weight? Kansas State University Professor Mark Haub did just that!  His “diet” was more of an experiment to prove that eating healthy doesn’t get you to lose weight; reducing your caloric intake does. Read the rest of this entry »

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