Howdy, Fatty!

Hey there, Fatty! To answer your earlier inquiry as to why Stupid and I shoveled Other Neighbors sidewalk & walk and not yours when you have "bad knees" is really very simple. ...more

Soda Tax: Will Pricier Pop Help Fight Obesity?

When quitting bad, un-eco habits, I tend not to be a cold turkey kind of person. Smoking's a polluting habit that slowly died out after college. My job in a New York City high-rise didn't make for easy smoke breaks, and my move to smoker-unfriendly California snuffed out the cancer sticks for good. ...more

I like the idea of food stamps not being used on junk food, but a tax is just an extra few ...more

Happy is Hard

It’s hard to stay the course and true North when a Category 5 hurricane hits home! Let’s call it Mother. I’m bobbing and weaving, bobbing and weaving. Avoiding landmines in the living room and booby traps at the dinner table… And as if that weren’t hard enough, I started a whole body detox?...more

Cooking with Coke: 10 Recipes to Tease and Tantalize

Tis a novelty, sure, to cook with Coke not carrots, root beer not rutabagas, Dr Pepper not bell peppers, 7-Up not sweet potatoes. But who's to resist the temptation of recipes that call for soda pop, especially when one cook after another raves about the results. Let's take a look at 10 recipes, savory (ahem) and sweet (that's more like it). ...more

I've made a Coke basted ham that was very good.  I think the recipe I used came from ...more

Your water footprint, illustrated


A big part of the problem is simply our messed up factory farms, which cage up cows in ...more

Adding it up: wine, soft drinks, and my budget

I must admit that when I go shopping for wine, one of the biggest considerations in my mind before I make my purchase is cost. Wine seems a luxury, almost a decadence; after all, I don't really need it, I'm spending my money on something that I'm not yet sure I'll like, and so a price tag above $8 or $9 still gives me a bit of sticker shock. That standard, 750-ml wine bottle holds about 25 ounces of wine, or about 4 six-ounce glasses. I could spend $8 on it, or $15 or of course far more if I wanted to. ...more