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Why Men Should Bake

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 in Kitchen Musings

Valentine’s Day got me thinking about just how intimately connected dating and eating are.  There’s always seeing a movie or a concert, but the most traveled path to seduction is undoubtedly food and drink.  Some men hope to charm a girl with a sit-down dinner and plenty of wine, while others rack their brains for the perfect bar with, if things are going well, the option of small plates or making a move to a table.  Most have their go-to roster of restaurants where they know the lay of the land as well as the maitre d’, who pretends he hasn’t seen you in ages even though you brought another date there just a few nights ago.  It’s not a bad move: Take a date to a cozy, Italian spot like Peasant with candle light, a brick oven and a backlit open kitchen, or Balthazar...

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Restaurant Musings – Why Restaurant Calorie Counts Suck

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 in Kitchen Musings

I’m all for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, but I wish we could reinstate it for restaurants (fast food chains excluded).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m better off knowing the cold, hard truth that a Big Mac is 540 calories, a Whopper is 670 calories, and a vanilla shake is 550 calories.  That’s what you expect from fast food joints with counter service, heat lamps, drive-thrus, and deep fryers.  Now when I find myself at a roadside McDonald’s, I abstain from ordering a milkshake and settle for a small french fries, which clocks in at 230 calories.  I can live with that.  I’m all for the new laws that force chains like Starbuck’s to post the calorie count of their 440-calorie java chip frappuccino and 460-calorie blueberry scone. But where dining out is concerned,...

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Peep Show

Posted on Apr 13, 2006 in Kitchen Musings

Spring is in the air – the sun is shining, birds are singing, lovers are loving, and Restaurant Girl is hanging out with her Peeps! Who are my Peeps, you might naively ask… they’re the colorful, marshmallow candies who dedicate their lives to Easter.  But don’t think that my sugar-coated posse is just a seasonal afterthought.  Even though they flood your local drugstore only once a year,  the Just Born Candy Company is working furiously all year around laying two million Peep eggs a day to meet the Easter demand.  When Easter finally arrives, over 600 million Peeps (in the form of birds, bunnies, & eggs) migrate from their holy birthplace of Bethlehem, PA, to spread sugar-coated joy around the world! But Peeps are so much bigger than just a candy… they’ve become a way of life.  People like...

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