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Last call. Warm, soft chocolate cake.
Saturday December 31, 2011
The last course of the last meal of the year. Out with a bang. A warm, soft semi-sweet one. Spectacular in your mouth, with or without Champagne.
Walk The Walk
Friday December 30, 2011
I've always thought walking is its own reward. But if you need some spectacular ends to justify the means, Press Play. There's only one Way to get here.
Free candy. Candied orange peel slices.
Thursday December 29, 2011
Waste not, want not. Save those orange peels and make this great sweet snack. Sweet and tart at the same time. Hey, serve it at midnight with Champagne. Very sophisticated. And free.
Smoky, crisp chickpea snacks
Wednesday December 28, 2011
Garbanzos fritos. The best bar snack in town. They're addictive. They're cheap and easy. Refried chickpeas lightly coated with pimentón. $2 for a superior snack laced with protein, iron and Vitamins B and C. Enough for four snackers.
Tuesday December 27, 2011
Better Cheaper finger food. The tastiest, healthiest slider at the party. Intensely flavorful. Vividly colorful. One beet makes twenty. Twenty cents of ingredients makes one. Ten minutes of your time makes twenty of them.
Free Style. 30 minutes. 300 calories.
Monday December 26, 2011
A half hour of aerobic exercise. In your living room. No equipment. No shoes. No gym membership. No spandex. Even Better than Cheaper. Free.
Slower Christmas Card. All aboard.
December 25, 2011
Take a ride under the Christmas tree. Just Press Play. They'll suck you right into their own little world. Everything else goes silent. Out of sight. Out of mind. You pay attention to just one thing at a time. Merry Christmas.
Ginger Snaps: Smells like Holiday Spirit
Saturday December 24, 2011
For about $4.25 in ingredients and 12 minutes of your time, you get five or six dozen of the best cookies ever. And something that's in the running for Best Homemade Christmas Gift Ever. Bake a dozen. Give the rest of the dough as a gift that keeps on baking.
Shortcakes for short days: Pear & Maple
Thursday December 22, 2011
When time is short and your holiday to-do list is long, make dessert. Prep the shortcake biscuit dough in five minutes flat. Seven to ten minutes in a 450-degree oven and you've got a killer dessert for $1. Like this Pear & Maple Syrup Shortcake.
Raclette: The cheese that parties!
Wednesday December 21, 2011
The $4 per person dinner party. Entertainment included. Melts onto your plate and in your mouth. So much fun it's hard to imagine this comes from Switzerland.
Tuesday December 20, 2011
The best meatballs I've ever had. The ricotta cheese keeps them light and airy. The finely ground veal and grated parmigiano make them deeply flavorful. Less than $5 for a very large serving, including spaghetti and sauce.
Use It Or Lose It: Muscle Strength
Monday December 19, 2011
Now here's some good news for everyone over 30. All you need is frequent exercise to maintain muscle strength and mass. At any age. Maintain higher functional capacity and quality of life with exercise.
Something in the way it moves
December 18, 2011
These Lava Lamps could make a real comeback. Better Cheaper Slower entertainment. Kick back. Inhale. Press Play. It's Sunday. Take a minute. You'll want more.
Slower Sunday: Bread's Baking
December 11, 2011
Why did we humans ever stop doing this? Whole generations of us have lost traditions humans had for thousands of years. Like making bread. Just flour and water. The cheapest ingredient and the free ingredient. Press Play. Inhale. Smell it in the oven.
Savory Christmas Eve Bread Pudding
Saturday December 10, 2011
A spectacularly satisfying savory finale to the Christmas Eve Feast of 7 Vegetables. Tomato, basil, parmigiano reggiano, roasted garlic and Tuscan kale. A great combination of flavors to warm you up anytime.
Rooting for Winter Ratatouille
Friday December 09, 2011
I should have done this sooner. Very delicious, cheap and easy. Somewhere between a warm salad and a vegetable stew. A winter version of something I love all summer. A meal in itself. Or a light, bright, lively and warm course in your Feast of 7 Vegetables.
Barbecue Parsnip Ribs
Thursday December 08, 2011
Because they taste great. Not really a meat substitute. But it's nice to have a vegetable you can chew on. The trick is the parsnip itself. In a hot oven, its outside crisps and browns quickly while its inside softens and sweetens.Great with a spicy BBQ sauce.
Slower Sundae: Pineapple
December 04, 2011
If this thing were six feet tall, it'd be fearsome. As it is, it'll be dessert. Maybe with some ice cream. Until then, it's a lot of fun to look at. Press Play. Take a look.
Glazed & Roasted Pineapple
Saturday December 03, 2011
What a Way to finish a meal. Sweet and tart. Refreshing and satisfying. And it counts as a fruit serving. If I were a bettin' man, I'd bet you'll lick your plate.
Beet & Goat Cheese Gratin
Friday December 02, 2011
Delicious and beautiful. 50 cents per serving. If a gratin sounds like something you shouldn't try to do at home by yourself, the sound's deceiving. Click. Tasting is believing.
Sushi for Santa. And vegan elves.
Thursday December 01, 2011
Quick and simple to make. Less than 15 cents per piece. Every bite's a little party in your mouth. Light, fun, interesting, beautiful. Almost fat-free. Want to come back as roasted vegetable sushi in your next life?
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