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  1. Buttered Popcorn flavored jelly beans. Taste like a combination of dirty feet and ass.
  2. Slaughtering live lobsters. Quickly and efficiently with the knife tip severing the head in two.
  3. The best I've ever had were at Sagami, a sushi place in Collingswood, NJ. Simple and unadorned, light and crispy and loaded with flavor. They were a special, so yes, only in season. You'd have to check and see if they have 'em.
  4. Gobs of butter, a generous slather of strawberry jam and lots of real maple syrup. I rarely eat pancakes, but when I have the rare craving, I like lotsa SWEET. For crepes, I do it up similar to Christine: a ladle of melted butter, a squeeze of lemon juice and sugar.
  5. Don't lose too much weight, Fat Guy: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090623133523.htm "The study examined the relationship between body mass index and death among 11,326 adults in Canada over a 12-year period. (BMI uses height and weight to estimate body fat.) Researchers found that underweight people had the highest risk of dying, and the extremely obese had the second highest risk. Overweight people had a lower risk of dying than those of normal weight." It sounds like you're doing everything right. If you're relatively healthy and you feel good, the weight you are is probably r
  6. "Me, my wife, and the waiter? Sorry, but that ain't happening." Aw...you're no fun.
  7. ^ Amen! And this from Paul Campos in The Obesity Myth: "From the perspective of a profit-maximising medical and pharmaceutical industry, the ideal disease would be one that never killed those who suffered from it, that could not be treated effectively, and that doctors and their patients would nevertheless insist on treating anyway. Luckily for it, the American health care industry has discovered (or rather invented) just such a disease. It is called "obesity". Basically, obesity research in America is funded by the diet and drug industry - that is, the economic actors who have the most to gai
  8. And I do agree that Americans have been getting fatter, but I also know that the definition for "obese" has been changing, people who were in the normal range in 1960 ago are now overweight and those who were overweight are now considered obese. Obesity is now defined in relation to health risk wheras in the past it was defined in relation to the norm. Some stats: •The average weight for a 10 year-old-boy in 1963 was 74.2 pounds; by 2002 the average weight was nearly 85 pounds. •The average weight for a 10-year-old girl in 1963 was 77.4 pounds; by 2002 the average weight was nearly 88 pounds.
  9. Obviously it does have an effect and is excellent for health, but I don't think it's the exercise that's the key point here (It's much easier to cut calories through diet than through exercise). Do you not think one of the main factors is that people eat at McDonalds and other fast food places (and eat the equiavalent at home) a lot more regularly these days? Whereas in the past it was more of a treat? I agree that MD's use to be a treat and now it's a regular occurrance. And I agree that portion sizes have increased dramatically. But I still maintain that the nutritional makeup of the food i
  10. It’s not MD’s food that’s making our kids fat. It’s the misbalance of the calories-in/calories-out equation. There’s nothing nutritionally wrong with the food served at McDonald’s. Nothing wrong with an occasional cheeseburger and fries. If one has a breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt, a lunch of falafel and salad and then a cheeseburger for dinner, I would consider that day’s intake to be pretty well-balanced. (And really, should all restaurants offer all things? Should Dunkin’ Donuts offer broiled fish?) I have a nutrition background and a lot of interest in this topic. Over the years, I’
  11. I think that, unfortunately, it well may be just you. It's not. There are others out there who are pretty busy househusbands. My wife, for example, hasn't prepared a meal unless I'm out of town in years. It's been my experience that there are a great many more husbands that do some, or even all, of the cooking than there are that do "all the housework." I'm not saying it doesn't happen (it clearly does), but I do think that's still pretty rare. I was going to make a similar comment, but I feel like I'd already gotten myself in enough trouble. Those of us here on eGullet consider cooking "f
  12. Hmmm, I just looked back to her post. What exactly inspired you to use the word "nerdy" from her post? Is it that she's an engineer? Likes video games? Or enjoys science fiction? Oops! You're right - no "nerdy" in her post. I can only suppose that it was the tone of her post that put that idea in my head. Funny how the brain works. The "tom-boyish" thing was in reference to her mentioning that she's use "to being in the boys club", but I'll admit, the "nerdy" thing was a product of assumptions sprung from my own feeble mind. Double apologies.
  13. Tom-boyish nerdy girls? Didn't think I was one of those. Guess I better get rid of all my designer purses and shoes.... Really? Maybe it's just me, but my husband does all the housework. The only thing I do is cook, because it's something I enjoy. Mental rigor? You mean I have to think???? I know my post was full of stereotypes; there are always many exceptions. Things are getting better but research has shown that, especially if there are kids involved, woman do the majority of the household stuff, even when both are working. I was just speculating on an answer to the question posed. And
  14. I like your hypothesis; I rarely bake because I find following recipes to be tedious and not much fun.
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