11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – April 1 Edition

News, discoveries and … fun We’ve hidden a few April Fools items in 11 Things this week. Tell us which ones you think they are in Comments below — and no peeking. 1. Among the new species discovered last year is the Tinkerbell Fairyfly, in Costa Rica. (Learn more at the International Institute for Species Exploration) 2. A 1,000-year-old remedy that mixes juices from onion and garlic with bile from a cow’s stomach successfully combats the deadly MRSA superbug. (Learn more at …

Soup: A Cheapskate’s Favorite Frugal Food

I’ve never met a cheapskate who doesn’t love soup. That’s because frugal folks know that soups tend be both filling and inexpensive and are a terrific way to use up little bits of leftovers and other random ingredients you have on hand. A number of cheapskates I know (including me!) keep what we call a “soup sack” in the freezer at all times. A “soup sack” is a large plastic bag which is the repository for smaller plastic bags and …

Why Do We Eat Too Much?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a nineteenth-century poet, was not thinking about food when she began her sonnet “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Yet her sonnet always comes to mind when I count the ways I love to eat. Eating in response to hunger is, of course, an obvious way I enjoy food. Celebratory eating associated with special occasions, such as eating a piece of birthday cake, is another. Closely related to celebratory eating is ritual eating, …