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Homemade Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Day/Month

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsYou may have noticed that I love to celebrate special days and months throughout the year, having used this space before to call your attention to everything from National Adopt a Cat Month to National Tapioca Pudding Day. I guess it’s only fitting that ice cream — one of greatest inventions of all time — has not only a specific day set aside in its honor (the third Sunday in July), but an entire month — July — designated as National …

Eating Done Right: Oatmeal – Food of the Week

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFor sheer versatility, oatmeal is hard to beat. Besides serving as a hearty breakfast cereal, oatmeal can be added to meat loaf or baked in cookies, cakes, bread, muffins and scones. Oatmeal can also be ground in a blender to create oat flour that can be used as a coating for fish or chicken. Oatmeal is credited with numerous health benefits. Regularly consuming oatmeal lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also enhances the immune system’s …

Behind the Scenes on ‘The Cheap Life’ Set

Posted on 12/17/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsIt was only 2 p.m., but the day already seemed about a week and half long, and for good reason. By the second day of filming for my new web series, The Cheap Life, I’d already: Struggled to audibly deliver my lines about the virtues of peanut butter while simultaneously attempting to eat copious amounts of it off my index finger; Been dressed and redressed as an aging rock star, a ’70s era jogger, and a character that seemed to …

Eating Done Right: Mangoes – Food of the Week

Posted on 10/11/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthConsidered sacred in India, many Indians believe that the mango tree has the power to grant wishes for wealth, health immortality—and even grandchildren. Given the belief in the mystical quality of the mango, Indians use the leaves in weddings to assure the future fertility of newlyweds. Mango trees, which sometimes reach 60 feet, grow best in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and most of the mangoes eaten in the United States come from Mexico. Hailed as the king of fruitorfruit of …

Eating Done Right: Cucumbers – Food of the Week

Posted on 10/4/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthNo doubt you’ve heard the saying cool as a cucumber, but did you know that cucumbers boast a number of excellent nutritional benefits? Cucumbers have long been a go-to nutritional source. Because of their ability to stave off hunger pangs, cucumbers were a popular quick meal for European traders; however, the popularity of cucumbers goes back much further. Cucumbers are mentioned in the Bible, and the Roman Emperor Tiberius reportedly kept them on the table for every meal. Cucumbers, like …

Eating Done Right: Grapes – Food of the Week

Posted on 09/27/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFrom wine to jelly to raisins, grapes can be enjoyed in a number of ways. So it’s no wonder that grapes are the second-most popular fruit (they come in a close second to oranges) and that growing and processing grapes is one of the world’s largest food industries. One of the earliest cultivated fruits, grapes were introduced in biblical times, and the consumption of wine is an important motif in both Old and New Testament literature. Grapes come in a …