Salmon: Super delicious & super-easy even for cooking n00bs! (#2 in “Cooking for the Lazy” series)

Tonight I ate some of the most delicious salmon EVER… and, just as gratifying, I made it! Total prep & cook time: under 10 minutes (seriously).  Total cost: Under $10. Here are before and after pics: Ingredients: Salmon (duh!) Brown rice Real butter (everything’s better with butter!) Spices (I used garlic salt, pepper, and red curry… Continue reading Salmon: Super delicious & super-easy even for cooking n00bs! (#2 in “Cooking for the Lazy” series)

Waffanas (#1 in Adam’s “Cooking for the Lazy” series)

Almost but not quite perfect

tl;dr:  Want to save time and scrolling? Pour waffle mix. Throw sliced bananas on it. Wait ’til cooked. Eat. YUM! Today I made waffanas, my brilliant name for banana-stuffed waffles.  They were super delicious and very easy to make, even for cooking-incompetent and kitchen-lazy people (like me and, perhaps, you). NOTE:  I’m linking to Amazon products below* for… Continue reading Waffanas (#1 in Adam’s “Cooking for the Lazy” series)

A toast to home breadmaking

[See disclaimer at the bottom] I had set my clock for 8:30 this Sunday morning.  That, my dear readerly friends, was indeed a bit audacious.  But what came next was completely unexpected:– I smelled bread.  Wonderful, warm, fresh bread.– No, I wasn’t still dreaming! …and then the amazing part:  I got out of bed, without… Continue reading A toast to home breadmaking

Knott’s Berry Farm — For shame!

Okay, this is not a rant on junk food.  I think when people eat Cheez-wiz, they aren’t misguided enough to assume they’re eating healthful real cheese.  When people eat a double fudge brownie, I doubt they’re confusing this with an apple.  And when people eat Cap’n Crunch cereal, there’s no way they’d assume they’re consuming… Continue reading Knott’s Berry Farm — For shame!

EPIC DIET FAIL

Yesterday, I bought “Wii Fit” (a balance board + training CD). I decided I was really committed to exercise more and eat right. Today, unfortunately, I missed breakfast due to a dentist appointment and came into work late.  I grabbed a pack of cashews… not too bad. And that’s when it happened.  Charles walked by… Continue reading EPIC DIET FAIL

Natural energy boosters guaranteed to kick your ass (in a good way)

I guarantee* that the following all-natural AdamSpecial (“CafeKeek” in honor of my now-undoubtedly-horrified French friends) will put a pep in your step, will put the mmmmm in mooove, will take the ache out of awake… Required…1) Coffee beans + grinder (ideal) OR not-terribly-fine-ground coffee (okay) OR instant coffee (will do in a pinch; can ignore… Continue reading Natural energy boosters guaranteed to kick your ass (in a good way)

Self improvement — how do you measure your progress?

A few years back, I had some free sessions with a personal trainer at my gym, and one of the most useful takeaways was this: Unless you write stuff down, it’s too easy to “fudge the facts” in your mind.  How much pushups are you doing with good form?  What are you eating each day? … Continue reading Self improvement — how do you measure your progress?

A comparison of dark chocolates from Trader Joe’s

MethodologyI took a bite of the famed whole-wheat Ak-Mak cracker and sips of orange juice in between chocolate nibbles. GoalVital learning in the name of science, with an aim to provide thoughtful, unbiased info to my fellow dark chocolate lovers. Grand summary– Villars – Swiss chocolate:  Sharpest (along with Trader Joes)– Valrhona – French chocolate: … Continue reading A comparison of dark chocolates from Trader Joe’s

Food labels: When does "All" or 100% not mean ALL?

I suppose, by this point, I should have learned to be totally cynical and untrusting, even when it comes to my favorite grocery store, Trader Joe’s. But every day, I learn new and disappointing things by reading labels a bit more carefully. For instance, how about “100% Juice”? You’d guess that it’s made up of… Continue reading Food labels: When does "All" or 100% not mean ALL?

McDonald’s Fries: They go on and on and on and on…

Here’s a great (and scary) quote from the entertaining and thoughtful guy who brought us the movie Super Size Me!: Well, nothing smells like that food. Nothing tastes like that food. It’s its own animal. But here’s the thing to always think about, anytime you think about buying those fries? Think about you’re washing your… Continue reading McDonald’s Fries: They go on and on and on and on…