Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Return of the Dark Side...

Chocolate lovers of the world unite: Dark Chocolate M&M's are being re-released! After guiltily stockpiling them during the whole Revenge of the Sith Star Wars dark side campaign, I can now hold my head up, take my place among the legions of others who devoured mass quantities of the addictive little things, and replenish my stash. Dear Lord they're good... perfect for munching mindlessly whilst reading the paper, tasty mixed with a swig of coffee, and excellent when tossed into a dense brownie recipe.
Sigh. They come in a purple package, so be on the lookout!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Jelly time

Okay. I just canned three batches of blackberry jelly and I'm here to tell you, I am so glad that I live in modern times. My poor foremothers! I love canning, but I am glad that I don't have to rely on it for survival. The Ball Blue Book logically describes each step of the process, with sterile illustrations and soft focus photos of artfully posed, quilted glass jars of canned jelly. What this idyllic picture leaves out is the rivers of sweat it takes to stand over the stove for three hours, either your hands in very scalding hot water or your face over the steam from the canner... honey, I earn my jelly. It is delicious,though, all warm and slightly tart, a gorgeous deep burgundy... and sure to make me a toast eater for the next while.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

It's Plastic! Made from Corn!

It must be the midwestern girl in me... I was waxing nostalgic about a pen I once devoured (once being a nibbler of pens, a trait that often unknowingly left me with ink stained lips...nice) that was made from corn plastic. Yep, that's right: plastic made from corn instead of oil. So I decided to do a little learnin' on the subject and discovered that you can buy all sorts of nifty crap made from corn plastic... check these silly items out: corn crap!!!
I guess you can get a walkman made from corn, and Versace makes clothes out of a corn polymer that mimics silk... Apparently corn plastic has a long way to go, though. Environmentalists worry that it is made from genetically modified corn, while traditionalists think the products will biodegrade too quickly. Ahh, well. At least we can order corn keggers!