A Little Innovation with Great Effect: the New Heinz Ketchup Packet!

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an example of how a small innovation can have a substantial beneficial impact: Heinz redesigns its ketchup packets to hold three times as much ketchup, and to be squeezed or dipped. No more ketchup splurts on clothes, no more having to get three packets to get as much as you’d like, no … More A Little Innovation with Great Effect: the New Heinz Ketchup Packet!

Hey Cooks! Use Bing for Recipe Searches

Lynne Kiesling OK, so this is pretty cool and useful: Today Bing, the relatively new search engine from Microsoft, launched a feature that lists recipes when users search for food items. Search “chicken,” for example, then click the “chicken recipes” tab, and Bing delivers chicken noodle soups and chicken schnitzels from major databases like Allrecipes, … More Hey Cooks! Use Bing for Recipe Searches

How to Cook Perfect Roast Potatoes

Lynne Kiesling I cooked up a storm over the holidays — homemade pizza dough, cookies, pear clafoutis, New Year’s Day pork roast and spaetzle (but no sauerkraut), waffles, pancakes, beef barley soup (with homemade beef stock, YUM), it just went on and on and on. And it all turned out better than usual, because for … More How to Cook Perfect Roast Potatoes

Rooftop Honey in Chicago

Lynne Kiesling The Marriott hotel on Michigan Avenue has been harvesting honey from beehives they have set up on their own roof. They use the honey in an on-site microbrew beer and in some of the dishes they make in their restaurant. What do you think are some of the economic motives driving such a … More Rooftop Honey in Chicago

Tea Online: Rate Tea

Lynne Kiesling I drink tea. Lots of tea. Mostly strong, black tea with milk and some Splenda. I prefer Assam and its big, malty body. I’m not such a tea weenie that I drink only loose leaf tea, but I am enough of a tea weenie that when I travel home from London, I always … More Tea Online: Rate Tea

Research Mounts Showing Vitamin D’s Health Benefits

Lynne Kiesling Over the past year or so I’ve been following the debate and research on Vitamin D intake. Initially Vitamin D supplementation was recommended simply to reduce the incidence of rickets in children, but increasingly Vitamin D is associated with a wide range of health benefits, from reducing fatigue to improving metabolism to improving … More Research Mounts Showing Vitamin D’s Health Benefits

“Blended Deceit from the Nanny State”

Lynne Kiesling If you are a wine fan (oenophile if you’re feeling fancy) and you are not reading Dr. Vino regularly, you are missing a real treat. Dr. Vino is a political scientist who, in addition to having a good nose and good taste and a good palate, is an expert on the political economy … More “Blended Deceit from the Nanny State”

John Cleese’s Wine for the Confused

Lynne Kiesling Feel a bit adrift when confronted with the dizzying complexity of wine? Then John Cleese’s Wine for the Confused may help, and may make you laugh along the way.

Five Guys in Lubbock: The New Best Burger in Town

Michael Giberson Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened today in Lubbock. For over 10 years I lived a few miles up the road from the original store in Arlington, Virginia. It was out of the way for me, too small, almost always crowded and peanut shells littered the floor. It was always worth the trip … More Five Guys in Lubbock: The New Best Burger in Town

Sunday Recipe Post: Lynne’s Perfect Pancakes

Lynne Kiesling I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of posting about non-economics things (except for the occasional concert report); a couple of years ago I probably paid too much attention to some reader’s snarky comment about it, so I’ve not shared much about cooking, cycling, triathlon, wine, house renovation, etc. since then. Like … More Sunday Recipe Post: Lynne’s Perfect Pancakes