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Jul

The Ultimate Bread Box

In many homes, counter space in the kitchen is as closely allocated as rent-controlled apartments are in New York City. Once an appliance or piece of equipment earns its place, rarely is that space given up except if something better comes along.

In kitchen real estate, the bread box is an old-fashioned metal or wood container that used to be in nearly every home keeping bread fresh and crackers crisp. In recent years, its popularity has diminished primarily because most breads and crackers come in resealable bags but with the resurgence of homemade bread or bakery bought loaves, the bread box is making a comeback. Read more »

8
Jul

The Yogibo

Bean bag chairs were first introduced into the American consciousness in the late 1960’s by a group of Italian designers at a company called Zanotta who believed people would find it comfortable sitting in a bag filled with styrofoam beans. Nearly 50 years later bean bag chairs are still the chair of choice for most kids who find them comfortable to sit in while gaming, reading a book, watching television, or using a computer. But what about adults who don’t find the old-school bean bag comfortable or kids who haven’t discovered real comfort in a bean bag chair? Say hello to the Yogibo, the new generation of bean bag chairs that both adults and kids love. Read more »

6
Jul

“My Struggle: Book 2”

At the age of forty the life you have lived so far, always pro tem, has for the first time become life itself, and this reappraisal swept away all dreams, destroyed all your notions that real life, the one that was meant to be, the great deeds you would perform, was somewhere else. When you were forty you realized it was all here, banal everyday life, fully formed, and it always would be unless you did something. Unless you took one last gamble.

Karl Ove Knausgaard – a Norwegian living in Sweden, nearing 40, on his second marriage with three children under the age of 4 – finds himself joyless, overwhelmed with the demands of marriage and fatherhood. A lifelong reader and writer, Knausgaard has also lost faith in literature and turns to his personal diaries and essays for inspiration. From those writings, two elements that shaped his life – his father and a lifelong feeling of not belonging – lead him to write My Struggle: a 6-volume autobiography published between 2009-2012 in Norway. Read more »

4
Jul

Why Health Insurance Should Not Be Tied to Employment

On our nation’s birthday, we have much to celebrate in the 238 years since our country was founded:  we’ve come a long way with regards to religious freedom and equal rights but we still have a long way to go. This past week the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the government cannot require for-profit, closely held companies to provide certain birth control drugs and devices because the provision goes against the owner’s religious beliefs. Whether you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court ruling, this case never should have been entertained by the high court because health insurance should not be tied to employment, and here are the three reasons why: Read more »

2
Jul

Coop’s MicroCreamery Hot Fudge

Always serve too much hot fudge on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.

                                                                 Judith Olney

2009 is not a year that most people thought about opening a business but after 30 years in the ice cream industry, Marc Cooper who frequently answers to “Coop” decided to strike out on his own making super premium ice cream and dessert toppings. His company – Coops MicroCreamery based in Watertown, Massachusetts – makes ice cream (both dairy based and coconut milk based) sold throughout Massachusetts in premium ice cream shops and grocery stores while Coop’s Handmade Hot Fudge (Original and the Vegan version) are available nationwide at fine grocery and gourmet stores. Read more »