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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:53 am | Updated: 4:15 pm, Wed Apr 30, 2014.

Mr. Tidbit: The Stuf of dreams

Have you, Oreo cookie lover, felt even the Double Stuf Oreo somehow comes up short in the Stuf department? Well, say hello — at least while the "limited edition" lasts — to the Mega Stuf Oreo. Whereas each Double Stuf Oreo contains a thicker blob of filling than a regular Oreo, the filling of the Mega Stuff Oreo is really thick.

How much Stuf are we talking about? A regular Oreo cookie weighs 11.3 grams, a Double Stuf Oreo weighs 14.5 grams and a Mega Stuf Oreo weighs 18 grams. Assuming the chocolate-cookie part (the part that isn't Stuf) of all three versions is the same (and Mr. Tidbit does not know that to be true), and assuming the Double Stuf Oreo contains twice the filling of a regular Oreo (and Mr. Tidbit does not know that to be true either), Mr. Tidbit's algebra teacher would calculate that the cookie part of all three kinds of Oreos weighs 8.1 grams, the regular filling weighs 3.2 grams, the Double Stuf filling weighs 6.4 grams and the Mega Stuf filling weighs 9.9 grams — more than triple the weight of the regular filling!

Regardless of any of that, all three kinds of Oreos sell for the same price. The bag of 36 regular Oreos now is 14.3 ounces. Mr. Tidbit's Law tells us new versions always are more expensive; indeed, for that same price the bag of new Mega Stuf Oreos contains only 13.2 ounces. (And it holds just 20 cookies.) Oddly, Double Stuf Oreos still are in a 15.35-ounce bag (30 cookies), so if you don't care how much Stuf — or how many cookies — you get, Double Stufs are the best buy per ounce.

— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

Easy Recipe: Salmon, blueberries and lemon salad with chive vinaigrette

Serves 4

8 cups salad greens, in small pieces

1 pound salmon fillet, poached

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Lemon zest to garnish


2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh chives

Divide salad greens on four salad plates. Tear salmon into medium pieces and arrange on greens. Sprinkle on blueberries. Top with lemon zest. In a jar with a lid, add all vinaigrette ingredients. Shake well. Serve salads chilled with the dressing alongside.

— GateHouse News Service

Food for Thought: Eat red!

If you're looking for ways to feel better and live healthier, you might want to pay attention to what's in your kitchen.

"More and more, people are searching for delicious, natural foods that offer functional benefits, and tart cherries rise to the top in my book," said David Grotto, RD. "Science continues to support the many health benefits of tart cherries such as helping regulate natural sleep patterns, which is especially important as the CDC now considers lack of sleep a 'public health epidemic.'"

A new book from Grotto, "The Best Things You Can Eat" (Da Capo Press, January 2013), reveals some of the best foods for healthier living, including tart cherries. Recognized for their powerful nutrient profile and functional properties, tart cherries appear several times in Grotto's book, including best foods for sleep, as well as best pain-fighting foods, best foods for muscle recovery, and best fruits overall.

Available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms, tart cherries are a versatile ingredient to include as part of any diet. Here are some delicious ways you can enjoy the best of eating red:

- Greens and Reds: Toss grilled salmon, dried cherries and a dash of turmeric with salad greens for heightened flavor and pain-fighting nutrients.

- Runner's Red Relief: Blend low-fat chocolate milk, kefir or plain yogurt and frozen cherries for a quick boost pre- or post-workout beverage.

- Spiced Red Snack Mix: Try an easy, do-it-yourself trail mix using dried cherries, ginger, cinnamon, almonds, pistachios and whole-grain cereal.

- Berry Cherry Breakfast: Swap typical berries for dried tart cherries to top cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.

— GateHouse News Service


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