The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. --Mark Twain

Food is a vital part of the international lifestyle. Every country has its own unique dishes, as well as restaurants toting the dishes of foreign countries. In Boston, fare from China, Greece, Japan, Italy, the Middle East, India, France, Ireland, Mexico, and Thailand are extremely popular. Foods reflecting different regions of the United States are also popular, particularly Southern-style cuisine. Whether it's fast food or sheer elegance, American food is frequently seen as boring. American food, however, technically does not exist. This is a country of so many different cultures that everything we eat is borrowed from somewhere else.

I personally like to cook. It's not nearly as glorious as going out to eat, bien sur, but it's hard to like eating food and not develop a taste for the preparation as well. Most of the food I make is fool-proof - macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, frozen pizza bagels, frozen pizza rolls, frozen quiches, frozen potato skins. I also eat leftovers of potato salad, rice, or pasta. However, sometimes I get a little extra creative...not too often though. Our kitchen needs to last us a while and I'd hate to be the one to accidentally set it afire or something.

21st Century Sandwiches

In this busy day and age, food needs to be fast and energizing. Sandwiches, of course, are the original fast food. Aside from two slices of bread, here is a list of suggested fillings:

  • cucumber slices and chive cream cheese
  • peanut butter and brown sugar
  • peanut butter and a jelly flavor you haven't tried
  • smoked turkey, mayonnaise, and chopped olives
  • vegan turkey or pastrami with mustard
  • vegan chicken patty with any creamy salad dressing
  • Nutella (or any brand of chocolate-hazlenut spread; chocolate spreads can also be found with marshamallow, peanut butter, strawberry, or banana flavoring)
  • taco fillings

    Restaurant Chicken

    This dish sounds simple to prepare, but the result tastes similar to what you pay $8.95+ for in a restaurant.

  • chicken pieces (defrosted if frozen)
  • following ingredients: 1 1/2 cups hot water, black pepper, maple sugar, oregano, dill, chives, garlic powder, 1 1/2-2 tablespoons honey, 5-6 tablespoons olive oil

    Wash chicken and place in a glass baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thouroughly mix sauce ingredients in a bowl before pouring even, generous coating over chicken. Place in oven for an hour.

    Feast for Cooks on a Budget

    Are you expecting your boss, significant other, in-laws, or whoever else over for dinner? Did you prepare a meal in advance? Of course not! But that's OK, because with almost no time or money, you can bewilder any guest with what they'll call "culinary skills."


  • sour cream
  • packet of instant onion soup
  • package of cut vegetables
  • rolls (everything looks more festive with rolls)

    Mix sour cream and soup in a bowl. Place bowl in center of a dish of cut vegetables. As guests dig in, distribute rolls (warm them in microwave first to give the aura of fresh bread).

    Main Course

  • pasta (any except spaghetti or macaroni; either conjures images of childhood, which is far too unsophisticated for a dinner at your house lol)
  • olive oil
  • creamy salad dressing

    Cook pasta; warm olive oil and salad dressing, then add oil/dressing mixture to pasta. Mix well.


  • apples, peaches, or pears
  • crumbled vanilla wafers
  • brown sugar

    Peel, core, and slice fruit. Lay neatly in a baking dish and top with crumbled wafers and sugar. Bake.

    Low-Calorie Goodness

    Nowadays, it's being said that calories, worse than fat and sodium, will make you fat. But how can you avoid calories? They're everywhere! That box of macaroni and cheese you prepare and devour isn't meant to be eaten all at once, and what they call a serving is loaded with calories. I used to eat the whole box! What to do? Here are some snack suggestions:

  • sugar-free Jell-O
  • popcorn
  • crackers (10-15 of your favorite brand) either plain or with some sort of topping - cheese, jam, etc. - used sparingly
  • raw fruits and vegetables
  • one small bagel with a "lite" cream cheese (again, used sparingly)
  • a few pieces of candy (try this Japanese candy which is marshamallows that are stuffed with chocolate - roughly 16 calories a piece!).
  • dried fruit (half a cup)
  • one single-serving box of any type of cereal
  • in place of one meal a day, eat a meal bar (Pria, Balance, Odwalla, Slimfast, etc....even Avon sells meal bars; Oatmeal Raisin is the best. Avon also sells snack bars which are yummier than candy bars, 110 calories each, and fortified with vitamins and stuff).

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