An ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food

Jeffrey Miller, Colorado State University In January 2015, food sales at restaurants overtook those at grocery stores for the first time. Most thought this marked a permanent shift in the American meal. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, that trend took a U-turn. Restaurant revenue cratered, while shoppers emptied grocery shelves stocking up on food to …

The dirty history of soap

Judith Ridner, Mississippi State University “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.” That’s what the CDC has advised all Americans to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic. It’s common-sense advice. The surfactants found in soap lift germs from the skin, and water then washes them …

Self-isolated? 20 new things to do – part 2/2

Part 1 (#1-10) 11. Support local restaurants Sadly, not all retail businesses will survive COVID-19. Small neighborhood restaurants are especially vulnerable. What you can do, during self-quarantine, is to identify the local restaurants that you like to support, and order take-out from them. Not everyone is into takeout food, myself included. Still, compile the list …