Retro Sundays

I created the Retro Sundays series to help newer readers easily navigate the very best of this blog's enormous back catalog of content. Each Retro Sundays column serves up a selection of the best articles from this week in history here at Casual Kitchen.

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This Week in History at Casual Kitchen:

Defeat the Diderot Effect in Your Kitchen and Home (June 2009)
The Diderot Effect is one of the most subversive, dangerous and expensive traps you'll face when upgrading or renovating anything in your home. Read this post to learn why.

Six Tips to Fight the Diderot Effect in Your Kitchen and Home (June 2009)
This post, Part 2 of my Diderot Effect series, could easily save you tens of thousands of dollars in unwanted and unexpected upgrade costs.

Chickpeas, Pasta and Tomato Salad (June 2008)
A perfect, light and mild summertime pasta salad. You'll get a balanced meal of protein, veggies, carbs, fiber and antioxidants in an easy recipe that costs less than $1.50 per serving.

Conclusions from the Chocolate Fast (June 2007)
For some bizarre reason that I still can't really explain, I attempted to go without chocolate for 30 days in May, 2007. But oddly enough, this trial taught me some really useful lessons. A key one: Don't give up the little pleasures that make life worth living.

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