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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Finally, a quick update to readers: Casual Kitchen's post Eight Myths About Vegetarians and Vegetarian Food was featured on Fooducate yesterday. Be sure to check out the post--and definitely don't miss the comments, which already feature an enraged and defensive meat eater and a grim and humorless vegetarian. Enjoy!

This Week in History at Casual Kitchen:

The Pros and Cons of Restaurant Calorie Labeling Laws (October 2009)
At first glance, calorie labeling laws seem to strike a reasonable balance between protecting consumers and burdening restaurant owners. Alas, things are not always as they seem.

Thai-Style Tofu in Coconut and Lime Sauce (October 2009)
A flexible, easy and unusual recipe that you can make for a total cost of just $7.00.

Black Beans and Rice: Laughably Cheap Comfort Food (October 2008)
It takes just 20-25 minutes and barely 70c a serving to put this delicious meal on your table. This recipe is so easy and so good that we typically make it twice a month. PS: Don't miss this bonus post about our amusing MSG-related experience with the original version of this recipe.

Invigorate Your Cooking with Fresh Herbs (October 2007)
By incorporating fresh herbs like parsley, basil and dill into your cooking, you can take your cuisine up several notches in sophistication and subtlety--at a minimal extra cost.

The Shandy (October 2007)
What's funny about this otherwise terrible post is my obvious insecurity at being seen as the type of man who would drink a shandy. Nowadays, I'm much more in touch with my feminine side, and I'd order one of these with total confidence at any bar. Really.

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