Al Sicherman

Columnist | Tidbits
Al Sicherman writes the Tidbits column for the Taste section. He is a retired columnist for the Star Tribune. In 1989 his son Joe died after taking LSD. The column Al wrote then: A father's plea: Be scared for your kids was widely reprinted. In 1999 Al wrote a new introduction to that column: Ten years after Joe's death, grief and a message endure.

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Tidbits: Frozen salads?

Salad daysNew from Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine brand, a new kind of frozen meal: salads. Actually, the Salad Additions are ingredients...

Updated: January 23, 2013, - 04:19 PM

Tidbits: Melting away

Plus: more Mini Wheats

Updated: January 09, 2013, - 05:26 PM

Make-your-own Twinkies

If you're fearing a Twinkies shortage, then go ahead and make them at home.

Updated: January 02, 2013, - 03:15 PM

Tidbits: What do you knead?

Mr. Tidbit isn't a bread guy, and he hadn't noticed the no-knead less-than-one-hour "artisan" yeast-bread mixes from Krusteaz until he...

Updated: January 02, 2013, - 02:53 PM

Tidbits: It's the Bettiest

It's the BettiestA surprise from Betty Crocker: boxed macaroni and cheese dinner. Between Kraft's ubiquitous blue box on one hand...

Updated: December 19, 2012, - 02:27 PM

Tidbits: Revving up wraps

New from Hormel are eight different pre-assembled refrigerated items called Revs. Each is a wrap containing meat -- pepperoni, ham,...

Updated: December 13, 2012, - 05:59 AM

Tidbits: Getting steamed

The Simply Potatoes folks at Crystal Foods, who already gave us five kinds of mashed potatoes and nine kinds of...

Updated: December 05, 2012, - 05:48 PM

Tidbits: Supremely new products

New from the baking-products part of Pillsbury, which is actually Smucker's (not to be confused with the refrigerated- and frozen-products...

Updated: November 28, 2012, - 03:11 PM

Tidbits: Plenty of pasta

If you were to ask Mr. Tidbit, there were far too many kinds of pasta already, even if all the...

Updated: November 21, 2012, - 02:30 PM

Tidbits: Foam on the range?

A new instant-coffee entry from Nestlé is Nescafé Memento -- cappuccino, caramel latte or mocha -- in single-serve packets you...

Updated: November 07, 2012, - 03:08 PM

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