Al Sicherman

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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: Less is more

Also: Peach Newtons?

Updated: July 11, 2012, - 04:46 PM

Tidbits: Pretzels at the bar

Also: Rolling in a new cookie and Nabisco hits the Paws button.

Updated: July 04, 2012, - 04:59 PM

Tidbits: Coulda had another V8

It was only last fall that Mr. Tidbit mentioned the debut of V8 V-Fusion Smoothies. (V-Fusion is V8's combination fruit and vegetable juice, in many flavors; V-Fusion Smoothies add a noticeable amount of fruit purée). On that occasion he had the dubious pleasure of noting that V8 -- once available only as V8 -- had grown to 35 versions.

Updated: June 27, 2012, - 04:08 PM

Tidbits: Say uncle, Ben

Also: Seasoned beams and stringing along the cheese.

Updated: June 20, 2012, - 03:05 PM

Tidbits: Melty slices

It's been about 11/2 years since Kraft introduced several varieties of its shredded cheeses blended "with a touch of Philadelphia"...

Updated: June 13, 2012, - 02:42 PM

Tidbits: PB and C

Also: More protein?

Updated: June 06, 2012, - 03:08 PM

Tidbits: Pudding marches on

Pudding marches onThere are several interesting developments at Kozy Shack, maker of many kinds of refrigerated pudding. First is a...

Updated: May 30, 2012, - 04:06 PM

Tidbits: Crackerful of what?

It's been almost two years since the introduction of Ritz Crackerfuls, sandwiches of crackers and semisoft cheese in several flavors, in a box that was kind of a natural-look homage to grain. At the time, Mr. Tidbit pointed out that the crackers are large rectangular made-with-whole-grain or multigrain items (the fiber content is 3 to 5 grams per serving), and he noted that neither the regular nor multigrain version of the cracker bore much resemblance to regular Ritz crackers. Since then there have been several additional cheese-filling varieties.

Updated: May 23, 2012, - 01:59 PM

Tidbits: Hearty competition

Also: In case you didn't know, chocolate is not fruit.

Updated: May 16, 2012, - 02:03 PM

Tidbits: Drizzle the sizzle

Also: How thin is ultra-thin?

Updated: May 09, 2012, - 02:24 PM

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