Al Sicherman

Columnist | Tidbits
Al Sicherman writes the Tidbits column for the Taste section. He is a retired reporter 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.

Recent content from Al Sicherman

Tidbits: Hormel's Compleats, Heat-N-Go pancakes

Scrambled what?Mr. Tidbit’s regular readers probably are aware that, because food preferences truly are a matter of taste, he seldom...

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 01:24 PM

Tidbits: Nature Valley bars, BelVita breakfast biscuits, cake mixes

Crowded valleyThe debut of a couple of new Nature Valley products caused Mr. Tidbit to check in on the number...

Updated: April 09, 2014, - 01:04 PM

Tidbits: Many additions to the snack aisle

A basket of TriscuitAbout a year ago, Nabisco introduced five flavors of Brown Rice Triscuits (which also contain wheat flour...

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 02:12 PM

Tidbits: granola, cereal bars, red velvet

Warm granolaQuaker, which pretty much owns the supermarket’s oatmeal aisle, now offers what it calls Warm & Crunchy Granola. The...

Updated: March 31, 2014, - 10:40 AM

Tidbits: More from Chips Ahoy!

Four at onceJust a month ago Mr. Tidbit heralded a first in the long line of Oreo introductions when two...

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 02:55 PM

Tidbits: Oscar Mayer's P3, Milanos

Tiny treasuresNew in the refrigerated case, right next to Oscar Mayer’s Lunchables Snack Duos, is Oscar Mayer’s P3 (spelled out...

Updated: March 05, 2014, - 01:39 PM

Tidbits: sauces

Mexican-style saucesOver the past year and a half or so, we’ve seen quite a number of new products that Mr....

Updated: February 26, 2014, - 01:39 PM

Tidbits: Ranch dressing, Cheez-Its, Oreos

Acres of ranchesA few weeks ago Mr. Tidbit discussed the emergence of seven new ranch salad dressings from Kraft: Velveeta...

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 01:56 PM

Tidbits: Lunchables, Pop-Tarts

Lunchables snacksWhen Lunchables first showed up in the 1980s, they were little make-your-own sandwichettes of crackers, cheese and perhaps meat,...

Updated: February 12, 2014, - 02:19 PM

Tidbits: Fiesta Flats, Molten Deep Dish cookies, Grands! blueberry biscuits

Taco boatsAre there other ways to shape a taco than the traditional folded V? Sure; some years ago Old El...

Updated: February 05, 2014, - 01:50 PM

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