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January 2012 (141 posts)
LG says the fridge will be available in the US this summer for a suggested retail price of $3,299. This is at the high end (refrigerators range anywhere from $350 for a junior stacked fridge to over $4,000 for gourmet or custom models), and there's no guarantee that the suggested recipes are lip-smackingly delicious. But the thing we appreciate about this fridge is that when you think about it, most futuristic appliances are of the don't-lift-a-finger model (e.g., the industrious, overly helpful robots in WALL-E that turned humans into lazy, squishy blobs). We applaud the idea of a kitchen appliance that can potentially help make our lives not just easier, but less squishy-blob-ish.
Quiet, tidy, easy to use, and able to separate pulp from juice, this sleek juicer uses patented low-speed technology to extract maximum nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, and taste from fruits and vegetables. Best of all, it comes recommended by Dr. Oz!
(Hurom Slow Juicer, $360; williams-sonoma.com)
Combat hot flashes with these clever pearl necklaces, which contain nontoxic gel that gets cold in the freezer. Who said menopause isn't pretty?
(Pearls, originally $55, now $47, and insulated travel purse, originally $10 now $8.50 with code OPRAH; hotgirlspearls.com)
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What would you tell your future self, if you could deliver her a letter? What do you want to remember, to hold onto, to figure out, to forget? Would it be anything like the above examples?
You could invent time travel and fly through dimensions to deliver the message, or you could just visit FutureMe.org, where people can write emails to their future selves and program when they are delivered. The instant I heard about this site I knew what I would write to my future self: People are always telling you to enjoy every minute of this time when your kids are small, and you do enjoy a great deal of it, but a lot of it is hard work. Whatever you do, don't turn into one of those old ladies who says "Enjoy every minute!" to frazzled, exhausted parents.
One of the best things about this site is that although they keep your information private, many of the letters appear (anonymously) online. It's fascinating (and, watch out, addictive) to read through these emails: Some people write themselves notes of encouragement, reminders to follow their dreams, reminders of what those dreams are. A few are frustrated rants about a bad situation; some are hilarious, like one man's writing to provide proof of a bet he and a friend have made about the longevity of Peyton Manning.
Clever, no? And so much easier than time travel.
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1. Homemade, from-scratch versions can be really, really good. In a taste test at the site Instructables (a spin-off of the MIT Media Lab), an organic, vegan Twinkie cake with gluten-free filling beat a traditional one that was made with cake mix and vegetable shortening.
2. They're the last-minute dessert your guests will love. You can adorn Twinkies with melted caramel, whipped cream, sprinkles, colorful frosting, peanuts or nearly anything else you might put on a banana split.
3. Pumpkin Twinkie Bread Pudding. And other inventive (and, yes, bizarre) ways to doctor up the humble cake.
4. They actually don't keep indefinitely. At the end of "food clone" master and former Oprah Winfrey Show guest Todd Wilbur's excellent video on making your own Twinkies (and even fashioning your own Twinkie tin foil pans), he opens up a 13-year-old box of the treats. Watch the clip to find out what Wilbur does with them.
Every Monday, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. This week, we're obsessed with a paperback, the new edition of:
The Empty Family
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Every Monday, we're rounding up the things, small and big, that make us stop and think. Today, we're inspired by..."I haven't seen myself naked in the mirror for probably a decade. I'm very prudish."
-Actress Casey Mulligan, on playing an exhibitionist in the new film Shame.
"There are many of you out there—and I was one of them—but it doesn't have to define you."
-The new Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler, on being the child of an incarcerated adult.
"I consider myself a mother first, and an actress second. The person I most want to thank is my daughter, my little girl whose bravery and exuberance is the example that I take with me in my work and in my life."
-Michelle Williams, accepting her Golden Globe for Best Actress.