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How to enjoy a perfectly mixed hot beverage without using a stirrer

As a former barista, little strikes me as more wasteful than the gigantic piles of coffee straws, stir sticks, and spoons that reliably accompany every warm beverage display. Many coffee and tea drinkers don't realize that by simply rearranging the order in which one mixes a drink, it's possible to never need a stirrer and still enjoy a perfectly mixed cup o' whatever. It's all in the swirl!

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Letting food consume you: Being careful how we talk about food

Everyday conversations about food usually involve negative phrases that we don't even think about using. As a baker, my personal pet peeve is any variation of, "I'm going to have to spend an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill after eating this." I want you to enjoy my baking, not feel guilty over it. I also don't want you to make me feel guilty for providing you with baked goods or for choosing not to spend an extra thirty minutes on the treadmill.