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Dei Fratelli Pasta Sauces and Salsas

Posted 13 May, 2008 at 10:22pm by Michael Chu
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deifratelli2.jpgIn case anyone is interested, I received a press release concerning a new pasta sauce and salsa product line.

Dei Fratelli, a preferred tomato brand sold throughout the U.S., has introduced two new lines to its family of tomato products – an authentic, robust Italian-style pasta sauce and a flavor-rich salsa. The new lines represent innovation in taste, consumer convenience and health.

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Make Natural Soap At Home - Basic Recipe

Posted 4 May, 2008 at 8:35pm by Tina Jiang
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I started making bar soaps at home from scratch a few months ago and have become somewhat "obsessed" with soaps, so I finally decided to write about it. "What made you decide to make your own soap?" my friends and coworkers ask. It seems like a strange thing to do, especially in this day and age (and I live in Silicon Valley). Well at first I did it out of curiosity more than anything else. But after I started using my handmade soaps and read more about it, I discovered that they have more benefits than I realized. Until a few months ago, Softsoap or Dial liquid hand soaps and Dove or Olay body washes are what you would find in our home, and it has been that way for a long time. During this last winter season (and previous ones), my skin got really dry and itchy and none of the "intensive moisture" body washes I tried helped. Then I started using my handmade soaps, and the itching stopped and the dryness improved significantly. The soaps had nice lather even with our hard water, didn't sting Michael's eyes when he washed his face, and rinsed clean quickly unlike the body washes that left a film on the skin. I gave some to my parents, Michael's parents, coworkers, and friends, and everyone liked them.


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Batter Blaster

Posted 2 May, 2008 at 10:23pm by Michael Chu
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batter-blaster-can.jpg"I was a little surprised when I saw the press release for this new product. It's called Batter Blaster and it's basically pancake batter in a can. I couldn't believe it, but Tina wasn't surprised. When I told her, "Someone put waffle batter into a can and you just spray to get the batter out." She replied, "It's about time!

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