Ultralight sheetrock makes do-it-yourself less weighty
Here's a weight off your shoulders.
USG Corp. recently introduced a lighter weight gypsum wallboard that's easier for do-it-yourselfers to carry and install. Sheetrock UltraLight has been engineered to be up to 30 percent lighter than regular types of drywall.
The half-inch-thick panels are for use in non-fire-rated applications, such as residential construction, remodeling and repair projects. They come in standard lengths and can be installed on steel or wood framing.
Sheetrock UltraLight is available at Home Depot. A manufacturer's suggested retail price was not available because gypsum board prices change with market conditions, a company spokesman said, but a 4-by-8-foot sheet costs about 50 cents more than regular Sheetrock.
Go ahead, eat at a diner ... just make healthy choices
Who doesn't love eating at a diner? There is no better place to get a down-home satisfying meal. When you are trying to eat healthy, a diner can be a challenge, but armed with a few simple rules you can have your blue-plate special and be healthy, too:
* Swap the sides. Nowadays, everything, it seems, comes with a side order of fries, so ask for sliced tomato, a green salad or fruit instead.
* Ask for the sauce on the side so you are in control of how much you eat.
* Eat half of your meal and take the other half home. Diners are happy to provide doggie bags.
* No one needs a piece of cake the size of a phone book, and often desserts are so huge they've got about the same amount of calories as a whole meal. The simplest solution is to skip it and have a sane-sized dessert at home. But, if you do go for dessert, share it with the table.
* Take a look at the daily specials. They are usually seasonal, fresh foods, which makes them nutritionally rich.
* Choose menu items that are grilled, baked or sauteed.
* Avoid or limit fried foods.
Spruce up your broccoli for a little change of pace
Broccoli can taste good, be fun, even, if you play around with it a bit.
* Make soup. Puree the cooked broccoli in a blender or food processor with just enough hot chicken or vegetable broth to give it a creamy, souplike consistency. Squeeze in fresh lemon juice, add cream if you want it, salt and pepper. Serve hot as is, or push through a sieve for a smoother consistency. You can also serve this soup cold; if so, add more salt, pepper and lemon juice because flavors tend to dull when chilled.
* Spice it up. Mince two or three cloves of garlic; saute in olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add half a teaspoon of hot chili flakes and, if you like, some chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Add cooked broccoli to the pan, toss lightly until all the spears are heated through and coated with the garlicky oil.
* Go Eastern. Season cooked broccoli while hot with a few dashes of teriyaki sauce and some toasted sesame oil. Garnish with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
-- Standard-Examiner wire services