Join us in reflecting on the food-related happenings that caught our editors’ attention over the past 7 days—things that taught us something new, made us laugh out loud, got us excited, or prodded us to think a little deeper. This week, we're looking at all kinds of coffee perks, how to make bacon better, your favorite Trader Joe's items, and so much more.
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Obviously, this has been a memorable week for reasons other than food. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of eye-opening, eats-related moments, too.

For example, we learned how to estimate just how eye-opening your cups of morning coffee really are. And while you may be chugging down more caffeine than you think, it’s probably not enough to kill you (because you can, in fact, OD on the stuff). Now, if you’re looking to boost the perks (beyond the perkiness) of your java, you might want to look into the latest superfood trend, mushroom coffee.

While we’re on the subject of “things consumed in the morning hours,” Joy Wilson of Joy the Baker joined us in the office this week to preach the gospel of brunch—i.e. slowing down and taking the time to cook something a little special to share and enjoy with loved ones on the weekends (or whenever you brunch). She also taught us how to make bacon even better by transforming into into Praline Bacona divinely salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy creation from her upcoming cookbook Over Easy, on stands March 21st.

Of course, brunchtime isn’t the only time to foster comfort and connection at the table. If you subscribe to the Danish philosophy of hygge, anytime your soul needs to feel cozy is the right time to mindfully immerse yourself in things that give you a sense of the warm fuzzies. Unsurprisingly, food, for many of us, plays a huge role in this concept. Here are our best recipes for cultivating hygge in your home. Oh, and if you go with a rich, savory stew or robust braise that calls for like one or two tablespoons of tomato paste (as they tend to do), worry not… there are better solutions for dealing with the rest of the can than watching it grow mold in the fridge throughout the week.

P.S. Rather than toss them, save the scraps from you hygge-focused cooking and put them towards your next comforting dish. It’s easy, here’s how.

That said, if you’re well on your way to being utterly over rich, savory stews, robust braises, and essentially all foods associated with winter cooking, you are not alone. We’re pretty much exhausted with hearty cold-weather cuisine by February too. Here are some suggestions for what to eat during the transition towards spring. And if all else fails, just go grab something yummy from Trader Joe’s. These are the best items to buy there, according to we the people. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, of course, reign supreme. Speaking of popular chocolate candy, have you heard the rumors flying about Kit-Kats? They're delicious no matter what you say about them.

Supposing you overdo it on the candy and comfort food, a little intentional diet clean-up never hurts. But maybe skip Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Detox (unless you enjoy being hungry and spending more than average on your grocery bill). As far as celeb eating habits go, thinking we’ll follow Kylie’s lead instead. But we’ll be sure to throw some chili peppers into our morning egg and rice scramble for longevity, given that spicy foods allegedly help you live longer. And with that, it seems we’ve come full circle back to breakfast, which is always a good place to end up (I mean, breakfast for dinner, hello...).

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By Darcy Lenz and Darcy Lenz