Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Dear Miriam,

I like to make substitutions so that my baking is less fattening, but is it "dishonest" to bring a healthy version of a popular dish to a potluck? I've done yogurt brownies, pie with Splenda, cakes with applesauce instead of butter, etc. Will people be disappointed to bite into something and realize it's not "the real thing"?

Signed,
Substituting Splenda

Dear Substituting,

I happen to think that potlucks are the best possible excuse to try out the most fattening, decadent dish that you'd never make for yourself at home because at the most,...

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Dear Miriam,

Recently, the web comic XKCD addressed the question, "What if everyone had only one soul mate, a random person somewhere in the world?"  XKCD's response was not optimistic -- in particular, a graph of "found soul mate" versus "alone forever" is disturbing.  Do you have a different take?  Is there any way around the pessimistic conclusion that it is unlikely that most people will actually find their soul mates?

Signed,
Beshert? Be...

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Dear Miriam,

When should you say no to a second date even if the first one was good?

Signed,
Second Chance?

Dear Chance,

It's rare to hear of someone looking for an excuse to turn down a second date after a good first date, but since you asked the question, I'm going to assume there's a reason you think you shouldn't be seeing this person and you're looking for some validation about following your gut. So let's start...

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