I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: What are your food-related resolutions for the new year?

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Henry: I've got to cut down on the sugar intake. We're going on a family cruise in February. I need to shed a few pounds so I can look good strutting around in a bathing suit.....and so I'll be ready for all that cruise food.

Kathy: I'm going to buy more frozen food. My kids (two teenagers) like to make frozen stuff for themselves; it gives them more independence. Personally, I'm not giving up chocolate or anything else.