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A plastic drinking straw works just as well and much less inexpensive :) Non-plastic drinking straws will also work.


Stem Gem Strawberry Huller by Chef'n
7/29/14 12:16 PM

I actually have a dishwasher but choose not to use it. I don't generate enough dirty dishes in a week to make up a full load. It's easier for me to wash dishes after I use them. I listen to the radio while I do dishes. Plus I have two cats and one is always streaking and sliding across the floor, occasionally crashing into a wall or piece of furniture lol. It's pretty entertaining :)


How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 12:18 PM

My Mom stir fries kohlrabi and also makes a simple Asian soup with it.


How To Cut Up Kohlrabi Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/15/14 12:01 PM

Most herbs are safe for cats if ingested but double check to make sure. Here's a good reference list: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

Can you put a sturdy table or something similar under or near a window? If not, you may have to use plant grow lights to ensure that your plants get enough light to grow.

Use a heavy pot that your cat can't knock over. To discourage digging in the dirt, put a layer of gravel/decorative pebbles on top or use aluminum foil. Use a tray under the pot to catch any water drainage and empty and clean the tray regularly. This is especially important if you use fertilizer to feed the herbs or use potting soil that contains fertilizer.

You can also look into one of those hydroponic indoor growing systems, such as http://www.aerogarden.com/

Grow some cat grass or catnip just for your cat to keep him/her away from your herbs :) Both are really easy to grow. Cat grass is either wheat grass or barely grass, sometimes rye grass. Pet stores sell growing kits but you can also buy just the seeds.


Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden? Good Questions
7/14/14 11:59 AM

I hate glass containers. At least the Wean Green ones I have. They are impossible to safely remove from the microwave since they don't have a lip or handle to grab onto. A kitchen towel or paper towels (the only thing available at work) or pot holders aren't quite grippy enough for the glass. You need to put the container on a plate so you can grab onto something to remove the HOT glass container. I only use my glass containers for fridge storage.


What's the Best Container for Bringing My Lunch to Work? Good Questions
7/10/14 08:36 PM

A waffle-type rug with a rubber backing, like the LL Bean indoor waterhog mats, works pretty well as a litter mat :) A quick vaccum is all that's needed. The mat can be shaken out and hosed off if necessary.

I use a regular hooded box with clumping litter and scoop 3 times daily (two cats). Manually scooping the box gives you a sense of your cat's health. Large clumps of urine may indicate a health issue. The texture and even the smell of poop can also give you an sense of your cat's health.

Catinfo.org has a great section on litter boxes and types of litters to use.


The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 08:47 PM

You could also use it to make snowballs or balls of sand :)


What Is This Weird Kitchen Tool? Good Questions
6/19/14 08:05 PM

Personally, I don't get what the hype about Wegmans is. It's just a supermarket similar to Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Prices are not much lower or the same as the big chairn supermarkets around here. Wegman does carry big name items but the selection is limited. Wegmans didn't carry the big name cereal I like but they did have other varities of that same brand. I have discoverd some new food items at Wegmans that I will buy again.

The only unique thing about Wegmans is the model train that runs on a suspended track above a display case. I guess it's a typical feature of Wegmans stores. Very few people seem to notice it.

The store here isn't even in a convenient location unless you have a car. I'll stick to the local family-run market that's right across the street for fresh local produce, bakery items, imported cheeses and meats, and artisinal items and the big chain supermarkets for everything else.


So, I Just Went to Wegmans for the Very First Time. Grocery Shopping with The Kitchn
6/18/14 08:29 PM

The Container Store also has bin specifically for refrigerator and freezer use: Fridge Binz They also a bacon stay fresh container and other containers to hold specific items like egg.

Of course, a baking dish or shallow plastic food storage container or disposable foil baking pan/pie plate, etc that you already have on hand will work just as well. My Mom uses reuses plastic shallow take out food containers to defrost meats in.


Tip: Put a Separate Bin in Your Refrigerator for Meat Tips from The Kitchn
6/9/14 08:08 PM

Here's the response I got from The Kitchn: Yes, you should be able to bake this recipe in smaller pans -- just fill the pans roughly 3/4 full to allow for expansion. You can bake them at the regular temperature, but they will bake more quickly. Watch for the tops of the cakes to become pillowy and start to pull away from the sides of the pan, then check with a cake tester (a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out free of batter with just a few crumbs).


Recipe: Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake Recipes from The Kitchn
5/30/14 07:53 PM

Two other foodie memoirs to read are On The Noodle Road and Serve the people: a stir-fried journey through China, both by Jen Lin-Liu.


3 Foodie Memoirs to Read Over the Long Weekend
5/23/14 08:11 PM

Looks like a great recipe I have to try :) Instead of a large bundt pan, can a smaller one be used? I was thinking of making individual cakes using a cake pan that has 4 or 6 wells, kind of like https://www.nordicware.com/store/product_detail/heritage-bundtlette-cake-pan#.U39dAHdQg2U Would the oven temperature or cooking time need to be adjusted?


Recipe: Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake Recipes from The Kitchn
5/23/14 10:37 AM

Great product :) The 1 oz size is perfect for pet owners who freeze canned food into cubes for use in a timed feeder and/or freeze their own homemade raw food into meal-sized portions. Homemade baby food could probably also be frozen into 1 oz meal portions.


Tovolo Perfect Cube Silicone Ice Cube Trays
5/12/14 12:01 PM

Cat toys :) A simple bag filled with poly stuffing and/or catnip is a huge hit for most cats. If yu're craftier, you could make toys in other shapes.


Fat Quarter Crafts: 10 DIY Projects that Use Just a Little Fabric
5/9/14 08:49 PM

I have Eclipse blackout curtains in the bedroom. It doesn't block 100% of the morning sun, more like 80% but maybe that's because my sliding door faces just south of due east and there aren't any buildings or trees to block some of the sun.

Beware the Eclipse curtains from JC Penney: that's where I bought mine and the curtains do not match lengthwise even though the packages said 84" long. One curtain is noticably two inches shorter than the other. Most of the online reviews for the curtains also complained about the lenght issue. Wish I had seen the reviews before I bought the curtains in-store.

<A href="http://www.smithandnoble.com">Smith and Noble has curtains and shades with blackout options.


Sleep Better with Black-Out Curtains: Sources for Buying & Making Them
5/9/14 08:44 PM

In many older US homes and even in newer ones, there are no pull out shelves in the cabinets unless you put them in yourself. I live in a place that was built in 2006 and none of the kitchens were built with pull out shelves. I have a small Simple Human trash can that hangs on the inside of my sink cabinet door. I keep my recycling bin in a cabinet.

My parents' 1920s house has no pull out shelves in the kitchen. I don't know how easy it would be to install pull out drawers in the old metal sink/cabinet combo.My parents keep their trash can in the alcove that has the fridge.


Where Do You Hide the Trash Can In Your Kitchen? Good Questions
5/7/14 12:03 PM

Instead of white rice, try brown rice or jasmine rice or other types of rice. Many supermarkets have a variety of rices to choose from, especially ethnic supermarkets.

Cook rice in broth (chicken, beef, etc) instead of water for more flavor.

Before scooping the rice out of the cooker, add veggies and/or spices to the rice and let it sit for a couple of minutes to warm up before serving.


How Can I Make Rice from the Rice Cooker More Exciting? Good Questions
4/30/14 11:58 AM

Knobs/handles would make it easier to open the cabinet doors. One set of my parents upper kitchen cabinets has no knobs or handles or even a groove on the underside of the door. It has always been a PITA to pry open the doors (magnetic closure, sticky hinges). The lower corner of the doors are completely faded and stained from years of use. Maybe you could look for a sleek handle or knob that would still keep the simple look.


Should I Add Knobs to My Kitchen Cabinets? Good Questions
4/25/14 02:15 PM

Try cutting up the chicken into in pieces (thigh, legs, breast, etc) instead of using a whole chicken. Pieces cook faster than a whole chicken.


Recipe: Chicken in Coconut Milk with Lemongrass Recipes from The Kitchn
4/25/14 11:57 AM

Lol to the comments about dogs playing with utensils :) Hanging anything on a cabinet handle or door just screams "toy" to one my cats and is guaranteed to be pulled off and batted around, not to mention being chewed on.


Rachel & Brian's Clever Side Cabinet Utensil Storage Kitchen Spotlight
4/4/14 12:10 PM