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Display Name: ValHalla
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There are vegan alternatives to all of those things (even the cream cheese) that would be used in the same ratios. As I said, it is just about an aversion to gelatin for me, so just looking for a substitute for that.

Recipe: No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Verrines Dessert Recipes from The Kitchn
7/17/14 05:16 PM

I am not vegan, but I just have a, irrational, visceral dislike of gelatin. Because so many readers are vegan, could you please include substitution info--using agar, for example?

Recipe: No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Verrines Dessert Recipes from The Kitchn
7/16/14 02:09 PM

You should probably skip the feeder if you have a rat issue--no comment on the car issue! Do you have some yard space--even room for planters? I am finding more satisfaction from planting things that birds like to eat -- cone flower, grasses, and sunflower for gold finches, native honeysuckle for hummingbirds. It is less maintenance once you have the plants established.

How to Cultivate a Wildlife Habitat in Your Outdoor Area Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/14/14 10:52 AM

Does your work kitchen have a sink where you can wash dishes? I find keeping a plate and bowl at the office more convenient (this is also lighter on my commute). Then I can use any old to-go container to carry the food but use safe materials for microwaving. And I don't have to make room for new containers in my tiny kitchen.

What's the Best Container for Bringing My Lunch to Work? Good Questions
7/10/14 05:05 PM

Broccoli raab is pretty bitter. You can temper it by briefly blanching it before sauteing in olive oil--garlic and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes help too.

Hurray! Cucumbers and Summer Squash in This Week's CSA Box Keeping Up With My CSA Box: Week 4
7/7/14 02:44 PM

I just received this yesterday, and I am so excited to dive in. This was a genius idea for a book (file under, why do I never get these ideas?!), as these are the best kind of pickles, the kind that you can immediately add to your diet. My Japanese rice bowls and my Indian curries will be elevated.

Asian Pickles by Karen Solomon New Cookbook
6/26/14 12:32 PM

Ooh, the coveted "dandelion clocks" wallpaper. I think it is to the trade only in the US. I managed to score a duvet in a different color.

Tamasyn's Eclectic Mid-Century Flat House Tour
6/26/14 12:21 PM

Soup is my favorite way to have kale. Good combinations are white beans, tomato, sausage (I use Field Roast veggie sausage) and lots of herbs and garlic of course. My favorite includes tortellini. I guess tortellini would not freeze well, but you could freeze a soup base and add tortellini later if you are not in hot soup mode.

This Week's CSA Box: Finding Ways to Use Up My Lettuce, Broccoli, Oregano and Beans Keeping Up With My CSA Box: Week 2
6/23/14 03:15 PM

How about in Asian food--there are more and more Asian greens available, and they go right into a stir fry, noodle, or a "bowl" (rice, vegetables, and kimchi being my current favorite).

How Do I Incorporate Dark, Leafy Greens Into My Diet? Good Questions
5/30/14 04:01 PM

Bonus--it's made without the artificial dyes that Campari and Aperol contain, so thanks for the recommendation!

Love Campari? You've Got to Try Cappelletti!
5/27/14 11:17 AM

thanks to you both.

Honey & Oats by Jennifer Katzinger New Cookbook
5/6/14 03:38 PM

Proportionally, how many of the recipes would you say use honey versus other natural sweeteners? Does she offer the option of substituting other natural sweeteners for honey? I don't really like to bake with honey, but I love this concept.

Honey & Oats by Jennifer Katzinger New Cookbook
5/6/14 01:32 PM

I had my shower grout replaced, and the technician said no harsh cleansers should be used, as they erode the grout--creating the same problem that required new grout to begin with. He recommended something pH balanced -- as Martha does! "Follow up with a pH-neutral cleaner to remove the bleach solution." It is difficult to find pH balanced cleansers, but aqua mix is one. I have not used it yet--I just religiously dry the shower with a large mop.

A Shiny New Shower & Tub: A Cleaning Regimen for Keeping them Perfect Forever
5/1/14 05:53 PM

Lucky you! I became addicted to Shishito peppers last summer when my farmers' market started selling them. You just roast them in a pan with a little olive oil and sprinkle sea salt on them and they are perfect. I bought seeds but did not have the heart to start any seeds indoors in late winter when I needed to, so I will have to wait until next summer to grow my own.

Start a Garden Week 5: Moving On Up Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/30/14 12:54 PM

I love gardening because every little success really bolsters your spirits, and you need it because disaster is always lurking, ha ha!
The only Tokyo onions I know are like scallions--so they are pretty spindly naturally--no? I suggest you direct seed some in your garden if you have seed left.
While starting with transplants is always a good way to start, some things do better when started from seed, so I think a mixed approach is best.

Start a Garden Week 5: Moving On Up Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/30/14 12:17 PM

I made the miso roasted asparagus last night--it was great!
I also love it simply roasted, but these are other winners:

grilled (roasted works) with cous cous, mint, feta, olives:
(scroll down to the salad!)

in a sandwich!

with farro, meyer lemon:

with pasta, mascarpone, hazelnuts:

10 Ways to Stuff Your Face With Asparagus Recipes from The Kitchn
4/29/14 12:24 PM

I love fennel cooked in any form, but I cannot tolerate it raw--it tastes almost fishy to me. Has anyone else experienced this?

How To Cut Fennel Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
4/24/14 11:49 AM

I have made a Korean turnip pickle (from the Joy of Pickling) and it is incredibly good--really great in bibimbap.

Can I Substitute Red Radishes for Daikon Radish? Good Questions
3/28/14 02:54 PM

I don't see any reason why you could not. I have used watermelon radishes to great success, but I know those are slightly more similar to daikon.

Can I Substitute Red Radishes for Daikon Radish? Good Questions
3/26/14 04:43 PM

But paper lunch bags you buy specifically for this purpose are okay, right...?

Video: How To Make Microwave Popcorn (Without Buying Microwave Popcorn) Video Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
3/25/14 01:20 PM