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Never had a problem cooking rice until I moved to a high altitude. My rice was never right. Then my husband brought home a Zoji, and it's been easy perfection ever since.

Why I Don't Need a Rice Cooker: Carolina Plantation Aromatic Rice Is Foolproof
1/7/14 12:14 PM

Inspirational? Hardly. I'm with Rita. While I understand that taste is personal, AT could have done a much better job finding more diverse and functional kitchens than represented in this post. Typically I can find SOMETHING in these kinds of posts that I can relate to, and I enjoy design that stretches my notion of how a room should be, but these kitchens left me cold.

Find Your Style: 20 Classic to Contemporary Kitchens to Add to Your Inspiration Board
5/21/13 03:28 PM

Hydroflasks are an addiction! By far the best liquid container out there. Lots of sizes, lots of lid options, and they are sturdy. My husband, son and I each have one for cold drinks and one for coffee/hot chocolate (great flip top). Definitely worth the money. They offer a lifetime warranty on their products and they give 5% of their net profits to the charity that you choose. This has been our go-to holiday/birthday present for friends and family the last couple of years.

For Beer (And A Lot More): Hydro Flask Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Growler Product Review
4/18/13 03:29 PM

What Editor said. I rarely use my slow cooker because it's really too small (I love me my pork butt), I can't brown the meat/veggies in the crock thus makes for additional cleaning, only has low and high temps (not enough), and doesn't have the auto warm. It's in the garage.

Which Slow Cooker Do You Recommend? Good Questions
2/7/13 03:56 PM

Well, I made this for our little old SuperBowl family party (hubby, kid, dog, me). I have to say that the flavor was great, but...this recipe is pretty off. I thought the butter was a bit much (I mean I love me some butter, but really) and it never incorporated into the dish at all. I ended up pouring the butter out since it just kind of hung around the cheese. Also, green onions don't need to cook that long, and for goodness sakes, why only the whites of the onion? The picture certainly shows that the greens are worthy. Takeaway: use just a enough butter to saute the peppers till soft, add some green onions (both whites & green) for a couple of minutes, add the garlic for the last minute. And use a medium saute pan, not a skillet. It was so rich, so lovely. It's a keeper recipe, with the modifications.

Party Recipe: Creamy Crawfish Dip Recipes from The Kitchn
2/3/13 11:49 PM

Just sold a $350 sofa on CL, and the transaction was smooth. Had good pictures, exact dimensions and flaws, clear terms. For kids stuff, I've had more flakes. Finally found a single mom with a toddler who I've "adopted" and just call her up to see if she wants my kids stuff (free to her). One of the most annoying things on CL is when potential buyers e-mail you asking "do you still have _____?" Um, yes or I'd remove the post. All of my future ads will include the "I will remove the ad when the item sells...." Best advice from a CL pro was to get a "disposable" e-mail address to use for CL, thus protecting my primary e-mail. I've only had to change it once, but that was easy.

Do You Believe in Craigslist Karma?
12/17/12 01:35 PM

I'm not going to speak to the appreciation part -- that's basic manners, and that's on the parents.

As for gift cards, I have a 9-year-old, and what he wants these days tends to be more expensive -- electronics, sporting goods. The truth is that we don't need any more weird toys in the house. My MIL buys so much junk for my son, most of it is looked at once or twice, then ends up under the bed, and then in the donation box. She claims it's "cheap" (which it is), but that adds up -- especially since she's shipping it across the country. We'd much rather have a gift card for books, music, Target, craft store, etc. He enjoys shopping for those special gifts, and his thank-you notes reflect that. We always include a picture of the item he purchased with his gift card with the note. I've been doing gift cards for birthday parties for two years now, and it has gone over very well with both kids and parents. At a party last weekend, the boy received FIVE of the same toy (he was asked what he wanted, and almost everyone complied). Gift cards.

Appropriateness of Gift Cards for
Young Children? Good Questions

12/13/12 05:04 PM

I blame everything on my high-ish altitude. Beyond that, we've compared fish fried in a Fry Daddy versus fried in an electric rectangular skillet and my cast iron dutch oven. The Fry Daddy was the easy winner. Agree on the canola oil off taste.

Tips for Better Deep-Frying at Home? Good Questions
8/29/12 12:41 AM

Once I moved to a higher altitude, I could no longer cook rice (or pasta or ...)! Finally bought a rice cooker and it solved the problem. I don't like unitaskers, and I have a very small kitchen so it's stored in the garage, but that sucker works and it's easy to clean.

How to Cook Rice on the Stove
5/1/12 02:54 PM

Missjulia - I love to bag my own groceries, but the fact is that I live more than 30 miles from the grocery store and there's a mountain pass in between, so when I go for my grocery shopping trip each week or so, I'm buying a lot and self-bagging is not an option. If I'm busy bagging, than I'm not unloading the cart. Also, many of the stores here have check-out stations where it's almost impossible to bag yourself (that includes you Trader Joes, who seems to think it's ok to put items for sale ON the check-out counter).

DD Lizzy, thank you.

What's Your Grocery Store Pet Peeve? Reader Survey
4/27/12 01:21 PM

Carbona red wine stain remover. I found a red wine stain from a party more than a week later. Gone.

Now, how do I remove orange egg decorating dye from carpeting? Oxi-clean hasn't worked, nor has Tec. HELP!

How To Remove Red Wine Stains: What's Your No-Fail Trick?
4/27/12 12:16 PM

Biggest peeves are grocery-store displays in the aisle -- I've (accidently, I swear) taken down one filled with glass jars of jelly. I'm also aggravated with sackers who can't sack. Seriously, bread doesn't go on the bottom, meat/poultry should be laying flat so it doesn't leak, don't mix dry, paper/cardboard packaged goods with wet produce or frozen foods. I've given up on watching the prices I'm being (mis)charged because I'm so focused on how my food is being thrown in the bag. And yes, I do actually "organize" my groceries on the belt so similar items are together, thinking I'm actually helping out.

What's Your Grocery Store Pet Peeve? Reader Survey
4/27/12 12:09 PM

While not nearly extreme as this, I did keep my thermostat down for a couple of winters. The truth is I was driven as much by frequent hotflashes as reducing the electricty bill. However, there was a huge downside -- my windows frosted up inside and seals broke. As a result, I had mold/mildew growing in the lovely moist environment. I ended up having to replace a half dozen windows. Lesson learned. My thermostat is set at 62 for now on -- unless I've got the yeast out!

5 Kitchen Drawbacks to Keeping the Thermostat Turned Down in Wintertime
1/24/12 04:57 PM

Havarti cheese. Top the cheese with some good Dijon mustard and dried herbs -- chives, parsley, fennel, dill.

Suggestions for Baked Cheese in Pastry — Other Than Brie?
Good Questions

12/31/11 05:15 PM

This makes no sense to me. Is this a showcase kitchen or a functional one? What about grease & food splatters on the chalkboard? How does it hold up to the steam from cooking a pot of pasta? Does it clean easily? What about chalk dust on your food and dishes? I'm not a fan of open shelving -- especially around the cooktop -- as it is difficult to keep everything clean in a working kitchen. As for the notion that closed cabinetry allows clutter to breed, I think I'd rather let my clutter breed in private. I guess I just don't get it.

Two Favorites, Together: Open Shelving & Chalkboard Paint
Country Living

12/2/11 11:57 AM

My experience with this at a higher elevation is that the "outside" of the pasta gets gummy while the "inside" of the pasta is still uncooked. Just tough to get that perfect al dente where I live. Same with rice.

Does Cooking Pasta Using the 'Passive' Method Work?
10/12/11 07:18 PM

I'll never forget how much I complained when my husband brought home that expensive rice cooker...I don't have room for it in my small kitchen! It's single-purpose! I couldn't have been more wrong. We live at a high altitude and cooking rice and pasta has been a challenge. No more. With that rice cooker, perfect rice every time. I made room.

Single-Use Kitchen Kitchen Appliances: Awesome or Awful?
4/13/11 11:51 AM

I have a wonderful William Bounds pepper mill that a friend gave us as a wedding gift. Love it. Definitely want a big one. One thing about the Bounds is that it has a lifetime warranty. When it did break (after 7 years of heavy use and a few too many drops on the floor), I sent it to them and they cleaned and repaired and sent it back, like new!

Elizabeth's Pepper Mill: Peugeot Paris
3/8/11 07:19 PM

I used to work for a farmer's cooperative in the Midwest, and based on their research, that grey band around the pink interior will always be tough and lack flavor. We use the America's Test Kitchen method: cold ribeye into 275 oven till internal temp is 95, then pan sear to desired temp. Never fails. And no smoke alarms going off!

How To Cook a Steak in the Oven
2/8/11 11:01 AM

I was always scared of the self-cleaning function...and then one day I tried it. Smoke everywhere, the house stunk for days. But my oven, well, that baby was clean. Now I do it regularly (we roast whole chickens, wings, thighs all the time and they spray grease everywhere...not to mention pizza night or a rib roast). The key is the first time you do it, be sure you close doors to as many other rooms as possible to keep them free of the smell, open windows/doors in the kitchen area, put the fan on the minute you push the button, burn some candles. Then do the self-clean on a regular basis (you can usually get by with a 2-hour clean then). The racks, however, are another story. I haven't found anything that works that well. By the way, I've been doing this for 7 years with my very basic 11-year-old GE electric oven. So far so good. If something melts or blows now, well, there's a new dual-fuel range in my future!

Cook's Confession: How Often Do You Clean the Oven?
1/28/11 02:47 PM