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Many years ago I used to stop in to a cafeteria for poached eggs before work. They pre made them and finished them off in simmering water as ordered. Today I scramble eggs in the microwave at work. I'm dying to try this at work. I won't be able to simmer them but will try the hot water from the coffee maker and see if that works. Thanks for this great tip.


The Make-Ahead Egg Trick That Will Change Brunch Forever Culinary School Diaries
7/19/14 05:37 PM

I wipe the surface with a warm sponge after use. If there are charred areas, I'll use a single edged razor at an angle to scrape any residue away, wipe again with a damp sponge. If there is still any residue the glass top cleaner from the hardware store solves the problem. Love my glass top.


How To Clean a Glass Electric Stovetop Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
6/27/14 07:57 PM

Trash is taken out the night before pickup. Although my trash is basically non food items. The garbage disposal takes care of most of the rest. For bonds, shells as such. I wrap them and freeze them until the trash goes out.

I live alone so I only mop about once a month. The floor doesn't collect much during that time.


5 Chores You Can Skip When You're Busy
5/11/14 03:17 PM

I often use lemon rinds in the garbage disposal and I may be wrong but I think they also help keep the blades sharper. I've never heard about using lemons to clean a microwave but will be trying on my next cleaning. Love all of the tips.


5 Ways to Use Zested Lemons Tips from The Kitchn
4/28/14 06:59 PM

@katewisconsin I'm thinking that the before picture shows so much clutter because there was no place to store those items. The after pictures show that there's enough storage for everything.


Kitchen Before & After: A Cramped NYC Kitchen Gets a Chic Makeover Professional Kitchen Remodel
4/21/14 06:15 PM

I got rid of my toaster oven many, many years ago. This article has inspired me to rethink the concept. It seems like today's product has a lot more to offer (or I just didn't know how many cooking options it provided). Stephanie, thanks for sharing. It's definitely on my "wish list" now.


7 Recipes That Can Be Made Faster (and Better) in the Toaster Oven
4/17/14 06:15 PM

Your grandmother's split pea soup is the best ever. I can't stand the thought of ordering it at a restaurant. Chili, bolognese sauce and dry rub ribs are also on my list. I'm also pretty picky about tuna salad and egg salad.


The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home
4/13/14 03:26 PM

I have the prong and cut one and the scissor type shell cutters. I've done the spoon tapping along with the knife tap. All of the above left tiny bits of egg shells that needed to be carefully removed. I hate bitting into a small piece of shell while enjoying my perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs. It caused me to stay away from enjoying this luxury food for many years.

I now have one of these egg cutters and highly recommend it. After dropping the ball then twisting the cup, it slices the shell perfectly. It took me a couple of times to get it right, but now I swear I'll be enjoying soft boiled eggs forever.


Stephanie's Favorite Odd Tool: Soft Boiled Egg Top Cutter
4/3/14 08:32 PM

I grew up eating peanut butter on graham crackers (we used to dunk them in coffee). We also would have graham crackers broken up in milk. I loved both. This recipe sounds wonderful with the addition of yogurt.


Afternoon Snack: Yogurt Swirled with Peanut Butter, Honey, and Graham Crackers Snack Ideas from The Kitchn
3/29/14 07:21 PM

Charlie has kidney failure. He's on new low fat diet and loves mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, yogurt, cottage cheese... No more peanut butter for him *sad*. He's doing fine on his new diet and may not show any signs of serious problems for years. Would he be able to digest these fruits and vegetables? Would it be better to cook the veggies or give them to him raw? It would be nice to give him some new treats so he doesn't get board with his diet.

On another note. I've heard that ice and cold water is not good for a dog's stomach. I know that some pups love ice cubes and frozen foods, but does anyone know if that's a no-no?


11 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Treats for Your Dog or Cat
3/26/14 08:23 PM

Soft pouched eggs and eggs in a blanket are my favorites. I like many of the others too, as long as the yolk is runny.


The Egg Personality Test: What Your Style of Egg Says About You A Strictly Scientific Quiz
3/5/14 06:56 PM

I'm making a big batch of Bolognese Sauce today. I'll be freezing a lot of it for quick lunches and dinners.


What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of March 1-2, 2014
3/2/14 01:11 PM

As Sarah Tucker stated, I also use a lower temperature. I like a medium browned crisp crust and use plenty of butter. It does take longer but that's fine with me. I must say though that I usually prefer using my Toast Tite. I love the crispy edges and the way the cheese oozes out when cut. But I certainly like the lid idea and will give it a try.


Want the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Put a Lid On It!
2/10/14 06:36 PM

I didn't have anything special planned until I saw this picture of Egg In A Blanket. I absolutely love them and now I can't think of anything else. I always like to add a pinch of tarragon to the egg after dropping it in the hole. It's to die for.


What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of January 18-20, 2014
1/20/14 05:58 PM

I also grew up eating these. My Mom called them Pop-Eye eggs. Back then I thought it had something to do with Popeye The Sailor Man. Ha! Mom would slightly butter each side of the bread and cut a square out of the center. Today I cut a small portion out of the center of the bread (about the size of the yolk), melt butter in the pan and slightly brown one side of the bread and center. Then I remove the bread and add more butter to the pan, place the uncooked sides back in the pan, add a dollop of butter to the hole and add the egg. At this point i like to sprinkle a pinch of tarragon over the egg. When the bottoms of the bread are browned nicely, I'll add more butter to the pan and flip again until eggs are cooked and yolks are still runny. I find when I start off browning one side before adding the egg, the yolks come out really nice and the bread is perfectly browned. @Mrs. Mack I agree with the other poster that recommended cutting a smaller hole. The one in the picture is quite large. And don't be too shy on the butter. Definitely enjoy dipping the center piece in the yolk.


Egg in a Basket from Joy of Oh Joy!
Breakfast with a Blogger

1/20/14 05:52 PM

I agree that this might be a good choice for a very tiny kitchen (if there's room enough for it) and although I have a small one, I do have all of my cookware, knives and such, easy to grab for cooking. What " Mise en Place" means to me is more about measuring all of the ingredients and having them ready for the step to step process of cooking or baking so the the process goes more smoothly without forgetting any important ingredients or screwing up the measurements. I don't want to sound like I'm slamming the idea. The cart is lovely, but it just won't work for my needs.


The Most Impressive Kitchen Island Ever: The 'Mise en Place' Work Table
1/18/14 06:31 PM

This is so incredibly funny. Thank you.


Behold! The Most Ridiculous Talking Eggs
1/10/14 10:00 PM

I'm hating myself after reading this. I always place all of my pans in the dishwasher unless they don't fit. This is a great article that will get me headed in the right direction. I don't use cooking sprays, although I always thought that I should. And in most recipes, they tell you to heat the pan up before adding fats. Hmm, maybe that's for stainless ware? This will make me think twice about the treatment of my precious cookware. And I've forgotten about the need of seasoning them. Thanks for the info.


Tips For Taking Better Care Of Your Nonstick Cookware
1/8/14 05:47 PM

Although I often refer to a recipe, there are some that I've made many times over the years that just comes from experience and even though the measurements my be off, it doesn't matter. A few on my list are: chili, chicken soup, broth, sloppy joes, veal stew, shrimp scampi, swedish meatballs. There also many meat poultry and fish entrees that are easy to just add your favorite seasonings and cooking preferences. One example is a clay pot chicken with veggies. I just add potatoes, carrots, onions, white wine, butter and tarragon because I like that combination. If I like carrots or onions more than the rest, I add more of it. Just like you can judge by eye how many green beans you need in your Turkish recipe. For veggies I like to sprinkle some the with grated cheese, browned bread crumbs, a little white sauce, or some favorite seasonings. And yes, I do agree while baking...use exact measurements. That's a whole different world of cooking.


2014 Resolution: Cook from Memory 2014 Kitchen Resolutions
1/8/14 04:04 PM

I've heard about these for years. My niece served them on Christmas Eve with a small scoop of ice cream. Oh, my, I'll now be making them for years to come. Thank you Stephanie.


Dessert for a Crowd: Pecan Pie Bars Recipe Review
1/8/14 02:34 PM