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No denying that they are great looking. How do you care for them? Heavy for use as mixing bowls? Easily cracked or broken?


Soapstone Bowls from Canvas Home
7/23/14 01:11 PM

A dish drying rack is more than a nicety. Air dried dishes are more sanitary.

Washing as you go helps, too. I use a very inexpensive brush from IKEA for dishes and it takes care of stuck food quite easily. Also gets to the bottom of glasses and cups. Not only does it keep my hands out of the water a bit, but it is easy to rinse and dry between uses.


How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 10:10 AM

Tech_ette, my grandmother used to freeze a couple of different things in an ice cube tray without the dividers. One of them was "orange ice" and I still love it. Have been enjoying commercial Italian Ice that I find at the grocery. You scrape it out of the cup. Nice and cold and very light!


What's the Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato? Word of Mouth
7/14/14 12:14 PM

One of those very pretty things that are a little odd. I don't understand the felt liner. Am imagining that the small logs are to indicate that the basket could be handy for gathering small objects. At $150 it does not need to be but so practical though.

At least the picnic basket reference brought up memories of when picnics were part of childhood.


Is This the World's Most Beautiful Picnic Basket?
7/11/14 07:36 PM

The nuker makes cooking for two easier: frozen or canned vegetables, "baked" potatoes, frozen casseroles, popcorn in a paper bag and melting butter, etc. I deal with the real estate issue by stilting mine on four empty coffee cans to get it off the counter and then placing the toaster over on top. I keep a small pitcher for heating water underneath.


How I Replaced My Microwave Without Buying a New One
7/11/14 07:25 PM

A little bundle of twigs called a visp in, I guess, Swedish. It was about a foot long when I bought it and has worn down but still takes the lumps out of gravies and sauces faster than any steel whisk I have yet to meet. It washes by getting a few swishes through soapy water and a rinse under the faucet.

It is better than 50 years old.


What's the Weirdest Kitchen Tool You've Ever Fallen in Love With? Reader Intelligence Request
7/10/14 01:35 PM

That's raisin not raising.

Also forgot mac and cheese and the same with hamburger and tomatoes mixed in.


What Should I Cook for Preschoolers? Good Questions
7/2/14 01:05 AM

No expert on kid food, but I seem to remember that applesauce was a favorite and celery stuffed with cream cheese or cheddar and cream cheese or peanut butter was good. Also fruits and raisins. We used to like making Candlestick Salad with a piece of lettuce on a plate, a pineapple rings and a piece of banana being the candle with a cherry 'flame.'

You might make lettuce popular if it were the wrapper for a rolled ham and cheese sandwich with a piece or two of julienned carrot or celery or cuke for crunch. Lettuce is also good on peanut butter sandwiches.

Dip vegetable sticks in ranch dressing and most kids will go for it. I think they like the mess.

Since kids love stories, you could make up tales to go with some meals. The stone soup one is a natural, but an open faced sandwich with egg salad, a couple of raising eyes, a green pepper nose, redpepper smile and carrot curl hair could come out of a story.

I remember carrot and raisin salad as a big treat and Jell-O anything, even veggies in Jell-O, as a big deal. We were also great fans of dried beef gray on baked potatoes. Those you can do with a microwave and a single burner.


What Should I Cook for Preschoolers? Good Questions
7/2/14 01:02 AM

Well, the coil of wax recalls a peeled rutabaga. They have been waxed for years.

It is a worthy cause to try to eliminate packaging but there is still a lot of work to be done.


Is This the Future of Food Packaging? Food News
6/30/14 06:01 PM

I use a large skillet with a lid,, put a little more than 1/4 inch of water in the skillet with just a pinch of sugar. Then shuck the corn, using some of the husks to crisscross in the pan as a platform/rack and place the shucked ears on top. Cover the pan and heat until it steams. Steam for 3-4 minutes. The corn is sweet and fresh and the stove is hardly used. I think the husks even help the flavor. I started doing this a long time ago and have not boiled a pot of water for corn since.


How To Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/30/14 05:53 PM

When I moved into this house 20-some years ago, I bought a moderately priced gas stove. It isn't perfect, but I am convinced it has outlasted a comparable electric one. One day I will go for a more sophisticated model.

I have used electric stoves with coils and find that you can do a bit of heat regulating by using heavy pans and turning the heat on an off for short periods, letting the pan hold the heat.

As for cleaning, one of those very inexpensive dish brushes from IKEA is wonderful for flat top stoves and counters of all kinds. Brush away at the hardened areas and swipe it all clean with a sponge.

PS: OP, I use my heat-retaining All-Clad skillet and low heat to make scrambled or fried eggs. Much less fuss than the quick moves required with high heat!


Moving From Gas to an Electric Stove: What I've Learned So Far
6/27/14 01:31 PM

Knocking down a wall or walls to create a long room may be a worse decorating challenge than you think. A second living room/den is actually very pleasant if people want to do different things at the same time or you need an office area or library. I agree with those who advise living in the house for at least a year before making big changes. Houses sometimes take a while to show us their logic.


Help Lay Out Row of Compartmentalized Rooms? Good Questions
6/24/14 04:34 PM

While the breakfast suggestions are just fine, I found myself sneered at when I had breakfast at work and even when I bought in doughnuts for the whole office.

Very happy to be retired, thank you.

It would be civil of management if they were to allow for light breakfast and coffee at work and would probably make for a happier and more aware work force.

PS--One of my fvorites is cottage cheese with fruit. Travels well and isn't too heavy.


10 Easy & Satisfying Desk Breakfasts to Start Your Day Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn
6/24/14 04:26 PM

One thing to watch in halving or doubling recipes is the seasoning. salt in particular. Taste if you possibly can. It is always a good idea to be conservative with salt because it is easy to add at the table. In doubling, I never use more than the amount in a single batch.

As you practice, it will become easier and easier to cook without recipes and use just enough for two.


How Do I Scale a Recipe Down to Serve Two? Good Questions
6/23/14 06:45 PM

Provide space here and there for people to put down their plates while serving themselves. this is especially important at a drinks table if there is ice to be placed in glasses or tea to be poured. These are not easy one-handed.

Try to use smaller pasta shapes that are easier to handle, instead of drooling long noodles.

Having saucers available to rest serving tools on may be easier than having them placed in the food.

Having a person or two watching for those who need a little help is great. Think of that old fellow with a cane or the person with shaky hands.


5 Tips for Setting Up a Great Buffet Gatherings from The Kitchn
6/19/14 04:50 PM

Just google 'fiber content of common foods' or something of the sort.

Black beans, hummus, brussels sprouts, oranges, cabbage, strawberries, figs, blueberries, turnips.

The nice things about these foods is that they are often quite good in simple preparations: raw, lightly steamed and dressed, added to salads or other dishes. I could eat my weight inhummus, though I really shouldn't.

Once you get the hang of it you will find that you are enjoying the taste of varied foods. Have fun.


What Are Some High-Fiber Foods and Recipes? Good Questions
6/19/14 04:08 PM

The imagination shudders!

Nevertheless, it is a meatball maker. I remember seeing them marketed.

Just another schlock kitchen toy.


What Is This Weird Kitchen Tool? Good Questions
6/19/14 10:01 AM

Bananas!


How To Make Dreamy Dairy-Free Vegan Ice Cream Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/17/14 07:10 PM

A mentioned above, the concept of leftover whipped cream is not logical to me. -The uses above are ll fine, but I would have to make a fresh batch. I do like the idea of the mason jar and may try a small batch in a half pint jar, just for fun. There will be no leftovers!


5 Tasty Ways to Use Leftover Whipped Cream Tips from The Kitchn
6/16/14 12:46 PM

In my days of minimalist camping, I used just a spoon and my Swiss Army Knife for both cooking and eating. A ork was really superfluous as one could easily spear food with the end of the knife or use the spoon. These days there are titanium camping cutlery sets available at places like REI. while pricey they would do what the plastic does handily and be forever reusable.


Why I Always Have Plastic Cutlery in My Purse Tips from The Kitchn
6/14/14 11:45 AM