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Display Name: Battra92
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Anti-GMO and Anti-Vaccination people have a lot of overlap. They read a few mommy blogs and suddenly they have a PhD or something.

Canola is one of my go-to oils since it's much cheaper than peanut oil.

What's the Difference Between Canola and Rapeseed? Word of Mouth
7/27/14 04:17 PM

I'm allergic to onions, scallions, leeks, chives, shallots etc. and have a moral / religious reason to avoid alcohol, even in cooking. I fear if I ever traveled to France, all I could eat would be bread and butter.

6 Tips for Traveling With Dietary Restrictions Travel Tips from The Kitchn
6/20/14 07:20 PM

Wegman's is nice, though I can't picture myself ever just going there for my groceries. We live in New England and a bit far away from Wegman's but when we visit family, we try to check it out.

Price Chopper is really stepping up their game to compete and try to "out Wegman, Wegman's." Their new store in Latham NY (just outside of Albany) is really nice and has a full food court. It's not Wegman's but it's not bad either. Personally, though, for daily shopping I much prefer Shop Rite as they have the best mix of good prices and the fancier foods.

Also, I assume you meant 5 lbs of King Arthur Flour. If you are paying $4.49 for a lb you are getting ripped off. Of course, I buy mine in 50lb sacks straight from KAF in Vermont so I pay quite a bit less. ;)

So, I Just Went to Wegmans for the Very First Time. Grocery Shopping with The Kitchn
6/18/14 09:14 PM

This is perhaps an ignorant question but should you put the business end of the utensil facing up or down in the dishwasher. I always put it in however I felt like it but I wonder if it's better to put them all one way.

One Small Step to Make it Easier to Unload Utensils from the Dishwasher Tiny Tips from The Kitchn
6/6/14 08:53 AM

Yeah the over dramatization is annoying as is the "This kitchen was way too small for our massive four bedroom house." Seriously, it was functional and a coat of paint would've saved you a lot of time and money.

Kitchen Before & After: Dark and Dreary to Light and Bright! Reader Kitchen Remodel
5/20/14 09:16 AM

With a non-reactive pan (like Teflon, ceramic or stainless steel) you should be just fine. Aluminum, cast iron and copper aren't a good idea, though.

Expert Bagel Maker Confirms: You Don't Need Lye To Make a Good Bagel Maker Tour
5/9/14 08:23 AM

I use Non-Diastatic malt powder when I boil them as suggested by King Arthur Flour. They are delicious and have a good exterior but they tend to be odd in shape (though I suspect that's the cook, not the recipe.)

Expert Bagel Maker Confirms: You Don't Need Lye To Make a Good Bagel Maker Tour
5/9/14 07:42 AM

My wife and I registered at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Macys. The reason we registered at all three was simple: we got some free stuff. I know we got a free pan or something at BBB and got some free stuff at Macys. Target was because a lot of my family are of humble means and we wanted to make sure that there were some inexpensive items should people decide to give us a gift.

The best thing about a wedding registry was that a lot of items we didn't get we got discounted because Macys had a thing if you bought something on your registry after your wedding it was 20% off (or something like that.) We put things on there that we wanted to buy but did not expect others to get for us.

Oh and I would've gone without a matching set of formal dishes but my wife outvoted me. We've used them twice, I think.

The Advice I Took and the Advice I Ignored When Setting Up My Wedding Registry Weddings
4/23/14 08:41 AM

I buy a good majority of our chickens whole and chop them up myself (while my wife hides in the other room) and I too have noticed that broiler/fryers are getting harder to find. I just went through the sales flyers of all the local grocery stores and only one had fryers listed. Roasters are king now, I guess.

What's the Difference Between Broilers, Fryers, Roasters & Other Sizes of Chicken? Ingredient Intelligence
4/22/14 07:32 AM

I'm personally not too worried about the small amount of plastic I use but if you are worried, be aware that metal utensils will destroy Teflon pans. The answer to this, of course, is to get cast iron pans. If that's not an option, there are wooden utensils out there but they will pick up funky flavors no matter how much mineral oil you soak them in.

What Are the Best Alternatives to Plastic Kitchen Tools? Good Questions
3/10/14 09:07 AM

Just remember when you DIY replacing an outlet in the kitchen, you will need to install a GFCI outlet if it's above counter height (check your local codes.) We had to install a GFCI over the counter by our microwave despite the fact that there is no water nearby. Still, building codes are there for a reason.

How Much Does It Cost To Install an Electrical Outlet?
1/28/14 08:31 AM

I find it funny that most of the characters on Veggie Tales aren't actual vegetables. I mean, Larry the Cucumber: Fruit. Bob the Tomato: Fruit. Mr. Lunt the gourd: fruit. The Monty Python inspired French peas: Fruits. Junior and Archibald Asparagus are like the only actual vegetables on the show.

Why Deborah Madison Wants Everyone to Stop Using the Word Veggies
1/15/14 07:25 AM

If someone calls it a sammich, sammy or sammo around me, I instantly dock a few points off their IQ but then I'm kind of a snob.

Why Deborah Madison Wants Everyone to Stop Using the Word Veggies
1/15/14 07:18 AM

I too use the pastry scraper. You can also use a clean putty knife that is ONLY used for food (no paint chips or caulk in the food, please.)

I also oil my pin with mineral oil. You can get that in the laxative section of your local drug store. Be sure to flour your pin (or powdered sugar if making cookies) liberally before rolling with it.

A good pin is cheap (JK Adams makes a fantastic French pin for $10) so if you do destroy your old one, you're not out much. Treated nicely, a pin will last decades if not generations.

What's the Best Way to Clean a Wood Rolling Pin? Good Questions
12/20/13 08:25 AM

Ditches its dated past to make itself even more dated. :-/ I know I'm boring but I like timeless features in a kitchen, not up to the minute kitsch.

Budget Before & After: 1980s Kitchen Ditches Its Dated Past
12/12/13 08:26 AM

I'm curious about the soap dispenser. What's wrong with old fashioned soap? My wife and I use a bar of Ivory soap to wash our hands yet for whatever reason people seem to think this is unhygienic or something. Soap is unhygienic?

10 Actually Useful Cooking Gadgets Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn
12/3/13 10:42 AM

Chicken backs are almost always cut out of whole chickens. I take the ribs off the breasts since my wife doesn't like bones in her chicken and they all get put into the stock pot.

The idea of buying chicken bones sounds ridiculous to me.

Don't Have Enough Chicken Bones to Make Stock? Try This.
10/14/13 10:10 AM

It's totally harmless. Doctors use it as a laxitive because it goes right through you. As long as you get the food safe version from the drug store, you're fine.

How To Oil and Maintain Wooden Cutting Boards in 5 Minutes a Month Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
10/4/13 11:25 AM

I worked selling Sterling Silver Flatware for 7 years. It was an interesting field and only got out of the business when the owner of the place let me go about 2 months before he died. :-/

Choosing flatware is incredibly personal and people most of the time only worry about the handles. Gorham, International, Lunt, Oneida etc. all made very beautiful patterns but the ones I liked the best were the ones that had good quality rounded tines on the forks and handles on knives that weren't going to dent or break loose and come off.

The Surprisingly Frustrating Quest
for Good Silverware

9/10/13 06:23 PM

My wife and I have some Pyrex. We recently added to our collection with a sale on We mix that up with a few jars and yes, some Rubbermaid plastic ones too.

What I like about the Pyrex that the winner in the review does not do is the ability to go in the oven. That's a big deal for me for reheating leftovers.

Making the Switch From Plastic? The Best Glass Food-Storage Containers to Buy The Sweet Home
9/5/13 08:15 AM