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Yes, I do use closed captions for fastpaced British films and sitcoms where i can't catch the words. I don't think there's anything on TV worth spending big money on to hear better, and I have the feeling you are not referring to Great Performances of Opera on PBS, are you? Didn't think so.

last thing I blew money on that you would probably think unnecessary was the complete OED.

Huh?


Affordable Soundbar Speaker for Under $500? Good Tech Questions
10/31/13 07:24 PM

Not a techy but - you sit SIX feet from the TV set and you need all that extra sound equipment? For the mumblers, activate the Closed Caption mode on your set.


Affordable Soundbar Speaker for Under $500? Good Tech Questions
10/30/13 05:06 PM

Not a techy but - you sit SIX feet from the TV set and you need all that extra sound equipment? For the mumblers, activate the Closed Caption mode on your set.


Affordable Soundbar Speaker for Under $500? Good Tech Questions
10/30/13 05:06 PM

I know they sell already-peeled butternut squash but I like to peel my own. And here's an easy way: pierce it once or twice and microwave it just enough to loosen the skin. It comes right off. In my oven it is about 3 minutes at high. you don't want to cook the squash, although it will start to soften just under the skin. SOmetimes I put it in a dish with less than inch of water, the steam seems to help the skin loosen. Since most the vitamins are just under the skin, I don't like to buy it all dried out and pre-peeled.


Side Dish Recipe for Roast Chicken: Pan-Seared Butternut Squash with Balsamic & Parmigiano Shards Pick a Side! From Tara Mataraza Desmond
10/30/13 04:59 PM

I know they sell already-peeled butternut squash but I like to peel my own. And here's an easy way: pierce it once or twice and microwave it just enough to loosen the skin. It comes right off. In my oven it is about 3 minutes at high. you don't want to cook the squash, although it will start to soften just under the skin. SOmetimes I put it in a dish with less than inch of water, the steam seems to help the skin loosen. Since most the vitamins are just under the skin, I don't like to buy it all dried out and pre-peeled.


Side Dish Recipe for Roast Chicken: Pan-Seared Butternut Squash with Balsamic & Parmigiano Shards Pick a Side! From Tara Mataraza Desmond
10/30/13 04:59 PM

I know they sell already-peeled butternut squash but I like to peel my own. And here's an easy way: pierce it once or twice and microwave it just enough to loosen the skin. It comes right off. In my oven it is about 3 minutes at high. you don't want to cook the squash, although it will start to soften just under the skin. SOmetimes I put it in a dish with less than inch of water, the steam seems to help the skin loosen. Since most the vitamins are just under the skin, I don't like to buy it all dried out and pre-peeled.


Side Dish Recipe for Roast Chicken: Pan-Seared Butternut Squash with Balsamic & Parmigiano Shards Pick a Side! From Tara Mataraza Desmond
10/30/13 04:59 PM

Love the look but can't help wondering: How does she make the bed? I have a twin bed in the guest room tucked into a nook and it's a real pain in the neck.


Ursula's Window Seat Room My Room
10/28/13 07:08 PM

The History of Stuff: Used, Retro, Vintage, Antique. It all depends on how old you are.

But as an old married lady I would say :If your husband doesn't like the set, and if you don't love it (you don't seem sure about it), don't keep them. To me, it looks like a conference table in an office, or something from a "bachelor pad" or that you'd get from a rental furniture place. But then my grandma was dead long before they made those chairs....


Is This Set Good Retro - or No Go? Good Questions
10/23/13 04:32 PM

Art height: In a gallery or museum people will be standing up to view the art. In your house, people are will be sitting down most of the time unless you're having a big stand-up cocktail do.

Most designers would say putting the hook at 6 feet is way too high. Depends if you are doing one piece on a wall or making a gallery wall, of course.


Interior Design 101: 5 Rookie Mistakes You'll Never Make Again
10/23/13 07:48 AM

I would recommend a good looking daybed with a trundle, --you can keep the trundle made up to sleep on, then slide it under the daybed. Do NOT get a thick mattress for either one. Charles Rogers in NYC (has website) has a great looking "Campaign" daybed. [You don't want one of those white jobs with brass knobs fit for a fairy princess. in your living room.] The campaign daybed looks great with pillows and bolsters and is comfortable to sit on, as long as you get a mattress no thicker than six inches. Otherwise your feet will dangle.

Pottery Barn also has great daybeds, and they offer a good looking decent thickness cushion-mattress that's upholstered, and which I can sleep on with a wool pad beneath the sheet. I go to a warehouse to buy discontinued mattress styles as I find this trend of 15 inch monstrosities to be absurd.

I find this easier than pulling out a sleep sofa every night, and more comfortable. And I agree the inflatables are not great to sleep on.

If you got a Murphy bed, you still don't have anything to sit on before bedtime!


Stylish Couch That's Comfortable for Sleeping? Good Questions
10/21/13 01:26 PM

Lauren 28:

Crockpot is a trademarked name for a brand of slow cooker. But the word has become generic, like "Kleenex" for any tissue. Make sure the lid fits tight, and don't peek while it's cooking. Every time you raise the lid to peek, it adds about 20 minutes to the cooking time, I'm told. I use mine a lot for beans; they don't need soaking first and are better than that "bring to a boil and let sit an hour" method. They turn out creamy and cooked through. Looking forward to trying several of these recipes, thanks.


10 Reasons to Break Out the Slow Cooker Recipes from The Kitchn
10/21/13 01:11 PM

why do you need a mirror there? Take it down.


Tips for Securing Mirror in Baby's Room? Good Questions
10/18/13 09:03 PM

Re the "Chic" wrap cutter: Nowhere on the site does it say how wide this stuff is. Looks very narrow to me, like 10 inches? Could someone tell me?


A Few Things I've Done To Make Life Easier in the Kitchen
10/15/13 05:34 PM

It's an althea rosea, for sure. Hollyhock, entwined with a tomato plant, it seems. This is so short I think it's a volunteer, and you either got the seed with the tomato, or it was planted by a bird.

They are supposedly biennials so if they reseed, you have to wait another year for a flower, but in my garden, the root lives through winter (we are 7A) and I get another plant in the same place, along with the 2nd year self sown plants. And the new ones I always buy - singles only. It's a beautiful color.


What is this Gorgeous Pink Mystery Flower? Good Questions
10/15/13 04:21 PM

I do not think those are real tiles over the tub It rather appears to be a sheet of tile-facing stuff that goes up in one piece - and I think you could remove it and replace with tile in plain white, and try to go all the way up to the ceiling and yes, get rid of that border. little green sink is practically useless anyway so rip it out but please' please, eschew one of those ridiculous "vanity' things which are always out of proportion, too short. Put in a huge medicine cabinet and a pedestal sink. Put a double shower curtain up - two rods, one for an inner liner and one for a fabric curtain, which you leave outside, and pulled across. That hides the tub most of the time. Use a tension rod and have the outer fabric curtain go almost to the ceiling and down to the floor. That vinyl floor has to go. There are substantial, dimensional vinyl squares that look better than sheet vinyl. No pattern - no cutesy indentations, just plain. And as long as you're tearing up the floor, get a new toilet. They are not that expensive, However "glazing" a porcelain tub a new color never works, and ripping out a tub is expensive and messy.


Good Questions: What Would You Do With This Bathroom?
10/10/13 03:20 PM

As my grandpa used to say when he saw a clumsy repair or badly refinished furniture: "I wish he'd gone fishing instead on the day he did that."


Can You Spot What This DIY Lamp is Made From?
10/10/13 02:27 PM

I have a bout a dozen kinds of vinegar in my cupboard. when a dish is bland, you need the sharpness of vinegar (or citrus, as someone else has pointed out, but vinegar is more versatile and subtle). A quick look at my vinegar cupboard: four kinds of balsamic, sherry, rice-wine, red-wine, a wonderful terribly expensive vinegar from Germany that is like cider vinegar only about 100 times better, some herb vinegars I made last year (tarragon, burnet, orange-mint). I use these for deglazing pans. When a chicken or tuna salad sandwich need something, vinegar often helps. Start collecting - vinegar has a long shelf life and you don't need much.


What Are Your Favorite Flavor-Boosters for Savory Dishes? Good Questions
10/8/13 09:18 PM

I would be careful using a self-cleaning mode on a gas oven, but it's different and safe on electric ovens. I have one of each. My Gaggenau electric wall oven has been "self-cleaned" about 70 times over the years. My former gas stove had a self-cleaning oven and three oven igniters were burned out over a period of 7 years, $200 for each new one, so I think that it may be true that the intense heat of gas self cleaning does damage. I now have a restaurant stove (gas) and I clean everything with my steamer. It gets the door clean and gets all the gunk out of the corners. All I need is a cloth and the steam.

I would never put cast iron grates in the dishwasher.


Cleaning the Oven That's Never Been Cleaned (And Mostly Succeeding) Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2013
10/3/13 10:13 PM

I bought a kitchen like this about 30 years ago, and the thing I hated was all those HINGES - exterior hinges on that many doors is just madness. I mention this because if you paint the cabinets white or a light color, those will be even more prominent. I am generally in favor of painting things white, and I think that would be a big improvement, but replacing hinges would be a huge expense and a lot of trouble. The hardware might be "vintage' (depends on how old you are) but it's not quality from what I can see. Get something simple and neutral. I think people fall in love with one handle or knob and forget it is going to be repeated a couple dozen times in the kitchen.

So, clean up the existing wood, and do what you can for the counters. If you keep the hardware, remove it all and clean it up while you're cleaning the cabinet doors and drawers. A lot of grease accumulates on and around hardware. Get rid of the clutter, and paint on top of the wallpaper (not a good idea generally but you don't want to get into resurfacing a wall), and sprinkle some cinnamon on a stove burner just before the open house.

You do have to be sensitive to the local market and whether buyers are going to be ripping out the kitchen, so just get it to an appealing state and they can take it from there.


What to Do with Mismatched Cabinets at Grandma's House? Good Questions
10/1/13 05:56 PM

If that is brick facing and I think it must be, I would certainly paint it, but I'd use a soft grey-taupe and of course carry that over to the converted garage-room. A classic look would be black shutters. I live in an area of expensive houses and painted brick is quite common, certainly not a game-changer when houses go up for sale. I think trying to match a "brick color" to the white wing would be a disaster and make the whole house look like an unslightly scab.

That driveway leading nowhere makes it so obvious - if you could put some long, fairly high planters along the end of the drive and plant evergreens to tie that part of the house in rather than shouting "I used to be a garage." That would be cheaper than tearing up a strip of the cement. And eventually do other landscaping, but I think I'd do that first, to tie the house together and make that garage-room less naked.

About shutters: They should be in proportion to the window they grace. That is, they should be wide enough to actually cover the window, even if they are fixed and you never move them. Is there anything more ridiculous than the suburban picture window with two tiny shutters on either side?


Suggestions on How to Add Curb Appeal? Good Questions
9/29/13 11:44 AM