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Ms. Kriebel came to our farmer's market with her colorful book. The illustrations strongly remind a person of Mollie Kazan's "Enchanted Broccoli Forest" and "Moosewood" cookbooks. Ms. Kriebel sent a copy of her book to Mollie Kazan stating how much Mollie's books/illustrations inspired her "Comida Latina". Ms. Kriebels other art work and watercolors are stunning.

Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook by Marcella Kriebel New Cookbook
8/18/13 07:00 PM

I use dish soap to remove the waxes and oils applied during harvesting. They are added to lenghthen the fruit or vegetables shelf life. I scrub the melons to remove the field dirt and grubby hand residues from the store workers. Several outbreaks of food poisoning have come from dirty fruits and vegetables.

What's the Deal with Fruit and Vegetable Wash? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/2/10 10:59 PM

Rhubarb is called the "Spring Tonic" by the old timers around this area because it's a potent diarrhetic. It may taste good with alot of sugar, but for some people, it's a source of diarrhea. Local strawberries on angelfood cake makes the perfect shortcake.

Forget Strawberries! It's Time for Rhubarb Shortcake Gourmet | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/2/10 10:55 PM

Yikes, Siggi's yogurt is $2.50 / 6oz cup...on sale!

Useful Substitution: Yogurt For Sour Cream | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/1/10 11:37 PM

I use saccharine to sweeten all my fruits. It's my favorite sweetener, both the liquid and powder form. Saccharine has a clean flavor, heightens the fruit flavors and doesn't upset my blood chemisty. I've cooked with saccharine for 35years without any problems. Feel free to sweeten your rhubarb with saccharine instead of honey...you will like the results.

Can I Use Sugar Alternatives When Sweetening Rhubarb? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/1/10 11:35 PM

This is essentially sour cream pound cake with yogurt instead of sour cream. I've made this several times and prefer to use butter instead of oil. I add half the butter called for to make a lighter product. Yogurt is the perfect antidote for cakes.

Quick and Easy Recipe: Yogurt Cake | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/1/10 11:19 PM

Was the voting conducted fairly? Are you sure one person did not stuff the ballot box by voting several times over the course of the balloting period? I do not remember the winners getting that many more comments compaired to the others to warrant the recognition.

Small Cool Kitchens 2010: The Winners! Small Cool Kitchens 2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/28/10 10:49 PM

Lamb burgers can be extremely fatty and if you are not careful, the meat can be very game-y. I definitely would recommend buying a piece of lamb and grinding your own burgers. You have no idea where the ground lamb comes from on the carcass or if the added fat is all lamb.

Juicy Lamb Burgers: 5 Recipes to Cook Indoors or Out | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/27/10 08:03 PM

My kitchen aid grinder came with a set of pasta discs for extruding the dough. I'm not a big pasta eater but the pasta plates worked well and were much cheaper than the model above.

Tool Crush: KitchenAid Pasta Press Attachment | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/27/10 08:00 PM

Grandmother cooked her spaghetti in tomato juice and then added grated cheese and mushrooms. It was one of our favorite meals.

What Can I Do With the Juice from Canned Tomatoes? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/27/10 02:12 PM

I put my grains and dried fruit in a sieve and run water over the dry grains/fruit before setting them aside for awhile. The wait period lets the surface water absorb into the dry grains or fruit. It's just the right amount of liquid to soften the grains without adding too much water to the dough. I like the process much better than soaking them in water and then worrying about over doing the liquid in the recipe.

Baking Tip: Give Whole Grains A Soak For Better Bread | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/27/10 02:09 PM

I look for the leanest cut of meat with the least amount of exterior fat, the brighest red color and the least amount of waste...gristle, bone, cartilege, skin. I also want a piece thick enough to bake well in the middle without over cooking the surface.

Smart Shopper: What to Look for When Buying Meat | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/26/10 11:24 PM

I found that if I rip the lettuce into pieces with my hands, the pieces stay fresh longer and do not brown as fast as when I cut it with a knife. The knive and the cutting board seem to shorten the life span of the lettuce.

Survey: How Do You Cut Up Greens for Salad? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/26/10 11:19 PM

A friend just came back from Ethiopia raving about injera...a blini like bread made with teff flour rather than buckwheat. If you look at most regional cooking, a version of blini/crepe/flat breads show up depending on the local grain.

Recipe: Buckwheat Bliny | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/25/10 11:07 PM

I have a garden of summer squash blossoms and leave them for the honey bees to feed on. The bees need all the nectar and pollen they can find for winter storage. I'll take the baby summer squash any day of the year, but not before the bees finish and the blossom wilts. This is my small part to ward off Colony Collapse.

Farmer's Market Report: Summer Squash and Blossoms Los Angeles, California | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/25/10 11:01 PM

Warning, make sure the jars do not seal or you will create an anaerobic environment and open the door for botulism toxicity. We were warned in Food Processing against sealing breads in cans. I would suggest storing the jars in a refrigerator to retard mold.

Great Bake Sale Idea: Cobbler in a Jar from Not Martha | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/25/10 01:48 PM

I love the sunshine streaming in the kitchen and the glass, outside door. Very nice. I like the large counterspace and big window to glaze out of while you work. Would you like to trade??? Please!

Betty's Bistro Kitchen in Munich Small Cool Kitchens 2010 - International Division | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/25/10 01:42 PM

I never rotate pans in the oven and haven't noticed problems. Maybe I'm lucky with a nice oven.

A Baking Debate: To Rotate or Not To Rotate While Baking? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/24/10 02:05 PM

Slip slices of orange and herbs under the skin of chicken pieces before baking. The orange gives the meat a wonderful undertone. I often slice up several oranges and freeze the slices for future use. They add a nice dimension to roasting pork, baking fish and flavoring chicken.

What Can I Cook With Navel Oranges? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/24/10 02:03 PM

must be a slow day at the Kitchen in the idea department

Survey: How Do You Pronounce Cauliflower? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/24/10 01:59 PM