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Display Name: Merry123
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The only time I watch tv or movies is when I'm washing dishes or sometimes when I'm preparing food. I either use a small DVD player next or my tablet, parked to the right of the sink.

How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 12:45 PM

What's the reasoning behind it being okay to store condiments at warmer temps in the door?

I always store milk and juice in one door, but I also keep a thermometer in that location.

The Best Way to Organize Your Refrigerator Organizing Guides from The Kitchn
7/21/14 09:50 AM

As was previously mentioned, a crock pot would be a good addition. It wouldn't have to be monitored as closely as a single burner and would be great for soups, sweet potatoes, etc.

What Should I Cook for Preschoolers? Good Questions
7/2/14 07:08 AM

Really like the carmelized onions in Nick Stellino's Palermo Style Pizza recipe. I rarely use port and usually substitute whatever white wine I have on hand.

I also do a chicken parmesan recipe with a white wine and butter sauce that turns out great with wine I didn't care to drink. Obviously I wouldn't buy it again but there are so many flavors interacting that it forgives a not so perfect wine.

10 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Wine Tips from The Kitchn
6/23/14 11:17 AM

It's been a comfort food sort of weekend around here. A taco meat, tomatoes, and corn dish served over Fritos--daughter's request on her way home from camp yesterday. Risi e bisi and our favorite brownies this afternoon for oldest and middle child just wandered in looking for homemade macaroni and cheese.

Our lives have been disrupted for months by a medical situation. It feels good to be home and do something so totally normal as making favorite dishes here in my own kitchen.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of June 21-22, 2014
6/22/14 10:21 PM

I recently packed spices into small ziploc bags that were intended for pills. They stayed zipped and had a section for labeling. Works great and no wasted space.

Cooking While Traveling? Pack a Portable Spice Kit! Tips From The Kitchn
6/17/14 05:51 PM

Same here--my large spoons especially tend to spoon together so I purposely mix them up.

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

Writing this from a Ronald McDonald House where I'm staying with a child undergoing treatment at nearby hospital. Right now there are volunteers downstairs preparing brunch for the families staying here, and another group will make us dinner. I haven't seen my own kitchen for two months, but 3-4 times a week friends have been delivering meals to my family.

Grateful this morning for friend and strangers everywhere who step in and give so much when Mom's attentions and energies must be elsewhere.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of May 10-11, 2014
5/11/14 10:43 AM

My mom gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted in the kitchen, and as a result my teen years were marked by a fearless innocence about cooking. In those pre-internet days there was no reading reviews, no checking Youtube to clarify techniques, no fast and easy access to ingredients or specialized cookware or tools. I'd just pull a cookbook off of my mom's shelf and select a recipe and start cooking with whatever ingredients and equipment we had on hand. It never once crossed my mind that a recipe might be too difficult to take on, or that I couldn't make the tools work in what I now know was a minimally outfitted kitchen.

What Our Moms Taught Us About Cooking
5/8/14 09:10 AM

Jamie Oliver's Chicken and Milk!

What Are Some Great Ways to Use Up Leftover Sage? Good Questions
5/6/14 09:03 AM

I freeze individual sized turkey meatloaves on parchment paper before transferring and covering to store. That way I can take out as many as needed at the time.

The one thing I do freeze in jars is homemade soup--individual servings in jelly jars. It takes up space but it's so convenient that it's worth it.

Stock Up on Freezer Meals Week 5: The Best Reader Advice for Filling the Freezer Before Baby Arrives Spring Projects from The Kitchn
5/3/14 10:29 AM

Captain Crunch is our camping cereal! I rarely buy sweet cereal for home so I brought it along on one of our first trips as my husband really likes it and a tradition was born.

I love cold cereal but rarely eat it any more due to milk allergy. The cold cereals that are usually in our house are Rice Krispies, Rice Chex, Cheerios, and Wheaties or Corn Flakes. Occasionally I'll buy Frosted Mini Wheats or Quaker Crunchy Corn Bran.

My kids only recently learned that we used to dump spoonfuls of sugar on our cold, unsweetened cereal when I was growing up. They feel cheated. ;-)

What's Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal? (And I Don't Mean Oatmeal.)
3/5/14 11:52 AM

Wings! Soak in half buttermilk, half wing sauce.

5 Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk
3/4/14 08:39 PM

I have heard of Bendaberg Ginger Beer (non-alcholic) being helpful for nausea associated with chemo.

My son's going through rounds of chemo right now and I agree to keep foods simple, but he likes having an easy option to spice things up since his taste is off during and a few days after.

This recipe doesn't use a lot of ginger, but it is a favorite at our house.

Sweet or Savory Recipes with Lots of Ginger? Good Questions
2/28/14 07:13 PM

I just roll my Silpat and put a rubber band around it to store.

Love the measuring spoons in a canning jar idea.

Why Didn't We Think Of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers Reader Intelligence Report
2/27/14 06:54 AM

Diet plate at the lunch counter of Woolworths!

10 Recipes That Defined the 1960s Recipes of the Decades
2/24/14 07:46 PM

Was pistachio jello salad a 60's recipe?

My mom cooked a lot, but it's not the scratch recipes my mom made in the 1960's that were the most memorable to me--it's the convenience foods that first come to mind. Swanson TV dinners, pot pies, Kraft Macaroni and cheese, Spaghetti-O's, Jiffy-pop..

Meat loaf would be an exception. I don't have happy memories of meat loaf.

The 10 Recipes That Defined the 1960s Recipes of the Decades
2/24/14 11:00 AM

I keep a jelly jar in the silverware rack and add about 1/4 cup of vinager every time I run a cycle.

10 Tips to Help the Dishwasher Run Better Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
2/24/14 09:58 AM

My secret ingredient when my kids were little was ground white pepper. They couldn't see it in homemade macaroni and cheese and other dishes. I still use it now because I've used it so long that it tastes right that way!

On Why I Think You Should Tell Us Your Kitchen Secrets Weekend Meditation
2/16/14 11:50 AM

I've taken many meals to people through the years, but in the future one of the options I will include is asking them if they have a favorite recipe they would like me to make for them. I was just away from home unexpectedly for a month due to a medical situation involving one of my kids. While my family was well fed by caring friends in my absence, some regular meals they were accustomed to would have been welcome and comforting.

What Do You Bring for Friends Who Could Use a Home-Cooked Meal? Good Questions
2/9/14 12:06 AM