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Display Name: sarah911
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I completely agree - Just cover with water, massage, and the skins float to be skimmed. You may get a small handful of rogue beans, but it only takes 15 seconds max to take care of them manually.

Why I Spent 20 Minutes Peeling Chickpeas Kitchen Diary: Emily in Los Angeles
7/23/14 03:25 PM

While not a mailbox solution, but a "peace of mind" one, I recommend buying a some inexpensive timers to put on a few lamps around the house. Set them to turn on when dusk is about to fall, and then turn off at a few intervals later in the evening.

How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof? Good Questions
7/17/14 11:29 AM

I'm good about this - I have my tumbler that I use for water in the morning at home, at work throughout the day, and then washed once back at home to repeat the cycle. I have my evening cocktail glass that gets washed and dried before bed.

The boyfriend, on the other hand, has a water at his bedside at night, one he forgot on his dresser or on the bathroom counter when getting ready for work... Then it's a fresh glass when he gets home, then his cocktail glass... And then we he clears everything from where he left it, he puts it on the counter next to the dishwasher or in the sink instead of the dishwasher (though the cocktail glass gets washed each night).

Holy mackerel I just realized my mom had this frustration with my dad, except he just left the glasses all over the house, haha! She did employ a "rinse and put" policy for herself and us kids though: if you're done with a dish, rinse it off and put it in the dishwasher.

Needless to say, I understand the cup frustration. That's a lot of glasses for one person! I couldn't imagine asking guests to adhere to the one-dish policy, though.

The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
7/16/14 04:29 PM

@littlesnelson That's how we enjoyed it in my household, too! It was like "healthy" Fun Dip!

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5/19/14 08:50 PM

As a kid, I drank milk with breakfast (and on my cereal) and at dinner. We used to buy whole milk, but somewhere probably in the late 80s, we switched to skim. Whole milk would be bought on occasion for my dad - he wouldn't touch skim. I actually didn't mind the switch to skim and actually preferred it.

College was when I stopped drinking it for the most part. Now, I buy what I need for a recipe. If it calls for a cup, I'll buy the pint and drink the rest. I try not to buy anything too much larger than I need as the bf won't drink it, and I don't need the extra fat and calories, even though I still love the taste. :)

From Child To Adult: Have Your Milk Habits Changed?
8/28/13 05:25 PM

Made this today, but instead of stock, used boullion and water. Ended up a bit salty, but still delicious. Perfect for a soup to enjoy during the end of a Florida summer! I'll definitely be making again with some minor tweaks. Thank you for the great recipe!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipes from The Kitchn
8/25/13 10:20 PM

That photo of the lima beans made me gag a bit just looking at it. My mom would buy the frozen veggie mix with lima beans and I hated their texture and flavor. Eventually she would let me eat around them, or if she just made lima beans, she'd offer an alternative for me (and basically everyone else in the house). I was even happy to see Brussels Sprouts as the table veggie, as long as it wasn't lima beans!

A few years ago, my boyfriend ordered a dish at a restaurant that was served with fava beans. Neither of us had eaten them before, and he's not a big fan of beans in general. He tried one and found it disgusting, but I bravely tried one. It reminded me of a giant lima, and I quickly had to take some bites of my dinner to get rid of the flavor.

Canned veggies are gross, especially green beans and peas. The gray-green color of them was always a turn off.

What Was Your Worst Childhood Food Experience?
8/1/12 03:16 PM

I know we can't have in the apartments I've lived in in the Orlando area, both third floor, screen-in concrete balconies. When I lived in Fairfax, VA, I was on the first floor and was allowed to have a grill but needed to take it either 10 or 15 feet away from the building to use it.

Regarding charcoal, several years ago on Long Island, my aunt and uncle's apartment building caught on fire thanks to a neighbor's bag of easy-light charcoal sitting on the patio in the summer sun. All of their belongings we ruined by water and smoke damage.

Is It Legal to Grill on Your Balcony?
6/12/12 11:08 AM

Forget stale - put them in the freezer overnight!

How to Make Marshmallow Peeps at Home
4/4/12 08:33 PM

My boyfriend received one for Christmas and has been very useful for making jerky. He would often buy prepackaged jerky at the store which, apart from being extremely overpriced, is loaded with MSG and preservatives. Now, he can control exactly what goes into the jerky. I have yet to experiment with herbs/fruits/veggies though. I'm the one making all the bread items!

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4/3/12 09:52 PM

I'd recommend an inexpensive bread machine and using the dough cycle. I have Kitchen Aid and I never use it for bread dough.

Best Budget Stand Mixer for Making Bread?
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1/5/12 10:29 PM

Megan, I use Kenji's version at Serious Eats:

They come out wonderfully crispy thanks to the "curing" in the fridge. A lot of the fat drips through the rack onto the baking sheet. I haven't used his sauce though; I like to toss them in barbecue myself.

Heart-Healthy Recipe for Buffalo Chicken Wings?
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11/29/11 07:13 PM

I prefer to make my own from scratch, but sometimes jarred is needed in a pinch. There are a few brands that I have on hand as a base and doctor up, but even alone taste fine.

Make or Buy? Tomato Sauce
10/14/11 11:21 PM

These are nothing new, but they do work amazingly well. They're fantastic on the shower and tub!

Truly Magical: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads
9/21/11 08:19 PM

I agree with cdanojohnson. I'm inching closer to 30, but I love the concept. I have access to so many family photos from the 60s with that paneling! I love seeing those photos of my mom as a kiddo!

Hi, Grandpa! How to Create a Vinyl Photo Backsplash

11/13/10 09:41 PM

The SuperTarget stores here (Orlando) sell ends too. I can usually get Swiss, cheddar, Colby, provolone and American. My mom used to buy them at the Hannaford store in Maine, too.

Frugal Tip: Cheese Odds and Ends at Whole Foods
11/8/10 06:52 PM

Think even beyond ketchonnaise/Fancy Sauce/fry sauce! Make "Tot-chos". Tots with your standard favorite nacho fixins on top!

Make These Now: Oven-Baked Tater Tots
11/6/10 10:18 AM

I surprisingly don't have a box grater - only hand held verieties (although I often wish I had one when grating a lot of cheese! Need to at that to my shopping list...).

I use a veg peeler as others have mentioned too. I love having "peels" of Parmesan on my pastas and salads!

Quick Tip: How To Leave The Box Grater In The Cabinet
11/6/10 10:07 AM

@mimee25 I hate those things. I see way too many of them here in Florida. I saw a pitch black pair hanging from a black (circa 2005) Chevy Impala this morning... Ugh...

For the Cook, on Halloween: A Necklace of Garlic
10/26/10 04:14 PM

I’m a fan of mustard and (cold) sauerkraut. As for my boyfriend, he loves them with Thousand Island.

What's Your Favorite Hot Dog Topping?
10/26/10 04:11 PM