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Display Name: Beckster329
Member Since: 1/22/10

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I keep mine because I organize my books by color, and most books are black or white without the jacket.


Should I Save My Book Dust Jackets? Good Questions
2/8/13 04:53 PM

Is this photo your actual home? If so, I can't help but express how horrid of a mistake I think it would be to paint your ceiling!


How Do I Paint My High Cathedral Ceilings? Good Questions
1/31/13 08:44 AM

This cake is absolutely amazing! Not overly sweet, but such a unique and wonderful flavor:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/coconut-cake-with-saffron-cream


What Can I Make That Uses Saffron?Ingredient Questions
3/6/12 09:03 AM

I think it has something to do with spackle or plaster or something like that.


Does This Mystery Tool Belong In the Kitchen?
Good Questions

3/23/11 11:08 AM

I make stock from the ends of veggies that I save. If I chop up celery or peel a carrot, I take the peels or the ends and put them in a bag in the freezer. Then, when the bag is full, I throw it in a pot to make stalk. It's cheaper because you don't have to buy fresh veggies!


Basic Techniques: How to Make Homemade Vegetable Stock
1/13/11 03:17 PM

One year when I was a child, our oven broke on Thanksgiving day. The turkey was thawed, but still raw. We still had the stovetop, but no oven. My dad went to the 7-11 and bought little pies, and my mom sawed up the raw turkey and microwaved it in batches. My sister and I thought it was great fun, but my parents weren't so thrilled. Everything was cooked in time to eat dinner, though :)


What Was Your Worst Holiday Kitchen Disaster?
12/1/10 04:42 PM

I lived in Philly for years and after moving to NYC, made the mistake of asking the bartender for a "Lager", only to be looked at strangely. There are much better beers out there, but it's certainly an improvement over most of the crappy lite beers that are most affordable in bars.


It's True! Yuengling Beer Is Coming To A State Near You
10/22/10 11:58 AM

I put cheese on EVERYTHING.


Strange Food Combos: Would You Put Cheese on a BLT?
9/8/10 01:34 PM

My roommate and I run the dishwasher about once a week, but we REALLY load it up. We wash pots, pans, mixing bowls, cutting boards, and our fancy, expensive knives by hand. Our electricity bill is through the roof, especially in the winter with our electric heat, so we've gotten into the habit of using the dishwasher as little as possible and not putting any big items in that will fill it up too fast.

I'm lazy about washing dishes by hand too, but what I hate more than washing dishes is drying dishes. Perhaps the idea of using the dishwasher as a drying rack would work well for me.


Am I Wasting My Dishwasher?
Good Questions

9/2/10 04:42 PM

I've never used these crusts before... are they sweetened, or would they work for quiches and savory tarts?


Trader Joe's Pantry: Trader Joe's Frozen Pie Crusts | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/6/10 12:57 PM

I hold the pepper upright and use my knife to slice down the outside of the pepper, only catching the parts that stick out, and not the parts toward the middle. I end up with chunks of pepper, while leaving the parts connected to the innards behind. You lose a bit of pepper this way, but it's super easy and you don't end up with those annoying seeds stuck to everything.


How To Slice a Bell Pepper | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/14/10 01:16 PM

If you have enough time before the big day, you could always try out the recipe and see how the baking comes out. Or, if you're swamped and busy, maybe a willing friend can do a test run. Good luck and congrats!


Can I Bake Potsticker Dumplings For Easy Wedding App? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/30/10 10:24 AM

I would say no to tipping. You don't tip teachers, professors, etc, so why a cooking class instructor? I don't think I've ever tipped someone who was being paid to teach me something.


Should I Tip My Cooking Class Instructor? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/10/10 10:59 AM

I wear a potholder on my hand when wiping with paper towels to avoid burning myself.


How Exactly Do You Wipe Out a Hot Skillet? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/27/10 04:13 PM

You can cook spaghetti squash in the oven whole, just pierce it with a knife about a half dozen times so it doesn't explode, and then cook at 375 for about an hour. Alternatively, you can put the cut halves in the microwave. Just place in microwave safe dish cut-side up with about 1/4 cup of water. Cover them with plastic wrap and cook on high for 10-12 minutes. I dislike microwaving plastic wrap for fear of leaching chemicals, but if you run out of time to cook a squash for an hour, this works in a pinch.


Try This! Spaghetti Squash Instead of Pasta | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/22/10 12:35 PM

My mother is on the short side (5'1") and she rarely has trouble reaching things in cabinets because she purposefully only stores things she needs rarely up high. When she does need something from up there, she asks my dad or climbs up on the counter (although considering she's approaching 60, that may be something she needs to stop at some point soon).

She has a little step stool, but the only time she uses it is for kneading bread.


Look! A Countertop Solution for Short Cooks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/22/10 10:55 AM