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I love Martha's pfeffernuesse recipe but I like Nancy Silverton's grahams better. They are the classic graham taste but the texture is more like dense cookies. And they are great in key lime pie crusts.

You can find her recipe in the Pastries from La Brea Bakery book http://tinyurl.com/28t9gew

or here on smittenkitchen http://tinyurl.com/nmvnkt

or here on my blog (along with the key lime pie recipe) http://tinyurl.com/299asum


Homemade Graham Crackers from Martha Stewart
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9/7/10 08:02 PM

Ours was treated with something and we were told it would be fine to use windex. My dad bought it so I unfortunately don't have details!


How to: Clean Granite Countertops - Best Cleaning Products | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/23/10 11:41 AM

I love my 1953 Singer. And I live in Bloomington, ModHomeEcTeacher! Could you post info about your classes? I might join...


Life Skills Tip: Take An Upholstery Class | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/23/10 11:25 AM

When I lived in Southern California I bought raw milk from a health food store. THey were very careful about sterilizing the bottles and the cows were all the safe happy healthy cows as the article described. Once you factor out the bottle sterilization worries, there isn't too much to be concerned about. The raw milk I drank tasted better than any other milk and I never had a problem while drinking it. As heatherparlato pointed out, cows raised organically have better natural defenses than the regular American dairy cow.


Raw Milk: What's the Hold Up? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/23/10 11:21 AM

Does this work as flea prevention as well as treatment for existing fleas?


Tried True: Quick Relief Neem Flea Shampoo Test Lab | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/20/10 08:58 AM

I recently reupholstered a wing-back chair in some Amy Butler fabric with my mom (she taught me how). It's a LOT of work but the results are awesome. For anyone who can't find a class, there are some online tutorials and online stores for supplies.

Found this with a quick google search: http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/
This is a great tutorial. It's for a chair but you can easily use the same instructions for a couch: http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=UPHOLSTERY

You can also use notebook cardboard for the tacking strips and you can find a lot of upholstery foam and batting at Joanns.


Life Skills Tip: Take An Upholstery Class | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
7/20/10 08:28 AM

Tomatos are dangerous if they spoil so I don't give those leftovers much time. Otherwise, I give things five days for me and about four for my boyfriend whose stomach is more finicky.


Still Good? Where Do You Draw the Line on Spoiled Food? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/26/10 08:05 AM

Can you believe I made Thomas Keller's chicken last night? I think the writer of the article fails to mention that the chicken is just about as easy as anyone's. Soaking in a brine rather than buttermilk will give any meat more flavor. I buy brioche because I can but not everyone can and I think that's why Keller wrote a recipe for it. I honestly don't think Thomas Keller's recipes are that hard or time consuming. Brining in the fridge or letting dough rise isn't a big deal. I love Ree but to tell the truth, I read her for her humor and rarely make her recipes for the exact reason that the author questions: What is the point of making it at home if you ruin it with Lawry's?

Also, some commenters on the slate article say his is more expensive. I don't see a difference at all. I used a chicken marked down and had the spices in the pantry. No biggie. And the chicken is AMAZING.


Fried Chicken Faceoff: Pioneer Woman vs. Thomas Keller Slate | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/22/10 05:26 PM

It might not be for everyone because it's multiple steps, but I used (when I had granite) soapy water or chlorox anywhere spray to clean and then when I was done cooking and ready for the place to sparkle, I would wipe down already cleaned surfaces with windex. Then when I would go back to cook again, if anything was going to touch the counters, I used the chlorox anywhere spray again to wipe off the windex and any accumulated dust. I never tried the method spray but the windex gets the surface shiny with no streaks.


How to: Clean Granite Countertops - Best Cleaning Products | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/5/10 07:23 AM

Wow. Don't let the folks at re-nest hear about them...


Would You Pay Someone To Drive 253 Miles For Groceries? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/3/10 02:22 PM

My best tip (and I'm moving into an apartment with a really similar kitchen this fall) is to remove the cabinets and hardware (number them so you can easily put them back on when you move out) and put a rug on the floor. You can get cheap rag rugs and sew them together with yarn or embroidery floss or use a floor cloth that you can paint in a solid or print. I would search apartmenttherapy and the kitchn for tips on those. They also have a great kitchen makeover where a girl used thumbtacks and plastic placemats as a backsplash. Check that out too. And accessorize! Use the things in your kitchen as decor. I have shelves above my sink that hold my collection of antique jade-colored dishes and I have my bright red kitchenaid sitting out on the counter for color. I have a few pics on my site (foodtopiarecipes [dot] com) where I'm also dealing with an uggo rental kitchen.


Rescuing a Rental Kitchen on a Budget? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
3/3/10 12:53 PM

Eek. I keep my milk in the fridge itself but I am guilty of over-crowding. But I do have roommates. It's good to crowd your freezer though.


New Fridges Designed for Americans' Awful Cleaning Habits Wall Street Journal | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/3/10 11:17 AM

I went to a high tea at the Drake Hotel in Chicago and fell in love with blue peacock tea. It was hard to track down but I found that Mighty Leaf makes it. You can buy it on amazon or their website but I asked my grocer to order it since they carry other Mighty Leaf products already. It's light and refreshing and has this crazy flavor that I can't put my finger on.


Time for Tea! Any Blends to Recommend? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/27/10 07:26 AM

I'm a big fan of cameo (a comet-like product) which you can get at the grocery store.


What Is the Best Way To: Clean Stainless Steel? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/22/10 11:05 AM

I made up a really yummy dark chocolate cardamom cake using fresh-ground cardamom and I top it with a vanilla bean whipped cream frosting. So good. I'm making it for my wedding someday (serving with strawberries).


From the Spice Cupboard: Cardamom | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/18/10 11:49 PM

I love the open squares to the left of the sink. I think if you took off the doors from the cabinets and painted the fronts of the cabinets medium grey and the insides a pale or muted yellow. I personally love those colors together and I think you have a good space for the combination. If you would like a floor treatment, you could follow the instructions on the site (either ap or renest...can't remember) for making a floor cloth and incorporate the colors. You could check out Amy Butler's fabrics for inspiration...look up her Midwest Modern line of fabrics in the Pink Dahlia color scheme.

Let us see pictures when it's done!


Color Suggestions for Kitchen Cabinet Makeover? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/17/10 08:57 AM

I would do a bunch of family and art photos in unmatched frames including maybe some vintage frames. But you would have to like an eclectic look....


Help Up With Our Big White Wall? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy New York
2/16/10 10:08 AM