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Display Name: Sara_B
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Oh man, I love the Magic Bullet blender. We don't have much counter space, but it is one thing that always sits out. We got the set with all the pieces for our wedding, so most of the pieces (lids, shakers, straws, blades, rings) are in a wicker basket right above where we use it. So handy for a lot of different tasks.


What's the Weirdest Kitchen Tool You've Ever Fallen in Love With? Reader Intelligence Request
7/10/14 10:41 AM

My husband and I switch between Frosted Mini Wheats, Chocolate Cheerios, and Honey Nut Cheerios. We definitely don't care for the strawberry Mini Wheats.


What's Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal? (And I Don't Mean Oatmeal.)
3/5/14 10:38 AM

My husband and I have an old Betty Crocker cookbook, that looks like it is from the 60's (the copyright page is gone). They have pages and pages of menu suggestions, so we've been thinking of cooking an entire week based on their sample menus. Veal Supreme or Chicken Pancakes Versailles are two that I'm interested in trying, mainly because of their names.


The Most Under-Appreciated Recipes of the 1960s: Food Writers Share Their Secret Favorites Recipes of the Decades
2/24/14 03:45 PM

We do this on Christmas day. All afternoon is just snack as you go, with appetizers and brunch-y finger foods.


My Family's New Tradition: Small Plates on Christmas Eve
12/13/13 01:42 PM

My husband and I go to the smaller market in our neighborhood on Thursdays and then go across town to the larger market most Saturdays.


How Often Do You Actually Shop at the Farmers Market? Reader Survey
7/12/13 03:12 PM

I was probably 9 or 10. I loved to cook, mainly thanks to cooking shows on PBS. I taught myself how to bake as well. The one thing I wish I would have learned earlier was knife skills. I still can't use a paring knife to peel an apple or potato "properly" and good knives would have helped me be more confident as I started cooking more complicated things in my teens.


On Kids Cooking: How Old Were Your Kids When You Let Them Use the Stove?
5/29/13 11:56 AM

I've been a part of a CSA and probably won't go back. My husband and I split the share with a friend (2/3 and 1/3). But, I found that we were often wasting produce and eventually (especially in the fall and spring) I was getting SICK of kale and chard. Chard and kale. 2 types of kale and chard. So, we just do farmer's markets and get exactly what we need, while saving money on top.


Are You Joining a Farm CSA This Year?
5/1/13 04:18 PM

We would do this a lot when I was a kid on family vacations. We'd use chicken breasts and have lots of toppings: carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, etc. Everybody added what they wanted, the packets were topped off with Ken's Italian salad dressing, and put on the grill. No complaining from the kids that they didn't like their dinner since they're the ones who decided what to eat!


Easy Entertaining Idea: Foil Packet Dinners
4/23/13 04:10 PM

A lot of craft beer still has some residual yeast in the bottom. When you pour your beer out, leave a bit in the bottom to make sure the yeast stays in the bottle. While the yeast won't hurt you, it doesn't make for the best drinking. And please don't use a glass right out of the freezer! The low temps can dull many of the flavors in the beer.


Why You Should Drink Beer from a Glass Beer Sessions
2/28/13 11:56 AM

We're waiting til Saturday to do our Valentine's Day meal so that we can take our time and make something delicious. We're going to take some inspiration from our Maine honeymoon: oysters for appetizer, lobster for the entree, and grilled blueberry muffins for dessert. Plus, a bottle of champagne we got at our wedding will be opened. I'm definitely looking forward to it!


Home Cooking for Valentine's Day
2/14/13 01:34 PM

Use them in pasties (the Upper Peninsula/Cornish meat-veggie pie/turnover pasty, not the fashion accessory pasty)


Why You Should Give Rutabaga a Chance
1/31/13 02:45 PM

We have one of these in our bathroom. It is wonderful in the morning to brush your teeth while the heat warms your feet. I'll bet it would be nice in the kitchen too for the same reason.


My Kitchen Treat: Toe Kick Heat Register
1/31/13 01:33 PM

I just did this a few weeks ago to make little meringues. Super easy and it went a lot smoother than I was expecting.


Video Tip: Make Your Own Pastry Bag America's Test Kitchen
12/4/12 10:50 AM

I made a buche de noel in high school for the first time and it just didn't turn out. I used too much filling, the cake cracked while rolling, etc. There were tears. Thankfully, I budgeted in enough time to make a second one that came out fine. The recipe card now has "DON'T PANIC" written in marker, just to remind myself that the recipe is tricky and I need to chill out.


Crying in the Kitchen: When a Recipe (and Your Confidence) Goes Awry
11/8/12 04:07 PM

I think the show Moment of Luxury on PBS talked about this salad when they were doing a show based around Edith Wharton/the Gilded Age. Apparently, it was a very popular salad to take on picnics in the late 1800s.


Pea, Pickle, Peanut and Egg Salad: Crazy, Yet Good... Maybe?
9/5/12 08:51 AM

Made this last week in the crock pot and it was wonderful. It got the "Please make again" rating. I used a whole chuck roast, then just shredded the meat when it was done (too lazy to cut into cubes).


Recipe: African Beef & Peanut Stew Recipes from The Kitchn
9/1/12 06:25 PM

My friends have requested my chicken parm when they've had kids. I always bring it split into individual boxes (Gladware or whatever) so that it can be stored easier in the fridge, some could be easily frozen, and mom just needs throw the box into the microwave. I also don't have to worry about getting any dishes back. I will also bring along a box of spaghetti and a bag of salad mix, plus a package of non-newborn diapers. Go for the next size up because the kidlets grow fast and parents might not have bigger sizes yet.


What Good Meals to Bring to a New Mom? 10 Recipe Ideas
8/31/12 09:19 AM

I'd check apracticalwedding.com and offbeatbride.com for some ideas. APW I know talks about self catering (the hows and whats) and probably will have other ideas from wedding grads as to their menus.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000? Good Questions
8/7/12 10:19 AM

My parents didn't have lots of time to cook some days, and on those days we would get microwaved chicken breasts. If we were lucky, BBQ sauce would be smeared on top. The result was dry, yellow, rubbery chicken. To this day I can't see a joke rubber chicken without thinking about those childhood suppers.


What Was Your Worst Childhood Food Experience?
8/1/12 02:36 PM

My great-grandmother's stuffing. Delicious, especially because it is made with bacon, butter, veggies, and wheat bread. Rich, moist...Hmmm...I think I found what I'm making for dinner this weekend.


My Family Recipe Rocks! What Does Your Family Make Better Than Anyone Else?
7/31/12 03:11 PM