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It's only worth baking in jars if you're sending someone home with it. Otherwise, as others have pointed out, ramekins are the way to go.


What's the Best Way to Make Apple Crisp in Mason Jars? Good Questions
11/22/13 07:45 AM

@Brown Girl Cooks - I've seen Pom around. Try Fiesta Farms, they'd be my first guess.


Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate-Sumac Dressing Recipes from The Kitchn
8/4/13 11:03 PM

The ex came with a dog and I had a cat. When we split, we each took our respective pets. But we're on good terms, so we visit the pets and petsit when one of us goes out of town. It's a pretty good deal, I gotta say.


Part-Time Pets: Would You Have Joint Custody?
6/7/13 09:08 AM

I'd love it if someone served me black bean edamame burgers, but I probably wouldn't make them for a party because they might not have broad appeal.

I tend to stick to simple dishes -- polenta with some kind of lentil or vegetable ragout, a basic vegetable tart, or the standard poached-eggs-on-something. There's always some kind of greens. When it's a big crowd, make-your-own tacos works best.


10 Vegetarian Main Dishes for a Party Kitchn Recipe Roundup
5/16/13 07:27 AM

I make salsa a couple times a year and preserve it, but most of the time I use the store-bought stuff, especially if it's just for a party where people will be too drunk to care. :) I also use stock boxes and cubes, and jarred pasta sauce if it's not going to be the star of the dish.

I don't use baking mixes just because for me, the act of baking is the fun part. I don't have much of a sweet tooth so the process is the actual reward, rather than eating the results.


Kitchen Convenience: 5 Prepared Foods That Are (Almost) As Good As Homemade
3/7/13 09:56 AM

I prefer savoury over sweet anyway, so the line between breakfast and dinner is pretty blurry. That said, while I often have eggs, sandwiches, and leftover soups, stews or cooked vegetables in the morning, I can't imagine having salad for breakfast (even though it's often my dinner). I know it's common in many parts of the world but it just doesn't do it for me.


Dinner for Breakfast: Why Not?
3/7/13 09:33 AM

I'm not a chocolate-lover -- don't hate it either, just don't crave it -- and I feel the same way about carob. I like it's slightly herbal flavour because I don't have much of a sweet tooth. But I won't seek it out specifically.


The Other Chocolate Chip: Carob Chips Ingredient Spotlight
9/30/12 08:52 AM

I love a good grilled cheese and jam, but for a flashback to grade school, it has to be cream cheese and jam.


Beyond Peanut Butter & Jelly: More Sandwiches with Jelly and Jam
9/18/12 09:42 PM

So apparently I'm the only one with difficulties finishing wine. :)

I just buy smaller bottles at the liquor store -- they make a few varieties of single-serve (two-glass) bottles and while the selection isn't very broad, it's enough for me. Incidentally, the bottles fit in an average purse for easy sneaking into the movies...


Four Basic Challenges in Cooking for One: And Four Simple Solutions Cooking for One
9/12/12 10:32 PM

Avocado pudding! Also: baked potatoes (regular or sweet), veggie hash (I love it with beets), socca or other bean-based pancakes, chili or baked beans.


What Are Some Good Breakfasts Without Eggs or Grains? Good Questions
9/4/12 09:20 PM

I soak it overnight in almond milk, or sometimes buttermilk.


To Soak or Not to Soak: How Do You Enjoy Your Muesli?
8/13/12 09:09 PM

Seems like it would be great in a savoury tart or little cheese turnovers.


Vegetarian Ideas for Using a Big Bottle of Onion-Fig Sauce? Good Questions
8/9/12 09:50 AM

You can never go wrong with a baked/broiled brie. Depending on how many servings you need, you can also do stuffed strawberries -- use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to scoop out a little divot from the stem end, then fill with cream cheese (either sweetened lightly or mixed with a saltier cheese like feta). But don't bother if you're feeding a huge crowd, it's way too much trouble to make in large quantities.


Help Me Find Great Make-Ahead Recipes for Housewarming Brunch Party Good Questions
7/23/12 08:37 AM

The SLM is overrated, in my opinion - at least, the permanent part. (Though I'll admit I love the tofu shop and the sprouts place.) The Saturday farmers market is pretty amazing.


In Canada? Try Monforte Dairy Cheeses The Cheesemonger
7/18/12 10:37 PM

I've done a fairly good job of recreating restaurant salads I love, but there's one I haven't quite managed yet. A restaurant in Toronto makes a kale, apple and king oyster mushroom salad with pine nuts and parmesan, and I've yet to figure out the proper balance for the ingredients. Anyway, it's delicious, and would make perfect picnic food.


Is There a Restaurant Salad You Long to Recreate at Home?
6/19/12 10:10 AM

Cauliflower "steaks" grill up great too. Just slice thickly from top to bottom, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt.


5 Things You Should Be Grilling But Probably Aren't
6/13/12 11:20 PM

Grilled avocado was a revelation for me. Watermelon works too, surprisingly. I recently grilled leeks with great results.


13 Surprising Foods to Throw on the Grill Fine Cooking
6/12/12 08:59 PM

@username26 - I don't know if this is city-wide, but at my condo, we're allowed electric grills - no propane or charcoal - on the balcony.


Is It Legal to Grill on Your Balcony?
6/11/12 08:53 PM

I loooooove this strawberry flatbread: http://joythebaker.com/2011/06/strawberry-balsamic-flatbread/


20 Summery Strawberry Recipes Recipe Roundup
6/6/12 08:39 PM

I travel a lot for work, often unexpectedly and to smaller communities. I'm vegetarian, which means restaurants don't always work for me (and I don't always have time to wait for food anyway).

So I generally swing by a grocery store as soon as possible and buy a stash of trail mix (no candy or other hyper-processed stuff), whole-grain crackers or bagels, instant oatmeal, low-fat Babybels, etc. If my hotel has a fridge, I'll buy yogurt, baby carrots, fruit, maybe a takeout garden salad.

It saves a lot of money and spares me from eating a lot of crap.


The Insidious Food Rule We Should All Break: Food Deserts & Travel in America
6/1/12 06:45 AM