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Oh this brings back memories! I've not made one in years but lo and behold found a recipe in my grandma's recipe box. Now i get requests at least once every couple of weeks to make it... my 15 told me he feels slighted that he missed out on this up until now. crazy kid!


How To Make a No-Bake Icebox Cake Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/31/14 07:55 PM

This is a great idea as we have a couple piece of artwork that even though they were costly have been damaged as movers inserted a sheet of packing paper (not the least bit archival quality) into each "folder" and then reinserted the whole thing back into its original packaging. Imagine my distress when I opened them up at a much later date to discover the the damage. (no the company would not compensate us for our "loss" nor would the military! yes i was furious!!)


How To Make a Magnetic DIY Frame for Artwork...in 10 Minutes Apartment Therapy Tutorials
7/24/14 01:03 PM

I'm partial to Mostly Martha (German with English subtitles) but No Reservations will do in a pinch. It may be silly but we love Ratatouille... yep comic relief at its best. :-)

Now I have to check out some of the above list. Looks like a good mix to watch while the boy is at driver's ed.


10 Great Food Movies to Stream on Netflix Instant Tonight Food on Film
7/16/14 10:34 AM

We live in a smaller city in the midwest whose farmer's market is only open from May through September and by many standards is quite tiny. In all honesty there are very few samples, dogs are allowed, and the same folks show up week after week, year after year. We are ecstatic to have a Farmer's market where we can purchase local milk, eggs, baked goods, locally grown seasonal fruits/veggies (even if it is a small, mundane selection) and yes dogs are welcome. In the past 5 years there have been no issues with dogs doing their business near the market, jumping on vendors/customers/displays, and it feels like family. No, this isn't my first farmer's market either.... in over 20 years we have lived as far east as NJ and as far "west" as Alaska... 5 different states, each time we have supported our local farmer's market. Sometimes as a vendor but mostly as a customer/volunteer. Apparently our smaller farmer's markets have a more courteous clientele as we just haven't run into these issues on a regular basis... they are the exception rather than the norm.


5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Farmers Market Farmers Market Etiquette
7/9/14 11:24 AM

OH my, I love Chimayo! We stayed at a tiny bed and breakfast a little over 10 years ago and I've been trying to replicate the flavors every since. It never even occurred to me the dishes I've been trying to replicate were quite possibly made with Chimayo chile powder. Now to see about ordering some!


Ingredient Spotlight: Chimayó Chile Powder
5/20/14 01:20 PM

What wonderful timing! We have a gallon of raw milk in the fridge and should be picking up 2 more tomorrow. Making fresh mozzarella is the only thing I have not been successful in making so I was ecstatic when I saw this recipe. In fact I discovered where I have been going wrong in the past (my recipe was missing a step or two.. such as the internal temperature in order to stretch.) Thank you so very much!!


17 Spring Projects for a Happier Kitchen Projects from The Kitchn
3/31/14 09:13 PM

OH I about died laughing when this popped up in my e-mail! You see I was in the process of starting my own purging... you see after being cooped up inside for the past 72 hours due to subzero temperatures, a blizzard, and impassable roads I was starting to go seriously stir crazy... and the clutter was about to drive me over the edge!!! So what did I discover? I literally have a closet filled with... storage containers. Storage containers filled with other storage containers... baskets, boxes, shoe hangars, drawer dividers, collapsible cubes, you name. I've got it, in triplicate (or even by the dozen.) And candles! scented candles... some of which we have had for over 4 years. Yes this girl is on a streak! A cleaning, decluttering, simplifying streak. Can I get rid of my craft supplies? Probably not but I sure can cut them down. poly-blend yarns.. umm thank you but no. wool blends, I've got just the home for them. 100% cotton... nope not unless it is the exact color my mother-in-law loves. good bye pink!

Only the things that I absolutely LOVE are staying!!


12 (Okay 13) More Items You Probably Own Too Many Of
1/7/14 03:15 PM

OH I had to laugh because I may not own these exact brands but I do own the majority of these. I'm looking for a new mortar & pestle as mine suffered an ill fate several years ago. This one is truly delightful!!
Aren't food mills delightful?! I use mine almost daily all fall/winter long!

Thank you for compiling the list! Have a wonderful holiday!!


10 Classic Kitchen Tools Every Cook Should Have (But Might Not) Gift Guide from The Kitchn
12/4/13 09:30 AM

Woo hoo! I love the fact that my FAVORITE city did not make the list but is still one of the coolest cities around.... filled with lots to do, good folks, a decent theatre scene, and good eats... DENVER, CO!


Do You Live In One of America's Snobbiest Cities? (Spoiler: Probably) Travel & Leisure
7/2/13 12:28 PM

Simply stunning! And will have to whole heartedly agree with the above comments... how do you pick an international cooking school? We talk of doing this for my 50th birthday but I have no idea where to start. Thank you in advance for any information you can pass along!!


Notes from a Little Greek Island
5/17/13 05:52 PM

With 3 teenage boys pizza is a definite favorite! This is perfect for those times when we are all going in different directions and the guys are left to "cook" on their own. Currently they run to Aldi and pick up a cheap $2.99 pizza.... now I can custom make their favorites and them on hand! Thank you! (it also helps when you have a group of teen boys descend upon your house to play video games!!)


How to Make Frozen Pizzas at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
3/19/13 11:53 AM

Wow... i just realized the answer is in the first post! The apartment is owned by a friend and an arrangement was made where one month's rent would be exchanged for the work and some of the materials. The owner is purchasing some of the materials as well. My in-laws did this with the house they currently own. The house was in terrible condition (i.e tiles falling off in bathroom, hole in floor to basement, basement filled with trash, etc!) He "paid" them to do the work in lieu of rent. My father-in-law did all the work and ended up purchasing the house a few years later.


Maxwell & Ursula's Light Rental Reno: Inspiration - #3 Renovation Diary
3/18/13 01:22 PM

Milosmom, I've often wondered the same thing! I've never lived in apartments in big cities, just military housing overseas (they used to be apartments) where you couldn't do anything. I mean there were even restrictions on the number of nail holes as well as the size of the nails you could use on any wall. Thanks for the enlightenment!


Maxwell & Ursula's Light Rental Reno: Inspiration - #3 Renovation Diary
3/18/13 01:12 PM

I had to laugh because I keep seeing all the comments about this not being a tiny kitchen when the square footage of the ENTIRE house is only 390 square feet. There is no way to get a big kitchen in a house that size. Love the petite stove but know from personal experience what a pain they are! a 9x13 will only fit in one way... front to back. Thanks for sharing! It is a great small space!


Jeff's Tiny Kitchen On a Budget Kitchen Tour
3/1/13 11:04 AM

Love all these tips! Some are things I've been doing for years as it was how my mom was raised plus we always had small kitchens.


8 Small Cooking Habits That Make a Big Difference
2/20/13 12:19 PM

maebates, check out chefscatalogue.com. I got my end cut maple butcher block cutting board from them a number of years ago and have not been disappointed. It does not have the little feet but due to the weight (about 30 lbs) nothing gets under it. Yes I will admit this was definitely an investment (we paid considerable less 10 years ago) but it will last a lifetime (or longer.)

Good luck!


8 Small Cooking Habits That Make a Big Difference
2/20/13 12:18 PM

Honestly we don't do much in the way of a "romantic" dinner as we have 3 teenage boys and typically have something going on whether it be indoor track practice, swim practice or possibly a swim meet. This year no one has to work, no practices... just homework (term papers & a couple of tests tomorrow) so I will make homemade pizza. Dessert will probably be hot fudge pudding w/ vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries. Afterwards I'll wash dishes and we might watch a movie or play a game as a family! We don't get very many dinners together as a family any longer due to work schedules and sports so I enjoy them all the more when we do get them. This time next year our eldest will be gone and the middle one will be a senior.... I plan to enjoy these times as much as I can because I know we only have a few more months before we'll be in different hemispheres, let alone just different countries.


Home Cooking for Valentine's Day
2/14/13 12:48 PM

Do you have any suggestions for a living room with no overhead lighting? We priced having a fixture put in but discovered it would be overly expensive since there is no attic space... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!


Day 17: Looking at Living Room Lighting Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/24/13 10:56 PM

I had to laugh because my biggest weakness is kitchen stuff & storage containers... it got so bad that I had storage containers storing more collapsible storage containers. :) Currently I looked around our home and I see corners filled with clutter... part mine, part hubby's, and part 3 teenage boys (biggest culprit right now.) Solution... consignment shop! Some else is now the proud owner of many of my storage containers & kitchen stuff. Clutter is now in containers lining top of boy's bookcase, clearly identified. Paper napkins have been replaced with cloth napkins made from old dish towels made by grandmother/mother. Old worn sweaters pullovers became stylish cardigans with a few simple snips and stitches. Too small shoes/clothes of teenagers... donated. hoarded candles... being burned. books... sold or donated to the literacy council. Now I shop my home, grab my camera when the impulse hits to shop to document what we have and then go out and take pictures of the surrounding area... So far so good! Our lives are beginning to be less cluttered with stuff... the guys are spending less money by trading in video games/systems... and we are enjoying time together again!


It's the Little Things:
5 Ways to Spend Less & Reduce Clutter

1/24/13 01:53 PM

Truly wonderful! I love her bakeware collections! I have a small bakeware collection but it is dispersed all over the house because... well it works for everything!

Do you mean it about sending in photos of "real" kitchens? LIke ones used by every day, "real" people? You know, the ones used by stay-at-home moms to kids and dogs... lived in, yet loved kitchens?

Have a great day!


An Archeologist's Kitchen in ItalyKitchen Tour
1/24/13 01:33 PM