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Display Name: Ellen V
Member Since: 11/16/10

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I've used cream and it's fine, but normally use evaporated milk like ohwoah and I think that works the best!


Can I Substitute Half-and-Half For Cream in Quiche? Good Questions
6/4/14 05:39 PM

I've been making kefir for a month or two, and I've noticed it has become less creamy than it was at first. Now it separates quickly and gets kind of fizzy. Do you have any tips for getting it thicker? I'm guessing my kitchen may be too warm because it is separating before the 24 hr mark.


How To Make Milk Kefir Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
4/7/14 10:39 AM

I agree with the above poster who discovered that the dislike stemmed from overcooked eggs. I always hated the smell of scrambled eggs and wouldn't eat them, but if they are lightly scrambled (still kind of wet) they are much better to me. Most restaurants overdo it even when you ask for them underdone.


What Are Some Ways To Eat Eggs That Disguise Their Taste? Good Questions
3/13/14 04:22 PM

I put frozen blueberries or strawberries in my yogurt, which keeps it cold until lunch.


5 Lunch Items You Can Freeze to Keep Your Lunch Cool Tips from The Kitchn
3/13/14 08:09 AM

My farmer's market sells medium eggs, $3 for 2 dozen, or I can spend $3 for 1 dozen large eggs. The seller explained the volumes just like this post, so now I buy the mediums, and if I'm baking I just crack them into a measuring cup to check.


What's the Difference Between Medium, Large, Extra-Large, and Jumbo Eggs? Ingredient Intelligence
3/8/14 10:04 AM

Maybe you could bring some nice, fresh beans with you when you visit as a gift - then make some when you arrive.


What's the Deal with Storing Coffee Beans in the Freezer? Good Questions
3/7/14 11:32 AM

Our kids school doesn't allow chips, candy, or any nuts for snacks so I send whole fruit (usually an apple or a couple of clementines), a granola bar, crackers, dried cherries, or beef jerky. Usually some combination that includes protein so they aren't starving in an hour again.


5 Mom-Tested, Kid-Approved Snacks: 5 Good Choices that Actually Taste Good
1/17/14 06:18 AM

My fiancé and I always start a 3 month long, daily exercise program in January, without changing our eating habits much. Same result though!


Are You Doing a Food Cleanse or Detox in January?
1/8/14 07:05 AM

I had a bunch of frozen pumpkin purée and I ended up putting a lot of it into smoothies. The pioneer woman has a recipe for a pumpkin smoothie but I just tossed it in with other fruity stuff and it was great.


What Are Some Easy, Healthy Ways to Use Up Leftover Pumpkin Puree? Good Questions
12/10/13 03:37 PM

I use mine primarily to make yogurt (about once a week) but also occasionally for soup, or a roast.


How Often Do You Use a Slow Cooker? Reader Survey
10/21/13 10:29 AM

I make yogurt almost weekly using the crock pot method and it's pretty consistent for me, regardless of using a store-bought starter or my previous batch for starter. Sometimes it does come out a little lumpier than other times.

Heat 1 gallon of whole milk in crockpot on low for 2.5 hours
Cool in a water bath in the sink for 30 minutes or until temp is about 100-115 degrees F
Whisk in 1 cup yogurt
Wrap entire crockpot in a towel and put in the oven (off)
Wait overnight (about 8-12 hours)
In the morning I just take it all out and put it in a Tupperware in the fridge. I used to strain it until I came home from work that day, but now I just leave all the whey in and use it primarily in smoothies, no straining needed.


How Can I Make Perfect Yogurt Every Single Time? Good Questions
9/30/13 08:12 PM

I have a smoothie most mornings because my fiancé makes them for himself and always makes enough for two. It's nice to sip at my desk in the morning when I'm not really hungry yet. It typically involves yogurt (which we make about once a week), a banana, an avocado, spinach, and whatever fruit is around.


The Smoothie Survey Reader Survey
9/16/13 07:43 PM

Blue cheese stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon. Yum!


Blue Cheese Recipes for People Who Don't Love Blue Cheese? Good Questions
8/17/13 10:16 AM

This is more for leftover avocado - I often only want a half - but I think it would be the same for guacamole... I just put it in an airtight container with a freshly cut slice of onion. The avocado stays green for about 24 hours, sometimes longer. Apparently onions give off some sort of chemical that helps prevent browning, and I've never noticed the avocado take on any onion flavor.


The Best Way to Keep Guacamole Green Tips from The Kitchn
8/14/13 08:09 PM

I always heard shrinking pastry is because you stretched it while rolling it or placing it in the pan. I start with a flat disk of dough (don't usually bother refrigerating it) and roll very gently from the center out in all directions. The recipe I usually use is just fat, flour and a bit of salt.


Prevent Shrinking Pie Crusts Forever With This Pantry Staple
7/10/13 10:30 PM

I made these yesterday and they were delicious! Kind of made a gooey mess but it was totally worth it.

The only thing I would do differently is try to get the filling closer to the middle. Next time I would fill the cupcake liners about half way, pipe in the filling, then spoon in the rest of the batter. I also had a bit of filling leftover, so maybe I would swirl that around on the top!


Fall Breakfast Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins with Eggnog Cream Cheese Swirl Recipes from The Kitchn
10/28/12 09:22 AM

I spent a year living in two places (renovating a condo, but mainly living in an apartment), and now find myself doing it again (just bought a house, and haven't given up the apartment yet...) It was/is generally a week at one place, a week at the other place kind of thing.

Mainly, you just have to have two of everything. I have dishes/toilet paper/shampoo/cleaning supplies/etc at both. I keep both pantries stocked with dry goods - rice, pasta, canned foods. Try to plan your meals and buy the fresh stuff (dairy, vegetables, meat) on your way there the first night, or keep it in the freezer. I also take anything that might expire, or food I already cooked, with me, which usually fits in two grocery bags, so it's not too hard to transport. A cooler in the trunk would work if it's a longer distance.


How To Simplify Homekeeping for Weekend House? Good Questions
10/5/12 11:41 PM

Nori makes me gag no matter how many times I try it. I always thought I was just doomed to hate sushi but then I discovered that most restaurants will make it with soy paper instead!


Sushi Story: History Behind the California Roll
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3/13/12 08:17 AM

I don't know if this applies exactly, but I have had great success cleaning the residue off the insides of thermoses this way: 3 t baking soda, and then fill with boiling water. All the gunk comes off almost immediately. Repeat if necessary.


What Is the Best Way To Clean a Moka Express Pot?
Good Questions

2/1/11 07:47 AM

I eat when I'm hungry, and don't if I'm not. Simple! Unless things get in the way, of course. I keep a snack in my purse if I'm out and haven't had a meal for a while.

A typical day? Coffee at 7 or 8, then breakfast, then I work out. Glass of chocolate milk after the workout, then i go to work at 11. Lunch around 2:30, dinner around 6, and I almost always eat at least another snack later in the evening, if not a second dinner. I generally have to eat every 3 to 4 hours or I start feeling like a crazy person.


Food Habits: How Do You Decide When To Eat?
1/10/11 05:11 PM