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Frozen peas in a little container!

5 Lunch Items You Can Freeze to Keep Your Lunch Cool Tips from The Kitchn
3/16/14 11:49 PM

Growing up in Canada (Alberta), we always called the ham kind "back bacon" (or "Canadian bacon") and the bacon kind "side bacon" (or "real bacon"). In my experience, it's only Canadians over 65 or so who call Canadian bacon just "bacon." Many a time have I ordered a bacon burger at a mom-and-pop diner and been sad to get ham on my burger instead. But that's really the only sort of place that that happens, I think.

What's the Difference Between Canadian Bacon (or Irish, or English) and American? Ingredient Intelligence
3/7/14 05:57 PM

I have to agree with lakesq et al. This seems like an unlabeled sponsored post, and in bad taste.

Don't Call Wheat Thins a Cracker. Food News
1/27/13 10:07 PM

@joelfinkle: Dermatological allergies don't necessarily translate into internal allergies. I'm severely allergic to the nickel alloyed in almost all metals, so I use plastic handled cutlery, but don't get sores inside my mouth from the metal tines of the fork. Of course, it may not be worth the risk...

Have You Ever Tried Spruce Beer?
1/13/13 12:04 PM

I transfer all of my freezer stuff (fruits, vegetables, etc.) into square ziploc containers. That way, everything stacks and I can easily see what it is. No more digging!

This is by far the best deal I've found:

Organize My Small Kitchen On a Budget Reader Resolutions 2013
1/12/13 04:48 PM

I recently made my own recipe binder with pretty supplies from the Martha Stewart line at Staples.

Recommendations for Custom Recipe Cards and Binders? Good Questions
11/26/12 09:18 AM

I really like cookie jars, too, for the same reasons even though I don't store cookies in them. I don't have any specific cookie jar recommendations, but I did want to share my mom's trick. We never stored cookies in the cookie jar, but we stored the "stuff" for cookies in ziploc bags in there. Chocolate chips, coconut, extracts, etc. are all in the cookie jar. It makes it fun and easy to ad-lib cookie recipes, and it's still conceptually a jar for cookies. :)

Can You Help Me Find a Quirky, Fun Cookie Jar? Good Questions
11/12/12 11:33 PM

I sub greek yogurt for sour cream (on baked potatoes but also tacos, perogies, etc.). Fresh dill and/or scallions are also really good. Or sauteed onions (light on the oil). Smoked salt or smoked paprika fills in for that bacon-y flavour, too.

What Are Some Healthy Toppings for Baked Potatoes? Recipe Questions
6/5/12 04:44 PM

I love my Black & Decker steamer/rice cooker. For grains (and hard "boiled" eggs), you really can set it and forget it (and I'm generally skeptical of those claims, too). For veggies, I generally cook a little less than the manual says, and you have to be careful to shock them (rinse them in cold water) to make sure they don't keep cooking. It's one of my most-used appliances.

One note: I had the two-tier one, but never used the second tier, since things that I want to keep separate generally need different times, which makes it awkward.

Help Me Find the Best Brand of Electric Vegetable Steamer
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1/14/12 12:15 PM

@iswasneverwillbe I love Old Monk Rum for Cider. It's robust with vanilla undertones, and it pairs well with the spices in cider.

I'm concerned about the idea of giving guests a shot of liquor before they drive home, though...

Gifts For Guests: Warm Apple Cider Shots
Project Wedding

11/23/11 08:14 AM

This was always my favorite vegan Thanksgiving entree - it comes out very thick and hearty, almost not quite a stew:

What Are Some Good Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes?
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11/18/11 11:17 AM

I think it's important to remember, too, that what we think of as "normal sized" would have seemed huge in the past - or even in most parts of the world: is 8oz really the smallest amount of coffee/soda I need?

Small Sweets: What's the Big Deal?
11/3/11 02:47 PM

Curried squash and turnip soup, maybe accompanied by homemade bread. And I need to do something with the mess of greens (turnip, beet, mustard) that came in my CSA this week. Right now, I'm thinking quiche maybe.

Any (vegetarian) suggestions?

What's Cooking This Weekend?
Weekend of October 29-30, 2011

10/29/11 11:31 AM

I have a small stove (I don't know if it's 27" or 24") and I don't have much trouble with the stove itself, but the oven is super frustrating. I can't fit a full-size cookie pan in, and some of my casserole dishes are a tight squeeze. I often forget what fits and doesn't fit, and then have to switch dishes at the last minute. So frustrating!

What Are the Disadvantages of a 24-Inch Range?
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10/25/11 12:51 PM

I had something similar at a strange restaurant in Italy, and although it's not exactly the same, this sandwich filling recipe from thekitchn satisfies my cravings for it:

Do You Have a Recipe for Czech Beer Cheese?
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10/12/11 09:43 AM

I think it's important to be aware of what words really mean when we choose our foods. "Organic" and "Fair Trade" are regulated, for example, but consumers often think they mean more than they do. Other words, like "artisan," "natural," and "farm fresh" (my personal favorite) can mean whatever a manufacturer/store want them to mean, so it's important to be careful. I don't think the solution is to reject all food adjectives, but rather to know what each one means (if anything) and what backs up that claim (if anything).

Artisan Food: Are You Being Fooled?
10/5/11 01:38 PM

I used to live in Alberta, Canada, where the extra firm tofu was extra firm (and not water packed! save that for the soft and medium varieties!) and already-pressed tofu was available everywhere. Since I moved to the east coast of the US, I've been baffled by the water packed flimsy tofu that passes for "firm" or even "extra firm" - although I recently discovered that the tofu at Trader Joe's reminds me blessedly of home.

Chef's Trick: Firm Up Your Tofu
9/29/11 12:40 AM

Canned peaches make a pretty good peach pie (not as good as fresh, but still good). There's a recipe in Joy of Cooking. I bet they'd also be good in salsa.

Got Any Creative Ways to Use Up Canned Fruit?
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9/21/11 02:15 PM

Congratulations, Anjali! Your wedding sounds lovely! Best wishes for the years ahead!

We didn't have a very long engagement and so ended up buying all of the food for our wedding, but I insisted that we use local vendors (the cupcake people from the farmer's market, the friendly wine shop in our neighborhood, the little vegetarian caterer/sandwich shop) and that made me happy. If we had had more time, I would have liked to cook the whole thing (veggie lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and cake maybe?).

DIY Wedding: Why We Make Instead of Buy
9/14/11 10:51 AM

@pbelardo - Click on "show more" in teawithpaloma's comment. There are full instructions, including for soaking. :)

Can You Help Me Perfect Seaweed Salad at Home?
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9/14/11 10:45 AM