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Display Name: CiudadDuerpo
Member Since: 5/3/11

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I'm the one with the dull knives (well, compared to my parents')! My dad is an amazing cook, and when I lived down the street from them, I used to bring my knives over every once in a while for him to sharpen.

My boyfriend's dad has the worst knife set though! When we go stay with him (and especially trying to cook on Thanksgiving) I will occasionally bring my own cooking tools since he has so few tools. He does most of his own cooking too! Guess it works for him, but it would drive me crazy to use dull knives and not have the convenience amenities (like electric mixers or casserole dishes) to cook with!

How To Cope With Your Parents' Dull Knives
12/12/11 01:46 AM

I like this! Like everyone said, it does look like a "real" home, something that's actually doable. It doesn't look staged or like you'd need to be a millionaire to live there (like too many of the homes on this blog are starting to look like). And to the person who commented that they have a ton of books, you have clearly never lived with an academic before (says the gf of another Ph.D. candidate :)

Jenny & Collin's Bold Mix of Books & Media
House Tour

12/10/11 04:46 PM

Learning how to make monkey bread was the only redeeming quality of me taking foods class in middle school. It's so good!

Recipe: Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise
12/4/11 11:05 PM

These are all such great ideas, and I can't wait to try a few. However, I fly back home to spend Christmas with my family, and wouldn't be able to bring any of the liquids on the plane (and many of them need to age before use). Maybe I could make a couple at my parent's house though...

Weekend Project: Start Making Edible Gifts
11/27/11 02:45 AM

From another Midwesterner in SoCal, I am shocked that a young guy has a home like this! You should see what most 20-something guys houses look like....

I love how natural it is. It looks lived in too, but not a sloppy way. It also doesn't look like he is a millionaire like some of the places on here. Oh, and he's also pretty cute! :)

Bradley's Mini Historic Echo Park Home
House Tour

11/18/11 09:47 PM

I spray painted an empty wine bottle with chalkboard spray paint, and now it's a vase for flowers. I write the name of the flower on the bottle or draw pictures.

10 Upcycled Wine Bottles Turned Home Accessories
11/13/11 02:52 AM

You can start out pretty easily if you're a beginner at cooking meat. Honestly, get a George Foreman grill. It's not a bad way to cook chicken or burgers. It's great for making grilled chicken for salads or sandwiches.

After that you might move on to something where you could bake or broil the chicken recipes. Things like chicken enchiladas, chicken salad, etc. Once you feel comfortable with the process of cooking the meat, you can move on to more challenging methods.

I still find it much harder to cook with red meats than poultry. It can be difficult to know the difference between just right and overdone. Just remember, fish cooks much more quickly than poultry! My best advice would be to get a good cookbook, honestly.

Help Me Learn the Basics of Buying and Cooking Meat
Good Questions

10/19/11 10:56 PM

Wanted to add that this is really, really tasty. However, you might want to adjust the cooking time to 1.5 hrs. at 400 degrees.

Recipe: Spatchcocked Ricotta Chicken
10/7/11 01:19 AM

I think the cooking time on this is off. I have a usually hot, gas stove, and I've had this 3.5 lb. chicken in there for an hour now, and the thighs are still bloody and pink on the inside. I think it's going to need significantly more time. It's so frustrating when recipes are inaccurate.

It looks good though, and the video on how to butterfly a chicken was quite handy.

Recipe: Spatchcocked Ricotta Chicken
10/6/11 11:45 PM

Nice! I live in SB also, and never till we moved out here, did people really want to visit us! So, I definitely second having a nice guest room.

I often drive downtown (I live in Goleta), and I absolutely love the CA Craftman homes and the mission style. It was a hard decision for us to move to Goleta, as downtown certainly has its ammenities, including the beautiful homes!

I honestly love just about everything about this home!

Anna & Jon's Santa Barbara Craftsman Home
House Tour

10/1/11 11:44 PM

The Frank's Red Hot buffalo chicken dip is awesome, but you have to be really careful you don't eat too much or, umm...well nevermind...

Also, I was disappointed that the dip in the picture wasn't one of the featured recipes. It looks good!

Tailgating and Beyond: 10 Simple Dip Recipes
9/30/11 12:17 AM

Looks tasty. Might have to try this out.

On a side note, I don't think I'll ever look at "child's pose" in yoga the same again. :)

Recipe: Spatchcocked Ricotta Chicken
9/29/11 09:58 PM

How cool! Wish I could afford original artwork like this! I get to see a lot of amazing original artwork through my job, but most of the time, it's out of my price range.

Btw, those dolls and their heads are seriously creepy!

Robert's Art Collection in a Storybook Home
House Tour

9/25/11 04:44 AM

Look, I'll be perfectly honest...we have a mattress from Craigslist. I'm a total snob about a lot of things, and I never would've bought a mattress of Craigslist myself, but my boyfriend got one on there. Now that we live together, it's our mattress. And it's perfectly fine. Don't you people go to hotels? God knows what happens on some of those mattresses (even in, gasp...nice hotels!)

He met the couple who was selling their one year old mattress...they were a young couple like us, and she just hated how stiff it was.

He bought is used because he'd just moved across the country for grad school and was pretty broke. We had to fit all of our possessions into our cars (along with 2 cats!) and drive across the room for a mattress. Honestly we could afford a new mattress at this point, but this one is fine, so why sell it?

When we moved a few months ago and couldn't fit the box springs up the stairs, guess what we did? Yup, we sold it on Craigslist!

Tips for Finding a Mattress on Craigslist
8/25/11 01:39 AM

Ohhh, reading through I had to add my experience with carpet in an apartment I lived in. I have a cat, and I paid an extra deposit to have it there, and I also paid an extra $50 a month for pet rent. I left the apartment cleaner than when I moved in. Up until that point (and since then) I've gotten most of my deposits back.

However, this was the first time I'd ever lived in a big managed corporate complex. They kept my deposit of one month's rent, my pet deposit and they charged me $800 on top of that...all for the carpet. So apparently this crappy beige carpet covering 800 sq. feet is $1,600? They said it was for "pet damage", but my pet never did anything to it. She's declawed!

Anyway, I unfortunately ended up paying it because they kept hounding me for the money and threatened to sue and I was moving out of state or else I would've fought it. What a nightmare!

How To: Get Back Your Security Deposit
8/19/11 11:59 PM

The last time we moved we hired some people to clean our carpet and our apartment for $200 total. Best decision ever. Sure we did live in a small place, but the cost is minimal compared to the results. We would've had to purchase all the cleaning supplies, plus the work that would take (after packing and moving to a new place) and it still wouldn't have looked half as good.

How To: Get Back Your Security Deposit
8/19/11 11:51 PM

Yes, and no. I've toured really nasty apartments (in college), one where the guy couldn't be bothered to even get out of bed or hide his bong when we came through (didn't rent that one!)

However, after my ex-boyfriend (who I was living with) and I broke up, I found a new place and he lived at our place until the lease ended. The place was trashed during the time he lived there by himself, and even though it was a really cool looking apartment in a historic building, it probably looked awful to whomever toured it.

You have to take these things with a grain of salt. Look at the space, the condition of it, the other tenants. Not the stuff of someone else that won't be there when you move in.

Using Your Imagination While Apartment Hunting
8/18/11 11:46 PM

I love the succulent collection!

It's funny to hear LA described as "cheap". I guess if you came from NYC it probably is... I'm originally from a mid-size Midwestern city, and I live in SoCal now. Ummm, let's just say the cost of living and pace of life were quite the opposite of easier for me at first!

Kathryn & David's Mix of Modern & Craftsman Apartment
House Tour

8/18/11 11:13 PM

My parents moved my last year of college. My brother was still living at home at the time, so he has "his" room there, but I don't. I moved out of state about two years after they moved, so now when I come and visit I always stay in the same room. I like the new house. It took a while to grow on me, but my parents live only a few miles from where I grew up and the new house is much nicer. I still drive through the old neighborhood when I'm in town, and it's changed even in the five years since they moved. It was weird at first though, I'm not going to lie.

Have Your Parents Moved?
8/18/11 02:15 AM

Ohhh, now the fact that your dog pulled down the shower makes perfect sense. You have a wire haired fox terrier (right?)! I grew up with cute!

Nicole's Ever-Changing Edgewater Apartment
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8/17/11 11:02 PM