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Display Name: Nerves
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As long as both parties are consuming it, there never should be issues with garlic breath.

6 Foods That Fight Garlic Breath Naturally
2/21/14 01:05 AM

To prevent soggy bread, I remove the cover after the initial flip - this way you aren't steaming the already toasted side.

Want the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Put a Lid On It!
2/10/14 12:46 PM

Blocks usually come with far too many knives in them. Get a cheap bread knife, and spend the bulk of your budget on your chef's knife.

Should I Buy Knives Separately or Together in a Block? Good Questions
4/8/13 09:12 AM

It only takes a little bit of really good chocolate. If the flavor is really intense, then I only need a wee taste of it.

Is Chocolate Your Very Favorite Thing, Like Ever? Reader Survey
4/1/13 07:13 AM

Meatballs, frozen pizzas, curries, beef stroganoff - the safest things to freeze are meals that don't need to retain any special texture, and might get soggy with the thawing. I like to make meals where the main course is frozen, but I'll cook the pasta/rice the day we are to eat it.

What Meals Should I Freeze Before Our Baby Arrives? Good Questions
3/20/13 10:05 AM

I'd echo some other comments here about the huge loss of kitchen storage space. Some open shelves, either in white or glass might recover some of that without sacrificing the illusion of open space.

Before & After: Andrew's Long Time Coming Bungalow Kitchen Update
3/12/13 09:12 AM

I'm in the other camp. I'm in Canada, and the producers I've visited and purchased from rate it based on colour. Dark (D) Amber(C), medium(B), light(A), extra light(AA) - this is a Canadian standard, and 80% of the maple syrup in the world comes from here. Now, this has nothing to do with how long it's boiled for. The difference in colour is dependant on when it is extracted from the tree - early in the season, or later on. AA comes from the first sap of the season. Dark / Amber would be the dredge that comes out at the end of the season.

Now, it seems like most people here prefer maple flavour over everything else, but there's a lot more to it. I prefer the AA grade - and it's not always easy to find. Why? Because you get to enjoy the other flavours in there - smokey, especially, with a some other hints as well, depending on where your syrup comes from. I could seriously fill a cup with it and sip at it straight... in fact I think I might just go ahead and do that. AA syrup isn't that syrupy at all. By the time you get to medium, the flavour is much less nuanced and more MAPLE! Or, what we perceive as maple (ie tastes the most like Aunt Jemima). The amber and dark stuff - that's used for baking / cooking only - it's pure maple flavour, there isn't room for anything else. I keep a litre of dark in the fridge for baking, and a bottle of extra light for putting on desserts / breakfast. Kids tend to prefer the medium variety, because I think it has a higher sugar content, but the maple flavour isn't overwhelming.

Maple Syrup Grades: When Does It Matter?
3/8/13 10:45 AM


Candied Bacon!

Recipe: Crispy Brown Sugar-Glazed Bacon Recipes from The Kitchn
1/14/13 01:52 PM

Pulled pork in a pot or slow cooker - a really cheap cut of pork cooked for a long time. Certainly in your class you won't be able to do the whole thing front to back, but you can show how to prep it, get it started and how to disassemble it after it's cooked for half a day.

Recipe Ideas For a Cooking Class For Low-Income Adults? Good Questions
12/21/12 02:57 PM

I like to saute some onion, cured ham and rosemary in butter. Add a little Parm in there - YOM.

Weeknight Comfort: Making Mashed Potatoes a Meal
11/29/12 11:02 AM

Can I choose Disorganized closed cupboards with ample countertop spillover?

What's Your Storage Style? Reader Survey
11/26/12 03:45 PM

I like to make pulled pork. Easy peasy in the slow cooker, and people really like it. As I don't have a lot of table space, large gatherings at my place are generally plate - in - hand affairs.

More Bang for the Buck: 8 Dinner Party Dishes with Cheaper Cuts of Meat
11/5/12 08:40 AM

It's helpful to know what you're going to use it for. I use mine for some roasts and for making pulled pork when I have to feed a lot of people. Sometimes, I'd love to have 2 slow-cookers of different size, but I can't justify the space that another (albeit smaller one) would take up.

What Should I Look For When Buying a New Slow Cooker? Good Questions
10/25/12 08:03 PM

Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. Any combination of these. Whether in a pie, muffin, cider or just sitting in my coffee grinder on the counter.

Favorite Scents of the Fall Season
10/15/12 11:03 AM

I try to make meals that have ingredients that my kids would eat individually, and set them aside as I cook.

Last night, my wife and I had fajitas with chicken, a bit of steak, some rice (that I flavoured after cooking) etc. the kids had plain grilled chicken, rice and some cauliflower I tossed in a pot for a few minutes.

What Are Some Quick, Healthy Meals That Will Appeal to My Picky Toddler & Me? Good Questions
9/25/12 11:35 AM


Sando, Sarnie or Sammie: What Do You Call Your Sandwich? Reader Survey
9/17/12 11:33 AM

I've just started working from home a few months ago. I have had a hard time adjusting to being completely self motivated (not that I didn't have the same problem while working in an office). The key to me is to set weekly and daily goals to work towards to keep myself on track. Otherwise, I'm completely unproductive. Now that I'm working towards that, I now need to start taking regular breaks and get out of the house for a bit on my lunch.

Is Working at Home Right For You?
9/13/12 08:44 AM


That's what I thought of as well. Is there some black market syrup syndicate?

Shady individuals setting up maple syrup stands all across the country.

The Case of the Disappearing Maple Syrup Food News
9/10/12 11:37 AM

I've got a BIG bottle of it, and it gets replaced regularly.

The Taste of Mali: Maggi Seasoning Lucky Peach
8/23/12 09:06 AM

As someone who has both worked at and frequents Farmer's Markets, I've got to say that I am a little appalled at all the hate for kids and everything that goes with them. Parents, be mindful of your kids, but don't leave them at home. I spend all week away from my kids, and I'll be damned if I'm not spending the whole weekend with them. There are several FM near to where I live, and I purposefully avoid the ones with narrow aisles, because they are nearly impossible to navigate with my kids and bags of buys.

The Farmers' Market: Helpful Hints and Etiquette Tips
7/10/12 04:50 PM