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Display Name: Vjom
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How about opening a window or two especially if you want a cross breeze without the expense of air conditioning and thinking up ways to cover up the smells of daily living

Combat Summertime Stuffiness: Try a Smelly Simmer! Comment of the Day
7/15/14 06:42 PM

Your boss is not expecting a catered event or even a restaurant style meal. I suggest you disarm him with excellent hamburgers that he helps grill with lots of different kinds of condiments for those burgers. Slaw or salad to accompany as well as fresh fruit for dessert are more than enough. Wow him with your beverage choice however.... different kinds of beer if that is his drink or a few bottles of really good wine is where the money should be spent. This will impress him to no end.

My Husband's Boss Is Coming to Dinner! What Should We Make? Good Questions
7/15/14 05:59 PM

I don't know if sugar is "toxic" or not but in excess the empty calories certainly make you fat. We all should label read and start to add up our daily intake of various types of sugar to understand how much sugar we are eating daily. Fructose, lactose, corn syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, agave (higher in fructose than high fructose corn syrup), glucose, maltose, molasses, golden syrup, maple syrup, etc. 10 mg of the various types of sugar = 1 tsp. I can of coke contains 30 gms or 4 teaspons. Sugar is in processed deli meats, breakfast cereals etc. If the contents of the "food" are listed, sugars are listed as or with the carbohydrate content.

What To Read This Weekend: Is Sugar Toxic? Let's Hear All Sides! 10 Weekend Reads from The Kitchn
6/13/14 06:40 PM

Since SodaStream is an Israeli company operating in the Palestinian Occupied Territories I would not buy this product on principle alone.

My Favorite Entertaining Tool: The Water Carbonator
6/9/14 07:38 PM

Further to my first post. Food addiditives eg What is in the 1/2 pint of cream I just bought: cream, milk, skim milk powder, carrageenan, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, polysorbate 80, sodium citrate. Huh!!! All this in what I thought was just plain whipping cream and it turns out to be a soup of chemical additives.
How much sugar and its various disguises is the food industry adding to our diets!! How to figure out how much sugar we are actually eating each day.

How Much Do You Want to Talk About Diet and Health at The Kitchn?
6/6/14 02:48 PM

No for diet. What is healthy is a matter of interpretation. Discussions about packed foods and their contents vs. home made versions yes. Discussions about preservatives in prepackaged foods yes. Discussions about all the stuff the food industry puts in foods such as milk, cream, and foods we don't think as being adulterated by the food industry yes. How to read labels yes. But diets NO.

How Much Do You Want to Talk About Diet and Health at The Kitchn?
6/6/14 02:26 PM

A quiche is just a custard with extra stuff in it baked in a pie shell. Custards are routinely made with milk so yes, you can substitute half and half for cream in your recipe.

Can I Substitute Half-and-Half For Cream in Quiche? Good Questions
6/4/14 07:15 PM

A post on the use of acids in cooking to make dishes balanced and I don't mean the use of vinaigrettes in salads.

Reader Request Week Is Coming! Tell Us What You Want to Read Reader Request Week 2014
6/2/14 02:52 PM

How about an open bottle of red and white (each properly stored in the fridge) will provide you with changing variety of cooking and drinking wines at hand. Boxed wine (volume of 4 bottles each) however limits your selection for far too long and takes up way too much space in any fridge. Old less palatable wines in the bottle can be used to make vinegar: an on going process which makes cheaper infinitely better vinegar than found in any supermarket.

Why I Always Have a Box of Wine in My Refrigerator
5/22/14 11:46 AM

If children refuse to eat what is put in front of them so what. Going without food for a meal is not the same as letting them starve. They will eat when they are hungry. Not catering to their every wish will teach them that you are not a chef and home is not a restaurant. Let them have a temper tantrum which is usually just a lot of noise and nothing else. Catering to them to stop a temper tantrum teaches them they work and therefor will be repeated more and more often.

You're Doing It Right: Feeding Your Kids You're Doing It Right
4/28/14 04:44 PM

As a mother who made her own baby food, never did I can the stuff. I froze it in ice cube trays and thawed and heated it as necessary. Mostly the baby ate what we ate only pureed with milk or broth to thin to the correct consistency. The frozen cubes were used on when we (the children and I) ate elsewhere as I never expected baby food to be on any restaurant or relatives menu.

You're Doing It Right: Feeding Your Kids You're Doing It Right
4/28/14 04:32 PM

Dry brine the chicken, much easier than wet brining, using the ratio of 1 Tblsp of Diamond crystal salt to every 5 lbs of chicken and let rest uncovered in the fridge for a number of hours. Salt more heavily the thighs and breasts than the wings and back. Bring the bird to room temperature before roasting at 400*F until the temperature between the thigh and the breast reaches 160*F. Remove from oven and let rest at least 20 minutes to half and hour. The bird will continue to cook when resting. Herbs and spices may be added to the salt such as thyme, peri peri, harissa, garam masala, smoked paprika, sumac, etc, in quantites to suit your taste or sprinkled on and ribbed in right after salting, allowing the spices to perfume the chicken and skin.

Our Readers' 5 Best Tips for Learning How to Cook Meat Reader Intelligence Report
3/31/14 07:28 PM

Fat is good for you. Most people in North America eat too much in the way of carbohydrates. Just look today at the amount of carbohydrate you consume in every bottle of soda pop you drink - it is on the label if you care to read it. Carbohydrates make you fat.

Can You Make Stovetop Popcorn With Water Instead of Oil? Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn
2/13/14 09:41 AM

Even better than men's hankerchiefs for straining stocks, yoghurt etc. are microfiber cloths. Yes I know they are synthetic but they do a fabulous job nonetheless.

Replace Cheesecloth Forever With One of These 3 Reusable Alternatives
1/10/14 11:28 AM

Having wet brined turkey and then discovered dry brining ie "the Judy bird" which in short is salting the turkey using coarse cooking salt in the ratio of 1 Tbsp for every 5 lbs. Salt all over using all the salt, salting more heavily the breast and thighs, not forgetting of course to salt inside the bird. Refrigerate in a resealable plastic bag for at up to 3 days and then uncovered in the fridge for up to 8 hours. Roast unstuffed in a 350*F oven until thermometer registers 160*F in the crack between the thigh and the breast making sure the probe does not touch bone, but is close to the thigh bone. Remove from oven and let rest. Enjoy. Yes you can make gravy from the drippings.

How to Cook a Turkey for Thanksgiving: The Simplest, Easiest Method Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
12/22/13 12:48 PM

KD8000 Scale is great for both savory and sweet cooking as it also does bakers percentages. It weighs in lbs., oz., kg., gm., and will switch between them on the fly. As for batteries rechargeable batteries have been available for ages.

Can You Help Me Find a Great Kitchen Scale for Under $100? Good Questions
12/5/13 01:43 PM

I have had bookshelves in the dining room now for 25 years. I live in an old victorian semi (which is long/deep and narrow) and the bookshelves are on the inside wall. The dining room is 15 by 10 with a traffic area from the living room to the kitchen along and beside the bookshelf wall which leaves an actual usable area in the dining room of 11 by 10. I have often thought of extending the bookshelves along two of the other walls and above the doorways and making the dining room into a library with comfortable chairs and good lighting for reading and a writing desk as the kitchen table is used for most entertaining now and a formal dining room is form without function.

In Good Company: Dining Rooms with Beautiful Bookshelves
4/26/12 06:46 PM

In my not so recent kitchen renovation, I had installed a stainless steel laundry sink that is only 10 inches deep. I love it. I looked at farmhouse sinks which I at first I coveted but found the ss sink would accommodate my large pans entirely which the farmhouse sinks would not.

Form & Function: Farmhouse Sinks
5/12/11 11:42 AM