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I think another important point is just because they didn't like something once, don't stop offering it to them. Just make it differently. My son was not a huge fan of roasted cauliflower, but he loves it raw. Sometimes it's the seasoning or texture they don't like, not the actual food.

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3/10/11 03:34 PM

I had this problem with two pie pumpkins I purchased last year. My solution was to drop them off the balcony (I only live one floor up) and then go pick up the pieces. It worked well enough to bake.

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12/17/10 02:31 PM

I have not tried this, but I wonder if it would work better to use a dehydrator instead of the oven.

It might even work to "sauce" the peas, dehydrate them, then toss them in the sauce again and dehydrate again (for less time) to create the thick coating of sauce.

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4/19/10 03:14 PM

I recieved a lot of doilies when I got married. I love the ladies that made them for me and I have great respect for the countless hours that went into making them. But........I don't love the country look of putting them on the surfaces of my home.

I recently saw a picture of white doilies made into a pendant lamp. The maker laid them out over the outside of a bowl and sprayed it with liquid starch. She made two halves and then sewed the two halves together over the light fixture.

It was beautiful! It made the doily modern and something I would like to see in my house. I haven't actually tried it yet, but I do plan to this winter.

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9/18/09 11:44 AM

I have heard when you do candy bars it is easier to freeze them first-but I guess it all depends on how melty you want the insides. The freezing might work even better for the oreos, maybe you won't lose so much of the double stuff.

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8/13/09 01:46 PM

My boyfriend would love these! Most people love to sit out on the patio in the evening (like me), but he prefers to go down to the basement and listen to music.

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8/3/09 01:48 PM

I frequently make individual egg casseroles, or any kind of casserole. Kids love individualy servings that are in dishes "their size". Also, when I make egg casserole everyone has one thing they don't want (don't put onions in mine, I don't like mushrooms today, etc). I can easily make everyone happy with the same effort as making one big casserole.

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6/30/09 12:49 PM

Hmmm. I only have strawberry yogurt in the house, but I also have some fresh strawberries. I wonder how that would work for a breakfast type biscut.

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4/16/09 01:44 PM

Chop/dice them, freeze them flat on a cookie sheet for an hour or so, then place them in a freezer baggie or something of that nature.

When you aren't getting as many in your CSA box and want to use onions in dinner, grab a handful of the chopped onions, toss them in the pan and they cook up wonderfully.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: How Can I Preserve All These Onions?
4/7/09 11:36 AM

If you made a fruit infused vodka, would keeping it in the freezer help it to last longer?

I am wanting to make some out of summer produce, but would like to use it as a way to "preserve" some of the fruit flavor for winter.

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4/3/09 12:59 PM

I have to admit the feeling of jealousy at finding an Excalibur for that price.

I used a friends dehydrator one summer and it is now my favorite preservation method. (ok, I still like to can tomatoes)

Dehydrating zuchinni is the best, throw some in soup and to comes back to life with the perfect texture and the flavor of summer.

Tomatoes are wonderful-I sliced them thin and dried them-I toss some in when I used my canned tomatoes and it "thickens" a little but still gives a rich tomato flavor.

I dried chard (and want to try kale) and use it in pretty much anything. I breaks up into little bits, almost powdery, and my kids never even know they are eating it. It looks like some kind of seasoning.

I have also taken extra mixed veggies (tomato, bell pepper, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, greens) dried it, and then put it through a blender or food processor. I use it like a veggie broth powder. It is really good for food allergies because you can out what ever you want in it. The only think you have to remember is when you actually use the dried items a little turns into a lot more. :)

Overall I think any veggie or fruit would preserve well. I would check your library and see if you can find a book or two that would have ideas and directions as well.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: What Do I Do With a Dehydrator?
3/23/09 12:53 PM

I buy corn and peas, and sometimes other veggies.

I always have blueberries, peaches, strawberries, bell peppers, carrots, and green beans stocked in my freezer. I don't usually buy them (except sometimes in the early spring/summer if I run out) from the grocery store, I get them from my garden or the farmers market and freeze them. So much tastier in the winter than mass produces frozen fruit/veggies.

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3/11/09 04:01 PM

I make quiche/strata/fritta in a muffin tin-butter it well-and they come out perfect for breakfast. They heat up well and are perfect for using up bits of leftover veggies or meats.

Figure one egg per muffin cup. Put the veggies, meat, and some cheese in the cup, whisk your eggs together, and fill the cups. Bake for about 25 minutes. Yum!

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1/15/09 05:32 PM

I do not have a back splash behind my stove, but I wanted something there that added a decorative touch to the room. I had purchased a beautiful cutting board that was probably not really glass but when I cut something on it, it sounded like glass and I never used it.

So, I set it on top of the back of the stove. It looks nice, is always very easy to clean, and works well for an apartment.

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12/8/08 05:35 PM

Movie day-at home! Some knitting, some leftovers, some popcorn, and a lot of movies. :)

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11/26/08 11:26 AM

I once had a small dark kitchen with a faux brick wall behind the stove, dark brown cupboards, and dark flooring. The brick was was the most hated thing in my whole house. One weekend I decided to paint the walls-including the brick white. It helped immensely. I used a brush on the brick and just painted the front of the bricks. It ended up looking pretty cute and lightened up the whole room immensely. If the brick hadn't been above the stove (the "grout" was kind of icky from years of cooking and I didn't think it would paint well) I would have painted the whole thing.

I think making it one color actually makes the bricks a fun texture on the wall.

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11/6/08 06:42 AM

Pink is my favorite! :)

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10/10/08 01:22 PM

Have fun taking pictures! They are for you-take them the way you want, and love how they turn out. All imperfections are perfect-just like people. :)

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10/10/08 01:19 PM

My 6 1/2" Santoku. I use it every day

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10/10/08 12:21 PM

I made something very similar to this, but it had spinach instead of tomatoes. I think spinach and tomato would be really good! or even kale.

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10/6/08 01:00 PM