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Display Name: Willow_kender
Member Since: 9/26/11

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I have 2 Le Creuset, a dutch oven and a Karahi (no longer sold I believe). I use both extensively. I also have a smaller cheaper no name dutch oven I got at Target (Or was it Marvins?) which I also use a lot and though it's not as fun to work with it cooks food!

So both Dutch oven work fine, the cheaper one is ugly, thicker/heavier and harder to clean. The Le Creuset is much bigger and yet much lighter. It distribute the heat better and is my trusty friend for braising.

It all works, the pricier tools generally are worth the expense but they don't do the cooking for you. My favorite knife is a target chef knife and yet I have a Wusthof that is nice and heavy when I'm trying to tackle a more heafty chopping job :)

My Uncool Kitchen Tool: A Not-As-Good-As-Le-Creuset Dutch Oven
1/8/14 06:45 PM

Seriously? That's what you'd pack to go on a hike? Nuts yeah, granola bar yeah, the rest...

Very sugary looking for one thing... Not to mention that those wrap and "sushi" wouldn't survive the backpack. Packing for a hike, less is more. Need to think in terms of how it will survive motion, and how easy it will be to eat out in the field. Grain salad in a lock & lock with some nuts, granola bar and a fruit or two...

Pack It In, Pack It Out! 10 Best Recipes for a Day of Hiking
6/28/12 09:54 AM

Why does it have to be "eat a lot of salt, or eat practically no salt at all"?

It's funny that all those studies, and education efforts, always focus on the extremes. I guess it sells better.

Don't overdo or cut out salt, or sugar, or fat, or proteins, or... You need a bit of each, for health, for enjoyment, too much will kill you, cutting it all out will probably kill you too.

Why does everything have to be all or nothing?

The Truth About Salt: Why a Low-Salt Diet Could Be Harming Your Health The New York Times
6/4/12 02:16 PM

I think that as much as I like dishes, I'm not paying 200$ for a set of bowls..

Actually, I find most of my "interesting dishes" either at second hand stores, or at trinket stores. I like all textures, even more to mix and match them, but I don't have a set favorite. It just depends what you put it with.

I guess Eclectic would describe my kitchen...

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4/20/12 02:30 PM

This is all very funny! Grew up in Magdalen Island (next door to PEI) and now live in California. Seafood's much better in the St Lawrence Gulf than on the West coast, but fruits and veggies (including strawberries, and even (OMG) potatoes!! sorry PEI folks!) are better here...

I love the Canadian VS Americans thing... funny...

True story though, I had a friend who couldn't believe there was actually land East of Maine... there's actually several provinces!

What's the Deal with P.E.I. Mussels?
4/10/12 12:05 AM

I'm lucky to have a coat closet, but my door is straight in a narrow-ish hallway with the closet on one side, and the kitchen door on the other side. The living room/dinning room/home office room is at the other end of the hallway. No real "entry space".

I recently put the shoe rack in the closet, and used a low bright red cabinet I had to keep my printer paper, and craft stuff. I still have that stuff on the lower shelves (my apartment is small, so everything has to be greatly functional) but emptied out the full length drawer to put shopping bags and such and put our "junk baskets" the mail holder and the dog bag basket (yup!) on top along with a few decorations.

I have a long black rug with red flowers and green leaves (over really really bad wood floor), so the red in the cabinet brings the red in the carpet right out. It turned out really great! Everything we need is right by the door, but it's not looking "junky" anymore.

So proud!

Tips for Dealing with a No-Entryway Entryway Renters Solutions
3/15/12 01:08 PM

I've lived in worse... but hey, how much for the lamp? LOL

Introducing The World's Ugliest Condo Renovation Diary
3/7/12 02:07 PM

Easiest way to cook steel cut oats:

Bring 4 cup of water to a boil, add 1 cup Steel cut oats, a pinch of salt (I add a cinnamon stick).
Mix, bring back to a boil, cover, turn off the flame, leave on the stove overnight,
In the morning heat up what you need (flavored however you want)
Put the rest in a Tupperware in the fridge.

Last for days, start turning to a cake on about the 5th-6th days, I would eat after 7 days... might walk off on its own.

Been doing this for years.

Good Question: How To Make DIY Instant Oatmeal?
3/5/12 03:13 PM

Baaahhh I gotta die of something anyway, why not have it be from a gold plated sandwich?? I love this!

Edible Spray Paint: Say What?!
2/29/12 04:37 PM

You know, I look at those "breakfasts" and think: 15 minutes sugar high, crash, and munchies all day.

Those are nice treats, but most of them are not "breakfasts".

15 Portable and Delicious Weekday Breakfasts
Best of 2011

12/19/11 11:41 AM

This from the rule of the contest: "By registering and submitting an entry form, you will be agreeing that your registration and any other information collected in connection with the Contest may be used by Apartment Therapy in accordance with Apartment Therapy's Privacy Policy and may be shared with Apartment Therapy's affiliated business entities."

And this on the application: "We will not share or sell your contact information, and we will only contact you in the event that you win. "

... don't match. I'm not saying that you can't use the info, I'm saying you should be honest about it...

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11/28/11 12:54 PM

Usually when that happens that means that I need to simplify things. I get to the point where I overthink things and cooking becomes a major production every time.

Look at what is in season, get the best you can find, and cook it simply. Let the ingredients be the show, not long complicated prep!


Help! I've Lost My Cooking Mojo!
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10/10/11 04:22 PM

Quick cooking means I made up the recipe on the spot. When in a hurry I don't have time to run through all my cookbooks and magazines, I just get creative.

A Quick Recipe: What Does That Mean To You?
9/26/11 01:47 PM