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Display Name: The Dharma Bum
Member Since: 11/23/11

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I WAS THISCLOSE to joining a few seconds ago... then I realized I don't have much choice over my weekly meals. I don't eat fish... at all. Getting a weekly fish meal would be a waste on me, and I'm not really into an ALL VEG option. If they get more flexible options with regard to menu choice, I'll be their biggest customer. But until then, it is a waste for me.


Better Than Take-Out & Quicker Than the Grocery Store: I Tried Blue Apron's Meal Delivery Service Product Review
2/4/14 02:05 PM

I'm going to paint and redecorate our bedroom!


Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/8/13 10:11 AM

These are so fun! I love reading other people's stories! We have two traditions:

1. On christmas eve we do Wigilia (pronounced by my family as Valiah), which is a polish/lithuanian tradition where we break holy wafers with each other and wish each other Merry Christmas. After breaking bread, we eat dinner - no meat allowed, only fish and other non-meat products. Usually we have pierogies, mac & cheese, crab cakes, fish sticks, lots of un-fancy finger food. My mother says we have to make sure to eat 9 different things that night, but I can't remember why. Something to do with the apostles, I think. I love it, and even though the area I live in has a high number of lithuania and polish descendants, I don't know of any other families that do it! Makes it a little more special and fun to bring guests!

2. When my little sister was about 7, I teased her about being nominated as the "garbage elf" on christmas morning. I basically told her it was her job to put all the wrapping paper and bits of ribbon in the trash bag. She was SO excited to be "nominated" and did her job merrily. My siblings and I thought it very funny at the time. Her title stuck for the coming year, and every year after that - but now, at 16, she's not quite as thrilled about it anymore - we still toss all of our wrapping paper on top of her in a playful pile, though! It's all in good fun and she still plays along.


Hiding the Pickle & Other Weird Holiday Traditions
12/10/12 02:31 PM

I agree with a lot of other commenters -

EAT REAL FOOD BUT EAT IT IN MODERATION. I'd rather fill my body will full-fat cheese than flavor-chemical laden crap cheese that only tastes okay if I swallow really fast. I don't diet. I cook and eat what I want (granted I don't drink soda and I love most veggies), but I watch my intake. Calories in vs. Calories out. That way I am never missing out on the real pleasure of cooking and eating a great meal.

I have been to dinner parties where the host is on a perpetual diet and therefore makes "lite" versions of foods for everyone. I understand, I guess, but I sometimes feel bad for them that they don't allow themselves to eat the REAL stuff - ever. And I don't like to eat all the chemicals that inevitably get added to fake, light, or low-fat foods.

By the way, I use LOSE IT (the app) for calorie counting and it works great :) Free, too!


Why Low-Fat Cheese Tastes Like An Eraser The New York Times
8/9/12 03:44 PM

Was TV free for 2 years, cable free for 3. When I moved in with my boyfriend, he had a TV, but we don't have cable and barely watch TV at all. We watch the shows we want to watch by getting an iTunes season pass of a particular show or by using Netflix. Works great, and I don't waste my time watching TV - I watch what I want to watch when I want to watch it. I'll NEVER go back.


Weighing the Pros & Cons of Cutting Cable
7/30/12 08:39 AM

I always put in a little bit of lemon juice (makes them fluffy) and a dash of vanilla extract!


Take Pancakes Up a Notch: 7 Mix-Ins That Make Mornings Brighter
7/11/12 09:02 AM

^Resting out of the fridge, I mean!


Grill the Best Steak of Your Life in 6 Steps
6/14/12 12:51 PM

I read that you should let your steak reach room temp before grilling - let it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you place it on the grill. I also sprinkle it with Kosher salt while it is resting... it melts into the steak as it sits. The last steaks I made were the best ever, and were seasoned only with salt & pepper in this way.


Grill the Best Steak of Your Life in 6 Steps
6/14/12 12:50 PM

Made the Blackened Chicken last week - was a hit! I used thin spaghetti instead of angel hair... and don't forget to remove the garlic if you don't smash it enough!


10 Wonderful Ways To Cook Chicken Tonight
5/14/12 09:16 PM

I HATE cilantro. I'm one of those people that tastes soap when it finds its way into my mouth. For the longest time I thought I hated avocados too because I hated guac (it was the cilantro). Finally, I had an avocado quesadilla in Costa Rica and fell in love. Now I am in the process of perfecting guac without cilantro. Last time I used:

2 avocados
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 cup curly parsley, chopped roughly
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cumin
fresh ground pepper

I thought it was the bees knees! Might add bacon next time, like some people have suggested!


How to Make Better Guacamole: Tips from Two Food Writers
5/14/12 01:42 PM

Hilarious! I just used these last night and thought about submitting this exact question today when I realized I didn't know what to do with the remaining chilies. Thanks, Kitchn!!!!! Right on time!


What Can I Do with Chipotle Peppers?Ingredient Questions
5/9/12 10:49 AM

My issue has to do with the store itself - I shop at Wegmans, and lately they have been replacing variety with their own brand of foods. For example, in my area, if you want black beans, they no longer sell Bush's... you can either choose from Hanover (bottom shelf) or Wegmans Brand Black Beans (hundreds of cans at eye level). I just realized they did this with Panko, too - I can't find any panko except for their own brand... which they place in the INTERNATIONAL isle. I hate being forced and/or tricked into buying their brand because they don't carry other options, especially when their brand sometimes isn't cheaper than the others. It pisses me off because it strikes me a jerky, sneaky way to extort money from me.


What's Your Grocery Store Pet Peeve? Reader Survey
5/3/12 03:42 PM

I LOVE curly parsley - I put it on almost everything. The texture of the leaves have a better mouth feel to me than italian, and I think curly parsley looks better as garnish.


Ingredient Spotlight: Italian Parsley
4/27/12 11:27 AM

I LOVE my lodge dutch oven. I kept putting off purchasing it because I thought I didn't really NEED a dutch oven, but man, I'm so glad I finally gave in. I use it all the time - to make stocks, soups, sear meats - then it goes right into the oven! Awesome.


The Kitchn's Guide to Essential Cookware Setting Up a Kitchen
3/27/12 09:30 AM

I was just there last week - Monteverde, La Fortuna, San Jose, and Manuel Antonio. Such a beautiful country!


Unexpected Inspiration: The Rainforest of Costa Rica Well-Designed Travel
3/16/12 08:43 AM

Hi - Where can you get those cute hanging ball-shaped terrariums?


Houseplant How Tos for Dummies
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2/3/12 11:44 AM

How to make a perfect creme broule.


What Cooking Skills Do You Want to Learn?
1/30/12 01:08 PM

At my father's house and my grandmother's house, every meal was served with iced, cold water. It is the prefect compliment to ANY meal, in my opinion. It is flavorless, cleanses the palate, and quenches your thirst (because it's water, duh!).

When I have guests over, I offer wine and/or water. That's it.


Flat, Bubbly, or Flavored: Do you Serve Water with Dinner?
1/13/12 01:56 PM

I HATE the round trash containers with the flip lids. I can never seem to get the trash out of there and and up breaking the lid trying to pull out the bag.


Simple & Sleek Trash Cans Under $100
1/6/12 11:12 AM

Anyone know where I can get a nice-looking, long lasting empty 32 oz spray bottle?


Homemade Cleaners Toolkit: 5 Essentials to Make Your Own
1/5/12 03:55 PM