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Display Name: Marion Yoxall
Member Since: 4/11/12

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The last time I had to clean my oven I used the baking soda paste method and a paint scraper on the baked on grease after it had soaked overnight. The paint scraper literally took off the brown stuff in big flakes, and got the window nice and clean. The only caveat is to keep the blade of the paint scraper flat because applying pressure with the corners of the blade will scratch the oven.

Cleaning the Oven That's Never Been Cleaned (And Mostly Succeeding) Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2013
10/3/13 04:29 PM

The lab as kitchen inspiration is brilliant. Soapstone is a traditional material for lab benches too.

Inspiration for Dan's Kitchen Renovation Diary
9/12/13 05:31 PM

I struggled with this very issue last year when I decided that I didn't want to set the family Christmas table with my garage sale odds and ends of cutlery. After reading lots of reviews and shopping around I ended up purchasing Yamazaki Appel. I am fairly happy with the set: they are pretty, the handles feel good in the hand, and they are not too heavy, also, they aren't too expensive.

My complaints: the teaspoons are too small, and the bowls on them are not polished smooth enough near the handle, so they're kind of rough on the mouth. The bowls on the tablespoons are a little larger than I would like, so they're a little rough on the mouth too. Lastly, the knife bases are shaped in such a way that they slide off the rim of the plate.

The Surprisingly Frustrating Quest
for Good Silverware

9/10/13 07:48 PM

As a soil scientist, I can confirm that putting gravel or broken pot shards in the bottom of a flower pot does not help the pot drain. The overlaying layer of soil needs to be saturated before water flows out of it, no matter what is underneath it.

However as a gardener I can confirm that a piece or two of broken pottery stacked over the drainage hole in such a way that they don't impede water flow will keep soil from washing out the bottom during the initial watering.

Gardening Tip: Use Old Terracotta Pots For Plant Drainage
5/30/13 06:20 PM

I highly recommend picking up a copy of 'Understanding Garden Design' by Vanessa Gardner Nagel. It covers the garden design process from start to finish and is very helpful for a beginner or an experienced gardener. It was hugely helpful when I designed my garden.

Also, for help selecting plants that will grow in your area, you could save a bundle by contacting your local Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners are volunteers that are trained by the local university extension to give gardening advice, and it's free!

Landscaping Newbie: Where Do I Start?
4/15/13 04:29 PM