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Display Name: Kris K
Member Since: 4/21/12

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I recommend reading Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America before hiring any sort of cleaning service. I had never had the opportunity to hire a maid before reading it, and now I would never choose to.

Get Maid Service Review
5/2/13 10:46 AM

I'd like to point out vodka's biggest selling point: it's dead cheap. I've never seen any other kind of alcohol sell for $12 a gallon.

Vodka: A Good-For-Nothing Spirit or a Go-To Staple?
4/15/13 02:45 PM

My parents are both recovering alcoholics (sober by the time I was born), and my mother has social anxiety. I'm not much of a party person.

Party Genes: Where Did You Get Yours?
4/15/13 02:42 PM

Is there a substitute for the coconut oil? Many people who are allergic to tree nuts are also allergic to coconut.

Recipe: Fruit Crumble with Oats & Dates (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free & Vegan!) Recipes from The Kitchn
3/28/13 10:47 AM

Just a warning - it might be a good idea to let the melted chocolate cool before adding the vanilla or, as I will do next time, add the vanilla to the butter and sugar, not the chocolate. I did as the recipe instructs, and my chocolate seized up.
I then proceeded to ruin the whole thing by cracking a rotten egg directly into the butter-sugar-chocolate, but that's another issue.

Classic Dessert Recipe: French Silk Pie Recipes from The Kitchn
3/19/13 08:34 PM

I grew up with "pancake and waffle syrup" and had no idea that there was such a thing as REAL maple syrup until I was in my teens. The grading system really is counter-intuitive - until reading this post, I thought that Grade A was superior and was very confused as to why Grade B cost twice as much at Hy-Vee.

Maple Syrup Grades: When Does It Matter?
3/7/13 10:36 AM

I don't like beer, but I do like hard apple cider. I've noticed that when I drink it straight from the bottle, it's mostly just bitter. But if I drink it from the glass, I can taste a lot more of the apple flavor, and the bitterness is much less.

Why You Should Drink Beer from a Glass Beer Sessions
2/28/13 11:48 AM

I am the exact same way about roasting chicken. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone around to show me how to do it, so I've stubbornly put it on the menu again for next week in the hope of just figuring it out myself through trial and error.

New Kitchen Skills: What Kind of Learner Are You?
2/22/13 12:29 PM

This is hanging in my bedroom right now! I love the colors - thinking about decorating my next bedroom around it.

Tonari no Totoro by Victor Vercesi On the Wall
2/1/13 10:48 PM

I was kind of hoping that this would address more than just stay-at-home parents. I can feel myself getting sick, but my hours at work have been slashed so dramatically after the holidays that I absolutely cannot afford to stay home.

Mommy's Not Allowed to Get Sick: How to Be Sick When You Can't Call in Sick
1/22/13 12:27 PM

We're having a small-ish prime rib roast, gratin potatoes, and asparagus (I know, it's out of season, but we both love it, and it's too expensive for a normal dinner for us). Probably with some good bread, and I might make a small wheel of baked brie earlier in the day since we eat holiday meals in the evening, not the afternoon. There will be some leftovers, but that's half the fun!

Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Menu for Two? Good Questions
12/17/12 12:01 PM

You... you CRY when you see people painting over wood? Almost twenty children were shot dead today, and you're crying because someone painted their kitchen cabinets? You either need to learn how to use words properly or get your priorities in order.
But to each his own, of course.

Kitchen Before & After: From Drab to Fab! Reader Kitchen Remodel
12/14/12 10:17 PM

Until recently, I always spent Christmas at my parents' house (recent college grad). They have had the same Christmas decorations for as long as I can remember, and pulling them out and seeing the house decorated in the same familiar way every year was part of what made Christmas special for me.
I'm spending this Christmas in the apartment that I share with my significant other, and our very small collection of decorations is a mix of traditional and modern. But the tree is a live one, decorated with colored lights, sparkly silver balls, candy canes, and a few novelty ornaments. And a star on top. I don't think I'd ever have the heart to abandon the traditional Christmas tree and all the nostalgia that comes with it.

Holiday Decor: Traditional vs. Trendy
12/7/12 11:14 AM

Always nice to be reminded that AT has a sense of humor. The little acorn is adorable.

Holiday Fun with Balls
12/4/12 05:36 PM

I think it's interesting that the article and many of the comments here assume that people do or should even want to have dinner parties at all. I have maybe one or two friends who wouldn't give me the side-eye if I asked them over for a dinner party. To many of the very young (early twenties), dinner parties seem outdated and affected, not to mention boring. I learned this the hard way when I invited over some of my significant other's friends from graduate school - they didn't talk or eat much, and they seemed relieved when they felt that enough time had passed that it was acceptable to leave.

In Danger of Extinction: The Dinner Party The New York Times
12/3/12 11:43 AM

Maybe. I've never tried it, but it sounds like a worthwhile experiment.

How to Make Easy Chocolate Fudge Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/28/12 08:08 PM

You may be able to use non-dairy milk if you have some other way of adding fat into the recipe. I tried making this type of fudge once with 1% milk instead of whole, and I had to chip it out of the pan. You really need the fat content of the whole milk or something similar.

How to Make Easy Chocolate Fudge Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/28/12 04:30 PM

This is really close to the recipe that my mom always makes, which she originally got from a can of Hershey's cocoa. I might have to try this one. Do you think you could just substitute peanut butter for the cocoa to make peanut butter fudge?

How to Make Easy Chocolate Fudge Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
11/28/12 11:16 AM

Roasting a whole turkey scares the crap out of me - I can rarely manage to cook a bird of any kind correctly. But thankfully, this year I'll be going to a friend's place, and he's handling the turkey. I just have to supply some rolls, which aren't scary at all.

What's the Most Intimidating Part of Thanksgiving Dinner?
11/19/12 03:21 PM

Yeah, it hurts sometimes to let go of things that aren't good for us. But there's no way the world isn't better off without Hostess.

I Heart Hostess: An Appreciation for the Fallen Snack Cake Guest Post
11/19/12 03:17 PM