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We have fallen I love with the two ingredient mousse at our house. I tried it because I didn't believe it work work but it does! It's very rich but super quick and yummy. The key is using really good chocolate and not going below 60 percent dark chocolate. We tried it with milk chocolate and it never set up.

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2/26/13 12:55 AM

I catered my own wedding last year and really didnt find it nearly as stressful as most people had told me it would be. I was lucky enough to not have to work the week before so I had days to get ready. Our reception was a late lunch so I took my inspiration from afternoon tea. I made a dozen different flavors of biscotti, shortbread and Madeleine's for treats and favors. I also made three carrot cakes for the wedding cake but drew the line at tiring them.
I think the fact that every thing was made ahead of time and assembled on location was a huge help. It was also necessary because the reception was in a barn with no kitchen.
The menu was very simple- sandwiches, soup and salad. I deligated a few things (smoking the turkey, making clam chowder) but mostly I did it all with very little help. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was the highlight of the day.

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5/23/11 07:02 PM

I was a vegetarian for most of my life, vegan for a few years, and I always found the easiest way to answer that question is to address my choice to be a vegetarian or vegan is to make it personal. Let them know why I made to decision without making a statement about the world. For instance "I disagree with the way animals are treated on large farms" as opposed to "the way animals are treated is horrible." This way if someone is actually curious they will continue the conversation. If they were hoping you would attack their choices, you havent and they cant really continue the argument.
Bottom line though, people really shouldn't be offended by your choice to not eat meat. I have most often found they just don't understand why you would stop.
Sorry for the ramble. Hope it helps :)

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2/9/11 10:20 AM

Looks delish. Although I think I might put the moz on top of the shells. I think I would miss the melty cheese on top. Definitely on my meal list for this week.

Healthy Casserole Recipe: Lighter Stuffed Pasta Shells
1/27/11 07:00 PM

My mom used to "accidentally" drop veggies on the floor while she was cooking. I havnt got kids of my own yet, but I have tried this with my friends kid. she isn't so in to the raw veg yet.
Her favorite thing to do while I cook is play with my small baking pans. I have a set of brioche pans and some small pie dishes. She loves banging them together and dropping them on the floor. I also must say as a non parent it did take me a bit to realize that I had to disinfect my floor every time I watch her. She will lick it.

How To Keep Babies Busy While You Cook
1/21/11 08:41 PM

The only time I ever really crave IPA's are when I am eating spicy food. No other beer or wine really pairs as well. In fact right now I am making indian food that I'm serving with a Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewing. Delicious.

Beer Pairings: Best Beers to Drink with Spicy Foods
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9/17/10 10:25 PM

I guess it does make sense. Never actually tried it though. There is a woman who special orders salt free whole wheat bread from the bakery I work at every couple months. But I dont thing she uses it to soak up sauces. This sounds much better

What's the Deal with Tuscan Bread?
9/12/10 09:46 AM

Local is so much more important to me. I live in the Sacramento valley, so I really have no excuse not to eat local. Besides the fuel used to ship organic produce from another state or country bothers me. I'd rather buy local strawberries that might not be certified then buy organic strawberries from Florida or even Mexico.

Organic or Local: Which Is More Important to You?
8/9/10 11:32 PM

I love them! I use the tall quilted jars for water and some mixed drinks. I also have quite a collection of the mason jars with handles. I recently stumbled upon a huge box of small jelly jars with colorful metal lids. They are great for wine and for storing small amounts of leftovers.
What I love about using canning jars for glasses is how multipurpose they are. Have your wine, drink some water, store your leftovers, make preserves. Also, best travel mugs ever. No leaks.

Canning Jars as Glasses: Shabby Chique or Just Shabby?
8/6/10 11:06 PM

I made a party snack mix last new years. It seemed fine except I hadnt tasted the sesame sticks and the were rancid! the whole bowl sat there barely touched all night. So embarrassing. The same night my aioli broke.
However, everyone had fun. They all said that the aioli tasted fine anyway.

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4/21/10 10:17 PM

I am so excited about it. My fiance and I may fight over who gets to use it but other then that we're stoked. As far as taking notes electronically, I'd probably do the same as I do now. I make notes on my delicious bookmarks. very handy.
I didnt think it was a phone jens14 but I might be wrong

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2/3/10 05:39 PM

I also use baking soda. I fill it part way with water and shake in a bunch of baking soda. Then I just let it boil. I've bought a number of Le Creusets for really cheap at the thrift stores because they looked like they were ruined. But boiled for a little with baking soda and they were as good as new

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1/28/10 11:00 PM

As usual I am having my big holiday dinner on Solstice night. I always celebrate the Solstices and Equinoxes with a meal and time spent with loved ones. This year I'm going traditional and roasting a goose. We're also having yorkshire pudding popovers, brussels sprouts and pearl onions, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Dessert is a yule log. Happy Solstice everyone!

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12/20/09 10:47 PM

I prefer granulated garlic to garlic powder. It has a more garlicy flavor. We use it a lot. Especially in dry rubs. It doesn't have the same punch as real garlic but its great in its own right.

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12/11/09 04:57 PM

I have to say I really doubt its a piebird. its too big and the cup would make it unwieldy. I dont know if it was meant for this, but it looks like it would be nice bowl for dip or something. you could even put some veggies on the saucer.

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11/5/09 10:42 AM

I always have milk, eggs, some butter (most of it is kept in the freezer), oj. i also have a ton of condiments- they take up so much space but they're all so fun. though i maybe should reign in my mustard habit. i have four open jars right now (all different kinds of course). also i make a lot of jam so there is always a lot of that. usually some beer and/or white wine. brita filter.

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10/20/09 06:26 PM

I agree. I have a few cast iron pans bought new, but I prefer the quality of the ones I bought used or seasoned my self. Its not that much more work and the seasoning is much better. I use cast iron for almost everything

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9/20/09 04:48 PM

I am looking forward to slow roasted dinners! my mother in law bought me a ceramic chicken roaster right when it was getting too hot to have the oven on. I've been itching to use it. oh how i love fall food. i'm getting hungry just thinking about it. too bad its so hot this week. though i might just have to make that pumpkin peanut soup.

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9/19/09 08:13 PM

I only ever make Philly style. I even adapt all the interesting custard base recipes I run across. They have all been very successful.

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7/6/09 11:55 PM

I got my reusables at cost plus world market on sale. I think even regularly they are pretty cheap though and come in packs of four.

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6/2/09 03:43 PM