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I don't understand the anti-registry sentiment, either. I'm actually disappointed when a bride and groom or parents-to-be decide not to register, because I LOVE being able to pick something off of their registry, knowing that they're more likely to use it and want it than if I just get them something I think they might like. And it makes shopping so much easier, especially for cousins who I don't see very often and whose tastes I don't know. And besides, if someone doesn't like registries, they can always ignore the registry and choose a gift without it.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Wedding Registry: If You Could Do It All Over Again...
10/10/09 01:16 PM

If you can afford the time for some baking... I used this recipe from a favorite food blog recently, and it was AMAZING: http://phillyfoodie.com/post/184157777/peach-upside-down-cake.

I have a feeling the acidity level wouldn't matter, as I made a second one with pears, with an equally thrilling result. FYI, I decreased the sugar by about 25% the first time I made it, because I ran out of sugar, and actually preferred it over the sweeter cake that resulted the second time, when I I made it with the full amount of called-for sugar. But that's just my opinion.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How Can I Quickly Preserve All These White Peaches?
10/6/09 06:52 PM

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited to try this! Sorry I'm too late to give it a thumbs-up. While I'm not vegan, I have been transitioning over to eating only humanely-raised meat and dairy products lately, and haven't yet found a source for corned beef - something I crave every once in a while - so no Reubens for me in recent months. But this looks like a wonderful substitute!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Megan's Tempeh Reubens Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009
9/30/09 11:18 AM

I guessed this correctly! We made pickled watermelon rind over the past month, or first real pickling experiment.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Guess What Garden Treat Is In the Jar!
9/7/09 12:28 PM

My cats would LOVE this. Heh.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Ethereal Aquariums from ZeroEdge
7/28/09 12:15 AM

I've been on a mission to find a new way to use rhubarb each week for the past few weeks, without making pie. Last week, I ended up with a savory rhubarb-onion sauce over whole wheat pasta. It was awesome.

Today, I stewed a bunch of it in a pot with a small amount of water, until it had the consistency of applesauce, then used a sieve to separate the liquid from the pulp. I plan to experiment over the weekend to see what kind of cocktails I can make with the liquid. The recipe says to just discard the pulp, but I don't have the heart to do so. So I'm going to add it to a zucchini bread recipe without the zucchini, and just see what happens. It doesn't have a whole lot of flavor since the liquid was taken out, so I figure it'll mainly add some fiber to the bread. Could be awful, though... we'll see!

I'm hoping maybe I'll be able to get one more non-pie rhubarb experiment in next weekend, if I can still find some. Any suggestions?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of June 27-28, 2009
6/27/09 01:43 AM

That brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Dana.

Kitchen memories of when I spent weekends at my dad's house:
-"Bread cereal" for breakfast... torn-up pieces of cheap bread, topped with milk, and lots of sugar. It was sometimes pretty gross, but cheaper than many cereals.
-Stinky fried fish... my dad liked to buy some cheap fish and fry it up with lots of black pepper, and then the apartment or house would have that fishy stink for days.
-Fried spam with breakfast! Or fried bologna, if we were really splurging.
-Macaroni goulash, dad's way: cook some elbow macaroni, pour in a bunch of canned tomato sauce, tomato juice, and/or diced tomatoes (whatever you could scrounge from the cupboard, really), and stir in an absurd amount of black pepper. Dad would make a huge batch of this, and it could serve as lunches and dinners all weekend.

He remarried when I was twenty, but all those weekends with dad when I was growing up, it was classic single-guy bachelor food for us. I'm thinking of making macaroni goulash for dinner tonight...

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | My Father's Fudge Recipe
6/21/09 11:55 AM

At our wedding nine years ago, we and our guests enjoyed a variety of pies in lieu of a big, fancy cake. One of the grandmothers baked us a little 6" rhubarb pie (my favorite) with "S heart B" baked onto the top crust (a heart shape, not the word itself... in case that wasn't clear). It was placed at the center of a round table, and then other pies baked with love by many aunts and grannies were arranged in a swirl around it. We still did the traditional cake-cutting thing, but with our little pie, instead. Trends had nothing to do with it. I love pie. A lot of people love pie. And our family sure seemed to enjoy it. Especially being able to take their pick of many different choices.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Are Cookies the New Wedding Cake? Gourmet
6/15/09 09:56 PM

Great, as if I needed another blog addiction. Thanks, AT!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Awkward Family Photos
5/24/09 10:31 AM

Oh, those eyelashes! Congratulations to Lillia's parents for your first year with your adorable daughter.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Happy Birthday Lillia
5/12/09 12:51 PM

I dreamed of a place like this when I was a kid.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Pauline's Office of One's Own
5/9/09 02:51 PM

I was a bit disappointed when we transitioned from gas to electric by moving to our current apartment, but actually, I have gotten used to it and rather like it now.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Apartment Hunting: Gas vs. Electric Stove
5/8/09 01:00 PM

I'm so excited to see Philly featured! We're more partial to Washington Square park because we live closer to it. But I was planning to attend the Rittenhouse Festival this weekend.

And Brian Siano, hooray for Clark Park! We loved going there when we lived in West Philly.

Apartment Therapy DC | Rittenhouse Square Park Events Philadelphia
5/6/09 08:41 PM

I don't know if this really relates to AT, but I often place work-related orders from a New York company called Manhattan Wardrobe Supply (I design and build costumes for theatre and dance). Usually about half an hour after placing the order online, I'll receive an e-mail containing a tracking number, and usually I receive the shipment from UPS the next morning. I live in Philly, so the package doesn't have to travel far, but still, it's amazing how fast they get it out. And everything comes very lovingly, carefully packaged. Also, I've never order something and found out later that it was out of stock. My few communications with their customer service department have been lovely, and also correctly-spelled, with proper grammar.

Apartment Therapy New York | What Companies Do You Recommend for Excellent Customer Service?
4/4/09 12:29 PM

Wow, what a savvy kid!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Nasai's Big City Room
3/12/09 03:02 PM

How lovely. It's so deliciously lived-in, and so not over-designed.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Kitchen Spotlight: Diana Fayt's Kitchen Moments
3/12/09 09:00 AM

I don't want to be mean, but... this would go into my "projects that take way too long and are rather useless or don't accomplish their intended purpose" file. If I had such a file. It's a cute craft project, but as other commenters mentioned, I don't see how it would protect what's under it.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Look! Coaster Made from Buttons
3/10/09 08:47 AM

I recognize those little spot decorations. Too cute. In the local Dick Blick (art supply store), there is a container of small buttons (maybe 1" diameter at most) for sale with the same motifs on them. I couldn't resist, and came home with "busy bee" (the word busy, plus a picture of a bee), "funky monkey" (the word funky, plus a picture of a monkey face), and a few others. I want one of these cute little lunchboxes for myself!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Custom Fit Lunch Bags by Jane Jenni
3/5/09 08:20 PM

Umm, I got slightly weepy reading this. Seriously, my eyes are a bit watery. It might be partly because I miss their dried rhubarb (haven't seen it there in a couple of years, presumably discontinued). But it might also be because I really miss Trader Joe's (haven't been there in a long time). This reminded me how happy it always made me to go there. You know how some women can be made instantly happy by going clothes shopping? That's what's it's like when I go to a happy food store like Trader Joe's.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Sing Along to the Trader Joe's Song!
3/4/09 09:22 PM

Marymarymary, so sad to hear that the Bernina you purchased on ebay didn't work out for you. That is the risk with used machines. Thanks for sharing your lesson with everyone here. I'm glad that you're still for trying out old ones with the caveat of getting them tested quickly.

It is heartening to see so much good advice being offered here by experienced sewers. I have been through many different makes and ages of machines as a result of working at many different theatre and dance costume shops in my line of work, as well as from home experience, and I'd echo what many have said here: go for metal as opposed to plastic parts, which is why the older machines are often great, because newer, cheaper models incorporate much more plastic, which will warp, become brittle, and crack over time.

As for brands, I grew up with an old Singer in my mom's home and remained faithful to the brand when I bought my first machine of my own, but my training and professional work converted me into a Bernina devotee. The brand isn't as important as the machine's durability and functionality, but working Berninas are a safe bet if you can afford them. My students like them (we have 10 Bernina home sewing machines in my shop) because they are user-friendly and the symbols on the controls are rather intuitive once you learn the basics. And they can really take a beating from my students when they are just learning how to use the machines and don't yet understand that a big crunching noise means you should stop sewing and check on the poor machine.

Something else that may have been been briefly touched upon earlier: unless you're planning on doing some major machine embroidery or fancy stitches, don't go for the souped-up computerized machine with a computer screen built-in. Not only are they a hassle to learn, but if you have to get it repaired, it can cost a ridiculous amount of money if there is computer software involved in the problem. I recently did a summer gig at a theatre where the well-intentioned company founders bought two new machines of that nature. It was heart-breaking because it seemed like such a waste, but we didn't want to seem ingrateful or make them feel bad, so we sucked it up and used the wimpy computerized machines.

And yeah, I hate those computerized machines where the needle always stops out of the fabric rather than stopping wherever it was when I took my foot off the foot pedal, because usually it means that the machine will take an extra stitch after I have taken my foot off the pedal, which is really annoying if I'm trying to carefully pivot around the corner of a collar or pocket or the like.

Happy stitching!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Best Sewing Machines for Beginners?
2/14/09 10:45 PM