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Display Name: Wendy A
Member Since: 4/5/13

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Kitchenaid! We recently replaced a Bosch dishwasher that was supposed to be top of the line and performed horribly (we joked the reason the machine was so quiet was because it wasn't washing anything). We picked out a Kitchenaid dishwasher at Lowes with a rating 46 dba and it's lovely.

Recommendations for a Dishwasher with a Good Dry Heat Setting? Good Questions
7/25/14 10:48 AM

Although I will always be a fan of mason jars, especially with plastic lids, I use square/rectangular containers for many of my pantry items because the shape is a space-saver in my cabinets. I keep a basket of empties on the floor so I have a container ready when necessary.

Which Pantry Items Should I Keep in Airtight Containers? Tips from The Kitchn
7/22/14 12:49 PM

I use a great hand cream generously before putting on my kitchen gloves and by the time I'm done with the dishes, my hands have had an intensive moisturizing treatment. It helps with 'Cinderella syndrome!' in my kitchen.

How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 10:13 AM

How about some crockpot meals? Crockpots don't throw off heat the way an oven does (or standing over a hot stove!) and a nice dinner can be waiting wen you get home.

What Are Some Good No-Cook or Oven-less Meals? Good Questions
7/17/14 03:48 PM

I wash my silcone with Dawn dish soap (the blue one) and follow up with a quick rinse in vinegar water, then plain water. It generally takes care of residue.

What's the Best Way to Clean Silicone Bakeware? Good Questions
7/11/14 09:12 AM

Try looking at www.vintagecookbook.com. They show the covers of books they have for sale - it may jog your memory. Good luck!

Help! Does Anyone Remember This Old Italian Cookbook? Good Questions
7/2/14 09:45 AM

I don't can but I love these and have been using them for quite some time. When I had my horrible little side-by-side refrigerator, mason jars were my best friends for storing leftovers. Now I buy them as gifts for my friends and get them hooked on using jars and caps for storage!

A Useful Accessory for Canning Jars: Plastic Storage Caps Good Products
6/24/14 12:27 PM

Your garden looks great! Reporting in from New England - we have settled into a routine of heat and humidity with an almost daily thunderstorm. My cabbages have gotten huge, my poor basil kicked the bucket, and my chives need a haircut. I'm so happy it's "almost' summer! Strawberries, usually available around Memorial Day, have been delayed until now. Our spring flowers were pretty much all late as well - lilacs are usually ready by the 2nd week of May but mine just finished blooming and the black eyed Susans are vertically challenged right now but I have faith in them.

Regina's Garden Update: June Spring Projects from The Kitchn
6/18/14 10:17 AM

I pour in undiluted white vinegar and leave several hours/overnight to soak. The next day I use a microfiber scrubbing cloth to remove the residue. It usually works for me.

How Do I Clean Mineral Deposits Off Glass Pitchers? Good Questions
6/3/14 03:33 PM

Is? my grammar is atrocious this morning. Most our picnic consists of sides! I should go back to bed.

Food Safety: How To Pack For a Picnic
5/23/14 10:43 AM

Most of our picnic food is sides we end up eating out of individual containers so I always end up rolling my utensils in napkins and then tucking them into a plastic zip-loc bag that I have pressed the air out of. I tuck the bag upright in the corner of my cooler to keep it out of t he way and 'cushion' the containers. Maybe I travel too much have packed too many suitcases? :-)

Food Safety: How To Pack For a Picnic
5/23/14 10:42 AM

I really like this kitchen! The kettle nesting in the big pot made me smile because that's where mine lives, too!

How Julia Organizes Her Open-Plan Kitchen Kitchen Tour
5/15/14 11:27 AM

My mother taught me to always use my nice dishes and silver, even for leftovers on a weeknight. Life is short, there's no point in saving them for a special occasion only!

What Our Moms Taught Us About Cooking
5/7/14 01:39 PM

The best money I ever spent was a retro-fit trash can pullout from Lowes. It fits in a lower kitchen cabinet and I can open the door and pull the can out with my foot. Previously, the white plastic can was right beside the island and I always bumped it with my foot. My basement steps are just outside the kitchen so the recycling bin lives on the landing. It's easy enough to wash out a jar or bottle and toss it into the bin.

Where Do You Hide the Trash Can In Your Kitchen? Good Questions
5/7/14 10:10 AM

I can't live without pasta in my pantry.

And although not a pantry staple, if possible I would look for a "victory" garden in my community where I could do garden work for a share of the fresh veggies.

The Most Essential Pantry Staples for Cooks on an Extreme Budget? Good Questions
4/30/14 03:07 PM

Thanks for posting this. We're getting very chilly rain in New England today and my garden is a sea of mud - no planting yet, because we're getting killing frosts at night. Sigh. But tomorrow is May!

Start a Garden Week 5: Moving On Up Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/30/14 12:18 PM

I had to return a set of Martha Stewart dishes because the dinner plates were too tall to fit in my standard dishwasher - the fan would smack the top of the plate! I found this out on the maiden run when I unpacked the new dishes and placed them in the washer. They ended up being repacked and returned that same day! I try to buy Made in America or Made in England for dishes as I'm afraid of the stories of lead and other chemicals in items from China.

On Buying a New Set of Dishes: What Do You Recommend? Reader Intelligence Request
4/28/14 02:24 PM

I've used these for years from good old Pyrex - it's a glass carrier with a plastic lid. The little pillows of gel can be frozen or heated in the microwave. http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Portable-4-Piece-RedCover-Unipack/dp/B00683J8T2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398197465&sr=8-1&keywords=pyrex+insulated+carrier

Help Me Find Good-Looking & Lightweight Serving Dishes for Potlucks! Good Questions
4/22/14 04:13 PM

Shrimp and asparagus over angel hair pasta, tossed with oil and black pepper with a little bit of parmesan cheese grated over the top. It's a quick, delicious meal at our house.

I Have a Serious Case of Spring Fever in the Kitchen: Can You Help Me? Kitchen Diaries: Kate in the New York City
4/16/14 11:02 AM

Italian wedding soup and cream puffs.

The Dishes I Never Order Out Because They're Better at Home
4/11/14 11:03 AM