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Oil barrier + toasting (and I don't like a crunchy sandwich, so I'm talking the faintest of toastings and it's still enough) seems a lot greener than a giant Plastic Precious Sandwich Vault.

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5/13/11 02:05 PM

Yeah, one-bit seems safer - how am I supposed to eat an entire skewer full of salad? Like a sword-swallower?

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5/11/11 04:03 PM

I make many variations on the crustless quiche. And it doesn't need to be made in a quiche pan, or muffin tin or whatever. I usually make 4 servings on Sunday night for the week (and then I get a treat on Friday mornings).

My very rough formula is half a dozen eggs, 6-8oz meat, ~1C green something (asparagus or spinach usually), half a can or a cup of beans (I prefer black or lentils, but take your pick), and then a little cheese (often the butt ends of bricks or last shreds in the bag) and sometimes last bits of good leftover things in the fridge. Eggs need some salt or soy sauce or they taste pretty flat, but also just make sure to season well with whatever appeals - I usually use a shake of hot sauce or sriracha, onion powder, pepper, and a tiny dash of nutmeg because something important happens with egg and nutmeg and it is good.

Pre-cook any fresh ingredients and drain any canned very well. You can mix up the eggs and liquid, pour it over, and bake around 375 until it's jiggly but not runny. Let it sit, the carryover heat should cook it to solid. Or you can cook it on the stovetop like a big scramble and/or like a fritatta.

I like my Egg Things or Egg Stuff (I don't name things well) with a little side of cottage cheese, so I skimp on cheese inside the dish itself.

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4/4/11 04:27 PM

I understand the sweet-on-sweet inclination for sweet potatoes, but don't forget about the glory that is garlic and sweet potatoes. I want to make these with garlic in and on them, to go with a steak or stew.

Breakfast Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits & Maple Butter
4/4/11 02:25 PM

IKEA has a wall-mount rack (ANTONIUS) that folds down, but it's quite a bit smaller than this one, and I swear they have one that ceiling-mounts and lowers with pulleys but I can't find it in the catalog.

I'd been considering the ANTONIUS rack to put outside on my shed wall, but this would be a much more efficient option.

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8/18/09 04:04 PM

Yep, Ro*Tel is the key. I like the version with a hint of lime.

I have no idea how broadly available this (or a similar product) is, but in my neck of the woods the Kroger grocery chain carries a Velveeta knock-off called NiceNCheesy, and aside from the nuclear orange version, they have a Queso Blanco with Peppers flavor which has no heat at all but a remarkably nice flavor for a big block of cheese food. It also looks all fancy because it's not Velveeta-colored, like you might have used real cheese.

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8/14/09 12:13 PM

SimpleHuman step can, all the way. You can have gunk all over your hands and keep the can clean, or have clean hands and keep them that way. It's 3 years old, gets stomped on constantly, and still opens like the day we brought it home.

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8/10/09 04:45 PM

You can have no food at all in your house and still get roaches coming in for water during droughts or hot summers. They also like the glue on cardboard boxes (if you put anything in storage, watch out what you bring home), and are prone to living in dense vegetation or woodpiles, which make a convenient entry vector if you have either right next to your house. Some parts of the country are just roachy, it doesn't matter how clean you are, the trick is to make them prefer to live somewhere else.

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7/10/09 02:26 PM

My husband was convinced that my mother and I, and then our friends, were perpetrating some kind of very elaborate joke because he (from New Jersey) had never heard of groom's cake. Friends made both our cakes, and for his they used my grandmother's devils food packaged mix cherry pie filling cake with a fudge icing...and chocolate-dipped Twizzlers, his favorite candy, including a spray of them coming up from the middle of the cake. It was simple, and fun, and suited him perfectly.

We had a casual party the day after the wedding and brought all the leftover cake.

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5/22/09 09:23 AM

I don't think five years is unreasonable here. I find that plastic pots weather so badly that they begin to crack (or flat-out shatter) within a year or two of outside living. Terra cotta gets brittle eventually, and like any pottery pot is doomed if dropped, blown over, knocked down by the dog, etc.

Most plants have to be repotted for size eventually, and pots of the size in your photos tend to be workhorses for a gardener, more of a dorm room than a permanent residence.

I can't imagine why these would only be recommended for someone who wasn't a gardener or a green thumb, as I am both (the other thumb's black) and think they are lovely and practical and, unlike the plastic junk, can go into the compost when they've outlived their usefulness as a container.

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8/5/08 05:54 AM

I have the CYMA bags and love them. They hold a ton and - the deciding factor for me - have a flat bottom and sit open for easy loading and unloading. I got the olive and orange ones, they're very attractive.

All those compact nylon or polyester bags are, well, made of nylon or polyester. Organic, sustainably- and ethically-produced cotton would be superior, sure, but I intend to use these bags for a very long time, and they seem tough enough to make that possible.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Questions: Good Reusable Grocery Bags?
7/16/08 08:51 AM

With Nature's Miracle or any enzyme cleaner, it gets worse before it gets better. As the enzymes do their thing, the stink will intensify, and then as they finish their work (or run out of steam, which sometimes happens) the smell will fade. That's why they are perfumed so heavily, but I don't think it helps much. I've had a product called AntiIckyPoo recommended to me over Nature's Miracle, but have not tried it.

In a week or two after the NM is done, a thorough going-over with a Rug Doctor or similar extracting carpet cleaner (you want something that's going to pull water out pretty hard) should make a pretty good dent in the smell.

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6/11/08 05:20 AM

Moving boxes and supplies show up (and immediately get taken) on my local Freecycle list all the time. Try to find label solutions (colored ribbon, labels placed over or written on tape that can be removed with a minimum of damage, etc) that are less than permanent so the boxes will stay in circulation longer.

We used a "buy-sell used boxes" store when we moved last year, since I couldn't get my timing right on Freecycle. Same principle, mostly.

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6/3/08 09:34 AM

I've had a far higher start rate with the dome-type starters with dirt sponges, like from Park Seed and other places. The Jiffy pots are always either too wet, too dry, they float and fall over, the roots entangle in the plastic mesh and you can't pull it off without tearing, or nothing starts in them in the first place.

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5/6/08 02:58 PM

I'm not thrilled with them, either, because of the peat and because they're kind of a pain if you're not going to plant immediately because they'll root straight out the bottom. You're supposed to tear the bottom half of the pot away before planting, which I'm incapable of doing without tearing at the root ball.

In any case, I reuse the plastic pots that come with nursery plants, and what I don't use myself there's always someone who wants them.

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4/5/08 01:49 PM

- Corningware French White, set or a variety of sizes (I use the ramekins for everything from mise en place to butter dishes, so I ended up buying another 8 later, and I use my large oval probably 3 times a week or more)

- Tongs - one set long, 3 short

- magnetic knife rack (it's bad luck to give knives as a gift, it cuts off the friendship, so if you register for knives plan to give a penny to each person who buys one)

- we are breakers of things, so we stuck with simple china that can be replaced or mix/matched. Ditto glassware. I have family silver, so we just got a nice new set of dishwasher-safe flatware.

- OXO tools. There are nicer designs, but few harder workers.

- Several pieces of simple serveware. I picked out some plain white porcelain trays and hors d'oeuvre pieces kind of on a lark to fill out the sub-$20 category, and I use them constantly.

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2/16/08 07:15 AM

Thanks to microfiber cloths (slightly different from the sponge featured here), I barely use cleaners or paper towels for cleaning anymore. Warm water is almost always enough to do the job. Bar mops also feature heavily.

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8/10/07 05:21 AM

Bake it for a number of hours a little cooler than it takes for it to smoke. Use newspaper or brown paper sack to mop the pooled grease out of it periodically (be very, very careful with your hands, arms, and paper when you do this). You may need more than one session of this; you really want to bake out as much of the grease as you can. You can scrub it with salt (and paper) each session when it's only slightly warm, which should help a little. Once you've gotten as much of the stuff off it as you can, reseason it.

If you live in a hot sunny place, in between sessions you can put it out in the sun (set it on a lot of newspaper to protect whatever it's sitting on) for some more low-tech treatment.

The problem with washing these pans when they're oily (and I'm assuming it is if the pan is properly seasoned) is that you can sometimes make a soap-oil emulsion that stays on the pan and is wicked hard to get rid of without a lot of exposure to heat.

Good Question: How Do I Clean My Smelly Cast Iron Pan?
5/11/07 07:08 AM

When I got married my mom got us this set of clad cookware, which I suspect will last just short of forever.

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5/10/07 06:08 AM