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Homemade jam or jelly (check out the blog Food In Jars for tasty, easy and SAFE! canning recipes).

Spice mixes, like Indian Garam Masala, Ethiopian Berbere, etc.

I also really like Kestrel's coffee idea. You can check out Sweet Maria's for good info on home roasting, as well as to pick up green beans to roast.

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12/2/11 09:59 AM

I have a basket that sits on my bike's rack; I would rather get pannier baskets. This sort of arrangement may look nice, but if you put heavy-ish things in it, like, say, a 12-pack, it raises the center of gravity of your bike enough to really REALLY suck.

The Bent Basket: Looks Awesome and Holds a 12-Pack | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/27/10 08:01 PM

QChan and others curious about sugaring: it's just like waxing in that it pulls out the hair, so it can be painful. It also takes some practice to spread the sugar thinly enough to be effective, and to make your sugar in the first place.

That said, after a while, it stops hurting, and you don't even notice it, and, for me at least, the hair has grown back thinner and thinner each time. I have hardly any hair on my legs any more. I would never go back to shaving them.

I would not, however, recommend sugaring for underarms or bikini line; that hair tends to be very strongly rooted, and is best left to a professional.

Eight Products You Think You Need—But Don't GOOD | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/14/10 09:11 PM

I'm experimenting with dairy free ice creams this year, since several of my friends are Vegan. There's a number of blogs out there dedicated to Vegan food, and some that are even dedicated to vegan ice cream in particular. There are also a number of vegan cookbooks that might be helpful for you. Thus far, I've had good luck subbing half almond milk and half coconut milk. The flavor is great!

Texturewise, I've read arrowroot powder being recommended, but I haven't been able to find any in my local markets, so I can't attest to it's usefulness.

Can You Suggest Good Recipes For Non-Dairy Ice Cream? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/10/10 06:18 PM

I love this post!

Another thing people frequently find daunting about biking in urban areas is biking with traffic. Look around your area for local bike groups; there are frequently classes that will teach you the rules of the road. It's like Driver's Ed, only for bikes, and it will help you have the confidence to enjoy yourself!

Get On Your Bike: Three Ways to Make it Happen | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/8/10 05:43 PM

One very important thing: DO NOT LEAVE LIQUIDS ON YOUR DESK.

Our cat likes to try to drink out of glasses, and we've come out in the morning to find our keyboards drenched on several occasions. Now we just do a final sweep before we "leave" the office for the night.

I do occasionally end up typing around my cats, but they usually prefer to lay in the sun on the back of the couch and stare out the window, so it's not an issue.

Pets in the Home Office? Lifework | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
5/22/10 09:14 PM

I use Delicious Library. They recently upgraded their scanning software, so it works even better, now. My fiance and I spent an entire weekend scanning all of our books, and now we're adding all of our movies (which we're then ripping and getting rid of the physical copies to make space for more books!).

We're still purging our library, but not because we want to get rid of books; when I moved in, it became very clear that our libraries have a lot of overlap, and even we don't need two (or occasionally even three or four) copies of the same book.

We just alphabetized all of our books by author; it wasn't worth it to us to organize by genre too. At some point, I'd like to get nice large bookcases with pretty labels, and organize by genre, author and title, but for now, just by author is fine.

Organizing and Cataloging Your Home Library | Apartment Therapy DC
5/12/10 05:41 PM

Tiamat_the_Red: My favorite store carries them. I know. You're shocked.

Different is Good! A Uniq Fruit Taste Test | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/12/10 04:44 PM

I mix one part yogurt to two parts regular milk to sub for buttermilk, personally.

I think I might try straight up yogurt next time, though, with all these comments.

What Can I Substitute for Buttermilk in a Cake? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/12/10 04:42 PM

If your landlord will let you, get rid of the lawn, and plant veggies. Or something drought resistant. Put in a rock garden (if maintained, these can be really pretty).

If your landlord WON'T let you, just use a pushmower on a regular schedule. We had one, and we had a fairly large lawn. It was irritating, but less so than a huge gas mower that we would have had to maintain and fuel. Just keep it sharp, and you'll be fine.

Your Best Yard Taming Advice | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/12/10 02:49 PM

I'm wondering how much weight these support; my yard doesn't get much sun except on the back fence, so I'd like to try putting tomatoes on the fence.

Withandwhere, mint'll do fine no matter what you do to it; just watch out, because it will try to eat your yard.

Spruce Up Your Fence with Hanging Pots DIY Ideas | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
5/12/10 02:38 PM


Welcome to the wonderful world of canning! I'm glad you found it so simple.

I love showing people how easy it is; the hard part is making the preserves, or prepping the veg. The canning is EASY.

A note on those salad tongs: I have a pair of silicon coated tongs I got from Ikea for about $5; they work fantastically for lifting jars. Regular metal tongs might slip, as in mdmeyer's experience above. You can also use one of those Orca Mits, the heat-proof silicon oven mitts. They advertise being able to submerge your hand in water while in the mit, so that should work.

I personally really enjoy small batch canning. It means that I don't need to spend a bundle on 15lbs of fruit to get started, and it also means that I don't end up eating the same thing every day for a full year. I find, too, that I'm more comfortable experimenting with smaller batches; if I want to try blackberry Meyer lemon marmalade, for example, I'm going to make a small batch first in case it doesn't turn out the way I want.

Small-Batch Canning: Making Cherry Preserves | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/11/10 11:12 AM

I adore lentils. I'm actually eating lentil soup as we speak.

I do want to say, though, that I ALWAYS salt my lentils while cooking, and have never had any problems with them being tough; I think this might fall into the same category as salting beans causing them to be tough: it's an old wives' tale.

How To Cook Dried Lentils | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/7/10 04:19 PM

One major thing I've done to help keep my Fiance and I at a healthy weight is to cut out almost all processed foods, in particular, white flour. Pasta was a constant in my house, and it was really challenging to get used to cooking other things as my default foods, but it's done good things for both of us in terms of weight and energy. Sadly, whole wheat pasta doesn't cut it, so we just have pasta once a month or so, now.

Another major change we made was to start using our salad plates, and some darling little dessert bowls instead of full sized dishes. This makes controlling portion size less an act of will, and more a decision not to spill everywhere. Plus, hey, darling little dessert bowls! The only thing we use large plates for now is salads. ^_^
We also choose to eat at the table more frequently, and I choose to have a full glass of water between servings; if I'm still hungry after the first serving, I have a full glass of water, then wait half an hour. If I'm still hungry then, I eat more.

Lastly, we eat a lot less meat now. We made this change originally because our income dropped (yay recession food!), but now it's because we feel better without it, and I now have more recipes for vegetarian food than for non. We still have meat once a week or so, but usually it's something like a few strips of bacon, diced into a salad, or beef diced into a soup.

A trick I use, too, is to run my recipes through a calorie calculator and just kind of take note as to what is high cal, and what is low cal; some things have really surprised me. Split pea soup with ham is phenomenally low calorie, so is falafel. These things go into the "weekly" rotation. Spaghetti and meatballs are on the "special occasion" rotation. Roast chicken is on the "monthly-ish" rotation. There isn't anything we "can't" eat, just things that we don't eat regularly.

... and we took up rock climbing and yoga, which also helps.

How Does a Food-Lover Maintain a Healthy Weight? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/6/10 07:10 PM

LoriSF: You can make your own by boiling bones, if the process store bought stuff bothers you. It's good for your hair and nails, too. If you eat meat at all, this shouldn't bother you.

You could probably use agar agar instead, though, I don't know how that would whip up.

Recipe: Coffee Fluff | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/27/10 02:05 AM

I work at a bookkeeping firm; I'll be having a few of those cocktails tonight when work finishes up, let me tell you! This is not the week to work with finances.

Cocktail for Tax Night: The Tax Relief | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/16/10 02:22 PM

I'm with the others: FOR THE LOVE OF WHATEVER, don't get a front basket!

As far as looking good: I'd look into the vertical bike racks that show up on AP periodically; we're looking into one for our home office. Also, do bring your bike into a local shop for a checkup; depending on your bike, it might not be worth fixing. If it is, they can probably point you to classes or other resources in your area, and can probably help you find second hand parts that are still in good shape.

As the person who does all the grocery shopping for a household of four: Write a grocery list every week, and check things off. Get used to how much your bike can comfortably hold, and if your list looks like it's going to go over that, bring an assistant. An overloaded bike is NOT fun, and it's extremely unsafe. Also be sure your tires are thoroughly inflated EVERY WEEK. If they're not, you're going to notice a serious increase in drag when you bike home with a basket full of groceries.

How Can I Turn My Road Bike Into a Grocery-Getter? Good Question | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
4/16/10 02:14 PM

RubyJane: If you were going to buy an electric burr grinder, you'd be spending a whole lot more than $75 or $80. Most of the manual ones that I've seen are beautiful, and come with 25 year or lifetime guarantees. I'd say they're worth it, personally. I don't have one, yet, though. I would recommend figuring out which one you like in person, then going online and reading reviews about that specific model before you buy if you're that worried about it.

A Coffee Grinder That Uses No Electricity | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
4/16/10 02:03 PM

RMkoske: You sound like an engineer to me! Meaning you sound just like my sister. I should totally get her a strap wrench for her birthday.

Stubborn Lids: Best Ever Jar Opener | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/25/10 07:42 PM

I'll stick with my scotch eggs for my deepfried breakfast pleasure, thanks.

Brunch Upgrade! Crunchy, Deep-Fried "Eggs Benedict"Fine Cooking | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/25/10 06:08 PM