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Grow mushrooms using coffee grounds:

A Surprising New Use For Coffee Grounds
1/4/14 10:33 PM

Disclaimer - I work in nutrition, so I vote iodized, but there is no reason that you have to be 100% all or nothing. Artisanal salts are nice as finishing salts. But for cooking and baking, iodized salt is the way to go because iodine deficiency is actually not as uncommon as you would think it would be in the US. Mild forms of iodine deficiency are not as obvious as a goiter but can translate into decreased IQ in young children.

If you're looking to get pregnant, your prenatal pills should have iodine in them.

A couple other things to keep in mind - dairy products are a pretty good source of iodine as a byproduct of processing, because the milk containers are washed in iodine. So if you are really anti-iodized salt, at least you're getting it somewhere. Also, 70% of the average American's salt comes from processed foods, which is NOT iodized. Another reason to cook more at home!

Helpful link:
37% of all women in the US are iodine deficient:

Should I Buy Iodized or Non-Iodized Salt? Good Questions
11/4/13 03:53 PM

I live in the southeastern US and was able to find Biscoff Spread at my Publix grocery store - I found it too waxy tasting (like hydrogenated peanut butter). But I recently picked up a jar of Jules Destrooper speculoos spread and it was amazing - so much better than the Biscoff version!

Since the cookies are so much easier to find, I wonder if there is a good speculoos spread recipe out there?

Sweet Cookies in a Jar: Speculoos Spread
11/5/12 04:51 PM

Does anyone get incredibly bloated/gas from eating non-cooked oatmeal? I've been soaking my muesli but my intestines don't seem to like it...

To Soak or Not to Soak: How Do You Enjoy Your Muesli?
8/14/12 11:29 AM

redundant. maybe good for beginners, but if you know how to use chopsticks, they completely replace the need for forks. the only other utensils you would need to compliment chopsticks are a spoon and *maybe* a knife (most chopstick food is already cut up). and neither would function well on the end of chopsticks.

The Chork! Yes, It's Chopsticks and a Fork
4/13/12 12:19 PM

I wonder if using whole wheat pastry flour would help since the bran would be ground finer & there wouldn't be all those sharp edges?

Baking Recipe: Basic Whole Wheat BreadRecipes from The Kitchn
3/12/12 01:25 PM

I don't think there is any need for canned chickpeas - just make a few cups worth at a time whenever you don't need them immediately, and keep a stash of frozen ones (I keep them in leftover yogurt quart containers). When you have a dish that you think you'll need them for, just put it in the fridge to defrost overnight, defrost in the microwave, or just dump frozen (if you're doing a soup).

It's so nice to have cooked chickpeas on hand for last minute hummus! (perfect to bring over to a friends house if you have nothing else...)

I also do this for other beans, its greeeat.

Cooking Chickpeas from Scratch: Is It Really Worth It?
2/1/12 03:07 PM

Wish I'd asked this question when I got my cast iron a year ago. I bought a lodge 12", and while I am happy with the size (cooking for 1, but I usually make a lot of leftovers), it is much too heavy for me to tilt one-handed to pour out excess bacon fat (natch). I would say I am an about average to above average strength woman.... but maybe I just need to lift more weights.

What Size Cast Iron Skillet Should I Buy?
Good Questions

1/3/12 04:48 PM

always wipe off the bacon grease that slides to the bottom side of the pan when you pour the grease out... lest a grease fire explodes in your face and wipes out your bangs. (or at least wear glasses to save your lashes.)

let the nub go when you slice with the mandoline!!!

Kitchen Accidents: What Lessons Have You Learned?
5/21/11 12:28 AM

I had a mending party last year - we called it "Darn It" (ha ha, I thought it was so clever), and it was tea party themed. Most people didn't bring clothes to fix, but me and my roommates had plenty, so we shared. Feed people and they'll sew holes in your boyfriend's boxers, I swear it.

Need Help With Your Mending? Have a Mending Party!
1/31/11 04:43 PM

for new prints:

Good Question: Where Can I Find These Vintage Posters?
12/9/10 12:57 AM

I am fond of baking soda. I've been using it for a year and a half on my hair (with conventional conditioner, alas) and it's been great.

Shampoo Bars: Good-Looking Hair, No Plastic Bottle
10/26/10 07:24 PM

i completely second. my mother chose a cleaver for me before i went away for college, and that has continued to be the only knife i will ever use. i used to cook with meat in the past but now only cook vegetarian at home - it cuts everything well, and i love how its as useful with cutting through huge, hard things like winter squash as with everything else. (the blunt side of the blade, the top, is useful for pushing down on with your weight. how else do people cut pumpkins?)

i love the heft (although it's not heavy, it's more substantial in my hand than many other knives), and i am not really sure how anyone smashes garlic without one.

obviously, i'm in love. i've used other people's knives in their homes, and i always find myself missing my cleaver.

The Only Knife You Need? The Chinese Cleaver
9/23/10 10:17 PM

Shopping online for items can actually be greener if there is no retail outlet since the items are stored in a warehouse that probably has lower operating costs than a store that requires more lighting, limited storage space due to marketing and shopping needs, and the transportation costs involved in shipping to multiple different stores (and then your own transportation in getting there, unless you walk/bike).

I'd like to see this TP with more post-consumer content. Only a min of 20%? I don't need uber-white TP.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Ever-Green Toilet Paper
7/26/09 07:05 PM

Lived in Japan for a year, shopped at the depachika only for a.) samples b.) sales c.) gifts.

Hated all that excess wrapping. Peaches do not need to be in plastic containers wrapped with styrofoam mesh.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Going Underground: Department Store Food Halls Tokyo, Japan
6/30/09 03:20 AM

Most of the CSAs I've researched allow for a 4 week trial for newbies, which is what I would suggest if you want to try out a few before committing. (Only problem is that some CSAs are really popular and have a waitlist)

I think that the biggest thing to get used to with CSAs is having a set amount of food that you don't get to choose every week. So if you go to a farmer's market to test out the experience, I would try to make it as close to the real thing by purchasing exactly what you would be getting through a CSA program (their weekly deliveries are usually posted on their website), in the same amount, and on the same day, every week. It really forces you to plan meals, not waste, and try new recipes with unfamiliar ingredients.

Good luck! I love my CSA!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: CSA Advice?
1/13/09 06:22 PM