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Display Name: Cbina
Member Since: 5/11/09

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Speaking of Trader Joe's, their "Lightly Salted Crunchy Green Beans" are really delicious. They're a bit sweet (natural to the bean), lightweight/airy, and ultra crispy.

Healthy Homemade Alternative to Potato Chips?
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6/29/11 03:18 PM

I have the Donvier machine in the image above. With the yogurt maker, you STILL have to scald the milk to the right temperature in a pot on the stove, cool it to 110 with a thermometer inserted, add starter, then put in the little cups that come with the machine. You then put the cups in the machine, plug it in, and wait 10 hours.

I've heard that the pilot light in the oven mimics the slight warmth of the machine, thus rendering the machine pretty useless.

However, I like the yogurt containers it comes with and the fact that I know it is heated to the right temperature.

I've never made yogurt in the oven, so I can't compare flavors.

Should I Buy a Yogurt Maker?
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6/21/11 10:42 AM

I keep decorating items like this in Christmas cookie tins that are already sitting in my kitchen unused and taking up space.

Storage Tip: Store Cake Decorating Tools in a Box
5/24/11 03:03 PM

We installed the Kohler Simplice faucet (option 2) about two weeks ago - it is quite great.

The only iffy thing is that the "spray" function sprays with a lot of force...can spray onto the counters a bit.
A nice extra is the "pause" function that stop water while the button is being pressed.

Style Sourcelist: Contemporary Kitchen Faucets Under $300
5/20/11 11:48 AM

If the school requests that only whole potatoes be shipped in, then baked potatoes will be the only way they're served.

If schools don't order frozen french fries, frozen tator tots or those revolting potato "smilies" that they're pushing these days, then the main problem's solved.

The End of Tater Tots? A Proposal to Ban Potatoes in Schools
The Wall Street Journal

5/18/11 08:58 AM

Basically Google searches only show that the cake looked like a pyramid with its top cut off, and that several people want the recipe. No telling results, however...sorry to be unhelpful. :)

Does Anyone Have a Recipe for Marigold Cupcakes?
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5/12/11 11:09 AM

I have read that the no-knead bread recipe uses flat beer with no issues. So, freezing the beer should be completely fine.

Can I Freeze Beer for Cooking?
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3/29/11 09:16 AM

I do not use ANY shortening in my whoopie pie recipe: the cookies are soft for three days with butter alone. I'd say forgo the shortening...

One-Stop Bake Sale Resource: Recipes, Tips & More!
3/29/11 09:14 AM

Also, be certain that you don't buy split lentils - that will guarantee mushiness.

Help! Why Do My Lentils Always Turn Out Mushy?
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3/22/11 10:14 AM

Just become a member of the Homeowner's Association management team. That way, YOU'RE the one making the decisions (along with 4 or so other team members).

Should I Worry About Small Homeowner Associations?
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11/10/10 09:20 AM

If anyone's in the market for a Skinny Mirror, buy the $5 floor mirror sold at Target. I ended up giving it to my friend, who loved check herself out in it.

Mirror Images: Are There Really "Skinny Mirrors" and "Fat Mirrors"?
11/4/10 12:12 PM

I find this cozy really charming. Good idea.

Dress Up Your Wine With A Cute Cozy

11/3/10 10:26 AM

Stephen Zimpel from The Outdoor Room. HellO!

Hunky TV Carpenters | Apartment Therapy New York
7/26/10 11:31 AM

At eiw:
Oh gosh, the creature-in-the-toilet scenario has always been a fear. Now it's been confirmed that this happens! Ughhh.

How To Coax a Wild Animal Out of the House | Apartment Therapy Boston
7/23/10 02:37 PM

I load the dishwasher back to front, as well. I tried to turn a roommate on to this method, but I doubt it stuck. I think yes, people are just lazy about it!

What Are Your Household Chore Quirks? | Apartment Therapy DC
7/22/10 08:24 AM

She needs to add an apostrophe after the S!

Cute and Crafty DIY Doormat Inspiration! | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
7/21/10 09:32 AM

Growing up in Texas, mesquite beans grew everywhere...no one ever considered eating them! Then again, gluten-free wasn't hip at the time.

Ingredient Spotlight: Mesquite Beans Flour | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/20/10 10:47 AM

Crepes have to be added: Nutella crepes!

A Taste of Paris: 10 Recipes to Take You There | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/12/10 10:05 AM

Yep, this is mango lassi - the cardamom is the clincher.

Bananas are also often used in smoothies because the slight amount of fat in them adds thickness and smoothness.

An Icy Cold Breakfast! Mango Yogurt Smoothie | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/30/10 08:27 AM

It doesn't make any sense for the article to mention things we have too much of and don't need, in particular Shaving Cream, then note a substitute of Shaving Oil! That's just another option in its place, not a reduction of products.

Also, conditioner is a poor, poor substitute of shaving cream. I'll only use it in dire straits.

Eight Products You Think You Need—But Don't GOOD | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/16/10 11:30 AM