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Display Name: Julie J
Member Since: 7/25/13

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I feel like the only time I use a paring knife is for coring and seeding tomatoes.

Culinary School Week 1: How I Rediscovered the Paring Knife Culinary School Diaries
7/10/14 03:02 PM

I'm also a big fan of mustard greens. This looks delicious and so simple.

Recipe: Scrambled Egg & Mustard Greens on Toast Weekday Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn
7/9/14 01:25 PM

The cheese selection is great. A really good variety, that changes throughout the year, and really affordable.

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 11:07 AM

I always find it interesting that most of the favorites are snacks or sweets. I won't try some of these for fear of getting "addicted" (i.e. Cookie butter).

p.s. Are 2 missing? The headline says 17 but only 15 listed.

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 10:18 AM

How about fruit salad cups like this: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/summer-fruit-salad-50400000113407/

Salsas are also good for outside with some chips or bread:

What Are Some Great Appetizers for a Mid-July Graduation Party? Good Questions
7/3/14 10:33 AM

That BBQ Mac salad looks yummy.

4 Ways to Get Your Fill of Macaroni Salad This Summer Delicious Links
7/1/14 11:56 AM

I find that farfalle is terrible for a cold pasta salad. When the salad is cold the pasta always breaks in half when trying to pick it up with a fork.

The Best Pasta for Pasta Salads Ingredient Intelligence
7/1/14 10:56 AM

Everyone has a different routine. I like to get in really early when there aren't many people here so I can ease into my day and that includes eating breakfast.

10 Easy & Satisfying Desk Breakfasts to Start Your Day Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn
7/1/14 08:00 AM

I've always found a mediterranean orzo salad to be a huge hit and it can be made in advance. Here is one recipe I like: http://iowagirleats.com/2013/03/27/mediterranean-orzo-salad/

I also second the 3 bean salad idea. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/three_bean_salad/

What Vegetarian Recipes Should I Serve at My July 4th BBQ? Good Questions
6/30/14 03:47 PM

That looks delicious. I would have never thought to use white beans as a pasta sauce which is strange because I did something similar in this recipe: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/white-bean-gratin/

What Dreams Are Made of: Garlicky Vegan Pasta with Kale Pesto Delicious Links
6/27/14 01:40 PM

I was just looking for new breakfast ideas this morning so this is great. I, too, prefer to eat at the office because a) I don't like using the toaster, oven or stove right before I leave the house, and b) I like to get out at a certain time to beat traffic. I'm lucky to have a refrigerator and microwave at work but I wish we still had toasters.

10 Easy & Satisfying Desk Breakfasts to Start Your Day Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn
6/24/14 03:09 PM

I love bacon wrapped dates filled with blue cheese.

11 Ways to Stuff Your Face with Dates Recipes From The Kitchn
6/24/14 02:23 PM

I recently started using a garbage bowl and it has change my world. My kitchen isn't huge but having to stop every few minutes to take garlic paper or pepper cores, etc. over to the trash can under the sink was such a pain. Now I just dump everything in the bowl right in front of my cutting board and dump at the end.

I would also add to plan your time. Some of this comes with being more familiar with cooking but most times I find it's easier to prep everything in the beginning and then you have time when sauce is simmering/protein is cooking to wipe down the counters.

10 Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Cleaner While You Cook Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/24/14 02:15 PM

I haven't been cooking much the past few weeks so I plan on making up for it this weekend. Making spinach-artichoke lasagna roll ups for the freezer, turkey picadillo (half of which will freeze) and baked pineapple teriyaki chicken. Also plan on having some tomato and avocado sandwiches with balsamic glaze.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of June 21-22, 2014
6/20/14 04:06 PM

Those chrome hooks are genius! Definitely getting some this weekend.

10 Car Trunk Organizers For Your Groceries Product Roundup
6/20/14 03:16 PM

I love, love, love Wegman's and I think anyone who goes for the first time finally "gets it". You described it perfectly as TJs, Whole Foods, etc. etc. all rolled into one and that's why it's perfect. Going to TJs or Whole Foods I can't get diet coke, the brand of toilet paper I want or the cat/dog food I need so that eliminates the need to go to several different stores.

I find most of the grocery stuff prices cheaper or at least comparable for the convenience. Amy's frozen entrees are at least $1 cheaper than anywhere else I've found. The produce is much better than TJs. The selection and quality of seafood, meats, cheeses and wine/beer far surpasses any local chain grocery store (except maybe Whole Foods).

The only negative about Wegman's is how crowded it gets so don't go if you're in a hurry or are lacking patience. I like to go early Saturday mornings around 7 because bakery items are fresh and it's still pretty quiet.

So, I Just Went to Wegmans for the Very First Time. Grocery Shopping with The Kitchn
6/18/14 01:54 PM

I usually keep cooked, diced chicken in baggies in the freezer so I can use them in a pinch. If I start getting toward the end of the week and feel exhausted I'll take the bag out to thaw in the morning so it's good when I get home and then I can throw together a bunch of things. One of my go to's is quesadillas: open up a can of black beans, mix together with chicken, slap between two tortillas (or 1 if using burrito size) with some shredded cheese and cook that baby up in the skillet. Usually takes less than 10 minutes. My other favorite is just angel hair pasta cooked and then mixed with garlic sauteed in lemon and olive oil and then tossed with lots of parmesan cheese.

What Are Some Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals? Good Questions
6/16/14 03:57 PM

Wow just reading that stressed me out so I know what I won't ever be doing. I think it's a nice thing to want to do for your loved one but I feel like you wouldn't get to enjoy their special day though.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding to Cater a Wedding or Other Large Event Gatherings from The Kitchn
6/16/14 03:09 PM

I echo the food processor/blender question. I have a small food processor that I rarely ever use because it doesn't hold much and is a hassle to clean. The blender I use every once in a while to break down things that can't get broken down by my immersion blender. Other than that I agree that I find it faster (and less cleaning) to do the chopping by hand. I do question whether I should invest in a larger food processor though.

Too Scared To Use a Mandoline: What Kitchen Tools, Gadgets, or Appliances Intimidate You? Reader Intelligence Request
6/4/14 03:23 PM

A suggestion on the honing steel...put the point down on a folded towel and then run your knife down, starting at the heel, at about a 20 degree angle pulling toward you. That way the steel is supported and your not pointing your knife at yourself. Not everyone has to sharpen knives like professional chefs.

Too Scared To Use a Mandoline: What Kitchen Tools, Gadgets, or Appliances Intimidate You? Reader Intelligence Request
6/4/14 03:20 PM