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yum. i couldn't stand to part with 6 cups of basil (it's still growing by me) so i subbed in 3 cups of fresh spinach. delish, though i recommend about twice as much cheese.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: Last Chance Basil Pesto
10/14/09 11:40 PM

sounds similar to microwave croutons - which are remarkably delish and easy and let you avoid the oven.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Looking at Microwave Potato Chips Anatomy of a Recipe
9/18/09 07:43 AM

thanks for the tip, cookincanuck. i used an 8x8 glass pan. just had to cook it about twice as long. it worked very well with eggplant, tomatoes and peppers. it was difficult to serve though, kinda flopped all over the place! i'll keep an eye out for ramekins at Goodwill.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Dara's Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables and Capers Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009
9/17/09 04:05 PM

amazon.com seems to have some with better prices, and some choices include shipping.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Five Extra-Pretty Canning Jars
9/16/09 08:18 PM

if i don't have individual sized ramekins, what can you recommend using? pie dish? thanks :)


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Dara's Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables and Capers Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009
9/16/09 07:49 PM

and they say government agencies can't do ANYTHING right!


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Priority Mail Virtual Box Simulator Reduces Shipping Guesswork
9/15/09 04:27 AM

i like the idea of solar lanterns. does anyone know of any that give off a good amount of light and re-charge well that are less than $40 each? thanks!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Trending: Outdoor Living Decorative Trends
9/15/09 04:13 AM

i tried this tonight in both a cast iron skillet and a cast iron grill pan (with no available lid). if you make it too thick with toppings, the cheese won't melt, even in the skillet with a lid. i ended up resting an upsidedown wok on top of the grill pan pizzas but it took a while for the cheese to melt, so the bottoms burned. (i like the bottom crispy but it was too burnt tasting.) maybe starting it on the stove top and moving it to the broiler for melting would be better. or maybe i need more practice with cast iron!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weeknight Dinner: How to Make Pizza on the Stove Top
9/15/09 12:01 AM

Marisa and helpful commenters: Thanks so much for your kind answers, I appreciate it!

Snarky commenters: The pic isn't mine, I sterilized new lids. Also, waterbathing ALL (without exceptions for high-acid items) preserves is relatively new. Until a few years ago, store-bought pectin packs - yes, mainstream brands - suggested the upsidedown method. That only changed about 5-ish years ago. I was going off that recommendation.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | My Strawberry Jam Went Bad! Why Did That Happen? Ask the Guest Expert: Canning Questions for Marisa McClellan
9/11/09 05:24 PM

several months after canning strawberry jam, i looked at the jars and the top layer of the jam was brown and smelled and tasted bad. any idea what i may have done? it was so disappointing! i do this every year and the brown stuff has never happened before. i did *not* waterbath them (never have), i did the upsidedown method due to the acid in the berries.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Canning Questions? Ask Marisa McClellan
9/7/09 05:10 PM

these lids look much better than the ones on the magnetic spice jars from Container Store - those stopped spinning, making the whole thing kinda useless.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Small Space Solution: Magnetic Spice Jars
9/7/09 05:03 PM

is it currently a renter's market by you? in many places, even big cities, landlords are desperate. and despite what bepsf writes, they are also human and willing to compromise if you make it easy for them by finding a replacement. don't let bepsf shame you into being miserable.


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Advice for Unpleasant, Unlivable Roommate Situation? Good Questions
8/27/09 07:48 PM

i recently bought a used portable dishwasher on Craigslist. i don't recommend buying anything you can't adequately test used. i don't know if mine broke on the bumpy ride home or if i bought it broken or what but i wouldn't do that again. i ended up at Sears a couple days ago instead and will soon have a $500 Maytag EnergyStar portable. Sears by us has very good service, free delivery etc.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Are the Best Countertop or Portable Dishwashers? Good Questions
8/25/09 07:38 PM

apartmentratings.com can also be useful... and Yelp has some apartment manager ratings, though they all seem pretty slumlordy.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | RentWiki Aids in Rental Searches
8/24/09 05:02 PM

apartmentratings.com is another way to try to avoid skeezy building managers. yelp.com rates them also.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Moving to a New City Resource Austin
8/21/09 08:17 PM

i love it! i just signed up and am the only poster in my bit of SoCal at the moment. i also tend to facebook my extras but that's usually VeggieGifting - still fun!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Too Many Zucchini? Swap Them Away Via VeggieTrader
8/20/09 01:06 PM

Saedie - great info, thanks!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Organizing Tool: Card Catalog Table
8/19/09 03:52 PM

any recommendations for smoking neighbors? the building next to ours is full of smokers and it seeps right into our bedroom window. but it's a group house and i believe they can't smoke inside, so i don't know where they could smoke besides their porch. and i doubt they want to hear me complain about my asthma... maybe i can plant something thick between our buildings?


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Loud Sex Noises And Other Joys Of Apartment Living
8/11/09 05:33 PM

wow, thanks, this got such a fab reaction from friends! delish!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How To Turn Watermelon Into a Full-Blown Dessert
8/11/09 02:50 AM

we have the world map but it faces out into the bathroom - i'm afraid if i turn it towards the shower i'll use way too much water learning about the South Pacific or something...


Apartment Therapy New York | Roundup: Educational Shower Curtains
8/5/09 02:50 PM