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These are definitely my favorite kind of hydrangea!

We've always kept ours trimmed to 5-6 feet, so I'm not really sure how tall they CAN get.


Oakleaf Hydrangea: A Charming, Native Shrub
8/2/13 12:22 PM

Sweet relish (look in the pickle aisle at the grocery store), apples, and pecans are my mom's additions to fancy tuna salad (fancy because chopping the apples and nuts makes it more work than standard tuna salad).
Just add the above to tuna and mayonnaise. I think I usually use a few tablespoons of relish and about half an apple per can of tuna, but it's been a little while since I made it this way. It's usually salty enough for me as is, but you might add some if you think it needs it.


How Do I Make This Slightly Sweet, Southern-Style Tunafish Salad? Good Questions
7/18/13 04:16 PM

I use number one, though I've also done it with a plastic bottle. Cut the top off a bit below the shoulder, add your vinegar, invert the top, and push it down until it's snug. Much more secure than a paper funnel, which I've had trouble getting a good seal with.

I also second putting away anything else that might attract them, to help them all find their way to the trap.


Fruit Flies, Begone! What's Your Tried-and-True Way To Get Rid of Fruit Flies? Reader Intelligence Request
7/11/13 10:21 AM

In the few situations that it's really important not to have any yolk in the whites (meringue and...?) I use the three bowl method, but I mostly don't sweat it too much.


Why You Should Use 3 Bowls When Separating Eggs
5/31/13 11:16 AM

I've been wanting to try making sake lately, and mead is a long-time interest.


Enter to Win a Copy of True Brews by Emma Christensen Cookbook Giveaway on The Kitchn
5/27/13 05:55 PM

I have an unfounded prejudice against ramekins (they seem so fussy to me), so I use ovenproof teacups. The bain marie has made a big difference when I try it, and I think I get better results when I err on the side of more fat than less (that could just be the part of me that likes butter).


How to Bake Eggs en Cocotte Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
9/5/12 05:36 PM

I prefer the smaller teaspoons and salad forks to the bigger forks and soup spoons, so those get used much more at my house! I'm not a small person, but I guess I've been trained to take small bites.


Are Salad Forks & Teaspoons Outmoded?
7/21/12 10:39 AM

Did anyone else's parents have cardboard dressers almost exactly like these growing up? They were used for winter clothes in our family; light enough to tote up to the attic for the summer, sturdy enough to be opened and closed daily in the winter.
That said, there's no way my parents would have paid even the late '70s equivalent of $43 for them.


SmartDeco: Temporary Recyclable Furniture
5/2/12 08:46 PM

It depends what I'm buying and where, but I've noticed this enough that I've gotten in the habit of comparing bulk and packaged prices before I scoop.


Buying From the Bulk Bin: Why It's Not Always the Cheaper Option NPR
4/17/12 10:08 AM

Something about cooked spinach always tastes like rot to me; I can't eat it without gagging unless, like @hessiebell, it's well disguised. Raw's the way to go in my book.


Mark Bittman Says: Cook Your Spinach!
4/11/12 03:27 PM

My grandmother expects whoever's near the phone to answer when it rings at her house, but otherwise never.


Do You Answer the Phone at Someone Else's Home?
4/5/12 02:10 PM

I had a bed with a platform (no box spring) for a bit in high school, and I hated how hard it was!

I have a box spring now, and am much happier with it.


Do You Own a Box Spring? Reader Survey
3/27/12 06:26 PM

I always see cartons of it next to the eggnog at Christmas around here, and my mom used to buy it, so I've always though of it as a Southern eggnog variation. I've never tried to make it, but it sounds like fun!


Retro Dessert Recipe: Stirred Egg Custard Recipes from The Kitchn
3/26/12 09:21 PM

I've been to a few bridesmaids' luncheons, and my grandmother had one at a restaurant for her birthday a few years ago, but I don't think anyone was wearing gloves or hats. And since my grandma was involved, the punch was definitely not spiked.

I'm another Southerner.


Survey: Have You Ever Had a Luncheon?
3/17/12 07:18 PM

I'm going to second Little Rock. Local laws are friendly to homesteading (I think chicken laws only state how far your coop has to be from the neighbors); there's a local beekeeping society and plenty of gardeners. There's a great group of folks involved in local food and sustainable living, but the city's small enough that you're not gonna get lost in any crowds. There are several farmer's markets, CSAs, local food buying clubs, and restaurants serving local fare (if not exclusively, at least as a focus). UCA has a project called Conserving Arkansas' Agricultural Heritage that's working on a seed bank of local heirlooms and arranging seed swaps, and the Ozark Folk Center has been a great resource for me as I've gotten into growing and making things. There are a lot of back-to-the-land folks from the '70s still out in the hills, so you sometimes get opportunities to learn from folks who've been at this for decades.

The median household income here is is about $39K, so most people are living under that $50k threshold.

The city has set up a land bank of abandoned/tax delinquent properties that can be bought by just paying off the back taxes. The University of Arkansas architecture school and several development groups are working on some really neat prefab homes and ones made of shipping containers, with loans and other financial help to make them affordable.

The cultural scene here is much more vibrant than most cities of less than 200,000 (a bit over half a million if you count all the suburbs and unincorporated areas), in part because it's the state capital and in part because of the great foundations here.

I recently moved into a freshly-renovated hundred-year-old one-bedroom apartment with a little patch of yard in the back ($550 a month); I've got permission from my my landlord to plant what I want back there (which is pretty common). I'm currently researching what edibles I can grow in shade, since there are several big ol' trees on the lot. He's planning to set up a community gardening area for the tenants in a sunny spot behind another building he owns, but that's not done yet. There are enough vacant lots around that I'm considering doing a little guerilla-style gardening, too.

Our frost-free season averages from late March to early November, and with a little bit of season-extending and wise veggie choices you can grow year-round. Our winters are mild enough for a lot of semi-tropical plants (figs and pomegrantes, depending on variety, and bay laurel and tea as well as a native passionfruit species), but truly tropical plants will need to come inside or into a greenhouse. River cane is native here, and bamboo loves the climate so much as to become almost a weed, so you never have to look hard for staking/trellising materials.


Best Cities for Urban Homesteaders on a Budget?
Good Questions

2/29/12 12:32 PM

Can we please stop with the the "not your granny's knit" variations? I think that label's been applied to pretty much everything done this millenium, with the exception of intentionally "granny-style" projects.


Not Your Typical Granny Knit: Claire-Anne O'Brien Knit Stools
2/15/12 11:56 AM

The Bookstar in Memphis was another theater-turned-bookstore, but it closed last year. Not sure what's in the space now or if it's empty.


Well Designed Travel: El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires
2/8/12 04:29 PM

They're a must-have in my grandma's sauerbraten.


Brine & Beyond: Juniper Berries
2/2/12 04:13 PM

I'm a huge fan of Eucalan (I'm sensitive to a lot of fragrances, and theirs are from essential oils), which you don't have to rinse.

If you have trouble with dye running, a bit of vinegar in the wash will usually take care of it.

To get the worst of the water out of things I've hand washed, I put them in the washing machine and run only the spin cycle.


How To: Hand Wash a Cashmere Sweater
2/1/12 12:56 PM

Cat grass is a great way to distract him from the green things that he shouldn't eat.


Kitty-Friendly Flowers?
Good Questions

1/24/12 11:23 AM