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Display Name: amasou
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Here's my two cents about mixers and bread making. I did some research into it and found that not only is the cost of a bread-worthy mixer exorbitant, but I also couldn't find one in my price range (which was generous in my opinion) that had outstanding reviews. Instead, I purchased a FAR cheaper, but high-end breadmaker. I know, I can hear you all gasp. But I purely use it as a kneading machine...no different than a mixer. I have a horizontal one with double paddles, which does an excellent job of kneading. I only use the dough cycle, and even then usually just the kneading part of that cycle so that I can do the rising and punching down myself (I mostly make slow rise, sourdough bread). My bread turns out beautiful, with perfect crumb, and high rise. My machine has lasted several years now, and if eventually it wears out, it was significantly cheaper than today's hugely expensive mixers which (according to the reviews), wear down fairly quickly as well.


5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a KitchenAid (Or Any Stand Mixer)
12/16/11 12:25 PM

Wow people. If you are not a medical expert, please refrain from making absolute statements like "the doc here really is wrong" or "Her doctor sounds like a hack", or giving medical advice when you don't know the whole story. I'm sure her doctor is much more medically educated and wise than the majority of the people on here (minus the other MD's and nutritionists), so please keep in mind your information (much of it probably google-based) may not be as sound as that coming from this woman's own doctor. Besides, all the author wanted was some food advice, not a second medical opinion. p.s. For the record, a good friend of mine developed full-blown, life-long diabetes while pregnant, despite a healthy lifestyle, so this is not something to be trifled with.


Advice for Pregnant Mom at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?
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9/1/11 12:57 PM

For all those concerned about health issues, Canada already has a huge chain of stores called Bulk Barn where most everything is sold from bins... and so far as I know none of us up here are keeling over from any bulk-borne diseases!


America's First Packaging-Free Grocery Store
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6/28/11 08:02 PM

Other than improving your security, I wholeheartedly support the suggests here about doing something to change the "vibes" in your place. My condo was flooded last fall and I came home to my place in shambles and strangers (a restoration company) already ripping out my walls and my brand new hardwood floors that I had painstakingly installed myself. After 3 months of living in a hotel and dealing with the stress and hassles of the reno, I was back in my place and feeling bummed every time I looked around. Everything reminded me of the stress.

I recommend finding something that changes the space for you. Find some sort of change that will make you excited or happy every time you see it. In my case, I finally bought the stainless steel appliances I had been saving up for! My place makes me happy now and I finally got a major purchase off my to-do list, so it worked for me. You may want to try something less expensive first though :) Good luck.


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3/4/11 11:41 AM

Why are people always so eager to jump on the money means quality bandwagon? I have had this exact same dutch oven for 2 years now and I use it almost every single day for meals and bread-making, and I have yet to chip it. My mother and sister also have the same one (I love giving them away as gifts!) and as far as I know they haven't had any problems either. And from what I've read online and also on this thread, LC pots chip just as easily. So in my opinion, if you do your research, it is very possible to find a quality item (as this one has been shown to be in product reviews) without spending copious amounts of money on brand names.


Chipped Enamel: Need to Replace This Cookware? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/30/10 12:33 PM

Oh my god, bostontom, this person did not ask you for a critique of her style, just of the placement and size of furniture. She even mentions in her letter that this is the style she likes, so how about sticking to the issue at hand.


Is New Chair Too Small Next to Big Sofa? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
4/2/10 08:29 AM

I can completely sympathize...many years ago I was on a liquid diet for 6 weeks. I hate eating the same thing over and over again, so I quickly got sick of eating anything sweet (too many milkshakes and yogurt), or anything that tasted like soup. The only thing that I can recommend is making pasta dishes with lots of watered down sauce and overcooked noodles cut into in very small pieces that don't need to be chewed. It was enough to fool my stomach into thinking that it had got a "real" meal, and you can change the sauces to add variety!


What Are Good Recipes for a Liquid, Choke-Proof Diet? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/6/10 11:14 AM

I did this for the first time last year and loved it! It is a great small-space alternative to an actual tree, and for those eco-conscious types, it's reassuring that you haven't chopped down an entire tree, just given one a healthy pruning! I started with spruce branches, but they quickly dropped their needles and made a mess, so I cut long branches from a big, unruly cedar bush beside my building and they stayed green and beautiful all month!


Christmas Tree Alternative: An Evergreen Vase | Apartment Therapy Chicago
12/3/09 08:26 AM

Thanks for the powdered soup recipe kitchengoddess...I never thought of making that! I have problems digesting MSG, so I usually have to skip any recipes that called for condensed soups...which is too bad because they are usually the quick and simple recipes that I need! But I will give the DIY powder mix a try since it seems just as simple other than the initial prep!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Is There an Alternative to Canned Cream Soups? Good Questions
11/3/09 01:01 PM

@mere1975 - I don't think the shoes vs no-shoes debate is dependent on socks. I know everyone thinks we Canadians are in perpetual winter, but from May until September it's flip-flop season here (and a stinking hot one at that usually) and even then I don't know many households where you could walk in and keep your sandals on.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Benefits of Leaving Your Shoes At The Door#comments
10/28/09 12:58 PM

Wow, this is fascinating! I thought people only keep their shoes on in the house on TV! But I guess it's a common American thing. I've lived in many different parts of Canada (both urban and rural), and it is generally considered rude to keep your shoes on. Maybe when you're at the cottage, or if someone has a very rustic house, or at party when everyone's dressed up, but otherwise you leave your street dirt and filth at the door!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | The Benefits of Leaving Your Shoes At The Door#comments
10/28/09 10:29 AM

I was so happy to see my prized dutch oven on here today! I own this exact same one...I made a special trip to the US to pick it up since I couldn't find it in Canada (I live fairly close to the border), and although I am snobby about quality, I couldn't afford the top-of-the-line (nor do I believe they’re always better anyway!). I probably use it more than any other pot or pan in my kitchen, and besides regular meals it is used every week to make bread and yogurt. I've had mine for almost a year now and no chips, which is good because I doubt I'd be able to return it from Canada. But thanks for letting us know about the good customer service...makes me feel better about supporting the company!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Dutch Oven FAIL...Tramontina WIN!#comments#comments
10/21/09 01:20 PM

The following advice is may be extreme, and only for cases where the host REALLY wants pet-allergic guests to stay with them and be comfortable. I have found that quickly wiping down the walls makes a huge difference! I am pretty allergic to cats, and when I moved into my new apartment (where a cat had previously lived) I fought with allergies for a week, including airing the place completely out, washing the hardwood floors, etc. My allergies disappeared the day my mother stepped in and insisted on washing down the walls. After mentioning it to a friend, she was a total sweetheart and did it to her place without me knowing before I stayed over one night. Usually I would be waking up wheezing, but that night I slept like a baby!


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7/29/09 01:28 PM

@Rebecca_J: Nice catch on the hidden naked lady in photo! Is this subliminal content supposed to make the topic sexier?


Apartment Therapy DC | Survey: Glass Breaking Etiquette?
7/21/09 12:51 PM

I couldn't believe it when I read this question...I have lived in 7 different cities in the past 10 years, and the squirrels here in Ottawa (or at least my neighbourhood in the Byward Market) are the nastiest and most persistent little buggers I've ever seen. And I used to like squirrels! They have chewed a small hole in the lid of every tough plastic garbage bin on our street, which they use to get in and dumpster dive. I used to leave the door open on my balcony to get some fresh air, but now the squirrels have figured out they can dash in and scrounge around my kitchen. If I put something out on the balcony, in less than 5 minutes I'll have squirrels riffling through it, no matter how many times I try to scare them off. The only advice I have is to store your outside garbage in metal bins, and put cayenne pepper on your plants. Doesn't really help you with your window problem though...maybe put some fine chicken wire over them, but the holes would have to be really small. The holes in the garbage bins are only about an inch wide. And you might have to double it up since they are so good at chewing though hard material! Maybe putting a small dish of cayenne pepper at the window will cover up any yummy smells from the kitchen?

p.s. Glad to see someone else from Ottawa on here!


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Dealing With Delinquent Squirrels?
6/29/09 10:00 AM