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Display Name: Amy from MN
Member Since: 7/9/09

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I love most of the shows mentioned in the comments. There is one that I just finished watching the first season but haven't seen mentioned in the comments above:

Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter

Fairly new to Netflix--it is in Swedish with English subtitles.
Gutsy, smart, indomitable female crime reporter juggling 2 kids and husband. Very much in the style of British crime shows (1.5 hour episodes, long story lines). Very honest and edgy...I really loved it and can't wait until the next season comes out!


Get Addicted: 10 Suspenseful Series to Start (Binge) Watching on Netflix This Weekend
3/31/14 07:23 AM

The timing of this recipe was perfect! I had a jar of unsalted almond butter I had purchased by accident (I prefer a little salt), and a half bag of cinnamon apple muesli that I didn't like as muesli. The recipe couldn't have been easier and I appreciate the minimal amount of dishwashing after! Fresh from the oven, the cookies have a bit of crunch around the outside, but are predominantly chewy, totally delicious, and perfect for breakfast. Thanks for the recipe--this will go into my permanent file to make again!


Recipe: Muesli Snacking Cookies Snack Recipes from The Kitchn
3/29/14 06:10 AM

Watermelon radish--a link to your own site :-)
http://www.thekitchn.com/ingredient-spotlight-watermelo-106793


What Is This Mystery Root Vegetable? Good Questions
1/24/14 09:27 AM

I made these the other day and they are delicious! Thanks for the recommendation. I served them with a dollop of leftover homemade ranch dip which I thought was a tasty pairing. I actually used your substitutions (almonds and cornmeal) because it fit what i had in the house. Really nice!


Searching an Old Cookbook for a New Breakfast (Vegetables! Gluten-Free!)
10/25/13 04:57 AM

One of my favorite soups--thanks for the recipe! My favorite restaurant as a kid served beer cheese soup topped with popcorn--it is the perfect accompaniment...


Cold Weather Recipe: Beer Cheese Soup Recipes from The Kitchn
10/14/13 12:23 PM

I'm an American currently living in Germany, and spagettieis is one of my favorite cultural discoveries! The German's still have zillions of the old-fashioned ice cream parlors (only with Gelato instead of Ice Cream) with multi-page glossy color-photo menus full of gigantic sundaes. Despite the many tasty options, I still usually just order spagettieis. The sauce is what makes or breaks a good version IMHO--I have had some pretty awful versions made with fake strawberry sauce. Also, instead of coconut topping, I mostly see shaved white chocolate at the shops I visit.


7 Sneaky Ice Cream Treats Pretending to Be Something They're Not
9/13/13 12:20 PM

I've done two family cookbooks--one much more painful than the other. The first book was the idea of a cousin and she had pre-purchased small 3 ring binders for the books so it sort of limited me in the format. Then she wanted to send a template to the entire family for them to fill in with their recipes because she didn't want to re-type everything when we received it back (she wasn't very computer savvy) . I knew we had both macs and pcs in the family, so that was a little bit of a challenge. Because I had full Adobe at the time, I created an Adobe form for them to input the recipe in the final format which worked awesome for its intended use, but I had a lot of problems collating the resulting individual recipes back into a book. I finally did it, but it was pretty painful mostly because I wasn't very familiar with the software.

The other cookbook was a wedding favor at my brother's wedding. They collected recipes with the RSVPs and he took care of typing them up, I just had to format and publish. After my previous painful experience, I decided to stick with what I knew well! I am a "PC", so I contemplated both MS Publisher and Word (I use both extensively), and ended up with Word. Word has every built-in feature to make a book if you know how to use them properly--style templates that makes changing things like the font of every recipe title at one time a breeze, and things like page numbering, indexing, table of contents, etc. I put the ingredients in tables to align them nicely. In the end, we had it spiral bound at OfficeMax with a color photo cover and it turned out quite nice! There were still a few small "learning" areas with Word (i.e. how to print in the right format for a half sheet bound book) but overall, it went much better than my previous experience. My advice is stick with what you know :-)


Best Software for Making a Book of Family Recipes? Good Questions
9/6/13 10:29 AM

If you really feel you need some organization without the complication of a sign-up listing, one option I have seen is to assign a course by the first letter of their last name. This seems to work OK--especially with really big groups.

I make this suggestion because I am one of those people that never responds to the control freaks :-) who ask in advance what I am bringing to a potluck. This is usually out of spite because it isn't a true potluck if you know what everyone is bringing--it totally removes the surprise and where's the fun in that?! And even if I was so inclined to let people know, it would usually be quite impossible because normally I don't decide what I will make until the night before anyway!

However, I personally would just go for the luck of the pot with that many people. There are enough people that you should get enough variety and there is nothing wrong with too many desserts :-)


What Is the Best Way to Plan a Potluck Dinner? Good Questions
8/6/13 12:28 PM

For an office charity event a few years ago, I also needed to provide some sort of baked prize (I'm known for my baking by my work colleagues so there were expectations) so I tried to think of something special. I ended up deciding to make a whole New York style cheesecake, but I had the same dilemma as you--the prizes were going to be out for a week before they were awarded. I ended up finding a fancy picture frame and inserted a yummy picture of a cheesecake mounted on dark red velvety paper with a description of the prize below the photo--so that was on display for the week. I then made the cheesecake the night before the prizes were to be awarded and brought it in that day to give to the person that won it. It seemed to work out well.


Ideas for an Edible Prize That Will Keep For a Week? Good Questions
7/12/13 10:47 AM

Cuisinart! I've used Kitchenaids and they are fine, but the cabinets over my countertop are just a few inches too low to push the Kitchenaid under them back against the wall for storage. The Cuisinart has a lower profile. On top of that, it is a workhorse--mixes tough stuff easily. You can get bunches of attachments for it, just like the KA. And my favorite feature is the timer! I love that I can throw some dough in it, set the timer for 10 minutes (or whatever the recipe says), then walk away and the Cuisinart automatically shuts itself off at the end of the time. Really great when you are multi-tasking! They come with two different bowl sizes, 7 and 5.5 quarts. I have the 7 qt, but I think I would buy the smaller if I had to do it again. I rarely use the full capacity and I think the paddle/whisk reach would be better with the smaller bowl especially when mixing small quantities--things like beating 2 egg whites until stiff doesn't work very well in my larger mixing bowl.
http://www.cuisinart.com/products/stand_mixers/sm-55.html


What Kind of Stand Mixer Should I Buy? Good Questions
6/26/13 08:01 AM

This can really be a problem for my friends and I. I am an Expat living in Germany working on a special project for my company. There are a bunch of us on this project that have become good friends and get together for dinner. When one or two of my colleagues bring their non-company-employed spouses, it is hard to keep away from work topics. We felt really bad for them, so one of my friends created a non-work topic jar so when we start blah-blah-ing about work, they have our permission to go get the jar and plop it in the middle of the table. It is a really good signal to change the subject and sometimes we even talk about the topics in the jar :-)


Dinner Parties with Co-workers: Not Talking Shop
4/11/13 11:15 AM

Made this as a dessert for our annual family Christmas brunch. I was looking for a recipe on the "lighter" side to counteract all the heavy food we would be eating the rest of the day and this seemed to fit. I made it exactly as the recipe stated and got rave reviews from my family. It is really flavorful and just perfect! I served it with a cookie that tastes much like pie crust sprinkled with cinnamon sugar (sort of a deconstructed frozen apple pie concept!)


Autumn Recipe: Spiced Apple Cider Sorbet
1/4/13 07:58 AM

My brother and I made this for our annual family Christmas brunch. It was great that it can be made ahead, and it turned out amazing! We made just two small adjustments. We couldn't find millet at our regular grocery store and didn't want to make another stop, so we just used equal parts oats and quinoa. And secondly, we used pomegranite seeds instead of blueberries. It was great as left-overs, however I would suggest that if you are planning to eat it over a period of a few days that you leave the fruit out initially and only mix it in as you eat it.


Recipe: Breakfast Grain Salad with Blueberries, Hazelnuts & Lemon Recipes from The Kitchn
1/4/13 07:52 AM

Sometimes when I am stumped, I will shop used book stores looking for fun vintage cookbooks for the foodies in my life. They are unlikely to have a copy already, and some of them are a blast to read. I've gifted a few copies of "Sloe Gin and Beewax" by Jane Newdick to my DIY friends, and I found an hilarious cook book from ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America) that has a million and one uses for aluminum foil including centerpieces for your wedding that I gave as a wedding shower gift. So, cookbooks can be a fun and thoughtful gift for a foodie, just choose with care...


Best Gifts for Foodies Who Have It All (And Some To Avoid)
5/18/11 02:54 PM

I had this book for quite a while before I even cracked it open because just the title alone invited skepticism (it was a gift). But I was looking for a recipe for something one day, can't remember what anymore, and had gone through all of my standard books and ended up here. This book delivered. I am a fairly experienced cook that rarely follows recipes verbatim and find that this book is one of the best I have in my collection for this cooking style. I usually start with an ingredient or technique in mind, search through this book to find a basic recipe to use as a guideline for quantities/cooking technique/time, and then improvise the rest. It covers such a huge array of topics that I am rarely disappointed.


How to Cook Everything: Revised 10th Anniversary Edition
Book Review 2010

9/22/10 06:41 PM

I would love to learn bobbin lace! I can do several forms of needle lace and tatting, as well as knitting, crocheting and sewing. But I haven't had time to learn bobbin lace (yet!).


What Crafting Skill Would You Still Love To Learn?
9/9/10 07:30 PM

I have used cookie crumbs (like graham crackers) instead of flour to roll out standard pie dough, so the crumbs are imbedded in the crust. Really good with a chocolate custard or pumpkin pie...


How Can I Jazz Up Pie Crusts Without Nuts? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/21/10 02:01 PM

I made this last night and it turned out fabulous! I made it exactly as the original recipe states including the buttermilk and California apricots (which are usually more intensely apricot and less sweet than Mediterranean). I though it was perfect. Not too sweet or too tart, very apricot-y, and creamy and rich. No burning or crustiness--the timing was perfect (~7.5 hours on low). I had to force myself not to eat a triple portion! Will definitely make again.


Recipe: Overnight Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/1/10 06:22 PM

I live in an old house without the possiblity of putting in a built-in dishwasher without a lot of remodeling, and I DESPISE doing dishes by hand! Danby also makes a countertop model (in addition to the 18" portable model the article mentions), and I purchased the one about 9 years ago. That first unit only lasted me about 2 years before it died, but for me the $175 was worth it to just buy a new Danby as a replacement. Their quality improved significantly between the 1st and 2nd unit, and the 2nd has lasted me for over 7 years and is still going strong, and I use it nearly every day, sometimes more than once if I have a lot of stuff to be washed. Rack is in two pieces, so you can remove the prong part, leaving just a flat open rack for pots and pans, or if you just have a lot of glassware to be washed. It does a great job and my dishes are just as clean and sterile as if I used a full size dishwasher. I live in Minnesota purchased it at Fleetfarm.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Mini Countertop Dishwashers for Renters
7/9/09 10:36 AM