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I love to cook and have long enjoyed the challenge of cooking for people who - by choice or by necessity - have limited diets; however, I've had two situations recently where guests have come to my home for an event where meat is served and have complained about it loudly despite the fact that 1) there are plenty of well-labeled options for those who choose not to eat meat, and 2) they knew that it would be there ahead of time.

Tolerance goes both ways, and being rude or self-righteous to a host who has taken the time to ensure that your needs are met (or making it difficult for others to enjoy the event) will always make you a bad guest.

The Most Difficult Dinner Guest Ever: And 5 Delicious Meals To Feed Them
3/9/14 02:11 PM

I purchased some very nice quality cotton cheese cloth from Amazon. It works great and is sturdy enough to hold up to repeated washings. More than a year in, there's been no need to toss any of it and I prefer the natural fiber to the synthetic.

Replace Cheesecloth Forever With One of These 3 Reusable Alternatives
10/29/13 04:15 PM

I tried this idea for root veggies (beets, carrots and parsnips) a couple of years ago and had great success there as well. The bags did break down over time, but not to the extent that I had to abandon the experiment. Honestly, with the weight of all that soil (and eventually the plants themselves), I think the handles were going to pull out no matter what. If you have a place where they are out of the way and don't need to be moved much, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

The Ultimate DIY Container Garden: The Verdict Is In
7/13/13 09:09 PM

I am a life-long voracious reader. A couple of years ago, I reluctantly tried a Kindle for a trip where I didn't want to carry a lot of book weight with me and I am now a complete convert. I read even more than I did before (the form factor of the Kindle is so much easier to handle on a bus or train and - to the point about falling asleep - no more squished pages!). I certainly don't enjoy the experience any less, and I think that anything that makes books more accessible and affordable is a positive development. It's also great to not have to kill, process and transport so many heavy trees.

Do I miss the look of books? Yes, occasionally, but I care more about the stories or information within them. I do wish that ebook sharing was better, although I think some of the rights issues will be worked out in time.

Are Books Obsolete? Thoughts on the Printed Word
6/19/13 12:13 PM

Good knives (specifically, chef's knife, paring knife and bread knife) and a KitchenAid stand mixer (the biggest, most powerful you can afford), in that order. No good kitchen is complete without them and you'll use them more than you ever thought you would.

What One Kitchen Product Do You Recommend Splurging On? Reader Intelligence Request
2/12/13 09:11 PM

Made a campfire version of these this weekend that were Next time I'll try them in the oven on sourdough with melted dark chocolate and a little extra kosher salt. Cannot wait!

Dessert Recipe: Hot Baked Nutella & Cream Cheese Sandwich Recipes from The Kitchn
10/1/12 07:51 PM

Totally my thought! Hoping to test out a campfire version soon...

Dessert Recipe: Hot Baked Nutella & Cream Cheese Sandwich Recipes from The Kitchn
9/18/12 11:32 PM

If you own a Kindle and don't want to have your highlights aggregated, you don't have to include them in the public tallies; in fact, the default setting is private and you have to take steps to share each highlight, so there's no spying or subterfuge on the part of Amazon.

More about this topic can be found here:

The 9 Most-Highlighted Kindle Quotes from Steve Jobs
6/12/12 11:19 AM

I recently purchased this unit as an alternative to the Crate & Barrel tower shown above and I've been very happy with it. It's a nice combo of hidden and open storage and it holds a surprising amount of stuff given its size.

Floor Cabinets for Extra Storage in the Bathroom
5/23/12 11:56 AM

Aside from what a lot of other people have said about spending below what the lender thinks you can afford, I think the biggest thing I wish I'd known at the beginning was to look not for physical characteristics (1 level vs 2, dining room vs open floorplan, etc) but at lifestyle utility (do you value separation of public and private space? do you do formal or informal entertaining?). It'll give you a lot more options to choose from and make it easier to evaluate very different floor plans and styles side-by-side.

What Advice Would You Give to First-Time Homebuyers?
10/3/11 05:51 PM

I recently purchased the Dyson DC25 Animal upright vacuum for my small apartment. It does a great job with pet hair, gets under furniture well, and - most important, because space is at a premium - it has a smaller footprint than their comparable canister vac.

Recommend A Quality Canister Vacuum?
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4/13/11 01:58 PM

One other thing that I've found is that items sell much faster when they're listed in multiples of $20 so people can stop off at the ATM on the way. Anything to remove obstacles to pick-up and payment helps. :)

5 Tips for Selling Your Stuff on Craigslist
4/8/11 04:19 PM

I have a small fish tank that I've used as a bookend for several years and it's been great. Fishies have been very healthy, it looks good (a number of people have commented on it) & lends interest to an otherwise blah shelf, and I've never had a problem with water and books.

Just don't try it on a shelf in a high-traffic area - the fish will get too stressed out (but that goes for any aquarium, not just ones used as bookends).

Hot or Not? Glass Jar Bookends | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/5/10 06:32 PM

I used to live in a very similar space and I used capiz shell curtains. They still let the light through and added a bit of movement & interest behind the glass, but gave the illusion of separate space and a bit of extra privacy without cutting up the apartment.

Apartment Therapy New York | How Can I Give the Bedroom More Privacy? Good Questions
8/5/09 10:54 AM