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I've done the Master Cleanse a few times but was never as successful as the first time. It's not easy and it's not for everyone. But my teenage son loves the MC lemonade as a regular beverage.

I now always keep Grade B maple syrup stocked (no more ‘pancake syrup’ in my house!). I use it for cooking – check out Real Simple’s Maple-glazed Salmon w/Pineapple. And for iced green tea (decaf) I sweeten with grade B maple syrup and raw (Turbinado) sugar -- a big hit.

BUT, I can’t wait to try it with roast chicken. And marinated for 24-48 hours? OMG. I may roast the bird standing upright and add the marinade inside and outside the skin.

Thanks so much for this recipe. I know it's going to be great!


Recipe: Master Cleanse Chicken Recipes from The Kitchn
8/13/12 05:37 PM

I agree with AUSTIN01. When I need a batch of trusted, quality avocados say, for party-size guacamole, I just go to Whole Foods.


How to Determine Whether an Avocado Is Perfectly Ripe Inside
6/21/12 11:22 AM

This will be the new go-to dressing for ME. My teenage son loves only my homemade virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper dressing. He won't even allow for deviations (you can add honey or Dijon mustard or balsamic). Maybe I'll sneak some onto his salad. Who knows... he might like it. He likes Asian food, sushi, etc.

Thank you for this one. Can't wait to try it.


Recipe: Miso Tahini Dressing Recipes from The Kitchn
6/21/12 10:52 AM

If I'm short on time, I microwave a couple of yams/sweet potatoes (4-5 mins per potato) -- almost as good as oven roasted. Well, almost. Let cool a bit, cut into wedges. Be creative from here: I rub on a little margarine (I'm lactose intolerant), add a light drizzle of maple syrup, sprinkle a little brown sugar and/or cinnamon and put under broiler for 4-5 minutes (compensates for the nuking). It's a good and easy side with hamburgers if you want to avoid the usual french fries -- especially if you already have the broiler on for the burgers.

I'm Afro-American, so here's where I give honorable mention to a popular dessert: Sweet Potato Pie -- served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It's a thought for DHW who just bought a whole bag of sweet potatoes :o)


15 Suppers with Sweet PotatoesRecipe Roundup
3/20/12 12:54 PM

A simple flaming dessert: Southern Comfort Snowball
Ingredients: Vanilla Ice Cream, Shredded Coconut, Southern Comfort (Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey).

Take a double scoop of ice cream for each serving (strawberry if you want pink), make it into a ball, roll in coconut. Place coconut balls in freezer (on smooth or wax paper-lined plate) until ready to serve. To serve: In the kitchen put balls in glass dishes, pour Southern Comfort over each ball and light them. Use a tray or platter to carry the flaming desserts. Turn lights down low for your entrance.

Optional: Soak halved strawberries in SC, chill, then add just before flaming.

Easy, romantic and sexy.


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2/13/12 04:35 PM

A simple flaming dessert: Southern Comfort Ball
Ingredients: Vanilla Ice Cream, Shredded Coconut, Southern Comfort (Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey).

Take a double scoop of ice cream for each serving (strawberry if you want pink), make it into a ball, roll in coconut. Place coconut balls in freezer (on smooth or wax paper-lined plate) until ready to serve. To serve: In the kitchen put balls in glass dishes, pour Southern Comfort over each ball and light them. Use a tray or platter to carry the flaming desserts. Turn lights down low for your entrance.

Optional: Soak halved strawberries in SC, chill, then add just before flaming.

Easy, romantic and sexy.


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2/13/12 01:31 PM

My favorite vinaigrette is a lemon vinaigrette. It is versatile beyond belief and super easy to make. In a jar: half & half lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, then salt & pepper -- adjust all ingredients to your own particular taste. I use this on salads (the only dressing my teenage son likes), fish, lemon potatoes, steamed vegetables, chicken breast pannini sandwiches, etc. You can also vary the lemon vinaigrette by adding dijon mustard or honey.

A quick and easy side dish: Smashed Potatoes. Just cut up & boil yukon gold potatoes (I don't peel them). When tender, drain, add salt & pepper and lightly mash with a fork, leaving it chunky. Great if, like me, you are lactose intolerant and want to skip the milk & butter (and calories) of traditional mashed potatoes. Optional: add chopped parsley for eye appeal, lemon vinaigrette for a flavor boost that goes well with fish, chicken, steak and well, most anything.


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2/8/12 02:48 PM

I am Afro-American with Southern roots and also a traditionalist. But that's not to say I'm not adventurous. So I say that to say, I like my grits simply prepared: cooked with milk and some salt, stir in butter and sugar and it's done. Yum. Maybe scrambled eggs with cheese on the side. Sausage too, if so inclined. Grits as I know it, is a hearty, rib-sticking COLD weather dish served hot for the most part. Rarely served in the summer.

I have to be honest... the look of this dish is not a turn-on for me. I hope it tastes better than it looks (shriveled cherry tomatoes?!).

I'm sure many would disagree -- and maybe I'm being harsh -- as any dish deserves a creative twist, but that's my take on grits.


Recipe: Grits with Corn, Goat Cheese & Roasted Tomatoes
7/15/11 12:14 PM

I've just started looking at mirror TV's as a solution to the ugly black hole issue. You might take a look at Samsung and Phillips. You have a beautiful, framed mirror when the TV isn't on and it takes away nothing from picture quality when the TV is on.

One warning: They aren't cheap.

There are also separate TV mirror kits for your existing TV if you're a do-it-yourselfer.

Finally, Bose has a home theatre TV system where the speakers are invisible -- hidden within the TV. Add a mirror front to that and you're really good to go.


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5/26/11 11:00 AM

I'm not crazy about it. The paper is a tad too busy and clashes with the warm color of the wood.


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3/15/11 01:17 PM

To 34newbdwy: You can find replacement pieces of the Sasaki Colorstone-Black. Just Google it or go to www.replacements.com (Replacements, Ltd.). I actually saw that many pieces are available in quantity.


Best Everyday China 2010
11/11/10 02:55 PM

I have heavy duty white like the ones from Fishes Eddy. Love them. Durable and, so far, unbreakable. I bought them years ago at a Christmas Tree Store out on Cape Cod. When I want to fancy it up a bit I use another white set -- from my mom's estate -- also simple but with a thin silver band.

The only other color I like is black which provides a dramatic contrast with certain foods (salmon, soft shell crab or yellow rice or (surprisingly) black squid ink pasta, strawberries, etc.).

Black or white never clashes with or detracts from the food on the plate.


Best Everyday China 2010
11/10/10 10:54 PM

I find broiling 3-4 slices of bacon 2 minutes per side with broiler on low* works. For larger batches I use a large baking sheet and can cook bacon for a crew by baking (not broiling) it in a preheated 375 oven for roughly 5 or so minutes per side (check often). I use aluminum foil for easy clean-up, it otherwise adds little to the cooking process.

*Important to note that I have one of those double-oven stoves with a small upper oven and large lower oven (Maytag Gemini). Upper oven only has hi or low setting for broiler mode.

BTW, this dual oven is a great back-saver for us Baby Boomers. I use the lower oven for turkeys, hams, or storage of pots & pans, etc.


How To Make Perfect Bacon in the OvenHome Hacks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/8/10 05:00 PM

I love the kitchen -- looks homey and welcoming. A nice place to spend time in. Love the shiney black floors.

But the living room and other cottagey rooms made me immediately think thrift shop. I found them drab and cluttered, as if nothing was planned, just collected from jaunts to weekend yard sales and antique shops and added to the room. I couldn't spend much time on this house tour.

I think I would prefer to come home to a fresher, more uplifting environment at the end of the day. I'd save grandma's house for the occasional visit.


Karen's Urban Cottage House Tour | Apartment Therapy New York
11/13/09 02:46 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention that I do recognize cats need to scratch. I have a beautiful sisal runner that they can go to work on. I also throw a little catnip on it from time to time. They love it and after 4 years of serious clawing and scratching this durable rug shows no damage whatsoever.


Apartment Therapy New York | Paul's Asian Tribute House Tour
10/29/09 02:18 PM

What a beautiful, no make that gorgeous, apartment! I'm doing a simple repainting but was afraid to use a darker version of a neutral beige. This gives me the courage to step out of my safe comfort zone. Darker can be cozier, more intimate.

BTW, after you mentioned it, I took a closer look and did notice the torn fabric. I have cats, but I've protected my fabric furniture with barely visible, double-sided tape made especially to humanely repel cats. Their paws just don't like it. They forget about that furniture after awhile and you can then remove the tape. Pet stores carry it. I highly recommend it.


Apartment Therapy New York | Paul's Asian Tribute House Tour
10/29/09 01:21 PM