My name is Michelle, I am a health freak, and I love love love to bake :)

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Is it okay to refrigerate food that says 'keep frozen'?

Thanks for the advice everyone! I decided to follow Teachertalk's advice. I finished two boxes already so at this rate, I'm pretty sure I'll be fine =)

Bake the Book: 'The Cookiepedia'

Oatmeal raisin because I'm the only one in my family that would eat either ingredient in non-cookie form.

Serious Eats' Site Slowdown

I use Chrome and it freezes/lags my browser when I first open the website. It never used to happen before though.

Cook the Book: 'The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook'

After reading of the other comments, I would have to say anything from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Redwall, or Harry Potter and also turkish delight and green eggs and ham P:

Your opinion on genetic engineering of plants

The opinion part is not an "official" part of the research. I just wanted to see what people felt about it and the arguments for or against GE plants. Thank you everyone who have given their opinions, by the way!

My Latest Obsession: Pork Floss, Chinese Cotton Candy-esque Dried Pork

One of my favorite childhood snacks was plain porridge with pork sung :')

How to Make Fried Pork and Cabbage Dumplings With Homemade Wrappers

@Yo_Landa, I know exactly what you mean! My mom crimps them the same way :)

Restaurants in the Santa Barbara area?

@thesteveroller, Thanks, I put Mission Santa Barbara on our itinerary :)
@bluemooneve, This is exactly what I was looking for thank you! I'll definitely be considering one of those restaurants. I think we'll be checking out that Courthouse clock tower too :D

Advice on glass cups/mugs?

Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I think I'm going to head to the nearest Crate&Barrel this weekend for those Irish coffee mugs :)

School Food we actually LIKE...

Grilled cheese sandwich with vegetable soup, turkey and gravy, and breakfast for lunch. Those were the good ol' days...

Embarrassing but necessary question

This happens to me all the time! But after much trial-and-error (actually, I just finally noticed a pattern after boiling eggs, like, every day), I've concluded that you must LET THEM COOL AFTER BOILING. Immediately rinse under cold water once they're done, put them in a bowl/plate, then stick them in the fridge for a while. Also, make sure they're not super fresh. I'm pretty sure that's all there is to it, but if you mess up it's okay. Like my dad always says: 'you're going to eat it anyway.'

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

Oh, and has anyone ever tried Del Taco's Macho Beef Burrito? I remember eating the entire thing by myself in one sitting. A very proud moment in my life... and I'm pretty sure I was no older than thirteen!

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

Hostess Sno Balls, Marinela Sponch marshmallow cookies, Albertsons butter pound cake slices, packaged butter garlic bread, chicken cup noodles (I distinctly remember that time I ate six of those in one day). Whenever my parents bought those items, I was the only one who ate them :@) They aren't appetizing to me anymore, but they will always bring back memories of the good ol' days when getting fat or being healthy was never an issue.

Dim Sum Poll! (and a question for SE'ers in L.A./San Gabriel)

@ArkyTrojan - In my opinion (as well as my family's and friends'), Happy Harbor is a nice place to dine. It's not as loud nor crowded as the push-cart places (at least not when I went) which actually makes it a little less... home-y? I don't know, but that's just me :P Anyway as for the food, they really take the time to make it nice and pretty without it taking too long (although the last time I went my shrimp rice noodle roll took forever and we asked three times for it until we finally got it!) But overall I would really recommend going there at least once, for it is a bit pricier than other dim sum restaurants : )

Dim Sum Poll! (and a question for SE'ers in L.A./San Gabriel)

@ArkyTrojan - hmm is it that one place in the one-level plaza with the big sliding doors and you usually go through the back? (I'm sorry for my really horrible and probably inaccurate descriptions... I actually haven't been there for a while so I'm just drawing from vague memories) Also, I completely agree with the being at the fringes of the room and not getting a chance at all the carts. Luckily, most of the time I go with such a big crowd that we get seated in the relatively good spots :D And yes, you are correct about the location of Happy Harbor : )

Dim Sum Poll! (and a question for SE'ers in L.A./San Gabriel)

Oops I meant I*. Looks like I typo-ed in the midst of my excitement... Apologies again!

Dim Sum Poll! (and a question for SE'ers in L.A./San Gabriel)

WHAT? The one in San Gabriel closed down!? Are you talking about the New Capital one in that big plaza with the 99 Ranch Market? I go there all the time... Anyway, funny I came across this post because I had dim sum at Happy Harbor just this afternoon with my mom! We ordered from a list but 90% of the time we eat at a push-cart place. I actually like the list method a little better because you don't have to wait as long for the food, it's fresher, and it has a prettier presentation (especially Happy Harbor). But I also don't mind the push-cart places at all because it's fun peering hungrily into every cart and hoping there's something delicious you might like in it : ) In my opinion, if you really love dim sum (like I do)--or even if you just like it enough to crave it on random occasions--you'd be willing to try anywhere (only if it looks sanitary and trustworthy though!) I hope I helped... although reading over my post I realize I didn't really give you any useful advice and instead told you my life story. I'm am deeply sorry : (

The Burger Lab: The (More) Ultimate(est) Perfect Sliders

I love Douglas Adams... oh and the burgers are cool too ^_^