@ joannabar: JB Prince has a bunch of laser thermometers, including this one with a range of -4° to 605° F. You can also find them on Amazon.
@ DAFOXFL - In my research I've read and heard plenty of stories of grandmas canning everything in a water bath, or not canning at all - just heating the food up, screwing the lid and rings on tight, and hoping for a good seal. Many people say they never had problems, but I follow the new guidelines which say that low acid foods (corn and beans) require 240 F which can only be reached by creating steam under pressure. Better safe than sorry.
@ oh_no_eric - the US most definitely still uses the term "food stamps" to refer to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it's just not a preferred term. An EBT card is just one way to spend benefits. Paper food stamps only stopped being accepted on June 17th of this year.
My problem is I always get busted. This isn't about money it's about food, about the inability to resist the urge to taste, everything. Who says that we are in the wrong for ordering an extra dish, it's not like we are committing a moral sin, it's just another pasta course. Besides life is too short to not order the onion rings AND the french fries...oh yeah let's not forget the butterscotch milkshake...
In the DC area, Dupont is fabulous for its sheer fabulousness, but it's not the place to go for good prices. Farmers mark up their prices there because people are willing to pay more there. I did it myself. For some of the same farmers and the same produce (but with lower prices) I recommend Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Penn Quarter on Thursdays (near Archives and Gallery Place metro), 14th and U on Saturdays, and Bloomingdale on Sundays.
@rockandroller - You should share the biscuits with friends, they'll love you for it! 1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons
Duly noted mavenhaven. Thanks for pointing that out. A good picture of the outside of The Wedge can be found here
Bummer that you had a bad coconut cream experience. That's usually one of my favorites. I'd love to see them all tucked and nestled together happily in a box. What a great thing to bring to a party, or birthday, or the SE office!
Oh Grace so jealous right now! But I have to say I am a little disappointed with the low level of Harry Potter knowledge by the kids in the classroom. That's a downright shame.
@ volkstricken - Do you have any health food stores near you? If so, try there in the bulk section or in the baking section. If not, just go ahead and use the sweetened coconut. For some reason it tends to be stickier than unsweetened shredded coconut. I'd reduce the amount of sweetener you use, but if you like things sweet it might just be perfect!
@ verak - If you want Gomasio (the sesame seeds and salt) your local Whole Foods should carry it. Check the Asian foods section where you might find seaweed, pickled ginger, sushi making stuff etc. I buy Eden Organics Black and Tan Gomasio.
Carey you are one brave soul! Great read.
@ Lower Yeast Side - Try bags made of alternatives to cotton like these or these
@ Everyone worried about vinegar fumes - you really can't smell it once it dries. It's the bleach and other things that really make me gag now. Adding essential oils like tatianak said is also really nice.
@ simon - The internet is ripe with make your own cleaning product recipes. Here's one made with borax (another cheap and envio-friendly cleaning product). I'd try it if I had a dishwasher.
@ Luther - I'm no scientist but I understand your point. What about the fact that you would have to heat your oven to 400 a second time if you then wanted to cook that sweet potato tomorrow? To me, that seems like you are saving energy AND time.
Thanks for everyone for chiming in with your own tips and tricks!
@all you Maine Root fans, I stumbled upon a bottle this weekend, bought it, and will crack it open with dinner tonight.
@everyone asking about Vernor's. My dad is from Michigan so this was the soda of choice in our house, when we had soda. In my experience, if you don't watch it when you open a can it will give you a coughing fit. It's some powerful stuff, but I wouldn't say it's a true ginger beer.
anyone know where to find Bundaberg in the New York area?
Thanks for stopping by cornrefiner, but I'll stick with grade B maple syrup, raw honey and good ol' white sugar in my homemade cookies every once in awhile. No HFCS for me.
Great advice kevster! Maybe I should have taken steps to warn people just HOW highly invasive it can be. I've seen it happen myself and those underground rhizomes aren't pretty, nor easy to deal with.
I would agree that this isn't traditional gazpacho. I'm no expert, but I did live in Spain for 6 months and I ate my fair share of gazpacho while there. I think it's also safe to say that no momma or grandma in the whole of Spain makes it the same way either. Just because it's not traditional doesn't mean it can't be tasty!