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How to properly pick mint, basil, etc?

I don't know the official right way to pick them, but I'll tell you how I do it. I use scissors and clip off the whole stem at the bottom. This is the way we prune other plants, and it makes them grow fuller, so I decided to try it with herbs, too. (I just started growing my own herbs this year, too.) So far, so good, too. My parsley is really full. I use it quite a bit, so I have "pruned" it several times. Good luck, and have fun!

May 04, 2010
bjwitherspoon in Gardening

Your Best Apple Pie and also How to blind bake for a pumpkin pie?

I never have trouble with a big gap in the crust, and I think this is because I use a lot of apples and heap them up high. The crust then settles down nicely over them. I do agree with the other comments, though. Who cares about gaps and apple consistency as long as it all tastes good. That said, I always use Granny Smith apples - just the right amount of tartness

Dec 28, 2009
bjwitherspoon in Home Cooking

5 Kitchen Gadgets you can't live without???

Silicone spatula - amen. I have several and use them all the time.
Kitchen Aid stand mixer
Two ovens - don't know how I survived the holidays with only one

Dec 09, 2009
bjwitherspoon in Cookware

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

I agree that substituting yogurt is a good way to cut down on the fat.

Nov 01, 2009
bjwitherspoon in Recipes