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How are interior oven dimensions measured?

Specifically, how is the height determined? Is it the actual height of the box, or do you measure from the bottom heating element to the top one?

Feb 03, 2014
ccrow in Cookware

A Taste of Nutella (and a Look at Its Nutrition)

Nutella certainly can be 'part of a nutritious breakfast'... but then, I suppose a candy bar could be, too, assuming nutrition requirements are met with the rest of the breakfast. Anyway, Nutella is best consumed directly from the jar, using a big spoon. And did you know that it's supposed to be pronounced 'New'-tella, not 'nut'-tella? (I don't say it that way either.)

May 03, 2012
ccrow in Features

Kiwi Soda

I would just like to point out that club soda and seltzer are not necessarily the same;the brand of club soda that I currently have lists the ingredients as 'carbonated water, salts'. And they apparently don't have any seltzer that isn't flavored but I guess that's another matter...

Feb 10, 2012
ccrow in Recipes

How do you drizzle white chocolate?

I made some almond bark, and had a small amount of white chocolate morsels left over from something else. I melted it in a double boiler, and I wanted to drizzle it on the bark, but it never reached a 'drizzly' consistency. It melted, but the bottom part seemed to be more solid. It's too late for this batch, as I ruined it completely trying to thin it. Do I need to add something to it? (I did add a tiny bit of oil.) Was it too hot? What should I do next time?

Jan 22, 2012
ccrow in General Topics

Gluten and corn free thickeners? Help!

Follow-up: I used the tapioca starch and not arrowroot... the onions came out well, the gravy- well, not so thick but not bad. Arrowroot will be an experiment for the future.

Nov 24, 2011
ccrow in General Topics

Gluten and corn free thickeners? Help!

Thanks for all the feedback!
I have read that some people react to the xanthan gum, as corn is used in its production, so I don't want to chance it... my daughter *just* discovered this sensitivity so hasn't experimented much yet. She also seemed to think that potato starch gets lumpy too easily. Maybe she just didn't like it, lol. I will certainly experiment, but I think for TG dinner I will try tapioca flour for the onions, and arrowroot for the gravy.
@escondido your onions sound good- I will be trying that method soon, but not tomorrow so as not to upset traditionalists:-)

Nov 23, 2011
ccrow in General Topics

Gluten and corn free thickeners? Help!

My daughter(and it's looking like her daughter as well) has celiac disease, and very recently discovered that corn is also a problem. I have been using corn starch for gravy, cream sauce, etc as a sub for wheat flour, but that's out now. I have been looking online and can easily find lists of thickeners, but what I am looking for is actual personal experience with some of them. I presently have tapioca flour, and plan to get some arrowroot. The specific dishes I will be making for TG dinner that need thickening are the gravy, and creamed onions(which my daughter LOVES). Which thickeners would be best?
Any advice??

Nov 21, 2011
ccrow in General Topics

Eating the Placenta: It Tastes Like Squab!

Urk... it was quite enough for me to see the placenta. To actually consume it? No effin' way!!!

Sep 07, 2011
ccrow in Features

Argentine Grilled Chicken

"This prevents flareups that can occur when fat drips directly onto the coals—flareups that would burn the outside of the chicken before the meat was cooked through."
I guess you mean like the flareup under the chicken in your photo... which is clearly directly over the coals? It annoys me when accompanying photos obviously are not done as the recipe directs.

May 23, 2011
ccrow in Recipes

Doghouse Dining Dilemma

In addition to feeding requirements(such as amounts for each dog, and the supplements for joint health), I also leave information about any other issues... things like which two dogs have been surly toward each other, or 'so-and-so has been trying to run off', that sort of thing. Not instructions per se, but it does add to the page count.

Apr 06, 2011
ccrow in Features

How Do You Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Kitchen?

I have always done the paper cone type trap, baited with a little wine. Then after a couple of days I put it in the sink, put a couple drops of dish soap on the cone, and run hot water in till it's full. That kills all the ones who haven't drowned in the wine. Gotta use the soap, though, or they may escape.

Nov 03, 2010
ccrow in Features

Can I Take My Baby to a Restaurant?

My kids are all grown now, but we went to restaurants regularly when they were growing up. Not fancy-shmancy 'grown-up' places, but not chucky cheese, either; plenty of 'nice' restaurants. Many times, people on their way out would compliment us on how well-behaved the kids were. I agree with those who have said it's the parents, not the kids, who are the problem. (Which, incidentally, is not confined to the restaurant venue... how often do we see kids running rampant in stores, their oblivious parents nearby?) We taught our kids how to behave properly, and then expected them to do it! (If they didn't, they went outside for the dreaded talk with Dad...)
To those of you who think kids should be consigned to the dungeon rather than ever be taken to any restaurant(you know who you are): I pray to the FSM that none of you ever pass on your selfish, arrogant genes.

Nov 03, 2010
ccrow in Features

Emergency turkey question!!!

Well, I may be a sissy, but I decided to toss it. It's worth whatever the darn thing cost to be sure of not getting sick. Thanks for all the responses!

Mar 14, 2010
ccrow in General Topics

Emergency turkey question!!!

Yeah, it's room temp, all right. >sigh<

Mar 14, 2010
ccrow in General Topics

Emergency turkey question!!!

I just realized that after looking for something in the freezer, I forgot to replace a whole turkey! It has been out @ room temp. for about 48 hours. Is it still safe if I cook it right away? Or should I toss it?

Mar 14, 2010
ccrow in General Topics

Does yogurt "wear out"??

Thanks for the replies! I don't think time would have been a factor, it was about the same each time- definitely less than 2 weeks. I asked my son(microbiology major) about it & I think I may have inadvertently selected for more heat-loving bacteria while making it. Time to experiment a bit I think. Or just buy it; I do like that cream on top, lol.

Mar 03, 2010
ccrow in General Topics

Does yogurt "wear out"??

OK, so I used Stonyfield Farms yogurt as a starter for a batch of yogurt that came out fine. Then I used some of that batch to make the next one; it came out not smooth, but leaning toward ricotta texture, & was a bit more tangy. Then I tried to use some of *that* batch to make more... nothing happened. I scalded & cooled the milk as usual, stirred in the starter, left it in a warm oven as usual, but after 5 hours all I had was warm milk with a slight yogurt flavor. Anybody know what went wrong?

Feb 22, 2010
ccrow in General Topics

What counts as "junk food"?

That's a really good point... when I indulge a craving for chips, I generally just eat & eat, definitely *not* savoring; when I make myself a batch of buttered popcorn, however, I do tend to eat it slowly & enjoy. Both arguably 'junk' but I guess popcorn is more healthful, as long as I practice restraint with the butter. >drool<

Feb 12, 2010
ccrow in Not About Food

Wheat Berry Salad with Harissa and Pistachios

Is that lamb on top of it?

Nov 29, 2009
ccrow in Recipes

Groats and Bell Pepper Scramble

"Buckwheat groats are hulled, crushed oats"...

What?? Buckwheat and oats are two different things.
From your link, above: "Buckwheat Groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant."

Nov 18, 2009
ccrow in Recipes

As Seen on TV!

I have a minor complaint about a poor choice of words in the pie crust video: overworking the dough doesn't "create" gluten, it *develops* it. The gluten is already present in the flour. Aside from that, excellent video.

Nov 15, 2009
ccrow in Features

Help! Multiple open jars of jam and jelly!

My dad used to make them with apple jelly.... ugh, I always hated them!! Sorry! ;-)

Aug 07, 2009
ccrow in Home Cooking

Does The Vessel You Drink From Matter?

I agree completely! LOL

Aug 07, 2009
ccrow in Wine

Anyone else remember Ocean Spray's Mauna Lai?

Ooh, I remember that!! My kids loved it. They called it 'Mauna La', though.

Aug 04, 2009
ccrow in General Topics

Fruit flies love lemon basil?!

If they're actually fruit flies, you can make a trap for them- put a little wine in a jar, make a paper cone, tape it in the jar so they have to go down in the small end to get to the wine. Make sure to tape everything so there are no holes for them to escape. Since they will fly up to escape, they will try to go through the glass and be trapped. Then you can either throw the whole thing in the trash, or run soapy water into it and drown them. If they don't go in the trap, they could be fungus gnats, which are about the same size. They breed in the soil... maybe you could spray something on the soil surface? You can also buy sticky yellow traps for the gnats.

Jul 02, 2009
ccrow in Gardening

How to Start Your Own Dive Bar

"The Snoozing Magnolia Tavern"... I love it! My dog is named Magnolia & is definitely a champion napper.

Jun 30, 2009
ccrow in Features

Another RSVP Complaint

LOL! Gardening is far superior to so many endeavors...

Jun 26, 2009
ccrow in Not About Food

Repairing a broken bird bath?

Thanks for the replies! It was already painted but it will be easy to touch up. The bondo may be a good idea as there are going to be a few chips missing... also need to seal it again as it obviously missed a few spots and paint flaked off.

Jun 26, 2009
ccrow in Gardening

Repairing a broken bird bath?

Hi,
About 3 years ago I made a cement cast of a rhubarb leaf to use as a bird bath. It came out well, I painted it to look like a caladium leaf, and I was pleased with it. Last week, however, my dog ran across it in pursuit of a squirrel... she stepped on the pointier end and flipped it into the air. When it came down the back of one side broke off in several pieces. Do any of you know of something I could use to try to repair it? The only thing I can think of is silicone, but I have no idea if it would stick the cement together. Is there any kind of glue that would work?

Jun 26, 2009
ccrow in Gardening

Caterpillar Help!

Hi, I did a quick search for radish pests and didn't see anything about little green caterpillars; no ideas on what they might be. When I have something eating specific plants, I have had good luck with hand picking and dropping them into soapy water. I have had little green caterpillars on columbine... they match the leaves so well they are really hard to see! I also hand pick those horrid little red lily beetles. This year, so far, so good, but I will spray if I have to.
Maybe you could search on general garden pests and see if you see your caterpillars?

May 29, 2009
ccrow in Gardening