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Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

I've read this three times Nikki and I'm still scratching my head. Makes zero sense.

about 7 hours ago
gourmanda in Cookware

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition

Tonight was simple cauliflower soup with JungMann's curried florets as garnish. Damn good stuff! DH pronounced it dinner party fare. Sometimes it's the really simple things made with just a few stellar components that turn into a wow.

Vegetables that aren't necessary to grow at home?

To me growing zucchini and cucumber is definitely not worth the space given how relatively inexpensive they are at the store/farmer's market. They are also super-susceptible here to powdery mildew. Same with cabbage. We grew potatoes last year and they were not a taste-revelation to me so I might not give them the space this year. Carrots are worthwhile, especially when I leave some to spend the winter in the garden and can pull them out in early spring. Black tomatoes and good, sweet peppers like Chervena Chuska are a must for me but not bell peppers; hot peppers a must for DH.

about 12 hours ago
gourmanda in Gardening

A really stupid question...

Things like zinnias, lychnis and cosmos benefit from dead-heading. Cut or pinch off the dead flowers to encourage new growth. Sweet William is a perennial but only blooms once a year so you don't dead-head but can wait until the flowers dry and collect the seeds.
No such thing as a stupid question when it comes to gardening--it's a learning process.

about 12 hours ago
gourmanda in Gardening
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What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition

Please let us know how that tofu turns out.

about 17 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Quick and Easy Baking Ideas

Good point about wacky cake. Bonus--it's vegan by default if you need to fill that need.

about 17 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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Quick and Easy Baking Ideas

Brownies come together quickly as does a simple streusel coffee cake (you can even keep the streusel topping on hand in the freezer for future). The Flourless Chocolate Cake on Epicurious is simple and delish! (Even better if you have time for a Creme Anglaise or just whipped cream.)

about 18 hours ago
gourmanda in Home Cooking

Anyone have experience with Sweet Earth brand?

Specifically, the burritos?
http://www.sweetearthfoods.com/

I know taste is subjective but if you have any feedback, please share.

What's for Dinner #352: the pre-Daylight Savings Time 2015 Edition

Last night was yummy cheese ravioli, cubes of roasted butternut, brown butter and sage. Would have been even better had I tart apple to throw in. Tonight pasta with some red peppers that were on a great sale, have been roasted and will toss with mozzarella and stuff. Wine, of course. Today is the thaw before the ice sheets.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Pretty sure hand washing and air drying do not get your towels as clean as using a washing machine and dryer.

what to do with lemon butter?

If it is lemon flavored butter then the sky is the limit. Put on top of a piece of fish, toss with noodles, coat broccoli or green beans, etc.

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

32 Hungry Boys

Whatever you make, plan on making much more than you think reasonable.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Is that the shit that ends up on your towels?

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

In the laundry water? Doesn't surprise me. Show me the study that says fecal matter remained on the towels after they went through the rinse cycle and the dryer.

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

That article says nothing about contamination risk -in the washing machine-. It only points to spreading of bacteria by using a dirty dish rag/towel.

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

:)

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

So your e-coli underwear gets clean if it's by itself but if it's washed with kitchen towels the e-coli transfers to the towels?

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Eh. I live in a magic house.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Um, detergent?

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware
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Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

What's are you doing in your clothes that would contaminate a kitchen towel????

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Never in a million years would this occur to me. Kitchen towels go in with the bath towels and napkins once a week. Laundry soap takes care of it.

vegan streusel recipes

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Earth Balance or other vegan butter substitute.

For a 9"x13" pan. Flavor with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg as desired.

Mar 02, 2015
gourmanda in Vegetarian & Vegan

Would you make the risotto ahead of time?

20 minutes cooking time in a sauté pan. Maybe 5-10 minutes to bring the stock up to temperature during which time you can grate the cheese and sauté any onions/shallots/garlic you care to use. Frequent but not constant stirring and pot watching not required.

Mar 01, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

Thanks for the claricication. This tells me we are a way over-abbreviated society. Especially with talk-to-text.

Would you make the risotto ahead of time?

Don't do it. If you can't handle making risotto just before serving then make a different dish. Or perhaps prepping your ingredients tonight would save you from being so "intense". Grate the cheese, measure the stock and rice, slice the mushrooms, etc.

Feb 27, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking
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How many at home dishes have you truly mastered?

What's a WOHM?

Feb 27, 2015
gourmanda in Home Cooking

A rant on pickles

You are forewarned--it's a Lewis Black bit. And it's exactly how I feel about the ubiquitous pickle garnish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMtXc...

Feb 27, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics

What tools do you take when you travel?

I got a beading box from the local craft store. It snaps shut and has individual, small, clear canisters with screw-on lids in the box. Maybe 8" x 8" overall. I put dried herbs and spices in the canisters and write what's in it on a piece of tape on the lid. Small footprint yet a lot of variety. I would love to take my favorite knife but I know it would get stolen from my checked bag.

Feb 27, 2015
gourmanda in Cookware

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I leave butter on a butter dish (not a special crock) in a cupboard at all times.

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

That is cruel and unusual punishment, nw. I'm calling the authorities! :)

Feb 27, 2015
gourmanda in General Topics
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