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The Battle of the Prep Bowls.....whaddya pick

The points in that article are well-taken, but there's also the savings of time and effort on my part when disposables are used. While that doesn't factor into the "green" equation, for me it often tips the balance in favor of convenience.

about 18 hours ago
CindyJ in Cookware

The Battle of the Prep Bowls.....whaddya pick

But using disposables saves water and energy for heating the water for dish washing.

1 day ago
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The Battle of the Prep Bowls.....whaddya pick

I've got a stash of those small Pyrex ramekins that I sometimes use for mise en place, but I've started using 3-ounce and 6-ounce cheapo paper cups for holding relatively small amounts of lots of different ingredients, like when I'm doing Asian or Indian cooking. Just use 'em and toss 'em.

1 day ago
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Fine Dining in or near Lancaster- Dinner Recs?

GREAT review! Thanks for sharing.

1 day ago
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Dual-Use Kitchen Stuff

I use a plastic chopstick to stir the coffee in my French press.

Apr 17, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Dual-Use Kitchen Stuff

I use empty aluminum soda cans to fill the bottom section of large outdoor planters that don't need to be totally filled with potting soil.

Apr 17, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

In Glen Mills, PA (Concordville) -- I bought a clamshell box of beautiful blackberries for (I think) $4.99.

Apr 16, 2014
CindyJ in Chains

Suggestions for using Middle Eastern spice blends

My daughter just returned from a trip to Dubai and brought me bags of za'atar and ras el hanout. I'd love some suggestions for using these spice blends. Thanks!

Apr 16, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Fine Dining in or near Lancaster- Dinner Recs?

I think you'd enjoy Ma(i)son. I'd call it "fine dining" but in a relatively casual atmosphere. Ma(i)son is unique in many ways, all of them good. If you go, just know it's BYO -- a plus in my book.

Apr 16, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

Maybe it should be in cabinetry -- or maybe not. I recently purchased the counter-top model of this coffee maker http://www.houzz.com/photos/1634495/B... , which is built in to what would be considered the backsplash area. I think the built-in coffee maker looks great. Maybe the built-in toaster oven needs some custom trim.

Apr 16, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

Check out this built-in model. http://www.houzz.com/photos/6351/Trig...

Apr 15, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

cabinet height

I've got approximately the same amount of counter space as you do (~36 SF and 30 SF), but I hate cluttering it with anything that isn't used at least daily. So all that's permanently on my countertops are my coffee maker, coffee grinder and knife block. Toaster, food processor, blender, waffle iron, mini chopper, griddler, etc., etc., all get stowed in drawers or on pull-out cabinet shelves.

Apr 11, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

cabinet height

I was going to have one of those raise-up shelves installed in a 15"-wide cabinet, until I realized it would mean dedicating the entire cabinet to the stand mixer. As for keeping the mixer on the countertop -- nope -- countertops are prime real estate in my kitchen. If I regarded the mixer as a decorative accessory, maybe I'd reconsider, but as a functional, seldom-used piece of equipment it just doesn't carry much clout. So the mixer sits on the floor of a nearby pantry closet. It's a little inconvenient to move it to where it gets used, but it's out of my way for all the rest of the time, and that works for me.

Apr 11, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Le Crueset - Lifetime Guarantee

I've had a 30+ year-old LC French oven replaced absolutely free because of discoloration, and they've sent me new, heat-resistant handles to replace the wooden ones that came on a saute pan and saucepan. In my book, LC is the BEST when it comes to customer service.

Apr 10, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

counter depth fridge

Contact your cabinet maker?

Apr 10, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

counter depth fridge

We did the same thing, which had the added benefit of having 30"-deep base cabinets.

Apr 10, 2014
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Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

I'm wondering if anyone ever adds parsnips to their brisket. I use TONS of onions, celery, carrots and lots of garlic. I think parsnips would add a nice added sweetness, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried them.

By the way, after I skim the fat, I use the immersion blender to thicken the gravy, incorporating all of those wonderful, well-cooked veggies.

Apr 09, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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Small things I can't stand at chains or other......

Pretty soon there will be just one company doing trash pickup for the entire area. The reason for my comment, though, was because I recently spoke with a neighbor of mine who had been paying $164 for the exact same pick up service, from the same company, as I pay $72 for. A quick phone call and she got the $72 rate, too.

Apr 07, 2014
CindyJ in Chains

Small things I can't stand at chains or other......

Hey, FCF ... if you're talking about Allied, and if you're paying more than $72/quarterly, we should talk.

Apr 07, 2014
CindyJ in Chains

Shark Tank promo

I've been a fan of Kodiak Cakes for many years and I was surprised to see them on Shark Tank. I first found Kodiak Cakes on the shelves of my local Genuardi's supermarket in southeastern PA. Then it disappeared and I took to ordering a case at a time from their website (which was NOT as easy as it sounds). I even posted a query here on CH back in 2008 ISO the mix.

It really is a great product. Recently KC has appeared in my local Fresh Market, so I'm a happy shopper again. It surprised me to hear they're in Target, but that's good to know.

As for "Plated" -- my daughter, who is a busy, single non-cook living in New York City, has recently subscribed to Plated and loves it. She doesn't have to think about grocery lists, or shopping, and the meals are apparently easy enough to prepare that she feels she's now able to eat "real meals" at home. In a culture like that which is so prevalent in NYC, where it's not at all unusual to call for home delivery of your morning bagel and coffee, Plated makes perfect sense.

Apr 07, 2014
CindyJ in Food Media & News

Diet Soda that Sh*t is going to kill you....especially if you are a woman.....

Another example of "post hoc ergo propter hoc."

Apr 07, 2014
CindyJ in Food Media & News

Asparagus season

I peel the lower end of the asparagus spears with my handy-dandy "spargel schaler" when they're thick; I think it makes for more tender asparagus.

Apr 07, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Pepperplate menu planning app

Joan -- can you walk me through how you save your PP recipes as PDF files? Thanks!

EDIT: OOPS! I should have read further. I just saw your reply to LawSinger.

Apr 05, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Retail Outlet for Counter Culture Coffee

cwdonald: If you're close to Lambertville, there's another coffee roaster not so far away you might want to check out, if you haven't already -- Homestead Coffee Roasters in Upper Black Eddy. They roast right there, and there's a little shop/cafe.

Apr 03, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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how do you store your spices?

It's become one of my favorite features of my new kitchen.

Apr 02, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

how do you store your spices?

The cabinetry is all custom made, but I'm pretty sure that Rev-a-Shelf has a similar unit.

Apr 01, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

how do you store your spices?

During the design phase of my recent kitchen reno I resisted this cabinet unit because I was reluctant to sacrifice 9" of counter space. But my kitchen designer held fast to her belief that I'd be making a mistake if I didn't include it, AND that I'd thank her profusely for standing her ground. She was SO right! I love this pull-out cabinet that stores spices, oils, etc. right where I use them.

Apr 01, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware
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What's new in your kitchen?

We used our electric kettle quite a bit during our reno, along with the microwave, a single burner unit and a Cuisinart Griddler.

Apr 01, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

What's new in your kitchen?

It's the loading of that cutlery rack that still has me in the question of whether or not to use it. I'm afraid that if I just toss the cutlery onto the rack without aligning each piece neatly in a slot, it won't really get clean. OTOH, I don't find the position of the cutlery basket to be all that convenient; I'd much rather have it across the front of the bottom rack than on the side. It's also a matter of simply getting used to a new dishwasher.

Apr 01, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

The Meat House Chadds Ford PA [moved from Mid-Atlantic]

Interesting. But how can you tell if you're looking at that top-of-the-line choice before you buy it?

Apr 01, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia