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  1. Check out Houzz.com. You can build design folders based on inspiration photos for products and design features. You can post photos here for better suggestions so that the existing layout is clear, you can do this on Houzz as well. People will contribute knowledgeable suggestions from there, then you can get into specifics.
  2. I was surprised to find a box of 20 Kind bars for a dollar each. Usually, they run about $1.89-2.00 each. They also have a wider selection, where most stores carry only the sweet, WF has the savory as well.
  3. My KitchenAid food processor was manufactured in 1999, the rim of the bowl cover is coming away from the top, probably due to age and hard cheese. The motor and other parts are still in great shape. I cannot find replacement lid anywhere. Is it crazy to think that I can glue it? If not, what would be the best method? Thanks!
  4. Meeting my girlfriend to celebrate our 50th birthdays. Looking for updated lunch and dinner suggestions, fine and casual dining. Also welcome suggestions for a wine country tour for one of the days. Last post for Santa Barbara recommendations is a bit old. Square One is closed.
  5. Ours is from a restaurant supply store, it is about ten years old, still very sharp, which makes quick work for the Tillamook that we grate weekly. It is satinless, a bit on the larger side so grating is quick work. It was about ten dollars.
  6. My chef knives do not go in, I think that the minerals in the water will dull the knives over time (no science, just a hunch). Wood cutting boards do not go in either. We hand wash our silver plate table service which we use daily, the dishwasher was wrecking it even though Kitchenaid says it can go in. Wood handled spreaders and cooking tools go in, no problem so far (4 years). All non stick goes in, it is relatively inexpensive and gets tons of use. We didn't have a dishwasher for 10 years, so we are loving it....
  7. Lots of people I know use that drawer for metal and glass storage, we do at our cabin...cupcake trays, jelly roll pans, skillets, pyrex baking dishes...I would not store tupperware or plastic in there...
  8. Wish I got the larger bowl, ingredients in doubled recipes get really crowded.
  9. I eat granola every am and make my own so oats, nuts, dried cranberries, and bing cherries, honey, and canola oil are purchased in bulk., recipie here: Beazley House Granolahttp://www.beazleyhouse.com/beazleysview/2010/07/beazley_house_granola/. Our after dinner snack is the fancy mix nuts w/ chrystal dark chocolate raisins and dried cranberries so these again are purchased in bulk. I use a lot of rubs on my proteins and have this "pre made" ready to go using spices purchased in bulk. Also with the dried beans as I am freezing chili's and soups for the season. I generally purchase this all at Whole Foods were they sometimes have a 20% off bulk sale, and where I see them replenishing their stock regularly. I have also noticed that the pricing at Whole Foods has become more reasonable and am taking advantage of their Friday early bird butcher sales that I get notice of from subscribing to their website. At Costco, I will get some meats in bulk and vacuum freeze them in portions, I also get my chicken stock, canned tomatoes, and olive oil there - olive oil for cooking and for rubbing into my black granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. My husband eats egg/egg white omelets every day so we buy our eggs and Tilamook sharp cheddar in bulk at Costco or Smart & Final. Our Whole Foods also has almond and peanut grinders, so we get our peanut butter there also. Ghiradelli Chocolate chips are purchased in the super large size package as is butter. I think I save a lot of money and time getting these items stocked in my pantry and freezer so meal planning is easier, in most cases I just need my produce to complete my meals.
  10. I have a Dacor and self clean it once a year...regularly wipe up and when there are lots of crusty stuff I scrape it with an old credit card and vacuum it out, making sure to get around the seal as well...very happy w/ the performance, To me, Eazy Off and the like are worse than self cleaning...
  11. K...here's the down low from our trip in 2010....we are going back for another dog and pony time share show..gonna try new stuff ..will post more... http://www.costco.com/Warehouse/Locationtemplate.aspx?warehouse=140 - Located on way to your hotel, by airport, stopped here for drinks, liquor, Big Island coffee (grinder on site), ready to eat lunches (the Armenian sandwich rolls lasted a long time on our fridge and were easy to pack and eat pool side. Brought collapsible cooler w/ us. Filled tank prior to returning car, gas here is cheapest. Sunscreen and other stuff that you will use a lot of is a good buy here and won't weigh down your luggage. Waikola Village: http://www.waikoloabeachresort.com/ - This site basically lists all dining/activities in close proximity to your hotel. You can check out restaurants that you might be interested in, then check yelp/trip advisor for reviews. You can sign up for their e club to get info on activities and discounts. We will be trying Buzz's Grill and Roy's this time around. http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/ - LARGE property, w/ boats and tram, lots of Island historical art and artifacts, good place to go at sunset, good walking, has Dolphin Quest. Can view dolphins for free, check pricing, look for coupons if you want to interact w/ dolphins. This is were we stayed and will stay in fall... restaurants were over priced and not terrific. Did have cocktails and apps at a couple of the beach grills. Queen's Shops http://www.yelp.com/biz/island-gourmet-market-waikoloa - this is an upscale ABC store that is in Waikoloa Village. They have ready to eat breakfast items, fruit, yogurt, and every kind of grocery/sundry item. Much cheaper than purchasing at hotels. You build points on your purchases and can cash them in for "prizes". The prizes are on two isles. The Poke (highly seasoned ahi) is fabulous here, super fresh. http://www.macaronigrill.com/Home/Home.aspx - We ate here for breakfast a lot, they have two outdoor patios for dining as well as in doors. Just ordered eggs/bacon/toast the way we wanted, breakfast menu was terrible, but cook to order was very good and inexpensive, probably the cheapest/best breakfast you can get. Also, if you go to the website, you can see that they have food/beverage coupons for lunch and dinner. http://sanseihawaii.com/ - Japanese food and sushi, and steak, very good. Good service. Lots of buzz and fun. They have a "happy hour" dining special. We ate here twice, did not do the special it was too early (started before sunset). King's Shops - across from Queen's Shops http://www.waikoloabeachresort.com/index.php/big-island-shopping/Kings-Shops - Has a Macy's and upscale shopping. Good bathing suit stores, lots of selection that you don't see in CA. I bought a suit there that I love and it was about the same price as here. Kona: http://www.windandsearestaurants.com/konainn/home.htm - great burgers and sandwiches here, only place in Kona w/ waterfront dining. Pricing was good. Ate here twice. No brainer to go back, you can walk around the "old school" town. Lots of shops w/ "handy crafts", flea market, hustle & bustle. http://merrimanshawaii.com/big_island.htm - fine dining, was very good local/sustainable menu, bit of a drive but worth it. http://www.kanakakava.com/ Went here prior to Kona Inn...kava is an astringent "tea" that gives a mellow high, tastes like dirt, tho not appropriate, I needed a shot of tequila to get it down, but the experience was worth it... "Standard" grocery store near Waikola Village http://www.foodland.com/stores/foodland-farms-mauna-lani ~MCS
  12. http://www.food.com/recipe/copycat-lawrys-seasoned-salt-17051 Most always I make my own rubs and marinades, but Lawry's Lemon Pepper cannot be beat. So many of my friends use their Garlic Salt so I had to stock it for them. Lawry's had a long history, including a handful of stake houses in Southern California...
  13. Mine are 16.5 inches from counter to under cupboard, with an additional 1.5 trim work to get to shelf level due to trim work that hides the under mounted lighting. The cabinet itself is 3 feet tall.
  14. How was your Big Island trip? We are considering going back in the fall and wonder if you have any finds to post since your visit? Thanks!

  15. Bleach has worked for me as well I have consistently used about 6 pieces of enamel Le Cruset for about sixteen years. I also have some pieces of the Belgian ware that was the generation prior ... all if it is in great condition..stock pots and saute w/ lid. It holds heat so nicely to help balance the timing of the meal when something goes awry...
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