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Beth Wilson

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  1. What a magical freezer you have.... I have been enjoying your visit on the Island and I am not looking forward to it ending....hope you get to return again soon!
  2. My sister mentioned that the Go train goes from Toronto to Niagara now. You might want to look into it.
  3. The one in Bells Corners. She found it on an end isle with clearance stuff..
  4. My sister got her cso from winners at $99!!!! January clearance steal! I didn't think to look at Winner'#s for one.
  5. I loved mushrooms most of my life. Unfortunately they don't love me back. I will watch you guys enjoy his mushroom soup. I can't wait to see what he does for dinner this time.
  6. I am missing the trip to PMCA and the obligatory stop at Skeeters! You will have to give us the low down on what the hot new flavour combinations are in confectionery for 2017.
  7. Beth Wilson

    What's New in Kitchen Gadgets?

    A tool I did not know there was a need for. I have to confess my latest guilty pleasure has been watching You tube videos of demos of tools I did not know there was a need for. This one is for vintage tools but there are lots out there for the "As seen on TV" ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MelBWO2ZNmg
  8. I use these type of containers for my coffee, sugar and flour. I like that I can take the lid apart and run them through the dishwasher. They are really quick to open and close. I think I got them at the container store and bed bath and beyond. Very handy, I think the ones I have hold about 9 lbs of flour. http://www.clickclack.com/
  9. Beth Wilson

    Root Cellar Science

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/diy-root-cellaring-traditional-and-eco-friendly-food-storage-techniques-tickets-28197292862 There is a seminar on root cellars just outside of Ottawa. Funny seeing this topic and seeing this seminar in the same week. I think there must be something to this sort of storage becoming more popular.
  10. Beth Wilson

    Manitoulin Unravelled

    I suddenly feel the need to open the liquor cabinet, must be Anna's and Kerry's influence! I am so looking forward to this. Summer has finally arrived :-)
  11. Beth Wilson

    Perfume & Cologne in the Dining Room

    I work in a hospital where scents are banned but there are still many who ignore it. Sometimes you can't enter a room for the many visitors all "bathed" in different scents. I am delivering dinner to the poor patient and I wonder how they can muster the will to eat when they aren't feeling well to begin with and they are bombarded with the scent of an overpowering garden of scents. I am not allergic and I like to smell nice perfume and cologne if it isn't overpowering...but when I enter these rooms I have to hold my breath or else the scent will get in my nose and I will smell the rest of the day. Sometimes this happens at breakfast too.. There are signs and reminders everywhere but it makes not difference. It sends some staff home for the day...So disruptive.
  12. I love that it has this keep warm cycle. My old slow cooker did not do this...it kept on cooking til you got home to unplug it and that made for some interesting roasts. I have only tried a few things and can't wait to try more... I am curious about the baking of banana bread in it, what cooking setting gets used?
  13. Thanks to all of you egulleters, I am now the proud owner of one of these handy machines that I would never have come across without these wonderful threads! My slowcooker bit the dust a couple of weeks ago and DH said why don't you get one of those machines you talked about from egullet. I am really liking the Instant pot and will have to review all the notes to see what everyone has done with it. What I really like is my DH has taken to experimenting with the Instant pot too and tonight was his first attempt at stew in the slow cooker. He sauteed the meat and onions and added the rest of the ingredients, put it on slow cooker and went to work. He didn't know that the default time was only four hours on the slow cooker setting and we got home after 8 hours. I see the clock reads 4:36 when I get in and realize that it has been off for four hours and 36 minutes...Oh Oh I think, dinner may be something else if it has cooled that long. I got the thermometer out, lifted the lid and it read 167F! This machine has been so well made and is decently insulated that it held the temperature for over four hours. Now I don't recommend this technique but it has been a pleasant surprise to find that what I thought was a big mistake turned out to be a perfectly cooked stew and a DH rather pleased with the new addition to the kitchen. Thanks guys! Now I have some reading to catch up on, and some counter space to fill up!
  14. If this was possible! Sign me up! Kerry, I always said you are an enabler :-) I have added this darn appliance to my wish list on Amazon, so half considering it now. Hoping the price drops a wee bit more.
  15. I work with the food department in a hospital so I have the double whammy of lots of handwashing in the kitchen and lots of purell on the floors. As soon as I can I wash the purell off, as it creates a thick coating on my hands from multiple applications. The girls I work with swear by cocoa butter mixed with vitamin E. I found the big tub of this in the shampoo isle of my local drug store. It was fairly inexpensive too! It takes a minute to absorb but it sure has done the trick so far! I am hoping this winter will not be as bad as others with frequent applications of this on my breaks. When I was in the long term care facility they had a big tub of coconut oil on the kitchen table for anyone to use and it was popular, but I was leary of the communal use so I never tried it back then.