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lindag

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  1. Is this just a flash-in-the-pan kind of thing? I got my Anova circulator several weeks ago and still haven't found anything I want to make with it. Is it just me or are there others out there staring at theirs?
  2. Looking for a good tasting tequila. Not too expensive and not too exotic because we don't have 'exotic' in the smallish town where I live. Since I'm a bit tired of G&Ts and I'm not allowed to have a Salty Dog I've decided it's Margarita time, especially since warm weather is here. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
  3. I love a dirty martini but find that I can only drink one lest I get silly. And I make a wonderful Bloody Mary but sometimes that's just too heavy a drink. Haven't had an Old Fashioned in years and I'll have to look up the recipe now, but that could be a candidate. Gin Rickey sounds good, I do love gin.
  4. Thanks for that, I do have a couple of different ryes on hand and I'll definitely try it that way. And one thing I really like is the Salty Dog, but dagnabbit, my pharmacist tells me I can't have grapefruit in any form ever due to the BP meds that I take. That was really disappointing to hear. I'll check around for sours and see what I can come up with.
  5. My drink of choice during cocktail hour is nearly always a Gin & Tonic. This has been going on for years! I need to branch out but I don't know what to make. I seem to have many bottles of Rum and Vodka and Whiskey and Bourbon and everything else I can think of. But I don't want to make drinks that take lots of different or exotic ingredients I live in a pretty small town and don't have access to the fancy liquors, just the average stuff. I tried a Manhattan last night using Jack Daniels and that didn't ring my chimes. I'm really not picky; got any suggestions for me?
  6. To update: Yesterday I spoke with my HVAC rep about adding a vent to my existing equipment. I have an over-the-range microwave with a recirculating vent system. He tells me that they can open up the wall behind my existing m/w and create a down-draft vent into the crawlspace and out an exterior wall. Despite that down draft vents aren't nearly as efficient as a true hood, I'm thinking this would be a very good solution where there really isn't anything else I can do. Any thoughts?
  7. I have one of those too, and they are useless. Basically mine just blows the vapor and grease onto my cabinetry.
  8. Hmmm, maybe there is an answer. Next month (after the hearing season is pretty much over) I'm having my furnace replaced; the folks doing the work are HVAC experts and I will consult them about creating a vent. At least I'll get an answer, yay or nay, once and for all and I can put the whole subject to rest.
  9. True, True, I have tolerated the problem for a long time, BUT what's particularly objectionable, besides smelling your last dinner all over the house for three days, is the problem of the grease that goes into the air and invariably ends up on the kitchen cabinetry. It also limits the types of foods that I'll cook indoors (some produce lots of grease)...splatter screens have been pretty useless.
  10. Nope, range is on an inside wall (kitchen has a big view which can't be blocked). I have considered replacing my range with one that has a downdraft but what I read about those hasn't been real good.
  11. I have a wonderful, modern home with one fatal flaw; it has no range hood. In fact, the kitchen is on the main level with bedrooms overhead. Nowhere to run a vent. So I have existed for almost nine years with no vent in my kitchen. I have a microwave oven over the range with the 'pretend' vent fan. I know I'm no alone since many people in large apartment buildings have kitchens with no ventilation. What to do?
  12. Portland (OR) was hoping to be chosen, especially since two of the finalists from last season were from there. I'd have love to have seen that.
  13. My current favorite is Pyramid's Hefeweizen. Good anytime.
  14. lindag

    Salty Dogs

    Normally my cocktail of choice for cocktail hour is a nice gin and tonic (I currently favor Seagram's Lime Twisted Gin) and Hansen's tonic. However, recently I've switched to a Salty Dog. Same gin (from the freezer) with white grapefruit juice and a dash of salt. I've read that an authentic Salty Dog is served without ice but I can't imagine drinking it warm! Anyone else love this drink?
  15. I don't mean to divert this discussion, but I'm wondering about the change that Costco is making with their cash-back credit card with American Express. I read that as of this Spring or Summer, Amex is out and Visa is in. I rely entirely on my Amex card so I'm wondering if anyone has any details about the change?
  16. With regard to the Green Papers: I haven't detected any scent from the sheets themselves or on any of the produce I tried (I have tested many different types of veg, including green onions, strawberries, sweet peppers, parsley, etc.) And in reading the Amazon reviews I didn't find anyone else who reported an odor. DARIENNE. I wish I'd know about your trick with the light bulb!!!
  17. I have a pile of pressure cooker cookbooks but this one is by far the favorite: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0809241862/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  18. My 'other' fridge is a specially designed 'garage refrigerator', made for cold environments. I had to replace my older model because it would stop working when the temp in the garage got too low. The new one works fine and I ordered it from Sears. The garage model is only available with the most basic features. The shelves are wire, not glass and the drawers are wire also so they are not the 'crisper' type and there is no freezer section. To my surprise,I have found that the produce I keep in the garage lasts longer than what I keep in my fancy side-by-side with the double crisper drawers! It may be that the produce I keep in the garage is somewhat different than what's in the kitchen, but I don't think so. By the way, I've recently begun using http://www.amazon.com/Freshpaper-Produce-Saver-Sheets-Set/dp/B00QUDOG92/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428067418&sr=8-1&keywords=fenugreen and my produce last much longer now (see the many positive reviews at Amazon. (No affiliation.)
  19. Ever been to a Red Robin? It's so loud it's like trying to have a meal in a Gymboree! I will NEVER go there again.
  20. I like QUIET in a restaurant; the really noisy ones don't get a second chance.
  21. Of course you should give the restaurant another chance! Since you used to go there frequently and were always pleased, aren't you kind of cutting off your nose to spite your face? That was an unusual evening if they had a huge party coming in. It was just your bad luck to pick the wrong night. Go back, and if your really feel you need to, speak to the owner about it. Me? I'd just write it off as a one time thing.
  22. I've given up most of mine. But CI and CC are still a must in my house. I also like Food Network Magazine (much more there than you'd think when you think of the Food Network!) I also like Taste of Home, it's so much better than it was years ago.
  23. I own what I think is the best bread knife (actually I own two types). The Wustof 10-inch Classic Bread Knife, which is fabulous and also the Cusinart electric knife. The electric knife (with its bread blades) makes short work of slicing whole loaves. For just a slice here and there I pull out the Wustof. Both do a great job.
  24. Granted, it's been a number of years since I've shopped for a d/w, but I do remember then that I noticed the interior size of the Bosch was smaller than the other brands! I was told that it was due to it's being sold in European markets as well where the kitchen cabinets were smaller. Anyway, I felt like it was a big gyp and purchased a Kenmore Elite instead; it's been an excellent appliance, cleans everything very well.
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