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  1. The wife wants another DW. She thinks the current one isn't doing a good job. That's partly why I started this thread. But if she gets a new one I will have 2 in that kitchen. Cabinet space is not a problem. Me and my table saw can fabricate anything!
  2. OK, here's an update: I've taken mightily to these suggestions, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. I start by emptying the DW and the racks completely. I found it works best if I put everything away, even if it means getting it back out moments later to cook with. Sometimes I'll make an exception if an item is totally obvious. Then I move on to setting up my mis en scene, or as I like to put it, I create a "messy scene". Cook, clean as I go, and it gets better each time. The DW is no longer crying. In fact, since my last posting here, I managed to skip a day running the DW. Just did a Rinse-and-Hold to get everything wet to prevent hardening since there wasn't a full load. Thanks everyone! This really helped! -John
  3. So a consensus seems to be that I'm not excessive. I do cook most meals from scratch. And on leftover days the dishwasher is definitely more sparsely populated. Still, I could do with less, I think. Any tips for using less during the course of the day? I reuse my breakfast plate for lunch. And I've taken to mixing some things in the pot they cook in (like meatloaf). Is there already an organizational thread on the forum somewhere, or you wanna' just throw ideas at me? Bring'em! I'd love to be educated on this. Thanks! -John
  4. Hi! I hope this is the right place to post this. Mods, please advise. I'm shaping up to be a good cook, but I do have one problem: I can't manage my home kitchen worth a darn. Each day, the dishwasher is jam-packed with stuff to wash, and I'm only cooking for 3. That's 2 for breakfast, 1 lunch, and 3 for dinner. It's just me and family, so nothing fancy. The dishwasher is jammed and there is stuff to hand wash. The racks are always full. So my problem is using too much stuff to make food. I clearly lack to organizational skills needed for a home kitchen. Can anyone throw me a link to a page somewhere that gives guidance on how to defeat this problem? My dishwasher begs you! Thanks! -John
  5. Baguettes break when I split them

    @JohnT; thus the mystery is solved! I used your suggestion, and it was just the trick, Now I can hinge those baguettes back and forth for days before they break. OK, not really. But this worked perfectly for my needs. Thanks, and thanks again! -Johntodd
  6. Baguettes break when I split them

    @JohnT; this retains moisture, right? And that's why they stay soft? Will try tonight! Home-made McRibs on the menu, will notify tomorrow after I wake up from passing out from overindulgence and run-on sentences. Thanks! -John
  7. Baguettes break when I split them

    C'mon now, Subway is a legit business. This is just their take on the sub/hoagie/grinder type sandwich. We can make ours however we want. If we like it, then it is good. Even if that means making a sub out of bologna that was marinated overnight in lime koolaid! If you like it, eat it. (please don't offer me any of that.) -John
  8. Baguettes break when I split them

    Sounds good. Anybody have a tweak to my recipe or a new recipe that I can use with my perforated metal baguette pan? Thanks! -John
  9. Baguettes break when I split them

    They wouldn't let anybody outsmart them like that. They broil it with the cheese on it. No broiling the veggies, although I guess they would if you asked.
  10. Baguettes break when I split them

    CDH; you may have nailed it. Although I can't see how they can broil the cheese so evenly in that configuration. -John
  11. Baguettes break when I split them

    I'm merely a novice at this; what's the diff? And if anybody wants to throw me a link to a recipe, I'm all for it. My desire to make good food my family loves overshadows my big, fatheaded ego.
  12. Hi! I'm making Subway sandwiches at home now. Except mine have flavor and nutrition. (/rimshot!) But when I split my baguettes lengthwise, they won't lay down flat for the broiler. If I force them, then they tear at the "hinge". If I cut shallower so the hinge is thicker, then they rip and tear and won't lay flat. The bread at Subway doesn't seem to have this problem, they cut'em, spread'em, cheese'em, and broil them with no problems. Here is my recipe: 2 cups water (Temp. 110-115 degrees F.) 4 teaspoons sugar 8 teaspoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoons salt 5 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour (662 grams) 4 1⁄2 teaspoons bread machine yeast Any thoughts? Thanks! -John
  13. Frito Pie ... without Frito-Lays

    Didn't wanna start a thing ... just want to know how to make this w/out purchasing additive-loaded Fritos.
  14. Frito Pie ... without Frito-Lays

    Good idea, I will. Got to wait a few days, though. I cooked enough food yesterday that Iwon't have to cook for a week. LOL! This morning I had "Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwiches" for breakfast. Toasted bread with ham, casserole, and tater salad. Yum Yum!