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    I think Butterball is the wisest decision. It's...

    I think Butterball is the wisest decision. It's essentially foolproof and eliminates the need to brine and produces a tasty juicy bird. I've had the more expensive fresh - organic and heritage and I...
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    LOL - Good luck with the turkey roaster as my...

    LOL - Good luck with the turkey roaster as my only turkey disaster was when someone lent me a turkey roaster and the bird didn't cook.

    Turkey is really a very easy entree to cook. If you aren't...
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    They split the final season of Mad Men and so the...

    They split the final season of Mad Men and so the first half of the final season ended a few months ago and the FINAL half of the final season will be shown sometime in 2015.
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    I watch mostly cable - currently watching Sons of...

    I watch mostly cable - currently watching Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Show. Liked The Closer and now Major Crimes.

    Madame Secretary isn't bad - especially as a companion to The Good Wife...
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    I feel your pain - literally - as I too am facing...

    I feel your pain - literally - as I too am facing a hip replacement sometime early next year when my deductible starts again as I don't want to wind up paying two deductibles for 2014 and 2015.
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  6. It would be the stirring constantly as the...

    It would be the stirring constantly as the mixture heated that would prevent the curdling of the eggs which is why it was a success the second time. The constant whisking as soon as the ingredients...
  7. It's probably too late but the eggs must be...

    It's probably too late but the eggs must be tempered and then added slowly while one whisks all the time while adding the eggs in a slow trickle. This allows the eggs to be incorporated - and then...
  8. I'm coming a little late to the party. I have...

    I'm coming a little late to the party.

    I have several of Bittman's books and I do read him in the NY Times but I don't ever find myself particularly inspired by his recipes - or instructions.
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  9. If someone were to ask to see a house in this...

    If someone were to ask to see a house in this situation, I wouldn't bother staging it. I would explain to them that they are first in the door and you haven't bothered to prepare for the sale. If...
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    At the amounts you are thinking about, why not...

    At the amounts you are thinking about, why not just do the old fashioned thing and get the child a US Savings Bond in the amount you want for each occasion. You can even print out "gift certificates"...
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    Who's the gift for? If the gift is for your...

    Who's the gift for?

    If the gift is for your daughter, she's an adult and should have the right to use any money in an unrestricted manner.

    However if you intend the gifts to be for your...
  12. That seems like a fairly standard Eastern...

    That seems like a fairly standard Eastern European recipe. My grandmother who was born in Poland cooked duck with the principal flavor being garlic (and salt & pepper).

    And IMHO Austro-Hungarian...
  13. Marinating is always a good idea. I made a...

    Marinating is always a good idea.

    I made a Christmas goose once for Christmas and I remember being astounded by the amount of fat that came out of the bird. I thought duck was fatty but goose even...
  14. I can't add much to this but I always stored my...

    I can't add much to this but I always stored my wool items in hanging bags - they sell relatively wide ones for this purpose. I would add some form of camphor at the bottom. My hardware store sold...
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    At least in the West, I interchange Arnolds,...

    At least in the West, I interchange Arnolds, Pepperidge Farm and Orowheat. I am not 100% sure of which brand is in which region but I definitely go with a "name" brand instead of the store brand.

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    I've been enjoying the Trader Joe "Guiltless...

    I've been enjoying the Trader Joe "Guiltless Guacamole". I know avocados are healthy but Guacamole is still relatively high in calories.

    Their Guiltless Guac is made with avocados and Greek yogurt...
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    There are special cheese slicers for soft cheese...

    There are special cheese slicers for soft cheese which have a wire. I think they are relatively inexpensive but don't know whether this would be over kill for your needs.
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    Just a comment on how relatively ambitious your...

    Just a comment on how relatively ambitious your "fast" dinners are as compared to how the rest of the world cooks and eats. :D
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    iTunes - U2 - Free Download of New Album

    In celebration of the Apple watch and iPhone 6, you can download the new U2 album for free from the iTunes store.
  20. I would have no qualms about hand washing a...

    I would have no qualms about hand washing a sweater set made of nylon and silk. The color might bleed slightly but, in my experience, a bit of vinegar in the water eliminates that issue. And really...
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    I agree that reaching out to the husband will...

    I agree that reaching out to the husband will only complicate the situation - and why bring aggravation into your life for no purpose. You aren't going to have an independent relationship with the...
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    I'm not a canner - or even a jam maker but I can...

    I'm not a canner - or even a jam maker but I can understand the appeal of this machine because essentially you dump the fruit and walk away without worrying about stirring or scalding. To me, it's...
  23. I just wanted to add that selling books was very...

    I just wanted to add that selling books was very easy for me as I wanted to get rid of them as it appears you do as they had become a hindrance rather than any kind of "enhancement" to my life.
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    I don't want to hijack the thread but the issue...

    I don't want to hijack the thread but the issue of smaller brick and mortar stores not being able to compete in price with internet or big box stores - especially internet is not an easy one.

    The...
  25. Generally I used padded envelopes as I had...

    Generally I used padded envelopes as I had managed to accumulate quite a lot of them so they were free.

    50 cents is a good price for shipping materials in my experience.

    You can get a very good...
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    It's astounding to me that a business owner would...

    It's astounding to me that a business owner would not have offered some compensation in an attempt to keep the client of 8 years.

    Forget customer service - that's just plain stupid.
  27. I am sorry to read about what is happening with...

    I am sorry to read about what is happening with your life.

    Regarding books, I disposed of a sizable library about 10 years ago. Mostly I used amazon except for a few books that were collectible...
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    I'm with walleycat - I'm living in a climate with...

    I'm with walleycat - I'm living in a climate with perfect winter weather but summer is fit only for hibernating inside with air conditioning.

    When I lived in the East with more traditional season...
  29. It never feels good not to get the job - but most...

    It never feels good not to get the job - but most people don't get every job they apply for so just move on and chalk it up to experience.

    I've never followed up on a job by asking why I didn't...
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    You are paying for a service so it's certainly...

    You are paying for a service so it's certainly within your rights to fire them.

    However, you might be cutting off your nose to spite your face if you have been using them for 8 years and are...
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