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  1. I absolutely agree that any new gadget that gets...

    I absolutely agree that any new gadget that gets us excited about being back in the kitchen is a good thing. I haven't done much hot-water-bath canning so I wouldn't feel comfortable tweaking, but it...
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    This is a very old thread so I don't know how...

    This is a very old thread so I don't know how many responses you'll get. I have a couple of bamboo cutting boards and I've never had a problem with splitting, but I didn't treat them with mineral oil...
  3. I saw this advertised and looked it up on Amazon,...

    I saw this advertised and looked it up on Amazon, but was turned off by the fact that you have to use Ball's recipes, from the pamphlet included with your purchase. I like to use less sugar and make...
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    Exactly. Lots of luck with your cleaning, now!...

    Exactly. Lots of luck with your cleaning, now! And you can always go back to a service if you find it's too time-consuming. We're retired but we still have someone come in every two weeks for the...
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    It was still the right thing to do from both an...

    It was still the right thing to do from both an ethical and a business standpoint, regardless of what they thought the consequences might be. It doesn't matter whether they knew they'd be fired if...
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    It would have been cheaper in the long run to pay...

    It would have been cheaper in the long run to pay for the knobs.

    This reminds me of an experience I had locally. I wanted to buy an electric chainsaw, and a dealer in another town from which I was...
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    I think that's a good decision, and it must have...

    I think that's a good decision, and it must have been especially irritating to have the owner of the service blow off what happened and the costs involved. Customer service may be a lost art.
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    DH and I both worked in schools for our...

    DH and I both worked in schools for our professional life, so shorter days and cooler weather still bring a sense of vacation's end. Summer seems to be officially over after Labor Day because that's...
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    Cookieee, despite the longevity of the...

    Cookieee, despite the longevity of the relationship, the cleaning service insisted that the knobs hadn't been replaced even though Andrea described what she had seen and made it very clear that it...
  10. Thread: Tough Beans

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    I decided just to toss them. There are a lot, and...

    I decided just to toss them. There are a lot, and they're not as good as the Fortex in terms of flavor, either. And if I process them I'll just have to bag them and freeze them again. I have a LOT of...
  11. Thread: Tough Beans

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    Tough Beans

    Last year I tried a new pole bean variety called Aiguillon because the previous summer my Fortex beans had started coming in soft and hollow towards mid-August. The new type was supposed to be tender...
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    I don't think it would be excessively harsh. When...

    I don't think it would be excessively harsh. When you have people coming to your home in your absence, trust is absolutely essential. The fact that they also sent someone whom you didn't know and...
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    That sounded interesting so I looked to see if...

    That sounded interesting so I looked to see if there were any Spice and Tea Exchange stores nearby. Turned out there was one in Rehoboth, DE., and we were going there today, so I checked it out and...
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    When we lived on an island off Washington State...

    When we lived on an island off Washington State where a lot of people fished for salmon, their favorite way to freeze it was in a cardboard half gallon milk carton. Pack the fish in there and fill...
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    I drink Yogi's Kombucha Decaf Green Tea and...

    I drink Yogi's Kombucha Decaf Green Tea and really like it. Another good alternative is Celestial Seasoning's Roastarama Herbal Tea - no caffeine but it has a more robust flavor than regular teas....
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    I don't leave any room - maybe I should. But I...

    I don't leave any room - maybe I should. But I try to get as much air out as possible; you can never get it all out, and what's left is probably sufficient to allow for expansion. I'll be interested...
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    We live in an area where sandmining is popular...

    We live in an area where sandmining is popular industry so it's not unusual to be stuck behind a truck hauling sand or gravel. They are required to cover their load but it still doesn't totally...
  18. Laurielee, laughter was probably the best...

    Laurielee, laughter was probably the best response and I wouldn't have wanted the job after that, either!
  19. Good luck today, Zweiback!

    Good luck today, Zweiback!
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    From what I've always been told, the restriction...

    From what I've always been told, the restriction against serving meat and milk together derived from the edict that one should not seethe a kid in its mother's milk. Apparently that was a favored...
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    What a wonderful trip that sounds like! So glad...

    What a wonderful trip that sounds like! So glad that it was such a success! This was a good time to be there, too. Thanks for reporting back.
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    Valerie226 said: We have been running into...

    Valerie226 said:

    We have been running into that more and more too. We had a kid staying with us last summer who was vegan but who would eat our eggs because she saw how the chickens lived - free...
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    These simple recipes sound very appealing. I have...

    These simple recipes sound very appealing. I have plenty to try now.
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    Thanks for the two recipes. The braised fennel...

    Thanks for the two recipes. The braised fennel looks especially good.
  25. Wallycat, thanks for that link re Frontier...

    Wallycat, thanks for that link re Frontier garlic. I have used their products before, didn't know the garlic was from China, but am reassured by their explanation! I just ordered some of their garlic...
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    The panzanella salad looks yummy, as does the...

    The panzanella salad looks yummy, as does the chicken tajine.
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    Do you plant them after July 4 from seed, or as...

    Do you plant them after July 4 from seed, or as young seedlings?

    I did try once to plant a second crop and they got inundated too. But I have some lemon squash which is somewhat resistant to them...
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    Those are all great-sounding ideas, and there is...

    Those are all great-sounding ideas, and there is quite a variety. I will have to try some of them. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Now to harvest some fennel...
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    Min, that sounds very good too. I've never tried...

    Min, that sounds very good too. I've never tried it raw.
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    The salmon sounds especially good, Amarante....

    The salmon sounds especially good, Amarante. Thanks! DH has told me that he is tired of chicken...
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