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    Here's the trick with chestnuts. Instead of...

    Here's the trick with chestnuts. Instead of putting them in water, I put them in a slow oven (about 200°) for fifteen minutes; it's easier to control the heat that way. That seems to work just as...
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    The woman who mentioned her method added this...

    The woman who mentioned her method added this video. They do seem to be able to get them out cleanly!

    http://youtu.be/Vm6_P4_KJT4

    We have two chestnut trees; the one that matures its nuts first...
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    Someone on FB uses a similar technique - ...

    Someone on FB uses a similar technique -



    She says the membrane comes off too. I'm not sure I'd like that method for a recipe that called for puréeing, though. I think I'd have more options...
  4. It can be very expensive to work, between...

    It can be very expensive to work, between clothes, transportation, lunches, other incidental expenses, plus the necessity to hire someone to do what you've been doing at home. But I understand the...
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    How to Peel Chestnuts!

    We have two Chinese chestnut trees, the second of which has larger nuts and gifted us with a bountiful harvest this year. With chestnuts you have to pick them up right away, and very shortly after...
  6. I saw Beth's initial reaction and thought it was...

    I saw Beth's initial reaction and thought it was excellent advice. Turns out she was absolutely right. I didn't think they would expect you to accept their first offer and they probably figured...
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    How terrific! Being a grandparent is one of the...

    How terrific! Being a grandparent is one of the best things around! I hope they're close enough for you to get to enjoy him or her.
  8. It certainly sounds as though they're very...

    It certainly sounds as though they're very interested. Hope all goes well. Chocolate chip cookies are a great idea!
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    Julie, also I only had osteopenia which was...

    Julie, also I only had osteopenia which was fairly typical for my age group, so my family doctor said it wasn't necessary to treat it. But the oncologist wanted me to take something because of the...
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    I don't assume that doctors know that much about...

    I don't assume that doctors know that much about the drugs they prescribe. I'd google whatever it was and go from there. DH's cardiologist pooh-poohed it when DH complained about terrible muscle...
  11. I like Alexander McCall Smith's lady detective...

    I like Alexander McCall Smith's lady detective series, too. Hmmmm, I wonder whether he has any new ones out! I just finished Deer Hunting in Paris (Paris, Maine, that is) by Paula Young Lee, about a...
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    Let us know how that cough syrup works for you,...

    Let us know how that cough syrup works for you, Vicci. I looked at it but didn't get it because that's not a real problem for us, but if it's good it would be nice to have some on hand.
  13. Fingers crossed that it works out. I do...

    Fingers crossed that it works out. I do understand that you need to keep at it, but at least, as you say, there's less pressure.
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    This is a typical recipe including alcohol: ...

    This is a typical recipe including alcohol:

    Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups
    2 ounces bourbon whisky
    1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 ounces)
    2-4 ounces water (optional)
    1 tablespoon honey
    Mix the...
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    Vicci, after I read about glyphosate as a...

    Vicci, after I read about glyphosate as a dessicant (and it's not just wheat, but sweet potatoes, beets, peas, and other grains, according to that article, if I recall correctly) I started buying...
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    I read the comments, too, but I have seen...

    I read the comments, too, but I have seen numerous articles on the dangers of glyphosate. Argentina is experiencing a host of cancers and birth defects in areas where Roundup is used extensively....
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    Roundup as a Drying Agent

    I had heard that glyphosate was being used as a drying agent for wheat, but wondered whether it was just typical anti-herbicide hyperbole. Not that I use herbicides (we garden organically), but...
  18. Wow, how did you go through two pairs of jeans?...

    Wow, how did you go through two pairs of jeans? Holes in the knees? Paint splatters?

    They do sound like the perfect family for the home, but will it be a risk for you to hold on to the acreage...
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    Reported.

    Reported.
  20. Vicci, we have had similar experiences with...

    Vicci, we have had similar experiences with realtors. When we bought this place the original owner had separated off two acre-and-a-third lots on the water. We didn't realize that the middle one was...
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    Yes, that's it exactly, vbak. But dinner with...

    Yes, that's it exactly, vbak. But dinner with friends is more about friends than dinner.
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    Definitely different strokes for different folks!...

    Definitely different strokes for different folks! Your friend is telling you to keep it easy because she's projecting what she'd want to do. She needs to realize that not everyone feels the same way....
  23. Try the recipe and report back, please! I haven't...

    Try the recipe and report back, please! I haven't thawed my goose yet so I shall await your results.:)
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    To play devil's advocate here, though, maybe the...

    To play devil's advocate here, though, maybe the reason their DHs don't compliment their cooking is because they're NOT good cooks, because they don't enjoy it.

    But yes, my DH is very...
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    I didn't read the Time article but I did go to GW...

    I didn't read the Time article but I did go to GW to see what they were saying. I really like to cook. And often I'll make enough for at least two meals, which takes the pressure off. Plus, when we...
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    Reported. Sounds like you are really going on...

    Reported.

    Sounds like you are really going on a cleaning and tidying blitz, Vicci!

    Applecrisp, that sounds easy and good!

    We had leftovers from a restaurant meal Sunday night; mine was duck...
  27. Although it doesn't have pictures, I like to give...

    Although it doesn't have pictures, I like to give new cooks The Settlement Cookbook. It's very basic and gives you simple recipes for all the standard sauces and dishes. I have made mac'n cheese from...
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    For a while he was giving me bird carvings, of...

    For a while he was giving me bird carvings, of shorebirds like herons, but I finally told him I didn't have room for any more! He does try, when he remembers my birthday at all. He missed one a...
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    I know, it was sweet of him to get me something...

    I know, it was sweet of him to get me something at all, which is why this needs some thought. He isn't into gardening and doesn't take hints well, though. They tend to go in one ear and out the...
  30. Vicci, I agree with Amarante; these are people...

    Vicci, I agree with Amarante; these are people who like historic homes, doubtless know what they would be getting into, and can overlook whatever clutter remains. We have a friend who is selling an...
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