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    Apparently a lot of the criticism took place in...

    Apparently a lot of the criticism took place in emails which the woman's husband didn't see, and he may not have been that aware of the jabs during their time together. It's very easy for someone to...
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    Vicci, we just use the prepared coconut milk plus...

    Vicci, we just use the prepared coconut milk plus the canned stuff. It's certainly coconut-y for us that way. But of course that changes the recipe...
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    That sounds really good. The daughter of a friend...

    That sounds really good. The daughter of a friend stayed in my studio last summer and she was vegan, but she didn't object to eating our eggs because she knew that the chickens led a very natural...
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    Vicci, I think if I did anything to reach out to...

    Vicci, I think if I did anything to reach out to her DH I'd make it brief and simply tell him you and your husband have always really liked and respected him and you'll be there for him if he ever...
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    Beth, I understand what you're saying, but the...

    Beth, I understand what you're saying, but the underlying reason doesn't obviate the discomfort of constantly being criticized or taken to task or made to justify. I am not so interested in the...
  6. I first read the title of your post as "most...

    I first read the title of your post as "most antiquated cookbooks" and started wondering what those might be. Mrs. Beeton's came to mind...:)
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    Beth, I disagree - Vicci's "friend" was...

    Beth, I disagree - Vicci's "friend" was questioning her methods of living her life and implying that she was wrong to do things differently than the friend does. Any time someone keeps making a...
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    I agree with Beth that the last email was just...

    I agree with Beth that the last email was just irrational, but I figured that it was the last straw for you. Do you have any examples of the other ones?

    That's neat that you're moving so close to...
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    Uh - who the heck reads emails while driving???...

    Uh - who the heck reads emails while driving??? Why would anyone think that a recipient would be so stupid as to risk his life and those of other drivers to check on a written message? Especially a...
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    Victoria, I agree with Wallycat. I wonder whether...

    Victoria, I agree with Wallycat. I wonder whether it would help, when you ARE together, if your husband called her on her cruel remarks if she comes up with something abusive, but he may not want to...
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    It was probably just the quality of the bamboo,...

    It was probably just the quality of the bamboo, or else bad luck. And I know lots of people who put wooden salad bowls and wooden-handled knives in the dishwasher and then wonder why they don't last...
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    I started adding pectin to give the jam some more...

    I started adding pectin to give the jam some more body, and I used Pomona because it's supposed to be the best stuff if you're trying to go as natural as possible. I think whether or not you need...
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    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...
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    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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  30. Laurielee, laughter was probably the best...

    Laurielee, laughter was probably the best response and I wouldn't have wanted the job after that, either!
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