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    Maybe what you need is another cat for your lap....

    Maybe what you need is another cat for your lap. A friend of mine got a second cat just for that reason; the first one was very independent and not at all cuddly. Her newer cat was just what she...
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    I am always amazed to see our spoiled and...

    I am always amazed to see our spoiled and comfort-loving labradoodle lie down in a snowbank. And her tummy is usually pretty bare. I don't think it means the same thing to them as it does to us.
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    I would just let him be who he is. He's telling...

    I would just let him be who he is. He's telling you loud and clear that he likes his freedom. The fact that he allows cuddling is great, and it's nice to be developing that bond with him, but he may...
  4. I don't mind some prep for crockpot meals; it...

    I don't mind some prep for crockpot meals; it helps avoid the sameness that characterizes those dishes otherwise. I love it that once I'm done prepping and the food is in the pot, I'm off the hook....
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    You got me. I have no idea. And as far as I know,...

    You got me. I have no idea. And as far as I know, unless the regulations have changed, a large number of them won't be running when the grid is down. They're not allowed to.

    The numbers may be due...
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    Gumbeaux, excellent resource. Yes, I agree that...

    Gumbeaux, excellent resource. Yes, I agree that this is idiotic; we would have been tickled to be able to buy the storage batteries and have the setup described. But even with the batteries, we...
  7. Vicci, I have come to parties/dinners where...

    Vicci, I have come to parties/dinners where others have brought foods and I never felt that I had committed a faux pas in not doing so. I always assumed that they were asked to bring whatever...
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    Gumbeaux, absolutely you can sell power back to...

    Gumbeaux, absolutely you can sell power back to the utility when you're producing more than you need. What you can't do here is to power your home with the solar energy when the grid is down. The...
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    Charley, yes, the generator does have a transfer...

    Charley, yes, the generator does have a transfer switch. I can't figure out why a solar setup couldn't have one too. I think in some states they're permitted to take over if the grid goes down, but...
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    We looked into solar panels a few years ago;...

    We looked into solar panels a few years ago; several of our neighbors have them and are very happy with them. But we had to put off the decision until we got another costly home repair out of the way...
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    I've been making a dish recommended here, I think...

    I've been making a dish recommended here, I think by Charley - sauerkraut with sliced sweet potatoes, apples, and kielbasa. It's a great meal for a raw fall evening and is quick and easy. Sometimes I...
  12. We've had terrible toaster hassles, too. When we...

    We've had terrible toaster hassles, too. When we were first married we inherited my mother's old Toastmaster, and that worked flawlessly for many more years. Once that broke (I think the heating...
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    I am salivating over Mimi Thorisson's A Kitchen...

    I am salivating over Mimi Thorisson's A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse. I have followed her blog, Manger, for a while now and love the photos that her husband Oddur takes of...
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    Thanks for that chart. Very interesting! Your...

    Thanks for that chart. Very interesting! Your mixture of farro and rehydrated mushrooms sounds delicious; I would love that too. It's kind of like what I do with gésiers, adding porcini mushrooms and...
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    We had an organic farro mix last night with leg...

    We had an organic farro mix last night with leg of lamb. I don't remember where I bought it, but it was Tuscan Village brand or something similar. It's the first time we'd had it and we really liked...
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    I don't know of any decent instruments online,...

    I don't know of any decent instruments online, although you might be able to take the Myers-Briggs that way.
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    Thanks, Patt!

    Thanks, Patt!
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    A lot of people seem to like the Myers-Briggs...

    A lot of people seem to like the Myers-Briggs Test http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator which involves four pairs of personality dichotomies; the way in which those pairs are...
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    I saw that too and it looked very good. What if...

    I saw that too and it looked very good. What if you don't have buttermilk? It's not something I keep around!
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    I don't know why anyone would care about killing...

    I don't know why anyone would care about killing the seed, either. Maybe those people were collecting them to set up little chestnut orchards of their own? I certainly don't bother with that!

    If...
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    We used to buy them on the street, roasted, and...

    We used to buy them on the street, roasted, and eat them. That was probably in NYC, but we sometimes roast them at home, too. Nice to snack on while watching a DVD.

    Here's the soup recipe:
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    Beth, we add chestnuts to stuffing, especially...

    Beth, we add chestnuts to stuffing, especially for the Thanksgiving turkey. I also have a wonderful recipe for chestnut soup which I sometimes serve with the turkey, and chestnuts are great to add...
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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...
  26. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. Thread: Good News!

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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.
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    It certainly sounds as though they're very interested. Hope all goes well. Chocolate chip cookies are a great idea!
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