Category Archives: Kitchen Tips & Gadgets

How to Reheat Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Successfully

You know that feeling, when you’re PMS-ish, or grumpy, or depressed, and you get one of those bizarre food cravings? Some days I simply have to have a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese (even though I normally prefer my … Continue reading

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Julian’s Handy-Dandy Cooking Philosophy, and a Dill Cheeseball Recipe

After months of promising to contribute to The Blog Of My Sister, I have finally sat down and decided to make good.  It’s about time, I say.  And I’m sure Charity says so, too. Anyway, I thought I would begin … Continue reading

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Begone, Bedraggled Teflon Pan!

My Teflon pan — I think it may have been the second one since Jonathan and I got married in 2009 — bit the dust a few weeks ago.  I was observing black flecks in my delicious melting butter, and … Continue reading

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Corningware: The “Bestest” Dish in the Kitchen

When I was helping to muck out a house after Hurricane Katrina, I was digging with a shovel in the back bedroom — opposite end of the house from the kitchen — when I heard a clink somewhere in the … Continue reading

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Meet My Good Friends, Parsley & Basil!

I’ve come to the conclusion that, if you have a window that you can even possibly use, you need some herbs.  Fresh herbs are delightful, but entirely too expensive at the grocery store.  An entire living plant can be had … Continue reading

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Storage Tip for Glass Pitchers, and a Recipe

Isn’t it disgusting when you pull out a glass pitcher that’s been in the cabinet for a month or so, and it’s got dust, gnats, and cobwebs in it? Well, mine don’t. (They used to, though.) And here’s how I … Continue reading

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My Favorite Cookie Sheet

This is my favorite cookie sheet.  I searched long and hard to find it.  Everything, everywhere, was that crappy nonstick stuff that burns your biscuits.  Yes, I know that you can set the oven temperature 25 degrees lower and it … Continue reading

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Microwave-Cleaning Shortcut: Vinegar & Water

We’ve been moving this weekend and I haven’t had time to post anything profound, but my friend Sarah Grace suggested that I post this tip (which I got from my friend Kate). To clean dried-up stuff out of your microwave, … Continue reading

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The End of the Epic Canister Search

I had been looking for canisters since before I got married. I had almost every other household implement — spatulas, 9×13 pans, a complete set of Blue Willow. But the Perfect Canister Set eluded me.  Every time I found a … Continue reading

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Time-Saving Strategy: Precook Your Ground Beef

I get home from work and start doing little insignificant things….and then, OH NO! It’s 6:30 and I haven’t started supper! And my sister is calling to see if she can escape from the college cafeteria and eat dinner with … Continue reading

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