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My jolly salt pig

6 October 2011
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It probably says something odd about me that I do not own a coffee maker, an electric mixer or a slow cooker, but I do own a salt pig. It’s not an item that would be on anyone’s kitchen essential list – a small dish for salt would suffice – but I came across this […]

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Strawberry oatmeal shortcakes with maple vanilla cream

29 May 2011
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It’s the ultimate summer treat: juicy strawberries piled on soft, moist oatmeal shortcakes, served with a dollop of maple vanilla cream. Homemade strawberry shortcake is an easy make-ahead dessert that makes you look like a genius in the kitchen: mix briefly in one bowl, drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet, and in 20 minutes […]

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Happiness is a butter bell

14 September 2010
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I discovered the butter bell a year ago, and now my family can’t live without it. Gone are the days of battling rock hard butter to spread on toast while four hungry children clamor for their breakfast. Now butter gets spread smooth as frosting, toast gets distributed, and munching mouths are happily silent for a […]

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Cast iron skillets – nonstick old school

6 September 2010
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Cast iron is the chinese grandma of cookware: the ultimate in practicality, durability and value – and it only gets better with age. It is also nonstick the old school way. If anyone out there is still using Teflon-coated pans, I urge you to wake up and smell the plastic. A high quality cast iron […]

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My dream kitchen, part 2

17 August 2010
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By popular request from my kitchen-planning friends at the GardenWeb forums, I took a few more pictures and drafted a floor plan of the kitchen. Above, the rest of the great room, as seen from the kitchen. The entire room is approximately 21’x43′. At one end is the kitchen. In the center is a dining […]

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My dream kitchen

12 August 2010
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Even chinese grandmas have their indulgences. This kitchen is mine. I spent hundreds of hours researching every last detail, meticulously sketched scale floor plans and elevations, mapped out various workflow scenarios. The look is pure simplicity – it is a farmhouse kitchen – but it’s all tricked out for maximum functionality. This is my primary […]

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