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Re: Oct. 29 Today is NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY What do you like in yours??

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This oatmeal recipe from Ina Garten is the best! Continue Reading



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We use Cascade Complete, liquid. Our last repairman said that liquids are better for the dishwasher than powders. About aluminum bakeware, I never put mine in the dishwasher (the harsh chemicals can stain it). I also don't let it sit with water in it (soak); that also can discolor it. I hand wash and dry with a towel. I love aluminum for baking, but it takes a bit of care. (I have some that is 40+ years old and still shiny.) Continue Reading


Re: Which clothing styles and clothing items popular today do you think will become classics?

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The trench Peacoat (this never went out of style IMO) Yoga pants (in some form or other) are probably here to stay due to comfort Basic cardigan (but not with matching shell) I think it's challenging to build a classic wardrobe, because even classics get updated. (And often I like the updates better!) Continue Reading


Re: ? about what to wear with this dress

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Pretty dress! It doesn't look at all funereal to me. People wear black dresses to work. Because of the drape of the dress, I'm not sure that a jacket would work well. I would go with jewelry, a necklace and/or cuff bracelet. Low heels would give a business-like look. A bootie or shootie would also work. Continue Reading


Re: Need to transition from tailored work wardrobe to retired casual....................

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My last and longest job was in a conservative corporate environment. Retirement means a big change in clothing. Gradually, I whittled down my work wardrobe. I kept a couple of suits, a few dress pants and dressy tops. Those are my "serious occasion" clothes. I still need them now and then. I still shop at Talbot's and Macy's, but I buy different things. I like tailored casual wear - jeans, straight leg pants, basic sweaters, tees and tops (cotton; and blends), casual dresses, and jackets. I suggest going slowly. Start with wearing the casual clothes you already have. See if some of your car... Continue Reading


Re: Ideas to help non-cook provide for a vegetarian weekend guest?

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Hummus is nice to have on hand. You can make it, but the store bought varieties are very good. Pita chips or crackers to go with it. Nuts are also nice for snacking - cashews, almonds (flavored or plain) or peanuts. Continue Reading


Re: Two BIG complaints about small stuff in lot of new cookbooks

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I agree about the print in some of the new cookbooks. Way too small and often too pale. So frustrating. Some cookbooks I read as I would a novel, for enjoyment. For others I'm more interested in the recipes. Continue Reading


Re: Swiss Steak--Blast from the Past 1960s?

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Swiss Steak was one of the first recipes I learned to make. I babysat a lot when I was a teenager, and I got recipes from some of the families I sat for. Swiss Steak was one of those. DH has always loved it. It can be a challenge finding round steak in the groceries these days. I was excited when I found that our Super Target carries it. Continue Reading


Re: Pumpkin chili?

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We love this Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe from Whole Foods. You can play around with this basic recipe, depending on how spicy you like your chili and what type of beans you prefer. We like black beans. I often bump up the chili powder. And I like to use chicken broth rather than water. For thicker chili, use less water or broth. Equally good made with lean ground beef instead of turkey. Continue Reading


Re: those of you who get your spices through the mail

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Penzey's is terrific. All of our spices come from them. We're lucky that we have a Penzey's shop now (for years we didn't and I ordered from the catalogue or online). I love their customer service. I think their prices are very reasonable. I'm surprised they don't charge more, considering the freshness and quality of their spices. Continue Reading

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