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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Best Books for Newbies? on: June 20, 2007 10:54:55 AM
Just had another thought...

I'd recommend checking out some quick and easy cookbooks, like Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals. Since they are designed to be quick they'll have less steps and ingredients.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Best Books for Newbies? on: June 20, 2007 10:51:26 AM
I'm also a big fan of the Betty Crocker cookbook, as well as Good Housekeeping's All Purpose cookbook (I think that's the name, but if not it's similar).

I like Good Housekeeping's for my every day cooking (because I can't afford the money or time for gourmet seven days a week!). It covers all the bases and extras you might not think of as new cook. It has tips and techniques in beginning and the fruits and veggies section also gives some basic info about the individual fruit or vegtable (such as when it's in season, how to tell if it's ripe, etc.)

Also, I highly recommend reading any recipe over a couple times so you can figure out each step before you do it. It also gives you an idea of what you can prep before you begin.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Toaster Ovens on: June 20, 2007 10:28:44 AM
I've been thinking about buying a toaster (or toaster-convection) oven for the summer, since most of the cooking done in my house is for two people. Plus, our gas oven can make the house hotter than it is outside. Ick.

Anyone have suggestions for a particular kind of toaster oven? Good or bad experiences with them? Anything you would or wouldn't make in one?

I have the "Small Batch Baking" Cookbook by Debby Maugans-Nakos, but I've been hesitant to try it because it seems like a waste of energy to heat up the oven for six cookies or two biscuits.

Also, I do have a microwave oven but I hardly use it for anything but for reheating, thawing, popcorn, and the occasional Gardenburger. I've never really liked how microwaves cook food; it seems to make everything dry. If anyone has had success with microwave cooking I'd be glad to hear that too!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: how to seal food objects... such as milkbones!?!! on: June 04, 2007 08:38:30 AM
That's a good question, and although  I haven't tried sealing anything yet my first thought would be to use the shellac for mod-podging. Or a clear varnish.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Metric Cookbooks on: July 06, 2006 04:50:32 PM
My brother in-law is getting married and also moving to England from the US, so I wanted to send him and his fiancee a cookbook or two. It occured to me a cookbook with metric measurements would be helpful, but I cannot figure out where to find one. . Does anyone know where I can find such a cookbook or have recommendations? They both like to cook/bake but are new at it and could use a basic and versatile cookbook. I was thinking about getting them a basic cookbook in metric and something a little more specialized or advanced in Imperial (American measurements). I tried Amazon but couldn't find much on metric cookbooks. I thought about their UK counterparts but I'm assuming that would mean having it shipped overseas, which would be expensive.  Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated or advice, especially from Crafsters who have lived in both places.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Baby/Toddler/Child Clothing and Gifts Board? on: June 24, 2006 11:06:38 PM
I think this board addition could be a good idea, my concern is that threads would go from discussing the crafts themselves to discussing just children. I mention this because it seems like craftster or more so the admins are concerned about cluttered threads and issues with bandwiths, and I could see how people could get off track-even this thread has a little of that.

I also have to say that as a person who not only doesn't have kids or even know people with kids yet who they could make stuff for, I stil llike seeing stuff for kids. In fact it was the chicken butt viking hat for a baby that made me sign up, and I really thought the shirt with the faux jewerly scanned onto it was clever and could be turned into something for adults.

Yet another concern is this might make craftster too divided, I enjoy the supportive and positive vibe here, I think if we start dividing things up based on kids vs. no kids, that it might lessen that atmosphere.

Just my two cents....
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spirograph Hat and Patches (picture heavy) on: June 23, 2006 02:22:44 PM
This is just the sort of thing I have been looking for! I love the look of embroidered stuff but I wanted something more abstract than clipart-y to try. I loved my spirograph as a kid except I could never make the designs that the booklet suggested. I also was a big fan of the spin art toy-which could be made with a cheap salad spinner but I have yet to find a cheap salad spinner that I like!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / More extensive cooking board on: June 23, 2006 01:56:12 PM
The cooking board could use some expansion with sub-boards for different topics like: cake decorating, main meals, desserts, vegan/vegetarian &/or other special needs diets (glucose free), ethnic dishes and so forth. Right now I think it's a little clunky which makes me stay away from it more. In particular I would be a fan of a cake decorating sub-board because it isn't something you can easily find ideas for outside of sites like Wilton.com or professional bakers sites, which lack a certain craftster appeal. I think expanding the board would draw more people to it by making it more extensive and navigatable. Having just one "cooking" board to me, is like having one board for "things to do with yarn".

Keep up the good work-Craftster rocks!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's a "cube" of butter (or margarine)? on: June 23, 2006 01:40:00 PM
When I saw the title of this post I had to respond! We have some recipes from my husband's mom who uses the term "cube" of butter. To me, it meant a tablespoon since that would be a cube to me. However, he said it meant a whole stick which doesn't look like a cube at all. I think it must be a regional/locale thing.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Be-jeweled baby t-shirts (inspired by the cutout jeweled necklace) on: June 23, 2006 01:03:19 PM
Just when I thought the original necklace was awesomely brilliant this takes it to another level....must find rich-lady magazines for the sparkles!
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