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1  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!
2  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.
3  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!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Speaking of French things.... on: March 03, 2005 09:50:24 PM
My friends and I want to throw a suprise birthday party for our other friend, with a French theme. Our friend (turning 24) went to France in high school, speaks it fluently, and generally loves all things French. (She's not over the top about it, but she likes it enough that we would throw her a French themed birthday party.) Anybody have any good ideas for this? We're thinking of using "An American in Paris" sort of theme...mainly to use the Gershwin music. The plan is to not spend a fortune, so no super expensive champagne, and we're having in an apartment on a Friday evening. (The birthday girl and I are in grad school and have Fridays off, so I can keep her busy while people decorate, but there's still a limited amount of time to pull it all together.) She also is a book worm, is studying (English) lingustics, and is a proudly self-proclaimed nerd.

Oh and I know its not French, but any French themed pinata ideas would be great too.  Cheesy

Thanks in advance my party people!
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