How to roast a chicken in 50 minutes

How to roast a chicken in 50 minutes

In November, the Olly Writes blog gave me my first introduction to halogen ovens. Apparently they’re quite popular in the UK, but in the United States most people still haven’t heard of them unless they been, um, lucky enough to see the Flavorwave infomercial with Mr. T. I read up on halogen ovens. They use a halogen and infrared light … Read more

Recipe: Making Sauerkraut, an Illustrated Tutorial – Part 1

Recipe: Making Sauerkraut, an Illustrated Tutorial – Part 1

I never ate cabbage growing up. Maybe it’s because cabbage in a consummate winter vegetable, and we lived in places where the growing seasons were long and winter was more of a blip than a season. My first real introduction to cabbage happened in my first few hours as an exchange student in Germany. I had barely slept in the … Read more

Recipe: How to Make Turkey Soup Stock in a Slow Cooker

Recipe: How to Make Turkey Soup Stock in a Slow Cooker

We had turkey for Christmas and of course there were leftovers, so it’s time for the post-celebration ritual of making turkey stock in the slow cooker. Stock is made by slow simmering of bones and a small amount of trimmings in water. It’s a great way to use parts that would otherwise go unused. Stock tends to have more body than broth, … Read more

Make Your Own Free Swiffer WetJet Refills in Less Time Than It Takes to Find Them at the Grocery Store

Make Your Own Free Swiffer WetJet Refills in Less Time Than It Takes to Find Them at the Grocery Store

The first time I saw a Swiffer, I fell over laughing. Certainly this strange marriage of a broom and a mop wouldn’t catch on, right? Brooms and mops are inexpensive and reusable; for a Swiffer, you’re stuck having to buy refills for the rest of the tool’s life. Clearly, I’m not a natural-born product developer. I’ve since come to accept that Swiffers have … Read more

Making a rug no-slip

I have an awesome little red wool rug from Ikea next to my front door. It’s the perfect place for standing while kicking off wet shoes. For my cats, it’s the perfect place for taking a nap next to the heating vent – or in Lilo’s case, chewing on raw hide. (Even though the rug is wool, she’s never tried … Read more