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DII 100% Cotton, Professional Stripe Bib Apron With Adjustable Neck Strap & Waist Ties, Unisex Restaurant Chef Kitchen Apron Is Machine Washable with Front Pockets, Perfect for Cooking, Baking, Barbequing, & More - Blue
DII 100% Cotton, Professional Stripe Bib Apron With Adjustable Neck Strap & Waist Ties, Unisex Restaurant Chef Kitchen Apron Is Machine Washable with Front Pockets, Perfect for Cooking, Baking, Barbequing, & More - Blue
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Long apron for men or women, February 10, 2016
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Want to look like Christopher Kimball of "America's Test Kitchen"? This is the kind of apron you need. It's a "unisex" apron--works for men or women and it's long. The pocket is almost at my thighs and the apron goes down to my shins. And I'm tall.

It's a dark dark navy with white clean stripes. The only thing I don't like are the ties. I like long ties, to wrap around the front. Unless you are quite thin, these will tie in the back.


Kraft Old English Cheese Spread, 5-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Kraft Old English Cheese Spread, 5-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Price: $19.74
9 used & new from $19.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Salty tasting cheese spread, hard to find, February 10, 2016
This is the only variety of the jarred processed cheese spread our store carries: the "Roka Blue" which is used in cheese ball recipes is carried seasonally because Kraft really wants to get rid of the product. This cheese version is also used in various holiday cheese ball recipes and it tastes like Velveeta but not as gummy. It's also VERY salty. I notice a lot of processed foods these days are mainly salty to overcome blandness from a lack of quality ingredients. This cheese makes Cheese Whiz taste good by comparison.

However, if you are making homemade cheese ball appetizers, this plus the Roka Blue (nearly impossible to find) are indispensable. The Kraft people slyly suggest blending cream cheese and blue cheese to replace the lost product, but the reports are that it creates a nasty grey paste that in no way resembles the tangy blue cheese flavored spread. Mixing cream cheese with the Roka salad dressing may work better.

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (not low fat or non-fat because it needs to be thick)
1 (5 ounce) jar Kraft Old English cheese spread
1 (5 ounce) jar Kraft Roka Blue Spread (only seasonally available)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chopped pecans (I substitute toasted sunflower seeds because I can't eat nuts. Dried cranberries work, too.)
Let all three cheeses get to room temperature.
With a blender, mix together all ingredients EXCEPT the nuts (or seeds or cranberries).
Shape into 1 or 2 balls

Roll each cheese ball in nuts or seeds or cranberries, place on a piece of waxed paper and put in the fridge to set up.
This is served traditionally with something like Ritz or Town House crackers.


Wonder Core Smart Total Core Workout
Wonder Core Smart Total Core Workout
Offered by The Home Shopping Concierge
Price: $114.80
17 used & new from $97.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for office workouts., February 9, 2016
This is great for my office--fits under a desk and that's the main attraction of this thing: it's compact. You can use it for supported crunches, use the resistance bands for muscle strength training and even bicycle on it. All the size of a wastepaper basket on its side. You get a dvd with this.

My issue with this is the extra optional resistance bands which came with mine, but may not be included here. I'm six feet tall or nearly, and the bands are way too short for the demonstrated standing exercises.

However, for crunches and bicycling in a small space, this is pretty nice.


T-fal CY505E 12-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker with 25 Built-In Smart Programs / Ceramic Nonstick Cooking Pot and Stainless Steel Housing 1000-Watts, 6-Quart, Silver
T-fal CY505E 12-in-1 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker with 25 Built-In Smart Programs / Ceramic Nonstick Cooking Pot and Stainless Steel Housing 1000-Watts, 6-Quart, Silver
Price: $103.40
6 used & new from $97.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast cooking times for stews and soups, February 7, 2016
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This is a six-quart multi-cooker (not the largest on the market; you can find 8 quart versions.) It includes accessories such as a Steam tray, Measuring cup, Spatula, Trivet, Tongs and a very French-influenced 30-Recipe book, which has some very nice recipes that are obviously French (potato and leek soup) as well as Middle Eastern (hummus and spiced chicken.) The recipe book is actually very nice and takes this device from mundane to something that might excite a cook new to pressure cooking. The only downside of this unit is the instruction book, which is as awful as the cookbook is nice--it's very minimal, incomplete and tiny. It looks thick, but really it's got so many pages as it's multi-language. They could have spent more time on the instruction book. It's pretty shoddy. If you want to learn how to use the pot, you might follow some of the recipes because the instruction book is annoying.

There are various setting such as brown, grain (rice, oatmeal) reheating, slow cooking, pressure cooking and the lid has a removable gasket for cleaning--something some of the competing units on the market may not have.

You can cook continuously for 12 hours, or delay cooking up to 24 hours.

The advertisement says it can do yogurt, but I presume they mean you can use the DIY setting on 40 degrees C, which is the temperature you incubate your innoculated milk. There is nothing in the recipes or instructions to specifically tell you how to make yogurt but a container inside, with warm water at 40o C, incubated for 8 hours will result in yogurt if you've treated your milk properly (scalded it to remove any active enzymes and not overheated your yogurt culture.)

I use this kind of cooker to make fritattas--I cook grated potato, onion and mushrooms on "Brown", maybe adding spinach at the end of the browning, then pour beaten eggs over and cook closed on "low" until the eggs have set. One reason I use the cooker is that I can do it without standing over the stove and the non-stick coating and heavy pot means the fritatta will slip out of the pan onto a plate afterwards with ease.

If you have a family and need to make a hearty dinner but come home from work with just the ingredients, the pressure cooking function is nothing short of a miracle. You can have something like goulash or stew in a very short time compared to hours on the stove.

If pressure cookers and the steam release valve on top make you nervous, this kind of electric cooker is somehow less intimidating. Also, the timer means you'll simply follow the recipe and let the cooker depressurize at the correct timing. Overall, this is a very nicely designed pressure-multi cooker. T-Fal makes nice electric and non-electric pots and this is a good one.


InterDesign Wren Storage Bin - Small, Light Gray
InterDesign Wren Storage Bin - Small, Light Gray
Price: $16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small bin to hold magazines or tea-pea?, February 6, 2016
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The photo might be a bit deceiving: this is a small bin that can hold magazines upright only or a few balls of yarn for a knitter, or it can be used in a bathroom to hold a couple of rolls of TP. The bin is a bit squashy, not exactly crisp and straight. The color is a taupe-ish grey with white and it's rather rough-looking. Would suit a masculine decor.


Tom's of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant Multi Pack, Tea Tree, 3 Count
Tom's of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant Multi Pack, Tea Tree, 3 Count
Price: $14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fragrance and tea tree oil, February 6, 2016
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This non-aluminum deodorant (not an anti-perspirant) has tea tree oil and smells of lime as well as the tea tree fragrance. All natural oils are used, so people who can stand natural fragrance but not artificial (like me) can use this comfortably. The tea tree is a natural antiseptic, so cuts down on odor-causing bacteria. While it won't keep you dry, The "long-lasting" deodorant will make you smell better.


Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale, Stainless Steel, Alarm Timer & Temperature Sensor
Etekcity 11lb/5kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale, Stainless Steel, Alarm Timer & Temperature Sensor
Offered by Etekcity
Price: $25.99
6 used & new from $16.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Scale works for dieters and for "gravimetric" baking, February 6, 2016
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This is an attractive scale with a bowl that works well for both dieting and baking. If you bake "gravimetrically", you add flour and dry ingredients by weight, taring your scale between ingredients (tare = reset scale to 0.) I watched a friend of mine baking in Germany and she'd add the flour, tare the scale by hitting the TARE button, then add sugar, etc. It's an easier way to measure butter and fats, and it's really faster than measuring out cups by volume. And it's more accurate. So a scale that lets you put a bowl on it AND see the grams or ounces is very useful. Of course, it's great for dieters, because measuring your food is key to knowing what you eat. I never, NEVER make pasta without weighing it out first.

The scale is sleek and pretty. The right side on-off-tare button is a bit twitchy (hence, the one star is taken away.) I had to only LIGHTLY touch it to turn off the scale. If you press it too long, it goes right back to the on setting.

The scale uses 2 AAA batteries, which is great because it's easier to keep those around than the coin batteries,which are more expensive and I always seem to be out of at home.

I have another "dieter's scale" which is the usual flat type, but it's harder to see the LED screen when a bowl is on top of it, so it's now relegated to postage and yarn measuring duty. This scale is perfect for cooking and I have it out on my counter as it's good-looking.
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Saladacco Spiral Slicer Garnishing Machine - Spirializer
Saladacco Spiral Slicer Garnishing Machine - Spirializer
Offered by Water Ionizers & Health
Price: $8.95
5 used & new from $8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, February 5, 2016
I've had this spiralizer for years and it works great. You cut chunks of zucchini or yellow squash (or radish, and I've done carrot) and run it on a central spike. The resulting thin vegetable "spaghetti" tastes great. There is a setting for wide curly noodles (you flip a small lever on the blade.)

"Noodles" are collected in the bowl below. A lot easier than those conical style blade spiralizers.


Leo Tolstoy's family recipe book
Leo Tolstoy's family recipe book
Price: $2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family life and cuisine of the Tolstoys, February 5, 2016
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This is not so much a useful cookbook as a glimpse into the family life and cuisine of Family Tolstoy. Not all the recipes are practical; a "kasha" (porridge or gruel-based dish) consists of massive amounts of cream clotted in the oven then mixed with cream-cooked farina and more butter. An apple pudding requires you to reconstitute and puree dried apples, then beat them with a whisk FOR AN HOUR. You might like the vegetarian beet borscht, which uses a broth of "roots and mushrooms" (I presume you could use a vegetable broth made of any root veg like celeriac and turnips and add in dried mushroom) poured over shredded beets.

Yes, Tolstoy was a vegetarian, but his table had both a vegetarian and a meat dinner for guests and family who were not. It's an interesting glimpse into the life of the family of "Lev Nicolaevich." Maybe all happy families are alike, but surely, their recipe books are all different. The most interesting tidbit is not culinary: Tolstoy's wife claims that seven times as much writing DIDN'T make it into print, including into War and Peace.
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South Main Hardware 810116 Resettable Luggage Lock (2 Pack), 1", Black
South Main Hardware 810116 Resettable Luggage Lock (2 Pack), 1", Black
Price: $6.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Not TSA-accessible, beware, February 5, 2016
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These locks DO NOT have the TSA access lock in the bottom. So you can't use them on checked luggage. Where they are helpful are at work (lock your backpack or bookbag), school or on the plane to lock your "personal item" after you board the plane. On long flights, sleeping passengers have been robbed of belongings. So you can lock up a laptop or backpack or even a purse so the casual thief stays out.

My normal locks are TSA approved and I don't know why you'd bother with these unless you are a bus passenger or want to lock things when you aren't traveling. So beware.


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