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  1. wyandotte

    Condensed milk VS home-reduced milk

    Nope. We live in a one-storey house. I did not even bother looking in the crawlspace, I was so mortified. I cleaned the mess myself; it took hours. Bawling the whole time. I've never heard of a clogged, running toilet doing such damage as you describe. Gah. Did insurance pay? Is it just us...
  2. wyandotte

    Condensed milk VS home-reduced milk

    Have you ever seen how much damage a running toilet can do if it gets clogged up? I have. Like $50K worth... Ghastly! Have you seen my kitchen and 2 adjoining rooms after I left the tap running to answer the phone in another room? :eek:
  3. wyandotte

    Condensed milk VS home-reduced milk

    @kronin. Ha ha ha. I've been wanting something like that for years and thought there's no way anyone has come up with that, so I didn't even bother looking it up on the internet. Oh, well! Thanx for the link! However, my particular version might be original inasmuch as it is low-tech...
  4. wyandotte

    Condensed milk VS home-reduced milk

    Thanks for your answers. Well, I didn't know that condensed & evaporated are NOT the same thing! So I went to the i/net and found this: www.finecooking.com Evaporated milk is condensed milk without the added sugar with the water content cooked off until it has a consistency that is similar...
  5. wyandotte

    Condensed milk VS home-reduced milk

    Hi. I seem unable to find an answer to this: is there a difference between using a can of condensed milk that you buy at the store, and reducing milk on your stove top by simmering and stirring for a long time? I have a weird recipe for a melon pudding, which tells us to take 3 cups of milk...
  6. wyandotte

    Need a certain kind of cutting board.

    @foodpump. Many thanks for your helpful comments. Maybe I was not correct in describing my favorite knife as "serrated", because it is not serrated like the kind you use for bread (I have a couple of those also). It is beveled on one side. It is scary sharp and I just love it. Maybe I...
  7. wyandotte

    Need a certain kind of cutting board.

    Oh for goodness sakes!!!!!! You don't use serrated knives on wood, period! You might as well be using a saw. LOL. But what do you REALLY think of stupid people, rick alan? Someone here, Brian Shaw, said I should look for poly board. So I thought of buying a Vettore Large Non Slip Poly...
  8. wyandotte

    Macaroni & Cheese - type of pasta.

    Alrighty then. Yesterday I made the Fannie Farmer macaroni (actually penne rigate) and cheese with 3/8ths Fontina and 5/8ths mild cheddar. People, I can't believe how nicely this turned out. It is perfect. Doesn't harden overnight, stays soft. The penne makes it more substantial than...
  9. wyandotte

    Macaroni & Cheese - type of pasta.

    @kronin323. I am making this dish today (at last) for 3 adults. One of whom is awfully particular and if something is not 5-star he will let me know. (Oh, well. That's how we get better, right? Right?)
  10. wyandotte

    July 2018 Monthly Challenge

    I'll be smoking locally sourced woodchuck from the garden next. Are you serious? Woodchuck is also known as "land beaver". GAH. Hey, thanks for telling me about the watermelon kit. I will be the hostess with the mostess for sure if I do this.
  11. wyandotte

    July 2018 Monthly Challenge

    @millionsknives. That watermelon with the faucet is quite impressive. @salty dog. Try as I might, I can't develop a taste for wild purslane. I know it's good for you (omega 3's, I think) but somehow that slimy-ness rubs me the wrong way. A shame, because there's a fair bit in my garden...
  12. wyandotte

    Macaroni & Cheese - type of pasta.

    Let's play that "we were so poor game"! Here is the truth: I had to live in an attic with nothing but a hotplate to cook my food on not only while going to school, but afterwards, too. C'mon. I want to hear your stories of penury, too. The funnier, the better.
  13. wyandotte

    Macaroni & Cheese - type of pasta.

    Well, I certainly learned of the usefulness of Velveeta today! Thanks, kids. I guess it's true - if you use only a bit, you can't taste it but it achieves the right texture. Anyway, I bought some fontina to go along with the mild cheddar, since the Gruyere was just too pricey for me. I...
  14. wyandotte

    July 2018 Monthly Challenge

    @maryb. Gee, that is amazing to hear that a woodchuck could affect a foundation. "Our" woodchuck is holed up under our chicken house and the structure appears to be all right. I tried pretty hard to block his entry hole, but, well, you know how determined they are.
  15. wyandotte

    Need a certain kind of cutting board.

    @sgsvirgil. Many thanks. I'm using my teeny tiny backup plastic board because the wooden one is not useful anymore and when winter comes will be thrown into the woodburning stove.
  16. wyandotte

    July 2018 Monthly Challenge

    @mike9. "Terminate" with extreme prejudice? LOL. You could be right about him showing up again. He was gone for a week and then, yes, lo & behold, who's that giant land beaver I see? Anyway, I made the bottom of the fence less accessible with small grid wire. We shall see! Do you put...
  17. wyandotte

    Macaroni & Cheese - type of pasta.

    But to answer your original question: Pasta shapes are designed for different sauces. Some sauces are thinner, which is why you will see pasta shapes with ridges, for instance to help the sauce cling better. Others are smooth and intended for thicker sauces. Mac & cheese is pretty basic though...
  18. wyandotte

    Macaroni & Cheese - type of pasta.

    @SGS. I always thought you had to use cheddar, I really did, because all the recipes I see say so. (Not that I've looked at that many, mind you...) Thanks for your suggestion. "Kaise" just means cheese in German, doesn't it? So is that standard issue Butter Cheese? I don't know much about...
  19. wyandotte

    Need a certain kind of cutting board.

    @sgsvirgil. Many thanks for your advice and recommendations. There are cheap bamboo boards at the supermarket; would they be just as good as the pricier ones? I have no idea about these things. Am waiting for your further advice!
  20. wyandotte

    Need a certain kind of cutting board.

    My heavy, old, not-laminated cutting board turns to bits of fine sawdust when I use the knives I like best: the ultra sharp serrated kind. Can anyone recommend a board that won't do that. Good quality plastic is okay tho I kind of like wood. Or whatever you think. Thanks. PS. I'm not...
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