Retro Saturday January 15, 2010

Heather says:

Each Saturday I dive into the archives and pull up the best of this week in the Home Ec 101 past. Since home economics rarely has any ties to current events -although more people start looking at the frugal posts when gas prices rise- most of the content is still relevant, even when hiding under three additional years of writing. Maybe someday I’ll figure out a way to get everything organized in an intuitive manner, but until then let’s get started with this week’s Retro Saturday.

In 2008:

We talked about limp lettuce and how to wash and store salad greens in the refrigerator.

We also learned what to do if a child puts regular dish soap in the automatic dish washer.

In 2009:

Ivy helped a reader remove grease stains from clothing and I shared a simple recipe for Spanish rice.

And just last year:

I was recuperating from a particularly bad case of strep. I didn’t talk about it at the time, but I had a not too uncommon reaction where it affected my joints. If you think you have strep, get seen. I know co-pays and doctor visits are expensive, but I promise you don’t want to end up with complications from strep. I’m very lucky, I haven’t had a recurrence since I had my tonsils out in April, but my joints are still healing and the recent cold weather has been an annoying reminder of that fact.

All of that is to say, last year we had a great discussion on the topic of soup and comfort foods and defined the difference between organized, clean, sanitary, and sterile.

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