How to Choose Absorbent Towels

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a question about towels. Is there any way to tell when you buy a bath towel (or any towel for that matter) if it will be absorbent? I've purchased many 100% cotton towels over the years. Some are absorbent others and others repel water as badly as those hideous 100% polyester napkins you get at certain restaurants. The … [Read more...]

iRobot Roomba 530 Review

Roomba 530

Heather says: I shouldn't have so much affection for a robot. There, I said it. I am far too fond of this vacuum, heck it even has a name. Internetz meet Gertie, my newest minion¹: Do you remember the story, There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury? Nine-fifteen, sang the clock, time to clean. Out of warrens in the wall, tiny … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Voluntary Ban on Phosphorus in Dishwasher Detergent

Dear Home-Ec 101: A few months ago Heather wrote a post on the voluntary phosphorus ban in dishwashing detergent.  I don’t recall offhand if Texas is under that ban, but regardless I can’t buy phosphorus detergent anymore.  My cousin found a website that offers Cascade with phosphorus but hasn’t tried it out yet.  My only concern is that it says … [Read more...]

The Thrifty Male

Brian says: It's hard, I know. Send a woman to any corner of the planet with just $50 and a dream, and she'll come back with what seems like sacks of clothes, shoes and trinkets. Send one of us to do the same thing and we'll probably come back with one "really nice" pair of $49.99 jeans. That's just the way of the world, but it doesn't … [Read more...]

Cast Iron, Enameled Cast Iron, and Stainless Steel Oh My!

Dear Home Ec 101, If you were going to replace some of your cookware with cast iron or enameled cast iron, including a large dutch oven, would you purchase enameled cast iron, plain cast iron, or stainless steel? I do cook a lot of acidic foods, is this a concern? Signed, Pot Likker¹ PS. I have a gas stove, I'm not sure this … [Read more...]