Posts Tagged ‘Reader Questions’

I Am Overwhelmed.

Dear Home Ec 101, I have a condition called skizo-affective disorder (skizofrenia and bipolar). My life and my house are a mess. I don’t even know where to start. Is there a step-by-step online course I can take or anything like that. Any information would greatly be appreciated. Thank you. Anonymous Heather says: Before I…

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The Difference Between Boiling and Simmering

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m embarrassed to actually ask this, but what is the difference between boiling and simmering? A lot of your recipes say bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. What does that mean and why does it matter? Signed, Baffled Beginner Heather says: Basic questions like this are…

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Apple Cider IS Not Vinegar (Yet)

Heather says: This morning I woke up to a strange comment on the Apple Cider Pancake Recipe: I was excited to try this recipe, but it was a total flop 🙁 The only thing I can guess is that the vanilla yogurt I used had significantly less sugar than the vanilla yogurt you used. The…

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Help! Can I Use Powdered Garlic Instead of Fresh

Dear Home-Ec 101, I don’t have fresh garlic. Could I use garlic powder? And if so, how much do you think? I have about 5 drumsticks. Signed, Look at My Chicken Legs, LOOK AT THEM! Heather says I hope those drumsticks have been in the refrigerator. Yes, you can absolutely use garlic powder in place…

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Moving Is a Mess

Dear Home-Ec 101, I just moved. There are boxes to the left of me, boxes to the right and here I am, stuck in the middle with you. The house is pretty much a wreck and will be for some time until I can budget for the repairs. I don’t know where to find the energy.…

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Chicken Wings in the Oven

Dear Home Ec 101, I am having a dinner party and I want to have chicken wings as part of the meal. How long should I bake them for to make them taste perfectly tender? Signed, Winging it in Wyndham Heather says: Actually I have a couple of answers for you depending on how you…

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What Is a Good Alternative for Cheesecloth?

Dear Home Ec 101, I need a good alternative for cheese cloth. I’ve been making a lot of juice lately and I want to strain out the seeds and pulp, but cheese cloth gets expensive quickly. Do you have any suggestions? Signed, Strained in Strasbourg Heather says: Cheese cloth certainly has its uses and it…

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Picnic Perfect: Potato Salad

Dear Home Ec 101: My neighborhood will soon be throwing their annual blockparty. I don’t want anyone to know that I can’t cook for beans. Do you have a recipe for me? Please don’t tell me just to go to the deli and put it in a new bowl. I want to try, but I’m…

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How to Remove Mildew and Musty Odor from Towels

Dear Home Ec 101: My towels all smell funky. Is it my teenage son? He’s usually pretty good about hanging up his towel, but lately they’ve all developed a stink. There is nothing quite like stepping out of the shower to be greeted with a musty, mildewed, smelly towel. Help! ~Musty in Muncie Heather says: Mildewed…

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Borax and washing soda and where to find it all, oh my!

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have long wished to use washing soda and borax–suggested in all sorts of green home guides for everything from dishwashers to washing machines–but I cannot find them locally. Internet searches have been to no avail either. Do you know where I can buy them online? Thank you! New reader of your blog Heather says:…

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