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Pan-Roasted Monkfish with Porcini CrustMonkfish, with its long tail, massive head and large gaping mouth, is among the ugliest of sea creatures. It was essentially unknown in this country until Julia Child, familiar with it from her time in France, featured a whole monkfish on one of her more memorable and hilarious shows.
Southwest Bean SaladA yummy, bean salad to make in the evening for a picnic, party or potluck.
Doing Less LaundryI had always worn an item of clothing only once before washing it. Same with bath towels. I've recently begun inspecting my clothing before automatically throwing something into the hamper.
Yard and Garden FootwearBuy an inexpensive pair of rubber garden clogs for working in the yard and garden. They are great - slip on and off and clean up easily with a hose. Not safe footwear for lawn mowing, of course.
Using Pictures from Wallpaper BordersCut pictures out of wallpaper borders and apply to walls or garbage cans (wherever you want) to spice up your rooms. I sponged blue over white walls in my bathroom and cut fish out of a wallpaper border to create an underwater scene. Very cute and easy as the border is already pre-pasted.
Billy (Yorkshire Terrier)Introducing Billy my 2 1/2 year old Yorkshire Terrier. He always seems happy. Just looking at him makes me smile.
Good News Garage - Cars For People in NeedI found this site for people that are in desperate need of a car, however, it's for the New England area only (VT, CT, MA, NH).
Reuse Inner Cardboard BoxesDon't recycle those inner cardboard boxes used to separate tampons in the multipack. Reuse them for organization!
April's Best Food BuysArtichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Chicken, Eggs, Fish, Grapefruit, Lamb, Lemons, Onions, Pineapple, Pork, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Summer squash, and Turkey. Stock up if you have the room.
Teaching A Child How to Spell His/Her NameI have a four year old daughter and I am trying to help her get a head-start on learning before she starts school. My husband and I taught her how to spell her name one letter at a time.
Barter Your Services And SkillsMany of the things I have (or have had) in my adult life I have traded my skills in exchange for. I have cleaned in trade for (to name a few): my sectional couch, Queen size box springs and mattress, bedding, outfits, and many odds and ends.
The Easy Way to Make a Special PresentWe all know someone who is difficult to buy a present for. Someone who has everything they need and would not appreciate `normal' gifts. Often this will be your parent or an older relative or neighbour, and they can be a problem to buy something for.
Pampered Chef Baking StonesPampered Chef makes the most wonderful baking stones. Trust me. I've thrown out all my baking sheets. No more hard-on-the-bottom biscuits! The one tip I would give is never put a really hard frozen item on them to bake as this will break them. Allow just a little thawing time before baking pizza.
Ideal Plant Companions When Growing VegetablesA couple of years in a row, after we moved here, we planted a garden. The first one did really well. The 2nd one didn't. We'd always planted the same way, or so we thought.
Bag Balm for Baby's BottomIf your baby has diaper rash and you have tried all the creams (i.e. desitin etc.) use Bag Balm and your baby's bottom will clear up overnight. It's the only thing I use for my babies. It also works on their sore noses from blowing them when they have allergies or a cold.
Starching Canvas Sneakerspray your canvas summer shoes with a coat of spray starch. Helps keep them cleaner longer.
Painted Decorative Wood StoveThese are pictures of a old wood stove that friends of mine wanted me to paint so they could use it as a table in front of their window in their front room. It was missing one cover so I painted a flower pot to match and placed a plant in it.
Recipes For Turning Plain Pickles into Gourmet?I recently received a gift of refrigerator pickles bought from a farmer's market. The hamburger dill slices had originally been purchased in either the gallon or maybe 5 gallon economy size, and drained and packed into small jars. Then a different brine (or maybe the same one with spices added to "kick up" the flavor) had been poured over them.
Green Water in Above Ground Pool?We just set up a metal frame pool and the water has been nothing but green since! I have shocked it three times, added bleach, used stablizer, clairfier, and algecide as well. We have also added much clorine granules, and still no luck. PLEASE HELP!!! THANKS
Pattern For Capes For Beauty Shops?Where can I obtain a pattern for capes used in beauty shops, etc?
Highschool Party Suggestions?Does anyone have any suggestion for a highschool 17 year old party ?
Recipes Using Turkey Thigh Meat?I have meat from turkey thighs extracted myself (I know it's a bit time-consuming) but it's one of the very cheapest I know. Any interesting recipes for using this meat, including when minced?