Q: My grind and brew coffee maker recently broke down. I'd like to buy another coffee machine but can't decide between one of the pod machines (Keuring or Tassimo) and a regular drip machine. I am the only one who drinks a cup of coffee every day. I'd love to hear what other readers use or suggest.
Q: We have a new oven which has steam-assisted cooking. I would love some recipes using this oven setting. We tried it out on a beautiful grass-fed sirloin roast, only to have the roast turn out very chewy. It cooks some vegetables beautifully, while rendering others inedible. And sausages turn out kind of spongy in texture.
Q: I like to eat breakfast at my office rather than at home. For a while now, I've been making breakfast sandwiches with toast, eggs, turkey and cheese. To keep them warm, I wrap them in parchment paper (to help reduce soggy-ness) and aluminum foil. While I can (and often do) re-use the foil, I hate how disposable my wrapping is.
Q: Prompted by Faith's post about the visit from the health inspector, I've finally eliminated the sponge from the sink, but I haven't yet found a good replacement. I find regular rags and dishtowels to be too large and not abrasive enough for pots and pans. Can you or any of your readers recommend a sturdy, washable replacement for a sponge?
Q: We're getting ready to invest quite a bit in a new fridge/freezer, dishwasher, gas cook top and electric oven. Rather than asking about brand preferences I would like to know: what is your most favorite or most-used feature in each appliance? (E.g. fridge: ice maker, electric oven: meat probe; cook top: high power burner etc.)
Q: OK folks, what the heck is this thing? I found it in a thrift store. It's definitely not a garlic press. It's larger than that, about 1-1/2-inches x 2-inches. The 7 prongs go part way into the chamber, which has some ridges on the bottom. I've never seen anything like it. Any ideas?
Q: I am searching for a plastic-free water pitcher (ideally), or something like it. The only apartment-sized solution I've found is by Berkey, but it would probably hog too much space in my NYC kitchen, and seems a little clunky and less user-friendly than a pitcher. Does anyone have any ideas? I've seen the SOMA (beautiful) filter on Kickstarter, but can't buy that yet.
Q: My mother wants to put together all the recipes she's gathered over the years into a nice cookbook that she can pass on to the family. I know there are apps and software out there that can help with this, but what are the best and the easiest to use?
Q: I recently moved to Seattle from Texas and finally have easy access to a Trader Joe's (the one in Capitol Hill). I was wondering if any of your readers have ever tried their beer? I love trying new beers, but have never heard anyone mention the Trader Joe's brews and don't want to waste money on bad beer!