Q: My husband and I just moved into a new house and received a signing bonus for his new job. With the extra money, we can either put in a range hood (there was no exterior duct work or hood when we bought the house) or put in new granite countertops, a sink, and a backsplash (we currently have ugly laminate and a bad sink).
Q: We bought a Cuisinart 14-cup food processor a few months ago. When using the slicing blade, any food we slice (carrots, courgettes, eggplant, etc.) ends up turning sideways after about three-quarters of the vegetable has been sliced.
Q: I just bought great steak knives, as recommended on The Sweethome. Unfortunately, this set didn't come with a box or storage case. Can you recommend ways to store steak knives? I don't like them bumping around in the drawer, waiting to knick each other — or me!
Q: I live in a small apartment with no dishwasher or microwave. Is there any way that I can sanitize a sponge without either of those? I know they're swarming with bacteria, but washing dishes with a towel or brush just isn't cutting it for me. Any ideas?
Q: I'm in the market for a new blender and getting overwhelmed by all the options! I know Vitamix and Blendtec are considered the best brands, but I don't feel comfortable spending that much on a blender. Besides, while those (and others) are BPA-free, it seems the plastics that are used might not be great either.
Q: As someone who has always been pastry bag-phobic, I have had a few occasions to use one in the last month and have been pleasantly surprised at the results. I'm now thinking I'd like to be able to create a nice-looking birthday cake, or something on that level.
Q: I am setting up a home bar for the first time and would like recommendations on what types of liquors and other ingredients would make for a good "starter bar," with sufficient versatility but not a lot of things that would just sit around unused.