I'm flying back to the US next week to attend a wedding celebration. What kind of cool kitchen things from Germany/Europe can I give the couple that are not so common in the US? [more inside]
Sort out a disagreement between roommates! [more inside]
I just bought some cubed seitan. now what? [more inside]
I'm hunting for a ceiling light for my kitchen... I really like the way light tables look, and want to find one (2' x 3' or so, with a wooden frame, available in, or shippable to, Toronto) that I can invert and hang from my ceiling. Google has failed me. Help? Note: doesn't actually have to be a light table. Could be a fixture that looks like a light table. That would be preferable, actually.
How do I best store my food so it neither goes bad nor attracts fruit flies? [more inside]
What are the best oven mitts out there? [more inside]
Need advice for living through a kitchen renovation. (Or, how to camp out in your own house?) [more inside]
I have a digital kitchen scale on which the LCD has crapped out. By pressing on different parts of the ribbon cable connecting the LCD to the circuit board, I've determined that there are multiple shorts or shoddy connections on the cable. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to fix it, so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for ways I can repurpose it for a fun electronics project. I have some basic electronics knowledge and soldering experience.
The doors to my kitchen cabinets are now chalkboards. There six of them. Now what?
Which immersion blender should I buy? Which should I absolutely not buy? Primarily using it for soups for two people.
Why do people use kitchen sponges? Are they somehow better than just using a regular dishcloth? [more inside]
Need help deciding on tile for our new kitchen backsplash! We recently moved into a renovated house, and it already has these granite countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the color or strong veining, but they're new and we don't have the money to replace them. Our cabinets are currently dark brown, though we might paint them a light grey or white in the next year or so. What kind of tile or marble should we use on our backsplash? Or should we just paint it another color with somewhat washable paint? We cook lots and there are already quite a few marks above the stove and around the sink. [more inside]
Can I install Marmoleum Click tiles over ceramic tile? [more inside]
Please share advice on gel mats for kitchen. [more inside]
The hinge on our kitchen cabinets has come apart, and I don't know if I can repair it. Replacement is only $6 or so, but I'll have to wait on delivery. It's a salice hinge, and there are 2 pieces, one on the door and one on the cabinet. There's some linkage that hooks the two pieces together, but I didn't install them so I have no idea how they fit together. Here is a picture of a similar hinge, with an annotation of where the separation has happened. Anyone familiar with salice hinges? Anything I can do, or should I just replace and be done?
What do you use your kitchen torch for, besides caramelizing sugar? [more inside]
Is it okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink? [more inside]
Old stove with two mystery components [more inside]
Found this grub/maggot/larva on kitchen table. (Apartment's kitchen, "dining area," living area are all connected.) Just a single bug, not a whole clutch of them. Should I be concerned? I kind of expected there would be more of them. Did it come out of the nearby fruit dish with apples and bananas? Do I have to do any radical cleaning? Is my kitchen that dirty?
What do we absolutely need? [more inside]
Please help me find the perfect water glass. Fortunately, I know exactly what it is. Unfortunately, I can't find it anywhere in the world. Maybe because the last time I saw one was in the late 1940s? [more inside]
Does anyone make 27-inch electric kitchen ranges anymore? I know about this one, but it's the only one I can find. Extra points for one that's stainless steel and under a thousand dollars.
I need ideas for vegetarian, quintessentially American fare that can be prepped in a very rudimentary kitchen. [more inside]
The flow from our (two-handled American Standard) kitchen sink faucet has recently changed slightly but annoyingly - when I turn on the water, it kind of tapers on, and similarly when I turn the water off, it tapers off, taking several seconds to completely stop flowing. This happens exactly the same for the hot and cold water taps, so I don't think there's a problem in the valves under the handles. The sprayer still works, though the switching of water to the sprayer and back when you press its handle is lagged as when you turn the water on and off. Any ideas what could be causing this problem?
My #@%(! dishwashing machine is about to die, and I'm trying to pick a new one. I have a question about dishwashers and garbage disposals. [more inside]
How does a real restaurant kitchen work? I've been watching "Hell's Kitchen" and, yes, I know it's a reality show and thus somewhat or largely fake, but having watched it, I now really don't understand how any restaurants actually produce food. Have you worked in a restaurant kitchen? How is it different? Why does my food always come out on time and nothing is raw?
My new apartment is awesome, except for the kitchen. What are some non-permanent things I can do to make it nicer? [more inside]
Rangemaster cooker hood has gone kaput. Halp! [more inside]
Help us keep our home baked bread fresh. Well, freshish. [more inside]
My apartment's kitchen countertops stain and scratch very easily. I suspect this is because they're made of the cheapest materials known to man. Is there any chemical or coating I can apply to them that will make them more stain resistant? [more inside]
Should we lay a tile border around our sink so we don't ruin our new birch countertops? If so, what do you wish you had known about tiling before undertaking your first project? [more inside]
I'm Tired of coffee in the morning. I want to try to kick coffee and embrace tea for a bunch of reasons. I currently make my coffee in a 5 cup maker (drip). Can I convert the coffee maker to a tea maker? I need one hearty mug and one travel mug to be filled for my morning routine. Help! [more inside]
Why are Chinese spoons shaped like that? [more inside]
Any other shows like the late, great Great Chefs? [more inside]
A computer for the kitchen? [more inside]
Leak in basement whenever water goes down kitchen sink drain, probably leak inside wall since under sink I cannot find any drips. Please prepare me for how bad this may be ($$$) and how to deal with plumber. Many details inside. [more inside]
Our heirloom (hah!) refrigerator is dying. I'm thinking of purchasing an Electrolux ICON Professional 16.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, with plans to buy the matching freezer later (I have an upright freezer already that will suffice for the time being). Does anyone have any experience with this product? Something similar you think might be better or might want to warn me away from? My biggest concerns are for quality of construction and reliability, but I'd love to hear any/all thoughts you might have about this appliance. Thanks!
How to deal with somewhat large holes in a wooden floor? [more inside]
What's the best small appliance substitute for a stove/oven? [more inside]
Where can I find a stand alone pantry cupboard in the Toronto Hamilton or Niagara region. [more inside]
What is the best way for someone to peel an orange, if they have short fingernails? Assume growing longer nails, or eating the orange cut into slices are not favorable options. [more inside]
The built-in oven in my rented accommodation switches off when it gets hot — an unusual design decision, you might suppose. Thing is, it's not broken as such, just awkward, so getting it replaced by the landlord is unlikely. What alternatives could I use? [more inside]
Does anybody have any real-world experience with a wall-mount iPod dock? [more inside]
What are your favorite cooking/kitchen/food-related shops in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison? [more inside]
I recently fulfilled my wife's lifelong dream of owning a KitchenAid mixer. It was a used Epicurean 475-watt beast that was in great shape. That was about a month ago. Now we have the paperweight to beat all paperweights and I need help finding a replacement. [more inside]
How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
Five holes in the countertop, four things to put in them. What should I put in the fifth? [more inside]
The singingfish household are renovating their
cockroach farm kitchen. We're going to get an induction cooker. My question is, does anyone have any experience with the no name brands of 4 plate induction cookers available on ebay? I'm going to avoid anything without a 2 year warranty, but other than that, is there anything else I should beware of?
How do you store your truffle salt to prevent your whole kitchen from smelling of it. Also, what are your favorite uses for the stuff? [more inside]