Browsing category: Reader Questions

How To Make Sweet Pickles One Jar At A Time

Reader question… “I am wondering if you have a recipe for sweet pickles that I can make and keep in the refrigerator like with your dill pickle recipe.”


How To Save Tomato Seeds For Planting Another Year

Saving tomato seed is a little more complicated than the usual “dry and store” process for seed saving. Each tomato seed is encased in a gelatinous capsule that actually prevents the seeds from sprouting, and that capsule must be removed before the seeds will germinate.


The Biggest Obstacle to a Simpler, Truly Fulfilling Life

“From your experience, what would you say is the biggest obstacle that people have to living a simpler, truly fulfilling life?” A reader asked me this question a few days ago, and I think my answer would have to be one word… “inertia.”


Blue and White Soap Dish — Greenwood China Company

Reader question… “I am writing to ask about the small oval dish in the photo in your post about drying seeds.”


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”


How To Season Cast Iron Cookware

Reader question… “Last month I inherited a cast iron skillet from a great-aunt. My problem is, I don’t know what to do with it.”


How Do I Tell When Bread Dough Has Risen Enough?

“I know I’m supposed to let bread dough rise until it is double in size, but how do I tell when that has happened? Do I weigh the dough before and after or is a visual thing that you sort of guess at?”


Our Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Reader question… “My family loves your other cookie recipes, but I’m wondering if you have a recipe for peanut butter cookies. Whenever I make them, they do not taste as ‘peanutty’ as I would like.”


I Think Contentment is Almost a Default Characteristic

I think contentment is almost a default characteristic. Think about how babies and small children are happy with very simple pleasures… they almost have to be taught over a period of years to want something bigger, better, “more fun.”


Shining Stainless Steel with Flour !?!

Reader question… “I enjoy the hints you have shared in your blog and I have been pleased to find that all your hints work so well. Recently I saw somewhere about using flour to shine up stainless steel. I am wondering if you have tried this and what your thoughts are.”