Browsing category: Reader Questions

My Favorite Methods for Cooking the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Reader question… “I’ve been asked to make a large quantity of potato salad for a family reunion this weekend. I’m not looking forward to cooking so many hard boiled eggs because I usually have problems getting the shells off cleanly.”


Overcoming the Paralysis of Too Much Analysis

When you are faced with an important decision, it’s always a good idea to gather information about the possible options and to use that information to evaluate the possible consequences.


One In, One Out vs. Purging for a Reason

Reader question… “A friend told me that I should always purge an item if I buy something similar, even if the item to be purged is still in good condition or if I am still using or wearing it…”


When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

Reader question… “I’m dreading Christmas. With everything we buy costing more, financially we’re just barely getting by now and I know there isn’t going to be much money for buying gifts. Our kids aren’t the problem. The problem is my relatives…”


Things I Have Learned About Cooking & Baking with a Wood Stove

I have found that it’s really a continual learning process, because cooking or baking with wood requires a different rhythm and a different timing than cooking with gas or electricity.


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.”