Browsing category: Reader Questions
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.”
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.”