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  • Making vegetable/mineral stock.?

    I have been saving and freezing vegetable scraps to make some stock with. Veggies that are not normally used in soups like cucumber, zucchini, etc... have just been put to compost. since they really don't seem to go with the usual suspects. Should I be including these "odd" stock scraps for the broth or would it taste strange or off as I am imagining?

    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes4 years ago
  • Poached seasoned, marinated chicken for Chinese salad?

    For Chinese chicken salad i poach and shred the chicken. It is fine out of the salted water but plain until the dressing is added. Is there a simple marinade for the chicken after poaching that is simple but not the salad dressing itself? Can meats marinated prior to poaching effective at all?

    2 AnswersCooking & Recipes7 years ago
  • Can a built-in microwave be replaced with a "regular" one?

    A built-in microwave has pooped out and I want to know if it has to be replaced with another built-in or can a plain old microwave be put in its place? After all is said and done, it's just sitting on a shelf, right?

    6 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs7 years ago
  • Conducting credit checks?

    What resources are available that i might do credit checks of prospective tenants? I am an individual handling the details myself and don't know how to go about this. I have offered to pay a couple of property management companies to do these for me but they are either hesitant or too busy. Is a reliable source? I am clueless. Thanks in advance your your time and help.

    2 AnswersCredit7 years ago
  • What to do with the rest of a large bottle of beer?

    Just put a cup in the crock pot with a corned beef and would like to use the remaining 2 cups to make something else. But what? No beer batter recipes, please, unless they are gluten free. Is there a soup or something interesting i can do?

    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes7 years ago
  • How to calculate sales tax?

    What is the function one would do on a calculator to figure sales tax? Please - easy in a step-by-step way, Math is entire lost on me. Thanks so much.

    6 AnswersSmall Business8 years ago
  • Which is the better car tire, Bridgestone or Dunlop?

    Costco's automotive department offers alternating coupons for both companies and right now it's Bridgestone. I need tires so should i get the Bridgestones or wait for the next time when they offer Dunlop?

    7 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs8 years ago
  • Substituting almond meal for flour in a cookie recipe?

    The Earl Gray shortbread cookie recipe i'm going to use calls for 2 cups of all-purpose flour. I'd like to add the texture and taste of almond meal to this batch. Can i substitute some of the flour for the meal or does one add meal in addition to the 2 cups of flour? The recipe calls for no liquids so would i up the butter? Thanks in advance for the help.

    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes8 years ago
  • What is the difference between liverwurst and braunschweiger?

    The ingredients on both packages are identical so what gives? Do you know?

    3 AnswersOther - Food & Drink8 years ago
  • Melting chocolate chips?

    I need to melt semi-sweet chocolate chips to a fairly thin consistency. Tried adding milk which made things worse. What can i add to make it melt smoothly? Butter? Don't have any bakers chocolate so i'm working with what i've got. Can you shed some light? I just need enough to drizzle over coconut macaroons. Thanks so much.

    6 AnswersCooking & Recipes8 years ago
  • Medicare/Medi-Cal question?

    Do we pay into Medicare by part in what is deducted from our paychecks throughout our lives and how are the amounts of our premiums decided?

    Also, as i understand it, Medi-Cal is for those not able to afford insurance. Do those using Medi-Cal owe co-pays for doctor visits and surgery?

    I appreciate the help.

    2 AnswersOther - Health8 years ago
  • What was the name of the (now dead) horror collector who has some books out?

    He was really well known in horror and film circles and lived in L.A. or Hollywood (maybe on Hollywood Blvd.) and was still alive into the eighties and maybe early nineties. He may have sold items as well in his younger days. He was really popular and i need his name.

    Can you help? Thanks.

    1 AnswerComics & Animation8 years ago
  • Need some info about mononucleosis?

    Is it at all possible for mono to last for four years and can it ever go into a remission type of phase or actually go away for a short period before being detected again? Any ideas of what could be mistaken for mono? A co-worker has claimed this and i wonder if it isn't hepatitis or possibly something else.

    1 AnswerInfectious Diseases8 years ago
  • Does anyone have the Cooks Illustrated recipe for coconut macaroons?

    Not the triple coconut one though.

    Thanks for the help.

    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes8 years ago
  • Crock pot temperatures?

    I'm making a Crock Pot recipe but in the oven.

    Does anyone know the degrees (in Fahrenheit) that correspond with low, medium and high on a standard Crock Pot?

    Thanks for your help.

    1 AnswerCooking & Recipes9 years ago
  • Dates rolled in shredded coconut?

    All the recipes i'm finding call for the dates to be simmered first in a sugar and butter mixture and i don't want all that extra sweetness on the dates. Can i brush the dates with egg whites or something else to get the shredded coconut to stick? Thanks for helping.

    1 AnswerCooking & Recipes9 years ago
  • By law, must restaurants in California provide water free of charge?

    The restaurant in question is a sit down restaurant as opposed to a stand. It has been in operation for decades and has just begun to charge .25 for a bottle of water and providing no tap water whatsoever. (They do have fountain drinks and a full bar)

    Granted, 25 cents is very inexpensive for a bottle of water and it is nice to have the option but is it legal? Wouldn't eating establishments need to provide drinking water at no cost? I saw a court case years back about a roller rink that charged for water. They lost, but i don't know in which state.

    Anyone know anything about this?


    5 AnswersLaw & Ethics9 years ago
  • Bach Flower Rescue Remedy used on cats (dogs).?

    Does anyone have any experience using Rescue Remedy on house pets for various reasons?

    My cat has begun cleaning herself compulsively and over doing it to such an extent she smells like wet cat a lot and is damp to the touch at times. She'll even snap out of a sleep, give herself a bunch of licks then drop right back to sleep as if she hasn't awoken.

    He vet is aware of this and we have decided to give her some time as this behavior has piggy backed another medical problem.

    In the past i have had friends who gave their cats Rescue Remedy in small, increasing increments for about a week when getting them ready for a car trip. The cats were calm and traveled well but i am not in touch with these people any longer for advice.

    I have decided to try this for my cat for her compulsion but am in the dark as to how much to start with, how to increase, the duration and how much i can expose her to over time.

    She weighs 6 pounds 7 ounces and has no kidney or liver problems. She doesn't do this out of uncleanliness, fleas, pain or itching. In fact, if i put my hand, finger or arm over the area she is grooming she'll just clean me and be satisfied with that.

    My concern is that it is in an alcohol suspension and she is so skinny at the moment. There is another brand w/o alcohol but it does not seem to have the effectiveness of RR. The strength of the herbs is a question as well.

    Thanks so much for any advise or help you might be able to give me.

    1 AnswerCats9 years ago
  • Pour spouts for olive oil bottles & longevity of oil?

    I'd like to use the pour spouts for olive oil bottles. It's just me in my household and i go through the oil slowly.

    I'd like the control of the spout as opposed to getting too much oil in what i'm cooking and always having some drip down the side of the bottle but if it admits too much air into the bottle and spoils the oil before it's used up that would be defeating the purpose.

    Does anyone have clear and verified facts about this?

    Thanks in advance for your help. I appreciate it.

    5 AnswersCooking & Recipes9 years ago
  • Does cooking in a crock pot rob food of vitamins and nutrients?

    I'd like to explore crock pot cooking for the great long, slow cooking flavor but do you get the vitamins out of the vegetables and the full benefits of the protein cooked?

    2 AnswersDiet & Fitness9 years ago