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Cooking and Baking Tips
Why won't my popovers pop over?
Do you have any tips for making royal icing?
How do I adjust baking recipes for altitude?
How can I keep pancakes from getting soggy while I make more?
What is the best way to remove water from cooked spinach?
When I cook scallops, they never brown nicely. What am I doing wrong?
Is there a way to speed up the process of soaking and cooking dried beans?
What's an oil's smoke point? Does it affect food's taste?
How do regular and Dutch-process cocoa powders differ?
What are the differences among the types of flour in the baking aisle?
How do cow, goat, and sheep milk yogurt differ?
What is the difference between vanilla extract and vanilla beans?
How do the grades of olive oil differ?
What is white balsamic vinegar?
Food Presentation and Storage Ideas
What is the best way to store a loaf of freshly baked bread?
After decorating a cake, how do I transfer it to the plate I plan to present it on?
I'd like to send cookies to my nephew serving in Iraq. What types are best, and how should I package them?
I'd like to pickle watermelon rinds. How do I store the rinds until I have enough to pickle?
What chocolate should I use to make chocolate-covered strawberries, and how should I store them?
Kitchen Tools and Appliances
I'm in the market for a rolling pin. What options are available in terms of style and material?
How do I adapt recipes for my convection oven?
We put our aluminum salad tongs in the dishwasher, and now they're dull and spot-covered. Can I restore the shine?
Many recipes call for the use of a stand mixer. Can I get the same results with a hand mixer?
Are nonstick baking mats or parchment paper interchangeable with greased cookie sheets?
Craft Materials and Techniques
When I press flowers, they sometimes turn brown. What should I be doing differently?
Unusual-looking eggs often appear in your magazine. Can they be decorated?
Is there a way to preserve fall leaves for crafts projects?
How can I decoupage a clipboard with photographs?
What crafts can my kids do in the car without making a big mess?
What is milk paint?
Is there a way to prevent ribbon from fraying?
How can I remove ink from a rubber stamp?
Sewing and Fabric Crafts
I don't sew, but would like to learn. What will I need to get started?
My heirloom tablecloth is stained beyond repair. Can I reuse it somehow?
My sewing scissors have become magnetized. How do I fix them?
How should I store fabric?
Is it possible to recycle or compost leftover pieces of fabric?
What's the difference between the terms "vintage," "antique," and "collectible"?
I have an extensive china collection. What's the best way to keep track of it?
I inherited two 21-inch square linen cloths, each with a buttonhole in one corner. What were they used for?
I broke a crystal vase that had been in my family for decades. How do I find a similar, if not exact, piece?
I live in earthquake country. How can I best display my collection of glass bottles?
DIY Decorating Solutions
How can I fix curling wallpaper seams?
The walls of my living room are covered with wood paneliing. Can I paint it?
I'd like to decorate my barn with holiday lights, but it's not wired for electricity. Can you recommend any options?
How can I attach lauhala mats to a cement wall without using adhesive?
How can I remove an applique from the bottom of my bathtub?
Accent and Detail Ideas
How do I determine where to hang a mirror, and what hardware do I need?
What are some tricks for long-lasting flower arrangements?
Is there a rule about combining colors of wood in furniture?
What is the correct way to hang the American flag?
I'd like to hang an antique print in my bathroom. Is there a way to safeguard it against moisture damage?
Do you have any suggestions for encouraging people to R.S.V.P.?
How do friends and family celebrate the birth of a second child?
What is the correct way to lay out food on a buffet?
I am English and serve cheese after dessert. Some of my American friends serve cheese first. Who is right?
Is there a polite way to encourage guests to take off their shoes in my house?
What's a fitting gift to thank hosts for a weekend visit?
Dinner Party Ideas and Tips
Is it necessary to assign seating? If so, how should I plan the seating arrangement?
How do I preserve wine left over from an opened bottle?
On special occasions, I serve meals on my antique dishes. How should I clean and care for them?
Where can I find a "silence cloth" to place under the tablecloth at dinner parties and holiday meals?
I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving. How do I create a festive look when all I have is basic white china?
Planning a Garden
How do I get the best selection of plants for my garden?
What gardening references do you consider essential?
What can I plant in my garden that will attract birds, bees, and butterflies?
In my garden, what should I cut back and what should I leave for the birds over the winter?
I'd like to learn more about organic gardening. Where should I start?
Tips on Growing Edible Plants
I want to start a vegetable garden from seed. How should I do it?
Is it risky to plant vegetables where foxgloves once grew? I understand the perennial is toxic.
Why does the lettuce I'm growing taste bitter?
What climate does a hardy kiwi plant require? Is the fruit as tasty as those in the market?
I've heard that you shouldn't harvest rhubarb after the Fourth of July. Is this true? If so, why?
How can I preserve the herbs from my garden when summer ends?
Plant Problems and Solutions
How do I keep birds from nesting in my hanging plants?
How do I get rid of the tiny gnats that fly around my houseplants?
Sometimes my magnolia buds freeze before they can open. Can I prevent this?
My hydrangea won't bloom. Why?
The buds on my Christmas cactus fall off before opening. What causes this, and how do I remedy it?
My bonsai is dying. It's on my windowsill, where it receives plenty of light. What can I do?
Lawn Care Tips
Last summer my lawn looked tired and brown. What can I do about its appearance this year?
I've relocated my flower bed and now need to remove a long strip of grass. What's the best way to do this?
How do I eradicate poison ivy from my yard once and for all?
I'd like to get rid of flies and mosquitoes in my yard without using chemicals. Any ideas?
How do I repair damage that occurred to my lawn over the winter?
Creating a Healthy Home
Where can I recycle No. 5 plastic? My town doesn't include it in its program.
Bedbugs are everywhere these days! How can I keep them out of my home?
How can I get rid of black ants without using harsh insecticides?
Is it necessary to have a humidifier? How can I clean it properly?
How should I dispose of my old computer?
Do energy-saving light bulbs provide any real savings?
Care for Towels and Linens
How can I prevent my towels from pilling in the washer and dryer?
How can I tell the difference between the ends and sides of a fitted sheet?
Is there an easy way to remove wrinkles from sheets?
My white pillowcases have turned yellowish. Why did this happen? What can I do?
When I line-dry my laundry, the towels end up stiff. Are there any tricks to keeping them soft?
Keeping Everything Clean
What's the best way to disinfect a sponge?
How can I remove the deposits inside my teakettle and coffeemaker?
What's the best way to keep bath toys clean?
How do I remove odor from my cutting board?
What is the best method for cleaning chocolate stains?
How do I remove sunscreen's white residue from our leather sofa?
I have carbon-steel cutlery that has turned very dark. How do I restore its shine?
What is the best way to clean an outdoor shower?
My aluminum and steel pots dry with spots and never look clean. What should I do differently?
Is there an easy way to remove dried latex paint from my wood floor?
Solutions for New Pet Owners
Where should I start my search for a pet breeder? What qualities should I seek?
My husband is allergic to dogs. Are there any breeds that are hypoallergenic?
I live in an apartment and would like to have birds as pets. What breeds do you suggest?
How can I get my new parakeet to talk?
I have four cats and would like to introduce a puppy into my fluffy family. What is the best way to do so?
Petkeeping Questions and Answers
Which upholstery holds up best in a household with a cat or dog?
I'd like to keep my small dog with me on a domestic flight. Any advice?
How do I protect my dog from kennel cough?
Where is it okay for me to take my dog?
When are winter clothes or shoes necessary for dogs?
How can I protect doors and other wood from pet scratches?
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