Favorite Cookbooks

What are you favorite cookbooks? I like the “Aunt Bea’s Mayberry Cookbook”. lots of great southern recipes and funny stuff to read from the show. I also have “The Joy of Cooking” to refer to.
A book called , by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine. It’s as much a food textbook as a cookbook, explaining the science and reason behind cooking methods. They test dozens of variations of each recipe and technique, and tell you what worked and why. The magazine is awesome, too.

Building a shed / garage – Anyone have a suggestion for plans?

Im trying to track down some free plans online for a shed as well as a 1 car garage. Anyone happen to know of such as site?
doesn’t your local home building supply have free plans?
You can buy a full shed alread made or pre fab from most stores, minus the foundation
prebuilt sheds are garbage dude, go to home depot or lowes and look at their prebuilt sheds on display,they suck!! theres just enough wood to hold it together, only 2 or three rafters on a ten foot wall. i spent $460.00 on lumber to build an 8×10 shed. i picked up a good used metal door,brand new window, and new shingles out of my local trading post for $75.00. my whole floor and floor beams are treated wood. all my beams are 20 inches apart except the floor is 16. i looked at a prebuilt at lowes the same size and it was $838.00. total mine was about $200.00 cheaper and much, much, stronger. had a better window and door.if you can built it your self you will be much happier in the end

Seared Ahi

Feeling a bit adventurous, so for dinner Saturday night I made an entree of Seared Ahi. It was probably the best $10.00 I ever spent, especially considering what it would of cost for two portions at a restaurant.

Started with a 3/4 lb cut of sashimi grade ahi
cut into two pieces
made a mixture of coarse ground pepper, seasoned pepper, sesame seeds and sea salt
2 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet
heated the skillet until the olive oil started to smoke
coated both sides of the tuna with the spice mix


I made brownies the other evening and didn’t have any natural cocoa on hand, so I used the dutch processed stuff… the brownies came out black and are the most chocolatey brownies I’ve tasted in my life.

I call em “Blackies”

I think the lower acidity of the dutched chocolate changed the texture though. They’re more cake-like than brownie-like.
What is the recipe you used? I’ve never made “real” brownies before, only boxed ones.
Wisk 4 eggs til their light and fluffy. Wisk in one cup of brown and one cup of regular sugar, 1.25 cups of NATURAL cocoa (that’s the part where I used dutch processed), 1/2 cup flour, 2 sticks of melted butter, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and a big pinch of salt (no additive salt… so kosher, sea, etc… not table salt). If you can, sift all that while you add it. Pour in a greased pan (a good way to do this is to cover the bottom and sides of the dish with butter, then dust that liberally with flour) and bake 45 minutes at 300 degrees.

any recipies that use lots of onions?

my parents gave me a 5lb bag of onions and I know I’m not going to be able to use them all before they spoil. any recipies that use lots of onions?
How about eating just the onion?

Preheat oven to 350F. Cut the ends off of the onion, then in half. Mix bread crumbs with olive oil just enough for them to get mangled up. Add ogreano. Then mix it until firm. Put some butter on the onions, then the bread crumbs. Then put some paramesen cheese on top. Bake for 30-45 mins.
Slice the onions, cook on low heat in olive oil until they carmelize. Toss in a dash of rice wine vinegar and some salt and pepper. Chop up a cup of fresh cranberries and saute those too. Let that cool a bit, then mix it up with some grated romano or mozza cheese. Spoon all this onto melba toast (or your choice of crackers) and bake under a broiler until the cheese bubbles.


I’been thinking of building a sauna in my 12’x12′ shed.
I was actualy thinking of utilizing about 4’x5′ space and leaving the rest for shower/dressing/tv room. Now my main question is where can I get the building materials. If I understand correctly, the best wood to use for sauna is Red Cedar, which goes for about $2.50sqf.
Where would be the best place to purchase that and can I use something other than Red Cedar? Or maybe I’m just better off getting one of those pre-fabricated saunas?

Inexpensive Furniture? Moving on Friday.

So I’m moving to Tallahassee on friday and I am having a hard time trying to find some nice inexpensive furniture for my new apartment. My main concern is getting a bed and a couch.

I do have money saved up, but I’m trying to go about this in a smart manner, so I don’t have $500 to be spending on a couch and another $500 to be spending on a bed.

Do you guys have any suggestions that might help me out…I’m coming up dry

garage sales
White wine for cooking?

Can anyone recommend a decent white wine for cooking purposes? I don’t have a fancy palate so I don’t need anything expensive.
The nearest liquor store in 40 minutes away. I don’t want to drive out there and no know what to get

Can anyone recommend a decent white wine for cooking purposes? I don’t have a fancy palate so I don’t need anything expensive.
Having a pool put in…Lots of pics 56k…you will be hosed.

Thought you guys might want to see the pics of the process so far. The yard isn’t huge so we went with a 30×18 play pool (4-5-4). It will have a waterfall, spa, and tanning ledge. The coping will be oklahoma flagstone, I don’t remember the name of the tile, but it is a natural loooking tile, and the decking will be stampcrete in the shape of flagstone. The finish on the pool will be Midnight Blue Pebble Tec.

I’m not going to post the layout pictures as they are really hard to see. The layout was sprayed in orange and the sun was bright.

Homeowners/Investors – some question on home value

Just bought a "real" home after owning a townhouse for two years. It’s a 2200 sq ft hip roof colonial, built in 1988. Structurally in great shape, albeit a bit dated. We’ve painted most of it since June, working on countertops and flooring now. Stainless appliances are in

My question has to do with some other modifications I want to do, and how they’ll affect the value of the home. We have a three week old son, and I figure we’ll have another child here in a few years, then stay a few years past that.