Kitchen Towels Suck – all of them
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I don’t know why people buy, sell, & use kitchen towels like these. Yes, I own several of them myself (picture below).  But these towels SUCK!. They don’t perform well as I want them to. They are too small and thin that they quickly become soaking wet. They need to be thicker and larger. Dish towels have been around for many years… but am I the only person with this complaint?  Are you guys happy with your dish towels?

I keep some dish towels just because I want to follow the tradition. I may even use them when I have formal guests. But what really works for me is bathroom hand towels (28 to 30 inches long).

I don’t know what kind of dishtowels you guys use. To me, nothing even comes close to bathroom hand towels, and I will continue to use them in the kitchen.

FYI: The towels I use in the kitchen are from Costco.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving!
This year’s turkey was THE best of them all. It was a 21 pounder.

I’ve been baking Turkeys for 5-6 years now. I usually bake 15 lb turkeys. But this year, I went for a bigger bird for bigger fun. As usual, I was home alone and ate alone. I was invited to a family gathering about 70 miles away. But I politely declined so I can enjoy being home alone. There is nothing like being at home – even if I live alone.

I am not a bad son. In fact, I am a good son. I see my parents almost every weekend. So, my parents do not miss me for Thanksgiving much. I will see them in 2 days, and we will share Thanksgiving stories.

My turkey came out real nice. I didn’t follow any recipe. I seasoned the turkey from my experience (memory). I used orange, lemon, sage, & rosemary growing in my front yard. I watched TV, drank coffee, and relaxed. It was a good time.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I am glad I bought that turkey rack from Costco last year

From Costco: Turkey, turkey rack, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, gravy

Replaced a Garbage Disposal
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Boring story. I replaced a garbage disposal.

I found the same unit from Home Depot… so it took me about 30 minutes to replace it. It could have been a nightmare if I couldn’t find the same unit.

I got lucky.

 

(pic) Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner
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I am trying to pick up tips and tricks on baking turkey this year (11 days to go). Women’s magazines are great sources.

Good times. 

Update (2021) – I still have that magazine. I still look at it to refresh my memory before baking turkey.

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Kitchen Table (pic)
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Here’s a picture that’s long over-due. 

Pictures of my dining area 3 years ago and now.

2009

 

October 2012. I cut flowers from the front yard.
The picture on the wall and the figurine are from ROSS (my other favorite store)

The previous homeowner left this dining table and chairs (Thank God).

** I am expecting a female company in a few hours. I bought 2 lobster tails yesterday at Costco. I am so nervous, I’m going to pass out. Wish me luck~!!

Green Onions
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Smart and Final had a special price on green onions. They were only $0.49 each (bunch). This is when I buy 4 bunches, chop them up, and freeze them. 

I am supposed to dry them before freezing.

I saved $1.20 – $1.60 this way. But, most of all, I will have quick & handy access to green onions for months to come.

 

Curbing Cravings for Soda – Iced Tea Glasses
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Almost all soda pop is bad for you. If you want to play safe, you should not drink any soda. Diet sodas are just as bad, they say (or even worse). I’m not an authority in this field. So don’t ask me why. 

I don’t drink soda every day. Soda is a luxury item to me (I am poor). I only drink diet cola on weekends or when I eat out. As you know, I never eat out during the weekdays.

To curb my craving for soda, I drink water in these iced tea glasses, usually with a slice of lemon. With these glasses, drinking water is more enjoyable. I don’t miss soda much this way. When I serve water to guests, water becomes a refreshing food item, rather than a utility item for hydration.

(vid) Cutting Pineapple
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I told my friend how tasty Costco Pineapple was. Then we talked about how we cut pineapple. I have never seen anyone else cutting pineapple before. I came up with my own way to cut pineapples. I figured that’s how everyone else is doing.

I use this method to cut watermelon, Mellon, cantaloupe, & etc…

Anyway, it was difficult to explain how I cut pineapple over the phone, so I told her “Ok, ok, I will shoot a video so you will see how I do”.

Here’s the video I sent her.

* Oh yeah, I was listening to Christmas music. They were playing it on my cable TV channel already.

Hot Sauce Lineup
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These are hot sauces I have now.

I put them in the order of preference from left to right.

  1. Blair’s After Death Sauce is my favorite. It’s really hot, but it’s got an exotic flavor. This was the most expensive one ($5-$6)
  2. Castillo’s Salsa Habanera is from Mexico. I bought 2 bottles when I went to Mexico. It quickly became my #2.
  3. Tapatio is my general-purpose hot sauce. This is the cheapest from the lineup ($.59)
  4. Ralphs’s (California Supermarket Chain) hot sauce is #4 but I still like it a lot.
  5. One on the right is the newest one. I don’t like this at all. I think I will trash this.

*I like Tabasco, but I don’t have it (too expensive for what it does). If I had Tabasco, it will be my #3. Tabasco is excellent on pizza.

Hot Sauce. Really Hot Sauce
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Finally, I found a hot sauce that meets and exceeds my expectation.

I like spicy food. When I go to a Thai restaurant, I say “Extra, extra hot, please” Then I say “Remember, I said extra twice”. Sometimes I say “Give me Thai spicy, Not American spicy”

Typical hao sauces such as Tabasco, Valentina, Tapatio, for the general population. I don’t find them remotely spicy. Spicy food lovers agree with me.

I accidentally found this, Blair’s After Death Sauce, at Cost Plus World Market. After Death is too hot for me, so I have to put a few drops of this in some other hot sauce such as Tapatio.

Blair’s After Death comes with a skull key chain. I am excited that I found this hot sauce.

 Blair's After Death Hot Sauce