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Sauerkraut made in jars

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Science explains mozarella on pizza

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My ''Lasagnizza''

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Beer, Beer, Glorious Beer!

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Easy Home Made Barley (or lentil) Soup

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Vegetable stir fry

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 28, 2014 at 4:59pm

I've been meaning to ask Intermountain Gas how much cheaper they are than electricity for heating, cooking, and drying laundry.
You guys got me to do it, and this was the reply:

"We are currently about 65 % cheaper than Power at this point  based on heat load and hot water.  i.e.  heat load refers to either a furnace or some type of space heating."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like electricity from Idaho Power is almost 3 times as expensive as natural gas in Pocatello.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 28, 2014 at 2:57pm

LOL!  I thought so, but didn't have any facts to back me up.  Thanks for the link!

In summer, we keep the windows open all night, and don't turn the A/C on till we start to sweat. I don't understand how people can stand being shut up 24/7...of course I don't live in a place that suffers from high humidity.  THAT makes a big difference.

PS: GOOD NEWS!  We've had 2 nights of real rain!  I hope it's snowing up in the Sierras!  We need it.

(Pumpkin cat spent the first 12 years of his life in an air-controlled and semi-soundproofed cattery, and doesn't like the sound of rain...he crawled in bed with me last night, and hid under the covers.)

Comment by Pat on February 28, 2014 at 1:42pm

sk8eycat, here's the best I could find. One is from a science blog on line. It states the microwave is the clear winner. Then there's Scientific American, which says that an electric stove is the most efficient. However, according to the latter article, you get better energy savings turning off your air conditioner for one hour. Not one hour a day, but only one hour for the entire year.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 28, 2014 at 12:56pm

I have a question: A friend told me that I'm using more energy nuking my tea water for 90 seconds than I would if I heated a kettle of water on the gas range for 5 - 6 minutes.  Is that TRUE?

My electric bills are hideous; could it be that I'm using my 1100W microwave too much?  (I make about 3 cups of tea or hot cocoa a day...Srsly)

I think the real problem is the filter pump on the see-ment pond in the backyard, but there's nothing I can do about that.  It would cost thousands to empty it, break up the concrete (so water would trickle into the ground where it belongs), and fill it with dirt. (Dad had the thing built during one of his last alcoholic fits...with MY college savings!...before he dried out.)

Comment by Pat on February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm

Randall, you know the old saying. Half a loaf is better than no loaf. Which reminds me to check the expiration date on my yeast. Some of them critters may be deader than a 2,000 year old Jewish zombie.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:47am

Carl, you are a genius! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2014 at 11:28am

Easter is coming up, you can always make unleavened bread and sell it to the theists.  win-win. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 11:19am

Randall, glad your bread turned out, even if only getting a half rise. Oh dear, that means my yeast is old, I haven't baked yeast bread for a very long time. I'll have to test it. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 28, 2014 at 7:59am

When I came across a couple of old yeast packets, I decided to try my hand at making bread. I followed the recipe to a T, allowing the yeast to do its thing and the waiting for the bread to rise. It just sat there. I waited over 2 hours. In desparation I added baking powder and soda, kneading them into the loaves. It must have worked because they rose when I baked them in my convection oven! They only rose half way, but I was satisfied. I usually ignore "best used by..." dates, but  when the yeast package says "use before Sept 2012", believe it! (The bread tasted good.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 25, 2014 at 12:13pm

Randall, I tried Pepper-Jack cheese on my cornmeal mush and I agree.  It improved the taste considerably.


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