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When Tony and I were talking about Valentine's Day, I asked him what his top choice would be for a romantic dinner for two. I expected him to rattle off something decadent and luxurious, like veal Oscar, lobster bisque or oysters. But his answer surprised me. "Pasta alla Carbonara is the perfect dish for lovers," he declared. This humble dish is believed to have originated in Rome, and there are several theories about its name. Our favorite claims the name is derived from men who used to make charcoal, known in Italy as carbonai.
Green bean casserole with homemade onion rings This dish can wait in the oven for as long as it takes to get dinner on the table - especially if you wait 'til the last minute to put those crispy onion rings on top. 2 pounds green beans 2 T. butter 1½ - 2 T. flour ½ cup milk (or buttermilk) 8 oz. chopped or sliced mushrooms 16 oz. sour cream (fat free works, too) 1½ T. Worcester sauce 2 tsp. salt
Turkey Brine 2 1/2 gallons water, divided 1 cup sugar 1 cup salt (kosher or table salt without iodine) 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1 T. coarse ground black pepper 1 frozen whole turkey (14 lb.), thawed
Dear Jim: My house needs more efficient windows. I live alone, so I am considering some glass block windows for security. Are they very efficient and how can I have some summertime ventilation with them? - Amy L. Dear Amy: Glass block windows are definitely more secure than standard double-pane glass windows for several reasons.
Dear Jim: My utility bills are high and often I'm chilly. I know electric resistance heating is expensive to operate, but I like the idea of in-floor heating. Does it only work in tile or can it be used under carpet? - Ron A. Dear Ron: In general, electric resistance heating is expensive to use for heating a house. This is why most homes which have all-electric heating use heat pumps which can be several times more energy efficient than resistance heating.
Dear Jim: I want to add a solar sunroom for inexpensive extra living space and so it will help heat our house. I would like to build a kit myself or to make one from scratch. What things should I consider? - Mike F. Dear Mike: A sunroom can provide wonderful living space for your family. Although it is typically less expensive per square foot to have a sunroom built as compared to a typical room addition, it still is not inexpensive. Many companies sell sunrooms which are often basically in kit form, but most want to also do the construction.
ST. PAUL - New large Minnesota homes will be required to have fire sprinklers. Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman approved the provision that requires automatic fire-sprinkler systems in new single-family homes more than 4,500 square feet. Existing homes are not affected. Just 15 percent of new Twin Cities homes are that size, with a smaller percentage in most of the rest of the state. Legislators have debated for years whether to require sprinklers in all new homes, but that proposal has not become law.
MOORHEAD - Every framed photo and unique piece of furniture in Melanie Iverson's home tells a story. "I happen to love this," she says, pointing to tears in the midcentury modern recliner she bought at The Studio, a vintage and upcycled home décor store in Fargo. Iverson, who owns Melanie Michelle Designs, calls her three-bedroom rental abode a "canvas" that she's transforming into a refuge for her, her children, Grace, 6, and Carter, 8, and their rescued yellow Lab, Samuel Kingston Lover. The wood floors are weathered, and paint splotches decorate the lime-waxed kitchen table.
Dear Jim: I like to have some natural ventilation in the spring and fall and more light from the front door, but I don't like how a screen door looks. What other methods are there to add screening to the door? - Kath G. Dear Kath: Bringing fresh air into your house in the spring and fall is refreshing and actually healthy for most people. Indoor air is often much more polluted from synthetic building materials, furniture, carpeting, paint, cleaning chemicals, etc. and less healthy than outdoor air. Depending upon your budget, don't write off installing a screen/storm door.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the big picture and I forget about the tiny steps that compose and make up the big picture. Exhibit 1, your honor, my bathroom cabinet. I had things overflowing and it was a mess. I had to move things to grab other things. I ended up tipping things over, and it was out of control. I just kept looking at it, and I knew what I wanted it to look like, but I just kept on with my day-to-day activities. Finally, I had enough of knocking stuff over. It was a Sunday night and I wasn't going anywhere, so I decided to tackle it. Here are the steps: 1.