I'm on the hunt for a new apartment here in San Francisco. One of the things I've taken horribly for granted is my dishwasher. You'd be surprised how many places do not have one. Some even have "new, remodeled" kitchens, but no dishwasher! As you can imagine, I do a lot of cooking and plenty of entertaining, yet places with dishwashers are generally more expensive.
This is where I need your help readers: Do you have a dishwasher? Do you not have one? Is it really difficult always having to wash dishes? Or do you think it's worth it to pay a little extra and get a dishwasher? Please share your advice below!
It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you're hosting a party (any kind that involves food) get in the habit of checking the dishwasher before the the soiree starts. Parties always generate a lot of dirty dishes, and the last thing you need after a night of wining and dining is a sink full of dirty dishes. It's also a good idea to take out take out the trash and recycling before the event begins. That way you won't have to deal with disposing of a full bin of trash when you should be mixing a martini for your guests.
Got a tip for better party prep? Please share with us below!
Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman, authors of The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets, appeared on The Early Show this morning to give away some of their secrets. While they mostly spilled the beans on diet tips, there was one thing that stood out to me: dishwasher salmon. That's right I said dishwasher. You just seal the fish up in foil, toss it in the dishwasher and let it go. The steam, along with a waste of power and water, cooks it through. Just be sure you don't use any soap.
If you think this sounds totally wacko then I should let you know that this is not the first time this has been done. Bob Blumer, aka The Surreal Gourmet, has poached salmon in more than 100 dishwashers on three continents. His recipe actually looks pretty good and comes complete with a piquant sauce. I don't know if I can actually endorse this method, it seems like a waste of energy, but I do think it would be fun to tell your guests you made it in the dishwasher. If you want to try it yourself, get his recipe when you read more
Either the people at Part Select — an online part store for major appliances — want to show you what you can do with your dishwasher, or they're hoping you'll do it and break it in the process. At least, that is what I assume was the logic behind their recipe for Dishwasher Lasagna Florentine. That's right, you make the lasagna in a dishwasher. I'm not the only one who thinks it's wacky, but how about you? What do you think of dishwasher lasagna?
Considering your computer keyboard harbors more germs than a toilet seat, how do you keep your keyboard spotless? I don't know about you, but my keys are covered with remnants of all sorts of things - lunch, tea, cookie crumbs... you name it, it's on there. Usually what I do is give it a quick wipe or take the compressed air can to it and this will do the trick. According to NPR a company called Seal Shield is advertising $50 keyboards which they claim are dishwasher safe. Although companies like Microsoft and Logitech dis-approve with this method, when blogger Scott Moschella put his keyboard in the dishwasher, it surprisingly still worked (after a week of being air dried) and came out clean as a whistle. After short-circuiting a keyboard with only a few tablespoons of water, I say Moschella was just lucky. So if you really want to get wet n' wild with your keyboard, I suggest purchasing one of the Seal Shield keyboards.
You'll never guess what happened on December 28, 120 years ago. The dishwasher was invented! And even more amazingly, it was invented by a female!
Months earlier, Josephine Cochran declared with disgust, "If nobody else is going to invent a dish washing machine, I'll do it myself." Lo and behold she did just that.
She revealed her invention at the 1893 world's fair to mixed reviews and it was originally adopted only by hotels and large restaurants. The dishwasher wasn't used by the general public until the 1950s. Today of course we all depend on our dishwashers. I say we load up our dishwashers and raise a glass to Josephine Cochran for making all of our lives easier. Cheers Josephine!