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Using a food dehydrator for fun and science!

Apparently putting a dehydrator in a house of nerds turns it into an on-going science experiment. These experiments have left us with a good list of what foods worked and what didn't when it comes to dehydrating. So now I'm sharing this list with you, Offbeat Homies…

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Let's talk about the raclette, retro step-sibling to the fondue pot

Last month, our friends, the hot architects brought their vintage raclette over to have dinner. (Yes, the same hot architects whose wedding I crashed last summer. They've become friends, and in fact we're hiring them to help us with our condo remodel). So, have you ever seen one of these things before? I had not. It's basically this portable double-decker hot plate, with these special little dishes you use to melt a shit load of cheese over veggies and/or meat. You then scrape the hot, oozing, deliciously cheese-greasy mess onto bread (or I guess just straight into your mouth).

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How do you reheat leftovers without a microwave?

We just moved into a lovely older house that we're planning on renting for at least a year. It doesn't have a microwave, and I'm inclined to keep it that way. I am seriously at a loss, however, for how to heat up leftovers — especially meat — without making them rubbery and dry. Any tips for this erstwhile cook?

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I abandoned the microwave and haven't looked back

A few years ago I was watching an episode of one of Jamie Oliver's cooking shows. He noted, with an air of superiority, that he doesn't even own a microwave. I remember thinking that he was a) wrong, and b) preachy. But the idea of having my shit so damn together that I didn't need the convenience of a microwave stuck with me.