Frequently Asked Questions
I've been answering my email lately. I am, once again, resolving to do better when it comes to email. I only get a few emails each day, thanks to opting out of basically everything possible, so this really should be doable.
Especially if everyone stops asking me the same questions, over and over and over again!
So, I am writing a long over-due FAQ. The questions I get asked regularly, and more. Anything, everything you ever wanted to ask, so that no one ever need email me again!!
Okay, not really. And I would miss hearing from readers if none of you emailed me to say hi! So I won't divulge everything... but here's a start! :)
1. How do I print recipes from your site? What happened to the "printer-friendly" versions?
Right now, the only way to print a text-only recipe from this website is to copy and paste the recipe text into a document on your computer and print that document.
I know it isn't convenient, and I apologize. In the past we had a printer-friendly option, but it also included every single recipe review (and some recipes have dozens of reviews!) and an ad. That feature also posed problems when Google thought I had lots of duplicate content on this site.
So until my wonderful technical support (husband) finishes his Theology degree and has time to do stuff here for me, you'll have to copy and paste. :)
Fluffy Kefir Pancakes, served with
homemade apple topping
2. My kefir looks funny. My kefir is too runny. My kefir is too thick. My kefir grains disappeared. Heck, my kefir looks, smells, and tastes completely normal but I want to describe it to you and get your permission before I eat it!
Okay, two things.
#1. I am not a kefir expert. Spend 8 hours researching kefir on the internet, buy some grains (not starter), and start making your own kefir. You now know as much as I do about kefir. :)
3. What religion are you?
This is always the hardest question for me to answer! We attend a Messianic congregation. We love Yahweh (the LORD) and His Son Yeshua (Jesus) and seek to obey and serve Him. We've been saved through the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua.
Religion is such a huge topic. Feel free to comment with more specific questions, if you wish.
You can also check out these posts for snippets about our faith:
Special Days -- scroll down for Joshua's comments
Remembering the Sabbath -- tips for Sabbath-keeping and some discussion in the comments
Our "Messianic" wedding -- which was also frugal ;)
Challah for 'Erev Shabbat -- I love challah!
Okay, on to a lighter topic. :)
4. Will you help me troubleshoot my homemade bread recipe?
Unfortunately, not unless I had the time to actually experiment with your recipe.
I am very familiar with our favorite 100% whole wheat bread recipe, as I have made it hundreds of times over the past 12 years. If you use that recipe and something's not right, I will gladly listen and offer my ideas as to what went wrong! :)
Okay, so it could be the yeast is old, the yeast got killed, your house was too cold, the proofing time was too long, the proofing time was too short, you need to add some gluten and other stuff into your whole wheat flour, you didn't knead long enough, you kneaded too long, or you're using a bad recipe!
There is lots of info online, but you're going to have to do some reading, because it could be any one (or more) of dozens of things that are causing your homemade bread to do whatever it's doing. You can search this site for tips on homemade bread. :)
6. How do you eat the kinds of foods you have on your website without gaining weight?
7. What kind of camera do you use?
I used to use a Konica Minolta. Last year, I got a little Olympus, intending to use it for pictures of the kids. (I got this Olympus on sale for $99 on Amazon.com. Like the bread machine, the price on Amazon varies a bit. Watch for a low price!)
Two cameras was too confusing, so I ended up using the Olympus for food photos as well. I just use the auto settings. Some day I'll learn how to really take pictures! :)
8. So how *do* you take food pictures, then?
I divulge my secrets of food photography here. (Ha, ha!)
Any more questions that should be answered here? Ask in a comment below! :)