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PYRAMID WINE RACK E-PLAN

  • Size - 21 1/4" x 9 1/2" x 17 1/2"
  • Nicely stores up to 6 bottles of your favorite wine
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Store up to six bottles of your favorite wine in this convenient pyramid wine rack. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 21.25-by-9.5-by-17.5 inches high.


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TRAVELING THE POWER LINE

In our power-hungry world, all the talk about energy-what's safe and what's risky, what's clean and what's dirty, what's cheap and what's easy-tends to generate more heat than light. What, Julianne Couch wanted to know, is the real story on power production in this country? Approaching the question as a curious consumer, Couch takes us along as she visits nine sites where electrical power is developed from different fuel sources. From a geothermal plant in the Mojave Desert to a nuclear plant in Nebraska, from a Wyoming coal-fired power plant to a Maine tidal-power project, Couch gives us an insider's look at how power is generated, how it affects neighboring landscapes and the people who live and work there, and how each source comes with its own unique complications.

The result is an informed, evenhanded discussion of energy production and consumption on the global, national, regional, local and-most important-personal level. Knowledge is the real power this book imparts, allowing each of us to think beyond the flip of a switch to the real consequences of our energy use.

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FEASTING ON FOOD STORAGE

Your food storage contains delectable delights when you know how to use it! Feasting on Food Storage offers more than 200 recipes to rotate and use your short- and long-term food storage, plus bonus sections for baby food, home remedies, and gluten-free options. With tasty recipes like Brown Sugar Muffins and Creamy Taco Soup, learning to use your food storage has never been easier or more delicious.

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HOW TO BUILD COLD STORAGE FOR FRUITS & VEGETABLES E-HANDBOOK

Do you want to save on what could be wasted garden surpluses and lower food costs? Try storing food the natural way, in storage rooms and root cellars, in pits and trenches, or even in the garden.

This e-handbook shows you where and how to build an underground root cellar, cold storage in you basement and pits or trenches in your garden. It also has important information on the proper storage for a variety of fruits and vegetables. Why not keep large quantities of food that is cheaper, less work, and far more energy-efficient than canning or freezing? 29 pages.

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FROM SCRATCH

Whether it's bread or bouillons, infusions or ice cream, smoked salmon or sausages, preparing French-style handmade, homemade food is satisfying and simple. This gorgeous cookbook presents 120 recipes for everything from fresh yogurts, cheeses, pastas and pickles to compotes, conserves, confit and charcuterie. With these easy artisanal techniques, even inexperienced cooks can create delicious, authentic French cuisine.

Recipes include:

  • Breads: Baguettes, brioches, white, whole wheat
  • Condiments: Chutneys, compound butters, infused olive oils and vinegars, seasoned salts, ketchup, mayonnaise
  • Confections: Almond cookies, cereal bars, gluten-free granola, ice creams and sorbets, muesli, spice bread
  • Charcuterie: Dried ham, homemade sausage, smoked salmon, terrines
  • Fresh Cheeses and Yogurts: Mascarpone, chèvre, vanilla yogurt, Greek yogurt
  • Jams: Apple/banana and other compotes; apricot, raspberry and strawberry preserves; caramel, chestnut cream; chocolate-based spreads; lemon curd, marmalade
  • Pasta: Tagliatelle and other shapes; flavored with spinach, tomato or rosemary; fresh sauces
  • Pickles and More: Dried tomatoes, stuffed peppers, marinated feta, olives, preserved vegetables

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