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Lifetime electric skillet probe - cord - control?

Someone gave me a Lifetime stainless steel electric skillet, made by West Bend. There is a lot of crap about "waterless cooking", but it looks like a good, solid electric braising pan in a non-reactive material.

But there is no cord. It takes a WB-1 cord - different from the standard probe control cords I have, and nowhere here has any.

Any idea what I can do? I really like this pan - it is very hard to find them without a non-stick coating.


National Day of Action for a New Health Accord (Brampton)

Mar 31, 2014
Tim Horton's, Shoppers' World
497 Main St. S.
Brampton , ON
43° 40' 4.9188" N, 79° 44' 13.4304" W
Ontario CA
We are sounding the alarm about the federal government's funding cuts to wake Canadians up to what this means for our health-care services.
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babble book club: 'Salt: A World History'

Up next: 'Salt: A World History' by Mark Kurlansky with a final discussion date of March 21 at 2pm EST where more users will be online to discuss the book in real time, but of course, conversation and discussion is encouraged throughout the reading time.

This book is a bit of a departure for the bbc, or at least according to the cover. Why? Well, it's about salt. Not politics, not CanLit, not activism, but salt. But of course, in the hands of a good writer, who knows what the wonderful topic, and seasoning, salt will bring us!

Here's a snippet of the summary:


Seedy Saturday in Maynooth

Mar 15, 2014
Old Community Centre
Hwy 62
Maynooth , ON
45° 13' 53.0364" N, 77° 56' 14.5428" W
Ontario CA
A gathering of seed nuts, garden wall flowers, dirty farmers, their beneficiaries and admirers.

SOS - Save Our Services

Feb 24, 2014 to Feb 25, 2014
The Fox and Fiddle
355 Wellington Street
London , ON
42° 59' 3.2928" N, 81° 14' 59.604" W
Ontario CA
Meeting to organize against privatizing hospital services

Scarborough Seedy Saturday and Green Fair

Mar 22, 2014
Blessed Cardinal Newman high School
100 Brimley Rd South ( south of Kingston Rd)
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W
Ontario CA
Learn how to live more sustainably, exchange seeds with other seed savers, buy heirloom and organic seeds or join a workshop on composting or growing food in small spaces.
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Canada pension disability benefits with no drug coverage

Today it occurred to me that many might not know that CPPD is the ONLY disability support program that does not offer drug coverage. Today I received a call from CAMH that a long term client had been involuntarily hospitalized. Due to the ice storm he had to chose between replacing food or paying for his psychotropic medication. He bought food. This must be corrected.

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Montreal superhospital métro station won't be wheelchair accessible

A huge pile of money has been poured into the new English-language superhospital in NDG, but the Vendôme métro station, which serves this new hospital complex, will not be made wheelchair accessible with a lift.

The Jean-Talon métro, not far from where I live, is undergoing renovations at one entrance, and will have a lift for people in wheelchairs, parents pushing strollers, and others who are temporarily or permanently less mobile. This station serves two lines, but does not directly serve a hospital - there is a hospital nearby, one station east of Jean-Talon; it is much smaller than this new one planned.

Montreal CBC Daybreak speaking to a disabled advocate about this outrageous (and penny-wise and pound-foolish) oversight.

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rabble's Eat Local! food and sustainability challenge

rabble has kicked off a new challenge, the Eat Local! food and sustainability challenge.

Join us from Sunday September 29 to Sunday October 6 as we try to incorporate local foods into our weekly meals and add some extra sustainability actions to boot!

Check out our intro blog post for more information on the challenge and get involved if you like!

Leave your Eat Local ideas, resources and sustainability tips and tricks on this thread as well!

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Mental Illness-Jail All Of Us

I have written mental illness being blamed for violence before. However, I'm still angry. In fact, my anger has increased has this issue continues remain so prevalent.

Everyone is looking for a scapegoat issue. Mental illness is easy. There is no collective voice that I know of to dispel the many misunderstandings and just plain wrong information. But particularly in America, where they can't even pass the weakest of gun legislation, the prevailing attitude is that all people with mental illness are dangerous and inherently prone to abhorrent violence. The truth is of course that those with mental illness are much more likely to be victims of violence or inflict violence on themselves.

Jail us all. It won't stop violence. 

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Cooking creatively for picky eaters

I've recently declared my emancipation from cooking increasingly boring colonialist-based foods. The endless parade of stew with dumplings, pot roasts, Yorkshire puddings and biscuits has me bored to tears, and I really love to cook. It's been years since I've made West African yam and peanut soup, borscht, biriyani, etc. So I have vowed to cook at least one meal per week that is what my family might call exotic. My husband has a few dislikes but is essentially an organic garberator. My youngest would be happy on a diet of PB&Js, Mac and cheese, and fish and chips. Last week I started off with east Asian cooking, combining Thai favourites with Chinese dumplings and won ton soup.

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Cold-weather eats

As a companion to the winter thread, I thought it might be fun to share what babblers are eating when the weather gets cold. Last night the CF household made potatoes and collards with ginger and fennel seeds. It was quite tasty. I recently picked up a 2kg bag of chickpeas from an online farmer's market ( and I think we'll make a curried vegetable stew tonight, although I haven't decided on a recipe.

What's in your kitchen?



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