Category Archives: Ask Barb

The tag on my shirt says to dry clean, must I?

Many times manufacturers aren’t sure how to care for the garment and error on the side of safety.

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Food safety secrets in my school foods lab

Using the correct tools always makes the job easier and usually ends with better results. The biggest problem most of us have with needles is not changing them often enough. Damaged and worn needles will cause problems like broken stitches, puckering, or damage to the fabric to name just a few. The type of needle […]

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Sewing machine needles are so confusing! Does it really matter what I use?

Using the correct tools always makes the job easier and usually ends with better results. The biggest problem most of us have with needles is not changing them often enough. Damaged and worn needles will cause problems like broken stitches, … Continue reading

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I want to make pastry dough but don’t have a pastry blender. Is there a reasonable substitute in my kitchen?

If you want to make pastry dough but don’t have a pastry blender, there are other tools existing in your kitchen to do the trick. Just Ask Barbara! Continue reading

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Help, I don’t have baking powder. What can I use instead?

You asked Barbara, and she is here to help. Don’t have baking powder? Barbara can help with other options. Continue reading

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