Chez Larsson's Kitchen, Drinks for Spring Picnics, Better Mashed Potatoes, and Color-Coordinated Cooking

This Time Last Year

A year ago this week we were warming up to better weather and talking about last year's Kitchen Cure. There are plenty of good recipes and interesting ideas in our archives from a year ago; here's a quick look back!

Posts pictured above are in bold below.

• Sweet but not too sweet, a dessert cheese for spring.

• What brining really does for your meat.

• Hot weather appetizer: Mint and vegetable summer rolls.

• All about the Ugli fruit.

• Does your kitchen have an identity crisis?

• A tip for better mashed potatoes.

• Picnic gear: acrylic drink dispensers.

• Do you color-coordinate your kitchen tools?

• Cook without recipes: a template for making an easy meal out of pasta.

• A tour of Benita Larsson's beautiful and tranquil Swedish kitchen.

• What does "noble rot" mean?

• Tip: a cheap, recycled container for salad greens.

• Fizzy cocktails! The Ramos Gin Fizz.

• Can you figure out this brain teaser? The incompatible food triad. A year later, we're still stumped.

• Awesome kitchen tongs.

Previous Year-Ago Lookback: Local Ostrich Eggs, How To Dice an Onion, Cinnamon-Spiked Tomatoes, and the Best Chef's Knives

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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