I'm not a fan of cute crafty things, but I love a good DIY project, especially when it has a practical purpose. This menu board is a helpful way to plan your grocery needs for the week, and to get the family involved in the process.
I am building a new kitchen in the house that my husband and I are renovating, and there is a rather overwhelming array of choices to be made. Tile has been one of those. We're choosing a lot of tile (for baths as well as the kitchen). Subway tile is obviously a terrific and classic choice, and since it can be less than $3/square foot, very economical too. But can inexpensive tile go beyond subway tile? What are some other options for those of us on a strict budget? I took my questions to Kirsty Froelich, the corporate designer of The Tile Shop, a nationwide tile retail chain. Here's some of her advice on choosing tile when you're on a budget.
Do you have a few almost-empty jars in your pantry? Some half-full containers in your fridge? Curious what to do with those crumbled tortilla chips or that bowl of egg whites? What about creative ways to use pickle juice, or what to do with packets of powdered hot chocolate? Before you throw them away, take a look through this list: there are a few handy tips to help you clean out and eat up!
Washing your reusable shopping bags is a smart habit that keeps your bags looking like new, but what should you do with a bag that is torn, tattered or otherwise too far gone to wash? Quite by accident, I discovered why bringing it back to the store where you bought it is better than just throwing it away.
I just moved and one of the main selling points of my new place is that the neighborhood farmers' market is just 2 blocks away. While there are several stalls featuring fruits and vegetables, I can also purchase cheese, milk and yogurt, meat, charcuterie, flowers, jam, bread and other baked goods, eggs, coffee, handmade soap, and olive oil. In other words, if I wanted to (and if my pocketbook could afford it, which it can't) I could theoretically skip the grocery store completely!
Q: I marinated some vegetables and tofu in soy sauce, avocado oil, fresh garlic, and fresh basil. Delicious! In an effort not to waste yummy (and expensive) avocado oil, can save the marinade to use again? Freeze it maybe? If yes, should I take out the garlic and/or basil?
Nothing turns a plate of not-quite-filling-enough vegetables, grains or salad into a meal like an egg. While we're big fans of using a fried or poached egg to top off a dish, hard-boiled eggs are a more portable option for packed lunches and quicker too, if you boil a batch of eggs ahead of time and keep them stored in the refrigerator. Egg salad is a start, but there are many more ways to enjoy simple, no-fuss meals with hard-cooked eggs.
I have just returned from a week traveling through the Loire Valley wine region in France. From Muscadet in the far west near Nantes, to Sancerre and Pouilly Fume farther east, the Loire Valley has to represent some of the greatest value wines available. For example, this delicious, crisp Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie from Château du Cléry.
Do you dream of churning out charred chicken skewers or blackened shishito peppers just like a Japanese yakitori restaurant? If you don't have the funds or the space for a specialized Japanese grill, there is an easy and inexpensive way to rig up a DIY yakitori grill.
For regular Kitchn readers it will come as no surprise that this week's wine of the week is Greek - a delicious, enviably food-friendly and versatile red wine from the Semeli winery which is located in the Peloponnese region of Greece.