The cutting boards you see above are IKEA cutting boards... well, partially. The boards themselves are the new PROPPMATT chopping boards, but the handles are all DIY inspiration — and something IKEA is totally on board with!
I try out a lot of recipes in the kitchen — some good, some bad, some worth filing into a digital locker of some sort. Like wine, I rarely try the same thing twice: there simply are too many new tastes to explore. Sometimes, though, a recipe speaks to you on an emotional level. And sometimes, making it costs you $500.
Sure, it's a cliche. But when October rolls around, I want pumpkin. No, not the flavor of pumpkin spice, but actual pumpkin. I love pumpkin soup, pumpkin chili, even pumpkin muffins, and it seems more festive to buy a fresh one than pick up a few cans of purée.
But peeling pumpkin is a pain, or it was until I learned a few tricks.
There is an easy elegance to Georgia Leiby's ceramics. All of her pieces — which she sells through her Etsy store, Center Ceramics — combine "modern sensibilities with rustic outdoors to create a classic, but never uptight feel." I simply love the nesting pinch pots and her modern take on a salt and pepper shaker.
Soup is one of the best lunches — lots of leftovers, stores well, easy to eat at your desk. But how to safely carry your soup to work without spills or leakage? Here's a plug for my favorite food containers of all time.
I love the idea of cream soups. They look pretty, taste delicious and are a super easy way to sneak random vegetables into kids. But that whole "purée in batches in your blender" thing stopped me. You see, I hate it when hot soup explodes in my face or anywhere in my kitchen. But when my husband and I got married, he brought something to our shared home: Betty Crocker the Pbrrt.
This photo made me chuckle when I saw it. It's a serious coffee geek who devotes an entire countertop to two coffee grinders and a giant espresso machine. But I'm also not passing judgement: I'm sure many of us have our own version of this. What's it for you? Your KitchenAid mixer that takes up all available space by the stove? Your toaster oven that necessitated buying a separate workspace cart? How much space are you willing to give up for your favorite tools and appliances?