Monday night, I invited some lovely people to dinner who are visiting South Carolina from Pennsylvania. I wanted to highlight our local culture and food and, after a busy Monday, I needed something easy! Shrimp and grits seemed like the best choice. Though you can find them almost anywhere in the United States by now, they always taste best at home.
If you've ever wondered whether the super-styled kitchens in IKEA's annual catalog could actually work in a home like your own, wonder no more: here are 20 real-life examples of IKEA kitchens, as seen in reader homes published on Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn.
Our readers are pretty crazy about IKEA kitchens, and we think the hype is justified. From sleek all-white cabinets in a Birmingham loft to warm wood veneer in a classic Eichler home, these spaces prove that IKEA's budget-friendly kitchens can work in just about any space. Read on to see all 20 — each of them a visual reason why we think an IKEA kitchen can be a smart, personalized choice.
Alice Waters' last cookbook, The Art of Simple Food, made the top of many people's favorite and most-used cookbook lists. Her newest cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II, is sure to follow suit as she continues her crusade to encourage and inspire people to cook at home. This volume take things one step further by highlighting the garden and by natural extension the importance of freshness and the seasonality of ingredients.
Marisa Miller, a former chef and mother of two, once lived a life filled with food and the security of a lucrative job, but that changed at the height of the recession, when her husband's ill-timed career change left the family food-insecure within a matter of months. Now she supplements her grocery shopping with trips to a local food bank, and on CNN's Eatocracy, she shares her thoughtful, realistic tips for eating nourishing, satisfying meals on an extremely limited budget.
It was the promise of the Jetsons: Get a robot to do all your cleaning for you and never have to pick up a dust rag again. Reality has been disappointing, but there's one little gadget that promises to keep your floor clean without (much) thought from you. Have you ever tried the automatic vacuum, the Roomba, in the kitchen? Or its sister Bravaa, the one that mops? I'm just really curious — do these things actually work?
Wine of the Week: 2012 Monte Velho Red & 2012 Monte Velho White Region: Alentejo, Portugal Price: $10
This is my third time to post on wine from Esporão. I make no apologies. When I tasted their 2012 Monte Velho Red and 2012 Monte Velho White I was really very impressed – especially considering the price tag of $10. You cannot get much better value than that in my book.
So. Your "small Thanksgiving dinner" has ballooned into a full-on friends-and-family affair, and you don't have enough plates or glasses for everyone. Before you make a beeline to the nearest drug store for paper supplies, stop! Spend just a little more and you can get real glasses and basic white plates that'll last you far beyond this dinner. Here are five places to buy cheap dishes at the last minute:
When a twig of thyme is perfect, at least for my purposes, the leaves practically separate themselves from the branch. But that rarely happens. The twig is too thin, or too green, or there are twiglets hanging off the twig that fall into my dish along with the leaves. Picking the leaves off one by one is tedious and I like to add a lot of thyme.
But the other night, I finally figured out a way to make this easy.
The Thanksgiving menu phone calls have begun. Questions that pepper the conversation include: Has the turkey been ordered yet? You are, of course, making the onion casserole you make every single year? And remember last year how they ran out of our favorite kind of stuffing? Maybe it'd be good to buy it now just to be safe.
If this sounds familiar, you too may live amidst a family of staunch traditionalists. Heaven forbid you try a new stuffing recipe or leave out the onion casserole in favor of something different. So how to go about shaking things up just a little?