How to Frost a Layer Cake & 10 Ideas For School Lunches

This Time Last Year

We're deep into How To month here at the Kitchn, and we were a year ago, as well! Check out some our favorite tutorials from the archives, plus some alternatives to PB&J for kid's lunches, a recipe for lamb ragu, and a tour of a cool green kitchen.The images pictured above are in bold below.

We love making layer cakes for special occasions. Here's our favorite method for frosting them.

• This guide to lager beers will have you well on your way to becoming an expert.

A cozy kitchen nook needs a cozy bench for us to sit on.

Delicious Tuscan bread-and-tomato soup with mussels is a perfect mid-winter meal.

• It's our dearest dream to have an industrial stove in our kitchen.

Don't be scared of making pie crust from scratch! It's easy!

• For the DIYers among us, here's how you can make your very own vinegar at home.

This lamb ragu looks so pretty spooned over fresh pasta.

So many bread recipes gloss over the part where you actually shape the loaf. Here's how!

Getting tired of packing your child the same thing every day? Here are a few ideas for switching up the menu.

• Do you know when to stir and when to shake your after-work cocktail?

We love the sleek yet homey lines in this dreamy seafoam green kitchen.

• Some good tips on dismantling the smoke alarm when you're about to cook something big in the kitchen.

• Dividing cake batter so the layers are even is simple with this trick.

These chocolate chip cookies are one of the most requested recipes in our house.

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