Kitchn Archive - April 2014
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Jennifer’s Kitchen Renovation: Demo Day
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Jennifer’s Kitchen Renovation: Demo Day “The contractor and his two workers show up at 9am and we exchange keys, I hand over a huge check and we sign the final contract. I’m excited and… suddenly utterly convinced that every penny I own will be gone by the
Apr 17, 2014
Are Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier to Peel If You Add Baking Soda to the Water?
We’ve found a method to make perfect hard-boiled eggs, but how do you peel the suckers? There are a lot of different theories out there, but one that is especially intriguing involves adding a little baking soda to the cooking water. Could this small step produce pretty eggs that peeled smoothly from their shells every time? I had to test it and find out.
Apr 17, 2014
10 Rules For Keeping a Small Kitchen (Or Any Space) Organized
(Image credit: Kim Lucian) From Apartment Therapy → 10 Rules For Keeping a Small Space Organized
Apr 17, 2014
3 London Dry Gins to Fit Your Budget
London dry gin is at its best when anchoring a well-made cocktail. (We talked about London dry gin and the alternatives last week.) The flip side of the coin is, admittedly, there are other spirits I’d sooner choose to sip neat. But we’re talking cocktails here! And it’s hard to top London dry gin for its range and versatility as a cocktail ingredient.
Apr 16, 2014
Start a Garden Week 3: Outdoor Seed Planting
This week is not very picture-heavy, as all of the action is taking place below the soil. So, I thought I’d take the chance to share a cute pic of my gardening assistant helping me out, following up the seed planting with a little water. (For the record, he was watering the already-sprouting pea plants here. I was weary of him washing away the new seeds with that watering can!) Plant seeds in the ground on April 10. Plant plants in the ground on May 10.
Apr 15, 2014
Why Does My Cast Iron Cookware Still Seem Dirty After Cleaning?
Q: I’ve worked and worked with oven cleaner, metal brushes, steel wool, straight razor scrapers, and the like. i have 5 cast iron skillets and a Dutch oven with zero “removable” cooking debris, and I still get a dirty towel when I wipe them down to start the seasoning process. The patina is a dull dark grey for the most part…lovely to look at, but still dirty. What’s going on?
Apr 15, 2014
Make Any Fridge More Efficient in 5 Steps
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Make Any Fridge More Efficient in 5 Steps
Apr 15, 2014
Jennifer’s Small Kitchen Renovation Budget
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Jennifer’s Small Kitchen Renovation Budget
Apr 14, 2014
Tips for a Small-Space Kitchen Herb Garden
One of my favorite moments, while driving through the city, is to glance up at an apartment building and spy a balcony spilling over with greenery. I have lived in my fair share of small spaces over the years and remember how gratifying it was to have edible plants in a seemingly impossible growing environment.
Apr 11, 2014
Free Foldable Fruit Printables
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Free Foldable Fruit Printables
Apr 11, 2014
Have You Noticed That Limes Are Suddenly Crazy Expensive?
Have you noticed that limes are suddenly wildly more expensive than they used to be? When I read that the average price for a lime in U.S. grocery stores is now 53 cents, up from 21 cents, I had to laugh. I’d love to find 50-cent limes. I’ve been paying up to $1.50 for a single measly lime in my grocery store. Have you noticed this too? Here’s why limes suddenly went sky-high. We’re in the middle of what should be peak lime harvest in Mexico.
Apr 10, 2014
Companion Planting 101: Putting Your Garden to Work for You
Maybe you are already familiar with the concept of companion planting. It is a phrase that is tossed around frequently in many gardening circles. At its core, it is the grouping together of plants that will be beneficial, in some way, with one another. The benefits of companion planting may include healthier plants, less use of pesticides, improved yields, better flavor, less frequent watering and more efficient use of your personal garden space.
Apr 10, 2014
Choosing the Best Maple Syrup & Getting the Most Out Of It
So, you’re in the grocery store aisle or at a market booth, and in front of you are rows of maple syrup bottles. Prices start at $10, but many of the larger bottles cost more than that. You’re prepared to spend the money, but how do you know which bottle to buy? Not only are there different labels and descriptions for each bottle, but they’re all made in different states, and in Canada. Don’t be discouraged!
Apr 10, 2014
Large-Scale Marble Wall Backsplashes
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Large-Scale Marble Wall Backsplashes
Apr 10, 2014
How Can I Make My Coleslaw Dressing Thicker (Without Changing the Taste)?
Q: My family loves my grandma’s simple coleslaw dressing recipe: mayo, salt, pepper, sugar and a dash of milk. It whisks into a thick, yummy dressing for my chopped cabbage and carrots but if I make it ahead of time (even 30 minutes), what was once creamy perfection turns to a runny mess. Is there something I can use to emulsify my dressing without changing the taste of grandma’s slaw too much?
Apr 9, 2014
What You Should Know About the (Surprisingly) Wide World of Gin
Gin. Short word, but one that contains multitudes. When your average drinker thinks of gin, the libation he pictures is actually just one sort: London dry gin. Thanks to its centuries of popularity, piney, citrus-laced, floral London dry has commandeered the term “gin” as a shorthand for itself — despite the fact that it’s just one of several styles of spirit that, through direct and tenuous connections alike, have come to be considered types of gin.
Apr 9, 2014
Recipe: Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan
This time of year slays me; in New York City, the snow is pretty much finished, the ear muffs have been packed up and early daffodils and crocus blossoms are poking their way through the packed city soil. And yet, there is no food growing yet. It’s the season when my dreams are populated with ramps, fiddlehead ferns and asparagus.
Apr 9, 2014
When to Plant for a Continual Harvest: A Few Tips
Have you felt as though all of your garden efforts culminate in only a few weeks of late season productivity? Here are some ideas to elongate your harvest season, start to finish. Regardless of where you live, the opportunity for a continual harvest throughout the summer months is within your reach. With a little planning, organization, effort, and patience, you can maximize your garden’s space and output. 1. Know your zone and plant seasonally.
Apr 9, 2014
What’s the Difference Between Multigrain and Whole Grain?
Over the past few months as I’ve traveled to talk about my cookbook and teach cooking classes, I’ve paid close attention to the questions I get most frequently. Many students have mentioned how confusing they find shopping for whole grain products. Food labels don’t necessarily mention what percentage of a bread or prepared food is whole grain, and many use the blanket term “multigrain.
Apr 9, 2014
The IKEA Expedit Bookshelf Makes a Great Kitchen Cubby Storage Solution
Hope and Pete’s recent House Tour on Apartment Therapy is bright, colorful, and full of personality befitting the couple’s “laid-back bohemian aesthetic.” What really caught my attention, though, was their kitchen storage setup. IKEA’s Expedit bookshelf has been around for what seems like ages, but I can’t say I’ve seen it used very much in the kitchen. How is that possible?
Apr 9, 2014
Five 1-Minute Projects That Will Change the Way You Taste Wine
Wine isn’t cheap. In fact, of all the beverages you could choose, it’s often the most expensive. So why not spend five minutes to learn a bit about that liquid in your glass? Here are five 1-minute projects that will teach you quite a lot about how wine tastes and responds to food. Do them one at a time, or all at once, with friends!
Apr 9, 2014
10 DIY Plant Markers For a Spring Garden
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → 10 DIY Plant Markers For a Spring Garden
Apr 9, 2014
Start a Garden Week 2: Building the Raised Bed and Adding the Soil Mix
Last week I showed you my plans for a raised-bed garden. This week, let’s talk about how we built the beds. When we demolished a rotting deck off of the rear of our home two years ago, there were two cedar beams used as railings. Even then, we knew we wanted to use the 4x8x12-foot-long beams to build a raised bed planter, so we stored them away and saved them for a season when we had time to finally get around to planting a garden: This is the year!
Apr 8, 2014
Rye Matzoh and Beyond: 9 Varieties of Matzoh to Suit Every Taste
Matzoh, the flat, unleavened bread eaten during the holiday of Passover, is one of the most distinctive Jewish foods. Made from nothing more than flour (typically wheat, but also barley, spelt, rye, or oat) and water, it represents the simple bread the Israelites took with them when they left slavery in Ancient Egypt. When most people think of matzoh, they envision flat, square crackers dotted with fork prick-like perforations. They also tend to think, “boring.
Apr 8, 2014
5 Container Plants For Tea Lovers
(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux) From Apartment Therapy → 5 Container Plants For Tea Lovers
Apr 8, 2014
A Food Lover’s Guide to Passover
Each spring, Passover arrives on the cusp of spring. Winter’s chill has faded, the days are longer and warmer, and hopeful green buds have started to appear on tree branches. It is the perfect time to celebrate a holiday focused on freedom. Passover, after all, commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from ancient Egypt, and their transition from a life of slavery to one of freedom.
Apr 7, 2014
Kitchen Tip: Double Magnetic Knife Holder
(Image credit: Carrie McBride) From Apartment Therapy → Kitchen Tip: Double Magnetic Knife Holders
Apr 7, 2014
Shopping at the Hippie Store
I’m not sure if this is true in other cities but here in San Francisco, it’s not unusual to encounter a corner bodega that’s devoted to natural foods. These places stock the familiar organic labels, local organic milk and vegetables, and often have a nice selection of wine. Sometimes there’s an odd mix of the organic and conventional bodega fare (bags of Cheetos tucked in with the taro chips, for instance.
Apr 6, 2014
My Spring Project: Start a Garden, Week 1: Kitchen Garden Layout & Seed-Starting
I grew up in a family with a huge garden, which might have something to do with why I haven’t gardened on my own until now. I’m so excited to get back to it, though, with this small kitchen garden of only 4×7-ish feet. The garden will be steps from the back kitchen door and near a small herb bed I started last year with chives, tarragon, sage, thyme and mint. Here’s the plan.
Apr 4, 2014
Rachel & Brian’s Clever Side Cabinet Utensil Storage
Rachel and Brian have three drawers in their West Town, Chicago kitchen, but to avoid a mixed-up, messy utensil drawer, they did something unusual with all their kitchen tools: they hung them on the side of their lower kitchen cabinet! You can see from this wide shot that the couple doesn’t have a lot of backsplash or wall space for hanging utensils, which is why they decided to use the side of the cabinet! Clever and space-saving.
Apr 4, 2014
Colorful Kitchen Cabinets
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Colorful Kitchen Cabinets
Apr 4, 2014
Easy Easter DIY: Use Discarded Eggshells to Make Colorful Tealights
Scrolling through the sea of Pinterest I stumbled upon this simple Easter DIY that needed to be shared –– a colorful eggshell tealight centerpiece! I love how something simple like discarded eggshells can be transformed into something so colorful and fun for spring. These tealights would look beautiful clustered in a group as seen in the tutorial below, but would also look nice individually or as a small group of tealights in a bowl for small gatherings.
Apr 3, 2014
The Right Tea to Drink with a Tuna Fish Sandwich: And More Tea Pairing Tips from Jessie Jacobs of Samovar
Who: Jesse Jacobs Where: Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco, CA The Question: What kind of tea should I drink with my favorite foods? Jesse Jacobs is a passionate, wholehearted tea-lover and the owner of Samovar Tea Lounge, a small chain of four tea cafes located in San Francisco. Samovar is noted for its top of the line tea offerings as well as its innovative pairings of tea and food.
Apr 3, 2014
Renovating a Kitchen? The One Design Tip That’ll Make Your Life Easier
If you’re renovating a kitchen, there are dozens of things to consider: what kind of countertop do you want? Where does the range go? But sometimes in the midst of materials madness, it’s easy to overlook the simple, smart design decisions — the ones that, ultimately, have way more effect on your day-to-day kitchen life than what kind of hardware you choose.
Apr 3, 2014
A Chef at Work: Michelle Marek of Foodlab in Montreal
Where: SAT Foodlab, Montreal, Quebec Who cooks here: Michelle Marek and co-chef Seth Gabrielse Yesterday I gave you a peek inside Montreal chef Michelle Marek’s home kitchen, and today we’re going to visit her restaurant. No, we don’t usually write about restaurants at The Kitchn, but we certainly take inspiration for home cooking from them, and I felt that it would be interesting to talk to Michelle about how home and restaurant cooking differ from one another.
Apr 3, 2014
Inspirational Kitchens With Butcher Block Countertops
From The Kitchn → 20 Beautiful Kitchens With Butcher Block Countertops
Apr 3, 2014
Why You Should Try Cooking Your Quinoa with Less Water
Many recipes for cooking quinoa call for two parts water to one part quinoa, a ratio that was determined by importers when quinoa first started becoming popular in this country. But America’s Test Kitchen has an interesting explanation for why that ratio may no longer work, and why using far less water makes much better quinoa.
Apr 3, 2014
Dan’s Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal!
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Dan’s Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal!
Apr 3, 2014
It Was One of Those Weeks When I Was Too Lazy To Cook
When I sat down to write this Kitchen Diary, I started feeling guilty. I can’t remember cooking anything in the past week! Do you ever have those weeks, when you’re just too lazy or tired or sick to cook? Here’s what I ate: sugar-laden instant oatmeal from my stash of road trip snacks. Two large bags of gluten-free pretzels.
Apr 2, 2014
A Pallet Pot Rack
From The Kitchn → Make It Yourself: A Pallet Pot Rack!
Apr 2, 2014
Are These Brass and Gold Metallic Kitchen Cabinets Glam Enough for You?
Brass in the kitchen is one thing when you’re talking faucets, knobs, or lighting, but check out these three kitchens with all metallic cabinets! The image that started our search for metallic cabinets is from a kitchen designed by Kelly Wearstler. Isn’t it beautiful — and kind of wild? The cabinets above, which we first wrote about here, appear to be made out of hammered metal, which creates a lovely shimmer and reflectivity in this narrow space.
Apr 2, 2014
My Spring Project: Hang My Pots and Pans On the Wall
For Spring Projects month this April, I’m tackling a project that’s been on my to-do list since last fall. My pots and pans take up too much valuable drawer space in my kitchen, so it’s time to get serious about hanging them on the wall! Last fall during The Kitchn Cure I bought a ceiling pot rack with plans to install it over our kitchen island. This idea was soon abandoned over concerns that our rental kitchen ceiling wouldn’t be able to handle the weight.
Apr 1, 2014
A Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder (and Other DIY Home Projects)
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → DIY Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder (and Other DIY Home Projects)
Apr 1, 2014