Why You Don’t Need a Grill to Make the Perfect Burger
I know that the beginning of summer is agony to those of you who love to grill but lack the outdoor space for a (legal) spot to cook your food over an open flame. You’re left with the dubious prospect of grill pans in hot kitchens. Can this really give you your grilled food fix? In the case of hamburgers, yes. In fact, you shouldn’t ever be cooking your burgers over an open flame. Here’s why. Did you read the article in the Times last week about the perfect burger?
Jun 30, 2014
5 Homemade Hot Dog Condiments
Serving hot dogs with the ubiquitous red and yellow squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard is no doubt the easiest choice. But since you’re probably not making the hot dogs from scratch, why not channel your energies into making your own condiments instead? Making your own condiments make take a little bit more time, but the effort is worth it when you add another dimension of flavor or texture to your hot dogs.
Jun 30, 2014
Summer Treat: Dark Chocolate Ice Cubes for Cold Drinks
Dark chocolate ice cubes are a great way to sneak some chocolate into your hot weather routine. These beauties would be perfect as a addition to your afternoon iced coffee or plunked into a glass of cold milk. Add them to chocolate milk if you want to get really crazy. The kicker? These ice cubes are so easy to make! You only need three ingredients: cocoa, water, and agave. These would also make for a totally acceptable summer snack if you’d rather not add them to your drink.
Jun 30, 2014
Not in the Mood
The thing about eating is that it has to happen, no matter how you’re feeling at the moment about cooking. A busy day, a nasty cold, or plain old just not being in the mood can all keep us away from the chopping board and stove. But hunger is a strong imperative: a growling belly and plummeting blood sugar can only be put off for so long. Modern life has addressed this dilemma with ferocious efficiency and now we’ve got (blessing or curse?
Jun 29, 2014
Get to Know Your Farmers: Katie Baldwin & Amanda Merrow of Amber Waves Farm
It’s my first day at Amber Waves Farm, getting to know the lay of the land and the two impressive young women who envisioned this unique farm on the far East End of Long Island: Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow.
Jun 28, 2014
6 Cute Outdoor DIY Projects
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → 6 Cute Outdoor DIY Projects “Looking for a little craftiness to tackle this weekend? We’ve got a handful of projects that could easily work well in or outside the home.”
Jun 27, 2014
French Artist Sandrine Follère on How Art & Cooking Are Alike
This week I shared a peek into the Toulouse kitchen of Sandrine Follère, a French painter and sculptor, who welcomed me into her home with a beautiful and improvised lunch that capitalized on the delicious ingredients that the south of France offers. As Sandrine is an accomplished and experienced artist, I was curious how her art affects her cooking, and vice versa. I asked her about this and here’s what she said.
Jun 27, 2014
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Energy Bars, Magic Summer Sauce, Whole Wheat Banana Bread, Grilled Packet Potatoes & Caramel Coffee Syrup
I hope you’ve got plans to be in the kitchen this weekend, because we have many new recipes for you to try at home. It’s fun that a good chunk of the recipes this week were requested for Reader Request Week, including a whole wheat banana bread, caramel coffee syrup, and a tasty treat for your dog – oh my!
Jun 27, 2014
5 Fresh Herbs to Try This Summer
I don’t know about you, but during the summer I find myself mixing fresh herbs into just about everything. They’re more or less available year around, but there’s something about using them in the summertime that just feels, well, right. They make meals feel fresher, lighter and all around tastier. This summer, go beyond basil and mint and branch out into some herbs that perhaps aren’t used as often. Here are my five favorites.
Jun 27, 2014
5 Sweet Ways to Bake with Tea
Did you know that tea leaves can actually go bad? Depending on the type, tea has essential oils in it that can go rancid if it’s sat around for too long. Don’t let it get to that point, bake up some of these tea-infused treats and serve them with your next afternoon cup instead! Teas are essentially no different than spices – they’re dried, concentrated bits of flavor.
Jun 27, 2014
The Best Ways to Pack Sandwiches
Everyone’s packed a sandwich before, so is there really a best way to do it? Depending on the sandwich, there probably is if you want to keep it from getting soggy or falling apart as it travels. While it’s certainly not rocket science, here are a couple of guiding principles that will avert possible sandwich disasters. Before we even get to packing sandwiches, we’ve got to talk about the sandwich choice itself.
Jun 27, 2014
How To Choose Paint Colors with Confidence
(Image credit: CandyBox Images) shutterstock From Apartment Therapy → How To Choose Paint Colors with Confidence
Jun 27, 2014
Keep the Oven Off! 15 Great Meals to Cook on the Grill
If the thought of turning on your oven this summer makes you cringe, head outside and fire up the grill instead. From salad to seafood, must-have juicy burgers and rotisserie chicken, even pizza and dessert, here’s 15 delicious dinners (and desserts!) you’ve got to try this summer.
Jun 26, 2014
Tkemali Is My New Ketchup
I don’t travel as much as I’d like to, but in a small way I explore the world through my city’s endless array of international grocery stores. Which is how I found myself in a hole-in-the-wall Russian market the other day. Hardly anything was in English, but I asked the owner for tips and picked out a few foods to try. My favorite discovery from this little adventure? Tkemali.
Jun 26, 2014
The Role of Rum in Early America
In the year 1770 — the same year as the infamous Boston Massacre — the colonies that would soon coalesce through revolution, violence, and democracy into the United States were also home to more than 140 rum distilleries. These operations, many of which were based in New England, produced an estimated 4.8 million gallons of rum per year. Rum was a very big deal in early America; here’s a closer look.
Jun 26, 2014
The Easy Way to Replace the Power Cord on a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
From Apartment Therapy → The Easy Way to Replace the Power Cord on a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Jun 26, 2014
Disguise a Kitchen Soffit Like This
Jun 25, 2014
Colorful Chairs in the Dining Room
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Colorful Chairs in the Dining Room “If your current dining space is a bit blah and you find that you keep pinning chairs on Pinterest, try out this clever design idea…”
Jun 25, 2014
In a Grilling Slump? 5 Surprising Foods You Should Grill Now
It can be pretty easy to fall into a rut on the grill. After all, burgers, steaks, and the standard veggie-on-a-stick kabobs are all very delicious. As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right? Well, maybe you don’t need to fix it, but you might need to change it up. If you’re in a grilling slump and sick of hot dogs, check out these five creative things to make on the grill.
Jun 25, 2014
Berried Out? 5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Berries
Got a little carried away at the U-pick farm and now buried in berries, like this reader yesterday? Maybe you took advantage of the farmers market deal and bought three baskets instead of just one? Preserve or use up the surplus in a variety of ways, from hearty salads to tart-sweet syrups. 1. Freezing. Wash and dry the berries. Trim, then freeze them whole or in pieces in a single layer until solid.
Jun 25, 2014
10 Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Cleaner While You Cook
I can hear my husband laughing from all the way across town as I write this post. As a cook, I am anything but neat; he calls me the “full-contact chef.” A typical afternoon of cooking will involve grease splatters, crumbs on the floor, and a pile of dishes. Imagine me as the Tasmanian Devil, but with a cloud of flour instead of a tornado. But I’m trying to mend my ways and make things a little easier for myself (and my husband, the dishwasher).
Jun 24, 2014
We Investigate: Coffee in Sweden
Jun 24, 2014
Beyond Soups & Smoothies: 5 More Ways to Use Your Stick Blender
I reach for the stick blender to make quick work of blending a big pot of soup, and it’s also great for the morning on-the-go smoothie since I can blend it right in the cup. But beyond these two tasks, what else can stick blenders do? An immersion or stick blender is a handy, inexpensive appliance that can often take the place of a food processor or regular blender.
Jun 24, 2014
The Best Ways to Store Your Flour
Jun 23, 2014
How Do I Scale a Recipe Down to Serve Two?
Q: I am single and often look for ways to successfully and reliably scale down recipes I want to try to serve 2. I was so happy to to see the cooking for two cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen and I quickly purchased it. So far, I love it. However, my burning question is: for the rest of the recipes I want to try from other sites and magazines or cookbooks, how can I scale down the recipe to work for me?
Jun 23, 2014
What Was Your Game-Changer of a Cooking Discovery?
It’s Reader Request Week at The Kitchn, and we’re covering as many of your requests as possible (see all of them here)! But we’re not the only ones with answers — you have a lot to share too, and today I would love your help with one reader’s question: What was your game-changer cooking discovery? You know, the one that changed the way you cook, or that you just had to tell everyone about?
Jun 23, 2014
Dark Blue Dining Rooms
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Dark Blue Dining Rooms
Jun 23, 2014
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice, from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), the so-called longest day of the year. It’s the time to celebrate the sun and summertime and all that it offers: sticky, prodigious watermelons, velvety stone fruit, resolute zucchinis and bold, Rabelaisian tomatoes. Fireflies and fireworks and fire escapes.
Jun 22, 2014
A DIY Wedding Reception for 200
Jun 22, 2014
5 Shopping Tips for DIY Wedding Receptions and Other Big Parties
Here’s the last installment of the DIY wedding reception series I’ve been sharing with you this week (you can see all the posts here). Shopping for a big event like a wedding reception is not like a normal grocery run, and there are a few tips I’ve picked up to make it a little easier. These tips can be helpful for a range of parties, too — whether you’re cooking for 50 at a graduation barbecue, or 200 at a wedding reception.
Jun 20, 2014
10 LED Under-Cabinet Lights
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → 10 LED Under-Cabinet Lights “For under-cabinet lights, fluorescent, halogen and xenon are all popular choices, but if you are looking to go the energy saving route, check out these LED options below:”
Jun 20, 2014
A DIY Wedding Reception for 200: 3 Things I Would Do Differently
No matter how well-planned or orchestrated a party is, there is probably something you feel you could have done better. That was certainly the case at the wedding that I catered last month for my friends (see all the posts about it here). So, in the interest of sharing, learning, and minor embarrassment on my part, let’s take a look at the three things I probably should have done differently.
Jun 20, 2014
A Few Simple Yet Dramatic Changes For a Rental Kitchen
Kerra’s tiny Washington, D.C. kitchen was “the worst room in the apartment” before she made a few simple DIY changes — and now it’s the room she’s most proud of! Here’s what she did: Kerra took the doors off the cabinets, painted the walls and cabinet interiors in Rustoleum black chalkboard paint, and covered the refrigerator with contact paper.
Jun 20, 2014
Check Out This Pantry Hidden Behind a Sliding Barn Door!
(Image credit: Lindsay Tella) From Apartment Therapy → Check Out This Pantry Hidden Behind a Sliding Barn Door!
Jun 20, 2014
Try a Pastry Tip to Pit Your Summer Cherries
From The Kitchn → No Cherry Pitter?
Jun 19, 2014
Go Beyond Kabobs with More Uses for Your Wooden (and Metal) Skewers!
Somehow I’ve managed to accumulate no less than 100 wooden skewers. Or, perhaps the count is closer to 200. Either way there’s a lot. And that’s in addition to my collection of metal skewers. Every summer I seem to forget I’m well stocked in this area, and pick up a new package of skewers the very second grilling season begins. If you, like me, are well-stocked with skewers, here are some creative ideas for putting them to use this summer.
Jun 19, 2014
6 Household Rules That Finally Make Sense
(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell) From Apartment Therapy → 6 Household Rules That Finally Make Sense “Here are six seemingly arbitrary household rules that drove you nuts when you were a kid, but make so much more sense today…”
Jun 19, 2014
5 Tips for Setting Up a Great Buffet
If you’re throwing a big party or an event, like the wedding reception I’ve been sharing with you this week (see all the posts here), chances are good that you’ll be setting up a buffet. Ah the buffet — so convenient and yet prone to common shortcomings. A few simple tips, though, will help you avoid pitfalls and take your buffet from good to great. Here are my essential tips for a quality buffet line.
Jun 19, 2014
If You Love Seafood, You Should See This Market Tour of Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
I’m convinced that Cat Ba Island, off the northeastern coast of Vietnam, is the most beautiful place in the world. It has stunning views of Vietnam’s famous Ha Long Bay and its limestone karsts, richly diverse natural ecosystems, and friendly, welcoming people. It was a much-needed break from the traffic and pollution of Hanoi — even more so after the four buses and a boat it took to get to the island.
Jun 19, 2014
You Could Win The Summer Entertaining iPad Sweepstakes
From The Kitchn → Enter Now To Win!
Jun 19, 2014
A La Mode! 5 Desserts That Are Even Better with Ice Cream
If I’ve already made the decision to have dessert, then the question of whether or not to have it a la mode is a no-brainer. Yes, please! There’s something about ice cream that makes each sweet bite that much better. Here are five desserts beyond the traditional apple pie a la mode that are begging to be topped with a scoop of ice cream.
Jun 19, 2014
Essentials for a Summer Picnic
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Essentials for a Summer Picnic
Jun 19, 2014
If You Like Rum, You Need to Meet Its Two Handsome Cousins
With the start of the 2014 World Cup last week, Brazil has the attention of the entire globe. So it’s an ideal moment for The 9-Bottle Bar to be covering a couple of the closest relatives to what we think of as mainstream, conventional rum — that is, the spirit distilled from fermented molasses. The first is rhum agricole, hailing predominantly from Martinique; the second is cachaça, the national spirit of Brazil.
Jun 18, 2014
So, I Just Went to Wegmans for the Very First Time.
The first time I heard of Wegmans, someone — a friend, a college roommate — mentioned it in a group conversation, and the reaction went something like this: “Oh my gosh, I love that store! It’s the greatest grocery store ever. Seriously. Best. Store. Ever.” Suddenly I felt like we’d just spotted Brad Pitt: voices got shrill, heart rates sped up. Words like love and amazing and can’t live without it flew around the group.
Jun 18, 2014