Kitchn Archive - 2014
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5 Ways to Quickly Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is
(Image credit: Lydia Brotherton) From Apartment Therapy → 5 Tips: How To Quickly Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is Company showing up in just a few minutes? Here are a few tips and tricks to make your house presentable in a short amount of time so that you’re guest-worthy.
Dec 15, 2014
The Secret of Beautifully Decorated Cookies Is a Cheap Squeeze Bottle
I don’t know about you, but decorating cookies is not my strong point. Those glazed and gilded holiday cookies seem to require so much technical skill — I’m a baker, darn it, not a painter! But then I discovered an easier way: the lowly and inexpensive plastic squeeze bottle. It’s your secret weapon for gorgeous cookies.
Dec 15, 2014
5 Reasons Why You Should Deep-Fry Outside
Let’s face it — deep-frying, or even shallow-frying, food is a pain, even if the results are delicious. Oil splatters everywhere, your kitchen gets hot, and sometimes that greasy oil smell can linger in your kitchen and house for days and days. Who wants to smell like fried fish or latkes? Nobody. An easy solution? Take the frying outside. Here are five reasons why you should take frying to the great outdoors. It’s just as easy as frying indoors.
Dec 15, 2014
The 9 Best Updates You Can Do to a Rental Kitchen
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → The 9 Best Kitchen Updates You CAN Do (When You Can’t Renovate Your Rental)
Dec 15, 2014
Eggnog Caramels?! This All-Caramel Cookbook Tells Us How
The book: Artisan Caramels by Sandy Arevalo The angle: All caramels, all the time. Go get yourself a pan. Recipes for right now: Pumpkin Pie Caramels, Hot Chocolate Caramels, Tiramisu Caramels, Stout and Pretzel Caramels, Eggnog Caramels, French Toast Caramels with Bacon, Cinnamon Roll Caramels Who would enjoy this book? Caramel lovers.
Dec 12, 2014
The Prettiest Way to Serve Olives at a Party: On a Bed of Rosemary!
Olives — stuffed or wrapped in cheddar — are a foolproof appetizer. They’re the perfect nibble for a small party plate, and easy to serve up in a little bowl. As such, they aren’t usually granted centerpiece status, but that’s about to change. Say hello to the olive wreath! Amazing how olives go from ho-hum status to something really beautiful just by arranging them in a circle on a bed of rosemary.
Dec 12, 2014
10 Little Kitchen Luxuries Under $35
Dec 12, 2014
21 Unique & Stylish Dining Chairs
Dec 12, 2014
Why Taco Bowls Are Quickly Becoming My New Best Friends
Is it just me or do the holidays tend to hit with all the speed and subtlety of a freight train? I love this time of year, but it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed. I find myself trying to wrangle everything on my gifting list, getting enthusiastically ambitious with my DIY projects, and performing my normal human day job all while trying to celebrate the merriment of the season with friends and family (near and far).
Dec 11, 2014
Is Sifting Flour for Baked Goods Really Necessary?
I’ll confess that while I do own a flour sifter, it usually stays in the back of one of my kitchen drawers, unused. Recipe instructions for baked goods can be all over the map when it comes to sifting — some insist that you sift multiple times, while some don’t have you do it at all. Is the process of sifting really necessary?
Dec 11, 2014
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Recipe: Crunchy Chicken Salad with Grape-Nuts and Cranberries
A perfect chicken salad is a thoughtful balance of flavors and textures, with just the right mix of soft and crisp, savory and sweet. This festive cold-weather recipe is the perfect combination of ingredients, with cranberries and apples for pretty color and Grape-Nuts cereal for plenty of whole grain crunch. This stunner is destined to be a showpiece at your next holiday brunch!
Dec 11, 2014
Gifts to Oufit a Gorgeous Home Bar
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Gifts for a Glamorous Home Bar
Dec 11, 2014
Maker Talk Quick Clip: The Art of Entertaining
(Image credit: Andrew Forcier) From Apartment Therapy → Maker Talk Video: The Art of Entertaining
Dec 11, 2014
How Many Sides Does a Meatball Have, Anyway?
Q: Now that winter is upon us, and I foresee many hearty meatballs in the weekly repertoire, I’d like to ask a seemingly obvious question: When instructions say to brown meatballs “X minutes per side,” how many sides should be done? Two or four? Would it differ based on the size of the meatball (four for larger ones)? I’d love to know what everyone’s go-to is, as this instruction is very common but rarely gives specifics.
Dec 10, 2014
Here’s Nearly Everything You Need to Know About Chocolate
Chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl,” which means bitter water. Luckily, the chocolate we now know and love is a far cry from the unsweetened drink the Aztecs used to imbibe. Chocolate is craveable, comforting — and confusing. All the different percentages and labels, like milk, dark, and white chocolate — what do they mean? Let’s take a deep dive into the world of chocolate production and all the kinds of chocolate out there.
Dec 10, 2014
Recipe: Syrian Herb and Meat Latkes (Ijeh B’Lahmeh)
In my recent interview with cookbook author and magazine editor, Janna Gur, she described a recipe so delicious that I just had to share it. The recipe is for Syrian herb and meat latkes, called ijeh b’lahmeh. They’re shaped into patties, bound with eggs, and fried in oil just like Hanukkah latkes. But instead of the grated potato most of us are used to, these latkes are made with ground beef and a delightful mess of chopped mint, parsley, cilantro, and scallions.
Dec 10, 2014
Exploring Bottle No. 10: Campari
In the column this month, we’re musing about what would become of your cocktail repertoire if you were to inch our self-imposed bottle limit up one notch, into the double digits. Absinthe, as we discovered last week, appears in many a classic cocktail, and thus brings a lot to the liquor cabinet. But when it comes to mingling (with other liquors), can absinthe compete with a vivacious Italian, dressed in stunning red?
Dec 10, 2014
Maker Talk Quick Clip: Take Yourself Back To Childhood
(Image credit: Andrew Forcier) From Apartment Therapy → Maker Talk Video: Take Yourself Back To Childhood
Dec 10, 2014
10 Tips for Better Meal Planning During the Holidays
Meal planning is such a great tool to help you shop smarter, cook smarter, eat smarter, and even spend less on groceries. But even in the best of times, it can be tough to stay on top of keeping it organized. Now add the busy holiday season to the mix, and all of a sudden keeping your meal plan on track is a whole lot harder. We want to help you stick with it, so we’re sharing 10 tips to keep your meal planning going strong during the holiday season.
Dec 10, 2014
8 Small, Easy Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen for the Holidays
Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year — a time for making holiday wreaths, homemade edible gifts, and Christmas cookies, of course! So why not take a little time to make your kitchen look as festive as it smells? Here are eight small, easy ways to spruce up your kitchen for the season. Gingerbread garland, via Donna Hay: How cute is this? Donna Hay provides a recipe and tutorial for this garland, so you can hang these little men anywhere in your kitchen.
Dec 10, 2014
Maxwell’s Top 2014 Flatware Picks
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Maxwell’s Top Flatware Picks: Very High to Very Low Don’t forget that your flatware can express who you are, so if you’re in the market to change up how your dinner table looks, check out Maxwell’s picks!
Dec 9, 2014
7 Questions for Janna Gur, Author of Jewish Soul Food
With Hanukkah around the corner and Christmas coming soon, holiday cookbook season is in full swing. Among the piles of recently published, glossy tomes, the book I’m most excited about is Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh by Janna Gur. Gur is the longtime editor of Al Hashulchan, a popular food publication in Israel.
Dec 9, 2014
10 Stylish Black Kitchens
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → For Your Inspiration: 10 Beautiful Black Kitchens
Dec 9, 2014
Real-Life Owner Reviews of IKEA Kitchen Cabinets
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From Apartment Therapy → IKEA Kitchen Cabinets: Pros, Cons & Real Life Owner Reviews About to renovate and considering IKEA kitchen cabinets? Apartment Therapy’s gathered reviews from their readers and compiled them into one report so that you’ll be well-informed when you make your decision.
Dec 8, 2014
Maker Talk Quick Clip: Jung’s Not-So-Secret Secret
(Image credit: Andrew Forcier) From Apartment Therapy → Maker Talk Video: Jung’s Not-So-Secret Secret
Dec 8, 2014
Maker Talk Quick Clip: Get Close To Your Guests!
(Image credit: Andrew Forcier) From Apartment Therapy → Maker Talk Video: Get Close To Your Guests!
Dec 8, 2014
Here’s Why Delicata Squash Is the Cool Vegetable in Town
I’ve been noticing recipes starring Delicata squash infiltrating Pinterest, Foodgawker, and numerous food sites and blogs. Each time I see a photo featuring this trendy ingredient, it’s painfully obvious why it’s rising in popularity: It’s gorgeous! When cut into long segments, the squash looks like delicate orange lace on a dinner plate. Delicata has softer skin than its rival butternut squash, so it’s easy to all your winer salad, side dish, and curry recipes.
Dec 8, 2014
Quickly Clean a Microwave
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin) From Apartment Therapy → How To (Steam!) Clean a Microwave Quickly & Easily
Dec 8, 2014
Waiting for the Bus
I heard a wonderful story on WNYC’s Radiolab the other day. It was about how Alzheimer’s patients who live in nursing homes can sometimes get disorientated and agitated. They want to leave the nursing facility and go ‘home’ — occasionally, home can even mean the home of their childhood. This is a very stressful situation and can lead to the patient being locked behind closed doors in order to keep them from wandering off and getting lost, or worse.
Dec 7, 2014
What to Put in a Used Furniture Cleaning Kit
(Image credit: Lydia Brotherton) From Apartment Therapy → The Ultimate Used Furniture Cleaning Kit If you’re headed to a flea market or antique fair, it’s worth putting together this used furniture cleaning kit so that you’re ready to clean off the grime and spiff up your new purchases!
Dec 5, 2014
5 Ways to Make a Holiday Wreath
I’m a bit obsessed with holiday wreaths at the moment, particularly because there are so many beautiful ways to make one. Have you ever tried it? My favorite designs are those that weave in herbs and seasonal fruit. Practical and pretty? Sign me up! Here are five of my favorites. Clementines, eucalyptus, and baby squash, via Style Me Pretty: We adore how Molly of En Fleur Event Design uses clementines and baby squash in her holiday wreath.
Dec 5, 2014
How Do I Clean the Stains Off My Nonstick Baking Sheets?
Q: I received some of those great nonstick baking sheets for our wedding last year: Three of the “gold” kind from Williams Sonoma and one large one from Sur la Table. I was repeatedly assured by friends they were “the best,” and they have been. But now they have all started to get orange-colored stains. I cannot seem to get them off with regular sink washing and elbow grease.
Dec 5, 2014
5 Unique and Chic Ways to Fold a Linen Napkin
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → The Well-Dressed Table: 5 Ways to Fold a Linen Napkin
Dec 5, 2014
Polish Silver With Aluminum Foil & Baking Soda
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin) From Apartment Therapy → How To Polish Silver With Aluminum Foil & Baking Soda Think you need to buy actual silver polish? Think again! With just a few pantry ingredients, you can make your silver beautiful and shiny again!
Dec 4, 2014
Here’s What a $5,000 Sink Looks Like
Warning: do not fall in love with this sink unless you have a cool five grand burning a hole in your pocket. Whoever decided to take “everything but the kitchen sink” clearly did not own this sink, because leaving this sink behind anywhere would just be wrong. So, so wrong. Who makes this beauty, you’re wondering?
Dec 4, 2014
On Drinking Coffee Vietnamese-Style in Da Lat, Vietnam
Here’s an understatement: I love coffee. Hot, cold, milky, black — just no sugar, please. Whenever I travel to a new place and learn bits of a new language, I know my priorities: the first word I learn is “hello” and the second is “coffee.” Dutch? Koffie. French? Café. Arabic? قهوة (pronounced qah-huah). And in Vietnamese, it’s cà phê. I’m a little shaky on the pronunciation, but I’m getting by so far.
Dec 4, 2014
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Secret Holiday Weapon: Sister Schubert’s Sausage Rolls
The holidays often bring a revolving door of overnight guests and unexpected visitors, and a Southern hostess knows you can never be too prepared. That’s why Sister Schubert’s Sausage Rolls are a mainstay in my entertaining arsenal — they are always ready at a moment’s notice, be it an impromptu party or an early morning arrival. In fact, Christmas isn’t Christmas at the Dozier’s without a basket of these heavenly pigs-in-a-blanket.
Dec 4, 2014
What’s the Sticky Residue on My Cast Iron & How Do I Get Rid of It?
Q: I attempted to re-season my cast iron pans. I washed and dried them, and then I put Crisco shortening on the inside and out. I put them, upside down, in my preheated oven at 350°F for one hour. I turned the oven off and let them cool. When they had cooled completely, they had this very sticky, gummy coating all over them. I can’t get it off. What can I do to correct this and what did I do wrong?
Dec 4, 2014
An Easy and Effective Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From Apartment Therapy → The Crazy Easy (and Effective!) Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
Dec 4, 2014
5 Ways to Become More Confident in the Kitchen
Outside of skill, money, and time, I find that confidence is the biggest barrier between new cooks and putting dinner on the table. Confidence in cooking is more than just having the right equipment and necessary ingredients for a recipe. What are the steps you can take to trusting yourself in the kitchen? The obvious answer to gain confidence at anything is just to do it more, but I’ve never found that advice particularly encouraging or helpful.
Dec 3, 2014
Exploring Bottle No. 10: Absinthe
With last month’s coverage of aromatic bitters in the books, we’ve explored all nine bottles that make up the small-yet-mighty 9-Bottle Bar — putting us now into extra innings. During the final weeks of the year, we’ll look into a few optional bottle No. 10s and explore how they would further round out your home bar. First up: Absinthe, a centuries-old spirit with a complicated past that plays a part in numerous classic cocktails.
Dec 3, 2014
Everything You Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask) About Coffee from Weasels
Who: Me Linh Coffee Garden What: Coffee and weasel coffee Where: Da Lat, Vietnam Weasel coffee, kopi luwak, ca phe chon. Whatever you call it, let’s not mince words: we’re talking about brewed poop, coffee that travels through an Asian palm civet’s digestive tract and then into your mug, for the price of up to $700 per kilogram.
Dec 3, 2014
5 Renter-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Instant Improvements: Easy Renter-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades
Dec 3, 2014
We Asked 6 Baking Experts Whether Pure Vanilla Is Worth It
As you ready your pantry for holiday baking, you’ve got a choice to make — splurge on fragrant, yet pricey pure vanilla extract, or stick with less expensive imitation vanilla extract. Is there really a difference between the two? And is pure vanilla really worth its higher price tag?
Dec 2, 2014
Why You Should Clean Out Your Freezer in the Winter
Thanksgiving may be over, but the holiday baking season has just begun. If you haven’t already, now is the time to clean out your freezer to free up space for cookie dough logs and all the soups you’re planning to make with that turkey stock. (I’ve got my eye on this one.) But besides making space for holiday cooking, there’s another good reason to clean out the freezer this time of year. You can put all the frozen stuff outside while you clean. It’s pretty simple.
Dec 2, 2014