Kitchn Archive - 2014
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Make the Kitchen Cozy with an Easy Stovetop Potpourri
While my apartment is spacious enough, the kitchen is small and one of the first rooms visitors see when they enter. One of my go-to methods for drawing attention away from the limited space is to put the emphasis on another aspect. Appealing to other senses, whether through the sound of soothing music or the scent of freshly baked cookies, shifts the focus from the size of a space and makes the room more comfortable and welcoming. I am no stranger to small kitchens.
Jan 10, 2014
How I Cut Up Tough Greens
The bounty of summer produce is over, but here in South Carolina we find a lot of greens at the farmers’ market. That’s fine by me, because collards, chard and kale are abundant and I love them. What I don’t love is slicing them. Tearing greens with my bare hands will usually suffice, but there are times when I want strips, and I’ve finally figured out the best way to get them. When I discovered pre-sliced collards, I was thrilled, but I craved chard and kale, too.
Jan 10, 2014
A Genius Tip to Save You Stress in the Kitchen
From The Kitchn → Handy But Hidden: Have You Found the End Locks on Your Wrap Dispensers?
Jan 10, 2014
Tutorial: Make a Rooftop Cutting Board
(Image credit: June Bhongjan) From Apartment Therapy → Tutorial: Make a Rooftop-Shaped Cutting Board
Jan 10, 2014
A Warm & Cozy Amsterdam Kitchen
When asked about their favorite room in their fantastic Amsterdam apartment, Elena and Judd unequivocally said the kitchen: “It’s really the anchor to the house, and with our small but open floor plan it is great to cook and chat at the same time.” This is a lovely little kitchen — just check out that stove! The couple designed and built the kitchen themselves using stock cabinets with custom doors and handles by Wouter Verhoef at Moving Works.
Jan 9, 2014
Fitting a Dining Room Into Small Spaces
(Image credit: Alexis Buryk) From Apartment Therapy → Tips to Fit a Dining Room Into Small Spaces
Jan 9, 2014
What Are Some Meals That I Can Make in a Hotel Room?
Q: I am about to be living in a hotel room for the next two months with access to only a mini-fridge and microwave in my room. I’m not against going out and buying a small slow cooker or something, but I have all of my normal sized appliances in storage for the moment. What can I make to eat using what I have or eating raw? I do not want to depend on a dining facility and eating out for all of my meals! Sent by Sarah Editor: Some of these posts might have some good ideas for you!
Jan 8, 2014
How I Make Burritos to Freeze
My first real job as a teenager was bagging groceries at the local grocery store. It was the first of many food-related jobs for which I’m truly thankful. Not only did I learn the proper way to place cans in a paper sack, I also encountered a number of ingredients and foods I’d never heard of. This was the late 80s in Los Angeles County; you’d think that we were really cosmopolitan back then, but we weren’t.
Jan 8, 2014
Join Apartment Therapy’s January Cure!
(Image credit: Pablo Enriquez) From Apartment Therapy → Join Apartment Therapy’s 2014 January Cure!
Jan 8, 2014
Tips for Taking Better Care of Your Nonstick Cookware
I’ll admit I was clueless about nonstick cookware. I bought a brand-new nonstick skillet, with the intention of making eggs, and after a few months I found the eggs were already sticking to the surface of the pan. I had always sprayed it with a short blast of cooking spray and cooked at moderate heat: What gives? Oh, cooking spray is pretty much the worst lubricant for nonstick pans? It was news to me.
Jan 7, 2014
Winter Recipe: Caramelized White Chocolate “Hot Chocolate”
By now, we’ve all met our quota of eggnog, peppermint, and pumpkin-spice inspired hot chocolate (not to mention a lifetime supply of plain cocoa), but we still need something sweet to warm us up on a wintery night. I’ve got a soft spot for white hot chocolate, which is as comforting as a glass of hot milk can be, but equally snooze-inducing. To mix things up, I decided to caramelize the white chocolate beforehand.
Jan 7, 2014
Cecilia’s Sleek High-Design Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Cecilia, her husband and her two children Where: Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City Rent or Own? Own Cecilia has tremendous enthusiasm for life, art, design and food, and her home is a testament to this. Her kitchen is incredibly sleek and blends in so much with the design of her home, that you might not even know it’s a kitchen when you first see it. Nothing would make Cecilia happier.
Jan 7, 2014
How I Create Make-Ahead Baking Mixes
Commercial baking mixes are pretty mainstream these days. What was once a novelty for our grandmothers is common place today. Some folks can’t dream of making pancakes or muffins without a box. I myself once thought that was baking “from scratch.” Unfortunately, despite their convenience, these boxed mixes contain dubious ingredients and often lack substance or flavor.
Jan 7, 2014
Why I Don’t Need a Rice Cooker: Carolina Plantation Aromatic Rice Is Foolproof
I’m a member of a Facebook group where people share what they’re making in the kitchen: the trials, the tribulations, the recipes. It’s a fun group, and most of the cooks are southern like me. Recently, a member posted this, “I made really good rice!!!!!!! yeah 2014.” I responded to the post, asking what brand she used, prepared to hear about her amazing rice cooker. Her answer surprised me, though it shouldn’t have.
Jan 7, 2014
Grocery Shopping with Michelangelo
Jan 7, 2014
8 Tips for a Better Life at Home This Year
(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux) From Apartment Therapy → 8 Tips for a Better Life at Home this Year
Jan 7, 2014
Recipe: Grapefruit Honey Ginger Soda
Though it may be chilly outside, I think the beginning of the year is an excellent time for a glass of homemade grapefruit ginger soda. I came up with this recipe when my partner swore off commercial soda, and after months of holiday indulgence, the light and tangy fizz is most welcome. The soda is sweetened with honey, not sugar, and the ginger provides a note of warmth for winter. This recipe is for a syrup that you can mix with carbonated water (store-bought or homemade).
Jan 6, 2014
The Art and Craft of Frozen Dinner Kits
Folks’ thoughts turn to casseroles when they think of frozen meals. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good casserole, but you do your freezer and yourself a disservice if you limit your options to lasagnas, enchiladas, and noodle bakes, as good as they may be. With six children ranging in age, personality, and culinary maturity, I’ve found that I need to think outside the 9×13-inch baking dish if I’m going to put a meal on the table that we’ll all enjoy.
Jan 6, 2014
Help Me Get Over My Fear of the Broiler!
Q: One of my resolutions for the New Year is to conquer my fear of the broiler in the old gas oven in my rental. It is the kind that is a drawer at the bottom of the oven. I love cooking and there aren’t many things I am afraid of, but I just haven’t been able to work up the nerve to do this. It looks so tight in there! Do you have any suggestions or tips?
Jan 6, 2014
What IS This? Addressing Kitchen Mysteries
From The Kitchn → What Is This?
Jan 6, 2014
Apartment Therapy’s Favorite 2013 Dining Rooms
(Image credit: Alexis Buryk) From Apartment Therapy → Apartment Therapy’s Favorite 2013 Dining Rooms
Jan 6, 2014
The Top 10 Things You Wanted to Cook & Eat in 2013
We love looking back over the past year, and as we wrap up our review today, it’s time to look at the top things you wanted to cook, eat, and talk about in 2013. Let me give you a little hint: many of them are the essentials, the everyday basics. (It was the year of the pork chops and baked potatoes around here, let me just say.) But many of you were branching out, too — making kimchi for the first time, experimenting with green juices.
Jan 3, 2014
10 Things You Loved in December
What did you want to cook, eat, and read about through the months of 2013? We always find it instructive and entertaining to look back over the past year and see what you loved. In December (not so long ago!), you were really into the homemade gift recipes, like DIY limoncello, savory dog treats, and cranberry cake for the holiday table. We showed you an easy, impressive way to ice Christmas cookies, and 10 classic kitchen tools every cook should have (but may not).
Jan 3, 2014
10 Travel Tips for Cooking & Eating Well While Away From Home
Whether you’re cooking in an ill-equipped vacation rental, battling your parents’ dull knives, or just itching for an impromptu picnic, you know that preparing meals outside the familiar confines of your own kitchen can be a challenge. This year we shared a number of tips to make cooking and eating well a little easier while you’re away from home, from expert advice for traveling with cheese to the ten things you should always pack to make cooking on vacation easier.
Jan 2, 2014