10 Ways Your Freezer Can Make Everyday Cooking Easier
Your freezer isn’t just for ice cream and that half-empty bottle of vodka — it can actually be a tool to help you streamline your everyday cooking routine and make life easier on yourself. Follow these 10 tips for stocking your freezer, and you’ll stress less about meal time. Organize your freezer: First you need to make sure your freezer is organized to get the most out of it — or rather into it.
Dec 31, 2015
A Bloody Mary Burger to Cure Tomorrow’s Hangover
If you’re planning on hitting the bubbly hard tonight, do yourself a favor and grab all the ingredients for this Bloody Mary burger today. You’ll be so glad you did when you wake up tomorrow (at noon, no doubt) craving something indulgent to ease your hangover symptoms. Making this Bloody Mary burger takes a bit of effort, but it sure beats having to get dressed, drive to the nearest greasy spoon, and interact with people in your delicate state.
Dec 31, 2015
Our Favorite Stories of the Year
While most of the time we’re focused on recipes and tips to get a better dinner on the table, we also appreciate the fact that food is one of the most important and emotional parts of our lives. There are food stories — the good, the bad, and the ugly — to share. These are the best long reads on our site this year, conveniently located in one place so you can dive deep.
Dec 30, 2015
The Easiest Appetizer for Your New Year’s Eve Party
Now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to switch gears and focus our attention on the next holiday: New Year’s Eve! If you’re throwing a party this year, or have been asked to bring a dish to a party, it doesn’t get much easier than this baked camembert with fresh thyme and pomegranate seeds. Seriously, this is the simplest “recipe” ever. All you do is cut the rind off the top of a round of camembert and put it back in the circular box it came in.
Dec 28, 2015
Recipe: Coconut & Rainbow Chard Baked Sweet Potato
Sometimes my only ask of a recipe is that it tastes good, looks good, and makes me feel good. That can feel like a steep ask, especially in this age of “quick and easy cooking.” But then I put together a recipe like this one and I’m reminded how often those things sort themselves out when you have an honest pantry to pull from. For me, an honest pantry contains ingredients that I actually want to cook and eat.
Dec 24, 2015
Bet You Can’t Just Eat One Bite of This Sweet & Salty Snack
Preparing for the holidays can take a lot out of you. It’s wise to have a snack on hand to fuel you through all the shopping, wrapping, baking, and traveling. This “trail mix on steroids,” as blogger Gaby Dalkin affectionately refers to it, is just what you need. The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to throw together.
Dec 24, 2015
Why Fruitcake Is One of the First True Global Recipes
When my partner and I decided to run away to Scotland to get married, we thought nothing could be more romantic. Bagpipes, whisky, and local venison for an intimate wedding party of four. And then came the delicious sweet finale, that symbol of riches and good fortune served at every British wedding: the fruitcake.
Dec 23, 2015
Recipe: Baked Potato Shakshuka
Family-style dining is one of my favorite ways to share a meal with people. It’s the ultimate ice-breaker. Once someone makes the leap and digs in first, the meal — whether comprised of family, friends, or soon-to-be friends — is instantly invigorated with a sense of sharing and conviviality. And then there are the meals when you just want the food that’s on your plate. Baked potatoes, by their very nature, get you there.
Dec 23, 2015
10 Food Science Lessons Worth Learning
Much of what goes on in your kitchen is actually more science than art. From baking to braising, knowing the why behind the technique can help you be more confident in the kitchen. Here are a few lessons we learned this year that will help you be a more confident and informed cook. We bake at 350°F for a reason: It might not be the best reason, but there is a precedent for it. Learn when to deviate from the most common temperature.
Dec 23, 2015
Why Eating Egg Rolls Will Always Feel Like Christmas to Me
A Jewish family of four sharing a plate of sesame chicken on Christmas Day: It’s a holiday tradition for so many of this country’s 5 million Jews. Indeed, it was a tradition throughout my own childhood. Every year — without fail — we’d hop in the station wagon (in later years, the van) in Albany, New York, and make the 15-minute drive to Dumpling House. It was a bit like a mini-pilgrimage in the town nicknamed “Smallbany.
Dec 22, 2015
Recipe: Curried Chickpea & Spinach Baked Potato
With its strong flavors of curry, garlic, and black pepper, you’d assume the inspiration for this ultra-savory baked potato would be a dinner at an Indian restaurant. As it turns out, this is a combination I grew up eating for breakfast, and still continue to make this day, loving that my mornings begin with the fragrance of cooked spices and lightly wilted greens. As I mentioned before, topping a baked potato doesn’t actually require a recipe.
Dec 22, 2015
What’s the Difference? Learn the Truth About These 21 Common Ingredients
There is a raft of common ingredient pairings that not only seem to be similar, but practically beg to be substituted for one another in a pinch. But when is this safe, and when will it produce unintended results? Can sweetened condensed milk be swapped out for evaporated? What about bleached and unbleached flour, or active vs. instant yeast?
Dec 22, 2015
15 Things We Learned About Coffee This Year
So many of us start our days with coffee of some sort. From a full French press of black coffee to an espresso drink with a mountain of foam, there’s something for almost everyone. There’s also still a lot to learn to help you make a better cup of joe at home. Here are our favorite coffee lessons from 2015. Introducing fika: This was the year of fika, the Swedish coffee break. Learn what it is and why it will make your days so much better.
Dec 21, 2015
Recipe: The Sweet & Spicy Baked Sweet Potato
Sometimes, dinner as an adult is simply what you make it. A bowl of cereal; a hearty salad; cheese and crackers; or a plate that is perfectly portioned with measured servings of proteins, fats, and carbs. And sometimes, dinner is a baked potato. This sweet and spicy baked sweet potato can feel indulgent, especially with its marshmallow topping, but next to a bowl of dressed arugula, it becomes a fast and flavorful meal to come home and make — even when you don’t want to cook.
Dec 21, 2015
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Dec 21, 2015
Tips for Getting Extra Storage out of a Small Kitchen
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → 20+ Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Kitchen
Dec 18, 2015
How Do I Prevent Overbrowning on Bread and Rolls?
Q: I always have trouble with my rolls and bread browning on the top, but not on the bottom. Any helpful hints? Sent by Glenda Editor: High up on the list of reasons why this might be happening is you’re baking at a too-high temperature. Absolutely, the temperature the recipe calls for is the correct place to start, but you have to factor in how your particular oven performs. Does it run hot? Are there hot spots? Answer those questions with an oven thermometer.
Dec 18, 2015
Pomegranate & Orange Champagne Punch Is the Antidote to Winter
When you need a little pick-me-up — a punch (pun intended) of color and flavor to get you through the winter doldrums — just whip up a batch of this pomegranate and orange Champagne punch. It’s like a jolt of sunshine in the form of a drink. I mean, how beautiful is this punch? The pomegranate and orange juices, along with the extra-special ice cubes — with fresh mint leaves and pomegranate seeds inside! — make for a truly stunning drink.
Dec 18, 2015
In Praise of Buttermilk
Dec 18, 2015
9 Awesome Updates You Can Make 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 18, 2015
A Guide to Gardening Indoors During the Winter Months
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin) From Apartment Therapy → Extend Your Gardening Season: Veggies & Herbs You Can Grow Indoors During the Winter Months
Dec 17, 2015
Why Your Grocery Store Serves Sushi
I grew up in a world where putting powdered butter-like flavoring over broccoli was common, and eating curdled dairy by the spoonful was completely fine — but raw fish and cucumbers wrapped in rice was absolutely terrifying. Sushi has come a long way. While I can count on one hand the number of family members who’d eat even a simple California roll, I’m happy to say it’s become a norm in the grocery store.
Dec 17, 2015
Perfect Gifts! Check Out Our Collab with Mouth.com
(Image credit: Maxwell Ryan) From Apartment Therapy → Perfect Gifts! Check Out Our Collab with Mouth.com
Dec 17, 2015
This Dip Will Be More Popular than You at Your Next Party
During cocktail parties, there’s invariably one appetizer people tend to crowd around. You’ll notice a group of guests huddled in a circle; they’re not talking, but they’re all feeling the same thing: sheer happiness. This hot Gruyère dip — with white wine, chicken, and thyme — is exactly the type of appetizer I’m talking about. If you serve this at your next gathering, it’ll probably be more popular than you. Just deal with it.
Dec 17, 2015
A Guide to Preparing for Houseguests
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert) It’s the time of year when many family members and friends are on the move, ready to make the most of your spare room, fold-out bed, or sofa. If you’ve agreed to be a host this year, here’s a checklist that will help you stay on top of your guest preparations.
Dec 17, 2015
3 Stylish Countertop Storage Solutions
(Image credit: Sophie Timothy) From Apartment Therapy → 3 Stylish Solutions for Countertop Storage to Avoid that “Everything Just Shoved Against the Wall” Look
Dec 16, 2015
6 Ways to Become a Fearless Improviser in the Kitchen
Becoming a master in the kitchen doesn’t simply mean memorizing recipes from cookbooks or making a successful soufflé. It also means being able to look in the pantry and fridge and use what’s on hand to make a meal, replace a missing ingredient, or add something unexpected (and unlisted) to an existing recipe. In other words, you must be able to improvise. If this idea scares the living daylights out of you, here’s the trick: practice.
Dec 16, 2015
10 Cookbooks We’d Love to Get for Christmas
Year in and year out, there’s a recurring item on our Christmas wish lists: cookbooks. From new releases to classics that haven’t yet made their way onto our bookshelves, you can count on each one of The Kitchn editors to have a cookbook or two on their wish lists at Christmastime. I have two cookbooks on my wish list! “Vegetarian India” is a great cookbook for someone who is looking to branch out in their cooking.
Dec 16, 2015
3 Ways to Know When Your Sauce Has Reduced
Reducing a sauce or any other liquid seems like such a matter-of-fact, unambiguous step in a recipe. But I admit that I often feel a knot of anxiety grow larger the longer I hover over the pan of simmering, steaming liquid. Does it look like a cup now? Is that about half? Should I keep going? Today, let’s relieve some anxieties. Here are some things you should know about reducing sauces, soups, and other liquids, and three ways to tell when they are ready.
Dec 16, 2015
5 Awesome Last-Minute Gift Ideas
(Image credit: Shutterstock) Need a last-minute gift, but don’t want to wait in long mall lines or buy a generic gift card? Here are five suggestions to save face. From Apartment Therapy → Last Minute Gift Ideas (That Don’t Suck)
Dec 16, 2015
Design Inspiration from Beautiful Scandinavian Kitchens
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → Ideas to Steal from 5 Gorgeous Scandinavian Kitchens
Dec 15, 2015
How to Make Pork Tenderloin in the Oven: The Video
If you’re looking for something to make your weeknight meal special without adding a lot of extra stress, then pork tenderloin is definitely the way to go. It’s ready in under 30 minutes, which gives you just enough time to throw together a salad with that fancy olive oil you’ve been saving, and open a bottle of wine. Watch this video to see just what you need to do. Skip the packages of pre-marinated tenderloins and add your own seasonings.
Dec 15, 2015
The Science Behind Yeast and How It Makes Bread Rise
Yeast — whether from packets, jars, or cakes sold at stores, or even from a starter you’ve prepared at home — is essential to bread making. And yes, it is alive, even if it is sold dried. Yeasts are small, single-celled organisms that feed off of simple sugars, breaking them down into carbon dioxide, alcohol (ethanol, specifically), flavor molecules, and energy. The process is referred to as fermentation.
Dec 15, 2015
Recipe: Chicken Tamales with Pumpkin Mole
Chicken tamales drenched in mole are a staple of the Christmas season. They are a little time-consuming (but not hard), and best when made with friends and family. In fact, the making of the tamales is almost as important as the eating of the tamales. Gathering together to create this beloved food has become one of my favorite traditions of the holiday season. I like to break the process up over a couple of days.
Dec 15, 2015
Look We Love: Colorful Grout in the Kitchen
(Image credit: Sophie Timothy) Once upon a time, grout came in but a few shades. Times have changed, and these days there are a rainbow of colors to choose from so you can rely on your grout, rather than expensive tiles, to create a unique look. From Apartment Therapy → Great Grout: Beyond White
Dec 15, 2015
5 Things You Shouldn’t Stress About This Holiday Season
(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell) Let’s say goodbye to comparisons and forget about not feeling enough. This year, let yourself off the hook: Here’s your permission slip to not feel guilty about these things this holiday season. From Apartment Therapy → Let Yourself Off the Hook: Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About This Holiday Season
Dec 14, 2015
Why Recipes Say to Bring to a Boil, Then Reduce to Simmer
You see this all the time in recipes for everything from soup to sauces: “Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.” Ever wonder why you should go to the trouble of bringing something to a boil if you only want to simmer it anyway? Here’s why. The biggest reason why recipes have you boil first, then reduce to a simmer is speed and efficiency.
Dec 14, 2015
What Do I Bring to the Office Potluck?
Q: My office is holding a potluck to celebrate the holiday season. We can bring just about anything — appetizer, main dish, dessert, or drink. As you’d imagine in a big group of people, we have a few dietary restrictions, mainly vegetarian and kosher. I’d like to bring something that travels well, tastes delicious, and also takes into account the dietary restrictions of my coworkers. What is the best recipe I could bring to the party?
Dec 14, 2015
Garlic Bread Is the Best Vessel for a Meatball Sub
A bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with a side of garlic bread is the epitome of comfort food. If you’re looking to combine all the best elements of this classic Italian meal, I’ve got just the sandwich for you. Yes, these meatball subs are made with garlic bread rolls. You brush garlic-infused butter on the outside and inside of some fresh rolls, and bake them in the oven until they’re slightly crisp and golden-brown.
Dec 14, 2015
11 Kitchens with a Touch of Gold
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From Apartment Therapy → 11 Ways to Add a Little Shine to Your Kitchen
Dec 14, 2015
DIY Scented Pinecones for the Holidays
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin) From Apartment Therapy → How To Make DIY Scented Pinecones
Dec 11, 2015