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“Without Feeling Too Restrictive”: Rachael Hartley’s Diabetes-Friendly 5-Day Menu
Here at The Kitchn we get a lot of requests for recipes and ideas for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes — there seems to be a growing number of cooks out there looking for healthy, appealing meals and trustworthy advice about planning diabetes-friendly menus.
Jun 5, 2019
An Outdoor Movie Party
This week I’ve been sharing the outdoor movie party I hosted with my friend Beth, and today I’m going to give you a full look at how we transformed her tiny backyard into a cozy outdoor living room perfect for movie-watching under the stars. We wanted to give our friends the full outdoor summer movie screening experience, but with lots of homemade touches to make it more personal than the usual movie in the park.
Jun 5, 2019
Vacation House Cooking: 5 Dinner Menus You Can Make in Any Kitchen
Making dinner in a strange kitchen is always a challenge, but it can be even more difficult in a vacation house. There’s the additional pressure of preparing meals for a larger-than-normal group of extended family or friends, plus the fact that you were hoping to spend more time in a hammock with a good book than in front of the stove.
Jun 5, 2019
Recipe Writers Tell Us How to Spot Reliable Recipes on the Internet
Websites like Pinterest make it easy to discover recipes from small, lesser-known food blogs — recipes that are potentially more interesting than those from big-name food sites, but also a little more risky. Cookbooks and magazines have recipe testers and test kitchens, but how do you judge the reliability of a recipe that comes from a new-to-you source?
Jun 5, 2019
Our 15 Best Tips for Making Perfect Pies
We make a lot of pies here at The Kitchn — which is great, because practice makes perfect when it comes to pie-making. Along the way, we’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks for the perfect pie, from rolling it to freezing it to cutting that tricky first slice. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a pie-baking pro, you’ll learn something new from these 15 tips.
Jun 5, 2019
A Book Club Brunch Party
This week I’ve been sharing a spring brunch I hosted for my book club, a dressed-up daytime party spent gathered around a pretty table talking books, sipping sparkling wine cocktails and coffee, and eating quiche with friends. Here’s a look at the full party and the recipes I used, beginning with fresh strawberry-basil cocktails and ending with a buttery lemon cake with elderflower whipped cream. Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny weekend morning?
Jun 5, 2019
10 Make-Ahead Fruit Recipes for Breakfast
Sweet, healthy fruit is a natural fit for breakfast and is often its best simply eaten raw and unadorned. But if you are looking for some fresh ways to enjoy fruit in the morning, these 10 recipes have you covered. Whether it’s baked, roasted, poached or pureed, the fruit in these recipes will last for several days in the fridge, so you can spoon it over oatmeal, mix it into yogurt, or eat it alongside toast on even the busiest mornings.
Jun 5, 2019
Tip: Quickly Peel a Head of Garlic…With Your Microwave
You’ve probably already seen the video demonstrating how easy it is to peel a head of garlic using two bowls, but here’s another method to try. All it takes about 20 seconds and a microwave. Heat a head of garlic in a microwave for about 20 seconds and the cloves will slide right out of their skins with no mess and no sticky garlic juices.
Jun 5, 2019
Always On Hand: 15 Tips & Guides for Stocking the Perfect Pantry
10 of Our Favorite Ingredients for Italian CookingCooking is always easier and more fun when you have the right ingredients on hand. These 15 guides cover stocking your pantry, fridge and freezer so that you always have what you need to cook great Italian food, quick and healthy weeknight dinners, delicious soups, flavorful vegan meals, and much more.
Jun 5, 2019
Recipe: Curry Coconut Savory Granola
It’s about to begin, the parade of sweet treats through your office, your holiday parties, and probably your very own kitchen. Consider this granola a much-needed savory break for you and anyone lucky enough to receive it from you as a gift. Savory curry granola?, you may be thinking. That’s right: salty, crunchy, curry-spiked granola studded with toasted pecans and browned coconut chips.
Jun 5, 2019
Soup Too Salty? 5 Tips for Fixing It & Making Sure It Doesn’t Happen Again
Maybe your stock was unusually salty, or too much water boiled off, or you simply added one pinch of salt too many — however it happened, it’s happened: your soup is too salty. What’s the best way to fix it? And how can you prevent it from happening next time? Here are some strategies for fixing an overly salty soup: • Dilute it: The easiest fix is to add more water or stock, if your stock isn’t too salty in the first place.
Jun 5, 2019
Banana For an Egg: Vegan Substitutions for 8 Common Baking Ingredients
• Butter: Margarine or olive oil are the best choices. For margarine, Annie recommends Earth Balance brand for the most “buttery” flavor, but any vegan brand can be substituted directly for butter. Don’t try to brown it in recipes calling for browned butter, though.Baking with olive oil also works well. (Use 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil for every cup of butter.) It can be used to grease pans as well, as long as the coating is very light.
Jun 5, 2019
Successful Side Dishes: 6 Elements to Consider When Matching a Main Dish
Building a great meal can sometimes feel like casting a big Hollywood movie: it’s easy to pick a starring main dish — it’s finding the supporting cast that can be tough. What is the best way to choose side dishes that will complement the main course without distracting from it, will look great on the plate, and won’t require more time and energy than you can spare? Consider these six elements the next time you are looking for a good match for your show-stopping main dish.
Jun 5, 2019
Fast Flavor: The Quickest Way to Caramelize an Onion
Caramelizing onions is a process that usually takes at least 20 minutes — even up to an hour if you are cooking several pounds at once. So I was intrigued by the method Melissa Clark uses to caramelize onions, which is quite different from the usual approach and takes just 10 minutes. I had to give it a try.
Jun 5, 2019
How to Identify Real San Marzano Tomatoes
When it comes to canned tomatoes, one name reigns supreme: San Marzano. But how can a small town near Naples, Italy produce enough tomatoes to fill the supermarket shelves year round? Easy — it doesn’t. Here’s what to look for to make sure you aren’t paying premium prices for San Marzano fakes. Gusti Blog offers a few tips from the Cosorzio San Marzano for identifying the real deal when buying San Marzano tomatoes.
Jun 5, 2019
Healthy & Sustainable: 12 Ways to Eat Sardines
Sardines are the superheroes of the seafood world. Inexpensive, sustainable and full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, they are one of the few fish we can and should be eating regularly. Whether you’re looking for a weekday pantry meal with canned sardines or a summer grill recipe for fresh fish, the 12 ideas below provide plenty of inspiration for cooking with these little superfish.
Jun 5, 2019
Do You Add Salt to Lemonade or Limeade?
It might sound strange, but in many parts of the world, lemonade and limeade are usually salted, making a drink that balances tartness with both sugar and salt. We know that some of you salt your fruit, but do you ever add salt to your citrus drinks?Citrusy cocktails like margaritas and salty dogs are served with a rim of salt, so although it shouldn’t seem so odd to drink a salty limeade, I was fairly repelled the first time I tried it in Thailand.
Jun 5, 2019
Tip: For Crisp Coleslaw, Salt and Drain the Cabbage
Salting certain vegetables and letting them sit for an hour or so helps to drain off excess moisture, so the finished dish is a lot less soggy. I already use this technique with cucumbers and zucchini, but only recently did I discover what a huge effect pre-salting has on one of my favorite vegetables: cabbage! I was introduced to this technique in Mark Bittman’s recipe for kimchi-style coleslaw.
Jun 5, 2019
Upside-Down Cakes: Beyond the Pineapple
Are upside-down cakes on their way back up?Last week Melissa Clark at the New York Times confessed to being on an upside-down baking kick, inspired by her own recipe for upside-down caramel apple muffins, and she proposed a theory about why this style of cake is the best match for fruit.She says fresh fruit baked inside the batter can sometimes release too much juice, leading to a mushy cake, and topping a baked cake with a compote doesn’t deeply combine the flavors.
Jun 5, 2019
Mise en Place: Does It Really Save Time?
It’s a familiar mantra: mise en place saves time. But this advice often comes from professional chefs or TV personalities who have a small army of prep cooks eager to wash and chop the day’s ingredients and place them in tiny bowls. Pete Wells of the New York Times argues that recipes should acknowledge the realities of the amateur cook at home. Is it time to end “the tyranny of mise en place”?
Jun 4, 2019
Why You Should Eat Your Cheetos With Chopsticks
An old co-worker of mine used to eat greasy snacks like potato chips and popcorn with chopsticks. He said it kept his hands clean. It seemed hilarious and bizarre — until it started to sound pretty smart. Looks like he’s not alone: Eating Cheetos with Chopsticks has an official page on Facebook, for the clean-fingered-yet-alienated fans of the technique. Are you one of them?BuzzFeed recently named the idea #1 on its list of The 18 Best Ideas People on the Internet Have Ever Had.
May 30, 2019
The Best & Worst Gadgets: America’s Test Kitchen’s Gadget Guru Tells All
To earn a title like “Gadget Guru,” you’d expect America’s Test Kitchen’s Lisa McManus to be a lover of unitaskers, but the opposite is true: she’s anti-gadget. That’s good news for followers of her reviews; to get a recommendation from her, a product has to be well-made and truly necessary. In an interview with the L.A.
May 30, 2019
20 Cups of Coffee and 7 Almonds: What David Lynch Eats
The November issue of Food & Wine includes a brief interview with director David Lynch that is weird and wonderful, especially in an issue so focused on Thanksgiving and holiday cheer. Who can talk turkey when the man behind Eraserhead and Twin Peaks is talking about his very specific food preferences and describing his ideal kitchen? (Spoiler alert: it’s a little disturbing.)Lynch has his own line of coffee and at one time drank 20 cups of coffee a day.
May 30, 2019
Best Food Sources for the 13 Essential Vitamins: A Handy Infographic
After the heavy eating of the holidays, you’re probably ready to focus on wholesome, healthy foods that provide the nutrients you need. This well-designed infographic from S.B. Lattin Design makes it easy to identify the foods that are good sources of the 13 essential vitamins — no pills or supplements required.
May 30, 2019
What Was That?! 5 Foods That Can Make You Hallucinate
Have you recently felt the presence of ghosts, seen giant insects attacking your car or found yourself rolling on the floor without explanation? No? Clearly you haven’t been consuming enough of the five foods Bon Appetit says can cause hallucinations — although there is a good chance you had one of them this morning.Hot chilies, nutmeg, moldy rye bread, sea bream and our old friend coffee are five foods with a history of causing hallucinations.
May 30, 2019
Why Do Health Articles So Often Get It Wrong?
Coffee is good for your heart! No, caffeine is bad for you! Eggs are fine, though! No, eating eggs is worse than smoking! Are you exhausted by the daily assault of conflicting health and nutrition information in the media? Skeptical about every new claim? You should be. As one critic puts it, health journalism is now based on “survival of the wrongest,” and there are good reasons why consumers should be wary of what they read. Inthe Columbia Journalism Review, David H.
May 30, 2019
Look! Oven-Baked Savoy Cabbage Chips
Last week we talked about why cabbage is awesome The recipe, from this month’s Bon Appetit, is a variation on the usual kale chips, made with beautifully crinkled Savoy cabbage leaves baked slowly in a low oven until crisp. The big, dark leaves would make a striking party snack or unusual side dish for lunch or dinner.
May 30, 2019
What Do You Do When the One You Love Doesn’t Love Food?
Sound familiar? What do you do when the one you love doesn’t love food? In The Paris Review And yet. A part of me has always fetishized those relationships in which a couple was joined in their pursuit of all things sybaritic. I fantasized about finding someone who would be the Michael to my Jane Stern, so we could, like them, devote our lives to tracking down blue-ribbon pies and oyster shacks. (I cried when I learned that they were divorcing.
May 30, 2019
Fear of Cantaloupes, Crumpets & More: Is Trypophobia for Real?
NPR’s The Salt looked into this bizarre self-reported condition, which is not listed in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but is apparently gaining steam online, where websites like Reddit have boards dedicated to photos of “triggers” like lotus seed pods and crumpets. There is also an Instagram hashtag, which includes some genuinely creepy photos alongside very innocuous pictures of macaroni and car speakers. (I guess I don’t have trypophobia.
May 30, 2019
What Does 2000 Calories Look Like? You Might Be Surprised
For many people, 2000 calories is around the number of calories you should consume in a day. But what does that even look like? BuzzFeed made a simple video to illustrate how many — or in some cases, how few — servings of various types of food equal 2000 calories. Ready to be surprised?
May 30, 2019
Coffee, Booze and Benzedrine: A Look at the Daily Rituals of Great Artists
Have you ever wondered what drove acclaimed writers, philosophers and musicians like Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Glenn Gould? After reading Slate’s excellent series on the daily rituals of great artists, I suspect it might be coffee — although a comprehensive list would also need to include alcohol, amphetamines and very little food.
May 30, 2019
Eye Candy: Julie Lee’s Intricate & Inspiring Food Collages
Once you start following Julie Lee on Instagram, you’ll find yourself eagerly watching your feed on the weekends — because that’s when she usually posts photos of her food collages, dizzyingly beautiful compositions of the fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers she finds at farmers markets and around her Los Angeles neighborhood.
May 30, 2019
Making the Switch From Plastic? The Best Glass Food-Storage Containers to Buy
If you’ve been wanting to make the switch from disposable plastic food storage containers to glass containers, you are not alone. There are more options than ever, but at around $8 per container, buying a full set is a pricey decision. Which line of glass food storage containers is the best? The Sweethome did some serious research and testing to bring us the answer.
May 30, 2019
Why Calorie Counts Are Wrong
The calorie calculations you see on the back of a food label are based on a system developed in the 1800s, one that doesn’t take into account individual variables like the type of food, whether it is cooked or raw, or how it has been processed. And did you know that even the types of bacteria you have in your gut can affect how many calories you get from food? Scientific American explains why the calorie counts we rely on might not be so reliable after all.
May 30, 2019
Big Appetites: An Interview With Christopher Boffoli
Since our conversation with him two years ago, Christopher Boffoli has been busy photographing a whole universe of tiny people interacting with giant food in surprising, funny and illuminating ways. And with the release of his new book, Big Appetites, you can finally have a your own collection of his photographs to pore over and share with your friends.
May 30, 2019
Want to Feed Your Microbiome? Eat More Veggies!
You might have heard the scientific buzz surrounding the connection between a healthy gut and overall health, with studies showing that a person’s microbiome — the collective name for all the microbes that inhabit an individual’s body — can have an impact on conditions like obesity, diabetes and asthma, and may even have a profound effect on our mental well-being. So how do you cultivate a healthy and happy microbiome? It starts with vegetables.
May 30, 2019
We Compared Spinach to Bacon with Google’s Nutrition Comparison Tool (And the Results May Shock You)
Spinach is good, bacon is bad, right? Not so fast, Popeye. Google recently debuted a new tool that makes it easy to quickly compare the nutrients between two different foods, so I decided to use it to pit the so-called healthy green against the much-maligned bacon — and got some very surprising results.
May 30, 2019
From School Bully Target to Teen Blogger: Meet Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate
Joshua Weissman isn’t your typical 17-year-old boy. A few years ago, overweight and bullied in school, he finally decided to take his health seriously, but packaged diet meals and quick fixes didn’t help. Instead, he started cooking — and in the process changed his life.Now 100 pounds lighter, Joshua has won the respect of the classmates who once teased him and even inspired some of the teenage boys around him to eat a little better.
May 30, 2019
Healthy Desserts: A New App From Green Kitchen Stories
Looking for more feel-good recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out Healthy Desserts, the newest iPad and iPhone app from the food blog Green Kitchen Stories, which is full of gorgeous photos and recipes for an assortment of sweets, many of which are grain-free, vegan, or raw — and totally tempting.The app collects all of the dessert recipes from the blog, along a few new recipes, and will be continually updated with new desserts as they go up on the site.
May 30, 2019
Expert Tip: You Don’t Need to Store Whole Grains in the Freezer
Have you heard that whole grains and whole grain flours should be stored in the fridge or freezer? Keep them in the pantry and they’ll go rancid or be infested with weevils, right? Anyway, that’s what I tell myself every time I try to cram a bag of whole-wheat flour into my already-crowded freezer.
May 30, 2019
3-Ingredient Dessert: Cheater Banana Pudding
Classic banana pudding is comfort by the spoonful, but Nilla wafers and boxed pudding mix aren’t exactly foods you want to eat every day. That’s why I love this “cheater” banana pudding from Melissa of The Faux Martha, which is made with three simple ingredients and takes just five minutes to assemble.
May 30, 2019
Feeling Bitter? Some NSFW Valentine’s Day Ideas from S%!# Food Bloggers Say
Feeling a little burned out on the food bloggers’ version of Valentine’s Day? One too many heart-shaped pepperoni, perhaps? This week we are asking experts to share their ideal Valentine’s Day menus and today the blogger behind the Tumblr and Twitter handle, S— Food Bloggers Say, gives voice to the bitter, the burned out, the ones who just don’t buy into this holiday. No candles. No roses.
May 30, 2019
Life in the Kitchen After a Cancer Diagnosis: A Conversation with Baking Blogger Lyndsay Sung
Lyndsay Sung ended 2014 on a high note. She had a happy family, a successful baking blog called Coco Cake Land, a large and devoted following on Instagram — where she posted photos of the whimsical, adorable cakes she baked for friends and family — and a brand-new book deal. She and her pink KitchenAid mixer were ready to take over the world, one cute cake at a time. Then, in January, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is only 38 years old.
May 30, 2019
11 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Treats for Your Dog or Cat
My three-year-old rescue dog, Goblin, will do anything for a morsel of food, which is why I always keep a stash of dog treats on hand. But the cost of high-quality treats without corn and other fillers can start to add up, which is why I’ve bookmarked EatingWell’s budget-friendly (and healthy) list of fruits and vegetables dogs can safely snack on — and there are quite a few for cats, too!
May 30, 2019
Can You Recommend Diabetic-Friendly Cookbooks Aimed at Non-Diabetic Cooks?
Q: My dad was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and he needs to make some big changes in his eating habits. He is an amazing cook who makes dinner on a nightly basis, but those dinners are filled with carbs, which he needs to cut down on.He is not really quick to embrace new health food trends and wants to avoid changing his cooking lifestyle completely.
May 30, 2019
What’s the Best Way to Clean This Vintage Toaster?
Q: We recently received this 1920’s Hotpoint toaster as a gift, in “as-found condition.” It has a bit of a grimy, greasy coating on the outside and may have been stored in a garage or barn. What is the best way to clean this vintage toaster so it can be used again for making toast?I was considering using an abrasive powder, but I don’t want to use anything that needs to be rinsed with water in case it damages the metal or the electrics.
May 30, 2019
Recommendations for a Reliable, Long-Lasting Tea Kettle?
Q: My experience with tea kettles has not been the best. One of my tea kettles started rusting and chipping paint into the water and the handle of the other kettle broke. I would love some advice from other readers about what tea kettles work and last a long time.I am also thinking of maybe getting an electric kettle instead of a stovetop tea kettle so if anyone has advice about which is better, I’d love to hear it.
May 30, 2019
Where Can I Find British Back Bacon?
Does anyone know of a source? Sent by JeniferEditor: Readers, do you know of any reasonably-priced online or mailorder sources for British back bacon in the U.S.?
May 30, 2019