Brittany Burke

Brittany is a writer and editor whose work has appeared everywhere from Glamour to Dr. Oz The Good Life. She loves black licorice, and hates cheese (yes, she knows it’s weird).
How Much Steak Do You (Really) Need per Person?
Here's how to plan so that you're not going to be swimming in leftovers, or leaving anyone around the table starving.
Dec 9, 2022
The Thanksgiving Side Dish Personality Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Thanksgiving Side Say About You?
It’s almost time for the meal we’ve been waiting for. Thanksgiving dinner! Picture this: You’ve just taken a seat at the table next to your loved ones (fine, with a few liked ones) and have a full glass of wine. What’s the first thing you reach for from the cornucopia of deliciousness? Your first choice actually says a lot about you. Think about what you go for, then read on to see what it means about your personality.
May 30, 2019
What Your Fridge Decor Reveals About Who You Really Are
Everyone knows the fridge is the only appliance you can use to really show off your personality. (It’s not like you’re going to decorate your oven.) From wacky magnets to sentimental photos to important sticky notes, you can actually wear your heart on your refrigerator door. So what does yours say about you? Find out below.
May 30, 2019
This Is What Your Favorite Salad Green Says About You
You have more in common with the leafy base you prefer in your daily greens than you think. Don’t worry, though: Your salads aren’t boring and neither are you. See what your preference says about you below. You like variety! You’d never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row and you’re constantly looking for new recipes to work into your weeknight meals. People love hanging out with you because they never know what you’re going to say.
May 30, 2019
What Your Favorite Type of French Fry Says About You
You might think your friends know a lot about you — or even that you’re pretty self aware, but the true test of finding out more about yourself lies in your favorite fried side: the french fry. Read on for what your pick says about you. You’re the life of every party (obviously). Always the first one to get the dance floor going and the last one to want to head home, you believe that everything in life should be fun, first and foremost.
May 30, 2019
10 Things Chicken Soup for the Soul Got Right
What could you possibly learn from a book that was a viral sensation 20 years ago, before “going viral” was even a thing? You’d be surprised. Sure, it’s a tiny bit corny, but the positive vibes and hopefulness are timeless. Here are 10 lessons the book absolutely nailed. While we’re often told not to be boastful, many of the people in these stories believe in themselves and they aren’t afraid to say it.
May 1, 2019
This Is One Thing I’ll Never DIY
I’m not ashamed to say it: I’d like everyone who comes to my apartment to think that I’m a domestic goddess. I’d like the table to be Pinterest-worthy, but also totally original. I want the pie crust to be so flaky, you can’t possibly believe I made it from scratch. And I want the cocktails to be unique and plentiful. I don’t mind fussing — bring on the fuss, even if it means spending all day in the kitchen.
May 1, 2019
9 Tips for Nailing a Steak Dinner for a Crowd
There are few things that can impress a dinner party crowd quite like serving steak. If you can boil water, you can serve pasta. If you’re spending a lot of money on your guests, you can boil lobsters. But for the combination of an indulgent, generous dinner party that takes a little bit more skill in the kitchen? Steak is the one item that consistently wows. However, I think we can all agree that serving it can feel more than a little bit daunting.
May 1, 2019
When Is It Worth It to Buy Expensive Chocolate for a Recipe?
I’m of the mind that chocolate, like pizza, falls firmly into the category of things that are good, even when they’re not good. Face it — you’ve probably never bitten into a piece of chocolate and exclaimed, “I do not like this!” Yet there admittedly is a difference between a fancy, decadent baking chocolate versus a generic, store-brand kind.
May 1, 2019
The One and Only Bitters You Need in Your Bar
Simplifying life in the kitchen always sounds good, doesn’t it? This whole idea that, barring everyday necessities, the only things that belong in your home are the ones that spark joy? Well, although I do love Marie Kondo, it’s not always super easy to pull off — especially if you’re an avid cook and, you know, you need a lot of things! But there is one place I find this simplifying approach really works, and that’s the home bar.
May 1, 2019
7 Strategies to Get Your Landlord to Buy You New Appliances
Lofted ceilings, bay windows, and a bathroom that you can actually fit inside — you finally found the perfect apartment! The only problem? The appliances look like they’re straight out of Don Draper’s house. And if you have big plans to actually, you know, use them, that can be kind of a deal-breaker. The good news is that just because those appliances are currently there, it doesn’t mean they have to stay there!
May 1, 2019
7 Things to Know About Buying a New Microwave
If your microwave is starting to go (or you never had one to begin with), you may find yourself unsure of where to start. Fun fact: Shopping for a microwave oven can be just as complicated as shopping for an actual oven. (At least microwaves are a lot cheaper!) Study up on these seven pointers and your head won’t explode when you start your search. Related: 5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Microwave Countertop microwaves are the ones commonly found, well, on countertops.
May 1, 2019
7 Things to Do Before Buying a Coffee Maker
The coffee maker is the sun around which your kitchen orbits: The day waxes as the first cups brew in the morning, and wanes as the last pot of decaf is prepared. That’s why buying a new machine can be a really big decision and feel like the whole house’s happiness rests in the balance. Here are some things to know before you do it. Buying a coffee maker is not a one-time expense.
May 1, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Buying Used Appliances (and Where to Find Them)
Updating your kitchen with new appliances can be an exciting facelift. But updating your budget spreadsheet with the necessary numbers can feel a little bit more like a punch in the gut. If you’re looking for a bargain, you know to shop around for sales and look for rebates. One other option? Buying used. Here are the pros and cons that come with getting something that’s pre-loved — and where to find a gem if you choose to take the plunge!
May 1, 2019
Is a Built-in Refrigerator Worth the Extra Money?
There are a few luxuries that can make your kitchen instantly seem like it belongs in a Michelin-star chef’s home: a gorgeous range, plenty of counter space, and a seriously impressive refrigerator. When it comes to the latter, how do you decide whether you should get a built-in or if a freestanding fridge will do? The cost will play a huge role in helping you decide. Other key factors? Aesthetics and how much space you have, for sure.
May 1, 2019
Is the Convection Setting on an Oven All That Important?
The oven is the workhorse of the kitchen. It’s the thing that bakes the cookies for your kid’s school functions, warms the soup when you’re sick, and helps you get that casserole on the table in a pinch. If you’re in the market for a new one, you don’t want to make the wrong decision! There are tons of factors to take into consideration (Do you want gas or electric? Do you want a wall oven, a slide-in, or something else? Do you want stainless steel?
May 1, 2019
This Little Aesthetic Feature Makes a Big Difference on a Dishwasher
If you haven’t been dishwasher shopping in a while (or ever), know this: Dishwashers have gotten pretty fancy! Like, really fancy. Not only do they clean your dishes, but many now also come with built-in sensors to determine how soiled your dishes happen to be. They also have all sorts of settings and rack configurations (silverware caddies verses drawers or adjustable tines, for example). You’re gonna have a ton of choices and things to think about when you get to the store.
May 1, 2019
Is It Worth It to Get a Wall Oven?
Life's full of choices. Here, we help you break it down.
May 1, 2019
5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Charcoal Grill
Here’s the thing about a charcoal grill: It inspires profound loyalty. Chances are that if you are #teamcharcoal, you’re #teamcharcoal all the way. Maybe it’s the fact that it requires a certain amount of patience and strategy to get that Goldilocks char and tenderness, or perhaps it’s that it feels like a true hobby you can spend a Saturday afternoon practicing and perfecting.
May 1, 2019
The One Pan That Belongs on Your Wedding Registry
Nonstick pans have long been a controversial part of any kitchen arsenal. There are the Serious Chefs, who think that everything and anything you cook could benefit from the seared and crispy goodness that comes from a stainless steel pan and a bit of fat. Then there are the home cooks who prefer to avoid any potential for toxicity where possible, and fear the particles or fumes that can emanate from a nonstick skillet.
May 1, 2019
4 Grill Tools You Absolutely Need (and 4 You Definitely Don’t)
Even the most experienced home cook can feel intimidated by the idea of grilling. Maybe it’s the varying temperatures, the rules, or the tons of gadgets and accessories that can feel necessary for success. But don’t let all of that deter you. “I always say that grilling is 90 percent the will, and 10 percent the skill,” says Elizabeth Karmel, the founder of Girls at the Grill.
May 1, 2019
Do You Really Have to Wait 30 Minutes to Swim After Eating?
Imagine your perfect summer day: You sleep in late, make your way to the beach (or lake, or pool), and spend the rest of the afternoon alternating between napping in the sun, eating hot dogs, and taking a dip. Outside of remembering to re-slather yourself with sunscreen, there’s not a lot you have to worry about — except for that whole old adage about waiting 30 minutes to swim after you scarf down your lunch or have an ice cream cone. What’s the deal with this theory, anyway?
May 1, 2019
Can You Eat Something That Has Freezer Burn? Here’s What the USDA Says.
Picture this: You’re doing your weekly grocery shop and there’s a great deal on a family pack of chicken thighs. And now that you’re looking in the meat section, you were thinking maybe you’d have a cookout this weekend and the ground beef is on sale. And you might as well stock up on buns because, well, it’s still summer-ish and you need buns. Somehow you walk out of the store with more than enough to feed you, your family, and then some.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What a Scientist Thinks About Roasting Marshmallows on Sticks Found in the Woods
The best part of any camping trip (or even a backyard fire-pit gathering) is obviously the time you spend with your friends and family. The second-best thing? The s’mores, hands down. If you’re one to really rough it, chances are you’ve roasted your fair share of marshmallows on random sticks you’ve collected in the woods. While any specks of dirt and bark just add to the rustic experience, it’s hard not to wonder if what you’re doing is actually okay.
May 1, 2019
The One Thing You Should Be Doing with Your Ziploc Bags
Ziploc bags are a modern miracle. It’s hard to imagine life without them (or the fact that when they were first introduced to the market, people didn’t know how to use them). But do you ever feel, you know, a tiny bit guilty about how many you go through? Do you ever stare at the empty box and think, Didn’t I just buy these on Sunday? Well, there is one way to try to use a little less, and reuse a little more — it’s something your grandma might’ve done.
May 1, 2019
5 Things You Should Know About BPA
Studies from the last few years have reported that more than 90 percent of Americans have BPA in their systems. It’s hard to avoid: We get most of it by eating food that has been in containers made with BPA. It’s also apparently possible to pick up BPA through air, dust, and water. Don’t panic. Instead, take a minute to educate yourself about BPA, the dangers of it, and what you can do to protect yourself.
May 1, 2019
The Only Things You Need for Pizza Night at Home
Ah, pizza. The universal language. It’s an easy, fast, and unanimously beloved way to end the day. While you can get a hot, fresh pie delivered to your door with a few taps on your phone, it can be even more fun (not to mention delicious) to make it at home. And before you say that it never turns out as well as one that you order from your favorite pizza place, we can help with that! We asked some experts for their must-haves for the best at-home pizza experience.
May 1, 2019
The 2 Worst Dishwasher Mistakes You’re Probably Making
A few weeks ago, we spent some time talking to Ted Lindeman, a professor in the biology and biochemistry department at Colorado College. We originally wanted to know which packing material he preferred for bagged lunches: plastic zip-top bags, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap. (He picked the bags as long as we all promised to use each bag at least five times before tossing them — and that when washing them between uses, we use just a little bit of not-too-hot water.
Oct 5, 2017
7 Ways to Save Time During a Grocery Run, According to Time-Management Experts
If you’re on this site, chances are that you love grocery shopping. It’s probably not a chore for you, right? No matter how much you enjoy it, though, you don’t always have hours and hours to spend, slowly moseying up and down each and every aisle. Because, well, life. That’s why we asked some brilliant time-management experts for their best tips to help us all get in and out of the grocery store quickly.
Aug 30, 2017
5 Things to Know About Freezer Burn
Have you ever opened up your freezer to find that your once red beef is looking a little brown? Or taken a pint of ice cream out only to discover the top is covered in ice crystals? Freezer burn happens to the best of us. Here’s what you should know. When you see that your red meat has taken on a dull brown shade, or your chicken has gone a bit pale, it’s easy to worry it’s gone bad — but it’s totally safe to eat!
Jul 28, 2017
What Are the Rules of Cooking Over a Fire Pit?
There’s no denying that there’s something satisfyingly primal about the idea of cooking over an open fire pit. It makes feels like you could totally hold your own as an extreme camper or on a season of Survivor. Of course, you can cook over an open flame even if you’re not living in the wild or competing for a cash prize. If you’re heading out on a brief camping trip or adding a fire pit to your yard, here are some best practices to keep in mind.
Jun 29, 2017
Should You Get a Vintage Range or a New One?
Some things just get better with age — a good bottle of red wine, a leather handbag, and that Chevy that your dad used to drive with such pride. When you’re buying kitchen appliances, the general wisdom seems to be that newer is better, right? Not always. Sure, there can be some “Can you believe it does this?” features in the newer models, but there’s one appliance that can be just as functional if you buy it vintage.
Jun 23, 2017
8 Ways to Help Your Fridge Keep Its Cool and Run Better
It’s hot outside, but it should be (very) cool inside your refrigerator. To keep it that way — even as the mercury rises and rises — follow these simple tips. They’ll do wonders for your energy bill, help keep your food from spoiling, and just keep your fridge running nice and cold. No, we’re not telling you to wipe down the shelves (although that’s never a bad idea).
Jun 21, 2017
6 Ways to Beat the Heat in the Kitchen This Summer
So it’s about a zillion degrees out — but you still have to eat! And to do that, you usually have to spend some time in the kitchen (although takeout does sound good). For the days you’re definitely going to be cooking at home, here are our best tips for keeping your kitchen from overheating. File this one under “well, duh.” If you really want to keep things cool in your kitchen, your best bet will be to cook, er, prepare things that don’t use your oven.
Jun 20, 2017
What’s the Difference Between a Gas Grill and a Charcoal Grill?
The battle of charcoal versus gas grills is one for the ages — and the grilling enthusiasts in your life are sure to have strong opinions. But if you’re considering buying a grill for the first time or, perhaps thinking about making the switch from #teamgas to #teamcharcoal (or vice versa), what are the key factors you should consider? We’ve laid it all out here. There are a few reasons to opt for a charcoal grill, not least of which is cost.
May 29, 2017
Should You Pay Extra for a Counter-Depth Fridge?
When it’s time to buy a new fridge, it can feel like there are about a thousand options — single door, French doors, freezer on the top, freezer on the bottom, stainless steel or not. The list goes on, but luckily we’re here to break it all down for you, including one more feature you probably didn’t even know existed before you started your refrigerator research. Here’s the question: Should you get a counter-depth or a standard-depth fridge?
May 26, 2017