Cambria Bold

Cambria was an editor for both Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn for eight years, from 2008 through 2016.
What Is a Convection Microwave Oven?
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Aug 18, 2020
The 7 Most Essential Baking Pans Every Home Cook Needs
Shopping
Even if you're not much of a baker, there are a few baking pans that are still must-haves for every kitchen.
Jul 16, 2020
How To Clean and Disinfect Granite Countertops
How To
Here's how you can make your own disinfectant and clean your granite countertops without buying a single thing.
Mar 27, 2020
The Kitchn’s Guide to Cleaning Your Small Electric Appliances
What’s the best way to de-crumb the toaster? How can you get rid of coffee stains in your coffee carafe? What do you need to know to clean your food processor’s nooks and crannies? From spice grinders to slow cookers to stand mixers, here are 10 step-by-step cleaning guides for the most common small appliances.
Apr 4, 2016
A 3-Point Plan for Storing Small Appliances
If you’re an enthusiastic home cook, you undoubtedly have a few small appliances kicking around the kitchen. If you already have a storage system for those appliances, yay for you! But if your storage setup feels wonky — i.e., if you don’t know why your (oft-used) blender is in the cupboard while your (neglected) toaster is on the countertop — then you need this plan to help you find the perfect storage spot for your small appliance. Here’s what to ask yourself.
Mar 10, 2016
5 Clever Ways to Store Your Stand Mixer Attachments & Food Processor Blades
Thank goodness for our trusty small appliances. They mix and chop and save us time, and so rightfully deserve that prime spot on the countertop. But finding a good place to store the accompanying parts and pieces is trickier. Where should you put those food processor blades and stand mixer attachments so that they’re easy to get to, but not in the way? Here are five ideas.
Mar 8, 2016
5 Small Electric Appliances Every Kitchen Should Have
I know what you’re thinking: Is it really possible to say there’s any one small appliance (let alone five!) that every kitchen should have? Kitchens, after all, come in all shapes and sizes. A studio apartment kitchen doesn’t have the luxury of space that a suburban kitchen has, so telling me I have to have something in my kitchen (or else!) will probably just bum me out.
Mar 1, 2016
3 Ways You Can Clean the Tough Stains in Your Slow Cooker
When you use your slow cooker as much as we do in the wintertime, eventually you make a meal that leaves behind some serious burnt or stuck-on food that you can’t easily wash away. When that happens, it’s time to give that ceramic insert a deep clean — which is easy to do! You just need to keep a few things in mind. The easiest way to loosen burnt food and return your slow cooker crock to its smooth, clean finish?
Feb 29, 2016
The 5 New Kitchen Product Lines You’ll Want to Check Out at IKEA This Month
Did you see these new towels from IKEA? In keeping with the Swedish superstore’s tradition of announcing new product lines in February, IKEA’s latest goods for the kitchen and dining room arrived this month — just in time to ease the dreaded midwinter doldrums. Here’s what we’ve got our eye on.
Feb 17, 2016
10 Reasons a Snow Day Is the Best Thing That Can Happen to Your Kitchen
Depending on where you live, a snow day is a quite common or decidedly uncommon occurrence. In certain Southern climates, a few inches is enough to shut everything down, while up north it’s business as usual until a few feet have fallen. Regardless, when a snow day is finally called, it’s kind of great. Staying inside is basically mandatory, all routines get upended, and while you may have to work from home, you’re still likely to end up with a bit of time on your hands.
Feb 16, 2016
10 Valentine’s Day Cards for Food Enthusiasts (and Pun Lovers)
Every year for the last four years we’ve rounded up our favorite food-related cards for Valentine’s Day. I’ve asked you to lettuce grow old together because you make miso happy, and by god, just go on and take another little pizza my heart already! Today we’re back with more food pun-and-pairing cards that’ll make your food-lover lover’s heart beet wildly this Valentine’s Day. (You’re welcome.) Kinda a Big Dill, $4.
Feb 2, 2016
5 Things You Should Buy for Your Kitchen in February
If the months of the year are guests at a dinner party, January is the friend who can’t stop talking about how great she feels now that she doesn’t do [insert most enjoyable things here] anymore. It’s admirable, but also kind of annoying. Of course you’d like to be your best self (her words, not yours), but do you have to give up so much in the process? Can’t the whole thing be a little more enjoyable?
Jan 28, 2016
Our Readers’ Top 5 Rules for Family Dinners in 2016
Family dinner. Do you have one regularly? For many of us, the family dinner was a big deal growing up — a ritual with its own rules and expectations. (Give thanks beforehand. No elbows on the table. Clean up after yourself!) Curious to see how time may have trifled with family dinner, we asked you to share the rules and habits you use today to keep your family dinner — however family looks to you! — humming in harmony. What we discovered is that some things never change.
Jan 14, 2016
5 Questions to Help You Create Your Own Holiday Traditions
I’m not going home for Christmas this year. My husband and I and our 16-month-old daughter are staying in Boston and not taking the two-stop flight on Christmas Eve to our parents’ homes in the Midwest. We’re doing this for a few reasons: money, my husband’s work schedule, the lack of quality grandparent-to-grandchild time when we’re rushing between homes and relatives trying to see everyone (briefly) and juggle expectations (always).
Dec 17, 2015
10 Gifts for a “Me-Time” Tea Time
Tea time is a special thing. It can be how you welcome guests and make them feel at home (always a winner), or it can be a daily rejuvenating ritual — a personal getaway of sorts. When it comes to giving tea-time gifts, the latter is the way to go! Indulge their tea-time love with gifts that’ll enhance the experience. From a snuggly mug to the prettiest teapot, here are 10 gifts to give them a “me-time” tea time!
Dec 17, 2015
10 Gifts for Enthusiastic Bread Bakers
As any home bread baker will tell you, bread baking is a passionate pursuit. For those who’ve committed to the practice, there’s really no end to the learning. And thankfully for the rest of us, it’s just that fact that makes buying a gift for a bread baker so much fun!
Dec 15, 2015
15 Terrific Kitchen Gifts Under $25
Enticing yet budget-friendly kitchen gifts, we’re coming for you! Beloved friends and family members who would enjoy a cool gift for their kitchen — we’re also coming for you! In fact, we’ll combine those two things into one and just say we have 15 affordable kitchen gift ideas for friends and family who like kitchen gifts. From suede potholders to Weck jars and walnut slotted fish spatulas, here are the things we’d gift if we only had $25 (or less!) to spend.
Dec 11, 2015
10 Thank You Gifts for All the People Who Helped You This Year
What do you get the friend who spent three hours listening to you vent after a particularly hard day? What about your neighbor who not only watered all your plants while you were on vacation, but fertilized them, too? And don’t forget about your aunt, who came to town just to clean your house when you were so sick you could barely get out of bed. (And in fact, you didn’t. For days.
Dec 10, 2015
10 Classic Gifts for a New Cook’s Kitchen
Have a newbie cook you’re eager to support in the kitchen? If they’re already set with the basics — a few pans, a good chef’s knife, measuring cups and spoons — you’re left with the fun part: picking out a classic cooking tool to give them that’ll go far and live long in their kitchen. Here are 10 ways you can show them you believe their best cooking days are yet to come. Le Creuset Heritage Baker, $49.
Dec 8, 2015
10 Little Kitchen Luxuries Under $15
As almost every luxury car commercial will tell you, indulgence requires money. Leather, chrome, a blonde wearing diamonds, a handsome driver, an open road in the middle of the night. It’s a fast, glam life, people. Only slick suits with deep pockets need apply. Well, thank goodness The Kitchn isn’t about cars, because otherwise we wouldn’t be able to tell you about the little luxurious kitchen gifts that — gasp! — won’t put you out more than $15.
Dec 4, 2015
The Night Your Kitchen Tools Freaked Out Over Who Was Going to Be Picked for the White Elephant Party
‘Twas the night of the white elephant party, and all through the kitchen the tools were stirring. (Especially the wooden spoon.) Word on the countertop was that one of the RUTs — the Regrettable Unitaskers, for those who aren’t familiar with interior kitchen cabinet slang — was on deck to be that year’s giveaway, and tensions were high. “It’s going to be me! I know it’s going to be me,” sobbed Avocado Saver to Salad Spinner.
Dec 3, 2015
10 Ingredients to Make the Perfect Gift with The Kitchn Cookbook
You know how you feel when a friend asks you for advice and your best recommendation is to direct them to something you made or wrote yourself? Part of you feels sheepish for suggesting it, but then the other part of you feels like — well, it really is helpful. And you’re not just saying that because you wrote it! That’s how we feel about “The Kitchn Cookbook.” Of course we’re proud of it and want everyone to have one — even your grandma!
Dec 2, 2015
10 Lovely Thanksgiving Traditions We’re Stealing for Ourselves
Most of us already have our “ways” of doing Thanksgiving — ways our mother did it, ways our extended family did it, ways our neighborhood did it. Thanksgiving doesn’t lend itself well to trying out new things, but sometimes the situation calls for new decisions — you can’t make it home for Thanksgiving, for example, or you have kids now and want to start traditions of your own.
Nov 25, 2015
The Kitchn Editors’ Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes
Everyone has a favorite dish at Thanksgiving, and it’s never the turkey — sorry, turkey! I polled my fellow editors to learn the must-have-or-will-die dishes they count on every Thanksgiving. Stuffing? Gravy? Rolls? Here’s what they said. Sour Cream Balsamic Sweet Potatoes Stuffing After my grandparents moved away to Florida, my family started our own Thanksgiving tradition: ordering Thai take-out.
Nov 24, 2015
The Nicest Thing You Can Do for Your Thanksgiving Host
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is no easy feat. It takes a lot of planning and effort to cook and serve that feast. It’s basically the cook’s equivalent to running a marathon: you may have trained for it, but it’s still going to take you five hours to finish. And you probably won’t be able to walk the next day. That’s why it’s nice to give your host a little something to show your appreciation.
Nov 23, 2015
What Are Your Thanksgiving Table Traditions?
Thanksgiving comes every year bearing the burden of traditions. Some are unwanted or outdated (which is why we’re taking it by heart this year), but others remain meaningful, memorable, or at least lovely to look at: the blessing said at the table every year by your grandfather; the funny place cards your sister writes; the simple but oh-so-pretty centerpiece your mom makes, with pomegranates and pumpkins. So, we want to know: What are your Thanksgiving table traditions?
Nov 19, 2015
10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help Cook Thanksgiving
If you have a toddler underfoot, you know their curiosity has no bounds; they’ll go anywhere and get into anything they can! (That’s why we childproof the kitchen.) It can be challenging to keep up, but still — you can’t fault them for being so interested in the world and just wanting to learn to do what you do! I love that about toddlers. I also love that toddlerhood is a great age to begin helping in the kitchen.
Nov 17, 2015
What I Keep in My Secret Snack Box for Surprise Guests
A few months ago, after the umpteenth time my husband ran to the store to pick up crackers and good cheese before another impromptu home dinner with friends, I had a revelation: Why were we never prepared for this? We have people over often enough that we should never not be without snacks and nibbles to serve, and yet here we were, again. Something had to change, especially with the holidays coming up, if we didn’t want to scramble for snacks every time we had dinner guests.
Nov 12, 2015
The 5 Things I’m Buying Now to Get Ready for Holiday Hosting
From now until the end of the year, our homes can feel like one giant swinging door, with family and friends shuffling in and out for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and holiday parties. If you’re hosting, you have to think about cooking, cleaning, and those little things that make guests feel awesome. That’s a lot to handle — which is why realizing at the last minute that you’re out of toilet paper is enough to send even the calmest host over the edge.
Nov 10, 2015
The Best Foods & Remedies to Soothe You When You’re Sick
We once asked readers to share the foods that help them feel better when they’re sick. We got a ton of responses (thank you!), so of course we had to compile the top recommendations, recipes, and remedies. The next time you’re under the weather and desperate for a little relief, look to this guide for the best drinks, soups, and other soothers to help you power through. No surprise here: Chicken soup is standard because it really works.
Nov 6, 2015
10 Happy Little Things We’d Love to Have Around the Kitchen
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last year, you have undoubtedly heard about Marie Kondo’s manifesto for a happy life: keep only those things that spark joy. While somewhat impractical advice for the kitchen (although not entirely!), it reminds us that it’s good to have a few fun and pretty — and yes, probably completely unnecessary — things in the kitchen, little somethings that make us smile whenever we look at or use them.
Nov 5, 2015
What Foods Make You Feel Better When You’re Sick?
The end of daylight savings last weekend marked the beginning of shorter days, cooler weather, and yes, flu season. Word has it that flu season is expected to ramp up this month, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to take care of yourself if you get sick — or even, if you just get a cold! So, readers, tell us: What do you eat and drink to comfort yourself when you’re sick?
Nov 2, 2015
4 Pro Designers Share Their Best Tricks for Improving a Rental Kitchen
Rental apartment kitchens. If those three words bring to mind visions of blonde wood contractor-grade cabinets, dingy appliances, janky electric stoves, and a lighting situation that would not be out of place in a horror movie, then … yeah, you’re thinking of the right thing. But wait! Rental kitchens don’t have to stay that way. I know because savvy, stylish people told me so, and I believe them.
Oct 29, 2015
10 Cooking Tricks That Changed Everything for Us
When it comes to trick-or-treating, I’m all about the trick — cooking tricks, that is! You can try and woo me with treats (especially tempting now that you know what you’re doing!), but I will never pass up a smart, time-saving cooking trick or tip. Here are 10 of the best. Don’t you just hate it when you attempt to save guacamole for a few hours or overnight and it inevitably turns brown? That’s why this trick is amazing.
Oct 27, 2015
Our Favorite Recipes from The Essential New York Times Cookbook
Like Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything, it’s almost impossible to choose favorites from The New York Times Essential Cookbook. It contains more than 1,400 (!) recipes — the best of the best, in Amanda Hesser’s view, of all the recipes published in The New York Times in the last 150 years. The cookbook is essentially a deep dive in American cooking over the last century, and a fantastic resource. Here are a couple favorites from the book.
Oct 23, 2015
Our Favorite Recipes from Baking: From My Home to Yours
If you’re into baking or would like to be, then you must own Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. We’ve long been fans of Dorie, and rely on her expertise when it comes anything sweet and delicious. She knows her stuff. Here are three of our go-to recipes from Baking. What are yours? This is now a classic. – Anjali This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies.
Oct 22, 2015