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The Kitchn Cure Day 10: Buy That Pan or Small Appliance You Need
The Kitchn Cure Day 10: Friday, August 22 Assignment: Buy that pan or small appliance you need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Today we take a break from cleaning to do something fun: shop! If you really need a new pan or small appliance, now’s the time to get it. This is your reward for all the deep cleaning you did this week.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 4: Clear Out the Freezer
The Kitchn Cure Day 4: Thursday, August 14 Assignment: Clear out the freezer. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Your refrigerator is now in tip-top shape, so let’s move on to the freezer, shall we? Like the refrigerator task, we’re divvying up this task into two days. Today we’ll clear out, consolidate, and label everything in your freezer; tomorrow we’ll clean and organize it so you can easily find what you need!
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 3: Clean and Organize the Refrigerator
The Kitchn Cure Day 3: Wednesday, August 13 Assignment: Deep clean the refrigerator. (See all the assignments so far here.) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Now that you’ve cleared out your refrigerator, it’s time to give it a thorough cleaning. Say farewell to the watery goop at the bottom of your crisper, the sticky mess at the back of the second shelf, the crumbs in the rubber door seal.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 2: Clear Out the Refrigerator
The Kitchn Cure Day 2: Tuesday, August 12 Assignment: Clear out the refrigerator. (See all the assignments so far here.) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure How did Day 1 of The Kitchn Cure go for you? We started off light, but now the real work begins. Today is the first day of our two-day refrigerator task! Instead of tackling both a fridge clearing and deep clean in one day, we’re splitting the project into two parts.
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 1: Make a List of What You Like and Dislike In Your Kitchen
The Kitchn Cure Day 1: Monday, August 11 Assignment: Make a list of what you like and dislike about your kitchen. Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Welcome, everyone! Today is the first day of The Kitchn Cure, and we’re so happy you’ve decided to join us. Over the next four weeks we’re going to clean, organize, and beautify our kitchens from top to bottom. Are you ready?
May 12, 2022
Jessica and Jonathan’s “Cook Together In Front of the Fireplace” Kitchen
When Jessica and Jonathan renovated their Eichler-style Denver home, they knew exactly what they wanted to be able to do when it was all said and done: cook together in front of the fireplace while watching it snow. (Who wouldn’t want that?
May 12, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 6: Evaluate Your Pots, Pans, and Small Appliances
The Kitchn Cure Day 6: Monday, August 18 Assignment: Evaluate your pots, pans, and small appliances. Discard what you don’t need. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure Welcome to Week 2 of The Kitchn Cure! We’re moving on from the fridge and freezer this week to focus on your other appliances, both big and small.
May 11, 2022
A Book Club Brunch Party, 100 Rules of Dinner, Bringing Children to the Party, and Crowd-Pleasing Cream Cheese Appetizers
Welcome to Saturday! We hope you’re having a warm, spring day wherever you are. Popular posts this week on The Kitchn include a menu for spring housewarming party, memorable entertaining ideas picked up at a dinner party in Tel Aviv, 100 rules of dinner, and a lovely look behind the scenes at a book club brunch party given by our own Anjali! All this and more below… enjoy! 15. Have Extra Bananas? 7 Ways to Turn Them Into a Blissful Brunch 14.
May 11, 2022
10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in a Slow Cooker
It’s fall, which means it’s time to pull out the ol’ slow cooker! We’ve shared a few of our favorite slow cooker recipes in the past, including tried-and-true recipes for barbacoa beef, lemon garlic chicken, and curried vegetable stew. But did you know you can also use your slow cooker to make cheesecake? Fruit butters? Even bread? Yes, indeed. • 1 Oatmeal: We love steel cut oats, and this recipe makes magic out of them. A perfect way to wake up in the morning!
May 11, 2022
From Silver Cabinets to Pink Refrigerators: 20 Inspiring Kitchen Design Ideas
Floral wallpaper. Minty green cabinets. Sliding ladders. A multi-purpose bookshelf. Copper pipe utensil racks. These are just some of the clever, eye-catching kitchen design ideas we loved this year. Read on for more!TOP ROW• 1 10 Examples of Wallpaper in the Kitchen: Just a Splash, Used Well• 2 Look! A Good-Looking, Multipurpose Kitchen Bookshelf• 3 An Open Shelving Twist: Cabinet Cubbies• 4 10 Minty Fresh Kitchens• 5 Look!
May 11, 2022
Recipes To Double and Freeze, Savory Oatmeal, Vegetarian Freezer Lunches, Smoothies, and Bath Towel Greens
Happy weekend, folks! Here’s a rundown of our most popular posts from the past week, including a look at a few lovely non-apple pies to make this fall, the best way to freeze and thaw meat and fish, how to choose the right freezer containers, and 20 smoothie tips, hints, and recipes. Enjoy!15. Freezer Savvy: The Best Way to Freeze (and Thaw!) Meat14. Beyond Apple: 7 Other Lovely Fall Pies to Make Right Now13. Freezer Recipe: Sausage and Vegetable Breakfast Casserole12.
May 11, 2022
Soups for a Cold, 8 Ways to a Neater Kitchen, Cooking Projects for the New Year, and The Kitchn’s Top Posts of 2012
Happy Saturday, friends! How are you adjusting to the New Year? Do you have a list of resolutions you plan to tackle this weekend? If any of them involve your kitchen, you’ll want to check in with a few of our popular posts this week, including eight ways to a neater and more organized kitchen, a guide to thoroughly cleaning your kitchen in 20 minutes a day for five days, and 10 cooking projects you should try this year. All this and more below!15.
May 11, 2022
Vegetarian Main Courses, Potluck Party Dishes, 28 Meat Tips & Tutorials, and the Best Digital Cooking Magazine
Good morning, folks! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past week, including a few favorite Fall bacon recipes, a review of digital cooking magazine Panna, savory dishes to bring to a holiday potluck party, and 20 delicious ways to cook chicken for dinner.15. How To Cook Salmon Fillets in the Oven14. How To Cook and Brown Ground Beef13. The New Nutella: 5 Speculoos Desserts12. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Meat: 28 Tips & Tutorials11.
May 11, 2022
Sur La Table: Serious Culinary Tools for Serious Cooks
Sur La Table, French for On the table, first opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1972, selling gourmet cooking paraphernalia. 42 years later the store is as active as ever, with over 100 retail locations around the country and an impressive online store. With the high quality of brands and merchandise, and their emphasis on cooking classes and special events, Sur La Table remains a great place to browse for high-end tools and cookware.
May 11, 2022
For Extra Storage: Dressers in the Kitchen
We’re accustomed to seeing dressers in the bedroom, and sometimes even in the living or dining room. Often antique, dressers are an attractive storage piece for non-clothing items, too, like blankets and table linens. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see them popping up in kitchens! Whether used as an island, extra counter space, or just to store cookware, freestanding dressers can be an interesting visual element in a kitchen, as well as a practical storage solution.
May 11, 2022
Rice Main Dishes, No-Work Meals, a Vegetarian Spring Dinner Party, Re-Growing Celery, and Ways To Ruin Knives
Happy Saturday, friends. We hope you’re having a wonderful weekend wherever you are. Popular posts this week on The Kitchn include tips on making the farmers’ market the only place you shop, ideas for low-carb, budget-friendly meals, quick and simple veggie recipes to get you out of a salad rut, and three ways you may be ruining your knives.  15. Chowing Down on Bok Choy! 10 Ways to Love This Asian Green 14. Re-Growing Celery: Grow a New Bunch Indoors or Outdoors 13.
May 11, 2022
Organizing Your Spices: 20 Spice Storage Setups and Solutions
Many of us keep heaps of spices on hand in the kitchen, and that can create quite the storage conundrum. From wrangling dozens of little bulk-bin bags to rummaging around in the cupboard for the right jar, the whole process shouldn’t be so maddening. We love seeing how other cooks store and organize their spices because we’re always on the lookout for that “why didn’t I think of that?” tip.
May 11, 2022
Food Documentaries on Netflix, Date Night Tips, Fast and Fancy Weeknight Meals, and the Best Way To Keep Fresh Herbs
Welcome to the weekend, folks! Popular posts on The Kitchn this week include 10 great food documentaries to stream on Netflix, 5 tips for a date night in the kitchen, a roundup of warm salads for the winter, how to make lunch at your desk better, and the best way to keep herbs fresh. Enjoy!15. 3 Tips for Making Inexpensive Stew Meat Taste Heavenly14. Recipe: Easy Lobster Bisque for Two13. The Best Way To Keep Herbs Fresh12. 5 Tips For a Date Night in the Kitchen11.
May 11, 2022
The Kitchn Cure Day 9: Clean Your Small Appliances
The Kitchn Cure Day 9: Thursday, August 21 Assignment: Clean your small appliances. (See all the assignments so far here) Sign Up: Sign up here for The Kitchn Cure This is the last cleaning assignment for this week, friends! You’ve really gotten down and dirty these last few days, but give it one more push today and all the major stuff will soon be behind you.
May 11, 2022
Kitchen Before & After: From Awkward and Boxy to Radically Open
Prior to its renovation, the kitchen in this 1,200-square-foot Austin fixer-upper suffered from poor design and a lot of wasted space. The boxy cabinets fit awkwardly on the wall, and the muddy grays were tired. The owners knew they’d need to “put the walls to work” when they overhauled it, and did they ever! Check out the stunning ‘After’ photo below:What a dramatic change!
May 11, 2022
Another Way to Use That Above-Cabinet Space? Hang a Shelf There!
Ah, that awkward space above the kitchen cabinets — you know the one. In the past we’ve discussed using baskets or a bit of eye-catching wallpaper to fill the void. Still uninspired? Here’s one more idea to add to the list: hang a shelf there! One of the biggest problems Danielle — who works as the senior director of communications at One Kings Lane — had with her small kitchen was (surprise, surprise) not enough storage.
May 11, 2022
15 Ways to Improve Your Cooking Life, 5 Minutes at a Time
There are a number of ways to become a better cook: You can read a lot of cookbooks, learn from the experts, go to culinary school, or work your way through The Kitchn’s Cooking and Baking Schools. You can make the same recipe dozens of times or cook all day to prep for the week or a big party. Do any of these at any time, and you’ll improve your cooking skills — no doubt about it! The only potential problem? You need time to do most of those things.
May 9, 2022
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.
May 4, 2022
Before & After: How I Organized My Disastrous Under-the-Sink Area
Is there any kitchen area more prone to neglect than the area under the sink? Well, perhaps the junk drawer, but since I conquered that last week, it was time to tackle the towering mess of cleaners, sponges, brushes, and bottles that had taken up residence in my sink cabinet. I really don’t know how it got like this. I swear, I think everything just showed up one day, like squatters. Sponge squatters! Dish soap interlopers! They were living under my sink, and it was time to clean house.
May 4, 2022
5 Reasons You Should Be Proud to Cook in a Small Kitchen
We know cooking in a small kitchen has its challenges; the lack of countertop space, the too-tight quarters, and the endless question of where to put everything is enough sometimes to drive a reasonable person batty! But while it’s tempting to wallow in photos of kitchens that are bigger than your whole apartment (wah!), it’s probably better for your mental health long-term to realize that small kitchens have their advantages, and you should be proud to cook in one.
May 4, 2022
A Cook’s Summer Bucket List: 10 Things to Do Before It’s All Over
Do you feel a nip in the air? If so, you’re probably imagining it, because it’s not even August yet. However … fall is inevitable, and when it hits, you’re going to find yourself pining for these easy summer days, and maybe even wishing you’d done a little more to enjoy yourself. A better idea? Avoid that regret entirely and celebrate summer to the max.
May 4, 2022
5 Things to Do in the Kitchen on a Sunday Night
There’s something special about Sunday habits. While the morning and evening rituals that make up the rest of the week keep our kitchen lives sane and steady, it’s what we do on Sunday that sets the tone. Good Sunday habits should both close off the week prior, and send you prepped and cheered into the week ahead. While there are many ways to spend a Sunday in the kitchen, here are five small things we like to do before the night is over.
May 4, 2022
Why You Don’t Feel Like Cooking Tonight, and How to Fix It
So, you don’t feel like cooking tonight. Been there, done that! There isn’t a cook alive who hasn’t at one point walked into his or her kitchen and thought, “Nope. Uh-uh. Not happening.” Cooking funks come with the territory, and when you hit one, it’s tempting to just switch off the kitchen light and call your local Thai place. But wait! Having gone through those cooking-blah bouts many times ourselves, we know the common causes. We also know the cures.
May 4, 2022
15 Ways We’ve Screwed Up in the Kitchen, and How We Fixed It
Show me a cook who’s never burned a pot, oversalted a dish, or forgotten to add some key ingredient, and I’ll show you an alien. Yes, that’s right — all cooks (of this world, at least) fail to get it right every once in a while. We’ve been there hundreds of times, and it’s frustrating! But take heart: Most things can be salvaged if you’re smart about it. Here are 15 ways we’ve messed up in the kitchen, and how we fixed it.
May 4, 2022
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!
Sep 15, 2021
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.
Sep 15, 2021
Why Didn’t We Think of That? 18 Ingenious Kitchen Organizing Tips from Our Readers
We've rounded up some of the top tips you guys have given us recently. Steal some of them for your kitchen and share your own ideas.
Jul 16, 2021
A Pizza Party on the Porch
I lived without outdoor space for many years, so when my husband and I finally moved to an apartment with a porch, we knew it was only a matter of time before we threw an outdoor party — specifically, a grilled pizza party! I’ve already shared the party plan and the simple menu with you. Here’s a full look at the party itself, from the grill setup and topping-chopping marathon to the final shots of the pizza in all its charred, melted glory.
May 21, 2021
3 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Knives
Do you know the quickest way to dull a knife? Turns out there are three. I’m the first to admit I’ve done two out of three of these things at one time or another, but now I know better — and you can, too! 1. You store your knives unsheathed in the utensil drawer.There are a few reasons this is bad: first of all, it’s dangerous to have a knife loose in the drawer. Secondly, an unsheathed knife rubs against other things, which causes it to get dull very quickly.
Dec 31, 2020
A Quick Guide to Ingredient Substitutions
We’ve all faced ingredient conundrums and last-minute shortages in the kitchen. Oh no! Out of eggs! No heavy cream! Need a buttermilk substitute! Thankfully, there are a few tried-and-true substitutions you can turn to in a pinch. These can also be helpful if you’re trying to modify a recipe out of dietary necessity (shifting it to be dairy or gluten-free, for example). This guide will help get you started.
Dec 10, 2020
10 Spooky, Clever Foods for Halloween
From witch fingers to jello worms.
Oct 7, 2020
Baby’s First Butcher Shop: Meat Market Playsets in Victorian Times
Meat carcasses hang from the rafters. There’s blood and sawdust on the floor. Doll-sized butchers stand in front, looking severe. (One is even holding a knife.) A historical mock-up for a museum, you think? Nope. This is an actual toy butcher shop for kids, circa 1850, and it was a runaway hit at the time.Collectors Weekly has a terrific little article on their website right now on the history of toy food.
Sep 30, 2020
So You Know: Cookie Monster’s Famous Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe
We all know Cookie Monster loves to eat cookies, but it turns out he’s quite the baker, too! Cookie Monster’s famous cookie dough recipe first appeared in Big Bird’s Busy Book, from the 1970’s.
Sep 30, 2020
Why Did Popeye Eat So Much Spinach? The Surprising Answer
We know Popeye loved the stuff, but the question is: why spinach? The answer, it turns out, all goes back to one little mistake. In 1870 German chemist Erich von Wolf correctly ascertained the amount of iron in spinach, but while transcribing his notes, he accidentally misplaced a decimal point: instead of recording that spinach had 3.5 milligrams of iron per 100-gram serving (as is the case), he wrote that it had 35 milligrams. This is a huge amount.
Sep 30, 2020
A Play Kitchen Gets a Glam Makeover
Who doesn’t love a good before and after kitchen makeover? But if you think those projects are reserved for, well, adult-sized kitchens, you’d be mistaken. Even play kitchens get super stylin’ sometimes. Just wait till you see what this little setup looks like now… Ta-da! Cream, black, and gold all the way. Brenda Bird of From Me, With Love found this play kitchen on Craigslist for $15.
Sep 30, 2020
7 Snack Stations and Setup Ideas For Organizing Snacks at Home
How do you store snacks at home? Do you have a system to keep them organized and easily accessible for your kids? Or is it more of a free-for-all in the pantry? If you’re in need of inspiration for how best to wrangle snack packs and treats, take a cue from these snack stations and setups! Tell us: what are your snack storage secrets?
Sep 30, 2020
How Did You Start Cooking Again After Having a Baby?
Three months ago, in the early part of August, I had a baby. My daughter came two weeks early, right as we were getting ready to “get ready” for her. We’d planned to fill the freezer with meals, but only had time to make turkey stock. Turkey stock! Of all the things to start with, we started with turkey stock. And then we brought home a baby, and I stopped cooking. It’s thanks to friends who provided a steady supply of meals that we even ate in those first few weeks.
Sep 30, 2020
5 Tips to Help You Start Cooking Again After Having a Baby
“Everything changes when you have a baby.” That’s what one reader wrote in response to my post last week asking for advice on getting back to cooking after you have a baby — and boy, is that the truth. Dozens of readers offered their own bits of wisdom for re-entering cooking life (thank you for that!), and here are the top five tips I gleaned from all the input.
Sep 30, 2020
Cute Alert: Kids Apron and Cooking Utensil Sets by Odette Williams
Have a kid cook on your hands? We’ve found just the thing to keep them curious in the kitchen: an apron just for them, plus a mitt and mini wooden utensil set perfectly sized for their little hands. Too cute! These sweet, simple aprons, made in New York by Odette Williams, come in 10 different styles. (Although a few are sold out, we hope they’ll be back in stock soon.) Each apron is hand-silkscreened and made of 100% cotton with one-size-fits-all sizing meant for ages 3 to 8.
Sep 30, 2020
Exposing Babies to Peanuts Can Prevent Peanut Allergies
In an about-face, a new study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine says that kids exposed to peanuts as babies are significantly less likely to develop a peanut allergy when they’re older. The results are apparently so compelling, the study recommends an immediate change to infant feeding guidelines.
Sep 30, 2020
How Young Kids Can Help in the Kitchen: A List of Activities by Age
My daughter just turned one, which means when I’m not weeping at the passage of time (WHERE DID IT GO?), I’m marveling at the little person she’s turning into. She’s hung out in the kitchen with us from the beginning, and I know it won’t be long before she’s ready to do more than unstack measuring cups and bang spoons on the countertop. (With gusto. Lots and lots of gusto!) Want to involve your kids in cooking?
Sep 30, 2020
10 Gifts for a Coffee Geek in the Making
There are people who like coffee, and then there are people who like-like coffee, for whom coffee is an experience, an adventure, a whole realm of possibility just waiting to be explored. If you have a budding barista on your holiday list, this gift guide is for them. It features 10 things that’ll significantly up their standing in the coffee geek realm, with French press and pour-over essentials like a burr grinder, ceramic filter, and a gooseneck kettle for precise pouring.
Aug 27, 2020
10 Gifts for Coffee Lovers
Coffee lovers encompass a range of obsessions: it’s about the bean, the flavor, the caffeine, the ritual, the process, the experience. Whatever your coffee lover’s particular focus, we have a gift idea for you.TOP ROW• 1 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $26 from Amazon: it may not be the prettiest gadget around, but it makes an amazing cup of coffee – flavorful, smooth, and rich in body. You can also make espresso with it.
Aug 27, 2020