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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
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
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 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
Our Favorite Recipes from How To Cook Everything
There are so, so many great recipes in Bittman’s cooking bible, it’s almost impossible to choose just a few. It’s one of the most comprehensive cookbooks out there, touching on almost anything you could ever want to know (hence the title). Every cook should have a copy. Here are just a few memorable recipes. Bittman’s crab cake recipe is great. Just solid and reliably flavorful, with an emphasis on crab and less on the bread crumbs.
Oct 21, 2015
Our Favorite Recipes from The Zuni Cafe Cookbook
This week we’re sharing our favorite recipes from five classic cookbooks. We started with The Moosewood Cookbook, and today we look at favorites from another kitchen stalwart: The Zuni Cafe Cookbook. You may remember the best hidden tip from this cookbook, but what about the recipes? Here are the ones we just can’t get over, and never will. The Zuni Cafe roast chicken is the ultimate. I did a version of it for The Kitchn.
Oct 20, 2015
Our Favorite Recipes from The Moosewood Cookbook
Do you remember your first cookbook? Many of us can trace the start of our cooking life back to one or two cookbooks that showed how enticing and accessible cooking could be; cookbooks that proved it was possible to cook delicious food at home, in our own kitchen, by ourselves! This week we’re highlighting our favorite recipes from five classic cookbooks, beginning with Mollie Katzen’s beloved The Moosewood Cookbook. Did you dog-ear pages from this cookbook back in the day?
Oct 19, 2015
I Seasoned My Cast Iron Pan with Flaxseed Oil, and Here’s What Happened
It took 18 hours, but it was totally worth it. Here's why.
Oct 14, 2015
10 Surprising Uses for Kitchen Items Around the Rest of the House
You know the feeling you get when you have a problem in your home — a stain, a crack, an annoyance or a mundane task of some kind — and realize, with relief and a bit of relish, that you have the means on hand to fix it immediately?
Oct 6, 2015
5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 5 Years Ago About Meal Planning
If a genie were to puff himself out of a lamp right now and make me master of any one cooking skill (genies are so specialized nowadays!), I know exactly what I’d ask for. No, I don’t want to make a chocolate soufflé so amazing you’d weep over your fork. (Well, I do want that. Yes, I do.) And no, I don’t want the ability to make the world’s butteriest, flakiest croissants. (Well, again, I do. But, priorities!) You know what I really want?
Oct 1, 2015
I Just Childproofed My Kitchen, and Here’s What I Did
When my daughter was born, it seemed like an age would pass before I’d have to worry about childproofing. That tiny, immobile munchkin on the play mat was going to stay like that for seven years while we caught up on sleep and became perfect parents. Then — and only then — she would move on to being a walking, reaching little person.
Sep 29, 2015
Your Checklist for Doing Fall Right
Summer, we definitely knew ye — with your record-setting high temps and low rainfall, your cobblers and corn on the cob, and your iced tea and ice cream. We knew ye and loved ye — most of the time. (Sometimes you were a real piece of work, just sayin’.) But that’s all in the past. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye. Guys, fall is here.
Sep 25, 2015
5 Things We’ve Learned from Paris Kitchens
Why do so many of us have an unabashed crush on Paris, and French culture in general? I know it’s all very romanticized, and yet if a Paris apartment shows up on Apartment Therapy or there’s a peek into a French kitchen here on Kitchn, there I am — drool on face, dreams in head. It doesn’t matter if the kitchen is the size of a shoebox; it’s the size of a shoebox … in Paris.
Sep 17, 2015
The Best $20 I Ever Spent on My Kitchen
After publishing my list on the best and worst things I’ve ever bought for my kitchen, I realized I’d forgotten to include one key purchase that has definitely made my life in the kitchen a little — well, a lot! — better. I’m dubbing it the best $20 I ever spent for my kitchen, and because that’s too good a secret to keep to myself, I asked my fellow Kitchn editors and writers, past and present, to chime in with their own picks!
Sep 15, 2015
10 Ways to Get Rid of That Awful Smell in Your Kitchen Sink
Kick that stink to the curb — and keep it from coming back!
Sep 10, 2015
The Introvert’s Guide to Cleaning the Kitchen
There are three things you should know about introverts: first, we like spending time alone; second, we’re not anti-social, we just can’t socialize nonstop without feeling like — how do I put this? — part of our soul is dying; and third, there’s a right and wrong way for an introvert to clean the kitchen. What? You didn’t know that last part? It’s true.
Sep 3, 2015
10 Things We’ve Learned on Our Travels
There are many great things about traveling: beautiful sights, great food, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, funny moments we tell around the table for years to come. Then there are the things we learn — about ourselves, about others — while abroad; the cultural and culinary habits and traditions that make such an impression on us we still think about them years later and, in some cases, even start doing them at home. Here are 10 examples.
Aug 28, 2015
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.
Aug 11, 2015
Why There’s No Such Thing as a “Real” Cook
If you were to scroll through the tens of thousands of comments that have been posted to The Kitchn over the years, you’d notice a little term pop up every once in a while. It shows up in discussions about kitchen setups and tools; it appears on comment threads for kitchen tours and cooking technique tutorials. It’s not outwardly offensive or shocking, so people throw it around a lot: “real cook.
Jul 20, 2015
The 10 Best Things at IKEA This Summer
When I visited IKEA a while back, the summer collection had just hit stores. I always look forward to IKEA’s seasonal collections (February’s was pretty great), and the summer line is no different. With its recurring pear and strawberry motifs and subtle checks in pink, white, and green, it’s super fun and playful without going over the top. Here are the 10 things I’d totally get for my kitchen. Sommar 2015 Tablecloth in assorted patterns, $14.
Jun 29, 2015
7 Things You Should Have in the Kitchen by Age 30
If you’ve been cooking for a few years, you’ve probably already stocked your kitchen with basic tools and equipment, and mastered a few key recipes and grown-up kitchen habits. Adulthood, BOOM — you’ve got it covered. Now what? We like to think of this list as a “next-level” guide to making your kitchen feel grown-up.
Jun 23, 2015
When Cooking Makes Me Mean
I generally have a pretty even-keeled temperament. I’m not prone to angry outbursts or major meltdowns. I’m not wildly laid-back, but I’m also not hyperactive. My fuse is neither short nor long — just your average fuse, folks! But sometimes being in the kitchen brings out the worst in me. Here’s how. Cooking stress makes me snappy and irritable. When I’m stressed in the kitchen, my tolerance evaporates, my patience dwindles, and my goodwill dies.
Jun 16, 2015
5 Things I Do So I Don’t Get Behind on My CSA Boxes
I’ve prepped and readied for my CSA this season, and now the real work begins: finding ways to eat everything every week before it goes bad! If it’s your first time participating in a CSA, you’ll soon learn it’s not uncommon to end up with more than double what you’d have ever bought yourself at the grocery store. Sure, you buy cucumbers, but do you buy eight at a time? Welcome to CSA life. Sound scary? It can be, but it’s really just a lot of fun.
Jun 15, 2015
The Wedding Registry Gifts We Still Use 10 Years Later (and the Ones We Don’t)
It's been well over a decade now, and over the years we've put our registry list to the test.
Jun 3, 2015
I Spent $30 on a Window Fan for My Rental Kitchen, and It’s Made a Huge Difference
A while ago, I wrote a post about how to ventilate a kitchen when you don’t have a range hood or vent. A number of Kitchn readers recommended installing a reversible window fan which, when put on the exhaust setting, can effectively draw smells, steam, and smoke out of your kitchen. I don’t have a hood in my rental kitchen, and for a long time I just ran the ceiling fans in other rooms when I cooked something particularly smelly or smoky. It worked okay, but wasn’t ideal.
May 29, 2015
10 Questions to Ask Your Partner at the Dinner Table
“How was your day?” Every couple sharing an evening meal together has asked this question. It’s a fine question; you care about each other, after all, and are genuinely interested in what happened that day! But sometimes, especially for couples who’ve been together a long time, dinner conversations can settle into the same grooves night after night — work talk, complaining about the subway, what’s new with the kids.
May 19, 2015
A Genius Cleaning Tip
A few weeks ago we published a roundup of the best ways to clean the kitchen with a lemon. In the comment section of that post, a reader pointed out we’d neglected to mention her favorite way to clean with a lemon, even one that’s been sliced, juiced, and headed for the compost. I tried out her idea, and am now officially a fan of this cleaning tip. Here’s what she suggested. Here’s how it works: Place a lemon peel or a full lemon wedge (even one that’s been juiced!
May 11, 2015
The 10 Commandments of a Clutter-Free Kitchen
Here are 10 rules all clutter-free kitchen cooks live by. It's no magic, friends — just smart habits that anyone in any kind of kitchen can adopt. (That means you.)
May 4, 2015
Toe Kick Vacuums May Be the Most Genius Kitchen Invention Ever
I realize the title of this post is the very definition of hyperbolic, but I allow myself to bask in hyperbole when I come across something that’s clearly straight out of the Genius Factory. (You know the one — it’s the same factory, I presume, that produced this nibble pan and this whisk tealight holder.
May 1, 2015
My Golden Rule for Organizing Kitchen & Pantry Cupboards
I’ve cleared out and reorganized my kitchen many times over the years, usually in conjunction with The Kitchn Cure, and every time I’ve learned something new: I much prefer storing my spices upright in a pull-out drawer, rather than in a wonky rack; there’s a simple solution for a flaky pepper mill; and I’ve yet to regret my wall-mounted pot rack. But more than anything, I’ve realized the secret to creating (and maintaining!
Apr 28, 2015
The Prettiest Way to Dress up a Simple Tealight Candle
If you’ve ever looked on Pinterest for table decorating ideas, you’ve probably left with your head spinning and your wallet hurting. It can be overwhelming — so many of the ideas are either time-consuming or expensive. That hand-stamped tablecloth and gorgeous floral centerpiece? Totally doable … if you’re Martha. Most of us aren’t looking for an elaborate table setup; we just want something pretty, easy, and cheap to dress up a weeknight dinner.
Apr 28, 2015
10 Amazing Photos of Julia Child Having the Time of Her Life in the Kitchen
I honestly don’t think it’s possible to look at photos of Julia Child cracking up in the kitchen and not feel better about life. Her enthusiasm was — is! — infectious, and these photos prove it. Whether wielding a large knife over a row of chickens, or gleefully cutting into a fish the size of her torso, you know in those moments there was nowhere else she’d rather be. Cooking is supposed to be fun, people! And Julia would never want us to forget it.
Apr 23, 2015