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How To Make Watermelon Stars
Whether you’re making a fancy cocktail garnish, putting together a festive bowl of fruit salad, or serving appetizer-friendly fruit skewers, cutting your watermelon into stars adds a fun element to any summer spread. Here’s our simple method for cutting a whole watermelon down into cute little stars! Cutting watermelon into stars is easy. Once you trim the melon and cut it into slices, all you need is a star-shaped cookie cutter to stamp those stars out.
Jun 8, 2019
How To Clean Stainless Steel Countertops To a Shiny, Streak-Free Finish
Are you the proud owner (or renter) of a set of stainless steel countertops? They’re very common in commercial kitchens, but I haven’t seen them in many homes, save for an industrial-grade island or cart like the one in Julia’s kitchen. I don’t know why they haven’t remained in vogue — of all the quirks of my 1940s era kitchen, they’re the one feature I’ve truly fallen in love with.
Jun 8, 2019
How To Make Spoon Butter or Cutting Board Cream Out of Beeswax & Sunflower Oil
You just need some beeswax and sunflower oil.
May 30, 2019
How To Dye Easter Eggs with Onion Skins
Happy almost Easter, Kitchn readers! Looking for a beautiful, natural way to dye your eggs this year? Forget the technicolor dyes and look to your pantry, because onion skins are all you need to produce lovely, variegated-toned eggs. In Easter Land, things can get a little out of hand when it comes to the arts-and-crafts aspect of the holiday.
May 30, 2019
Recipe: Breath-Freshening Dog Treats
Like most beagles, ours has a major weakness: food in any form, especially dog treats. He goes crazy for these homemade biscuits, and little does he know, they help with his doggie breath, too! With a mix of whole-grain flours, healthy fats, and pooch-friendly, breath freshening ingredients, they’re great to have on hand for your favorite four-legged friend.
May 30, 2019
Colonel Pabst Worcestershire Sauce Gives Food Something Extra
Item: Colonel Pabst All-Malt Amber Lager Worcestershire Price: $13.95 Overall Impression: A condiment with hipster cred, the main ingredient in this Worcestershire sauce is — you guessed it — beer! It’s a mellow, rich brew, perfect for adding to meatloaf, Sloppy Joes, burgers, and cocktails. Worcestershire is one of those great condiments that rounds out the flavor of any dish it goes into. It has a magical trifecta of flavor-boosting attributes: salty, savory, and sweet.
May 30, 2019
Gourmet Garden’s Lightly Dried Herbs Keep for a Really, Really Long Time
Item: Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs Price: $3.99 Overall Impression: With impressively green flavor and a month-long shelf life, these herbs straddle the line between fresh and dried. We’re all looking for little helpers in the kitchen — ways to streamline the weeknight dinner-making process, add bursts of flavor to otherwise uninspired meals, and maybe most importantly, encourage us to cook more often.
May 30, 2019
Make Kimchi Just Like Grandma’s with Mama O’s Kimchi Paste
Item: Mama O’s Kimchi Paste Price: $19.95 (set of two 6-ounce jars) Overall Impression: Mama O’s Kimchi Paste removes all the guesswork (and a good amount of actual work) from making the perfect batch of kimchi. Kimchi is such a wonder-food. Its flavor profile is pretty versatile — I use it in place of hot sauce and salsa with all kinds of different meals. A scoop of kimchi on my morning eggs? Next to grilled chicken thighs?
May 30, 2019
The iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Will Ping You When Dinner Is Ready
Product: iDevices Kitchen Thermometer Price: $68 Overall Impression: A fun gift for your favorite gadget-loving cook, this thermometer lets you leave the kitchen while dinner cooks to perfection. When it comes to high-tech kitchen tools, I’m a big fan of ones that help me get dinner on the table faster and more easily. Bonus points if they get my husband interested in helping with the cooking.
May 30, 2019
We Reviewed the Cuisinart Gelateria Ice Cream Maker (and Suddenly Became Very Popular)
Item: Cuisinart Gelateria Ice Cream Maker Price: $119.95 Overall Impression: Well-designed and so simple to operate, the Cuisinart Gelateria is a great option for making generous batches of customized frozen treats. Sometimes, all of the popsicles, slushies, and granitas in the world just don’t cut it. What you really want is a bowl of silky-smooth, soft and melty ice cream or frozen yogurt.
May 30, 2019
Rachel Khoo Makes Us Fall In Love With French Food All Over Again
Cookbook: My Little French Kitchen by Rachel Khoo Overall Impression: Drawing inspiration from her travels throughout France, Rachel Khoo puts her distinctive stamp on the country’s regional cuisines. What do you do when you’ve got a case of Parisian ennui? Why, cavort all over France with an ace photographer, gathering gorgeous images and riffing on classic recipes from the country’s various food-producing regions, of course!
May 24, 2019
Why My Grandmother Is My Hero, in the Kitchen and in Life
Growing up, I always knew that I inherited my love of food and cooking from my Grandma Rachael. A consummate hostess, she had a way of making the most ordinary holiday gatherings into truly special parties, punctuated with food-centric traditions that the family looked forward to all year. For the longest time, I took for granted the pleasure of attending these events that she had planned down to the smallest detail.
May 24, 2019
What I Learned About Pizza in Peter Reinhart’s Free Online Class
Winter weather provides the perfect excuse to crank up the oven to 500ºF and make some artisan-style pizza! If you want something better at home than you can find in a delivery box, then we have a great online class for you. In a 90-minute series of video lessons, Peter Reinhart will teach you everything you need to know to make perfect pizza. Best of all?
May 24, 2019
5 Ways to Make a Tortilla Into a Snack
I love a burrito or fajita night as much as the next girl, but since I’m usually cooking for just two, I often find myself with a stack of leftover whole wheat tortillas. Here are some ways I’ve come up with to use the extras, incorporating them into afternoon snacks all week long. Like I said, I usually make these snacks with a whole wheat tortilla, but a plain flour tortilla would work as well!
May 2, 2019
7 Ways to Eat Matzo When You’re Sick of It
Do you observe the holiday of Passover? Close your eyes and picture yourself a week from now. You’re staring down yet another box of matzo, wondering how you’ll make it through the next few days. Chances are you’ve eaten your fair share of the salt-free, woefully bland flat bread in various sandwich iterations, and you don’t think you can down another bite of the stuff. Don’t despair — these ideas will help you get your matzo mojo back and power through!
May 2, 2019
15 Cucumber Appetizers for Spring Entertaining
Ah, the humble cucumber. This ubiquitous and versatile vegetable has so much going for it — its mild flavor, no-cook convenience, and refreshing crisp texture make it a go-to for so many appetizers. Here are some of our favorite cuke ideas for your spring and summer gatherings. Raw Cucumber Sandwiches with Herbed Cashew Cream Cheese – Even the bread is raw! These open-faced beauties are ready for prime time.
May 2, 2019
4 Ways to Use Ground Vanilla Beans
Have you stumbled across this ingredient? Ground vanilla beans are exactly what they sound like — whole vanilla beans, processed into a slightly moist powder. Able to withstand higher heat than vanilla extract, this is a forgiving and versatile ingredient you’ll want to keep in your pantry! Here are a few ideas to get you started: Substitute ground vanilla beans for vanilla extract, but use half as much.
May 2, 2019
Fizzy & Light on the Booze: 7 Mule Cocktails
The copper cup is a nice touch, but rest assured, you don’t need one to enjoy a mule! Also referred to as a buck, this type of cocktail has just three required ingredients: ginger beer, citrus juice, and a jigger-full of your alcohol of choice. Here are some of our favorite versions of this breezy drink, perfect for spring and summer entertaining. 1. Dead Man’s Mule is one of a trio of cocktail recipes on this post from the blog Death to Sour Mix.
May 2, 2019
Raise Your Braising Cred: 10 Tips for Perfectly Cooked Vegetables
When was the last time you eagerly scooped up a heaping second serving of cooked vegetables? If you can’t recall, you might be in a side dish rut. Put the steamer basket down, return the baking sheet to the cabinet, and whip out your biggest, trustiest lidded sauté pan. These tips will help you braise vegetables that are lightly caramelized on the outside, fork tender all the way through, and napped in a luxurious glaze. Slice bulbs and brassicas for maximum brownability.
May 2, 2019
Andrea Slonecker’s Eggs on Top Made Me Fall In Love With Eggs All Over Again
Cookbook: Eggs on Top: Recipes Elevated by an Egg by Andrea Slonecker Overall Impression: An enthusiastic thumbs up for this informative and authoritative primer on egg cookery, with restaurant-style recipes to boot. Eggs are an indispensable part of my routine. Whether fried over easy to top my morning avocado toast, hardboiled and sprinkled with salt and pepper for an afternoon snack, or slipped into a spicy shakshuka, they make their way into my diet on a daily basis.
May 2, 2019
5 Ways to Use Dried Fruit in Warm Weather Recipes
Chances are, you’ve probably got some dried fruit in a corner of your cabinet that’s begging to be used. I’m making it a goal to use up my raisins, dried apricots, and prunes before all the summer produce arrives — early growing seasons around the country mean that strawberries are already out in full force, with nectarines and apricots close behind. Here are some warm-weather recipe ideas using up these decidedly wintery ingredients!
May 2, 2019
TruRoots Organic Sprouted Green Lentils
Have you wanted to try sprouting at home? It’s really not that hard, but it does take some pre-planning. Enter the shelf-stable, sprouted and dehydrated lentils from TruRoots, which take just ten minutes to prepare. What a timesaver! Truth be told, sprouting your own lentils (or any other legumes for that matter) is not a difficult business.
May 2, 2019
How To Cut a Pineapple in the Prettiest Way
Cutting up a whole pineapple can seem like a daunting task. With prickly leaves and a tough outer skin, it’s a surprising pick for the international symbol for hospitality. Nonetheless, it’s easy to break down a whole fruit with the method I’ve laid out here! Pineapples are available year-round, but did you know that it’s peak season right now? They’re at their best from March through July, just in time for all of your favorite tropical, warm weather recipes.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: 4th of July Wine Sparklers
Fourth of July recipes can be so fussy, instructing you to carve watermelon baskets, make precise stripes of fruit on flag-shaped desserts, and whip up elaborate, food coloring-tinted layer cakes. Yeah, definitely not my thing! Enter these spritzers…er, sparklers. (See what I did there?) A cocktail with two ingredients, made right in the serving pitcher, with a cute fruit garnish for a little patriotic flair? I’ll take it!
May 2, 2019
The Lightweight’s Guide to Drinking at Summer Weddings
Summer wedding season is here! It’s time to don your most festive duds, celebrate with friends and loved ones, and hopefully, come out on the other side without having made a drunken spectacle of yourself. It’s far too easy to overdo it at the open bar without a game plan, so I’ve come up with a strategy that helps me avoid ending up under the table. Here are some ground rules for the bar, and five low-alcohol sips to see you through.
May 2, 2019
If You Want to Eat Way More Vegetables Keep a Crudité Platter in the Fridge
When I was a teenager, my mom picked up a habit that she’s kept ever since — keeping a plate of crudités in the fridge at all times. It’s her favorite way to have a healthy snack on hand, and now it’s mine, too! If I’m rummaging around in the kitchen for a snack, my usual M.O. is to grab whatever’s most convenient.
May 2, 2019
Cooking from Simple Thai Food Wasn’t Exactly Simple, But Lunch Was Amazing
Cookbook: Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu Overall Impression: Simple? Not exactly. But totally worth it to make beautiful, delicious Thai food at home? Absolutely! Toasting grains of rice over low heat for a half hour tested my patience. I didn’t realize it was possible to dirty quite so many bowls for the sake of one lunch.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Corn
There is nothing wrong with your screen. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. What you see before you are not strands of pasta, but swirls of spiralized zucchini! It’s time to change things up from the usual summer salad and give these vegetable “noodles” a try. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get my hands on a vegetable spiralizer.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Honey & Fruit
There’s nothing like waking up to a piping hot breakfast. A steamy, creamy bowl of oatmeal is the ultimate comfort food, and preparing it in the slow cooker is a great way to take care of your breakfast crew without having to wake up before everyone else. Just stir everything up in the slow cooker, set it on low, then sleep for a solid eight hours and wake up to your morning meal. Steel cut oats are a classic choice for porridge, and I love them combined with quinoa.
May 1, 2019
5 Books To Help You Decide What Healthy Eating Means to You
There are many, many ideas out there about what it means to “eat healthy.” It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole and end up totally confounded — believe me, I know from personal experience! These days, food and I have a much less fraught relationship. While no foods are off-limits, I have a clear sense of what I consider healthy and aim for that. I also support sustainable and ethical agribusiness practices when time and budget permit.
May 1, 2019
10 Savory Pumpkin-Shaped Bites for a Halloween Soirée
October might as well be National Pumpkin Month. Everyone’s favorite orange squash shows up on dessert menus and bakery displays, in coffee drinks, on the end-aisle of the grocery store in bright orange cookie form — and with all the sugary attention it receives it’s easy to just think of it as a sweet treat. But these creative bloggers have given pumpkin a savory spin, which feels so fresh and fun.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Jammy Granola Bars
These granola bars are the most decadent thing to emerge from my kitchen in quite a while, and let me tell you, they’re worth every rich, buttery, jam-filled bite. They’re the perfect hiking snack, bake-sale treat, or homey dessert (à la mode? Don’t mind if I do!). Or have one for breakfast, along with a strong mug of coffee and a side of self-satisfied bliss.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Pizza-fy Your Leftovers
A fridge full of leftovers feels like a blessing some nights, and a guilt trip on others. I don’t always want to eat the same thing for two nights in a row, but I usually can’t bear to let things go to waste. To make a repeat meal feel new again, I’ve come up with a no-fail way to revive yesterday’s dinner: I put it on a pizza.
May 1, 2019
These 10 Pans Will Get You Even More Excited About Fall Cooking
Every year, I look forward to ushering in autumn with oven-baked dishes, both savory and sweet. Finally, the weather is cool enough to warrant turning on the oven, and my colorful Dutch ovens and stoneware get to come out of sideboard storage. This year, I may have to add one or two more fall-themed dishes to my collection — check out this adorable assortment of cocottes, Dutch ovens, and cake pans. 1 Staub Cast-Iron Pumpkin Cocotte, $149.
May 1, 2019
We Tracked Down and Tested the 10 Best Pumpkin Goods at Trader Joe’s
This last week has been unseasonably warm in California, but you’d never know it at my neighborhood Trader Joe’s! The place is cozied up for fall with harvest-themed displays, cold weather produce, and orange packaging galore. Heat wave aside, we are officially in the midst of Pumpkin Spice Season. Here are ten of the best buys from the over three dozen pumpkin and pumpkin-spiced products on offer at TJ’s right now.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Barley with Shiitake Mushrooms & Sage
Here’s a quick and easy side dish worthy of any fall table! Barley makes a satisfying and easy side dish, especially when seasoned with sage and studded with intensely flavorful shiitake mushrooms. A serious upgrade from the usual pot of steamed rice, it might just steal the spotlight from your main dish. This dish comes together just as quickly as a pot of regular rice or quinoa.
May 1, 2019
With Gina Homolka’s Cookbook, You Won’t Think Healthy Food is Boring Ever Again
Cookbook: The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka Overall Impression: Looking to drop a few pounds while still feeding your family meals they’ll enjoy? The Skinnytaste Cookbook is your new best friend. Blogger Gina Homolka shows readers that when you put a healthy twist on traditionally indulgent recipes, low calorie cooking doesn’t have to mean boring food.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Carrot Cake Power Bites
These snacks are vegan, require no baking, and come together quickly in the food processor.
May 1, 2019
Hold the Bread: 5 Ways to Eat Your Favorite Sandwich as a Salad
I’m always looking for ways to get more produce into my diet. Whether it’s keeping a crudité platter in the fridge, adding cooked carrots to a sweet afternoon snack, or swapping spiraled zucchini for noodles, I’ll use any trick I can to fill my days with lots of vegetables. Here’s my favorite new way to swap out starch for greens in my lunchtime routine — turn a classic sandwich into a salad!
May 1, 2019
This Cookbook Gave Me New Uses for My Pots (and Pans, Too!)
Cookbook: One Pot by Martha Stewart Living Overall Impression: Clever recipes make this a great cookbook for nights when you want to make an easy, one-pot meal. The latest release from the editors at Martha Stewart Living is based on a simple premise: cook your whole meal in one cooking vessel, and you’ll get a great dinner with minimal cleanup.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Elvis Chocolate Bark
It is widely known that the crowned King of Rock ‘n’ Roll loved peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches. With or without bacon, he enjoyed them often — they were one of his favorite indulgences at home and on the road. In homage to this delicious snack, here’s a holiday bark, fit for Elvis himself! This salty-sweet combination of flavors hits all the right notes.
May 1, 2019
10 Ways to Use Up Mustard
Mustard is one of those condiments that just seems to improve everything it touches. With a magical combination of acid, salt, and spice all in one cheery yellow spoonful, it’s my go-to for brightening and perking up the flavors in so many savory dishes. When a salad dressing, marinade, or sauce seems to be lacking a little something, mustard is my no-fail secret ingredient. Here are a few of the ways I like to use my most favorite condiment.
May 1, 2019
5 Cookbooks with Fresh Ideas for Your Slow Cooker
If you’re looking for some new inspiration for your slow cooker, I have five cookbooks you definitely need to check out. Each one features recipes you’d never imagine could be made in a slow cooker. Whether you’d like to dip a toe into a new-to-you cuisine, make an effortless, hands-off dessert, or go vegan for a Meatless Monday, these books will give you tons of exciting new ways to put your slow cooker to work.
May 1, 2019
A 3-Ingredient Dessert Trick with Instant Oatmeal
Instant oatmeal can be a lifesaver on busy mornings, but it’s also great when you want to throw together a quick dessert! With just two more ingredients, this pantry staple is transformed into a hot, comforting fruit crumble. Read on for easy instructions for this warming weeknight treat for two. One packet of instant oatmeal makes enough crumble topping for two servings of dessert, and you can use any flavor you’ve got in the cupboard.
May 1, 2019
Kick Your Caffeine Habit with These 4 Coffee Substitutes
First thing in the morning, I am nothing without my steaming hot mug of coffee. Truth be told, you’d have to pry it out of my hands to get me to give it up! However, I have a one mug-a-day limit — any more caffeine throughout the day starts messing with my mood and sleep, and the acid isn’t so great for my tummy either. When I want the warm, comforting sensation of a cup of coffee without the acid and caffeine, I reach for one of these four substitutes instead.
May 1, 2019
10 Ways to Use Up Hot Sauce
It’s so very easy to keep acquiring hot sauces until, what do you know, they’re taking up most of the prime refrigerator door real estate. That’s how it goes in my house, anyway, as my chili-head husband seems to add a new one to his collection each week. Here are a few ways I’m planning to get through some of our spicy condiments! 1. A few drops on your morning eggs. If you make it a habit, you’ll be surprised how quickly the bottle is gone. 2.
May 1, 2019
5 Reasons Why I Love My Stovetop Panini Press
Did you acquire an electric or stovetop panini press during the late 1990s craze, only to use it once or twice? Before you think about culling it from your kitchen, consider a few of the ways I use my stovetop model. It’s great for more than just sandwiches, and I find myself pulling it out of the cabinet often. Allow me to tell you about my top five uses for one of my favorite tools!
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Chicken and Potatoes Sheet-Pan Supper
Sheet-pan suppers are one of my favorite no-fuss ways to get dinner on the table. Most of the cooking time is unattended, so you’re free to leave your kitchen post while your dinner is doing its thing in the oven. Pour yourself a glass of wine, kick back, and relax as the oven does all the work — rendering your chicken skin crispy and turning your potatoes golden-brown. This meal is not only super simple to put together, but it’s also very easy to customize to your liking.
May 1, 2019