Gina Eykemans

Gina is the mind behind So...Let's Hang Out. When she isn't cooking, taking pictures, or chasing after her puppy dog, she is usually doodling polar bears on napkins.
How to Clean an Oven Naturally with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Forget about that stinky self-cleaning function!
Dec 5, 2023
How To Clean a Coffee Maker with Vinegar
When the coffee you brew starts to taste bitter and funky, it’s time to give your coffee machine a little extra love.
Oct 6, 2023
Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes
Potatoes are dreamy — there's no way around it. But dreamiest of all is when their tender innards are spiked with salt and vinegar.
Aug 7, 2023
How To Season a Cast Iron Skillet
You can use a cast iron skillet for almost anything — as long as you take the time to maintain it and keep it in good condition. Here's how.
Sep 13, 2022
How To Make Fruit Slushies
News flash, everybody: Summer is hot. I always seem to forget how hot it gets here in California, until it happens. The temperature starts to creep into the high 90s and I start to panic. It’s that how many layers of clothes can I remove in this social situation and still remain decent? sort of panic. I’ve come up with a solution to cool things down: How about we make some slushies? They’re easy to whip up in a blender, made with real fruit, and best of all, ice cold.
Aug 30, 2022
How To Make Coconut Milk at Home
You only need two ingredients.
Aug 15, 2022
How To Clean a Dishwasher
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Over time dishwashers can collect food debris, soap residue, and inexplicable gunk that needs to be wiped away to ensure your dishes are getting a proper shine.
Feb 2, 2021
Recipe: Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Cookie dough is somewhat of a siren song in my life. It calls and beckons to me, singing its sweet melody of ooey-gooey comfort. It lures me in. I grab a spoon. Powerless. The next thing you know, the bowl is empty and there are no cookies to bake. Can you relate? Thankfully, I’ve devised a way to get my cookie dough fix that doesn’t involve sitting in a dark corner with a spoon.
Feb 7, 2020
Recipe: Vegan Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies
Who doesn’t love a scoop of creamy marshmallow fluff, sandwiched between two sweet-and-salty peanut butter cookies? It’s a simple treat that feels perfectly nostalgic. What if I told you that I was able to make this treat vegan? Because it’s happening, and it’s wonderful. Marshmallow fluff was something I thought I would never be able to make for my vegan friends.
Feb 5, 2020
Recipe: Creamy Vegan Queso Dip
It's the cheesy non-cheese dip you've been dreaming of.
Feb 5, 2020
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding Cups with Coconut Cream
There is a time and a place for desserts to be fussy and time consuming. I like to reserve those desserts for special occasions and birthdays. However, if I’m making regular weekday treats, I want them to be fast, easy, and completely delicious. Enter these vegan pudding cups. I made these in a blender with a short list of ingredients that pack it full of good fats, and make it a healthy take on a classic.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Gluten-Free Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes
For me, Christmastime means sipping hot cocoa by the fire and fighting with your siblings over who has more marshmallows in their cup. My mom would inevitably jump in and tell everyone that they have the exact same number of marshmallows floating on top of their cocoa, but I’d always remain skeptical. Luckily I’m a grownup now and can have all the marshmallows I want, or I can be even fancier and whip up a stack of hot chocolate-style pancakes with all of the fixings.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Gluten-Free Baked Vanilla Spice Sprinkle Doughnuts
Since going gluten-free, doughnuts are one of the things I miss most during the holidays. Each year, on December 26, my grandfather would wake up before everyone else and make his way to the local doughnut store. He’d bring back a bakers’ dozen of every kind of sugary treat. As each of us awoke, sleepy-eyed, stepping over boxes and leftover ribbon, we would reach into the box for something sweet and find our way to a cup of coffee or tea.
Jan 22, 2020
Recipe: Grain-Free Lemon & Blueberry Scones
I’m going to let you in on a very real and very awkward moment in my life history. It involves standing in the middle of the bakery section at a Whole Foods in Los Angeles, picking up loaves of freshly-baked bread and sniffing them. This on its own was weird enough, but the fact that the bread-huffing was coupled with crying made it more of a spectacle. I wandered over to the pastry case and ogled the muffins, scones, and tarts, tears still gently streaming down my cheeks.
Jan 21, 2020
How To Clean the Toaster
Related: You really should clean your toaster.
Sep 4, 2019
How To Clean Oven Racks in the Bathtub
Draw a nice, warm bath for your ... oven racks? It sounds pretty out there, but it actually works!
Sep 4, 2019
5 Vegan Munchies from Gina Eykemans
This week we’ve been having a full-on vegan snack attack! It turns out that vegan snacking is pretty simple, and also extremely delicious. Admittedly, when I was put on the case to make a queso dip devoid of cheese, I was a bit skeptical. But not only did I surprise myself with how amazingly delicious it is, I also managed to sneak in a bunch of nutritious vegetables to the recipe. In fact, most of these snacks, although they might sound decadent, have a secret hidden healthy component.
Jun 9, 2019
How To Make an All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner Using Citrus Peels
Oh, how I love the glorious citrus season that erupts during California winter! The weather is still brisk when I go out for my walks around my neighborhood, but the trees in my neighbors yards are bursting with color. There are oranges, lemons and limes dripping off of trees, spilling over fences and begging to be used up!
Jun 8, 2019
I Tried Whole30, and Here’s How It Went
Can eating non-processed whole foods and ditching grains, dairy, and sugar, reduce inflammation in your system, clear up your skin, and revitalize your energy stores?
Jun 6, 2019
Shawna’s Glamorous Custom Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Shawna Mullarkey, her husband, and their three children. Where: Novato, CA When I walked into Shawna Mullarkey’s kitchen, I think I audibly gasped. The light floods into the space, illuminating the clean, white walls and custom cabinetry. The chandeliers sparkle (yes, I said chandeliers, plural). A single beam made of reclaimed barn wood punctuates the space with rustic warmth. Antique flea market finds, succulents, and an enviable cutting-board collection, oh my!
Jun 5, 2019
Lauren Scott’s Charming Petaluma Kitchen
Lauren Scott has no trouble telling you how to find her Petaluma, California home. “It’s the only one on the block that looks like a giant Easter egg,” she says. She and her husband live in a big, pink Victorian-style house that can’t be missed. When I arrived she welcomed me inside and showed me her kitchen. Little did I know I’d also get the chance to adore her beautiful, four-month-old baby girl and eat a delicious lunch she whipped up fresh from her garden.
Jun 5, 2019
How To Clean the Refrigerator
I love a clean and organized fridge. I relish the time after a grocery shop where I can put everything away so it makes sense and looks pretty. However, it’s easy to ignore the gunk. You know what I’m talking about: the little bits of dried up kale dried in your veggie drawer, the sticky patch on the middle shelf where some rogue jam made its great escape.
May 30, 2019
How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Vinegar and Oil
Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they’re prone to showing hard water marks and fingerprints. You frequently see this on the dishwasher (so many water stains!) and the handles of the refrigerator (hello, overuse). So, to restore my flat and dirty appliances back to their happy, shiny, robot-looking selves, I decided to make my trusty stainless steel toaster my test subject. What would I need to get it looking like new again? Two things: vinegar and oil.
May 30, 2019
How To Clean The Freezer
Freezers read like a crime scene. If a forensics expert took a look, the conversation would go something like this: “If you’ll refer to Exhibit A, you’ll see the dinner party leftovers from four months ago that should be been eaten by now. And Exhibit B, the surplus of Costco ground beef purchased last month because it was “too good a deal” to pass up.
May 30, 2019
Making Cheese & Making Friends: A Visit With the Ladies of Cowgirl Creamery
Who: Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, owners of Cowgirl Creamery Where: Petaluma, California On a sunny Thursday morning I got in my car and headed out to the quiet back roads of Petaluma, California. I was on my way to talk to some gals about cheese. Not just any gals, but Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, the well-respected owners of Cowgirl Creamery. You may have heard of Cowgirl Creamery before. Maybe you’ve slathered their popular Mt.
May 30, 2019
What I Prep on Sunday for Whole30 Meals
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here. All week long I’ve been sharing tidbits of my month-long adventure into Whole30.
May 29, 2019
Why I Went Gluten-Free: Meg of Beard and Bonnet Shares Her Story
Yesterday we got to take a peek into the kitchen of Meg van der Kruik, the writer of the gluten-free and vegetarian food blog Beard & Bonnet. We peeked into her cupboards, ogled her art and became totally jealous of her collection of vintage dishes. It was fun. But beyond just getting to look at all of her interesting collectables, she and I got to talking about how and why she adopted a gluten-free diet. Here’s her story.
May 24, 2019
Meg’s 5 Favorite Gluten-Free Pantry Staples (and Her Budget-Friendly Shopping Tips)
Over the past couple of days Meg van der Kruik of Beard & Bonnet has let us into her culinary world. On the first day she invited us into her home to take a peek around her kitchen. Yesterday, she shared the story of why she went gluten-free. Today’s we’re hearing about her five favorite gluten-free pantry staples and budget shopping tips!
May 24, 2019
I’ve Been Eating Salad for Breakfast: Here Are My 5 Tips for Great Breakfast Salads
I have a deep love and respect for breakfast. It helps wake up my brain, fuel my body, and gets things started on the right note. Food, or the absence of it, is so closely linked to my mood, that if I skip breakfast you might find me in tears by lunch. So with that in mind, it’s important for me to start my day off with something super nourishing. Lately this has meant a big ol’ hearty salad for breakfast. Does this seem weird to you?
May 2, 2019
How To Clean a Food Processor Lid, Blade, and Handle
When it comes to cleaning my food processor, 99.9 percent of the time I gently rinse it out and run the pieces through my dishwasher. But the high, dry heat cycle can be rough on the plastic components, and the dishwasher doesn’t always get into the nooks and crannies of the machine. (And I hate finding food stuck up in the handle or on the underside of the blade!) So we decided it was time to figure out a good way to clean all the tiny, cramped spaces of a food processor.
May 2, 2019
America’s Test Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Cookbook Gave Me Back My Saturday Morning Waffles
Cookbook: The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen Overall Impression: This book is for all former gluten-lovers who are now gluten-free. It’s a comprehensive guide to making and baking all of your old favorites without sacrificing any of the taste or texture!
May 2, 2019
Looking For a Terrific Hostess Gift? Give a Produce Bouquet!
I am a firm believer in never showing up empty-handed to a get-together. I always try to bring a little something that says, “Thank you for having us — we like you.” However, it’s easy to get in a hostess gift slump, but here’s a cute and simple idea that’ll change up your gift-giving game: a produce bouquet! Sometimes when I am in a gift-giving slump, I like to look back on some of the favorite gifts I’ve received as a hostess.
May 2, 2019
How To Clean a Glass Electric Stovetop
I recently moved to a new home and have steadily become acquainted with my new appliances. As someone who’s only ever used a gas stove, this whole electric stovetop seemed a little like alien voodoo magic. What do you mean there are no burners? It’s just gonna get hot? No fire? Clearly, this has been hard to wrap my brain around. (Like I said, we’re still getting to know each other.) However, one of the best things about my new stovetop is how easy it is to clean!
May 2, 2019
Moving From Gas to an Electric Stove: What I’ve Learned So Far
There’s something natural about cooking over an open flame. I’m not talking about a campfire (though now I’m dreaming about S’mores). I’m talking about a simple gas stove. I grew up cooking on stoves like this, I understand stoves like this. Something about the hum of the blue flame is comforting, and there’s no question about its impact on cooking.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Blackberry & Sage Spritzers
Blackberries conjure up lots of summer memories for me. If I close my eyes, I can still remember all of the dusky hot evenings spent cleaning out the blackberry bushes on the side of my parents’ property. We’d put most of them into a container to bring back to the house, but a couple would always make their way to our lips straight off the vine — still warm from the day and bursting with juices. This is what summer should taste like.
May 2, 2019
From Paleo Pancakes to Bean-Free Chili, The Paleo Kitchen Delivers
Cookbook: The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking by Juli Bauer of PaleOMG & George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Overall Impression: This book is a great resource for people interested in trying out the Paleo lifestyle without having to sacrifice their favorite comfort foods! The Paleo diet has gained a huge following these past several years.
May 2, 2019