Jill Slater

Living the DIY Wedding: Angel Food Wedding Cake
That being said, I had no intention of making a towering wedding cake. I just wanted dessert. Dessert around which some tiny semblance of ritual could occur. I looked at recipes for simple cakes, quick cakes, yellow cakes, and chocolate cakes. My trusted catering friend Katy phoned in every day from Portland, Oregon to see how I was holding up. When it came to the cake, she left no room for error and told me exactly what to do. “White cake is much more elegant than yellow.
May 3, 2019
A Private Chef’s Tips for Healthy, Make-Ahead, Mix-and-Match Meals
Jesa Henneberry, who has a super-organized kitchen we toured and admired, is all about eating well — not just gustatorily, but also for fitness and health. Since she spends a lot of time planning out and preparing menus for her clients who have the same goals, it seemed like a good idea to ask Jesa for some tricks of the trade. What are the best ways to plan meal aheads and keep a tight rein on portions? Have a plan and a format to follow and cook foods in bulk to be portioned out later.
Jul 2, 2014
Where I Cook: Jesa’s Incredibly Well-Organized Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Jesa Henneberry, a personal chef and competitive athlete, and her husband Where: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York Rent or Own? Own Jesa, a trained chef, spends her days working in other people’s kitchens. She prepares their meals, organizes their weekly meal plans, helps them with portions, and makes sure they eat well.
Jul 1, 2014
Cecilia’s Sleek High-Design Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Cecilia, her husband and her two children Where: Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City Rent or Own? Own Cecilia has tremendous enthusiasm for life, art, design and food, and her home is a testament to this. Her kitchen is incredibly sleek and blends in so much with the design of her home, that you might not even know it’s a kitchen when you first see it. Nothing would make Cecilia happier.
Jan 7, 2014
Farm-to-Restaurant Chef Peter Hoffman’s Humble Yet Hardworking Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Peter Hoffman, his wife Susan, and their teenage daughter Where: West Village, New York Rent or Own? Own Decades before most people had ever heard the term “farm to table,” chef Peter Hoffman was shopping at New York’s farmers markets and biking its fresh produce back to to his restaurants, Savoy (now closed) and Back Forty/Back Forty West.
Nov 19, 2013
Amy and Christian’s Neat and Tidy Kitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Amy and Christian Where: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York Rent or Own? Own This is Amy and Christian’s first kitchen together. They were married a few years ago and compromised on a neighborhood in Brooklyn that would work for both of them. The kitchen has been renovated to perfection, and while it was mostly an ‘Amy project’ they both enjoy it to its fullest!
Oct 15, 2013
Dana’s Deluxe Live/Work Kitchen
While Dana’s whole apartment is pretty fantastic, it’s hard to deny that the kitchen takes the cake. It’s rather jaw-dropping, in fact. What was once an oddly juxtaposed shabby chic kitchen in a former industrial loft is now an incredibly sleek and seamless space, complete with a room divider/storage wall of kitchen appliances!
Jul 2, 2013
Sophie and Michael’s Beautiful ‘Discontinued’ Oak Kitchen
Sophie and Michael live in an eclectically decorated brownstone in Brooklyn. Their kitchen, like much of their home, is full of a lot of “great deals.” They have a keen eye and seem to be, often, in the right place at the right time. Almost everything in their kitchen was found on sale — often in the ‘discontinued’ pile!When Sophie and Michael embarked on renovating what was once a rooming house, they decided to implement the biggest changes to the ground floor.
May 28, 2013
Kathleen’s Carriage House Kitchen
Seven years ago Kathleen bought a derelict century-old carriage house, gutted it, and transformed it into a warm and wonderful home. The Eastern design aesthetic of the renovated space filters into Katherine’s kitchen as well. It’s easy to imagine what joy this kitchen brings to Kathleen. She can cook, host, share, and celebrate all in one glorious spot! Like the rest of the home, Kathleen tried to salvage as many materials from the original building as possible.
Jan 29, 2013
Francis & Jane’s Fiery Family Kitchen
Francis and his wife Jane rent a formerly raw loft in an overlooked but very well located neighborhood in Manhattan. Despite the bare bones of the space, they’ve managed to make it their own. Francis (an architect) built a full bathroom, a number of bedrooms for the couple’s growing family, and a whole new kitchen, which is bright and welcoming and one of the first things one encounters after the long hallway entrance to their apartment.
Nov 20, 2012
Doug’s Disco Glam Kitchen
Upon entering Doug’s kitchen, I immediately thought of Studio 54 and the Palladium: shiny, with the promise and allure of excitement. And yet, it’s not an 80’s nightclub. It’s a place to prepare meals and spend time with family! I guess one can get used to anything, but I found that working in a space full of reflective surfaces was invigorating. Doug was looking for something a little different and he certainly found it.
Oct 9, 2012
Alina’s Exotic Cooking Lair
Alina takes the best of what a country’s cooking and design tradition has to offer and brings it into her home. All the materials are natural and all the colors are warm. It seems that, aside from the food, everything about this kitchen will last forever. online retail store Alina finds fun and inexpensive fixes that yield sophisticated results. She also salvages great old pieces and occasionally splurges on quality products.
Aug 28, 2012
Cherry & Jeff’s Oven-Less But Active Hong Kong Kitchen
Jeff and Cherry are very comfortable in the kitchen. Having spent most of their lives on the West Coast of the United States, they live by a ‘healthy’ and ‘fresh’ mantra. Ethnically Thai, they grew up with, and learned to prepare, some great dishes from that country. Now after six years in Hong Kong, they’ve learned that cooking can take place in kitchens smaller than previously imagined.
Jun 13, 2012
Hakarl and Jili’s Room for Family
Three years ago Hakarl and his partner Jili decided to conceive and raise a child with a lesbian couple. The child actually turned out to be a set of twins, and the two couples decided to form a family of their own making. Both couples bought apartments in the same building in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, and the two girls now spend time in each of the homes. This burgeoning family, according to Hakarl, necessitated a few kitchen tweaks.
May 23, 2012
Matt, Ryan and Mason’s Artist Kitchen
Three guys living in an artist loft, and one of them likes to cook — that’s pretty good odds, don’t you think? Matt is the resident chef at these hard-to-believe-it’s-not-a-TV-show-set living quarters. Take a peek at this bachelor pad loft kitchen, inhabited and enjoyed by three artists. When Matt and Ryan moved in, they gathered the essentials of a kitchen from far and wide.
Apr 26, 2012
Dixie’s Sleek White Kitchen (with Closeted, Colorful Charm!)
When I asked Dixie whether she used her kitchen, she said, “It depends what you mean by use.” That ominous answer immediately tells you that this is not going to be a typical tour for The Kitchn. But what Dixie lacks in cooking acumen, she makes up for in irreverent whimsy and an approach to color in her kitchen that can inspire any cook to make the kitchen a little more playful. Dixie has been collecting 40s, 50s, and some 60s era Americana for most of her adult life.
Mar 20, 2012
Tu B’Shvat Seder: The Birthday of the Tree
Tu B’Shvat is a holiday that occurs in late January/early February and is a celebration of the tree. According to the Jewish Bible, this day was thought of as the birthday of the tree and was used to demarcate a new fiscal year. Tu B’Shvat lends itself well to kids, providing them with an opportunity to eat dried fruit and draw pictures of trees and fruits and berries.
Feb 23, 2012
Sabrina Soto’s Clean Slate
Sabrina Soto is an HGTV celebrity, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to cook and eat meals at home. In fact, as a recent tranplant from DC, maybe someone will give her the memo that such behavior is rare in New York. By New York standards, Sabrina has a healthy sized cooking space. Compared to her experience in her former house-sized kitchen, however, Sabrina is struggling to adapt to the size and storage constraints of her luxury rental.
Nov 17, 2011
Laura’s Cool Green City Kitchen
Laura fully renovated her studio apartment and its bathroom a couple of years ago, but she wanted to think about the kitchen for a while — not to mention save up for something good! And she has it now: A cool green kitchen for her small city studio, with just enough space and efficiency to cook well.A long-time food blogger and serious mixologist, Laura loves to experiment in her kitchen.
Sep 13, 2011
Kitchen Tour: Caroline Nation’s Healthy Kitchen
Our interview began by Caroline letting me know that when she cooks, she prefers to have “nothing on but the radio.” For our kitchen tour, however, she donned a festive apron, with the caveat that “an apron is best without anything else on.”Caroline finds cooking, clearly, a very sensual experience. But, as a nutritionist and founder of the meal planner website, My Food My Health, she is also very dedicated to improving people’s well-being through the food they eat.
Apr 26, 2011
Kitchen Tour: Scott’s Masterpiece of Organization
There isn’t a cabinet in Scott’s brand new kitchen that isn’t a pleasure to explore. While the kitchen is part of a new construction condo, Scott amped up the bells and whistles on his own dime to make it all the more spectacular.Scott’s last home was a house, with ample basement storage and a relatively spacious kitchen. It was a bit too quaint for Scott. His main impetus for selling that house and seeking new shelter was a better kitchen.
Dec 14, 2010
Kitchen Tour: Kittie’s Precision Micro Kitchen
Kittie lives in a 170 square foot studio, so you can imagine how small her kitchen must be. The original Pullman kitchen dated from the 1920’s and was like a narrow closet behind french doors.When Kittie renovated her apartment, she knew she wanted to build a working kitchen regardless of how miniaturized it would have to be.
Jan 5, 2010