Kristin Appenbrink's Recent Articles
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Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid
Even if you’re an experienced cook, there are likely still a few things that you get wrong in the kitchen. Bad habits get the best of all of us from time to time. Here are some of the most ordinary things you prepare — from pasta to coffee and meatloaf to scrambled eggs — and the mistakes that you may be making. We might have rounded up 10 common things you cook, but we’ll actually teach you 48 (!) mistakes to avoid.
Jan 2, 2015
10 Projects for a Happier Kitchen
Even if you’re not ready for a full-on kitchen makeover, there are plenty of smaller projects you can tackle to make your kitchen a bit happier. It’s all those little touches — creative storage ideas, prettily patterned dish towels, and artwork that can stand up to a few spaghetti sauce splashes — that make you and your family want to spend even more time in the most popular room in your home. Here are 10 small projects to give your kitchen a little love.
Dec 29, 2014
Drink Up! 15 Good Ideas for Beer and Wine
As we’re getting ready to raise a glass to the new year, we figure it’s a perfect time to look back at all the great beer and wine ideas and information we shared in 2014. Whether you prefer a crisp white, a full-bodied red, or a hoppy IPA, we can help you become a more informed (and satisfied) drinker.
Dec 28, 2014
There’s a Sofa in This Kitchen (and We Love It!)
There are few things we love more than a spacious kitchen, but Kelly and Ed’s wonderfully wide kitchen has a few more things that gave us a pleasant surprise. First is the beautiful pastel green Smeg refrigerator. And the second is what’s sitting right next to that candy-colored fridge. Take a look. How much do we love that they have a comfy, cozy couch in their kitchen/dining area?
Oct 31, 2014
Stephen & Scott’s New Orleans Heirloom Kitchen
When Stephen LaRue returned to New Orleans after living away for a long time, he embraced the heirloom appeal of the city, but with his own personal take on the decor of the home he shares with a long-time friend. And because his kitchen and living area inhabit the same space, his design aesthetic carries through. Not only do we love the leather armchairs that serve as dining chairs. but Stephen and Scott have left no wall uncovered.
Oct 24, 2014
Sybil & Dan’s Colorful Global Kitchen
Here’s a kitchen that has a serious bohemian flair. With choices of reclaimed wood cabinets, eclectic furnishings, and stunning lanterns, Sybil and Dan cultivated a global aesthetic when they renovated their Greenpoint home. From their mismatched dishware, to the slightly rough look of the open shelving, we couldn’t be more in love with this kitchen.
Oct 17, 2014
Guinness & Pinot — They Make Great Dog Names!
Looking for a name for your new pooch? Look no further than your liquor cabinet or wine cellar. Based on data from the pup-friendly site, it turns out that wine and beer brands and varietals are popular choices for pet names. (Or maybe we should say pup-ular?) The site noted that San Franciscans, in addition to giving their dogs tech-themed names, are more likely to name their dogs after wine varietials. Pinot, Bordeaux, and Malbec were the top three choices.
Oct 14, 2014
6 Sun-Filled Kitchens with Greenhouse Windows
Just because you don’t have outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t put your green thumb to good use. Consider installing a greenhouse window in your kitchen. Not only will you be able to grow herbs and small plants, but you’ll have something much more pleasant to look at while doing the dishes. And if installing a new window isn’t in your budget, there are plenty of ways to DIY a version of your own. Here are six inspiring examples.
Oct 8, 2014
5 Kitchen-Ready Speakers So You Can Dance While You Cook
We don’t know about you, but a good speaker system is an essential part of our kitchens. If you’re going to spend some time cooking you’re going to need great tunes. These five speakers will help you rock out while you dice, braise, and boil. No matter your budget or space, one of these will fit in your kitchen.
Oct 3, 2014
10 Cute Wall Hooks for the Kitchen
From dishtowels to oven mitts and aprons to reusable totes, you need places to hang a few things in your kitchen. These 10 wall hooks and racks inject a little bit of personality into your space. Now the only problem will be choosing which one you like best. Clarabell and Taurus Coat Hooks, $15 each from CB2: What better place to hang your reusable grocery totes than on the horns (or ears) of these bovines.
Sep 29, 2014
5 Brilliant Ways to Store Your Pots & Pans
Stockpots, sauce pans, skillets, and Dutch ovens—they are absolute essentials in the kitchen, but they can be such a pain to store. Even if you buy a complete set from one company in one style, they still don’t fit together for easy storage. With that in mind, these five storage solutions make even those oddly shaped pans easy to store. Under the Island: We’ve seen plenty of pot racks hanging above a kitchen island, but rarely do we see them hanging below the counter.
Sep 19, 2014
Did You Know Chef Boyardee Was a Real Person?
OK, he didn’t spell his name the same way, but Ettore “Hector” Boiardi was a real person. (Clearly, the spelling change was to help consumers know how to pronounce his name.) And he’s just one of the 33 grocery store brands named after real people. What other brands are on the list? Boiardi was the the name of a chef who worked in the Plaza Hotel and was in charge of the kitchen by age 17. Chef Boyardee carries on his (phonetically, anyway) on every can of cheese ravioli.
Sep 16, 2014
7 Loft-Style Kitchens We’d Love to Cook In
Loft apartments and homes require a particular type of kitchen. Yes, they can be light and airy, but they can also face some particular challenges. Here are seven loft-style kitchens — some huge and tall, and others tucked under the eaves — that make particular good use of their space. We’d love to cook in any of these. Exposed Ceilings: This loft space has embraced the industrial feel with the exposed ceilings.
Sep 16, 2014
11 Products that Make Doing the Dishes Less of a Chore
After making a fabulously elaborate meal for friends or even just a simple weeknight dinner, the last thing any of us want to do is a sink full of dishes. But since they must be done (even if you let them sit until the next morning), you might as well make them a bit more fun. These 11 products are bound to make scrubbing those pots and pans feel like less of a chore.
Sep 12, 2014
Each State’s Weird Food Habits, Revealed
What would you say is the most prevalent food in your state? Not necessarily the most popular, but the one that is more prevalent in your state than in the other states in the union. Take a look at this map from Fast Company and Food Genius to see just what your state’s eating pattern is. You’ll notice that along with actual foods, you’ll see some food descriptions (hello, blended in Arizona), which Food Genius also tracks.
Sep 8, 2014
Hershey’s Chocolate Gets a Modern Logo
That familiar silver Hershey’s logo just got pretty significant update. Yes, it still includes the signature Hershey’s Kiss, but it has a modern new typeface and it shed the possessive. Will we now just call them Hershey Kisses? The logo was designed by Ron Burrage (who is part of the Hershey Global Design team) and the design firm goDutch, which is based in Ohio. It also includes a typeface made specifically for the company by Alexander Design Associates.
Sep 2, 2014
A Tiny, Well-Organized Scandinavian Kitchen
When your apartment is only 473 square feet, you’re guaranteed to have a tiny kitchen. And that means that you’re going to have to be smart about storage. That’s exactly what Lauren and Mikko realized when they bought their apartment in Finland. And they came up with some great solutions that balance their two aesthetics perfectly.
Aug 29, 2014
15 Farmhouse Sinks for Every Kitchen Imaginable
If you’ve been looking at ways to update your kitchen (or just dreaming about renovating that rental kitchen) one trend you’ve probably seen a lot of is the farmhouse sink. Whether it’s because they are big, easy to clean, or just an alternative to top-mounted sinks, we’re betting this trend is here to stay. Ready to update? Here are some styles to consider. Also called “apron front sinks,” you’ll most traditionally find this style in white porcelain.
Aug 27, 2014
Chris & Jenny’s Open & Inviting Kitchen
One big challenge of apartment living can be creating separate spaces within an open floor plan, and all without making your space feel disjointed. Brooklyn residents Chris and Jenny were faced with this dilemma as their kitchen is smack dab in the middle of their apartment. Luckily, they were able to make the kitchen feel like a distinct space, all while still feeling part of the whole, and being welcoming as well.
Aug 22, 2014
There’s a Fruit That Tastes Like Chocolate Pudding
And to answer your first question: Yes, it’s good for you too. In case you’re not familiar with it, and we’re guessing you aren’t, this is the black sapote. It’s a member of the persimmon family and is often called simply the “chocolate pudding fruit.” Before you go hunting for this sweet treat at your farmers’ market, keep in mind that it only gets that rich, chocolate pudding flavor when it is really ripe.
Aug 20, 2014
An Eclectic Breakfast Nook to Fit the Whole Family
We can just imagine spending weekend mornings enjoying a leisurely breakfast in Wendy and Gavin’s window seat breakfast nook. We’re guessing those expansive mornings don’t happen that often — not with two boys and two dogs anyway. But for the times when they do, this expansive seating area is ready and waiting. Technically just off the kitchen, the breakfast nook serves as the main dining table for the family.
Aug 8, 2014