Kristin Appenbrink's Recent Articles
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14 Summer Sandwiches for Fast & Easy Meal Ideas
Liven up your sad sandwich routine.
Jun 10, 2021
25+ of Our Favorite Ways to Turn Black Beans into Dinner
From soups and chilis to enchiladas and salads, the possibilities are seemingly endless.
Jun 3, 2021
25 Side Dishes to Serve Alongside a Juicy Steak
Only certain sides are worthy of sharing your plate with a steak.
Feb 5, 2021
25 Easy Dinners That Start with Sweet Potatoes
If you've got a few sweet potatoes on hand, a filling dinner is at your fingertips.
Jan 21, 2021
5 Easy Ways to Save, Store, and Organize Your Recipes Online
Tips from The Kitchn
Including our very own recipe saver!
Dec 22, 2020
17 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall (Yes, It’s Time)
Yes, it is officially pumpkin season, and it's good for more than just your morning latte. Here are 17 ways to turn pumpkin into dinner.
Jul 22, 2020
18 Things We Learned About Coffee in 2014
This year was a good year for coffee drinkers. (Really, what year isn’t?) From the trend of adding butter to your coffee to an expensive brew with a surprising ingredient, there was plenty to talk about. Plus, we explored all kinds of ways to make the coffee you brew at home better, including lattes that don’t require an espresso machine, how to choose the right grinder, and how to fix a bad brew next time. Here are our top java-fueled stories from 2014.
Jul 20, 2020
13 Easy One-Pot Dinners to Cook at Your Vacation Rental
Because if you're cooking on vacation you should have the easiest recipes possible.
Jul 18, 2019
17 Easy French Recipes for Bastille Day (and Beyond)
Bastille Day is July 14, which is the perfect excuse to insert some Gallic flavor into your summer cooking. While we won’t be storming the Bastille anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we aren’t game for celebrating liberté, égalité, and fraternité in the best way. From drinks to main dishes to desserts, we have 17 easy French-inspired recipes for everyone who wants to Vive la Françe at the table.
Jul 8, 2019
3 Smart Tips for Organizing a Lunch Station
Why is it that it’s so hard to pack a lunch for work or school every day? There’s something about adding an extra few minutes to your morning routine (or your before-bed routine) that feels like a hassle. Luckily there’s a smart way to streamline packing that lunch tote. We’ve long been fans of the snack station, so why not apply that to making your lunch, or your child’s lunch, as well?
Jun 9, 2019
11 Ways You Can Make Open Shelving Work in Your Pantry
The merits of open shelving in the kitchen are always a point of contention around here. On the one hand, open shelves offer easy access to your ingredients and dishes. On the other hand, it can be tough to keep them clean and organized. If you’re inspired by the benefits of open shelving, consider adding it to your pantry instead. You can see all that you have in stock at once, and if the shelves get a little messy — just close the door. Here are 11 examples to give you some ideas.
Jun 8, 2019
15 Kitchen Transformations That Will Blow Your Mind
We love a kitchen transformation. Sometimes it’s a little change that really turns a space around, or sometimes it’s a gut remodel that doesn’t look anything like the space did before. Either way, we find them inspiring for our own kitchens. Here are our 15 favorite before and after transformations from 2015. The Most Amazing $700 Kitchen Remodel We’ve Seen: We still can’t believe this cost only $700.
Jun 5, 2019
25 Must-Try Egg Decorating Ideas for Easter
Gone are the days when the Paas dye kit was the most exciting way to color your Easter eggs. Over the past few years the ideas I’ve seen online for decorating hard-boiled or hand-blown eggs have become more elaborate and more beautiful. But just because they look more complicated doesn’t mean they’re that much harder to accomplish. These 25 dye ideas have something for every skill level. Now the only challenge is going to be figuring out which technique to try first.
Jun 5, 2019
Behind the Scenes in 11 Cookbook Authors’ Home Kitchens
Earlier this month we gave you a sneak peek into some of our favorite chef kitchens, and this week we’re giving some of our favorite cookbook authors the same treatment. What’s most impressive to us about so many of these kitchens is that the authors, like Joy the Baker and Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table, not only develop their recipes in their home kitchens, but many of them also style and photograph the food for their books right there. Talk about a multitasking space!
Jun 4, 2019
Before & After: A Builder-Basic Kitchen Goes Glam
We know what you’re thinking: Haven’t we seen this kitchen before? Well, sort of. So many of the kitchen renovations we see here at The Kitchn start with a space that looks like this — white or cream walls, honey-colored cabinets, and bland countertops. Our favorite term for this type of kitchen? Builder-basic. So today’s builder-basic kitchen comes from Jim. He and his wife recently remodeled their kitchen, and now it’s anything but boring. Take a look.
May 30, 2019
15 Free Downloadable Labels for Your Canning Jars
If you’ve gone to the trouble of making homemade jams, jellies, or pickles to give as gifts, you might as well go one step further and make your jars look completely Pinterest-worthy. We’ve made it easy with these 15 options for adorable labels and tags that are all free to download. Now the only problem will be choosing which one to use.
May 2, 2019
8 Food Processors and Mini Choppers Under $50
The food processor is one of our favorite kitchen appliances at The Kitchn. Whether you need a full-size version to make pie crust or you can get by with a mini-chopper for whipping up small batches of pesto or hummus, it’s an indispensable tool. But what happens if your budget doesn’t allow for the top-of-the-line food processor? Good news — there are plenty of budget versions available, and many of them are from brands we know and trust.
May 1, 2019
15 Dining Rooms with Brilliantly Colorful Chairs
Dinner Week at The Kitchn wouldn’t be complete without a look at the dining room. Whether you rent or own, the dining room can occasionally end up being one of the more boring rooms in the house. But it is also one of the easiest places to add color with very little risk. As these 15 colorful dining areas show, using colorful chairs (and a few colorful tables) is an easy way to punch up the fun in your home.
May 1, 2019
4 Methods for Composting in Your Apartment Kitchen
Whether you’re trying to simply reduce food waste or you want to enrich the soil in your container garden, composting is easier than it seems. Even if you don’t have the space for a large backyard composter, you can still compost your vegetable peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, and more. Here are four methods to make composting reasonable and effective for you even in a small apartment kitchen.
May 1, 2019
Turkey-Shaped Foods to Add Some Humor to Your Holiday
Sometimes it’s important to remember that Thanksgiving is about the chance to have fun with family and friends, and not stress about it being a big meal that can be complicated and overwhelming to achieve. With that spirit in mind, allow us to present some of our favorite turkey-shaped food displays that will add a bit of humor to your holiday.
May 1, 2019
10 New Tricks for Favorite Ingredients
We love finding surprising new ways to use our favorite ingredients. From turning vegetables like zucchini into noodles, to repurposing scraps like vegetable peels or herb stems, here are our 10 best new tricks for favorite ingredients. A quick toss in some oil and spices, and 15 minutes in the oven, and you have a delicious and unexpected grilled salad. Don’t leave out the vegetarians when you’re making pulled pork sandwiches.
May 1, 2019
15 Ways to Shop Smarter
Even though it’s more cost-effective than eating out, cooking at home can still be expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money at the grocery store, farmers market, and warehouse club. Here are some of the best tips we learned this year for shopping smarter every day. A food budget is powerful: It might be the most important part of smart shopping, and it can even get you out of debt.
May 1, 2019
15 Ways to Have a Cleaner, Healthier Kitchen
Having a clean kitchen to cook in is just as important as being able to master perfectly whipped cream. That’s why we’re here to help you find better, faster, healthier ways to clean your kitchen. From saving that enameled cast iron pot from ruin to learning how to make all-natural cleaners that leave your kitchen spotless, here’s our best cleaning advice from the past year.
May 1, 2019
15 Smart Ways to Shop for Kitchen Gear
We see a lot of gear — from handheld gadgets to countertop appliances — come across our desks and kitchen counters each year. There are some things that are worth the money, and some that fall flat. Plus, there are plenty of ways to save on the gear you need in the kitchen. Here are our best shopping tips and product reviews from 2015. The restaurant supply store is your friend: You can score good deals on restaurant-quality goods, if you know what to look for.
May 1, 2019
21 Ways to Eat All the Green Things This Spring
One of the best parts about spring, in addition to the rising temperatures and the first blooms, has to be all of the fresh green things popping up at the farmers market and grocery store. After all the heavy eating of winter, we’re more than ready to swap root veggies for bunches of fresh spring greens and bundles of tender asparagus. Here are just a few ways to start getting that green back in your diet.
May 1, 2019
15 Takeout-Inspired Meals to Make at Home Instead of Ordering In
We all have those nights when the lure of the takeout menu or delivery app is almost magnetic, but if you’re committed to making something at home, you should try one of these easy meals that replicates your favorite restaurant dishes. Some require a little planning (as in prepping the ingredients to toss in the slow cooker), but there are quite a few options that you can make in 30 minutes or less.
May 1, 2019
17 Breakfast Recipes That Are Straight from the Farmers Market
Finally, after a chilly spring, we’re reaching peak farmers market season. Our favorite produce is back in the stands and stalls, and we’re dreaming up all the recipes we can create with it. Dinner recipes generally hog the spotlight, but there are some incredibly delicious breakfast dishes that can make good use of your greenmarket or CSA haul. Here are 17 of our favorites to get you started. What better greenmarket breakfast is there than a green smoothie?
May 1, 2019
25 of Our Favorite Quick-Cooking Soups
One of the best things about fall is the return of soup season. There are few things more comforting on a chilly evening than a warm bowl of soup (and preferably some crusty bread to go along with it). And soups are the ultimate weeknight meal. Why? Some are ultra-quick for post-work cooking; others simmer all day and wait for you in the slow cooker. But regardless of how long they take to cook, nearly every soup is wonderful made ahead.
Oct 17, 2016
40+ Chicken Thigh Recipes That Prove It’s the Best Part of the Bird
If you're looking for some inspiration on how to turn chicken thighs into dinner, don't worry — we have plenty of ideas. Here are 18 ways to pull it off.
Oct 12, 2016
25 Vegetarian Dinners to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet
The beauty of a cast iron pan is its universality — which means if your kitchen is a hub for delicious vegetarian dishes, then this most-beloved pan has a place in it as well.
Oct 10, 2016
17 Nutella Desserts That Are Even Better Than Eating It Straight From the Jar
Don't have a favorite dessert recipe that calls for Nutella? We can help with that. Here are 20 of our favorites.
Oct 5, 2016
10 Breakfasts You Can Eat at Your Desk
If you’re the sort of person who would prefer to get to the office early and have some time to organize your day before the emails start flooding in and the meeting marathon begins, you probably are also eating breakfast at your desk. If that’s the case, make sure it’s a good breakfast. The last thing you want is to have cause to start the #saddeskbreakfast meme.
Sep 29, 2016
17 Easy Treats to Bake This Weekend
There’s something so magical about spending the weekend indoors baking sweet treats — especially as the temperatures outside drop. That’s where a little planning ahead will really make a difference. All of these desserts are easy to make and easy to portion, so you can be sure they will last beyond the weekend and into the week ahead. Just choose your favorite, make it this weekend, and make next week even better than you imagined.
Sep 27, 2016
32 Make-Ahead Lunches You Can Prep and Pack Tonight
Your future hungry self will thank you.
Sep 26, 2016
18 Summery Pasta Recipes to Make for Dinner
When you want a dinner that still involves some cooking during the summer, pasta will always be your best bet. With all the types of pasta and additional ingredients you can mix in, pasta is an infinitely versatile dinner that can help you clear out your fridge or try a new ingredient without worry. To get your mouth watering and your culinary creative juices flowing, here are 18 perfect-for-summer pasta dishes to enjoy now.
Aug 26, 2016
12 Ways to Eat a Sandwich for Dinner
Don’t mistake sandwiches as a lunchtime-only food. Yes, PB&J might not be the most exciting dinner, but there are plenty of complex (but not complicated) sandwiches out there that will satisfy you for your evening meal. Here are a dozen of our favorite dinner-worthy sandwiches. You’ll be happy to know that making bánh mì sandwiches at home is easier than you might think — especially this tofu version. The Cuban sandwich is one of our favorites.
Aug 23, 2016
15 New Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker This Summer
You might think the slow cooker is an appliance made for the fall and winter months, when you’re craving heavy soups, stews, and braises, but it can be just as useful in the summer. How? A slow cooker won’t heat up your kitchen and lets you spend time outside! We’d rather spend our weekends on the back patio or exploring our hometowns in the sunshine instead of standing over the stove thinking about what’s for dinner.
Aug 19, 2016
14 Cute Cocktail Umbrellas for When It’s Raining Outside
What’s the fastest way to make your tiki drink live up to its fullest potential? Adding a cocktail umbrella, of course! But drink parasols aren’t just (ahem) fair-weather friends — they’re a fantastic way to bring some cheer to a rainy August day, especially with so many adorable options out there. We’ve even found a couple of DIY tutorials if you prefer to get a little crafty when it’s storming out.
Aug 10, 2016
These Watermelon Finds Are One in a Melon
A perfectly ripe watermelon might just be the best thing about summer. It’s definitely in the top five. And watermelon-shaped things for your kitchen and home are pretty far up there on the list as well. Don’t believe us? Take a gander at these 10 adorable watermelon finds. We bet you’ll be convinced. 1.
Aug 9, 2016
True Blue: 10 Brilliant Finds for Your Kitchen
Blue might be one of our favorite colors when it comes to kitchenware — and we’re not alone. A study from the University of Maryland found that blue is the most popular color for both men and women. So when you’re drawn to that bright blue dutch oven or a new set of vintage-inspired blue canning jars, you’ll know you’re in good company. In fact, blue is such a popular color that scientists are actually working to find new blues.
Aug 3, 2016
5 DIY Tutorials to Get into Shibori
When it comes to summer DIY projects, there’s nothing better than shibori. It’s a little messy, completely free-form, and a lot of fun. Plus, you can feel a bit like a hippie mad scientist stirring up a bucket of dye in the backyard in preparation of this tie-dyeing project. But lest you think shibori is a one-trick wonder, we found five glorious DIY projects to show off its full range. Spoiler alert: Indigo isn’t the only color you can use.
Aug 1, 2016
Help! The Knives at My Summer Rental Are Crappy.
Of all the disastrous kitchen scenarios you can face when you show up at a rental cabin or beach house, dull or flimsy knives might be the most painful. So what do you do if the kitchen you’ll be cooking in for the next several days or weeks has crappy knives? Here are a few solutions, depending on how you’re getting to your rental and how long you’re staying.
Jul 28, 2016
12 Big-Batch Cocktails You Can Make Ahead
When it comes to summer entertaining, we're all about recipes that we can make ahead of time, and that goes for drinks too.
Jul 22, 2016
8 Ways to Have Fire Wherever You Live
If a trip to the great outdoors isn’t in your foreseeable future, don’t worry — there are still plenty of ways to get that campfire feeling, and maybe even roast some marshmallows. From portable, indoor fireplaces to mini grills and fire pits that you can use on even the smallest patio, there’s a way for everyone to feel the burn. We even have a couple creative, think-outside-the-box ideas for those with no outdoor space and homes with sensitive smoke alarms. 1.
Jul 19, 2016
10 Times a String of Lights Made the Backyard Look Amazing
We have yet to see a backyard, patio, or balcony strung up with strands of globe lights that didn’t make us immediately envious — and these 10 outdoor spaces from Apartment Therapy’s home tours are no exception. Steal some inspiration before your next summer gathering on how to artfully hang your own lights. No outdoor outlet? No problem. You can even find solar-powered strands that will last well into the night after a day’s charge.
Jul 18, 2016
These 10 Mixers Make Summer Drinking Even Easier
Summer is the time to get adventurous with your drinks. From spritzers and daiquiris, to sangrias and margaritas, the possibilities are endless. But those fancy drinks often require a lot of ingredients and, let’s be honest, too much work in this heat. That’s why we turn to some of our favorite mixers to make our homemade happy hours effortless. Here are 10 that make summer sipping that much simpler. 1.
Jul 18, 2016
10 Road Trip Snacks That Won’t Bore You by Mile 55
Road trip snacks traditionally fall into a handful of categories: cut-up fruits and veggies that last for a while without being chilled; peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; or junk food, like candy, cookies, and chips. Even if you like all of those things, they can get tiresome after a few hours on the road. But there are plenty of great snacks you can pack for your journey that are anything but ordinary. Here are just a few to get those wheels turning.
Jul 8, 2016
5 Things to Clean Immediately in Your Vacation Rental Kitchen
We get kind of a thrill from trying out a new kitchen — after all, you might win the vacation rental kitchen lottery and get more counter space, nicer appliances, and beautiful cookware. Then again, you might also encounter a kitchen that hasn’t been so well-kept. Hopefully you won’t walk into a disaster kitchen, but it’s always a good idea to clean a few key spots before you start cooking.
Jul 7, 2016