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18 Big-Batch Cocktails to Day Drink with Your Friends
Long holiday weekends are made for big-batch cocktails. Gather a group of friends, mix up a big pitcher or two of something light, refreshing, and preferably packed with fruit (for health reasons, you know) and you’re set for an afternoon of day drinking. Just make sure you have plenty of pitchers of water and an abundance of snacks on hand, too. Sangria isn’t just the cheap summer drink of your younger days — it can go completely gourmet if you pair your fruit and wine right.
Jul 4, 2016
5 Containers That Fit an Entire Bottle of Wine
Even if summer isn’t officially here yet, it feels like the season is in full swing — which means it’s time for picnics and outdoor dining. And what’s a picnic without libations? The problem: Wine bottles (or mixed drinks, for that matter) aren’t really designed for portability, and chances are your favorite park may have some rules about drinking in public. Enter: these five bottles and bags.
Jun 17, 2016
23 French-Inspired Recipes That You Can Pack for a Picnic
What is it about eating outside on a blanket or park bench that just feels so Parisian? Of course, it’s even better if you are simply-but-impeccably dressed, lounging by a river or stream of some kind (think the banks of the Seine), and serving a delicious meal out of a French market tote or picnic basket. While we can’t exactly transport you to Paris or give you a makeover, we can help ensure your picnic basket is perfectly packed. These 23 recipes will get you well on your way.
Jun 16, 2016
9 Things to Keep in Your Car to Always Be Picnic-Ready
Picnics and outdoor movies are some of the best parts of summer — and we like to be ready for them at a moment’s notice. You can take care of all the food you need with a quick 15-minute trip to the grocery store, but it’s best to have a few essentials tucked away in the trunk of your car so you can be ready to head to the park whenever the mood strikes.
Jun 15, 2016
Transport Your Slow Cooker in Style
Summer is cookout season and chances are, at some point this season, you’ll need to transport your famous baked beans, pulled pork, or queso to somewhere besides your dinner table. Yes, you can very carefully nestle it into the footwell of your car, but it makes it much easier if you have a way to transport it. These six carriers — some designed specifically for slow cookers, some more versatile —will make carrying your crock in tow that much easier. 1.
Jun 14, 2016
The One Slow Cooker Pretty Enough for Your Table
Slow cookers are at the top of our kitchen appliance must-have list. Incredibly versatile, they allow you to make amazing meals without a lot of hands-on time. They’re perfect for hearty wintery stews, and they’re also surprisingly handy for cooking in the summer when just the idea of turning on the oven makes you sweat. In short, they’re everything we want in a small kitchen appliance — or very nearly.
Jun 13, 2016
Smoked Salt to Passion Fruit Curd: 18 Ice Cream Toppings for a Grown-Up Sundae
Ice cream on its own is a perfectly delicious dessert; there are so many flavors you can make or buy. It’s also great in milkshake form or served atop your favorite pie, cake, or brownie, but we’ll always have a soft spot for the ice cream sundae. There’s something so delightful about loading up on your favorite toppings. As our palates have matured, so have our topping choices. Here are 18 of our favorites right now. 1.
Jun 10, 2016
8 Meals You Can Make in a Muffin Tin
Don’t write off that muffin tin as being a unitasker only good for baking muffins and cupcakes. There are plenty of recipes, even full meals, that can be made in those small baking pans. Plus, it’s a great way to help portion out servings to freeze for later. If you’ve been on the fence about KonMari-ing your muffin tins, let these eight recipes make the case for keeping them. Poaching eggs for a crowd can be a long process.
Jun 8, 2016
7 Useful Tips for Cooking with Herbs
What’s one of the biggest differences between a good cook and a great cook? They love herbs and they know how to use them. But let’s face it — getting those herbs just right can be intimidating. Not only do you have different varieties of herbs to choose from, but you also need to decide if you want fresh or dried. To get you started on your herbaceous education, here are seven of our favorite tips to master now.
Jun 4, 2016
14 Food-Themed Pool Floats for Endless Summer Fun
Welcome to the unofficial start of summer. While many schools might still be in session, and the equinox is still a couple weeks away, Memorial Day gets us fully in the mood for backyard barbecues and pool parties. Of course, this means that we need a few good pool floats — and luckily there’s a wealth of food-shaped ones available so we can show our foodie cred poolside. 1. Giant Ice Pop Pool Float, $34 from Urban Outfitters: You know what would be the bomb?
Jun 3, 2016
The 11 Tools That Make Vegetables Fun
Around this time of year, the array of veggies starting to arrive at your local farmers market is astounding. Not only are they gorgeous to behold and deliciously good for you, but they can also be a treat to prepare — if you have the right tools. We’ve gathered 11 of our favorite kitchen gadgets to show just how enjoyable meal prep can be. From the spiralizer to the corn zipper, these gadgets definitely spark joy. Who says vegetables can’t be fun?
Jun 2, 2016
The Best Tool for a Kitchen Minimalist
So you’ve gone through your kitchen with the mantra of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in mind. There is nothing left that doesn’t spark joy, and now you are officially a kitchen minimalist. (Either that or you live in a tiny apartment with one kitchen drawer, so you’re a minimalist by necessity.) But there’s something missing. You ditched that fancy mandoline, spiralizer, and apple peeler, but how are you supposed to make vegetable ribbons or peel your potatoes?
Jun 2, 2016
9 Veggie Dips That Make Baby Carrots Very, Very Afraid
Whether it’s for an afternoon snack or your contribution to a backyard potluck, you just can’t go wrong with a dip. They are easy to whip up to snack on or share, and varied enough that there’s an option out there for everyone. These dips are filled with veggies for flavor, and they will make your snacking more colorful in every sense of the word. You can serve them alongside baby carrots, chips, crackers, or pita.
Jun 1, 2016
5 Handheld Spiralizers Under $20
Have you jumped on the spiralizer bandwagon yet? If not, you’re missing out on a whole new way to eat your veggies. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to start making your own zoodles (that’s short for zucchini noodles) — there are plenty of handheld spiralizers that won’t make a dent in your bank account or take up a ton of space in your kitchen. Here are five that cost less than $20 and can be tucked away in your utensil drawer.
Jun 1, 2016
The Easiest Way to Make Veggie Roses
No, it’s not a crab apple corer (although we suppose you could use it for that) — it’s a radish rose maker from the kitchen tool company J.B. Prince. It’s been around for a long time, but you’ll probably only find it in restaurant kitchens — until now, that is. With the rose trend in full swing (apples, avocados, what’s next?), we think it’s time for the radish rose maker to go mainstream.
May 31, 2016
17 Ways to Eat More Vegetables Right Now
Eat more veggies. We all should be doing it, but let’s face it — sometimes it’s easier said than done. But there are plenty of recipes you can make that give you a veggie boost without a lot of extra effort. Make any of these vegetable-filled dishes this week and soon you’ll realize that getting those veggies in is easier and tastier than you might have thought. We all love mac and cheese, but it isn’t always the healthiest option.
May 27, 2016
10 Tea Mugs & Sets Perfect for an Afternoon Break
There’s something delightful about the ritual of afternoon tea. Even if you don’t partake every day, it’s a nice break between tasks at work. And on the weekend, it’s a good reminder to slow down for a second instead of cramming your schedule full of chores and activities. To make it even more of a treat, it’s lovely to have a special mug or cup-and-saucer set.
May 26, 2016
The Most Beautiful Wood & Leather Tray We’ve Seen
We’ve got a bit of a thing for serving boards here at The Kitchn — which probably comes as no surprise to any of our readers — and the latest one on our lust-list is this handmade board with leather handles from Lostine. Not only is the solid white oak board simple and beautiful, but the rotating leather strap handles also make it easy to store. Take a look. We know that these pieces are pricey, but just think of it as getting functional artwork for your kitchen.
May 26, 2016
15 Dishes That Prove Lunch Is Better in a Bowl
There’s something so perfect about a one-bowl meal. Equal parts comforting and efficient (we’ll always be in favor of fewer dishes to wash), bowl meals are just better — and this is especially true when it comes to lunch. After all, when you’re in the middle of a busy day, you need all the time-saving power that a meal in a bowl can provide. Here are 15 of our best one-bowl meals that are perfect for lunchtime.
May 25, 2016
The Fanciest Way to Take a Shot
We’re going to bet that you don’t take shots on a regular basis, but that shouldn’t be a reason to overlook this stunning cocktail set designed by Tom Dixon. After all, a shot glass is simply a mini cocktail or cordial glass without the stem. This copper-plated stainless steel set includes four shot glasses and a double-sided jigger. Of course, the best detail is that each shot glass has an indentation for easier gripping. (Not that you’ll need it.
May 25, 2016
Simple Serving Bowls from IKEA’s Latest Collection
This month IKEA has partnered with Ingegerd Råman to release the VIKTIGT collection. Råman is one of the top ceramic and glass designers in Scandinavia, and while the line includes many beautiful pieces, we’re drawn to some of the simplest. The entire collection, which you can see here, is built around clean lines and simple materials.
May 24, 2016
10 Showstopping Desserts for Your Next Party
We’re pretty sure the phrase “save the best for last” became popular because we eat dessert at the end of the meal. When you’re the host, you want to wow your guests at every course, but especially during dessert. The good news is that impressive doesn’t have to mean impossible. These showstopping desserts won’t take all day to make, but they will guarantee that your dinner guests talk about them for days.
May 20, 2016
15 Crave-Worthy Cake Stands for a Birthday Cake
The fastest way to elevate a birthday cake, both literally and figuratively, is to serve it on a cake stand. Here are our current faves.
May 19, 2016
The Easiest Way to Make Matcha on the Go
If you’re a regular matcha drinker, you probably take care to prepare your green tea or tea latte at home every morning — especially since it’s a drink that isn’t as readily available as coffee or even chai. But for the busy mornings when you’re rushing out the door, there’s an easier way to make and drink your matcha on the go. Meet the Matcha Flask from T2.
May 19, 2016
23 Vegetarian Dinners to Make Meatless Monday Even Easier
Whether you’re a vegetarian or you’ve just been trying to incorporate more meatless meals into your dinner routine, we can all use some quick vegetarian recipes to make on busy weeknights. (Even better if they are more exciting than a bowl of pasta with pesto and veggies.) Luckily, we have plenty of ideas for easy vegetarian-friendly meals that won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours. If you have leftover black beans, you can whip these tacos up in no time.
May 16, 2016
You’ll Never Guess the Number-One Registry Item
This week we’re doing a bit of a deep dive into some of the current trends in wedding registries. After all, we’re just a few weeks away from the official start of wedding season. Registry site Zola has given us a look at the most popular items that couples on their site are registering for, and when we saw the number-one pick last month, we were kind of blown away. Any guesses as to what it might be? Did you guess gold flatware? Neither did we.
May 10, 2016
The 5 Most Popular Dinnerware Sets for Millennials
When it comes to wedding registries, it probably comes as no surprise that there has been a dramatic shift away from so-called “wedding china.” More and more couples are choosing everyday dishes, but that doesn’t mean your dinnerware has to be boring! With wedding season just around the corner, we enlisted the help of wedding registry site Zola to see what real couples are registering for right now.
May 9, 2016
Love Avocados? You Need to Try Avocado Honey.
We’re all firmly in agreement that avocados are one of the best foods ever. After all, they give us avocado toast and guacamole, and they play a key role in green goddess dressing. And avocados just keep on giving. Case in point: avocado honey. Believe us, you’ll want to try this. This raw honey from Bloom Honey comes from bees that have pollinated avocado trees in Ventura County, California.
May 3, 2016
Meet Your New Favorite Cuppa: Chocolate Tea
Okay, we know what you’re thinking — chocolate tea? We were a bit skeptical at first as well, but if you’re imagining some sort of infused hot cocoa, think again. This chocolate-flavored black tea isn’t like that at all. Instead, it’s a fresh way to get your chocolate fix. Instead of a refined chocolate product, the T2 Chocolate tea relies on cocoa beans to give it its chocolate flavor.
May 2, 2016
Over the Rainbow and into Your Kitchen
We’ve noticed a new trend in kitchen goods popping up lately: metallic rainbow. It’s slightly reminiscent of a hologram or the rainbow you see on an oil spot in the parking lot. As strange as it may seem, we’re kind of into it. Let’s start with the one that would be the biggest commitment to this multi-colored trend: rainbow flatware.
Apr 29, 2016
Infuse Your Booze with This “Incanter”
We’re all very familiar with the decanter — designed to let your wine breathe or to make both a fancy or not-so-fancy bottle of Scotch look high-class — but have you seen the Incanter? Its whole purpose is to add stuff to your booze; as the name implies, it’s a combination of an infuser and decanter.
Apr 28, 2016
Grow Microgreens on Your Windowsill with This Kit
If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at vegetable gardening, but are intimidated or just facing a lack of space, microgreens just might be your answer. They are quick to grow and only take up a windowsill’s worth of space. And if you want to make it even easier, this kit has everything you need to get started.
Apr 27, 2016
The Probiotic Drink That Will Having You Saying “Yes Whey!”
It seems like everyone is on the fermented drink bandwagon lately, but what if kombucha or even shrubs and switchels aren’t for you? Then it’s time to try something made with whey instead — like KeVita’s line of sparkling probiotic drinks. Not quite as bubbly as sparkling lemonade or seltzer, these drinks get their fizziness from fermented whey. It’s a much more subtle sparkle, which allows all the flavors to shine through.
Apr 25, 2016
Our Favorite Kitchen Finds from the New Marimekko for Target Collaboration
The newest design collaboration from Target was released last weekend, and it features one of our all-time favorite brands: Marimekko. The iconic Finnish brand, known for its use of pattern and color, lives up to its reputation with this affordably priced line. While we spent plenty of time drooling over the swim coverups, kids clothes, and throw pillows, it was the kitchen linens and tabletop items that really stole our hearts. Even better?
Apr 20, 2016
A Diner-Style Menu Board for Your Kitchen
We love a menu board — especially one that’s easily customizable and evokes a vintage feel in our kitchens. And this new line of diner-style menu boards from Letterfolk in Salt Lake City totally delivers. Available in two sizes and three different frame colors, the Letterfolk boards are the first time we’ve really seen those classic menu boards designed for home use.
Apr 19, 2016
17 Ways to Use Up Your Kitchen Scraps You’ll Actually Love
There are many reasons we’ve been trying to cut down on kitchen waste — to stop tossing so much out and stretch our budgets, to name a few — but thankfully there are plenty of recipes that use up all those odds and ends in our kitchens. I mean, have you tried baking your potato peels? You should.
Apr 18, 2016
12 Allergy-Friendly Snacks You Can Share with All Your Friends
If you have kids, you’re likely familiar with dealing with allergy-free snacks. Peanuts and peanut butter are often banned from many classrooms and schools, along with a host of other foods you might have grown up loving. What if eggs, dairy, and gluten were also off the table? Turns out there are plenty of options that deliver snacks you want to eat in a way that works for most people at the table.
Apr 15, 2016
The Cleverest Way to Eat French Fries
For the french fry-loving Anglophile, this fish and chips cone is a must-have. The ceramic container modeled after the newspaper cone traditionally used to eat chips in England comes from the collaboration between West Elm and Fishs Eddy. It’s cute and clever, and we would expect no less from this pairing. If you aren’t sure how to make classic fish and chips, there appears to be a recipe directly on the newspaper-style cone.
Apr 14, 2016
14 Delicious Recipes That Are Whole30-Approved
You’ve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about Whole30 lately — especially from people who are going gluten-free or adopting a Paleo diet. While there are some overlaps between these three dietary strategies, Whole30 is geared to be a 30-day diet, while Paleo is a larger lifestyle change. Whole30 involves giving up grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and alcohol completely for 30 days. (You can see the guidelines and exceptions here.
Apr 13, 2016
The Most Stylish Way to Store Your Homemade Sourdough
If you were inspired by our Baking School last fall to start making your own sourdough, you’ve probably run into the challenge of where to store all those loaves. Once a countertop fixture, bread boxes aren’t nearly as common in kitchens today — but they just might be making a comeback. The design of this bread box might look somewhat familiar since it comes from the same company that introduced the PieBox a couple of years ago.
Apr 13, 2016
This Colander Makes Washing Quinoa Less of a Pain
I don’t know about you, but one of my least favorite things to do in the kitchen is rinse quinoa before cooking it. I know it’s not that difficult — it’s a small step that makes a big difference for quinoa, rice, and other grains — but it’s enough of a pain that I sometimes skip it. However, I have high hopes that this new colander from OXO will make things just a little bit easier. The key to this colander is that it has two methods of draining.
Apr 8, 2016
A 3-in-1 Cake Pan for Less than $10
I love to bake, but one of my biggest challenges is finding a place to store all my various cake pans. I can’t give up my bundt pan; I love my 9-inch pans for layer cakes (even if I only attempt those on a very sporadic basis); and I really do need that springform pan — how else am I going to perfect Ottolenghi’s cauliflower cake? I could, however, replace all of those with this one pan from IKEA. Even better? It’s less than $10.
Apr 7, 2016
An Easy Way to Keep Track of Your Garden
If you’ve struggled to keep a garden alive in the past, or forget what you’ve done year to year to make your garden successful, we have a little trick that might help you finally get things under control: the Gardener’s One Line a Day from Chronicle Books. While the intent of this pocket-sized grass-green notebook may be a bit more about reflection, we love to use it with a slightly more practical bent.
Apr 6, 2016
Our Favorite DIY Mama Resource: Mountain Rose Herbs
When you set out to go more DIY in the kitchen, you inevitably run into the problem of ingredients that you might not be able to find at your normal grocery store. Whether you’re making cocktail bitters or your own soothing lotion or lip balm, you’re probably going to end up with a part of your shopping list left unfulfilled. That’s why we’ve bookmarked Mountain Rose Herbs for all those tricky-to-find ingredients.
Apr 4, 2016
A Trickster Wine Stand for April Fools’ Day
I’m not much for April Fools’ Day. Jokes and pranks are fun, but they’ve never been my strong suit. Instead, I’ll be celebrating this trickster holiday with this seemingly impossible wine stand. In addition to giving the appearance of defying gravity, it has a hidden extra feature. Of course, the main attraction is still the ability to cantilever a wine bottle with ease, but my favorite part is that it also includes a corkscrew. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
Apr 1, 2016
Enjoy Hand-Crafted Cocktails at 35,000 Feet
One of the few remaining perks of air travel is the beverage service — specifically those mini airline bottles of booze. Yes, they are a bit on the pricey side, but there’s something that just makes a cocktail better when it’s enjoyed at cruising altitude. But don’t get stuck drinking vodka soda or a Jack and Coke. Thanks to this carry-on cocktail kit, you can elevate your in-air libations.
Mar 31, 2016
Paint It Black: The Chicest Option for Your Flatware
When it comes to style, there’s nothing quite as chic as black. From the classic little black dress to the black leather jacket, you can’t go wrong. And now you can carry that aesthetic through to your dinner table, thanks to this flatware set from Menu and Norm Architects. We’re actually a bit surprised that we haven’t seen more matte black flatware on the market.
Mar 30, 2016
21 Vegetarian Burgers, Wraps, and Sandwiches to Make for Meatless Monday
When the dinner rush means you need to put a healthy, flavorful meal on the table fast, it’s time to consider a sandwich — or burger, or wrap. These vegetarian takes on the handheld meal deliver on satisfaction and give you the added bonus of an extra helping of veggies, beans, or grains. There’s a chickpea and sweet potato patty laced with the sweet heat of Sriracha, and a beet-based veggie burger that owes its savory essence to smoked paprika.
Mar 28, 2016