Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.
Our decision to join a CSA this year was mostly spontaneous after hearing tales from friends of plump organic tomatoes and sugar sweet strawberries. We were due with a baby in early April and a summer spent at home, enjoying healthy, farm fresh vegetables with our growing family sounded perfect! It was a creative and transformative adventure that we plan on taking again next year. Honey Brook Organic Farm Heads of lettuce trump their boxed counterpart!
We’re away on vacation this week so we turned to our foodie friends and offered them our CSA box. Their feedback: “The CSA box was amazing this morning! We could easily turn vegetarian this week.” That’s how I’ve felt all summer!
This week is all about efficiency — how to get through our CSA bounty quickly and without waste. There will be a few creative endeavors, but mostly we’ll be working and busy with family, so most of these veggies will be tossed into salads and quickly prepared.
We’re in that transitional season right now in New Jersey when the air is slightly crisp but the sun is still fully warm. The tomatoes are abundant and sweet but we’re also seeing winter squash at the farm stands. Fall is here, and it’s apparent not only by the cooler mornings, but also by the colors of our CSA box.
Dinner parties, open houses, and cocktail parties are just a few of the gatherings you might be hosting this holiday season, and balancing the flow of these get togethers in small or large spaces can be a challenge! That’s why I’m really into the idea of creating a separate, organized coffee bar in our kitchen where guests can easily serve themselves without feeling in the way of other kitchen activity.
Baking will always be my true love in the kitchen, and finding beautiful ways to display my creations will forever add to the fun. There’s nothing quite like presenting guests with a tower of cookies or your signature cake sliced and served on a unique plate.
Did you sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box this season? If you’re receiving a weekly delivery of ever more bountiful vegetables and running out of ideas for your zucchini, squash, kale, and beets, then maybe you just need a new cookbook friend. Here are five cookbooks helping me to cook through every delicious (and healthy) bit of my CSA box. Cookbooks have been piling up on our kitchen island for weeks as I’ve tried to figure out which to include in this post.
Buffet, sideboard, server, credenza: Do you find yourself using these terms interchangeably? I sure do! After all, there’s so much overlap between these furniture types that a piece’s classification is often determined solely by its location in your home. Confusing, right? Oh, and have you heard of a huntboard? I hadn’t either, at least until reading this helpful Houzz design article that breaks down the details of these terms.
Designer Ankita Kerjariwal opened her Etsy shop in 2011 with her fun collection of beautiful graphic prints for the kitchen. Many of her offerings are personalized or available in custom colors and would make a great wedding or housewarming gift. Ankita was very kind and agreed to answer a few questions for The Kitchn about her artwork, her home, and what she loves to cook. AK: “My favorite design is the colorful set with bold colors and the simple kitchen silhouettes.
I love to bake, so I’m always happy when a birthday rolls around and I get to make a cake in celebration. And I find that after I’ve labored over the baking and icing, the most fun part is choosing fun birthday candles to compliment my creation. Here are five beautiful, tall birthday candle displays. Read on for styling and where to buy. I love these DIY Striped Candles from A Subtle Revelry.
The holidays are gone and winter is here to stay, at least for a while, until spring blooms appear in a few months. So, why not embrace this peaceful season and its hues? This beautiful, rustic table setting really captures the feeling of the season, and it’s also laid-back and relaxed enough to not feel fussy. What I love most about this tablescape is its warmth. Winter’s palette can be quite bleak if not warmed up and softened with natural bark tones.
At least once-a-week we skip cooking a full dinner and pull out our wooden cutting board along with whatever cheeses, spreads, and other accoutrements we have on hand and we opt to dine on some variation of the cheese board above. It’s quite fun! So, whether you’re throwing a holiday bash or dining on cheese and other nibbles, here is the breakdown of an easy-to-assemble cheese board.
I’ve been admiring this kitchen renovation from the blog Lemons, Avocados and the Bay for some time, so I decided to reach out to Tammy and ask a few questions about the overhaul and the inspiration behind the project. Read on for the full interview!The Kitchn: How long have you lived in your home?Tammy: We purchased our little 1950s yellow beach bungalow exactly one year ago. When we moved in, the home was in really bad shape.