Landis Carey

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.
10 Lessons I Learned From My CSA Share
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!
Dec 18, 2014
Mixed Lettuce, Arugula, and Hakurei Turnips Are in Our CSA Box This Week
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.
Oct 23, 2014
Greens, Beans, Peppers and Three Kinds of Squash Were In My CSA Box This Week
Our CSA has changed the way I cook and food shop. I would also go so far to say that it’s changed our lives: my husband and I are eating loads of organic veggies on a daily basis; my ultra-picky toddler has tried new foods; my six-month-old’s foray into solids has been very successful, and the majority of what he’s eaten are steamed, pureed CSA veggies. It’s been a family adventure, and one we will definitely repeat next year! Here’s what was in my box this week.
Oct 15, 2014
Summer Met Fall in My CSA Box This Week
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.
Oct 2, 2014
We Received 11 Pounds of Tomatoes This Week in Our CSA Box
There are two great stories from this week’s CSA bounty: Lettuce is back and we received 11 pounds of tomatoes! It’s as if we’ve turned the clock back to early summer when greens were abundant and the perfect pairing for every meal.
Sep 25, 2014
My CSA Box Turned My Friends Vegetarian This Week
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!
Sep 4, 2014
A Cabbage That Weighs More Than a Newborn Showed Up in Our CSA Share This Week
We received an 8-pound, 12-ounce green cabbage in our CSA box this week. Yes, it’s huge and it’s heavy. And to put it into perspective for you, neither of my children weighed that much at birth. So, what are we going to do with such a giant vegetable? Read on to find out!
Aug 18, 2014
We Ate the Best Gazpacho this Week, Thanks to My CSA Box
Nothing—absolutely nothing—says summer like a bowl (or two) of chilled gazpacho. It’s really the perfect summertime soup because no cooking is required and the combination of ingredients highlight the flavors of the season!
Aug 13, 2014
5 Cookbooks To Help You Use Up Your CSA Box
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.
Jul 25, 2014
Yippee for Sweet Summer Tomatoes in My CSA Box This Week
We didn’t get to indulge in the first carrots of the summer last week because we were traveling. So this week, we’re on it! And how about that pint of tomatoes in the top right corner? They’re just about as sweet as can be!
Jul 24, 2014
This Week My Friends Ate the Carrots, Cucumbers and Cabbage in My CSA Box
We’re away at the beach visiting family, so I offered this week’s CSA box to dear friends in return for a photo of the goods. Don’t you just love how they captured those adorable baby toes? From what I hear our friends are enjoying all the veggies in their fresh glory! I’m just here to tell you what I may have made if we weren’t away.
Jul 17, 2014
I Have a New Favorite Recipe for Broccoli, Thanks to My CSA Box
I’m totally guilty of not making it through all of our veggies last week, and I admit it. We never touched our broccoli or our green beans, so now we have to work double-time to stay on top of all of this fresh produce. How can I catch up? Our CSA supply was a bit much for our family this past week because my husband was traveling and it was just me, our toddler, and our 11-week-old in the house — and the baby and toddler weren’t too much help!
Jun 30, 2014
This Week’s CSA Box: Finding Ways to Use Up My Lettuce, Broccoli, Oregano and Beans
This CSA adventure is keeping me on my toes! We’re eating many more greens than ever before, and I’m delighted about it. Two of last week’s recipes — Saag paneer and the garlic and parsley frittata — were big hits, and I’d never tried to make either dish previously. I’m really looking forward to this week’s culinary adventure and what new favorites we might find. Are you just joining my CSA series?
Jun 23, 2014
This Week My CSA Box Has Greens, More Greens, Parsley and a Quart of Strawberries
Welcome, friends! I’m here to share with you my CSA adventure this season. As most of you know it was an incredibly long winter for the East Coast. I might actually have weather-induced PTSD from it. (Did I mention I was indoors for four months with my toddler while pregnant with my second son?) So when I learned of a new CSA program available to our town, I jumped with exuberance to participate!
Jun 16, 2014
Yes, There Is a Difference Between a Buffet, Sideboard, Server, and Credenza
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.
Mar 26, 2014
Kitchen Art: A Chat with Artist Ankita Kerjariwal from Textured INK Studio
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.
Mar 19, 2014
A Rental Kitchen Spiffed-Up with Leather Cabinet Pulls
The idea of leather drawer pulls isn’t a new one, but in the kitchen? It’s definitely out-of-the-box, and I love it! Here, in the picture above from Lonny Magazine, the inventive renters re-vampted their cabinet pulls for 39 cents apiece plus the price of a rivet. Read on for additional details. Kristan Cunningham on how they warmed up their rental kitchen: Our landlord provided a row of cabinetry from Ikea and the cheapest stove on the market.
Jan 28, 2014
5 Beautiful, Tall Birthday Candle Displays
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.
Jan 21, 2014
For the January Table: A Rustic Winter Tablescape
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.
Jan 14, 2014
How I Assemble a Simple Cheese Board
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.
Dec 17, 2013
Home Coffee Bars and Stations for Entertaining and Everyday Use
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.
Dec 10, 2013
5 Ways to Display Your Desserts
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.
Nov 19, 2013
Before & After: Modernizing a 1950’s Bungalow Kitchen
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.
Jan 6, 2012
A Uniquely-Shaped Marble Backsplash
Not only does this popular Apartment Therapy house tour show off a home’s worth of incredible spaces, but it also captured a unique backsplash design we’re going nuts over. The countertop and sink’s backsplash are both composed of the same marble that’s seen throughout the kitchen, where an approximate 12″ tall marble ribbon protects the space’s white walls from splashes and other messes. Read on for more images of this kitchen as well as the full house tour.
Nov 30, 2011