Lisa Freedman's Recent Articles
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You Have to See This Ultimate Baker’s Pantry
While many of us can only ever dream of own owning a KitchenAid stand mixer (and a pantry to keep it in), Maria, who blogs with her husband at Two Peas and Their Pod, is lucky enough to have eight (yes, eight!) — and a giant pantry to store them all in. If you’re impressed now, just wait until you see the rest of this magical setup.
Feb 8, 2017
We Wanna Cook Here: Sunny Bywater Apartment with Wrap-Around Balcony in New Orleans
Vacation Rental: Sunny Bywater Apartment with Wrap-Around Balcony in New Orleans, Louisiana Sleeps: Up to 3 guests Price: Starting at $80 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: It’s about a million times more charming than our current kitchen. It’s also in the Bywater (where the cool kids live). This second-floor apartment is 1,300 square feet, has giant floor-to-ceiling windows with lots of light, and a wrap-around balcony with outdoor seating. If you love cats, this place is for you.
Feb 6, 2017
What Do You Love Most About Your Kitchen?
No kitchen is perfect. There are kitchens with hard-to-open drawers, leaky faucets, ugly cabinets, and chipped tile countertops. Even newly remodeled kitchens have at least one thing the homeowner wishes they did differently. Yet, there’s always plenty to love about every kitchen. I currently live with a kitchen that is triangle-shaped and the oven door does not open all the way because it hits a wall! (Something I did not notice before I moved in.
Feb 6, 2017
Aprons as Wall Art? Yes, Please!
As a professional baker, Ursula, who lives in Chicago, Illinois, started getting a lot of aprons from her friends as gifts. “Now it’s totally become a thing and I’m very proud of them!” she says. “Unfortunately most are too pretty to wear while I’m making a mess in the kitchen.” Instead of hiding them in a drawer, Ursula figured out a way to put them on display for all her visitors to see.
Feb 2, 2017
This Cupboard Is Even Better than a Pantry
We’ve recently been spending a lot of time talking about inspirational pantries. These pantries are so nice, many of us can’t imagine having anything that even comes close to comparison. They’re walk-in storage closets that are usually bigger than our bedrooms! We’ll never not lust over those pantries, but we’re also totally crushing on this double larder cupboard.
Feb 2, 2017
Please Welcome a New Series: Make More Good
Want to make the world (or even the sliver of world around you) a little bit better? Start by making more good. We’ve partnered with our friends at Land O Lakes to celebrate the everyday moments that bring happiness to ourselves and our communities with projects, presents, and little acts of kindness. Keep reading to find out how we plan to help you get your weekly dose of good — starting now through the rest of the year.
Feb 1, 2017
Here’s Why the Martini Glass Is the Worst Glass in the World
You guys! The martini glass is the worst! You don’t agree? Allow me to convince you. Although it looks plenty cool, there is one key design flaw that makes the martini glass totally impractical. It’s those angled walls that essentially direct the liquid right up and over the rim. Have you ever ordered a martini at a bar, settled up with the bartender, and then attempted to walk said drink from the counter to your table? It’s basically harder than balancing an egg on a spoon!
Jan 31, 2017
Get Steakhouse-Style Lighting at Home for $15
What makes a steakhouse dinner so darn romantic? It’s not the old-time vibe, the dark wood, the leather, or the music. Yes, all that helps, but what’s really key is the lighting. It’s always soft and never harsh. And it’s super easy for you to get the same look at home — for less than two 10-spots. All you need is a dimmer switch, which you can pick up for around $15 at a home-improvement store.
Jan 31, 2017
This Tiny Kitchen Project Makes Me Smile Every Day
Just being in my kitchen is usually reason enough to make me smile: I’m in my favorite room of the house, I’m probably making (or thinking about making) something sweet for my family and friends, and it’s where the coffee and wine happens. So many things to be happy about! Plus, there’s one little thing I did to my cabinets that adds a bit of cheer every time I open up the doors. The answer isn’t that I’ve organized them.
Jan 30, 2017
We Wanna Cook Here: Beautiful Family Home in Rockridge
Vacation Rental: Beautiful Family Home in Rockridge, Oakland, California Sleeps: Up to 12 guests Price: From $275 per night; five-night minimum Why We Wanna Cook Here: We’re suckers for a breakfast bar. And this one is eight feet! This spacious house was recently redone, but still has plenty of rustic charm. Just look at that breakfast bar (did we mention it’s eight feet?), the farmhouse sink, the painted window trim, and that Wolf oven!
Jan 29, 2017
Turn a Cheese Ball into a Football
There are few foods more appropriate for a Super Bowl party than a cheese ball. After all, the dish has the word ball in it! And this one, from Michelle Buffardi’s lactose-laden book, Great Balls of Cheese, takes the festivities to the next level. Meet (or should we say meat?) the pigskin cheese ball. “Not only will it make every single person at your party squeal with joy (cheese in a fun shape? That looks like a football? C’mon!
Jan 27, 2017
My Favorite Place to Store My Slow Cooker
I can’t tell you how many of my friends store their slow cookers on top of their upper cabinets. Sure, that space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling would otherwise go wasted, but I can’t figure out why people think that is the place for a heavy and cumbersome electronic appliance. I get that maybe these folks don’t use their slow cooker every day, or even every week, so it might not make the most sense to let it take up valuable real estate on the counter.
Jan 26, 2017
An Ingenious Bonus Use for Your Salad Spinner
The party problem: You’ve got to transport a homemade cake, but you don’t have a carrier or a box. The party trick: Use the bowl from your salad spinner — and a plate. We’re all about using kitchen gadgets for as many jobs as possible, and the salad spinner is way more of a multitasker than people realize (see: 10 Alternative Uses for Your Salad Spinner). Perhaps one of its most handy uses — aside from, duh, drying lettuce — is as a cake dome.
Jan 19, 2017
Steal This Bright Idea for a Pantry
When Kevin and Amanda, the bloggers behind the appropriately named site Kevin & Amanda, moved the laundry room to another space closer to the garage, they knew they wanted to do something special with their new-found kitchen-adjacent space. The logical answer: a walk-in pantry. The couple worked with a professional to draw up the best shelving configuration that could hold everything they needed to store and hide the fact that the space used to be a laundry room.
Jan 16, 2017
Beyond Continental: Our 3 Favorite Free Hotel Breakfasts
Sometimes, a free hotel breakfast includes little more than a tray of stale muffins and a stack of sad mini cereal boxes. But many chains seem to be upping their breakfast games, offering all sorts of goodies worth getting out of bed for. Here’s a look at three top-notch (free!) breakfast spreads available across the country. All hotel guests can take advantage of free cooked-to-order breakfast options, which a spokesperson calls an “approachable, upscale experience.
Jan 12, 2017
Proof You Should Put Shiplap in a Pantry
When Ashely, the crafty blogger behind Little Glass Jar, decided to introduce shiplap into her home, she started by testing the waters in her pantry. After all, it was a space she’d been wanting to redo anyway. If she didn’t like it, it was just a small closet — it’s not like she was committing an entire wall to the stuff. Read more: What is Shiplap, Anyway? at Apartment Therapy The before — with generic wire shelving — was obviously nothing special.
Jan 11, 2017
Danger! This Is How You Should Cut Your Morning Bagel.
A few years ago I learned a disturbing fact about bagels: In 2008, 1,979 people went to the emergency room due to a BRI (bagel-related injury), according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently chicken-related injuries were more common (with 3,463 visits), but this stat still really messed with my head. All those people had their mornings ruined because they lost the battle against their everything bagel. Maybe make everything bagel bread instead?
Jan 11, 2017
You Have to See This $200 Kitchen Makeover
You fine readers have been very vocal in letting us know how you feel about open shelving. Some of you love the idea of turning your kitchen into a museum, with all your dinnerware on display. The rest of you? Well, you just can’t imagine. You need a place to hide your ugly plastic containers and pile up your mismatched bowls! No matter which side of this divide you fall on, we’re betting you’re going to be pretty darn impressed by this kitchen makeover.
Jan 11, 2017
What Makes You Happy in the Kitchen?
My kitchen doesn’t have new appliances or fancy no-slam cabinet doors. The countertop is some sort of (very) dated Formica. And, for some reason, the gas oven squeaks while it’s preheating. Imperfections aside, it’s still my favorite room in the house. It’s my happy place. I can go in there and almost always make something out of nothing. I can bake sweet treats for my friends and family in there. I can listen to whatever terrible music I want to in there.
Jan 9, 2017
3 Reasons Why I Eat Soup Out of Mugs
Soup in a mug! Is there anything cozier? Nope! Especially not soup in a bowl. It’s the season of soup and I find myself making (and eating) a lot of it at home. When it comes time to serve it, I almost always reach for a mug instead of a bowl. Why would I do such a silly thing? Well, I have three good reasons. My husband and I eat most of this soup in front of a fire — on the couch. If our soup is in a mug, we can sit back (way deep in the couch cushions) and bring our soups with us.
Jan 4, 2017
10 Kitchen Tools That Make Great Ornaments
Everything you need to decorate your Christmas tree is in … your kitchen! It’s true. Even if you don’t have dozens of mini rolling pins on hand, you can mix and match a bunch of these items until your tree is all decked out. And then, when the holiday is over, don’t stash them in the basement. Put them to work making sweet things all year round. Mini whisks: There’s nothing cuter than a mini whisk.
Dec 14, 2016
Beyond Popcorn String: Candies for Your Christmas Tree Garland
We totally get why people make popcorn garlands: they’re relatively easy to do, popcorn is lightweight, and you can get a big bag of kernels for, like, $10. Great! But why stop there? We raided a candy shop to find fun treats that’ll string up just as well. Unless otherwise noted, we made these with a sewing needle and some waxed floss, which conveniently comes in white (regular) or red (cinnamon!).
Dec 14, 2016
The Cutest Holiday Way to Light Up the Kitchen
In case you missed it, we’re big fans of decorating for Christmas in the kitchen. Wreaths look totally at home hung in front of a window over the sink, and cabinet uppers are a perfect backdrop for all those holiday cards that come in. So, in the spirit of being spirited, we also love the idea of Christmas lights in the kitchen.
Dec 13, 2016
An Easy Way to Keep Biscuits Warm
The party problem: Everyone knows warm biscuits are the best kind of biscuits, but that fresh-out-of-the-oven heat only lingers for so long. The party trick: Make a DIY bread warmer. Sure, you can buy a bread warmer at most kitchen stores — or you can make one. You just need some rice and a cloth bag. You can technically use a clean sock, but that might gross out some party guests, so we recommend buying a new bag specifically for this project (see suggested sources below).
Dec 9, 2016
Wreaths in the Kitchen? Here’s Where to Put ‘Em.
We’re all about decorating for the holidays in as many places as possible. Garland in the bathroom? Sure! Mistletoe in the coat closet? Yes, please! That’s why we’re totally obsessed with the idea of hanging wreaths in front of kitchen windows — especially windows that happen to be over the sink. Kelly from Talk of the Home hung wreaths from her curtain rod using two different types of ribbon: red-striped burlap and a red satin one.
Dec 6, 2016
How To Make a Christmas Tree Topper out of Whisks
You could put a star on top of your tree this year. Or, you could put a sputnik-style starburst made out of whisks. Which one sounds better to you? If you’d prefer the latter and want to show off your love for all things kitchen-related this holiday, this post is for you. If you prefer the former, you might still get a kick out of this easy craft. Read on for the easy directions — even the less crafty among us will find this simple and fun.
Dec 6, 2016
How To Make Glam Salt Dough Ornaments for Christmas
You may have made salt dough ornaments as a kid, yes? Well, we took the classic homemade ornament to the next level by gilding the humble craft with a little more glamour. We added imprints of winter greens — plus pom-poms and sequins as berries. Follow along with these easy steps.
Dec 5, 2016
I Have a Strong Opinion About Coffee Carafes
There are few things in life as important as a good coffee carafe. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but if coffee is as critical to your daily routine as it is to mine, I think you’ll get my point. My husband and I have come to prefer drip coffee over trendier pour over or French press options. (I realize this will probably upset a lot of you; there’s just something I find so satisfying about making a big ol’ pot and listening to the machine do its thing.
Nov 28, 2016
Here’s What a Super-Elaborate Table Setting Looks Like
There are about a million different ways to set the dinner table, and any one of them can be considered correct depending on where in the world you are and what the menu looks like. A few things that are always pretty consistent: the knife blade should face the plate, the coffee spoon should sit horizontally above the plate and the water goblet should go in the upper righthand corner. Got that?
Nov 7, 2016
Why I Make a Million Side Dishes for My Tiny Thanksgiving
If you saw my family’s Thanksgiving grocery haul, you’d be within reason to guess that we were having some 15 or 20 people over to feast — but the reality? More like five. I don’t have much in the way of extended family members, so our Turkey Day is usually just my brother, my parents, myself, and my husband (who graciously agrees to ditch his large family so that my family doesn’t have to eat alone).
Nov 4, 2016
The Best Way to Make Sure You Have Enough Serving Dishes for Thanksgiving
You can plan your menu and check your grocery list a million times, but you’re not truly prepared to host Thanksgiving until you’ve done this one thing. The Party Problem: You’re worried you don’t have enough serving dishes for all the food you’re making. The Party Trick: Lay out your dishes and label each one. Pull out every serving dish you plan to use and put it on a table (any table will do).
Nov 2, 2016
What Does It Mean to Be a Good Cook?
With so many big holiday meals coming up, we’ve been having a lot of conversations about what it really means to be a good cook. The answer? Well, it’s different for everyone. Maybe to you, a good cook has a dozen amazing recipes committed to memory. Or maybe it means you can plan a month’s worth of dinners with just one trip to the grocery store. Or maybe it means having the ability to turn even the most random Chopped-like basket into a real meal.
Oct 31, 2016
IKEA Kitchen of the Week: Small, Glam, and Smart
We could go on and on about all the things we love about this kitchen. The marble! The metallic accents! The sleek white IKEA cabinets! It’s seriously what Pinterest was made for. But stop oohing and aahing for a second and you’ll realize it’s as smart as it is pretty.
Oct 7, 2016