Lisa Freedman's Recent Articles
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10 Exciting Ingredients to Gift
Because these goodies are more fun than a bottle of grocery store-bought ketchup.
Dec 5, 2016
Steal This Smart Way to Display Your Holiday Cards
‘Tis the season to get lots of holiday cards. And our friends over at Minted have a ingenious idea for what to do with them as they come in: Hang them on kitchen cabinets. It’s a super-simple way to decorate the kitchen for the season, without going totally crazy with garland, lights, or breakable ornaments. Keep reading to see how they pulled it together. (Hint: It’s really easy!) First, cut ribbon into strips that are the length of your cabinet plus an extra foot.
Dec 2, 2016
10 Gifts to Make Breakfast Better
​Whether it's Christmas morning, the day after, or a crazy Monday before work, breakfast should always be better.
Dec 2, 2016
10 Lavish Gifts for Your Mom (or Any Extra-Special Cook)
Your brother is getting her a bathrobe and you can't even. Didn't you guys already get her that last year? Don't resort to a spa gift card just yet.
Dec 1, 2016
10 Hostess Gifts That Look Expensive but Aren’t
You can buy every single thing here (including multiples of one item!) for $163.
Nov 30, 2016
This Is How the White House Does Christmas
There’s only one house cooler than the White House this time of year: the gingerbread house that lives in the White House. Made of 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, 20 pounds of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing, and 20 pounds of sculpted sugar pieces, it’s a sweet sight to take in. Of course, the actual White House is a close second, with plenty of festive decorations.
Nov 29, 2016
The Best Travel Accessory for Food-Lovers
Make sure your phone always has enough juice, so you can Instagram your dinner — no matter what.
Nov 29, 2016
10 Surprising Ingredients We Found at T.J. Maxx
Is there anything T.J. Maxx doesn’t have? If there is, it’s a short list. You can head there to get an outfit for an upcoming holiday party, presents for loved ones, and all sorts of snacks and ingredients for the season — all during one trip.
Nov 29, 2016
5 Reasons It’s More Fun to Clean in December
Whether you like to clean or not, you have to admit that there’s something magical about making your home sparkle this time of year. Maybe it’s all the wine? Or maybe it really is just more fun? Keep reading for five good arguments on why it’s better to clean in December. Baby, it’s cold outside (and probably inside, too!). A little vacuuming, dusting, or cabinet organizing is a good way to get that blood flowing and increase your body temp.
Nov 29, 2016
10 Classic Kitchen Tools That Will Stand the Test of Time
Whether you're shopping for someone who just got her first apartment or is already living in her fifth, there are some must-have items every home cook needs.
Nov 29, 2016
We Wanna Cook Here: Funky New York-Style Loft in Washington, D.C.
Vacation Rental: Funky New York-Style Loft Apartment in Washington, D.C. Sleeps: 2 Price: $125 per night; 3 night minimum Why We Wanna Cook Here: The entire apartment is basically just one professional kitchen! Yes, we realize there’s something a little weird about calling out a Washington, D.C. apartment that’s touted for it’s New York-y-ness.
Nov 28, 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
10 Gifts for the Coffee-Obsessed
These coffee-centric gifts are sure to perk up even the most caffeine-deprived.
Nov 28, 2016
The Best Dish Soap Bottle & 4 More Fun Finds for Your Sink
There’s no point in sugar-coating it: Washing dishes can be the pits. Of course, there are a few things you can do to make the chore better, faster, and more fun. One of those? Surround yourself with functional things. These pretty and useful finds should make the task at hand a lot more fun. Or at least, a little more fun. Compact Dishrack, $30 at Simple Human: Washing dishes isn’t going to be enjoyable if you don’t have a place to put them when you’re done rinsing them.
Nov 25, 2016
A Fool-Proof Hack for Serving Perfect Slices of Pie
The party problem: That first slice of pie is always a hot mess. The party trick: Cut a sacrificial sliver for yourself. Then, cut and serve the rest of the pie. No matter what you do, that first slice is always going to be a crumbly, messy pile of crust and filling. So why not make it a tiny slice and give that one to yourself? With a skinny sliver (we’re talking a half-inch or so) removed from the pan, you’ll have more room to get your knife (we always suggest a serrated one!
Nov 21, 2016
10 Pretty Pie Toppers for Your Thanksgiving Pie
We totally support picking up a store-bought pie for Thanksgiving. Maybe just dress it up with one of these cute pie toppers? You know, so it looks like you put in some effort. Of course, if you made your own pie, you can still use one of these, but you’ve probably already done too much! Pie Banners, $28 for set of three at MaypoleNYC: Serving a bunch of pies? Then you need these pumpkin, pecan, and apple banners. They’re made of felt and will ensure everyone knows their options.
Nov 16, 2016
What It Means to Be a Good Cook, According to You
Last week, we asked you what it means to be a good cook. It’s different for everyone. When some people think of a good cook, their minds automatically go to their moms, who could magically make dinner out of nothing. Or that moment when they finally mastered making an omelet (there’s an art to it!). Or their friend who really should be on Top Chef. Here’s what you guys had to say.
Nov 11, 2016
Set Your Thanksgiving Table with Amazon
For those of you who don’t even want to leave the house for a Target run or a trip to IKEA this time of year, we bring you an entire holiday table with items ordered off Amazon. The best part: Everything here is eligible for Prime (and Prime memberships just happen to be on sale November 18th!), so you can afford to wait a few days before you place your order. And you can throw in a few non-perishables while you’re at it.
Nov 11, 2016
Set Your Thanksgiving Table with Target
Chances are, you’re planning a Target run in the next few days anyway, right? We knew it. While you’re there, pick up everything you need to set your Thanksgiving table. Here’s one look we pulled together for you. Tablecloth Plaid, $19: We’re mad for plaid these days. And that includes this festive tablecloth. 16 Piece Round Beaded Dinnerware Set, $50: White dinnerware runs the risk of being boring, but not this set with beaded accents.
Nov 10, 2016
A Smarter, Cuter Way to Post Your Grocery List
Kraft paper is one of the most versatile art supplies out there. You can cut off small sheets for individual placemats, or use a long piece as a table runner. Line them up for a full-coverage tablecloth, use the whole roll as a menu board, cut out little tags for food gifts — the list goes on! The only issue is that a single roll can set you back $25.
Nov 9, 2016
Set Your Thanksgiving Table with IKEA
Yes, IKEA has everything you need for your first apartment (or even your fifth!). It also has everything you’ll need to host your first Thanksgiving. In addition to sleek, inexpensive furniture and decorative items, IKEA has all the necessary supplies for setting your table — and getting the food onto it. Pick up everything you need in one fell swoop. And if you wanted to serve meatballs instead of turkey, you could probably get away with skipping a trip to the supermarket too.
Nov 9, 2016
Set Your Thanksgiving Table with World Market
Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Yay! Just realize that you don’t even have four matching plates? Eek! You’re probably gonna need some stuff. May we suggest World Market? You can get everything you need to set the table at a store or online. (Or just a few things if you’re not starting from absolute scratch.
Nov 8, 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
5 Thanksgiving Centerpieces That Leave Room for the Food
How do you set a Thanksgiving table that’s festive, but still has plenty of room for the umpteen million dishes you’ve made? Go with one of these small-yet-impactful centerpiece ideas. Glass votives are only a few inches in diameter and you can use as many — or as few — of them as you want. Make a couple of these leaf-wrapped candleholders (above). Then, put down a runner and scatter them along the length of your table.
Nov 3, 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
10 Pie Pans Almost as Pretty as Your Actual Pie
If you’re going to go through the trouble of baking your Thanksgiving pie from scratch, then you might as well bake it — and serve it — in something that will get noticed. It’s not like you want to put out some disposable aluminum pan and run the risk of someone thinking it’s a store-bought treat (could you even?!). Pick up one of these adorable pie pans and your guests will take notice.
Nov 1, 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
How Professional Architects Do IKEA Kitchens
If you think that only novices fall for IKEA kitchens, think again. Lauren and Kyle are professional architects in Seattle. They’re in the know about tons of high- and low-end cabinetmakers and they chose to use IKEA cabinets to give their dated kitchen a makeover. The result is everything you’d want it to be — and more.
Oct 26, 2016
These Are the Cutest Disposable Casserole Pans
No one wants to be that person. You know who I’m talking about. The one who keeps reminding the hostess that she’s gonna need her casserole dish back. If you’re attached to your casserole dish, you probably shouldn’t bring it around this holiday season. Some (amazing) hosts will always track you down before the end of the night or even drive out of their way the next week to return your dish. But other hosts? Well, not so much.
Oct 26, 2016
9 Things You Should Know Before Shopping at Aldi for the First Time
Give the discount grocery chain a chance! Just read this first.
Oct 25, 2016
Our Top Pick from IKEA’s New Limited-Edition Collection
It’s no secret that we tend to get pretty excited about the latest and greatest from IKEA. And we’re happy to report that we’ve gone predictably gaga for the newest limited-edition series, which hit stores this month. Meet SÄLLSKAP, a collection of furniture, textiles, and dinnerware that IKEA says is “inspired by the Scandinavian arts and crafts tradition and by the once groundbreaking idea of rooms designed for the whole family.
Oct 25, 2016
10 Cool Vessels for Passing Out Halloween Candy
If you’re super into Halloween, you probably believe that the vessel you use to hand out the candy is as important as the candy itself. Skip the predictable plastic pumpkin or cauldron and go for something a little more surprising this year. You just might be inspired to hoard some of that candy for later. Skull Candy Bowl, $17 at World Market: Freak out trick or treaters and have them reach into this skull’s mouth to grab their candy.
Oct 24, 2016
5 Ways to Set the Mood for Date Night In
A little goes a long way.
Oct 18, 2016
Now This Is How You Make White Cabinets Pop
People either love white cabinets or they hate ’em. Some folks think white uppers and lowers can provide sleek, blank slates to start a room; others think white is far too boring. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, you should be able to appreciate this kitchen in Birmingham, Alabama. It may be white, but thanks to a few bright accents, it’s anything but boring. Here’s how you can get the look — on a budget.
Oct 17, 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
10 Easy (Non-Cheesy) Ways to Dress Up Your Porch for Halloween
I love a good Halloween decoration almost as much as a Christmas decoration. The only problem? So many of them are just so darn cheesy. Sorry, but I don’t really want to display a giant inflatable mummy. Ditto for a skeleton of a dead dog. Luckily, there are some pretty cute decorations that are still festive and sure to set the mood for trick-or-treaters. Check out these 10 fun finds.
Oct 7, 2016
3 Clever Knife Storage Solutions
No matter how you slice it, each method of knife storage — whether you use a magnetic strip, knife block, or drawer system — comes with its own list of pros and cons. I happen to have some decent knives from Wüsthof, but they’re not so new and amazing that I feel the need to treat them like fragile babies (even though I probably should).
Sep 28, 2016