Sarah Rae Smith

Sarah Rae Smith has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the bratwurst-laden city of Sheboygan home. She seeks out kitchens that make the best pie and farmers with fresh eggs.
10 Meals To Make In 10 Minutes Or Less
It seems these days a quick meal is less than 30 minutes — thank you Rachael Ray. But there are nights, now and then, when even 30 minutes can seem like a luxury. With 30 minutes we could cook a 3-course meal, do some laundry, run the dishwasher and whittle a horse from a spare piece of wood. In the real world, when you’re dashing from one evening activity to another, dinner sometimes needs to come together in 10 minutes or less.
Nov 28, 2023
When Calculating the Amount of Turkey per Person, Use This Simple Rule
Bonus: You'll be able to have plenty of leftovers.
Nov 1, 2023
How to Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days
There's no need to wait until the weekend to do everything at once.
Jul 20, 2023
10 Ways To Eat “Brinner” (Breakfast For Dinner)
Although we manage to find time for a few nibbles in the morning, we’re just not that into scarfing down a big meal at the beginning of our day. Instead, we’d much rather enjoy a big breakfast as the day is winding down and truly take our time and savor such traditional and comforting flavors. Now who’s ready for some white gravy? Nom nom nom!Aside from being “fun” to eat breakfast for dinner, it’s usually a rather economical choice as well.
Jul 3, 2023
How To Make A Dry Rub
Being from Kansas City, there’s one thing that’s already been instilled in me and that is dry rub. It’s a blend of dry spices and herbs, and it can beautifully transform a plain cut of meat, chicken, fish, and even vegetables. We use it on anything that is bound for heat and sometimes just for fun. It is sold at most grocery stores, but you can also make one at home. Here’s a recipe and see how it can make all the difference to your meat.
Jun 9, 2023
5 Unexpected Ways to Use Curry Paste
I’ve been adding curry paste to an assortment of old standby dishes to give them a bit of kick. If you have half a can of curry paste lying about here are a few unexpected ways to put it to good use!I’ve written about my favorite curry paste in the past and it should be noted that I am a huge fan of green over red curry pastes. That’s simply a matter of taste, but I have found that I have better luck controlling the heat without many surprises.
May 3, 2023
A Clever Use for IKEA’s Magnetic Knife Strip
If you do a lot of painting projects, you'll love this.
Jan 13, 2023
Before & After: The $300 Kitchen Makeover
This kitchen was a little too honey colored for the homeowners, but working within a small budget, something had to change without too much expense. A little creativity, gold paint and some fabric later and the results are fabulous — all for $300!The fine folks over at One Project Closer have been busy renovating their kitchen. Their cabinet color was the easiest thing to change without having a high overhead. They set to work painting the edges which were then covered with white paint.
Sep 19, 2022
Recipe: Tropical Fruit Salad With Creamy Lime Sauce
When you think about dessert, the first thing that pops into your mind is usually a baked good of some sort. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, bars — I’ll stop a minute so you can wipe away the drool — but more often than not, what I really crave is a lime-laden fruit salad with a sweet sauce so smooth you’ll almost forget about those oven-based snacks! This fruit salad is more than your usual gathering of fruits in a bowl.
May 12, 2022
Recipe: Baked Potato Soup With Bacon, Scallions & Cheddar
In the past we’ve looked at a few more refined versions of potato soup. There has been a creamy curried potato soup, a sweet potato soup with miso and ginger, and a roasted garlic and potato soup. But I’m not as polished as the rest of our Kitchn writers. See, this Midwestern girl wants her meat and potatoes and she doesn’t always want them to be fancied up — well, unless you consider bacon fancy.
May 12, 2022
Lego Creations In The Kitchen
There’s no secret when it comes to our love for Legos in the kitchen. Yes the majority of us are total nerds (we admit that), but there’s a certain something about making something out of nothing. We ran across a cool kitchen collection of handmade Lego goods and just had to share.We first ran across these super cool Lego kitchen crafts from Lenore over at Flickr, where we followed the internet trail over to Evil Mad Scientist.
May 12, 2022
The Skinny On (Uncured) Beef Bacon
Beef bacon. It just sounds weird to say. Bacon as most of us know it comes from pigs and there’s never really been a reason to question that. Before now, beef bacon has only been available through Halal Butchers (for the most part), although it’s slowly creeping onto your local grocery store shelves. We took it for a test run this morning and as you might expect there are some differences! For our morning test run we used not only beef bacon, but uncured beef bacon.
May 12, 2022
10 Simple Centerpieces Without Flowers
Although flowers are quite lovely and in abundance this time of year, some of us still might not have easy access to them. If you’re without a garden and don’t live in a big city, you can be stuck with what’s sold at your local grocer. And unless you’re into carnations, supply can be limited. Instead, try out one of these non-flower-based centerpiece ideas that you might already have in your kitchen! 1.
May 12, 2022
How Many of These 10 Mystery Kitchen Gadgets Can You Identify? Get the Answers Here
Did you take our quiz on mystery gadgets? Time to turn the page upside down and see how many you got right! (Or click through the gallery above to see the answers.) Corn on the cob butter-er and salter Vintage metal cookware handle Corn Stripper Pre-1950s broiler pan Vintage pot handle for Pyrex or Corningware dishes Nutcracker Ice crusher Potato Grater Egg or Pancake Ring Coconut Grater 1 to 3 correct: Zzzzt. You’re not into unitaskers are you?
May 11, 2022
How I Keep My Tiny Apartment Freezer Neat and Organized
For the first time in several decades I’ve found myself living without a chest freezer. After the shock that I couldn’t store enough ground beef to feed a small army in case of a zombie apocalypse, I adjusted and started to store only the essentials. The hard part? My freezer is the size of a postage stamp. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned along the way.
May 11, 2022
Recipe: Saucy & Sweet Grilled Pineapple
Even though we have the softest spot of anyone we know when it comes to baked goods, our favorite dessert — isn’t. In fact, it doesn’t even involve the oven. We learned a long time ago, when it comes to that sweet treat at the end of the meal, dessert is best cooked on the grill! This recipe is dead simple and best of all, can be made outside while you’re entertaining summer guests. It’s fast, fresh and is the perfect way to end a meal.
May 11, 2022
Here Are the Only Kitchen Cleaners You Actually Need
“Honey can you hand me the bottle of window cleaner? It’s right behind the bottle of stainless steel stuff but in front of the wood polish and next to the doggy carpet spray.” Sound familiar? Having the right tools for the job is a good thing, but what happens when you have too many? Clutter! (Insert dramatic music here.) How many cleansers do you really need? Which ones are essential? What’s the bottle with the smeared label way in the back?
May 11, 2022
20 Ways To Entertain the Pants Off Any Crowd
Over the years, you’ve had question after question about entertaining certain groups of people. It might have been brunch for a bridal shower, lunch for a group of vegetarian friends, or dinner for a crowd on a super tight budget. No matter what we’ve had answers, here’s a look back at some of our favorites!We know it can feel a little overwhelming to throw a get together. It’s easy to be boggled by times, menus and different dietary needs.
May 11, 2022
This Is the Most Organized Junk Drawer We’ve Ever Seen
When is a junk drawer not a junk drawer anymore? Is a completely organized drawer full of utility items simply not allowed to be called a junk drawer? Ladies and gentlemen, this is what we all should aspire too! I present to you: the non-junk-junk-drawer. Junk drawers are top of mind, especially after yesterday’s examples of five things that don’t belong in the junk drawer I discovered this drawer while I was house-sitting for a friend.
May 11, 2022
Eat Like Royalty on the Road With Mason Jar Meals
When it comes to road trips, canning jars are your new best friend. Pack them with things like pasta salad, a leafy green salad, or even diy fruit on the bottom yogurt or homemade meatloaf! They’ll keep these foods sealed in tightly and won’t drip all over your back seat if a bump knocks them over. Stash them in your cooler for midtrip meals that are way better than fast food.
May 11, 2022
How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch
Good flour tortillas are a thing of beauty. Once you know the taste of fresh handmade tortillas, well let’s just say you’re missing out. Before we were making them ourselves we would drive across town to pick up the best of the best, but not any more because making them is as simple as mix, roll, heat and eat!Homemade flour tortillas come together with just a couple basic ingredients.
Apr 14, 2022
9 Inspiring Ideas to Help You Organize All the Stuff Under Your Sink
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Including the best way to store clean (and dirty!) towels, brilliant ideas for hanging spray bottles, a hack for stashing trash bags, and more.
Aug 2, 2021
I Tried KFC’s Leaked Secret Recipe and Here’s How It Went
Recently I found out that the supposed real mixture of magical 11 herbs and spices was released, and of course I scrambled to put it to the test. Man oh man, I'm sure glad I did!
Jun 21, 2021
Help! I Married into a Family That Doesn’t Do Family Dinner
In my family there were a few hard-and-fast traditions. We watched “Die Hard” every Christmas — and thus I was the only kid in the third grade who had a swear-word vocabulary as large as John McClane’s. But despite what my off-color precocity might imply, we also clung hard to one traditional, family-friendly essential. Namely, we always ate dinner at the table, together as a family.
Sep 30, 2020
10 Popular Cauliflower Recipes to Make Right Now
Those sweet and spicy baked cauliflower bites are calling your name.
Aug 27, 2020
Problem: Where To Put The Pet’s Bowls?
For those with four-legged furry friends running around their home, there seems to be a unanimous problem — where do you put the pet bowls?! It seems like the answer should be easy: the floor, duh. But in reality, finding a bowl that looks attractive enough to sit out, plus learning not to kick it over during your daily routine, is a challenge.Before you can tackle the placement of your pet’s food and water dishes, you must first decide what’s best for them.
Jul 17, 2020
Get Hotter Coals Faster with a Charcoal Chimney Starter (Here’s How)
Here's exactly how to light your coals with a chimney and some tricks for getting the coals hotter, faster.
May 15, 2020
How To Make Your Own Taco Seasoning
Making your own Taco Seasoning is one of the easiest things you can do for yourself in the kitchen. No more little packets of bland, age old spices, instead, try this quick mix that’s sure to become an on-hand staple in your house from now on!
Apr 13, 2020
Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange & Ginger
There’s a secret I’ve been fostering for quite some time now. I love vegan cupcakes — even more than “regular” cupcakes. Their flavor is intense, pure, and did I mention there’s none of that creaming and beating nonsense? They’re literally as easy as 1, 2, 3! You’re sure to be a hit at your next party if you come toting these!
Feb 5, 2020
How To Make Cream Biscuits
These simple cream biscuits are a take on the ever-delicious and classic buttermilk biscuits. And just as you’d expect with any biscuit, these are slightly crisp on the outside and pillow-soft on the inside. But what really makes them my go-to biscuit recipe on weeknights is the fact that from start to finish, these cream-based biscuits (no butter!) only take around 15 minutes to make.
Jan 31, 2020
Recipe: No-Bake Fat Elvis Peanut Butter, Pretzel & Banana Pie
There are very few cravings as strong as the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Combine it with pretzels, bananas and salty goodness and what do you have? A no-bake Fat Elvis pie, that’s what! There’s something ridiculously perfect about a dessert creation that doesn’t have to be perfect. Especially when the end result looks extra fancy.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Beef-Free Bean Burger
Just because we’re eating a little lighter this month, doesn’t mean we don’t have the craving for a fat, tasty burger. This meatless version is flavorful enough, you don’t even miss your usual source of proteins. A quick and tasty, homemade option for sure!A weeknight burger is usually a quick fix. Patty and cook, that’s all it takes for your family to be eating in a hurry, but to our surprise, this recipe was just as quick.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Green Curry Veggie Burgers with Black Beans & Walnuts
I love taking the flavors and ingredients from foods I’ve eaten while traveling and pulling them into my weekly meals. This veggie burger takes inspiration from around the world — green curry paste, fresh cilantro, creamy black beans, and crunchy walnuts — and puts them into traditional patty form. This burger with its spicy kick is perfect for your next picnic or backyard barbecue.I’ve been around the block when it comes to low carb, meat-free burgers.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Finger-Licking Fried Chicken
After getting married, one of the first things we learned to make was fried chicken. With a husband whose Grandmother had award-winning chicken frying skills, it was a quick realization that we too would soon be learning the trade. Even though a fryer lives in our pantry, we don’t bother. With techniques that are simple and are sure to produce perfect results each time…just make sure to lock the front door so you don’t have neighbors following their noses into your kitchen!
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Low Sugar, High Protein, Dairy Free Smoothie
In our home we face diabetic challenges and issues with dairy. Plus, to be honest, we’re not big breakfast eaters. But that’s not really an option when you need to keep your blood sugar level and some pep in your step! We turn to seasonal fruits (and some occasional veggies), agave and soy to get the job done in a snap!This recipe serves two healthy portions (12-16oz each) and will last in the fridge for 48 hours if it needs to (although we make it fresh daily).
Jan 29, 2020