We’ve been following artists and designers Corrin and Jake as they plan a casual fall dinner party for friends, with a comforting menu that uses dairy-based solutions to feature milk, yogurt and three different cheeses and still be friendly to lactose-intolerant guests. Today, we’ll reveal how it all came together, from National Dairy Council’s cooking tips to one stellar DIY project.
Every Christmas I come up with one fantastic homemade gift idea to really blow my friends’ minds. One holiday included hand-cut pappardelle with a divine Bolognese recipe attached. Another year I made Nutella from scratch, which unfortunately I loved so much I wasn’t willing to share. This year I think the gift’s in the bag — an infused hazelnut liqueur along with my hazelnut take on a decadent eggnog.
With fall sweeping in, Corrin and Jake were ready for a cozy evening at home with friends, but they didn’t want anything fussy or formal. The best compromise? A warm, relaxed Autumn dinner with lots of homey flavor that — with the help of our sponsor, National Dairy Council — pleased all their guests, including those with lactose-intolerance, without eliminating the delicious dairy foods Corrin and Jake love. Yesterday, we showed off their party plan (and a killer DIY).
We like to think of Autumn as dinner-party season: that time of year when the wind picks up, the light dims and the best way to pass an evening is around a candlelit table full of food and friends. For artists and crafters Corrin and Jake, that means a warm, welcoming gathering in their gorgeous Williamsburg, Brooklyn loft — complete with a delicious, comforting menu and cozy, homey decor. This week, we’ll be showing you how they did it, from planning to prep to the party itself.
Green bean casserole isn’t called the “mother of all comfort foods” for nothing. The iconic American dish — which is estimated to appear on thirty million tables over the course of the holiday season — continues to set the Thanksgiving gold standard. This year, my family is going to borrow some Southern charm from that doyenne of holiday entertaining, Sister Schubert, using her recipe that features those delicious rolls as topping.
Thanksgiving WAS our favorite holiday…until it was time to clean up — the scouring, the plate-scraping, the pre-washing. But then we saw this infographic that blew our minds: We make it harder than it needs to be. Here are some other secrets we learned that have literally changed how we do the dishes. Cascade Platinum and Marie Claire surveyed over 900 people about their dishwashing habits, and they learned some pretty crazy things.
Flaky biscuits and light-as-air yeast rolls have been adorning the Southern table since the beginning of time, served alongside an array of homemade chutneys, relishes, and spreads: simple pleasures that have become as traditional as our saccharine-sweet iced tea. But more and more it seems that hot-from-the-oven baked goods have become relegated to special occasion fare.
We’ve shoved unruly pot lids into drawers enough times to be beyond psyched about this find: the new Casteline Tech collection from Cristel®, France’s best-selling cookware line. (Another secret to the good life from the French, bien sûr.) The design-savvy cookware features flat lids and detachable handles for stackability and easy storage.
Talk about a magazine-ready meal: Food & Wine — the ultimate authority on all things gastronomical — has teamed with the tableware pros at Gorham to create a dinnerware and cookware collection worthy of the glossiest cover photo. Want to up your kitchen game? Choose from two lines of functional, beautiful cookware: stainless steel and a lightweight, enameled cast iron. Looking to serve a gorgeous meal?
When autumn picks up, so do our cravings for meals packed with warm, cheesy comfort. Luckily, Italian cuisine delivers flavorful, wholesome, hearty meals that make it a favorite the world over. If you don’t have a nonna to feed you, we found the next best thing: Bertolli’s new Italian-Style Torta. This fresh twist on a classic recipe is packed with layers of Italian tradition, including premium ricotta, kettle-cooked marinara, and a flaky crust.
You pasta-lovers out there may have already known that “Orecchiette” translates as “little ears.” But you might not know that the shape is the signature pasta of the humble farmland of Puglia (the ‘heel’ part of Italy’s ‘boot’). Dome-shaped Orechiette is perfect for scooping up fresh Puglian veggies and hearty sauces.
When warm weather came to Brooklyn this year, Rich threw an intimate “Hello to Summer” gathering for some friends in his lushly planted rooftop garden. Called for the afternoon, when the flowers would be at their fullest and the plants at their greenest, the party featured drinks and appetizers that were heavy on the garden-fresh ingredients. Here’s a full look at the party, from the setup to the cocktail recipes, including a few gardening tips along the way.
After an especially brutal winter, Rich was even more excited than usual to see springtime come to his beautiful roof garden. In the summer months, the rootop is his favorite room in the house, with walls of hydrangea and boxwood and pots of herbs and lettuces. So naturally, Rich wanted a little fanfare to celebrate the start of the season.
July 4th weekend is coming, and with it grill fatigue — aka what happens after your fifth consecutive backyard cookout. (Symptoms: burger overload, hot-dog boredom.) Luckily, we’ve found a delicious cure: Simply Organic’s Summer Grilling Remix, a compendium of clever recipes, like Garlic Bourbon BBQ-Marinated Grilled Chicken and Teriyaki Tofu Sliders with Grilled Pineapple and Sriracha Aioli, that put a fresh spin on grilling classics.
Update: Thank you to those who submitted! We have already cast this project, but we loved all the submissions. Our readers are what make our site the vibrant, authentic community it is, and we deeply appreciate your participation! Calling all NYC families! Do you cook at home regularly? Are you up for working with The Kitchn and an advertiser partner on a new project to promote a web tool, designed to help make finding and cooking the perfect recipes for you and your family easier and more fun?
A well-stocked kitchen is a happy kitchen. Maybe that’s why we’re such suckers for HomeGoods: With so many essential pieces, global flavors and styles, it’s like a wander through a sublime gourmet market. You can score everything from Italian olive oils to gourmet spices to gleaming copper pots and top-notch cookware, all at great values — not to mention cheery canisters, glamorous barware and ingenious gadgets.
This week, I’ve been sharing the plan and menu for a casual weeknight dinner party I threw with our neighbors and their little kids. Today, we’ll reveal how it all came together, how we kept it comfy and cheerful for the little kids while still making it a special night for us all. We hope it shows you, like it showed me, that dinner parties don’t always have to be elaborately planned affairs, but can simply be a bigger, prettier version of your everyday family meal.
When we began to brainstorm an original recipe to create for our No-Stress Neighborly Nosh Gathering, we knew we wanted a vegetable side dish that even a picky kid would love. A single link of Italian sausage (leftover from a previous pizza night) actually inspired the dish. It wasn’t enough to create a main dish around, but it was just enough to add a little something extra when tossed in with a head of broccoli and a handful of pantry ingredients.
It takes a killer eye to make a modern home shine: Too much midcentury or minimalism and your living room feels like a museum; not enough and the look just doesn’t gel. That’s why we love these readers’ house tours—they each put their own spin on modern decor, and the results are contemporary houses that still feel like homes. Click Through to Learn More About These Modern Stunners! 1. Natalie & Seth’s Organic Modern Home.
A good home office isn’t just a place to put your laptop: It’s a place where work gets done with style, where high-tech gadgets make everything work a little easier and look a little cooler. Here are a few home offices from House Tours and Tech Tours past that do just that. Find Out What Powers Up These High-Tech Home Offices! 1. Gene & Heidi’s Colorful Art-Filled Home. Built-in cabinets and floating desks—all from Ikea!
You know the routine: every morning you wake up, shower, put on some clothes, then turn on your kettle or coffee maker to help you get going. These small actions might be necessary and even second nature at this point, but they should never be boring or hectic. These three coffee and tea appliances from BELLA make things a little easier, less crazy, and definitely more stylish. Add some style to your kitchen with this seriously chic ceramic kettle.
If there is one must-add to your holiday bar setup this year it’s Amarula. This cream liqueur, made from the Marula fruit, is rich and creamy and delicious in all sorts of holiday inspired cocktails. In Africa, where the Marula fruit trees are plentiful, elephants walk for miles following the sweet scent until they find this sun-ripened fruit to feast upon. Lucky for us there’s no need to trek hundreds of miles to have a sip.
You already know that slow cookers are a time-efficient way to create a delicious meal. And as we head into the season of holiday parties and potlucks, using these kitchen workhorses is essential for stress-free entertaining. BELLA’s slow cookers offer seriously chic and portable options with some unique features that make entertaining fun. For medium-sized gatherings that feature main dishes with veggies, meat, and grains the 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker with Locking Lid is ideal.
We recently gave you three homemade dipping sauces to serve with roasted potato wedges or fries, such as Ore-Ida® Simply Olive Oil and Sea Salt French Fries. The combination of the dipping sauces (hellooo creamy pesto!) and the French fries is perfect for small gatherings or fun parties. Today we’re showing you how to dress up a party table for fries and dips with some printable labels and cute cards. Read on to see more, and to download the labels!
I don’t know about you, but we are unapologetic French fry devotees in my house. From Five Guys to frozen, it doesn’t matter because we love them all! In fact we are willing to try just about any recipe in our attempt to achieve the ultimate fry. But considering how much attention we give to the actual spud, perhaps it was time to come up with a few equally perfect pairings. Three to be exact.
We think it’s fair to say that most of us want to consistently choose healthy snacks. However, we also think it’s fair to say that a lot of times when our blood sugar is low or we’re bored at the office, we tend to reach for what’s “easiest” or fulfills an immediate craving. And though we don’t like to think of food as something about which we should feel guilty, there are times we know we could make a better—healthier—snacking decision.
The Big Game kicks off Sunday, February 3 — will you be watching? It’s the most watched sporting event of the year, with eager fans from both sides congregating in homes all over the country. Are you actually hosting the party this year? Read along — we have some tips and festive ideas for throwing a football-themed party!Maxwell shares some of our best tips for decorating for the Big Game party in the video above.
There’s nothing better than an appetizer that’s completely heavenly, but also simple to make. This Blooming Brie Bowl is both and the flavor combination of creamy baked Brie and spices will have your guests going back for more. Delicious cheesy goodness and crispy sourdough bread? This one is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
They say there is no such thing as a new recipe, but I have to strongly disagree. Recipes are constantly evolving as they pass through generations, across cultures, and even amongst family and friends. And with the sprawling reach of the internet, anyone can now access (and change!) the flavors of the world, and all from the comfort of their own kitchen.
Beer and chocolate might not seem like they’d make the best of friends, at least at first. Take a stroll over to the section of the store where the darker brews reside and you’ll start to see where this is headed. Mocha stouts? Nutty brown ales? Rich and spicy Belgian dubbels? Let’s skip dinner and head straight for the dessert course.
Here are three smart ways to turn light and healthy yogurt into a filling, nutritious lunch.Since we always keep an assortment of yogurts in the fridge, I have started to experiment with new flavor combinations—both sweet and savory—that keep me satisfied without getting bored. Here are the current combos that have me coming back for more:— Yogurt and granola always go hand in hand, and I never seem to get sick of the pairing.
Chicken always gets a bad rap: it’s either declared boring, bland, or just plain bad. Well not in my book. Granted I don’t cook the same few recipes day in and day out, but still, I always enjoy it when I make it. I especially love breading chicken, whether it’s for chicken Parmesan, Milanese, or my signature Provencal. No matter the variation, the steps are always the same—flour, then egg, then breading. Cook until golden.
When traveling as a family, treats are of utmost importance. There’s nothing quite so memorable as a stop into a local bakery or treat-shop, a place that embodies the quirks and character of a neighborhood, and that also has something sweet to offer. Here are five of our favorite bakeries from around the country, each a sweet destination.
Green Goddess dip is one of those famous recipes that appears in every cookbook, both new and old, and not without good reason. Unfortunately for me, I just recently jumped on the cult classic’s bandwagon. I’m still kicking myself for the years I lost without this staple.Many moons ago, when I was just getting my feet wet in the kitchen, I did attempt a Green Goddess recipe.
Next week The Kitchn will publish the first of what will be a recurring series on farming and the people who devote their lives to it. A Year in the Life of the Farm will chronicle the monthly and seasonal changes at Quail Hill Farm, one of the oldest CSA farms in the country.
Have you seen Agrarian, the new line of home gardening and preserving resources from Williams-Sonoma? Yes, Williams-Sonoma has branched out into the world of supplying home gardeners, picklers, preservers, beekeepers and kombucha-makers. This is a world we’re very familiar with, of course, here at The Kitchn, so we took a look through their new offerings to find 10 products we thought you might like.
Item: Le Creuset Products From: Le Creuset We teamed up with our friends at Le Creuset to giveaway our favorite pieces to five lucky Kitchn readers! Le Creuset knows that city cooks face special challenges: we don’t have much space and we have even less time. Rental kitchens can have grumpy old stoves, and usually don’t have much color or style.
Item: 5 copies of Not Your Mother’s® Casseroles by Faith Durand Store: Harvard Common Press Total Value: $16.95 each Description: Not Your Mother’s® Casseroles by The Kitchn’s own managing editor Faith Durand will change the way you think about this American classic. With over 200 hearty, delicious one-dish casserole recipes, these modern and easy-to-make breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert dishes are oh-so-appetizing. (No canned vegetables and condensed soup here!