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This New Orleans Studio Apartment Used to Be a Bakery in the 1800s — And the Kitchen Is Sweet
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Check out the new and (very!) old details!
Aug 19, 2019
Where I Cook: Stylist Anne ParkerKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Anne Parker, a food and prop stylist Where: Portland, Oregon Rent or Own? Rent Anne Parker’s Portland kitchen is a small, imperfect rental, but that has not stopped her from making it one of the coziest, treasure-packed culinary outposts I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time in. Anne has tenderly gathered up a world within this kitchen that is creative, efficient, economic, and very, very pretty.
Aug 3, 2019
Sophie and Michael’s Beautiful ‘Discontinued’ Oak KitchenKitchen
Sophie and Michael live in an eclectically decorated brownstone in Brooklyn. Their kitchen, like much of their home, is full of a lot of “great deals.” They have a keen eye and seem to be, often, in the right place at the right time. Almost everything in their kitchen was found on sale — often in the ‘discontinued’ pile!When Sophie and Michael embarked on renovating what was once a rooming house, they decided to implement the biggest changes to the ground floor.
Jul 30, 2019
How I Cook: Mallika Basu’s 10 Tips for Quicker Weeknight Indian CookingKitchen
Yesterday I shared a peek into Mallika Basu’s home kitchen in London, England. Mallika (a.k.a. Miss Masala) is a mom of two toddlers, a PR executive, and the proprietress of a popular food blog called Quick Indian Cooking. I was charmed and impressed by her energy and inventiveness in cooking, but I was somewhat boggled — how does she do all this and cook traditional Indian food, which I find quite time-consuming (and not usually light or healthy).
Jul 30, 2019
You’ll Either Love or Hate This Newly Renovated Minimalist Kitchen
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Extremely satisfying or downright scary?
Jul 17, 2019
The Kitchen in this 314-Square-Foot Bungalow Is a Total Oasis
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BRB, packing our bags and moving into this sun-drenched California shed just so we can hang out in the kitchen.
Jun 18, 2019
A Tour of America’s Test KitchenPeople
Name: America’s Test KitchenLocation: Brookline, MASize: 2,500 square feet If you didn’t know it was there, you’d never assume an authority on recipe testing and development was housed in a simple brick building surrounded by condos and coffee shops. Like its popular magazines, America’s Test Kitchen doesn’t look flashy, but inside it is buzzing with energy and expertise.
Jun 15, 2019
Tom’s Home Supper Club SpaceKitchen
Who cooks & eats here: Tom Madrecki, Creator of Chez Le Commis supper club Where: Clarendon, Northern Virginia Size: 850 square feet Own or Rent: 2 years renting Considering the recent abundance of food-centric publications with an emphasis on more intimate dining experiences with smaller crowds, Tom Madrecki had the right idea to start an intimate monthly supper club early on.
Jun 15, 2019
Jeanee’s Sunny Vintage KitchenKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Jeanee Ledoux, owner of Finely Crafted Boutique Where: Decatur, Georgia Rent or Own? Own Jeanee Ledoux is an Atlanta boutique owner who found herself the guardian angel of one of the most unique homes we have seen in a long time: a vintage Lustron prefabricated home in the heart of Decatur, one of Atlanta’s prettiest suburbs.
Jun 9, 2019
Irish Culinary Celeb Rachel Allen’s KitchenKitchen
A while back I took a spin through Ireland, mostly County Cork, learning about the Irish dairy industry, which meant meeting some of the nicest people I’ve ever known, and eating endless amounts of butter. One particularly pleasant experience that involved both nice people and lots of butter was an afternoon spent with Rachel Allen and her husband, Isaac, whose mother Darina Allen runs the nearby Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Jun 6, 2019
Judith Jones Makes an Omelet for One (to Share)Kitchen
Judith Jones, the cookbook editor best known for championing and publishing Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking, died yesterday in her home in Warren, Vermont. But her reach goes far beyond Julia. In the culinary realm, she brought us Lidia Bastianich and Edna Lewis — and long before then, she played a critical role in getting Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl into bookstores and homes.
Jun 6, 2019
A Refreshing Bright Green Kitchen: Plus An Inside Look at the RenovationKitchen
The kitchen is often the most expensive room to remodel, so if you’re on a budget, sometimes it takes a few months or years to do! That’s what one Apartment Therapy writer experienced. She transformed her kitchen into her dream space, but she did it in her own time as she could afford it. It’s not done yet, but as you can see in this photo, it’s certainly looking pretty great!
Jun 6, 2019
Shawna’s Glamorous Custom KitchenKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Shawna Mullarkey, her husband, and their three children. Where: Novato, CA When I walked into Shawna Mullarkey’s kitchen, I think I audibly gasped. The light floods into the space, illuminating the clean, white walls and custom cabinetry. The chandeliers sparkle (yes, I said chandeliers, plural). A single beam made of reclaimed barn wood punctuates the space with rustic warmth. Antique flea market finds, succulents, and an enviable cutting-board collection, oh my!
Jun 5, 2019
April’s Light, Bright and White KitchenKitchen
NAME:LOCATION:SIZE:WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL:Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the kitchen as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The kitchens with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many kitchens as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries — the more favorites you find, the better!
Jun 5, 2019
Kathleen’s Super-Bright, Super-Happy KitchenKitchen
NAME:LOCATION:SIZE:WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL:Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the kitchen as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The kitchens with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many kitchens as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries — the more favorites you find, the better!
Jun 5, 2019
Jenniffer’s Small Yet Luxurious KitchenKitchen
NAME:LOCATION:SIZE:WHY MY SMALL KITCHEN IS COOL:Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the kitchen as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The kitchens with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many kitchens as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries — the more favorites you find, the better!
Jun 5, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Kittie’s Precision Micro KitchenKitchen
Kittie lives in a 170 square foot studio, so you can imagine how small her kitchen must be. The original Pullman kitchen dated from the 1920’s and was like a narrow closet behind french doors.When Kittie renovated her apartment, she knew she wanted to build a working kitchen regardless of how miniaturized it would have to be.
Jun 5, 2019
What I Learned from Visiting William Faulkner’s Mississippi KitchenKitchen
A couple years ago, without really planning it, l found myself standing in William Faulkner’s kitchen. In Oxford, Mississippi, for the Southern Foodways Symposium, I did what every tourist to Ole Miss does: I visited Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home just off campus.
Jun 5, 2019
Alysha & Matt’s Renewed Seattle KitchenKitchen
My husband and I bought our first home in West Seattle about a year ago. It’s a sweet Craftsman from 1919 with great energy. Being almost a century old it no doubt needed some love, and the outdated kitchen was very high up on the to-do list.We bought this home with the intention of massive DIY projects to get her into tip top shape to last another century. The kitchen was the first big undertaking we went for. I was looking to create a cozy, modern, farmhouse type kitchen.
Jun 5, 2019
Caitlin and Jed’s Next-Chapter-Together Denver KitchenKitchen
After dating for three years, Caitlin is moving into Jed’s two-story Highlands home just west of downtown Denver, Colorado. I happened to catch them as they were combining their belongings and officially meshing their lives together. The couple’s focus is readily apparent by the fact that although there were boxes and clutter around the house, the kitchen was already organized!
Jun 5, 2019
Lauren Scott’s Charming Petaluma KitchenKitchen
Lauren Scott has no trouble telling you how to find her Petaluma, California home. “It’s the only one on the block that looks like a giant Easter egg,” she says. She and her husband live in a big, pink Victorian-style house that can’t be missed. When I arrived she welcomed me inside and showed me her kitchen. Little did I know I’d also get the chance to adore her beautiful, four-month-old baby girl and eat a delicious lunch she whipped up fresh from her garden.
Jun 5, 2019
Sarah and Frank’s Live-In KitchenKitchen
Sarah and Frank planned to remodel the small, eat-in kitchen when they bought their 1920s Dutch Colonial on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill. It was their contractor’s idea, however, to take over an attached back deck. This allowed them to add a lounge area, with couches and shelves for cookbooks, and French doors leading to the backyard. “Now we pretty much live in here,” says Sarah.
Jun 5, 2019
Rubén’s Paella-Making Spanish KitchenKitchen
Although Rubén wasn’t born or raised in the generally warm and sunny Mediterranean city of Valencia, his years as a college student in this region decisively influenced his cooking style. During that time he managed to learn and prepare almost to perfection what is considered by many to be the quintessential Spanish dish: paella. (His friends even gave him the noble title of The King of Paella!
Jun 5, 2019
Ashley of Not Without Salt’s Modest, Hard-Working Family KitchenKitchen
I have enjoyed Ashley Rodriguez’ beautiful food blog Not Without Salt for a long time, and suddenly it hit me that we live in the same city, the coffee capital of the US, Seattle. So the only natural thing to do was to contact her and see if she would be willing to let us have a peek into the place where she spends her time creating, inspiring and nourishing. And what do you know, she was!
Jun 5, 2019
Jessica & Charley’s Chocolate Workshop and Handmade Home KitchenKitchen
I first met Charley and Jessica while shooting their home for an Apartment Therapy house tour. Their entire house has a perfectly lived-in, chic vibe — family-friendly yet unbelievably cool and handmade vibe. The kitchen? It’s no different. And what would you expect? This couple makes chocolate for a living! Charley and Jessica use their kitchen for cooking delicious homemade meals, but they also use it as the test kitchen for their bean-to-bar chocolate company.
Jun 5, 2019
Melody’s Beautifully-Designed Pacific Northwest KitchenKitchen
Melody is an architect and an avid home cook, so when she and her husband set out to build a new home in the hills of Portland, Oregon, they put a lot of energy into the cooking and dining spaces. The resulting kitchen is open, airy and perfect for hanging out with guests who can relax at the counter or the stunning reclaimed wood table at the adjoining dining room.
Jun 5, 2019
Kimberley’s Food Blogging HavenKitchen
Kimberley lives in a rented home with a humble kitchen on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. She doesn’t let an ordinary space keep her from making extraordinary food on her colorful cooking blog, The Year in Food. Join me for a peek into this food blogger’s kitchen so we can collectively marvel at all the props and trimmings she uses to create beautiful images of food.
Jun 5, 2019
Chef Kitchen Tour: Vikram & Meeru of Vij’s in VancouverKitchen
If you have ever visited Vancouver, you were probably directed to Vij’s — a splendid Indian restaurant run by Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala. The restaurant has garnered swooning praise over the years for its sexy, dim-lit interior, its fragrant and fresh interpretation of classic Indian dishes, and its innovative integration of wine and cocktails with the menu.Well, last week I was in Vancouver, and Vikram Vij himself welcomed me into this kitchen.
Jun 5, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Josh & Maria’s Pristine RenovationKitchen
We have the deepest admiration for cooks who remodel their own kitchens. The mess, the dust, the terrifying tangles of pipes and wires — it looks like a traumatic process. But when that process turns out a kitchen as stunningly beautiful and pristine as Josh and Maria’s — well, it’s downright amazing. Josh and Maria (of the food blog Two Peas and Their Pod) live in Salt Lake City, and with just a little help, Josh took this kitchen from plain and dated to sleek and white.
Jun 5, 2019
Kitchen Tour Favorites: Five Creative Storage SolutionsKitchen
Our tour yesterday of Biggie’s well-organized and bento-optimized kitchen made us think back over some of our favorite creative storage solutions from past kitchen tours. Read on to see our top five… In no particular order, here are five creative storage solutions we’ve enjoyed from past kitchen tours and kitchen spotlights. David Lebovitz’s vintage Champagne bucket.Great for utensils and spatulas.
Jun 5, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Devesh and Tara’s Spice PantryKitchen
As I was thinking about kitchens that might be interesting to Kitchn readers, my dear friends Tara and Devesh came to mind. Not because they have a particularly unique kitchen. In fact, to the contrary: they have a fairly standard galley kitchen in a rental building. Well-equipped and up-to-date, but certainly not unique.What is unique, however, is their pantry, which is literally teeming with all manner of dried spices, pastes, dried beans, pickled items, sauces, and specialty flours.
Jun 5, 2019
A Visit to BakeShop: Kim Boyce’s Whole Grain Bakery in Portland, OregonPeople
Who: Kim BoyceWhat: BakeShopWhere: Portland, Oregon Kim Boyce is a celebrated cookbook author and whole grain baker. (We’ve featured her James Beard award-winning cookbook Good to the Grain several times here on The Kitchn.) She recently opened a retail space, BakeShop, in a family neighborhood of North East Portland. Her confections are unbelievable and her cheerful attitude infectious.I first met Kim a few years ago when I interviewed her about the process of creating her book.
Jun 5, 2019
Kittens in the Kitchen! A Cuteness Break for Your Post-Holiday Tuesday MorningKitchen
It’s the first day back from a long weekend. There are a pile of emails that need answering and several meetings that will shortly need attending. It’s hard to believe a three-day weekend could be over that fast. Let us ease your workday transition with some adorable cats and kittens that require your attention.
Jun 4, 2019
Lauren and Kyle’s Sleek, Warm Seattle KitchenKitchen
When Lauren and Kyle bought a 1910 fixer-upper in Seattle they quickly discovered that their new kitchen was the center of the house in more ways than one: It had 5 doorways! There was little efficiency in this old kitchen — it led everywhere else, but had no anchor. Now, after much hard work and a full kitchen remodel, these two architects have one of the most efficient, warm spaces we’ve ever featured at The Kitchn. Come see the kitchen before and after its big transform!
Jun 4, 2019
Behind the Scenes in 11 Cookbook Authors’ Home KitchensKitchen
Earlier this month we gave you a sneak peek into some of our favorite chef kitchens, and this week we’re giving some of our favorite cookbook authors the same treatment. What’s most impressive to us about so many of these kitchens is that the authors, like Joy the Baker and Anna Watson Carl of The Yellow Table, not only develop their recipes in their home kitchens, but many of them also style and photograph the food for their books right there. Talk about a multitasking space!
Jun 4, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Joanne Chang’s Casual Loft KitchenKitchen
Running three locations of her successful Boston bakery, Flour, overseeing Myers + Chang — the restaurant she co-owns with her husband Christopher Myers — and with a new cookbook just hitting the shelves, pastry chef Joanne Chang isn’t left with much time for cooking at home. That means that when it does happen, a meal cooked in her small, but super-organized loft kitchen is all that much more of a special event.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Kitchen Renovations Under $10,000 (Way Under!)Kitchen
Do you dream of renovating — someday? Remodeling a kitchen is one of the more expensive things you can do in your home, and so it is a far-off dream for many of us. Most commercial kitchen renovations, depending on where you live and what you need, start at $10,000 and go way up from there. And yet there is a lot you can do for much less than that amount, as our readers have shown.
Jun 4, 2019
Delancey Seattle: Molly and Brandon’s Labor of Love Kitchen TourKitchen
We don’t do restaurant reviews or restaurant chatter here at The Kitchn. We focus on the ways that home cooking can transform your home into an even more nourishing space. But what happens if your passion for food overflows? What if you want to make your table bigger — big enough to feed a neighborhood?That’s what happened to Molly of Orangette and her husband, Brandon.
Jun 4, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Jay’s Chelsea RenovationKitchen
Jay recently did a complete renovation of his apartment after renting it for nearly eight years and then purchasing it in 2005. It is on the ground floor of an 1860 brownstone. The kitchen was an aspect of the apartment he was least satisfied with. He wanted to knock out the wall separating the kitchen from the living space, create a better area for entertaining and upgrade the appliances and overall look.
Jun 4, 2019
From Ocean to Box: How Sea Salt Is HarvestedSkills
If you’ve ever flown into or out of the San Francisco airport, you have probably looked out the window and wondered about those weird red ponds scattered along the edge of the Bay. Wonder no more: they’re sea salt harvesting ponds!I was recently invited along on Diamond Crystal Salt’s annual sea salt harvest right here in the San Francisco Bay. Let me tell you, it was a fascinating trip from Bay to box. Oh, and why the startling red color in those ponds?
Jun 4, 2019
We Like This Unfinished Minimalist Alaskan Kitchen Just the Way It Is
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Inspiration for us to all have LESS stuff. And to try more DIY projects.
Jun 3, 2019
Bar Tour: Pravda Infuses Russian Mystique Straight Up Cocktails and SpiritsRecipes
Something’s brewing in NYC’s Nolita. Hidden away down a narrow flight of concrete steps off Lafayette St. is Pravda, an atmospheric Russian bar-bistro. Infused with the rich, warm tones of well-worn wood and old leather, and accented with earthy reds, Pravda’s Old World style doesn’t end with the decor.
May 30, 2019
Coffee Roastery Tour: Equator Coffees and TeasKitchen
Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell of Equator Coffees and Tea got into the coffee business fifteen years ago with two retail coffee shops in San Francisco and Oakland. After three years of rising with the sun, they decided it was time to switch gears. They wanted to have more control over the roasting process and be transparent about the way it was done–something that wasn’t happening in the industry at the time.
May 30, 2019
How Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Are Made in Columbus, OhioKitchen
Jeni Britton Bauer has a thing or two to tell artisans who want to create and sell good local food. “Be a rock star. You have to go out there and go at it like you’re trying to be President of the United States.” In other words, you probably need to do what she did: Work 80 hours a week. Don’t take a salary for years. Be on your toes every single day. This is part of Jeni’s story, which has become a story of truly local food making good on a wildly successful scale.
May 30, 2019
A Visit to Salt and Straw: Artisan Ice Cream in Portland, OregonPeople
Who: Kim and Tyler Malek – these two are cousins!What: Salt and Straw, artisan ice creamWhere: Portland, Oregon If you live in Portland, you know that Salt & Straw is really popular. What started as a small, hand–pushed ice cream cart has turned into a celebrated community hang out with a constant, gigantic line out the door—all within a year’s time.
May 30, 2019
A Visit with Suzanne Fuoco of Pink Slip JamsPeople
Who: Suzanne FuocoWhat: Pink Slip JamWhere: Portland, Oregon Suzanne Fuoco’s background in fine art and cooking come together beautifully in her 3-year–old company, Pink Slip Jam. Her products taste like something from a fairy tale, as flowers, local produce, spirits, essential oils and spices collide into the most innovative jam flavors. Once you’ve gone Pink Slip Jam, your toast will never be the same.
May 30, 2019
Hand-Harvesting Salt from the Sea with Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt in PortlandPeople
Who: Ben JacobsenWhat: Jacobsen SaltWhere: North Oregon Coast Salt is so basic, elemental, and simple. It’s one of the one of the oldest local foods, having been harvested by sea–faring people for thousands of years. You could argue that it is the one cooking ingredient with the strongest sense of place, locality, history and importance. Salt is essential.
May 30, 2019
A Visit with Colin Howard of House Spirits Distillery in Portland, OregonPeople
Who: Colin HowardWhat: Lead Distiller at House Spirits DistilleryWhere: Portland, Oregon Colin Howard of House Spirits Distillery—makers of the much-adored (and personal favorite!) Aviation Gin—leads a small distillation team in Portland, where he’s responsible for dreaming up new spirits (depending on season and collaboration) all in service of the quality products that put this company on the map in 2005.
May 30, 2019
Preparing for Shabbat: A Visit to a Challah Bakery in Bnei Brak, IsraelPeople
While visiting Tel Aviv a few weeks ago, I spent a few Thursday night hours in Bnei Brak, located in the Dan metropolitan region east of Tel Aviv, observing preparations for the Sabbath. One of my visits that evening included a trip to the area’s largest challah bakery, which operates 24 hours a day, six days of the week (every day except Saturday).
May 30, 2019
Living a “Baker’s Life” with Santa Barbara’s Genuine Bread Co.Tools
Who: Andrew Elia, Jeff Appareti & Geoff Jensen What: Genuine Bread Co. Where: Santa Barbara, California What other gig demands feeding people daily, staying up late, waking up early, even leaving parties to check on things? If you think I’m talking about parenting a small child, you’re not far off. This is the “baker’s life” of Genuine Bread Co.
May 30, 2019
Tea Advice for Newbies and Enthusiasts: A Visit to Just Add Honey Tea CompanyTools
Who: Brandi Shelton of Just Add Honey Tea Company What: Custom-blended loose-leaf teas, cold-brewed teas, and accessories Where: Atlanta, Georgia While studying fashion design and marketing in London, Brandi Shelton fell in love with the daily ritual of a cup of tea, but was less enamored of the traditional flavors. “I thought I could add a spice here or a fruit there to make a more flavorful cup,” she tells us. And that’s how Just Add Honey, her custom tea line, began.
May 30, 2019
12 Pro Tips for Making Better Cookies from Jen Musty at Batter BakerySkills
Who: Jen Musty What: Professional cookie baker Where: Batter Bakery, San Francisco Today we have the pleasure of sharing holiday cookie baking tips from expert baker Jen Musty. Jen’s the genius behind my favorite chocolate chip cookie (chewy on the inside, crusty on the outside, big discs of quality chocolate and a touch of Maldon sea salt, oh yeah), so this interview and tour was of particular interest to me. (Inner dialogue: What is her secret?
May 30, 2019
From Ground to Grape: How Pinot Noir is Grown and Harvested in OregonSkills
Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery What: Small production boutique winery Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon One of the most rewarding experiences you can have is the understanding and the following amazement of truly discovering where your favorite things come from. These answers are sometimes shocking and, at times, much more complex than you had initially imagined.
May 30, 2019
From Grape to Bottle: How Pinot Noir Wine Is Made In OregonSkills
Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery What: Small production boutique winery Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon As an intern with EIEIO & Co. Winery this past harvest, I experienced the frenetic energy and controlled chaos that is associated with small-production winemaking. Winemaker and owner Jay McDonald, along with only three assistants, amazingly cranks out the 1,500 cases that represent EIEIO’s yearly production.
May 30, 2019
Every Wheel of Comté Cheese Starts Here: The Cows of Jura, FrancePeople
Giant wheels of Comté cheese measure three feet across and clock in at 80 pounds by the time they’ve made it through months of aging and are ready to eat. But each one of those hefty rounds starts out right here, with these lovely ladies. These are Montbéliardes, the main breed of cow responsible for producing all the milk that goes into a wheel of Comté cheese. If they look a bit confused, it’s only because we interrupted their breakfast.
May 30, 2019
You Have to Get Up Early to Make Comté Cheese in FrancePeople
Making Comté isn’t all chomping on wildflowers and gazing dreamily at the yonder rolling hillsides. Every twenty-four hours, the milk from those happy cows goes off to the cheesemaker — called a fruitière in this part of France — to be made into fresh wheels of Comté. This, my cheese-loving friends, is where the magic happens. You have to get up early if you want to make Comté cheese.
May 30, 2019
To The Cheese Caves! Where French Comté Goes To AgePeople
We’ve talked about the milk used to make Comté and we’ve talked about how that milk is turned into cheese. Now we’re at the end of the journey: the mighty cheese caves, where rounds of Comté are aged for anywhere from four months to several years. Walking into the affineur, I was struck by two things: the pungent, earthy aroma of gracefully aging Comté and the floor to ceiling vista of nothing but cheese. Cheese as far as the eye could see. This was heaven.
May 30, 2019
Visit the Ancient Village of Bat Trang, Vietnam, Where Everyone Makes PotteryKitchen
Who: The pottery-making experts of Bat Trang Village What: Ceramics Where: Bat Trang, Hanoi, Vietnam Everything about Bat Trang village is an extreme. Lots of places have old towns, yes, but Bat Trang village is ancient. It’s not just a place where pottery is made – the entire village makes pottery. And they’re not just good at making pottery — they practically invented it.
May 30, 2019
How Pottery Is Made in Bat Trang, VietnamKitchen
Who: Nguyen Van Binh What: Pottery Where: Bat Trang, Hanoi, Vietnam The village of Bat Trang in Vietnam, is known for its intricate lotus tea sets, blue and white dragonfly bowls, and durable, beautiful dishes. Bat Trang just might be Vietnam’s most famous ancient craft village, and its handmade ceramics can be found in stores globally, including IKEA, Target, and 10,000 Villages. You’ve explored Bat Trang itself. But just how is its pottery made?
May 30, 2019
The Ceramics of Bat Trang, VietnamKitchen
Who: The pottery makers of Bat Trang village What: Ceramics Where: Bat Trang, Hanoi, Vietnam The village of Bat Trang, Vietnam, may feel like a small town, but don’t let its size fool you: its small workshops pack a serious pottery punch. We’ve explored the village itself, and looked at the process used to create its wares. Let’s take a closer look at the beautiful handcrafted ceramics themselves made by Bat Trang’s expert potters. You may recognize something you own!
May 30, 2019
Greg Laketek Quit His Job to Make Old World-Style Italian Salumi. Here’s Why.People
Who: Greg Laketek of West Loop Salumi What: Salumi Where: Chicago, IL Greg Laketek grew up spending his summers in northern Italy surrounded by family, beautiful scenery and all the other things that make you wonder why you haven’t packed your bags and played out your own version of Under the Tuscan Sun. “My grandfather would take me around to his friends’ farms where they would make salumi, cheese, bread, wine — that’s what I remember growing up.
May 30, 2019
This Tiny Candy Company Is Making Wildly Popular Allergen-Free Sweets in AlabamaPeople
Who: Hanson Watkins, owner of Indie Candy What: Big-Eight Allergen-Free Confectioners Where: Birmingham, Alabama Hanson Watkins knows a thing or two about the candy business. “There used to be a candy maker in every town in the United States – maybe two,” she explains, as we walk through the triple-storefront workspace of her company, Indie Candy. “Now most of the candy in the US is made by one of three companies, and it’s all done on an industrial scale.
May 30, 2019
What It Takes for Indie Candy to Avoid the Big Eight AllergensPeople
Who: Hanson Watkins What: Indie Candy, allergen-free confectioner Where: Birmingham, Alabama At Indie Candy, the brainchild of Birmingham’s Hanson Watkins, “nothing is simple,” due to the many restrictions placed on her Big Eight allergen-free candy line. These allergens include milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans and shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy — with sesame thrown in for good measure.
May 30, 2019
How Indie Candy Uses Vintage Equipment to Work Their MagicPeople
Who: Hanson Watkins, Confectioner What: Indie Candy, Big-Eight Allergen-Free Confectionary Where: Birmingham, Alabama Hanson Watkins, proprietress of Indie Candy, knows her way around a confectionary shop. And unlike a large commercial operation — with super-speed computerized equipment that turns out 25,000 pounds of chocolate per run — she makes highly specialized, limited-quantity candy, and prefers to work with equipment that has stood the test of time.
May 30, 2019
How Pyrex Glass Cookware Is Made in Charleroi, PennsylvaniaTools
Who: Pyrex What: Iconic glass kitchenware Where: Charleroi, PA From the moment you step through the gates of the sprawling Pyrex factory complex, on the banks of the Monongahela River, glass surrounds you. You feel it crunching under your feet and see mountains of sparkling glass shards in the distance — building-high piles that seem as if they’re guarding the old lines where Pyrex’s distinctively colored Opalware was produced from 1936 to 1986.
May 30, 2019
Why Tucker Pecan Still Buys “Backyard Pecans”People
Who: Tucker Pecan Company What: Southern Pecans Where: Montgomery, Alabama Tucker Pecan Company scouts out the best Southeastern pecans to buy, and then shells them and sells them plain. But it also roasts and salts them, smothers them in chocolate, glazes them with honey, uses them to make crunchy coatings for candies, bakes them up in pies, and more.
May 30, 2019
Tiniest Kitchen Ever? Jack’s Micro HomeKitchen
We are always interested in seeing how city-dwellers work with tiny kitchen spaces. Perhaps the reigning champion of tiny kitchen spaces belongs to Jack, an artist and musician who lives in a 10×16 Manhattan apartment. See more of Jack’s kitchen and some of the things we noticed about it, below…• Jack’s whole apartment is only 10×16 – our dorm room was bigger than that! The kitchen is immediately to your right as you walk in the door.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Dutch’s Renovation Done RightKitchen
This tour comes to us from Sabra Krock, a new tour contributor and photographer based in New York City. She also has a beautiful food blog of her own at Cookbook Catchall. Welcome Sabra! Read on for the story of a New York renovation done right, in one of the smallest kitchen spaces we’ve ever seen.Most people would see a dysfunctional, ill-equipped miniature kitchen in poor repair as the depressing reality of apartment hunting in New York.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Robert and Elizabeth’s Soulful Sterling PlaceKitchen
Earlier this week I toured the Park Slope, Brooklyn kitchen of Elizabeth Crowell and Robert Wilson, the owners of the Sterling Place fine home décor and specialty gift stores. Robert and Elizabeth live in a beautiful four-story 1897 brownstone that they bought four years ago and live in with their two small children and two cats.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Eric Gower’s Breakaway Kitchen with AnnexKitchen
When I asked Eric Gower how often he cooks in his kitchen his answer was “Three times a day! At least!” Eric also teaches cooking, works as a private chef, is the author of two beautiful and innovative cook books, The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen and The Breakaway Cook, and maintains a wonderful food-centric blog on his website. In short, he is a man obsessed with food, which is good news for us.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Katin & Brandon’s Casual Kitchen by the SeaKitchen
Somehow we’ve managed to live in Boston for over seven years without ever making it to Marblehead. Only a short 45-minute meandering drive from the city, this quaint seaside town is stunning — even in winter — and Katin & Brandon’s lovely home made for a wonderful welcome.
May 24, 2019
Kitchen Tour: Gregory and Emily’s Colorful KitchenKitchen
Our 1917 studio is comprised of several small rooms, and Gregory and I transformed what had originally been the dining nook into our bedroom. Thus, the kitchen is located just off the bedroom, and we wanted to make it fun and colorful to complement the adjoining space. (You can see more pictures of our space on Apartment Therapy.
May 24, 2019