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Look! Enormous Painting in the Kitchen
Take a look at this galley kitchen. Looks pretty ordinary, right? It has nice light, and a bold wash of color… and then, turn your head. That’s an enormous, gilt-framed painting on the wall, smack dab in the middle of this otherwise modest kitchen. Wow! What a statement! What do you think of this?That is a serious statement in this kitchen, and I kind of like it.
Feb 3, 2012
Intimate Portraits of People Eating at Home: The Dinner in NY Project by Miho Aikawa
Last week a New York-based photographer, Miho Aikawa, emailed me with a project that she wanted to share with our readers at The Kitchn: a photographic series exploring the way real people eat, and what their mealtime environments look like.
Feb 1, 2012
Moroccan-Inspired Tiles in the Kitchen
I have a total thing for Moroccan-inspired tiles. I dream about covering my bathroom floors with them one day, but I may have to make plans to outfit my kitchen now, too.What do you think? Do you love how they transform an otherwise ho-hum kitchen? Are you inspired by the colors and patterns? Would you do a whole wall if you could, or just keep it to a backsplash? How about flooring?Related: Classic Design: A Gallery of Subway Tiles in the Kitchen(Images: 1. Lauren Levinson/Time Out New York; 2.
Feb 1, 2012
The Useful Pot
We shape clay into a pot, but the place where it is empty is what makes it useful. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. — Tao Te Ching I’ve been cooking my beans in a big fat clay pot that sits all day on the lowest possible flame on the back of my stove. Once in a while, a little burbly bubble pops up and breaks the surface and slowly, slowly the beans swell and grow creamy.
Jan 29, 2012
Clean Up! Do You Clean As You Go?
“Clean as you go” is a piece of cooking advice I took to heart years ago, so when I’m in the kitchen with someone who doesn’t follow the same principles, my stress levels rise and I start looking around desperately for a sponge. Are you the same way?When I first starting cooking, frequent cleaning was a necessity; I had a single two-foot-long counter in my kitchen, so I didn’t have space for a mess.
Jan 26, 2012
Weekend Meditation: Simplicity, Work, and Enjoyment
My friend Maia from julia warr on Vimeo.“My secret for long life is simplicity, work, and enjoyment.” — Maia Helles I’m quite taken by the short video (above) by Julia Warr which had been showing up on the internets this week. It features Maia Helles, a 95 year-old ballet dancer/teacher whom Julia met on an airplane a few years ago. The scenes of Maia watering her garden and doing her exercise routine (which she has been doing for over 60 years) are very inspiring.
Jan 22, 2012
Weekend Meditation: The Quiet Joy of Cooking
Persimmon Tree in WinterThere’s an article from last week’s New York Times that’s drawing a lot of attention, at least in the circles I travel in. It’s called The Joy of Quiet and in it, writer Pico Iyer very eloquently describes his search for quiet and stillness and how now, more than ever, people are seeking out places where their technology can’t follow them in order to find a bit of peace.
Jan 15, 2012
Help! Is There Any Way to Clean This Coffee Maker?
Q: I borrowed a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker from my neighbor to try it out before I bought one, and (not my brightest move) put it in the dishwasher. When it came out the shiny finish was gone and it’s now a dull gray.I don’t want to return it to my neighbor like this — does anyone know of a way I can get the shine back?
Jan 9, 2012
Where Do You Store Flower Vases?
Even though you can’t eat them and you don’t really serve food out of them, somehow, flower vases seem to end up being stored in the kitchen. If you’re lucky enough to have a china hutch, they might find a corner to call home, but in my kitchen, my vases always seem to be in the way!My last several homes have all been open loft style apartments or homes.
Jan 5, 2012
Cookbook Author Diane Morgan’s Timeless Kitchen
Today we get to tour the kitchen of a culinary professional! Prolific cookbook author Diane Morgan renovated her kitchen fifteen years ago, but she designed it to feel both solid and timeless, so as you will see it still looks fresh and modern.This kitchen has been the site of development for over seventeen cookbooks. Come peek into the incredibly organized cabinets and drawers of a professional food writer! Diane Morgan’s kitchen is beautiful, functional and highly organized.
Dec 6, 2011
Are You a Foodie? Or a Culinarian?
The word foodie is a surprisingly controversial thing to call someone, or self-identify yourself as. This is in part because different people have different understandings of what the term means. Some think it’s a compliment, an acknowledgment of a passionate interested in food. Others consider it a pejorative, an insult, actually. A foodie is frivolous and trend-following and not to be taken seriously. Lately, I’ve been hearing another term slipping into the language: culinarian.
Nov 29, 2011
Tiny Food Worlds: An Interview with Christopher Boffoli
Tiny toy figures are hard at work in a world of giant food in Chris Boffoli’s photography series Disparity. Humorous and occasionally dark, the scenes depict food in a way that is both beautiful and a little monstrous. The Seattle-based photographer, food writer and avid cook spoke with us about his creative process, the ingredients he works with, and his thoughts on Americans’ relationship with food.What inspired you to use food as the backdrop in this series?
Nov 23, 2011
Why You Should Go to the Farmers’ Market on Rainy Days
The week before Thanksgiving is probably a busy one at your local farmers’ market. People descend in droves to gather their ingredients for the big day: potatoes, fresh cranberries, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, fresh herbs. The farmers respond appropriately by harvesting big, hiring extra booth workers and hauling everything to the market site.So what happens when it rains and people stay away?What happens is the farmers lose. A lot.
Nov 22, 2011
Backsplash Idea for Rental Kitchens: Removable Fabric
When you’re renting and you want to jazz up your kitchen, the options are often pretty limited. No paint, no appliance switcheroo, no new materials like tile, countertops, flooring. That’s why we jumped at this nifty temporary backsplash idea: Over at Remodelaholic, there’s a tutorial on putting up a DIY fabric backsplash with starch.
Oct 31, 2011
Throw a Soup Party! A Reader’s Soup Cook-Off
So, we’ve thrown a lot of soup recipes and ideas at you this week. What are you going to do with them all? Here’s one idea: A soup party and cook-off! Reader Barb sent us this cute party that she threw last winter with some friends. And it wasn’t just a party — it was a friendly contest, too! Read on for all the details and more photos.From Barb:We hosted the Big Mouth, Big Bowl Challenge: Soup Edition on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Oct 27, 2011
Dried Pasta Stored in Glass Jars
On Monday, we looked at repurposing pasta sauce jars for storing all sorts of things around the house. Now, here’s a look at the inverse: using glass jars for storing pasta:We always just store pasta in the box it comes in from the store. Some of these examples had us worried about air-tightness (we’re looking at you, apothecary jars) but they can’t be any worse than the opened boxes we use!How do you store dried pasta in your home?
Oct 12, 2011
Rhiannon’s Jadeite Jewel of a Kitchen
In September of last year, Rhiannon and her family moved from Oakland, California to a 1938 Portland home set into the green streets of the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The first order of business? Restore the kitchen, bringing back some of the space’s inherent charm and color, but adding a few modern appliances to make cooking for a family easy. Join Rhiannon for a cup of tea in this adorable kitchen, rich with a lifetime’s collection of jadeite.
Oct 11, 2011
Truly Magical: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads
I know, I know. Cleaning is usually way down on our list of things to get excited about, and new cleaning products are even further down. But have you discovered these “magic” eraser pads? They’re all they claim to be and more.The Magic Eraser is brilliant for those little kitchen-cleaning details that always seem so annoying: shining up faucets and fixtures, cleaning tile grout, wiping scuffs off the baseboards, and cleaning fingerprints from the fridge.
Sep 21, 2011
Garbage Disposal Nightmares: When Objects Get Stuck
So it turns out that my small tumblers are the exact same size as my garbage disposal. I learned this to my dismay late Sunday night and started panicking as idea after idea failed to extract it from the belly of my sink. You’ll never guess what finally did the trick.When I say this tumbler is the exact size of our garbage disposal, I mean the exact size. I could grab the lip of the cup and pull it up, but it would get stuck in the opening, manhole-cover-style.
Aug 24, 2011
Good Idea: Use a Colander to Serve Ice
Here’s a smart idea from our friends at Real Simple: Use a colander as an ice bucket. Why? Read on to see!When serving ice at a party or just for drinks before dinner, put the ice in a colander. Rest the colander in a bowl or wide vase so that the water from the slowly melting ice will drip down, leaving only solid ice for your guests’ drinks.This is a smart tip! I hate going in for a scoop of ice for my drink and finding half of it water. Watery drinks, no thanks!
Aug 16, 2011
Potluck Etiquette: What Are Your Rules?
Potluck parties are one of the least stressful and most budget-friendly ways to throw a dinner party. But as with most communal efforts, they work best when everyone works together, so you don’t end up with 10 bottles of wine and not enough food. What are the rules you wish everyone followed when it comes to potlucks? The inspiration for the this post was a recent LA Weekly article on 10 Potluck Etiquette Rules.
Aug 10, 2011
Reader Tip: The Quick & Simple Way to Banish Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are the scourge of the summer kitchen. With plenty of ripe fruit sitting out on the counters, my kitchen has been attracting these little flies for the past couple weeks, so I decided to search this site for a solution. A trick recommended again and again by readers in the comments ended up being the quickest, easiest way to rid my kitchen of these pesky flies.
Aug 9, 2011
Quick Tip: Removing Rust Spots from Stainless Steel
I came home from a recent trip to a very unpleasant surprise: my stainless steel prep table was peppered with tiny blooms of rust.I was baffled how this could happen. Stainless steel will pick up some scratches and stains, but it should be protected from rusting by a layer of chromium oxide (one of the characteristics of stainless steel and why we use it so much in the kitchen).I was just starting to despair when I realized the reason for the rusting and found its solution.
Aug 3, 2011
Tip: To Clean a Pasta Maker, Just Add Water
With all their crevices and small parts, pasta makers can be a pain to clean. Aki and Alex from Ideas in Food shared a simple tip for keeping the dies from your pasta maker clean, using just a bit of water and some free counter space.They keep their pasta maker dies clean by simply soaking them in water after each use, until the next time they make fresh pasta.
Jul 18, 2011
Drawers Under the Cabinets! DIY Extra Kitchen Storage
Last week Ohdeedoh featured a bathroom cabinet with a pull-out step — a great use of normally discarded space. These slide-out drawers for your kitchen are no different. If you put drawers under your cabinets, you can find great extra storage, even if you rent!Our friends at Charles and Hudson shared this great project over at The Family Handyman. It’s an improvement that is nearly invisible and in a kitchen where space is short (aren’t they all?), it’s a great addition!
Jul 14, 2011
The Cookbook Wall: Bookstore-Style Cookbook Storage
Where do you store your cookbooks? Do they live in the kitchen, or somewhere else in the house? Cheryl Sternman Rule at 5 Second Rule has a unique way of storing and displaying a rotating selection of her cookbooks. She puts them up, face-out, on shelves right in the kitchen! Cheryl shows off her wall o’ cookbooks in a post on recipe organization and searching. She puts up the books she’s currently cooking out of (see all those sticky notes and tabs in the pages?
Jul 12, 2011
Kitchen Safety: Why a Sharp Knife Leads to Fewer Injuries Gourmet Live
It sounds completely counterintuitive that a razor-sharp knife would actually cause fewer injuries in the kitchen, doesn’t it? An interview with a butcher in a recent Gourmet Live article reveals how this is so.Stanley Lobel of Lobel’s butcher shop in New York explains that a sharp knife means you have to make fewer cuts. A dull knife makes you work harder; several cuts are required where one or two would do.
Jun 30, 2011
Food Best Served On a Stick
Party food is meant to be fun and a direct reflection of the ambiance and atmosphere you’re trying to create with the party. If you’re looking to throw a fun, down to earth yet delicious party — maybe you should seriously consider serving food on a stick. Yes, you read that right — on a stick!
Jun 21, 2011
Sweet Surprise in the Front Yard: Juneberries!
My home in central Ohio has a small front yard with a wild tangle of shrubs, plants, and trees. My favorite tree is quite small, with a sculptural braid of thin trunks and a canopy slung low, just about eye-height. It is right next to the front walk, and in spring it is covered with white flowers, followed by red berries in June. I always assumed the berries were ornamental — only for the birds, if anyone — but last spring my landlady surprised me. “Juneberries!
Jun 8, 2011
How to Get the Most Out of Your CSA
This week I’m ensconced at a conference in scorching Austin, Texas. It also happens to be when many CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in my area are kicking off their season. So in lieu of writing something of my own, I asked Kate McDonough, author of The City Cook, a recent book on cooking at home in the city, to share some of her tips on cooking from a CSA box.What’s a CSA?
Jun 2, 2011
Get Messy! 5 Tips for Hosting a Crawfish Boil
Nealey, our Southern recipe columnist, just threw a huge crawfish boil for her boyfriend’s birthday. It reminded me of my own favorite annual gathering, which also involves eating pounds and pounds of crawfish, on newspaper instead of plates, elbow-to-elbow with friends and strangers. It isn’t easy or cheap to pull off, but if you can manage it, crawfish boils are the ultimate outdoor bash. Here are five tips from my friends’ Annual Crawfish Boil.
May 29, 2011
3 Fun Food Parties To Host
The idea of entertaining can seem complicated, intimidating, even stuffy.
May 27, 2011
Write on Your Tablecloth! Butcher Paper Table Runners
All you need are the crayons. This is a cheap and rustic way to dress up your table—just lay out some butcher or craft paper, and write your guests’ names as place cards. You could also write the night’s menu or identify dishes on the table, if it’s a buffet. See an example of that, below. It’s a look you see at so many great neighborhood bistros, for good reason.
May 10, 2011
8 Simple Tips To Make Your Dinner Guests Feel Comfortable
Hosting a dinner party is a big effort. Depending on your style you may have to clean up the house, shop for and make a meal, set the table, arrange flowers, restock the bar, make a music mix, arrange for childcare or kid-friendly alternatives, get yourself dressed and presentable, light the candles, and arrange the hors d’oeuvres. Phew! All this is good to do but as a host your most important task is to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable.
May 4, 2011
Dressing the Table: 3 Uses for Vintage Cocktail Glasses
These glasses were without a doubt one of the best finds ever. A set of eight of them were unearthed from the dusty recesses of a high cupboard in a former apartment. With no way to track them back to the original owners, they have graced our table ever since and proven surprisingly versatile.I’m fairly certain that these were originally cocktail glasses of the 3-Martini-LunchThese glasses are also a nice shape for serving scoops of sorbet or little pot de crèmes.
May 4, 2011
Party Idea: Host A Breakfast Bash
It always seems like spring is the busiest time for our friends and family. There are soccer games to attend, gardening to accomplish, trips, tours, graduations — all sorts of things are going on and entertaining time can be sparse. Instead of insisting that everyone come for dinner, why not try getting things done early and host a weekend breakfast bash instead?
Apr 8, 2011
Cheap & Chic: DIY Ombre Napkins
Prettier than plain cloth napkins, these ombre dyed napkins add a lot of style to the table and are a snap to make.Emily of the blog Once Wed bought thrift store linen napkins and dipped them in small bowls of water mixed with a tiny bit of fabric dye. She started with a small amount of dye, dipped the napkins halfway in, then added a little more dye to the water to darken it, and repeated the process. The results are delicate, colorful and completely unique.
Mar 21, 2011
How Do I Clean a Black, Burnt Blob Off My Oven Floor?
Q: I recently baked a coffee cake that has a blueberry puree layer in the middle. I used a springform pan and unfortunately, due to either myself or the pan, some of the blueberry dripped on the bottom of the oven. It then hardened into a burnt crispy blob and no matter how hard I try, I cannot get it to come off! I was able to scrape a decent amount off, but only the top layer.Any suggestions on how to clean something like this?
Mar 17, 2011
Quick Tip: Use Less Soap For Cleaner Hand Washed Dishes
Hand washing dishes might sound archaic to those that can’t imagine living without their dishwasher, but for others, it’s just a way of life. There’s all sorts of different schools of thought on how to complete the task, but no matter if you fill the sink or what temperature water you use, what makes the biggest difference is your soap, or rather how much you use!Talking about hand washing dishes is a tricky topic.
Feb 24, 2011
The Recipe Box: A New Recipe Organizer for Your iPad
Looking for the perfect way to organize all the recipes you find as you wander around the web? This new Recipe Box app might just be the answer to your prayers.I admit that I was pretty skeptical of this app at first. Between Google Reader and EvernoteIt took me all of five minutes for The Recipe Box to convince me of its charms. The app opens to a standard Home screen, like you see in the screenshot at the very top of this post.
Feb 23, 2011
How To Clean Baked On Food From Just About Anything
Over the years we’ve heard some really great advice when it comes to cleaning the most baked on, never coming off, impossible to remove food stuffs. It doesn’t matter if you cook with non-stick, all clad or cast iron, it’s time to learn how to keep them looking their best with these simple tips! Posts Pictured Above Are Bolded Below • How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet • How Do I Clean the Stains Off My Le Creuset Dutch Oven? • So Shiny!
Jan 24, 2011
Looking for Decorative Refrigerator Magnets or Decals
Q: In an attempt to declutter the kitchen I have removed the various photos and notes that accumulate on the refrigerator over time. Our fridge is black and the solid dark surface seems a little much, but I don’t want to go back to the clutter.Does anyone know of a company that sells large decorative magnets? Not necessarily something that will cover the entire surface — I’m thinking some sort of large swirl or flower design? A refrigerator accessory, if you will.
Jan 12, 2011
Help Me Plan a Brunch for 50 People! Good Food
Q: Each member of the law journal I am on is charged with bringing breakfast and lunch for the entire staff once a quarter – a responsibility un-affectionately and euphemistically referred to as “snack.”I would like to make something delicious, unique (i.e. something that people aren’t tired of eating yet) and vegetarian, but won’t require a Herculean effort or huge budget to pull together.
Dec 30, 2010
Basic White: 5 Classy and Affordable Serving Platters
No matter what disasters might have happened in the kitchen, presenting dishes on basic white platters like these are the coup de resistance for a perfect meal. From roast turkey to roast vegetables, all foods look good on white. Even better, these platters do the job without breaking the bank.• Cuatro Serving Platters, $1.95 – $14.95 from CB2 – These simple rectangular trays would transition smoothly from cocktail hour to dinner table.• 365+ Serving Plate, $12.
Nov 23, 2010
Entertaining Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Smelling Great with One Ingredient
Next time your apple pie drips into your oven and fills the house with a less than lovely burning fragrance (hey, it happens!), try this simple kitchen trick to keep your place smelling inviting and warm.Yes, cinnamon! When an apartment in my building caught fire a few years ago the damage to my own place was minimal, except for a smell that lingered for months.
Nov 17, 2010
Don’t Freak Out About the Gravy Boat: You Probably Already Have One of These
Let’s face it: Gravy is a once-a-year thing for many of us. Do you keep a gravy boat in the cupboard? Raise your hand. No? Me neither. But wait — no need to run out and buy a gravy boat just for Thanksgiving gravy duties. There are plenty of things in your cupboards that can serve gravy — and honestly, they’re probably cuter than a gravy boat! Here are five things from my own cupboard that have doubled as gravy servers.
Nov 11, 2010
Feeding a Crowd? Trays for Eating on Your Lap
Growing up, we had these lightweight woven trays that we used at family gatherings when there wasn’t enough room for everyone at the table (a big stack of them sat on top of the refrigerator). With Thanksgiving approaching, we went looking for them. Turns out, they’re hard to find! But we found something similar, plus a few more good options.Some of these are more expensive than others; ideally, if you’re handing them out to a big group, you want something inexpensive.
Nov 5, 2010
So Shiny! Removing Stains with Bar Keepers Friend
In the course of time in my kitchen, a few of my stainless steel pots and pans have picked up some baked-on spots and patches of discoloration. It’s normal, but not very pretty and it can gradually worsen over time. One pot in particular was becoming fairly stained, and a friend suggested I try a product called Bar Keepers Friend.I found a little gold can of Bar Keepers Friend in the cleaning supply section of my grocery store.
Oct 21, 2010
On Doing Dishes Without A Sink & Loving What You Have
Our sink sat lifeless, waiting for plumbing and a good cleaning! A few months back, my husband and I moved into a building without plumbing. Since then I’ve learned that sometimes even the simple things like doing dishes — aren’t so simple. As it turns out, my new favorite place to clean my dishware, isn’t the sink and can actually double as a chair. Care to take a guess as to what it is?A contractors bucket!
Oct 19, 2010
Help Me Find Good Bowls for French Onion Soup?
Q: I had amazing French onion soup the other night, and I am excited to add it to my winter soup rotation, but need to find a couple of oven-safe bowls for the critical cheese-melting step.I found the Le Creuset ones, but I would prefer not to spend $20 for each bowl. Nothing else that I’ve seen that is oven-safe has a handle, which seems like it would be super convenient. Any suggestions?
Oct 8, 2010
A Food-Lover’s Walk Down Rue Montorgueil in Paris
Rue Montorgueil is near the center of Paris, in the 2nd arrondissement, and just a few blocks away from Les Halles — the former wholesale food market for all of Paris. Les Halles’ commercial market was moved to the suburbs many years ago, but food shops like those lining rue Montorgueil have replaced it for the local cooks. And what great shops they are!I had coffee here with David Lebovitz and then returned the next day for a market walk with Paule Caillat.
Sep 30, 2010
6 Steps to Tidy Your Pantry in 10 Minutes
Shawna’s Glamorous Custom Kitchen Even when we don’t have time for a full cleanup and overhaul of our kitchen storage, the smallest effort can still make the largest difference, especially when it comes to your pantry. Whether you have a big pantry closet or a single shelf of jars, here are six things to help you pull it into shape tonight.
Sep 23, 2010
Martha Stewart Cabinets from Home Depot
Remodeling your kitchen? Like Martha Stewart’s style? If you are looking for the clean, contemporary cottage and farmhouse style often seen in Martha’s magazines, then you might want to check out her new line of cabinets at Home Depot.Many of the 11 special-order cabinet styles are based on (or at least named after) Martha’s own homes. There are 32 styles of hardware to accompany the various cabinet styles, and complementing styles of Corian countertop and wall paint too.
Sep 14, 2010
Computers in the Kitchen: 5 Well-Designed Home Offices
Unless you have a separate room in your house designated as the office, the kitchen can be a good place for one. We’re increasingly bringing our computers and iPads into the kitchen anyway. And several of these work stations could easily convert to extra counter space if you’re having a party or need to roll out some sugar cookies.We love the look of a built-in office with plenty of storage and overhead cabinets.
Aug 27, 2010
Before & After: A Pantry With A Twist
Some people have open racking, some people love their cabinets. Others are fortunate to have a walk in pantry, but they always seem to easy to clutter up. This transformation takes an average pantry from bogged down to beautiful in just a few seconds and can be implemented into your own kitchen, no matter what type of storage space you have!Now using lazy susans are one of those issues that people are on the fence about.
Aug 20, 2010
Ina Garten’s Favorite Cocktail: Plus Party Cocktail Tips!
I chatted with Ina Garten last week, in an interview about her upcoming book. And of course, since Cocktail Week was impending, I had to ask her about her favorite cocktail! Here’s what she said, along with some tips for throwing parties when cocktails are involved.Garten’s favorite cocktail to serve at home, she said, is the old-fashioned whiskey sour. She loves the old-fashioned taste, and the fact that it can look so great when served in a martini glass.
Aug 20, 2010
How Do I Banish Cooking Odors in a Studio Kitchen?
Q: I live in a cozy 400SF studio apartment, including a tiny open kitchen. I love it — except for one small issue: after I cook a more fragrant dish (salmon, bacon) the scent hangs in the air despite my best efforts of homemade natural air sprays, fans, and open windows. Any ideas for how I can enjoy cooking in my mini kitchen but keep the air fresh?Sent by BHSEditor: BHS, here are a few past posts where we’ve dealt with this same issue:• Try This!
Aug 11, 2010
The Ultimate Cheap and Reusable Fruit Fly Trap
Fruit flies got you down? Yes, they breed like crazy this time of year, coming home with your precious fruits and vegetables. But you don’t need to suffer their annoyances; make a cheap trap that will end their reign in your kitchen forever. The equipment list here is simple: Mason jar, hammer and nail, cheap beer. Drown those suckers before they ever get going. It’s all natural, non-toxic, and all it’ll cost you is a little beer.
Jul 22, 2010
How Do I Clean Grease Out of the Toaster Oven?
Q: I have a convection toaster oven that I use on a daily basis, including when I make bacon. While the bacon is delicious, the bacon splatter left inside the oven is less than desirable.I was wondering if there was some secret efficient way in cleaning off the baked-on grease.Sent by SydneyEditor: Well, we swear by really, really hot water and a little dish soap. But there may be better ways! Readers, any good tips for getting grease out of the toaster oven?Next question?
Jul 13, 2010
How Should I Store Leftover Tomato?
Q: I know you’re supposed to store tomatoes on the counter to prevent them from developing a mealy texture.But what about tomatoes you’ve already cut into? Sometimes I just want a couple slices for a sandwich, and it seems like the fridge is the best place for the leftover tomato — is it?Sent by ClaireEditor: Claire, we often wonder this same thing!
Jul 1, 2010
Do You Have Any Tips for Storing Food Processor Blades?
Q: I have a problem with storing the blades for my Cuisinart DLC. The shredding and slicing blades come with the fixed rods that are difficult to store safely. Right now, I have been keeping them in the Styrofoam block they came in, but that is not very space-efficient.Do you or the readers know of any other cases or easy DIY fixes? Thanks in advance!
Jun 29, 2010
How Do I Get Rid of My Neighbor’s Cooking Odors?
Q: The guy who lives in the basement of my house loves onions and curry. He cooks with them daily and stinks up the entire house. I’m sure we’ve all dealt with stanky smells from neighbours or our own kitchens.Do you have any tips for getting rid of the onion smell? When I leave my house I smell like a diner, which is uncool.Sent by JodyEditor: Jody, here are a few past posts on fighting lingering odors in the kitchen.
Jun 15, 2010
How Do I De-Stink the Sink (Without a Disposal)?
Q: Since it’s started getting warm out, the drain in my kitchen sink has started to smell. Several sites (including this one) have tips on making the grossness go away, but they all seem to hinge on whirring things around in the disposal, which I don’t have.Any tips on de-stinking a kitchen sink drain when there’s no disposal?Sent by AimeeEditor: One tip that we found in this thread on getting rid of kitchen odors is: Sprinkle in baking soda, then pour in lemon juice.
Jun 9, 2010
Help! How Do I Get Soap Taste Out of My Thermal Carafe?
I have a problem (another one!) with the thermal carafe I use every morning for my coffee. In an admirable effort to clean out the bitter, acrid taste of old coffee that tends to build up over time, my husband washed it last week with Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap. The problem? We cannot get the smell of the soap out of the carafe, and now it seeps into our coffee too! I am tired of drinking Mrs. Meyer’s-flavored coffee — can anyone help? We have tried all of the obvious solutions.
Jun 7, 2010
What’s the Deal with Fruit and Vegetable Wash?
When it comes to washing produce, plain old water just isn’t good enough. At least that’s according to the makers of commercial fruit and vegetable sprays. Is this a ploy to get us to buy pricey, non-essential cleaning products? Or is there some truth to it? Do you use a fruit and vegetable wash?Produce washes are purported to help remove pesticides, wax, dirt, and other residues.
Jun 2, 2010
Space Saver: Folding Kitchen Island
This just looks like normal, albeit small, kitchen island, right? Wrong. Read on to see how this kitchen worktop can fit in even the smallest kitchen.We don’t have a kitchen island, but we wish we did. We like to be at least partially surrounded by workspace, and even a small island is helpful. It’s especially nice during the holidays or parties, when an extra workstation makes multiple dishes (and extra hands) easier to manage.
May 14, 2010
Travis and Jess’ Potomac Houseboat Kitchen
Who cooks here? Travis and JessLocation: Washington, D.C.Owned or rented? OwnedKitchen size: 70 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? Houseboat life has no shortage of challenges — have you ever tried to sauté something at sea? — but fortunately these are greatly outweighed by the rewards! The boat is from 1986 and the décor hadn’t been updated at all since then, and cabinet and counter space is minimal.
May 14, 2010
Nikki’s San Francisco Kitchen with Character
Who cooks here? Nik and JohnLocation: San Francisco, CAOwned or rented? RentedKitchen size: 60 square feet What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? We added counter space by adding a stainless steel shelving unit for our microwave and toaster oven which also cleverly hides the gas line to the oven. We also put in some shelving units for plates and pots.
May 12, 2010
On Pouring Wine: How Full Should a Glass of Wine Be?
When pouring a glass of wine how much do you pour? How full do you expect the glass to be when buying a glass of wine a in a restaurant or wine bar?I have asked various sommelier friends about this. In the US, the measure poured for a glass of wine is not regulated. Hence, restaurants and bars are pretty free to take it upon themselves to decide what constitutes a single wine glass serving.While some bars and restaurants do indicate the serving sizes on the drinks menu, many do not.
May 6, 2010
How Do I Keep Cookie Cutters from Rusting?
Q: How do you keep your cookie cutters from rusting? I have lots of little shapes which I use for cutting out ham/cheese/bread for decorating bentos. 90% of the time I wash them immediately, but sometime it’s late/I’m tired/they’re too darn small! and I miss them and they sit in water for too long and rust.Is there a quick and easy (no scrubbing) way to move the old rust? What is your cookie cutter maintenance scheme?
Apr 26, 2010
Sophie Dahl’s Sweet, Feminine Kitchen
First, a survey: The Delicious Miss DahlIf you live in the States, it’s possible that you have no idea who Sophie Dahl is, unless you somehow have access to BBC2, the network that broadcasts her new cookery program The Delicious Miss Dahl. But our British readers are sure to have heard of her as her show has created quite a stir with the critics. Apparently, that’s not unusual for Ms. Dahl, who is a former model with a sexy, scandalous past that includes having a bra named after her.
Apr 26, 2010
Simply Elegant: Napkin Rings Made of Paper and Ribbon
Napkin rings just say “fancy” to us! They add a touch of class to any table and make even a simple dinner party feel extra special. Don’t you think? We’re loving these easy do-it-yourself napkin rings from Martha Stewart.We think these paper and ribbon ones from Martha Stewart are an excellent stand-in if you don’t own your own set of matching napkin rings (like us!).
Apr 22, 2010