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Display Name: elaineathon
Member Since: 11/5/09

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For easier spice storage/transportation, buy an inexpensive multi-day pill container from the drugstore. You can put a different spice in each compartment, probably enough for a tablespoon in each one.

What Kitchen Gear Should I Take With Me on Vacation?
Good Questions

7/22/11 11:10 AM

Maybe it's just me, but to get that chewy al dente quality, I prefer dried pasta. Fresh always seems a little too soft. I'm intrigued yet worried by the part about freezing fresh pasta - I wonder if this would make it even mushier when cooked?

Make or Buy? Dried, Fresh Gourmet, and Homemade Pasta
5/13/11 02:11 PM

I wish that worked with my napkins... the edges where they're hemmed always get folded up and even when warm, they're always creased into that position. Only a hot iron will flatten them. :(

Table Tip: Fold Your Napkins Right Out of the Dryer!
5/10/11 01:52 PM

My husband started our first garden this year and he is OBSESSED! Already in our tiny 4x4 foot garden (plus a number of containers), he has: herbs, strawberries, radishes, pole beans, zucchini, peppers, swiss chard, lettuce, cantaloupe... probably others that he has snuck by me. He also has some tomato plants on the way and some tomato seedlings growing in the guest room. He doesn't have a number of the things on this list, so as lovely as artichokes sound, I don't think I will be showing him this post!

Gardening 101: Six Spring Vegetables to Plant Now
The Gardener

4/26/11 04:23 PM

The title of this post made me click on it but I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping to find the recipe for Greek-style lima beans the way we ate them at multiple locations during our honeymoon through Greece. They were braised in a tomato sauce and boy were they DELICIOUS. They tended to be much bigger beans though (so not this baby type) and the sauce was sweetly tomato-ey without being too tart/acidic. So amazing.

Side Dish Recipe: Greek-Style Lima Beans
4/25/11 02:42 PM

This looks really yummy. I would use only two pans though, and I think it would be just as fast... one ovenproof pan to caramelize and deglaze the onions, and a second pan to sear the chicken. When the chicken has browned, remove it and put it on top of the onions while you make the sauce, then pour the sauce over the chicken and onions in the first ovenproof pan.

Dinner Recipe: Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère
4/25/11 02:22 PM

I think this (the post and your dad) is adorable! Not harsh at all, just lovingly teasing. Definitely need more than one slice of cheese though, and ix-nay on the elveeta-Vay!

The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Courtesy of My Dad
The Cheesemonger

4/13/11 01:49 PM

All of these breakfasts sound so decadent and delicious! I was going to choose a brunch buffet at a neighborhood restaurant, or a greasy breakfast at a hole-in-the-wall diner, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of staying at home in my PJs, curled up on the couch with my husband and pugs, munching on whatever we scrounge up - usually eggs and toast.

Best Breakfast Ever: What's Your Dream Breakfast?
4/5/11 10:21 AM

Hmm, it seems I am not a very adventurous cook... the most exciting thing I've made is probably sweet potato rolls for Thanksgiving last year. Also, lemon curd which subsequently went into homemade lemon curd shortbread sandwiches. Although not a difficult thing to cook, I was particularly proud of our Thanksgiving turkey - first one and it came out PERFECT: golden skin, juicy meat, nothing underdone.

Wait, You Made That?! Name Your Proudest Culinary DIY
3/29/11 09:41 AM

Huge fan of the Kuhn Rikon knives mentioned by HACB. They're so sharp and easy to use for smaller tasks, plus the bright colors (mine is orange) makes using them that much more fun.

Elizabeth's Favorite Knife: Wusthof 3 1/2-inch Paring Knife
3/24/11 04:13 PM

OMG. I need to eat one of these NOW!

Look! Crispy, Creamy Avocado Fries | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/13/10 10:35 AM

I'm not sure if this is a "custom" but I think depending on your culture, ideas about kitchen cleanliness differ greatly. My husband and I cringe whenever my mom (Chinese) cooks at our house as she doesn't always clean up to the level of sanitation that we would like. She's a big fan of wiping dirty counters with just a damp rag and no soap or cleaning spray. She also handles raw meat in a less than sanitary way... but then I wonder if we're just germaphobes since I grew up eating my mom's cooking and didn't die from it!

Cultural Differences in Kitchens | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/6/10 12:27 PM

Going to two parties and bringing Asian coleslaw with peanut-butter based dressing and Death By Chocolate (brownies layered with chocolate pudding, Cool Whip, and toffee chips)! Might also do some salted oatmeal cookies. Mmm!

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of July 3-5, 2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/3/10 11:48 AM

@ErikTheRed: No one else seems to have caught your wife comment. I thought it was hiliarious and so did my fiance! Thanks for the laugh. :)

Technique: Slow Cooking Without a Slow Cooker | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/23/10 07:47 PM

My pugs - do those count as supplies? :) Perfect for snuggling. Sweatpants. Candles. Maybe a small crafts project?

Supplies for a Cozy Night In? | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
1/23/10 10:39 AM

I'm cooking for a party next weekend. Going to whip up curry beef turnovers (using wonton wrappers) and freeze them so I can bake them up next week. Also might do a spinach dip - wonder if that freezes well?

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of December 5-6, 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/5/09 11:49 AM

Ack! The albino peacock scares the crap out of me.

Tonal Tables: Monochromatic Tablescapes That Sing | Apartment Therapy Boston
11/23/09 04:08 PM

Wow, 11 chairs not including patio seating. We're getting rid of our dining set soon for one that has 4 chairs and a bench, so I guess that will add another 2-3 seats. How does one fit 60 chairs in one's house??

How Many Chairs Can You Rustle Up? | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/23/09 02:29 PM

I'm surprised the results are 100% "yes". Doesn't everyone has some furniture, ugly or not, that they would like to replace some day? To name a few, I have a placeholder dining set, nightstand, TV stand, console/entry table, and the entire suite of furniture in the guest bedroom!

Do You Have "Placeholder" Furniture? | Apartment Therapy DC
11/20/09 03:52 PM

We bought a house in July, stripped the wallpaper and painted downstairs, but upstairs has been totally untouched. I've invited people over in small groups and I keep meaning to have a housewarming (now holiday party, I guess) but I'd love to have upstairs de-wallpapered and painted before that happens. Somehow I don't think that is going to happen...

Waiting for Perfect Before Inviting Guests | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
11/20/09 10:07 AM