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I am going to try this. My salad spinner is starting to crap out (it doesn't "catch" when I put the lid almost every time lately) and I hate how much room the stupid plastic bowl takes up in cupboard. Plus, it's too small for the giant heads of lettuce we're getting from our CSA.

Can You Really Use a Pillowcase to Dry Lettuce? Putting Tips to The Test in The Kitchn
7/18/14 03:30 PM

Ha! I went looking for a baked zucchini fries recipe last night, and ended up using one I found online elsewhere...and then today, huzzah!, there is one here! I'll try this method next time (it's slightly different than the one I used.)

Recipe: Oven-Baked Zucchini Parmesan Crisps Recipes from The Kitchn
7/18/14 10:39 AM

Bottled dressings are awful! I agree. I mainly use just good olive oil and salt and pepper, but sometimes I'll either throw on some lemon or vinegar, or I'll make a vinagrette.

France Taught Me a Better Way to Dress a Great Salad Tips from The Kitchn
7/16/14 11:01 AM

Funny, I have none of those issues in my current rental. Ok, maybe I have to deal with separate hot and cold taps in the bathroom (as I have a 100 yo sink in there), and I wish I had a ceiling fan in my bedroom just to circulate the air, but other than that? No ugly carpeting; lovely, new when I moved in kitchen; good neighbors (landlords!); wall colors chosen by me with only one compromise (no red dining room, since it's so hard to cover); a small shared patio and back porch; my own front porch; 3 fairly large closets (again 100yo house...we're lucky to have them!) plus built ins, a linen closet and storage in the cellar; a garage and my own w/d hookups.

We pay a fortune in Boston on rentals (my 1200sf 2 bed/1 bath is a steal in my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain at $1600/mo), but there are some really nice ones here.

The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them) Renters Solutions
7/15/14 01:50 PM

I went for years without a microwave oven. Even returned one I got for Christmas one year, because I didn't feel any compulsion to have one. Now that I do, I use it, but I def feel I could go without it.

as for the top sheet, I slept without one for years, just with the duvet cover, but I've found as I get older, I like the top sheet since I can throw the comforter off and still have a bit of a cover.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 02:11 PM

Ha! that's what I have as well. I realized the other day, I'm so used to it, that I fail to turn on the cold water when I wash my hands at work even though it's a mixed tap there.

As for the pedestal, mine is 100+ years old and I rather like it (it's HUGE), but I did repurpose an old CD stand, which I sandwiched between the sink and the tub, to hold my makeup, qtips, cotton balls, hair accessories, etc. And we have a large wall cabinet on the opposite wall to hold other stuff, incl. TP. I still keep the cleaning products in the kitchen (but I would anyway.)

Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/11/14 01:44 PM

I was surprised knives weren't included in the list as well. When I got divorced, I gave our old knives to my ex (they were good Wurstofs) and got myself a new set (better Wurstofs :) ). As for pans, I have 20 yo Le Creusets which I wouldn't trade for anything, but I have supplemented them with a couple of decent pans from, of all places, IKEA. I hate nonstick pans and they had some heavy bottomed basic stainless pans. I cook all the time, but I only have a couple of dutch ovens, a stock pot, 3 sauce pans of varying sizes, a huge skillet, a smaller saute pan, a grill pan, and a little frying pan that's good for a couple of eggs or a grilled cheese sandwich. I can honestly say I use every pan but the stock pot and one of the dutch ovens nearly every week (and the only reason I don't use those two is they are very large.)

Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/10/14 02:14 PM

Yes, this is what I do. I was surprised even to see there was a question about keeping pesto green...I thought everyone put a bit of oil on top!

Does Blanching the Basil Really Make Pesto Stay Green for Longer? Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn
7/10/14 10:42 AM

So weird! I am overrun by zucchini from my farm share right now and made a stuffed zucchini last night. I just used some of the flesh (I removed as many seeds as I could, and then squeezed the remainder a bit to get the water out), with a chopped purple onion (also from the share), and a couple of table spoons of chimichurri (I made earlier to use the garlic scapes and cilantro and parsley from last week's share). I added a little bit of feta to mine, but my boyfriend doesn't care for it and I left it out of his. I actually think it was better without. I wrapped them in foil and put them on the grill, off the heat, for 20 min. I also roasted some waxy potatoes and baby carrots (real ones, from the share!) with rosemary and green onions. And grilled a piece of chicken to share. I ate mine with tzatziki I'd made last week with the dill, cukes, and onions, again from last week's share.

Recipe: Grilled Zucchini Boats with Beef & Cheddar Recipes from The Kitchn
7/8/14 01:10 PM

I made a blueberry cherry slump this weekend...which has a dropped biscuit like topping. Cobblers are more cake like to pour a batter over the fruit. And no one's mentioned grunts!

What's the Difference Between a Cobbler, Crumble, and Crisp? Word of Mouth
7/8/14 01:02 PM

Lovely! Although it took me more than a few tries to figure out where the office is...the print upholstered chair was throwing me off (since it's mate is in the living room!) I wonder if it's hard to have the two big goldies in that small a space tho? Mine were in our 1400sf house and it seemed they were always underfoot.

Karen's Micro Space in Marin House Tour
7/2/14 12:57 PM

I'm going to have to try this! my boyfriend doesn't love yogurt...but I've brought him over to its side with tzatziki, and this one might work as well. :)

That little jar reminds me of the wee yogurt jars you get in Europe.

3-Ingredient Recipe: Magic Summer Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
6/25/14 10:30 AM

*making sure...

10 Tips To Help You Throw a Great Party Without Losing Your Mind (Or Blowing Your Budget) Entertaining Tips from The Kitchn
5/28/14 11:47 AM

Good tips! I throw a very large christmas party at my place every year (usually 35-50 people show up) and I def use your planning method. I also make a few things every year that people expect, enjoy and are super easy. Like a spiral cut ham...there's nothing to it, but with some pretty plating (cranberries, bunches of sage, clementines or kumquats) it is a showpiece. Plus I make a simple cooked cranberry relish (which takes 10 mins) and put out a few different mustards, and it's a lovely main course. One other thing I'd suggest is making use everything is plated nicely...including (especially!) the store bought stuff. Salsa, olives, chips, bread, everything goes on a pretty dish, bowl or basket. Makes a world of difference!

10 Tips To Help You Throw a Great Party Without Losing Your Mind (Or Blowing Your Budget) Entertaining Tips from The Kitchn
5/28/14 11:46 AM

I agree on both counts, RubyMae! I appreciate they built a small kitchen for what appears to be a small house...a lovely, functional, practical kitchen. Well done!

Do we know what color the green paint is? I LOVE IT.

Kitchen Before & After: Two Bedrooms Become a Gorgeous Galley Kitchen Reader Kitchen Remodel
5/8/14 10:37 AM

These look lovely! and thank goodness for making a scone without eggs...I don't understand why so many recipes call for eggs, when scones should really be nothing more than a slightly sweet biscuit. My scone recipe is Marion Cunningham's from "Baking with Julia"...they are amazing and keep for the week. Perfect!

Recipe: Mixed Berry & Jasmine Tea Scones Recipes from The Kitchn
5/7/14 10:35 AM

I was going to suggest or ask if anyone had thought to use foam core! Cool, I figured it would work. :)

Cute idea, Katie, I love that you personalized the space!

Before & After: Boring Wall in a Rental Gets Welcome Burst of Pattern
4/25/14 01:37 PM

I was just going to comment the same thing! love the use of space tho, fantastic! just make sure you put up a light blocking curtain (maybe there is some kind of UV coating for the window glass itself?)

Before & After: IKEA to the Rescue for a Sloped-Ceiling Closet
4/24/14 01:28 PM

I find lovely glassware all the time at thrift shops. (In fact, I have 12 wee cordial glasses of cut glass, that I picked up for about $.50 each.) It's definitely worthwhile to look for vintage as well as new.

8 Elegant Champagne Coupe Glasses Product Roundup
4/24/14 10:58 AM

I married years ago (and after 15 years, amicably divorced), but I think your advice is sound. Even 20 years ago, and being a young bride who didn't have a stocked kitchen, I made some of the same choices when registering. Now, 20 years later (and after splitting some of our stuff), I am still using the same coffee maker, same Le Creuset cookware, same blender, measuring cups and spoons, and serving dishes. And the china I registered for? well, I didn't get some very traditional, mine has vintage-looking hot air balloons...and I use it at least once a month, so that was worthwhile too!

The Advice I Took and the Advice I Ignored When Setting Up My Wedding Registry Weddings
4/23/14 10:55 AM