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Cauliflower crust is great, but it's not pizza. It doesn't get crispy and it doesn't have that crunchy/soft combo that makes pizza crust wonderful. When I make "pizza" with a cauliflower crust, I call it "savory pizza casserole." Add some coconut flour to the mix to dry it up a bit - helps a lot!


What's Up With Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
8/24/13 09:20 AM

My husband is on this non-alcoholic fizzy cocktail kick, so it'd be awesome to rock his world with a whole book of ideas.


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5/23/13 05:48 PM

I hate vacuuming. And I also hate unloading the dishwasher, but don't mind filling it up. Husband doesn't mind, so he's always in charge of unload and I'm in charge of load.


What Household Tasks Do You Most Love and Hate?
3/28/13 08:58 AM

God, yes. There is a sushi restaurant in New Orleans' Riverbend called Ninja Sushi. I have asked for the recipe, only to be told the ninja salad is made by a "little old lady" who has failed to reveal her secrets *at all*, to anyone, *ever*. We've tried recreating this salad - a wasabi-flavored, relatively dry cucumber salad - to really miserable results. The things we make are decent eating, but they are a far cry from ninja salad.


Is There a Restaurant Salad You Long to Recreate at Home?
6/18/12 03:10 PM

So you can use the Command hooks or you can buy the adhesive strips. As long as you keep the total weight within the limits, you can hang all manner of things. We have gallery wraps, artwork framed in lightweight wood frames, etc. It's a pain, but it gets the job done. Plus, they come off clean when you want to switch it up.


(Avoid) Living with Bare Walls: What to Do When You Can't Hang Artwork
3/14/12 08:38 AM

Of course! My favorite mug is one I won at an astronomy event in high school. I also have a *least* favorite coffee cup - it's conical-shaped and huge and I only use it if every single other mug in the house is dirty.


Do You Have a Favorite Coffee Cup?
2/6/12 05:30 PM

Refried beans recipe from my "house mom" in Mexico: boil a pot of beans for a long time, drain, then add an ungodly amount of oil. No need to use tupperware or anything like that - just throw the big pot into the fridge and reheat for the next night.

Refried bean recipe from my Mexican boyfriend (and the one I use to this day to thrill my very gringo husband): Put a fair amount of oil into a pan and fry tasty things in it (I normally do corn tortilla - makes good chips - jalapeno or two, onion, several cloves of garlic). Let the tasty things get kinda burnt, then remove from oil. Then add in a can of plain refried beans (you could make your own just by mashing up beans but I'm lazy), cumin, chili powder and cayenne. If you let the oil cool before you throw in the can of beans, you can stir first and then reheat everything to make beany perfection.


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4/6/11 04:02 PM

I just blew $11 on lox today. Will be trying this for next week (or, I suppose, two weeks from now)!


How To Salt Cure Lox At Home For Less
3/8/11 04:44 PM

A doctor friend recently told me about a patient of hers. He came in for some not-that-serious thing and ended up telling her he had been using "8 to 10 bags of heroin" (what is a bag??) for FORTY YEARS. I'm sure he wasn't in the best shape, but he wasn't dead and he was able to speak with her lucidly.

The takeaway for me from this conversation is that all the tiny things we concern ourselves with are probably not that big a deal after all. I seriously doubt that dude is concerned with BPA, but he's still kickin' it.


Beyond BPA: Why to Avoid Plastic Food Containers
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3/5/11 07:44 AM

Okay so I made these last night with the original recipe. They are criminally crumbly. Maybe I should have cooked them longer, but the inside less-cooked bits were more solid than the rest... They were tasty little bits, though. I can definitely see how it'd be good on a custard or yogurt.


Afternoon Snack Recipe: Maple-Cinnamon Popcorn Wafers
12/16/10 11:23 AM

This is pretty brilliant but mimee has a good point about the cheese. However, there are plenty of hard varieties that prefer to stay right where they are... this could open up a whole new world of sandwiches for me.


Kitchen Hack: Make a Toaster Bag Out of Parchment Paper
9/16/10 02:06 PM

Agreed on the chili. We also do soups with whatever's around, refried beans (touched up, of course!) and corn tortillas, sandwiches (we have a great bakery down the street). Stir-fry is always on the agenda.


No-Brainer: What Are Your Standby Meals?
9/13/10 03:51 PM

I pick these up at our local Asian market sometimes. I plan to make a show-stopper purple and orange sweet potato mash for Thanksgiving this year - fill half the dish with the purple mash and the other half with orange mash. It will knock 'em dead.


Ingredient Spotlight: Purple Sweet Potatoes
8/24/10 11:25 AM

Aside from garlic, celery seed is probably my favorite spice. It adds a wonderful robust, savory "flavor" to sauces, marinades, etc. and is great on any kind of meat, potatoes, Italian-style veggies. You must try! It's like adding instant vegetable broth flavor.


From the Spice Cupboard: Celery Seed
8/24/10 10:09 AM

These are weeds in my garden - I can't get rid of them! Think they'd make a good pesto?


Ingredient Spotlight: Nira (Garlic Chives) | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/20/10 03:11 PM

I may have a different type of cucumber, but I find that the spikes come right off with just a little brush of my hand - they hurt to mess with head-on but if you come at them at an angle, they just fall right off.


Should I Remove Cucumber Prickles Before Pickling? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/16/10 01:31 PM

Agreed, you'll know. I thought buying a huge tub of olive oil at Costco was a great idea but it definitely went rancid before I could finish it. The word *rancid* seems too strong - it wasn't appalling, it was just definitely off and not a lovely flavor I wanted to add to my food. I keep my big containers of olive oil in the fridge now and transfer to a smaller container for everyday use.


Does Olive Oil Really Expire or Go Bad? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/8/10 04:36 PM

Beets. They're good for you and supposedly tasty, but I hate them in all preparations. My husband loves them and grew two rows in our garden. Good luck eating all of that, honey.


What Foods Have You Tried To Like, But Just Can't?! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/15/10 12:50 PM

My parents were not brilliant cooks. My mother made an infinitely variable "ethnic" chicken dish by dumping whatever sauce was appropriate on roasted chicken: chicken "cacciatore" w/ spaghetti sauce, "Mexican" chicken with salsa, "Chinese" chicken with teriyaki sauce.

The most important thing I've learned about cooking since leaving home is how to make VEGGIES. I hardly ever remember being served vegetables at home, especially of the unfried variety.

Here's the tip: almost any vegetable will taste delicious if tossed in olive oil and roasted at either 350* until tender or 450* until crispy in places. I made roasted broccoli w/ lemon & garlic for my aunt recently and she said she had never had broccoli made this way. It's too easy not to get on the ball. ANYONE can roast vegetables.


From Our Readers: Tips for New Graduates and New Cooks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/9/10 01:14 PM

Most Sundays (except for now when the local farms are out until they grow up) my husband roasts a chicken. We'll eat it with whatever veggies are in season at the time and use the leftovers to make various salads/stir-fries/sandwiches later in the week.

I make pizza almost every week but not on any particular day.


Do You Have a Weekly Dinner Tradition? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/22/10 11:40 AM