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Check out Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods. They are based in Chicago and offer online ordering. Their back bacon is very tasty.

Where Can I Find British Back Bacon? Good Questions
3/6/13 10:13 AM

I witnessed a near perfect storm of bad grocery store behavior recently. It was early on a Saturday morning, so the store was mostly quiet, but only a couple of registers were open. The couple checking out ahead of me were almost comically smug and obnoxious. They had a ton of items and were taking their time, talking loudly, giving their toddler impulse buy items to play with (that they had no intention of buying) and finally telling the cashier to wait so they could guess the total. "I think it's $180" "I'm going with $168." "No way, it's more than that." And on and on...

Meanwhile, the man behind me, who just wanted to buy his coconut water and cereal, was losing it. He was muttering loudly about their behavior, dropping lots of f-bombs and slamming his cart up and down in anger. He paced back and forth between our aisle and another one before eventually stomping over to the other. The couple was, of course, oblivious to all of this, but I was honestly a little afraid for a second!

What's Your Grocery Store Pet Peeve? Reader Survey
4/27/12 02:48 PM

I love what a little bit of anchovy flavor can do to a sauce or a salad. But when there's big pieces of them in my salad - that's too much for me.

Controversial Cooking: How Do You Feel About Anchovies?
2/18/11 11:14 AM

I just bought a Cuisinart enameled cast iron Dutch oven at Marshalls for $50. So far, so good!

Good Product: Martha Stewart Dutch Oven
10/22/10 02:46 PM

I so appreciate this post. I've been begrudgingly counting calories to lose pounds put on through exactly what Faith mentioned - growing portion sizes and not knowing what appropriate caloric intake looks like. But the worst part is that I find myself actually drawn to packaged and fast food where the calories are right on the box or readily available online. And that's not at all how I want to be eating.

Seeing calories in terms of actual portions of meals that look appealing and filling, and are made with good ingredients, is so, so helpful. And, I think, a step toward not having to count every last calorie anymore.

5 Quick and Delicious Lunches Under 400 Calories
8/26/10 06:43 PM

@Teacherteacher: They are! I would recommend cutting the slices as thin as possible. I got a couple of slightly bitter bites on the slices that I cut too thick.

Blood Orange Polenta Upside-Down Cake Recipe Reviews | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/11/10 02:18 PM

@alysaaria @mma128 - The bread machine won't be going in the dumpster. It has already found a new home.

Use It Or Lose It: The Bread Machine | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/5/10 11:45 AM

@labchick - The recipe serves 20 people. It also calls for 2 10-pound cans of tomatoes. I scaled it way down and used 2 28-ounce cans of tomatoes and a couple tablespoons of oil.

Pappa al Pomodoro: Tuscan Bread Soup ... With Mussels! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/16/10 12:44 PM

@GretaGrace: The salt didn't burn at all. Some of it hardened into small clumps.

Try This: Salt-Roasted Potatoes | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/9/10 08:00 PM

Thanks for catching that, Mrs.Mack. It's fixed now.

I did see another recipe – for fennel, I believe – that suggested wrapping fennel pieces in foil and tucking the packets into a bed of salt, which was roasted in the oven uncovered. So, if you're going to be using the oven, you might be able to get away with a thinner pan.

Try This: Salt-Roasted Potatoes | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/9/10 02:28 PM

@rvas: I used cremini, but white button mushrooms would be fine too.

Recipe: Brie-Style Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/28/10 03:41 PM

I'm helping to organize a bake sale in Chicago on Monday (1/18) at The Hideout as part of their Benefit for Haiti.

If anyone in Chicago is interested in donating baked goods, email me at

It would be wonderful to have members of The Kitchn community involved!

Thanks for sharing this great idea, Dana!

Haiti Earthquake Relief: Bay Area Bake Sales and More! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/15/10 02:20 PM

@STLcolleen: Thanks, links are fixed now.

Flickr Find: Baked Eggs in Potato Skins | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/12/10 11:10 AM

I just made my semiannual trip and picked up the cute little pitcher and sugar bowl from the Gifts Under $10 guide, salad serving spoons and LOTS of tea towels.

IKEA 2010: New for the Kitchen | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/7/10 01:59 PM

I got a copy of Gourmet Today, a pretty cake dome set, a pair of Staub ceramic mini cocottes, and a gift certificate for a beekeeping class (!!).

I gave homemade hand scrub to several people and a set of Chicago-themed spice mixes from the Spice House as a grab bag gift.

Tell Us! Best Kitchen Gift You Gave or Received This Year? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/7/10 10:35 AM

Thanks, aichan! Fixed.

Top Chef Las Vegas Napa Valley: And The Winner Is ... | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/10/09 12:38 PM

@farmersdaughter - It's a very heavy old door, so I think it's fine.

DIY Over-the-Door Pot Rack with Lid Holder | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/1/09 01:59 PM

@keltrue - It's a bacon chocolate cupcake. The link to "It's Holly" in the image credit line at the bottom goes to the photos source. Frog cupcake would be a REALLY odd combo!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Food Music: Garrison Keillor's Forbidden Tastes
10/27/09 02:54 PM

@ncsuemme: I actually warmed up the leftover wine and drank it like mulled wine, which it basically was. There wasn't much leftover, and it was very sweet - could have used a shot of brandy! You might also try using it for a sauce.

I think it would be fine to soak the figs in the fridge. The pitcher I used had a pretty tight-fitting lid, so it didn't attract any fruit flies.

I think there are many potential uses for this. If you check out the link at the bottom of the post to the article in the Chicago Reader, Pete Manfredini actually suggests pairing his fig salami with actual meat - spicy coppa or capicolla. Your pizza idea sounds delicious!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | DIY Fall Appetizer: Fig Salami
10/6/09 02:57 PM

MegP: Unless I'm using the brown sugar as some sort of topping and not baking it, I just mix the sugar and molasses together with the rest of the ingredients. If the recipe calls for creaming the sugar with butter, I'd add the molasses at that point.

PreludeInZ: I've never premade it. I'm sure you could. You'd probably just have to use one of the techniques mentioned to keep it soft.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Baking Tip: Make Your Own Brown Sugar
10/2/09 03:09 PM