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Herbs for me, too. My rosemary survived the winter indoors, and my chives and mint are already coming back up. but I'm putting parsley, sage, thyme, dill, basil, cilantro, and tarragon into my patio planters. My biggest challenge is keeping them sufficiently watered.

Tell Us All About Your Gardening Plans! The 2014 Garden
4/7/14 12:28 PM

In the pictured kitchen, I'd've wanted to reverse it -- have the dishwasher and tableware storage on the other side of the sink, closer to that table in the background. That way, someone could set the table without getting in the way of the cooking, and it'd be that much faster to clear the table right to the dishwasher.

Regardless, yes, great idea. Our tablewares are stored right by our dishwasher, too, though in upper cabinets rather than drawers (other than the silverware). To each their own, though -- for instance, I have a friend who insists that glasses should be kept by the fridge, as that's where he always uses them.

Renovating a Kitchen? The One Design Tip That'll Make Your Life Easier
4/4/14 09:32 AM

Sometimes the oily coating on the outside of vanilla beans has an odd, off flavor. For your next batch, try rinsing the beans first. It won't hurt, and might help.

Why Is My Homemade Vanilla Extract Bitter? Can I Fix It? Good Questions
3/28/14 09:40 AM

I agree with Lisa -- which recipe was used for the biscuits in the picture?

A No-Fuss Method for Tender & Flaky Biscuits Every Time Tips from The Kitchn
3/21/14 09:50 AM

Key lime pie can be quite straightforward and delicious, and as tart or sweet as you please. If you've got time for a freezer pie to chill, you probably have time for key lime to set. Here's an orange version (note the commenters' suggestions to double the filling).

Ideas for a Citrusy Dessert for an Orange-Themed Baby Shower? Good Questions
2/10/14 09:15 AM

Wow, lots of great points and comments.

Here's one tangential suggestion that's helped us a lot: When you work out your home-buying finances, budget to put 1% of the purchase price per year into savings toward the eventual expensive maintenance and repairs. For example, if you buy a $120,000 home, budget $1,200/year, or $100/month, to go in that rainy-ceiling fund. If you're thinking of buying a place you know you'll want to improve -- whether for yourself or for eventual resale value -- up that savings budget. We haven't saved enough for our do-what-we-want-with-the-kitchen plans yet, but we're getting there, and the new roof is earning interest in the bank.

(BlackFrancine, some blogs do hire editors, though often without crediting them on the site. I'm an editor who has worked on several blogs.)

12 Most Valuable Home Improvements You Can Make this Year
2/5/14 11:28 AM

For me it's in the "cute but not very smart" category. You're right that some of the sizes are impractical (that cheese grater, for instance, and is that bottle opener flexible enough to handle lids other than its own diameter?), and surely they could have come up with something more useful than "egg masher"? The grating bits are apparently plastic, too, which makes the "spice grater" particularly suspect, though it might double as a strainer. And it's nice that all the color rings should fit directly into the measuring cup, so you could grate/strain/mash/whatever straight into the container.

(Per the expanded picture at the MOMA site, the cap is labeled "funnel attachment", and the funnel reads "flower vase / funnel".)

The All-In-One Kitchen Tool Set:
8 Practical Tools In One Tiny Package!

1/29/14 08:49 AM

Janet7th, I think the screws are up through the legs into the bottom of the cutting board, not down through the top of the cutting board into the legs.

How To Build Burner Covers and Double the Counter Space in Your Tiny Kitchen Tiny Projects for a Cozy Kitchen
1/6/14 01:34 PM

This is a nice trick for origami pieces, too.

One caveat, though: Make sure you don't put wax-dipped paper anywhere that could get hot enough to melt wax -- no near-radiator window displays, no hanging from the car mirror, no storing snowflakes in a box in a hot attic over the summer, or you'll wind up with a mess.

Also, CallDoctorBison, it doesn't need ruin the pan: When you're done, pour off as much of the remaining wax as you can (once it solidifies, you can re-melt it later), then boil water in the pot; the remaining wax melts off and can be poured out with the water, with any remaining residue removable with soap and hot water. (We used to make candles in the kitchen when I was a kid.)

Quick Christmas Craft Tip: Dip Your DIY Paper Snowflakes In Wax Fleur d'Elise
12/19/13 01:59 PM

I don't think oven knobs are standardized. For stuff to bake all in an immediate evening, I'd stick with recipes that all use the same oven temperature, adjust your oven temperature every 10-15 minutes until a (new, good suggestion!) thermometer shows the right temp, and leave it there, checking it between batches to make sure it's stable.

If that won't work for you and you really need to bake right away: If you have neighbors in the same building or complex, then maybe knock on a few doors, explain your predicament, and if their oven is the same type as yours see if you can borrow their knob for the evening in exchange for some cookies?

For the longer term, I'd put in a call to your landlord and have them fix it (via new knob, new markings, new oven, whatever).

The Temperatures Rubbed Off My Oven Knob! Any Baking Advice? Good Questions
12/17/13 09:29 AM

The Monticello Railway Museum used teeny LED lights like these as decorations on their Polar Express train this year, and wow. They ran amber ones through draped gold-and-white mesh fabric strips; the effect was magical and lovely.

Starry Light String Collection
12/4/13 08:55 AM

Akay, you can indeed do #8 with a water bottle, but when I realized I'd been meaning to try that trick for many months and simply never had a clean, empty water bottle on hand, and that cleaning said water bottle would be a headache, I got one of the commercial kind when I saw it for $7 on Amazon. And I love it -- it works perfectly and is dishwasher-safe, and I smile every time I use it.

10 Actually Useful Cooking Gadgets Holiday Gift Guide from The Kitchn
12/4/13 08:17 AM

Here's a ridiculously easy, quick, adaptable fish recipe that can be made with mild filets (we like it with tilapia, which never tasts fishy to me at all), for days when you want a quick but tasty meal: Salt and pepper both sides of a couple of fish filets. Put them in a microwave-safe dish. Add whatever seasonings you wish (we like lemon juice, just a bit of butter, rosemary, and thyme; a cajun blend's pretty good, too). Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Check whether the fish is opaque and flaky; if not, continue microwaving in 1-minute increments until it is. Serve on its own, with rice, or on a bed of vegetables.

Help Me Love Fish! What Are Your Favorite Fish Dishes? Good Questions
7/2/13 09:11 PM

Though you can get them in the US, large bottles of vanilla are generally a lot cheaper in Mexico; the orchids grow there.

The 5 Best Ingredients to Bring Home from Mexico City Guest Post from Lesley Tellez of Eat Mexico
6/19/13 06:52 AM

They're really pretty. You know how when the drinks in a dispenser start getting low, you can tip the thing to get more out? I'd be worried about people trying that disasterously with the stacked version, especially because the spigots look like they're some' distance from the bottom of each tier.

For a Summer Party: A 3-Tier Stacked Glass Drink Dispenser
6/19/13 06:50 AM

JamieO2, sometimes an extended-stay hotel isn't feasible; it could be out of someone's budget, or there might not be one in the area, or the trip could be for a hotel-based convention where it's better to stay at that hotel (I've only been to one convention, ever, that was held at an extended-stay hotel; they rarely have much function space).

A lot of the earlier recommendations suggest bringing a rice maker. If you can bring other appliances -- a small crock pot or toaster oven, perhpas? -- your options multiply. And while many hotel rooms don't have refrigerators, almost all have ice machines; if you have a well-insulated cooler and keep replenishing the ice, you can keep ingredients cold indefinitely.

Our Readers' Best Tips For Cooking Real Meals in a Hotel Room
6/17/13 09:40 AM

How well does the side scraper scrape the bottom?

The Kitchn Reviews the Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine: Part I - The Mixer, the Citrus Juicer, and the Blender Product Review
6/13/13 07:59 AM

I like the looks of pretty much everything -- especially the clock over the sink, and the planter mugs -- except the silding-door pantry. I think with that layout, I'd've added a door in front of the washer-dryer and put cabinet doors on the rest of the shelving rather than blocking off that additional window. But maybe the light that comes in there is at exactly the wrong angle when they tend to be in the kitchen?

Kyle's City Cottage Kitchen Kitchen Spotlight
5/20/13 04:52 PM

EcoGrrl, it depends on the space. A friend of mine once had just one single drawer in her kitchen, and another had only two -- hanging measuring spoons and cups on the unused inside of a cabinet door woudl have been perfect for them. But for someone who needs every cubic inch of cabinet space, stowing them in a drawer makes more sense than having them stick into the cabinet even a tiny bit.

(My own kitchen isn't so tiny, but I like the idea of having measures hung up separately like that for ready individual access, and it'd mean my less-cooking-conscious partner could easily grab, say, a quarter-teaspoon measure without first peering anxiously at all the spoon sizes/labels.)

15 Cheap and Pretty Ways to Spruce Up a Tiny Kitchen
5/17/13 06:48 PM

Several years ago, NPR posted a fantastic piece called "Cook's Commencement: Mastering a Meal for One." The premise was that new graduates often need to learn to cook for themselves; the article includes extremely newbie-friendly instructions and tips plus six basic recipes, as well as suggestions for how to change them up and a good beginning equpiment list. The recipes are indeed for one, but they scale up easily to feed as many as you wish.

Of course, there's no one right or best way to get started. Enjoy the experience and all the wonderful meals you'll be making!

I Want to Start Cooking. Where Do I Start? Good Questions
5/17/13 05:45 AM