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I have at least 4 farmers markets (and a CSA or two, and several stores that sell local produce -- including three major grocery chains and two local grocery shops) within 10 miles of me. Yes, I'm lucky!

This website doesn't list *any* of them, though. Are they planning on updating their information any time in the near future? Because until they do, I'm sticking with http://www.localharvest.org for their information, not to mention my state's list of farmers markets and good ol' Google.


Local Dirt: Helping You Find Local Food | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
5/10/10 08:09 AM

The Heaven and Hell Cake is absolutely out of this world - or so I've been told. I made it as a going away gift for a co-worker...I never actually got to try the cake myself because it disappeared so quickly!

All my coworkers say it was the best thing I've ever baked, though.


Fried Bittersweet Chocolate Bread Heaven and Hell Cake Delicious links for 4.30.2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/30/10 05:01 PM

Wow, considering Kyocera ceramic knives are less expensive (by $20 - $50, depending on the knife) and have been in production longer, these better be darn good knives.

(My father, having been to the Kyocera factory and seen their production process, is big on Kyocera knives [and pepper grinders!] and has had his ceramic knife for years. Still as sharp as the day he bought it.)


Product Review: Victorinox Ceramic Knives | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/7/10 05:56 PM

If you get used to using a Boston Shaker, you don't even need a strainer -- you can just tip one half a little lower than the other and use the other side of the shaker as a strainer against the ice. It takes some practice, but the results are worth it...it's quite a bit more impressive than pulling out a strainer!

(I was on a hunt for a proper Boston Shaker for years -- it's easy to find one half, but a matching set took me quite a while to get! I've finally acquired one and have been having a blast playing with it!)


How to Mix a Cocktail with a Boston Shaker Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/26/10 02:12 PM

The main differences in cupcake flavors at this bakery - aside from the pattern on the chocolate on top - is that half the cupcakes involve some kind of alcohol and/or bacon. Outside of those, all the cupcakes are standard bakery fare with less, uh, fluffy names (and bacon is becoming pretty standard bakery fare these days anyway).

Does this imply that there are more alcoholic men out there? Or that men need to be persuaded with the promise of alcohol to enjoy a small tasty baked good? Personally, I'd gladly enjoy a Tom Collins cupcake. There isn't nearly enough gin in baked goods.

I like the silliness of the bakery and the whole concept of "manly cupcakes" as a joke, but even so I'm a bit turned off by the whole "gender bias" thing that's been pretty strong in the world lately.


Butch Bakery: Are Food Preferences Gender Based? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/24/10 05:48 PM

Sur La Table offers a Knife Skills class (I would guess Williams-Sonoma does, too, though I've never taken theirs) and I highly recommend it. From learning simply how to hold a knife to proper cutting technique, the class covers it. I think they have a second, less basic class as well (for meats and such) -- check your local Sur La Table, or even your local community college (I know mine offers one).


How To Learn Great Knife Skills | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/1/10 05:21 PM

I admire George and Sara's ability to tolerate each other that closely for that long ;) My partner and I have computer desks sitting about three feet apart from one another, and we drive each other completely nuts!


Final Frame: His and Hers | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
1/27/10 12:42 AM

I'm not going to bash Calphalon -- I have heard wonderful things about them and I know they're usually pretty decently-priced -- but the use of PTFE is a huge turn-off for me, which is why it's taken me so long to acquire anything that's non-stick. It seems silly to have a piece of cookware that doesn't let me use half my utensil range (all metal), not to mention something like a standard table fork, on it, for worry of scraping the finish/getting something that qualifies as reasonably toxic in my food.

I *have* used ScanPan's non-stick line (their version of the saute pan is over here: http://www.surlatable.com/product/642363.do ) and I *love* it because it's PTFE/PFOA-free and works extremely well...and if I want to use my metal spatula on it, I can. Normally they're far more expensive than Calphalon, but in this case...not so much!

Anyone up for a side-by-side comparison of the two pans?


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Product Review: Calphalon Unison Nonstick Sauté Pan
11/6/09 12:45 PM

I enjoy the retro funkiness of the tomato pin-up -- I'd like to see a whole series of fruit girls just to see the doubletakes people did when they came in my kitchen (Vargas meets the produce aisle?).

However, I do agree, the others are somewhat off-putting. Especially the tater tot one...


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | 5 Budget Friendly Food Prints From Nouar
8/11/09 02:42 PM

These are absolutely lovely -- but a big YIKES at the price! Also, I will admit, I don't see what makes these any greener than any other candle holder, though I can appreciate supporting a local artist...if she happens to be local to your area.

Personally, I'd gladly pick up an actual old Mason jar at a junk sale or consignment shop (recycling!), give it a good rinse, and use it as a candle holder. If I really wanted the opaque white look, there are certainly paints (even environmentally sound ones) that I could dunk the jar in.


Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Mason Jar Lanterns from Alyssa Ettinger
6/18/09 12:30 AM

The "keeping things separate" method has always been a favorite in this household, enough so that we have different reusable sandwich containers designed specifically for it. I personally have never had much of an issue with sandwich mushiness, but then, my sandwich of choice has always been peanut butter ;)

I do have to ask: where on Earth did you find Diet Moxie? I've been looking for that for ages!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Lunch at Work: How Do You Keep Your Sandwiches from Getting Soggy?
6/15/09 11:46 AM

I have a lovely flour canister - it doesn't hold ten pounds of flour by any means, but that just gave me an excuse to buy a couple of 'em ;) They definitely add a pop of color to my kitchen, though!

Middle-of-the-century Lustro-ware, available on eBay and sometimes Etsy (looks like this: http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/images/KitchenEquipment/LustrowareSet.jpg ). Thanks to my need for something to hold all my flour, I have now become a Lustro-ware collector. My kitchen will one day look like it belongs in 1959.

As for a bigger canister, I have to admit I enjoy the size of mine - it makes moving it around the kitchen (over to where my stand mixer is, or to wherever I'm rolling out cookies) a lot simpler. I buy the big bags of flour, too, but I go through it quick enough that it's never really been an issue, storage-wise!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Help Me Find a Flour Container
6/15/09 11:41 AM

The one here in Annapolis, Maryland, has been open since the first weekend in April. Rules on the books read that it can only sell things grown/produced in this county, and since we've had a long, cold, rainy winter/spring...well, there hasn't been much outside of the bakeries and the crafters (not that I mind them, I just generally don't go to the farmers' market for that kind of stuff).

Two weekends ago I got some yummy fresh asparagus, this past weekend I got some spring onions and a couple bunches of lettuce (there were other leafy greens as well, and a smattering of Swiss chard at one table), but the strawberries haven't shown up yet, nor have tomatoes. Generally when the strawberries start to come in it's a sign that spring has really come (they started mid-April last year) and the harvest season is really starting, and it looks like that may not be until almost the start of summer!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Has Your Local Farmers' Market Opened Yet?
5/18/09 11:48 AM

Carmelized onions make a great addition to a savory pie crust -- I made these awesome little steak pies (made in muffin cups) with a crust that included carmelized onion and they were out of this world and a great little lunchtime treat! It'd probably be good for things like savory pasties, as well!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Top Five Ways to Use Caramelized Onions
4/29/09 10:42 AM

Agreeing with dede concerning Barkeeper's Friend -- I bought a table very similar to that one a little over a year ago and after a weekend scrubdown with the stuff, it looked brand new.

Also, check the underside of the table -- mine has the stamp from the manufacturer that lists the month and year it was made (mine's from 1963), and I suspect a lot of companies that made tables/dinette sets did the same thing.


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Replacement Legs for this Retro Table?
1/26/09 02:00 PM

marisab - I store my stock in the freezer in reusable plastic containers...I haven't had any issues so far, healthwise or tastewise, but if you're nervous about plastic there's nice glass containers like these: http://www.surlatable.com/product/housewares/storage %26 organization/italian-glass round food-storage container%2C 14%26%23188-%26%2334- oz..do?search=basic&keyword=glass container&sortby=ourPicks&page=1 that are freezer safe!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tip from Fine Cooking: Make Stock in a Pasta Strainer#comments
1/13/09 03:51 PM

Love it!

I bet it's easy to make an Ikea Hacked version of this, too...since I'm doubting I could afford the actual Italian-made one...


Apartment Therapy Chicago | Giralot Storage System by Stefano Bettio
12/3/08 03:00 PM

This looks kind of like "Cooking For Dummies." It's probably handy if you've never cut an onion before...but I think anyone who already knows the basics (or even rough basics) of cooking wouldn't even think of investing $120 in one, especially considering you can just find video online of how to do all that stuff (most on Food Network's own site).

I'd feel kind of like I was wimping out if I gave it as a gift...I'd want to at least give folks a cookbook I'd use myself, maybe one of Alton Brown's -- simple, explains everything, just there's no video.

I feel old; I'd much prefer reading a cookbook.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Show and Tell with Video: Cooking with the Mibook
12/2/08 10:58 AM

"...only $100 to spend on groceries,"

For one meal. For 8 people. Clearly I'm not earning enough money because that seems a bit ridiculous, especially considering the main course is potatoes.

I'm relatively sure that, even with inflation and the value of the dollar through the past 80 years, people during the Great Depression would have been overwhelmed by money of that kind and could feed their families for months on it. Comparing a ritzy party for 8 done by a designer who is used to spending tens of thousands of dollars on parties to 1929 and the Great Depression? That's stretching. A lot.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Blogging The New York Times: How to Throw a Cheap(er) Holiday Dinner Party
12/2/08 09:44 AM

Art is in the eye of the beholder =) If you want to create your own Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollack, I say go for it!

Another good artist to look at -- for both imitation and the addition of color to a room -- is Josef Albers. Thanks to a color theory class I took in college, I learned far more than I ever needed to about him and his work (my teacher of that class was in love with him for some reason) and though I grew tired of it, I'm sure someone out there would appreciate it!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Bringing Famous Art Into Your Home On A Budget
12/1/08 02:12 PM