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We've been having a lot of this buttermilk dressing from Smitten Kitchen. It's creamy, but not rich, tangy, and good on sturdy, crispy greens. Adding a few blue cheese crumbles spins this into fancy-impressive. I do halve the sugar, by the way.


Can You Suggest Some Great Homemade Salad Dressings? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/2/10 10:22 AM

armpits AND pine trees, that is.

What Foods Have You Tried To Like, But Just Can't?! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/15/10 03:27 PM

I give the 'yuck!' to:

Carrots (raw). Agreed, kathleen3641. Too many dry shards.

Gin = armpits pine trees.

Bloody Marys. And tomato juice or soup, in general. I love and crave all other tomato forms. Tomatoes are my very favorite vegetable. Therefore I conclude that 'tomato juice/soup' is not, in fact, made of tomato.

This was the longest thread that was still fun to read, even at the end.

What Foods Have You Tried To Like, But Just Can't?! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/15/10 03:27 PM

We love, love Indian food, and it's so easy to make at home once you've acquired the requisite spice bottles.

Our favorites: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2006/02/public-display-of-chickpeas.html for Orangette's easy chana masala,
and lemony cilantro chicken, a version of which is here: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/12/madhur-jaffrey-lemony-chicken-with-cilantro-sauce-recipe.html

And basmati rice, which makes me swoon.

Cumin and Coriander: 7 Indian Dishes to Try at Home | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/26/10 06:03 PM

Spaghetti squash is delicious tossed with pesto, homemade or otherwise. We often eat it as a side with chicken picatta.

Try This! Spaghetti Squash Instead of Pasta | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/23/10 01:25 PM

Italian-style jam tarts are designed for jam, not fruit fillings. I googled it for recipes... but originally was turned on to them by Gina DePalma's beautiful Dolce Italiano cookbook.

What Can I Do With My Stockpile of Jams? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/13/10 01:10 PM

Pinetree Garden Seeds often have the same heirlooms as SeedSavers, but at a cheaper price point. Their catalog is more of a reading-type than SeedSavers' colorful photos. I also like Renee's Garden for the color-coded variety packs.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden: The Seed Catalog Roundup | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/13/10 01:03 PM

I've been drooling over that red-striped tablecloth for ages, and dropping hints like crazy.

It wasn't under the Christmas tree, though... I may have to just suck it up and go for it.

LinenMe Good Shops for Cooks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/13/10 12:59 PM

Today: 100% whole wheat sandwich bread from Healthy Bread in 5. It stuck to the pan, but tastes delicious.

Last night: forget-we're-snowed-in-drink-margaritas night, we had carnitas, black beans, rice pilaf, salsa, best-ever margaritas, all from scratch. Got too drunk to go to work today....

Tomorrow: busting out the christmas presents: homemade pasta. Can't decide if I'll just make noodles or do a ravioli-type.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of January 9-10, 2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/9/10 10:23 PM

Michael Symon opened a new place nearby that has INSANE fried brussels sprouts. They're sort of chopped up (hashed, coarsely maybe?) and not deep fried, but are definitely mostly crispy. Seasoned with... something... oh I don't know. The server wouldn't give me the recipe.

Thinking of writing to Bon Appetit magazine, maybe they'll wrangle the recipe out of their clutches in that section of the magazine...

Here, There, Everywhere: Brussels Sprouts | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/4/10 06:12 PM

Under the tree this year was a (giant) All-Clad stockpot with that strainer/steamer insert thingy, x2! Visions of hosting a giant seafood boil (corns on cob, shrimps, crab legs, spicy sausages oh my) this summer immediately raced through my head.... and then I bought chicken feet (they were $1.00! a whole pound!) at an ethnic grocery to make stock... and then I posted a comment on the internet that will make everyone think I am crazy.

...Oh, and I got a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid.

...and some silpats.

Obviously I was excited enough to make a fool of myself in public.

Tell Us! Best Kitchen Gift You Gave or Received This Year? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/4/10 06:05 PM

I absolutely love that recipe. One of our standard favorite recipes.

Lemony Chicken with Cilantro Sauce Good Eats! A Weekly Roundup from Serious Eats | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/12/09 12:16 PM

I love garlic and ginger together, in spicy Indian or Thai dishes.

Favorite Cold Weather Spice: Ginger | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/2/09 11:09 AM

Sun tea uses up a ton of mint, and keeps the kitchen cool, too.

I use enough mint sprigs (peppermint, spearmint, and lemon balm) in mine to loosely fill my pitcher about halfway, 3 green tea bags, fill with water, and let it sit on the deck railing for a bunch of hours, till it looks like tea. Stir in sweetener, pour over ice.

If I'm not drinking it all right away I'll take out the mint and tea bags to keep in the fridge - I read somewhere that leaving it makes it bitter.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How Can I Use More of My Fresh Mint? Good Question
7/21/09 05:28 PM

These are also nice with a single almond in/on the cheese, smoked or not. Yum... I love appetizers

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | My Edible Escape: Peppadews and Goat Cheese
7/21/09 05:20 PM

We absolutely love Dundee Honey Brown paired with barbecue. It's sweet and deep and it goes so well with a spicy or tomatoey or sweet barbecued chicken.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Beer Pairings: Pilsner Urquell and Spicy Linguini
6/25/09 11:23 AM

Holy crap, is that teapot cast iron? Does the whole top lift up or how does it open? I absolutely love it.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Vitamin-Inspired and Pure White: New Colors for Staub
6/25/09 11:19 AM

Love mulberries! Growing up there was a huge mulberry tree in our backyard adjacent to the elementary school playground, and the teachers would tell the kids the berries were poison, I think because they didn't want to deal with purple-stained children.

That was okay, more for us!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Urban Foraging: Can You Identify This Berry?
6/25/09 11:17 AM

We received "popcorn cornmeal" in our CSA bag last night, which is ground from the corn they grow for popcorn (one of our favorites), and appears to be a rather coarse yellow cornmeal. It was delicious sprinkled on our pizza dough before baking - adding crunch - but I'm not sure if even our growers have more suggestions for its use.

After reading this article, I'm thinking I'll try it as polenta and see how it goes.

Anybody else run into a product like this?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: What is Polenta?
6/25/09 11:15 AM

I don't have an iphone (yet), but when I do, I'm getting the app for my favorite recipe organizer/meal planner/shopping list maker, macgourmet, so I can have all my recipes at the grocery store/farmers market/while camping, etc.

From what I've read, its a little tricky to set up the (wireless, I think) upload, but once you do, it seems golden.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | More iPhone Apps for the Home Cook
6/11/09 11:16 AM