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It's amazing on pizza. At Toby's Public House in Brooklyn, they have a pizza with smoked pancetta and black garlic. That inspired us to purchase it and use it on our homemade pizzas. It's particularly good with onions and mushrooms.

You Guys. Black Garlic is Delicious. Here's What I'm Doing With It Ingredient Spotlight
6/9/14 05:56 PM

A lot of packages note not to thaw the fish in the plastic pouch in which it is sold. I have noticed a difference when I thaw it on a plate in the fridge.

Why Does My Salmon Taste So Fishy? Good Questions
5/16/14 03:50 PM

At this point, there seems to be a fair bit of vitriol flying around on here. For anyone interested in learning about the connections between housing, low-wage work and nutrition, I suggest reading Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed. While it was written at a different time and is a bit dated at this point, it helps illustrate why many who are struggling can't just learn how to cook in bulk.

For anyone seeking quality produce, be it organic or non-organic, I suggest looking into any CSAs or cooperatives in your area. Many offer lower prices to those facing economic hardship and layaway payment plans, even though these benefits often remain unadvertised.

How To Eat Well When You're Low on Cash Budget Living
5/9/14 08:46 AM

I just want to chime in to say that the budget does seem reasonable by NYC standards. For those of you who are shocked by costs and cash flow, do consider that a lot of salaries for mid-level professionals and up are higher here than many other localities in the country. Plus, a lot of people save up over an extended period of time for this type of renovation. Also, as others have noted, a lot of buildings in New York are approaching 100 years old, so structural issues are par for the course.

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 03:21 PM

I'm with you, Monica. I can handle this stuff, but Italian wine is a beast unto itself.

How To Read a French Wine Label Anatomy of a Wine Label
4/10/14 02:59 PM

$1 in New York? I haven't seen that yet. In Brooklyn, even at Whole Foods they're 70 cents. My corner market has them 3 for $1, more expensive places are 2 for $1.

Have You Noticed That Limes Are Suddenly Crazy Expensive? Ingredient Intelligence
4/10/14 02:55 PM

I'm not sure if you were thinking this far ahead, but don't get rid of the window guard so fast. As a fellow New Yorker, I'm assuming that is there since that window opens onto a fire escape. I found out the hard way that it's very difficult to find replacement sliding guards that meet NYC fire code-- most are now swing out, and for those of us in small spaces, that's pretty bad news. With that said, depending on your co-op rules and location, you may choose to get rid of the guard entirely.

Introducing Jennifer's Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/8/14 07:33 PM

As someone with similar huger waves, I have found that it is surprising how little you need to eat to feel good when you're working out. I usually have just a glass of water and a little something-- a handful of nuts, maybe 1/2 a banana or a few sips of a Naked smoothie (the small servings that come in the multi-pack at Costco make that an easy option). You don't need to eat breakfast, but rather have just a few bites to keep you from getting distracted by your hunger.

I would recommend against things like hummus or other strong tasting foods. While I am normally a pizza-for-breakfast guy, I have found that strong, acidic flavors are not your friend for a morning workout.

Cure My Cooking Problem! What Should I Eat for Breakfast Before I Work Out? The Cooking Cure Spring 2014
3/27/14 04:08 PM


As a native Brooklynite I was also confused by that. I think they probably meant "to" NYC.

@Street Style Fashion

Couldn't agree more.

Penelope & Zack's Minimal, Moody & Modern in Brooklyn House Call
3/23/14 09:05 PM

People have good ideas about proactive solutions. As for tenants rights and help, it is actually the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that addresses rodents (DOHMH) so ask for them when you call 311. HPD does register landlord-tenant complaints, but your first stop for mice is DOHMH. I agree that you shouldn't simply withhold money from the rent, but threatening to do so may work. I have had rent-stabilized friends who have done this with bathroom repairs and it has worked. Otherwise, set the money aside in escrow-- if you don't, that is considered nonpayment and can be grounds for eviction. If you're below market rate these days in NYC, I would do anything to avoid giving your landlord grounds for eviction.

Help! Mice Are Falling from My Ceiling! Good Questions
3/20/14 10:21 AM

It seems to me that the majority of people posting on here have encountered a household where they were asked to remove shoes. That doesn't make it ubiquitous, but common? I think so.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 04:08 PM

Seriously, this debate is practically a ritual on AT.

Most points have already been covered, but I'll add these two:

If you need to keep your shoes on for medical reasons, wouldn't it save you a lot of headache to have special "inside slippers" as a couple of posters do, instead of being shocked and offended each time a rather common policy is brought to your attention? The point is, it's not really anyone's place to decide whether or not someone's policy regarding shoes makes sense. I wouldn't insist on drinking alcohol in your home if you asked me not to-- why should you insist on wearing shoes in mine?

And for the people mentioning germs, it's not about germs. It's about dirt and scuff marks and ground up glass and dog crap.

Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict \"Shoes Off\" House?
3/14/14 11:15 AM

I am not much of a DIY person either, but I think the most helpful thing I have learned is to ask yourself if DIYing it will make you like it more. Do you like the shape and the lines? The size of the piece? Will it fit well in your room? If the answer to any of these is "no" then you might be better off selling it and buying something more to your liking.

Ideas for Redo of Inherited Cabinet? Good Questions
3/14/14 08:23 AM

For things like Gushers and Dunkaroos, it's usually more about the age of your children and how much TV is watched at home. If your kids were the wrong age, so to speak, you probably missed the advertisements for these "foods" and weren't forced to detour down the horrible-for-you-snack-crap aisles at the supermarket!

For me, the 90s is characterized by lack of nutrition knowledge. In the late 80s / early 90s, I remember my father (actually a vegetarian for heart reasons), imploring me to finish my eggo waffle because I had to have breakfast. What we didn't know then about processed foods!

10 Recipes That Defined the 1990s Recipes of the Decade
2/28/14 09:00 AM

We bought the Willow a few months ago. Guests have said it is super comfortable to sleep on, and I like that it doesn't look clunky. A few people said the cushions sag in the middle, but I haven't found that to be the case. Unlike a lot of sofa beds, it is really comfortable to sit on (too many seem to have no give). It took us a while to be okay with spending that much, but I'm glad we did.

Top Ten: Best Sleeper Sofas & Sofa Beds Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2014
2/21/14 07:55 PM

In terms of painting and doing makeovers, I'm always surprised by how many protests there are. Even with good photos, on AT it is often difficult to tell what the quality of the wood was to begin with, whether there are scratches and abrasions, and how the piece is finished. There are a lot of pieces of MCM furniture made of rather blah materials and a makeover like this is a vast improvement on the original.

Before & After: Claire's Contrasting Credenza Makeover
1/11/14 01:27 PM

Any tips for making the dough without a stand mixer, particularly in terms of time? Or is that just torture?

Recipe: Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales Recipes from The Kitchn
1/10/14 04:05 PM

Many of these makeovers leave me with a "whatever" feeling, but this one really feels special. It looks lovely.

Before & After: A Color-Lovers' Cabinet
12/17/13 10:27 AM

@thedistrict (and the couple folks)

that alone would make me get this app. I'm totally with you-- keeping track of the 'who paid for what' thing is a killer.

Modern Love, Modern Communication:
An App for Couples Apartment Therapy Tech Lab Review

12/11/13 11:46 PM


The "problem" (and I say that as a TJ's wine store lover!) is that they have such good prices because they buy limited amounts of stock, so there's no way anyone can really counsel you on what to buy there, as their wines often change from week to week. There are some constants (like their vino verde-- slightly sweet for me, but a crowd-pleasure) but even their private labels are often varying blends from different vineyards. At the 14th Street store, I find their staff knowledgeable. However, I think the best way to use TJ's is to go in knowing what you like, describe it, and they give you good-priced equivalent.

Everything You Need to Know to Choose Great Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner
11/21/13 10:31 AM