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I'm with tacit_graffiti, we don't go anywhere without a corkscrew these days (we keep one in his toiletry kit and one in mine so we've always got one on hand. And tea.

Our next vacation rental, I'll definitely be bringing a knife and some spices.

The Most Important Kitchen Tool to Bring to Your Vacation Cabin Travel Tips from The Kitchn
6/13/14 10:27 PM

Wondering what might make a good gluten free crust...almond meal, GF cookies?

Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Icebox Tart Recipes from The Kitchn
4/21/14 04:27 PM

Living in a triplex without air conditioning in Los Angeles, we use our toaster oven daily. It's basically the only way we can eat cooked food between May and October. So I've used it for almost anything we'd use our full size oven for...baked goods, casseroles, baked chicken, pizza, you name it.

7 Recipes That Can Be Made Faster (and Better) in the Toaster Oven
4/19/14 11:29 PM

Who knew there were so many options beyond the Biscuit bowls and Anthro. Love them ALL!

10 Café au Lait Bowls for a Cozy Morning Product Roundup
3/8/14 05:06 PM

We were quite underwhelmed by this. It seemed quite bland. Hopefully the day of rest will liven things up. But I have to ask, was this bland for anyone else?

Dinner Party Recipe: Braised Shredded Beef in Tomatoes & Red Wine Recipes from The Kitchn
12/24/13 10:57 PM

Great article. I had migraines since high school. And for the past 5-10 years, I've been battling chronic sinus infections. My doc first sent me to an allergist - showed no allergies, but I was showing histamine presence. Instead of digging further, they thought it easier to say I had taken something and wrote it off. My dog eventually got to the point that she wanted me to see an ENT and have surgery. I'd also noticed that once I hit about 42 my joints started getting achy.

On a fluke I read a book that outlined some symptoms of gluten intolerance and when WHOA! I had nearly every symptom on that list (including the TMI ones and the more recent achy joints). I gave up gluten then and there and saw an immediate improvement.

No more sinus infections. No more achy joints. No more migraines (unless I've been glutened - seems soy sauce gives me immediate migraines whereas flour gives me the TMI stuff). I sleep better. My skin is better. It's amazing.

I feel badly for those that have friends that don't get it. My friends and my family are quite supportive. And I have very few challenges dining out (the differences between being intolerant and sensitive versus being Celiac). And as others have mentioned, Asian food is my new best friend...right alongside of Hispanic food.

Yes, I long for bread. And good pizza. And yes, I do plan on seeing if I can eat pasta and/or bread while I'm in Europe next year. But honestly, at this point, the thought of possibly having a reaction from eating something that I miss makes it so much easier to not miss it at all.

8 Things I've Learned About Cooking Without Gluten, Dairy, Nuts and Sugar
12/3/13 06:54 PM

I've been making this recipe for iced coffee for a couple years now (first saw it in the NYT). I started out using a jar, transitioned to a french press (until it broke - it was crazy cheap), and now I'm back to making it in a jar. After I pour it through a filter, I store it - yes, I double the recipe - in a pitcher. I don't have ice, but I keep it cold in the fridge and ready to go. These days, I've started adding some sweetened condensed milk (Trader Joe's has it in a squeeze bottle). Yum!!!

How To Make the Best Iced Coffee Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/26/13 04:49 PM

We learned long ago to always travel with a wine and bottle opener. You never know when you might need one (even if only to rip at the plastic wrap on a bottle of iced coffee). And like Saltwater above, I also keep swiss army knife in the car with a corkscrew that we have had to use on occasion. Our last trip to a rental I also realized that having my own salt (found a small bottle of sea salt at the local shop) was nice to have on hand...and what I wouldn't have done for a decent knife!

10 Things to Pack That Make Cooking on Vacation Easier
6/18/13 12:16 PM

Love my cold brew. I tend to make it a batch at a time in my french press (or a mason jar - depending on my mood) and keep it in the fridge for when I'm craving that iced coffee. Never thought to add salted caramel or sweetened condensed milk. Will have to try that in a month or so.

My Morning Delight: A French Press Cold Brew
2/16/13 10:30 PM

So glad to hear about the coconut oil. I have a gluten free scone mix I've been looking to make but didn't have any "shortening" on hand and didn't want to have to buy some. Can't wait to try out the coconut oil.

Valentine's Day Recipe: Almond Scones with Grand Marnier Glaze Guest Post from Coco Harris of Opera Girl Cooks
2/11/13 08:52 PM

I wonder how simple it would be to adapt this to a gluten free version. I love a well-made bundt.

Recipe: Spiced Bundt Cake with Whiskey-Coffee Glaze Recipes From The Kitchn
11/19/12 01:12 AM

Do you think this would freeze well? Otherwise, I might need a smaller pot to make it a dinner for two.

Dinner Recipe: Individual Pot Roasts with Thyme-Glazed Carrots Recipes from The Kitchn
11/7/12 01:38 AM

It works. But it's still messy. Just messy in a different way. If you want neat (relax, it's a cupcake for peet's sake), use a fork or a spoon. Otherwise, just take a bite and deal with it.

It Exists! The So-Called Proper Way to Eat a Cupcake
10/2/12 08:20 PM

I'd love to bring something to work to share with my fellow teachers for my birthday. Any fabulous bundt or sheetcakes (easier to transport) you care to share?

Funfetti & Beyond! 15 Birthday Cake & Cupcake Recipes Recipe Roundup
4/30/12 06:55 PM

I tried this about 6 or so weeks ago and just couldn't get it to work. I had regrowth while it was in the water in my window. But once I planted it into the garden it fizzled and died quickly. I was bummed. Might try it again though, just to see.

Re-Growing Celery: Grow a New Bunch Indoors or Outdoors
4/23/12 02:30 AM

this could be fun to make for my class before spring break....assuming I feel in the mood. LOL But it sure looks good.

Recipe: No-Bake Lemon Cream & Coconut Icebox Cupcakes Recipes from The Kitchn
3/28/12 09:16 PM

Covering up the smoke detector...brilliant!! My dog and cat will thank you for this great tip. I stopped using the oven for anything over 400 for longer than 20 minutes because it seems to set off the poorly placed (directly in front of the oven in a small, tight hallway). I can't wait to try this with my next roast chicken!

The Shower Cap: A Surprising Kitchen Essential
2/21/12 02:35 PM

That was awesome! Sweet and personal. Congrats to you both!

A Marriage Proposal for a Cook: Watch This Stop-Motion Movie with LEGOs

1/10/12 07:31 PM

This is AWESOME! I just learned that I can grow my own garlic just by picking up a decent head at the grocery store. The peeling part was reportedly a bit of a bitch so I avoided it. Guess what I'll be planting this week?!?! Woohoo!

Smart Tip: Peel an Entire Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds

10/9/11 05:14 PM

Two years later I wonder if this is still up and running. I think I'll check it out later this week.

Pasadena Plant Bank
8/7/11 07:17 PM