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I veganized this:
--used broccoli b/c it is what I had in my fridge but will enjoy using cauliflower next time
--made some cashew cream to substitute for the cow milk cream (If you've never done this, so easy and transforms any tomato sauce: soak raw unsalted cashews in water for 30 minutes, drain, add to blender/food processor, add a bit of water but not too much, start slow; blend!)
--b/c I avoid canned tomatoes, I didn't have that flavor option on hand, so I added a generous amount of smoked paprika and a bit of smoked chipotle powder to the sauce while cooking, and I love the effect
--to get the veg really seared, I let the oil heat up in the pan for quite a while before adding the broc
--I also did half and half whole wheat and white wheat fusili

Love this! I'm definitely making this again! I can imagine adding a bit of vodka to the sauce would be yum, too! And peas!

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Cauliflower & Pasta with Tomato-Cream Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
4/13/13 02:09 PM

I think Dads are happier after doing more chores because Moms are happier when Dads are doing more chores, unhappier when they're doing less. Dads' happiness in doing chores comes from marital harmony.

This entry cross references this study, which supports that.


Does Sharing Housework Make Men Happier?
11/9/10 06:46 AM

Bookshelves all the way! I have a TON of shoes. My solution was to get Ikea Billy in white to match the wall, and install it on the wall w/o the backing. I like the look of the Lack better but it didn't fit well in my space and the shelves aren't modular.

With the Billy you can add more shelves and adjust to maximize. If you install the Billy on L brackets against the wall, you can lift it off the floor so that you can store boots underneath.

Great (Not Over the Door) Shoe Storage Options?
Good Questions

9/10/10 08:40 PM

I have a mixed on this feeling. I travel a lot for work, and so the time I spend on planes I am out of reach. I also don't use internet when I'm in airports unless there is some extreme need to.

Recently I was in the Pacific and I chose not to turn on my blackberry. Internet coverage was very expensive. I did not attempt to go online for the first 36 hours that I was there. Then, I only went online for about an hour a day. I absolutely needed to send work emails.

Eventually I bought a local phone because I needed local contacts to call me.

As weeks went on, I needed to be online for several more hours a day to send more and more work emails. But, it was a gradual build up--at first I was doing most of my work in person.

I get a mixed feeling with this because, while I like the unplugged feeling at first, and so I engage in it--maybe for the 72 hours it takes me to fly from the East Coast to the Pacific and settle in for a few days--eventually I start itching for contact. I start itching for my local news instead of the print dailies and foreign world news channel.

But then when I get back online I find it a frivolous waste of time. I want to get my emailing and skyping of loved ones done and then sign off as soon as possible. I want to look at my new surroundings and experience them as much as possible.

Also, when I come back, the internet keeps me further jet lagged. I don't own or watch TV but, I know I would go to bed earlier and not just say "oh its jet lagged" if I wasn't needlessly "catching up" on internet.

As soon as I close the laptop and start to journal I fall asleep. Now why couldn't I have done that before?

I get to travel to many remote, off the grid places, and it makes me appreciate that and to consider how plugged in I am. Being plugged in makes me productive. But I do like to slow down. Its a mix.

Apartment Therapy on Trying to Get Offline During Your Vacation
8/17/10 03:25 AM

I'm really confused by the commenters. Two years is a heck of a long time to live somewhere in my experience. Anyone who doesn't think that is a long term rental doesn't move very much. Every day counts, doesn't it?

Also, this site is "apartment" therapy--it showcases major efforts people put into their "apartments"--their rentals. "Its a rental suck it up" doesn't really cut it.

Plus, the landlord will foot part of the bill for the suggested changes--woohoo! You'd be crazy *not* to re-do the apartment with this option.

I also don't get the "get over it and go live a little" comments. She is living--in her house. And she wants it to be nice. Plus its not like she moved to an outdoor beach resort. She'll be cooped up a lot in SA. (I'm making up that she's a "she"--she'll be even more cooped up if this is the case. Call this orientalist if you like, but I prefer to live life with facts, and this is a fact.)

I think these comments are made by people that have not had the chance to live in a foreign country. Sure it is an exciting experience. The joy varies depending on the location. Even when its fun, it is also taxing--its called culture shock. And if you check the graphs, culture shock lasts longer than 2 years. It comes in waves. One way to deal with it so that you stay happy is to have a peaceful house that you like, not a house that makes you frustrated.

I speak from having lived in South America, South and Southeast Asia, and Western Europe, all over the last 4 years. Its not all fun and games. Its not vacation after all--its life. And life requires a nice kitchen.

And no this is not a star kitchen. So its not the worst kitchen in the world--its still not great. "My kitchen is worse" is not really helpful.

In short I am confused as heck by all of these comments. I was looking through the comments searching for helpful suggestions to apply to MY rental kitchen--which at 12 months I consider very long term b/c I move country and continent so often for work that I often have 1 month or 2 month rentals!

And I think many of you overlooked that the author of this post already did point out the positives. She is looking for a way to counteract the negatives. As in, she is looking to perform apartment therapy.

On the kitchen
1) if keeping the pink countertops

--go grey. Dark grey like slate grey for the tiles; paint the backsplash the same grey; the cabinets a light/dove grey; nickel hardware

2) if changing the countertops
Go grey here. Keep the rest white. Paint the backsplash the same white as the cabinets. Change the cabinet hardware.

Help! Ugly Rental Kitchen Needs a Budget Makeover
8/17/10 01:30 AM

Really nice job.

I don't know what all the fuss is about. No one writes in and says "I am from Chicago and I think you are really overgeneralizing about Chicago."

Having lived in Delhi I tend to agree that people like to keep their apartments darker/the windows closed off, both to block noise and to block the light in the hopes of keeping it cool. This is why the stones in the home are usually marble--they are freezing in the unheated winter months but if you don't open the windows they won't heat up from the sun.

On the other hand if you like open windows this is a problem. Another reason people keep the windows closed in Delhi is the pollution. Yes yes New York is also polluted. No one would accuse anyone of being anti-American for saying LA is polluted or some such.

Relax people.

And who cares if she painted the wood? She wanted white wood. Big deal. This whole site is one big repaint and refinish after another.

Finally, I don't get the comments about wanting this person to use more of a local style. In the first place, houses are all about individuality, which may have nothing to do with local surrounds. In the second places, moving is difficult, and one way that I transition myself is to control my inner space--my home--because I can't control my outer space. And finally, the author says it herself: life is extremely hectic in Delhi, with many people, animals, sights, sounds, smells, and colors. Can you fault her for wanting more peace at home?

That's not really fair.

As for her aesthetic, I think its lovely.

Katie's Challenging New Home in New Delhi
House Call

8/17/10 01:19 AM

I'd love to have a vegan Indian dinner party for when I arrive back from my trip to India.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Holiday Gift Bag 2007: Win Two Cookbooks and a Dinner Party Planning Session
12/22/07 08:51 AM

Love the modern take on a traditional clock.

Apartment Therapy New York | Gift Bag 2007: Grandfather Clock from Spring
12/22/07 08:50 AM

Very inspirational, thanks so much! I aspire to your level of organization. I am currently purging my home, room my room. I am also purging furniture, and replacing it with furniture that offers much more storage than I currently enjoy.

Hopefully before too long I will also only have things I love, and organized, easy to use closets. My main closet has been particularly difficult to navigate lately. I loved seeing yours and thinking about what to do with mine.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Laura's Pared Down Perfection
12/21/07 03:11 PM

Much funner than my boring black trays!

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Gift Bag 2007: Angela Adams Lulu Red Serving Tray
12/21/07 02:52 PM

I love the changes--the color really brighten things up. The new floor plan is also a great improvement.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Look!: A New Living Room
12/21/07 02:47 PM

I would hide socks for when my feet get cold in the middle of the night!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Holiday Gift Bag #14: Goodies from ROMP
12/21/07 02:34 PM

Blueberry white or pomegranite white.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Holiday Gift Bag 2007: Win Tea Books and a Chantal Kettle and Teapot
12/21/07 02:30 PM

Elegant and fun.

Apartment Therapy New York | Gift Bag 2007: Igloo Candle Holder from Clio Home
12/21/07 02:28 PM

Love it! Very tongue in cheek.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Gift Bag 2007: Win a David Weeks Skulrilla from Design Public
12/21/07 02:26 PM