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Display Name: MayaOnFiya
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I'm definitely in the 'everyone just try to deal' camp. Apartment living means compromises, and unless you're very very lucky you're going to be aware of your neighbors walking around, running water, etc. In my experience, it's a rare person who truly doesn't care that they're bothering their neighbors and will escalate -- usually they just don't know how much the sounds of their normal day to day activities carry into other apartments, and how could they if they haven't been told? Talk to noisy neighbors promptly, don't let aggravation build up, and be as friendly, reasonable and nonjudgmental as possible. I've been both the noise maker and noise hearer in these situations, and I've almost always found that a prompt friendly conversation helped the situation immeasurably.

Nobody Wants to Be the Noisy Neighbor: Tips for Keeping Your Sound Down
7/23/14 12:20 PM

@pantone18 -- I couldn't agree more on the rugs. Not only will it muffle sound and vibrations for the downstairs neighbors but it really does make the room itself quieter. We live in a creaky 100+ year old house that's been divided into upstairs and downstairs apartments, and with our 1.5 year old running and jumping and generally being 1.5, we've been doing a LOT of rug purchasing lately... is a good source, I find.

Noisy Kids? How To Keep The Peace With Your Next-Door Neighbors
7/23/14 12:02 PM

I've been obsessed with that blue glass mobile for decades too! God what a fantastic movie. Van den Budenmayer forever!

Ideas for Sourcing a Blue Glass Mobile? Good Questions
6/20/14 07:17 PM

My personal fave for a chocolate fix is a batch of Dorie Greenspan's 'world peace' cookies:

And because they're icebox cookies you can keep the unbaked logs in the freezer and slice off a cookie or two whenever you're feeling particularly in need of freshly-baked salty-sweet chocolatey goodness.

10 Ways To Satisfy The Chocoholic In Everyone | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/13/10 05:45 PM

This recipe makes wonderful salty-sweet crunchy cookies that really highlight the cinnamon flavor:

Give them a try -- they're pretty spectacular.

From the Spice Cupboard: Cinnamon | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/30/10 02:28 PM

This is my favorite muscovado recipe to date:

Dark, moist, aromatic, INTENSE brownies. Highly recommended.

Ingredient Spotlight: Dark Brown Muscovado Brown Sugar | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/28/10 05:40 PM

I've also seen them at Monterey Market in Berkeley, but they come and go. You can buy them from, but they're craaaazy expensive. Delicious though. The RtY people were really nice and tossed a few bergamots in free of charge with an order of mine last year when I asked about them.

Ingredient Spotlight: Bergamot | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/29/10 06:13 PM

Countertop dishwashers are just what they sound like -- mini dishwashers that sit on your counter. :) They usually have a quick-release hose that connects to your kitchen faucet for water and drainage. My husband and I live in a tiny, ancient rental and after five years of hating doing the dishes by hand, we just bought an Edgestar countertop washer. We've had it a grand total of six days now, and I really really love it. The dishes get clean, it was fairly inexpensive ($240), and it's very energy and water efficient. My biggest complaints are that it takes quite a while to finish a load -- nearly two hours for the regular cycle -- and that it's pretty loud. Neither issue outweighs the pure joy of having the dishes magically become clean.

Do You Have a Dishwasher in Your Kitchen? Kitchen Bath Month 2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/11/10 06:18 PM

I've had three (three!) compact fridges die in five years in my tiny rental kitchen. One was the Magic Chef 10 cu ft. When the old fridge dies my landlord always buys the least expensive thing on the market which isn't such a bad thing generally, but seems to be a risky strategy with these compact fridges. My bad experiences with the cheap brands suggests this is an item where a fancier maker may buy you significantly better quality. I do love the small size and energy efficiency of the compacts though.

High To Low: 10 Small, Cool Apartment-Sized Refrigerators | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/9/10 03:48 PM

Anyone have suggestions for storage boxes that work under IKEA's Malm bed? I've been having a devil of a time finding boxes low enough to fit...

Underbed Storage Containers | Apartment Therapy Chicago
1/19/10 03:09 PM

ALL the windows in my apartment are like this, which on one hand is wonderful since they're so pretty, but has been a bit of a nightmare as far as shades/curtains/etc go. I've settled on roman shades, with individual shades for each window. I mounted mine above the window for complicated and stupid reasons and I definitely recommend NOT doing that. Mount them on the windows themselves.

Window Treatments for Casements that Open In?Good Questions | Apartment Therapy DC
1/14/10 09:53 PM

Hi all, it's Maya again. Just wanted to let anyone else who has been bitten by the buddha's hand bitters bug to know that there's a fuller description of the ingredients in the bitters referenced in the Times here:

Now I just need to find a source of quassia amara wood chips. Easy!

Sorry for the bitters back to your regularly scheduled programming.

5 Ways to Use Dried Citrus Peels | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/14/10 09:42 PM

I've been wanting to make bitters for the longest time, and it seems like most of the basic recipes involve immense amounts of dried citrus peel. For example:

Did anyone else catch the reference to homemade buddha's hand bitters in the NYTimes a few weeks ago? But no recipe! Heart breaking. My buddha's hand tree is full of ripe fruit at the moment so I was thinking of trying to wing a version using the basic recipe in the link above. Anyone have any words of wisdom for me?

5 Ways to Use Dried Citrus Peels | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/14/10 08:28 PM

My husband gave me this book as a present about a month ago and we've been cooking from it quite a bit. The recipes are excellent and very achievable. My two favorites dishes so far are the sauteed chanterelles with pea shoots and the rustic peperonata. I'm really happy with the book -- the food is comforting and homey but still aiming for excellence. The little tips and tricks scattered through the book are actually useful, and the writing and layout are a real pleasure. I totally agree that the biggest drawback of the book is its size -- it's a monster! I have to keep it open on a kitchen chair too. :)

Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller Book Review 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/25/09 03:39 PM

We make a fantastic spiced quince jam from Christine Ferber's "Mes Confitures". I love that book so much -- it's completely transformed how I make jam. The quince recipe is a bit involved, but worth every second. I also like quince slices poached in a simple vanilla syrup over yogurt.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | It's Time for Quince!
10/20/09 02:22 PM

Love it!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Heather's Coral KitchenRoom for Color - International #16
10/13/09 07:55 PM

I'm no expert just an occasional jam maker, but it seems to me that the rubber ring Weck jars would be safer than any jar that has a clasping mechanism keeping the lid down on the jar (Ball, Fido, etc). With the Wecks only the vacuum seal from heat treating the packed jars keeps the glass lid on, so if there's a bad seal or if beasties start to grow inside you'll notice it right away because the lid will be loose. Those little clips are temporary -- you take them off after the hot jars have cooled down.

That said, I've used all three kinds of jars (metal bands, hinged clasps and Wecks) and I've never had sealing or contamination trouble with any of them -- so I say use the kind that appeals to you the most!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Five Extra-Pretty Canning Jars
9/17/09 06:55 PM

This isn't very helpful, I know, but my Indian grandmother makes the most fantastic smooth tomato chutney. It's a bit like the curry ketchup you sometimes get in Germany. God it's good.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Do You Have a Good Recipe for Homemade Ketchup? Good Questions
9/10/09 03:05 PM

Re: round v. oval, I like to use my big oval dutch oven for browning or braising game birds, pork loins, pot roast...anything with an oblong shape. Also, the oval shape is just pretty. :)

Staub has a great outlet next to their factory in Turckheim, Alsace if you find yourself in the neighborhood and don't mind toting giant pieces of cast iron cookware in your luggage.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Fall Cookware: A Roundup of Dutch Ovens
9/10/09 02:55 PM

Tigers tents = no sleep for me. But then again I'm a huge wuss. Lovely tents, though.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Luxury Tent Living at Aman-i-Khás in India
7/21/09 09:29 PM