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What, no Gordon Ramsey reference?

How To Cook Scallops on the Stovetop Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
5/14/14 10:34 AM

I've tried none of the top ten, and only two in the top 25 (pound plus chocolate bar and the mandarin chicken). I'm surprised there isn't any salad bag on there. In NYC, the prices are excellent.

How Many of These Popular Trader Joe's Products Have You Tried? Grocery Shopping
5/14/14 10:30 AM

I need something that traps the smells as they happen and before they reach the nose of my cat. It's been years since I ate fish or chicken in peace!

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Cooking Smells Tips From The Kitchn
4/29/14 09:47 AM

We have NOT all been there. Never in my life. Didn't imagine this place existed except for maybe as a sad joyless destination for the unfortunate lactose intolerant. I, myself, go through between a quart and half gallon a day. More if I am making the lemon rice pudding or JO's chicken in milk (thank you AT for turning me on to both of those. LOVE them.)

Why do AT staff make these ridiculous assumptions that their readers are just like them. This writer in particular. It pisses me off every. single. time. Diversity ain't just about skin color, yo'.

And now I have to go and make Sweet Milk Liqueur.

10 Ways to Use Up a Gallon of Milk Tips from The Kitchn
4/10/14 10:54 AM

AI loved the "really lean into it" too. I think this is my fav of the AF posts; great concept, and the writing is the best of them all. Kudos.

How To Paint a Family Heirloom: Danish Empire Style Chest Apartment Therapy Tutorials
4/1/14 12:46 PM

AT, can you just delete all the hater-haters? I can't imagine a comment more ironic or obnoxious.

BTW, loving the April Fools work.

Jim & Doris' Global Island Oasis House Tour
4/1/14 12:39 PM

As I was reading, I thought "wait, they have to recommend 'artisanal' ingredients, and finally you did.

But wait:
- shouldn't nut butter come from organic, locally sourced nuts?
- and my honey must come from free-range, local bees? And I have to know the beekeeper, right, so I can talk to him and make sure he treats his bees humanly.
- won't my toast taste better if the toaster and knife come from carefully curated collections and local shops run by a couple with graduate degrees in design?
-- God forbid you sip anything that is not fair trade coffee.

If you're going to make fun of yourselves, there is *so* much more you could do. Nice try, though.

How To Make $10 Toast at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
4/1/14 12:27 PM

AT has, IMHO, always been more of a doggy place than a kitty place. More dog coverage, etc. I'm hoping a feline wins, but it really does come down to the two individuals chosen.

Let the Cute Competition Commence: Pet Madness: Cats vs. Dogs
3/21/14 02:35 PM

"I don’t have a lot of kitchen stuff," ????? Seriously? Look at those photos! Check out the tour! In comparison to ...? A Williams Sonoma store?

It is a gorgeous kitchen, and I only wish I had the space to have one of those. I am surprised to hear she gives it a good scrubbing so infrequently, but I suppose that since it doesn't see any animal-action it's sensible. Hope I remember this should I ever have space for "the beast".

How I Cook: How Abby Cleans and Maintains Her Huge Chopping Board Kitchen Tour
3/12/14 01:39 PM

If I was the kind of person who went through this kind of checklist every night, I wouldn't be the kind of person who was hitting the snooze and rushing around every morning.

And I don't think I'd ever want to be this anal retentive. Set the breakfast table the night before? Set the breakfast table? Reading this kind of gives me the creeps.

Just saying.

Your Home is Making You Late: 12 Things You Can Do the Night Before Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/11/14 03:34 PM

PLEASE no bananas! They are NOT "shelf-stable".

I have TWICE been in offices that had to be fumigated due to fruit fly incursions after people left fruit to rot in their desks and then blithely dumped then in the trash near their desks. The fumes from the exterminations have made me and others sick. Be kind to your coworkers and don't keep fresh fruit where it can't be seen, and don't keep it for more than 24 hours.

In Case of Emergency: 5 Foods to Keep in Your Desk for Last-Minute Lunches Tips from The Kitchn
3/10/14 10:52 AM

This design treatment is an abomination. I've been hunting for a good quality affordable vintage french provincial locally and not finding anything, so this is really irritating. It's just not in bad enough shape to require the total redoing she's undertaken. What she's done really does obscure much of the charm of this style. (e.g. Her treatment of the drawer fronts makes it hard to see the beautiful curves.) Worse, I cannot imagine not quickly growing tired of such a quirky treatment.

I applaud this woman's determination and hard work, really I do. She deserves credit and kudos for that. But she made unfortunate choices. And if you want to claim that I'm a "hater" or snarky, go right ahead. The comments about those of us who still have critical faculties are rather ridiculous when they suggest "self-loathing". If the powers that be at AT decide choose to remove critical comments, how ironically hypocritical that they would not do the same for that sort of personal attack.

Before & After: Erin's Inherited Dresser
3/6/14 04:14 PM

I've been topping my baked sweet potatoes with yogurt for years and years (like, since before Greek yogurt was easily available), sometimes with an additional topping, too (scallions? bacon? shaved parm? toasted walnuts?) It's always been dinner or a dinner side for me. Thank you for opening my mind to this as a breakfast. I hope I remember to try this.

Oh. The yogurt is pretty good in baked Idaho or L.I. potatoes, too, if you make sure to add a salty element.

Recipe: Sweet Morning Potato with Yogurt, Maple Syrup & Nuts Recipes from The Kitchn
3/6/14 11:25 AM

Grrr. i'm on my desktop, and disappointed with the change. I hate the offf-centered presentation, the lasck of the quick links to the top five posts, and the REALLY WIDE ADVERTISING COLUMN. (If you can go wide, I can go big!)

I spend time on AT/The K with larger screens almost every day, and don't look at AT/The K on my phone very often. I just checked the "new" site on my Android. While I appreciate not having to finger-expand constantly, the lack of right-hand column navigational tools means I'll *never* use it. Not even for looking up recipes while shopping for ingredients. Bummer.

Apartment Therapy Goes Mobile!
2/24/14 07:47 PM

This is illogical idioacy. I don't doubt the veracity of finding concerning dopamine being released when we accomplish something. However, there's absolutely no evidence cited suggesting that crossing items off a "list" *after* having completed a task increases the dopamine release or that individuals will have a Pavlovian response in this context. The writer of this post has layered that atop the outside quotes; it's merely here contention, completely and totally unsupported by fact. This kind of half-baked thinking truly irks me.

The author completely ignores that there is some evidence that we have less of a dopamine response to mundane tasks like flossing or feeding the dog? (And no, I am not in a position to cite it here and now. Nor do I recall whether they were overwhelming, nor the nuances of what I'd read. Sorry.)

More importantly,we don't just have cleaning tasks on our lists, do we? Right now, doing my taxes is the glowing, throbbing item on top of my list. And I will probably get a rush when I'm done and see how much my refund is. But I have other things on the list -- calling an old friend, buying a housewarming gift for someone else, updating my resume -- all of which would be more enjoyable ways than cleaning to get a hit of dopamine.

Worst, for me, is that perhaps there is some truth to the writer's contention, when I think about a list that competes with my to-do list: my Netflix streaming list. When I am finished watching a film or tv season, of better yet, a complete series, a get a thrill just clicking the number of stars it deserves, and then X-ing it out of my queue. Yes, those clicks make me want to watch more Netflix.

And when comparing how my brain chemistry responds to completing a task, watching House of Cards will always beat out cleaning the toilet.

I Can Get You Addicted to Cleaning: Dopamine and the Checklist
2/23/14 11:42 AM

WTW is a "beverage faucet"?

KBIS Trend Report: Smart Faucets & Sink Accessories from Moen, Kohler, and Delta Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2014
2/7/14 10:31 AM

I hate flat sheets. The absolutely ruin my sleep. They either get tangled in my legs or tangled with my blanket/comforter (and then it all tangles with my legs); sometimes they just end up in a massive lump beneath some part of me. They are so uncomfortable I wake in the middle of the night. I deal with the "cleanliness" issue by having a variety of blanketing options (which varied depending on where/with whom I've lived).

For those of us who abhor flat sheets, finding decent quality (yet not super high-end) sheets not sold in sets is really difficult. How 'bout an AT "round up" post for sourcing sheets sold separately?

What’s the Purpose of a Flat Sheet, Anyway?
2/2/14 01:48 PM


What’s the Purpose of a Flat Sheet, Anyway?
2/2/14 01:26 PM

@ngnerd: Congrats on your find, but we can't all be that lucky. As much as I dislike it if folks preach that $670 is not a lot for a chair, folks who have the time, transport and access to shop for used gems and then suggest that we all should do the same, well, they make my hair curl.

Clyde Lowback Chair
2/2/14 12:57 PM

What about the skins on the almonds? Locally I've never seen skinned almonds. Must the skins be removed? Will they clog up the blender (I don't have a food processor)? Is there a quick way to skin them? Any advice appreciated.

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
1/15/14 01:41 PM