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As you can see from the shot of my pantry at the beginning of this post, I am in dire need of a cure. I have managed to clean my pantry to a certain degree but I still don't have a place for the cleaning products which I still keep on the top shelf (we used that space to keep them away from my son, who is now old enough to know better). Ideally they would go in our basement (which is in even worse shape).
Right now I am looking for more detailed organizational ideas for the pantry which will morph back into its original mess soon. Oh and I do use a metal box for the cleaning supplies but apparently that isn't enough!

Check out the before and after so far, below:

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Where is the Best Place to Store Cleaning Supplies? The Fall 2009 Kitchen Cure
11/3/09 08:25 PM

I cleaned out my spice cabinet (many herbs with no aroma had to go) and my baking cabinet. I also tackled the freezer but it still looks cluttered. My pantry is the biggest problem and I haven't started it yet.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Kitchen Cure Week #1: How Far Did You Get? The Fall 2009 Kitchen Cure
10/19/09 01:43 PM

I have been searching for the perfect breakfast in bed tray. This is a nice idea but I usually have more than two things on the tray..they need to make one with legs and more slots..Tea, juice and two plates!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Kitchen Tray That Compensates for Clumsiness Delicious links for 04.03.09
4/4/09 09:35 PM

I LOVE duck but I rarely cook it. I do think of it for special occasions and I have had great success with Nigella's recipe for duck magret in Nigella Bites. A simple, succelent meal.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Last Bite: Splurge on Duck Instead of Steak
3/26/09 01:31 PM

Thanks for helping to unravel the mysteries of miso. I just recently randomly purchased some yellow miso (unsure of which color would be best) and had amazing results using it in this chicken soup:


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What's the Difference? White, Yellow, and Red Miso
3/21/09 10:25 PM

I wish I had seen this earlier. I just blogged about the Joy of Cooking pudding recipe,


so simple so perfect but I would definitely like to try some of these recipes too! Hmm. a different pudding every week...

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Trend Watch: Homemade Pudding
3/12/09 11:34 PM

kids in restaurants, kids in the kitchen..why the vitriol?

As a blogger who chronicles the adventures of raising a child who eats most everything, I embrace the idea of kids in the kitchen and in restaurants. I'm all about teaching kids to have a healthy attitude towards food, eating locally and organically whenever possible. And hopefully with an understanding of why maple syrup is better than Aunt Jemima:


I certainly do not advocate "adults taking advice from kids", nor do I imagine that anyone is expected to, when watching shows or reading articles which do feature kids. These shows are obviously presented for their novelty factor. The children are featured as an exaggeration of what can be wrought if you steer your child away from nuggets, towards a healthier way of eating. I would rather see them than toddlers raised on burgers, nuggets and plain pasta. I'd like to hope that they are emblematic of a new, anti-fast food generation.

I write about my experiences feeding my child in hopes of inspiring others to realize that it is possible to have children who do not covet nuggets, fries and the like. If parents take a greater role in shaping their children's palates, perhaps there will be a new generation, more inclined to eat in ways that are better for the environment and their bodies.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Blogging Slate: Are You Sick of the Kiddie Foodie Movement?
3/9/09 10:45 PM

If you are in NYC, one way to compromise is to purchase the meat on-line and pick it up at the greenmarket. Bobolink Dairy does this...

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Would You Order Meat Online?
2/4/09 09:08 PM

I would rather not eat on the subway and I find hot food odors horribly offensive. Since having a child though, I recognize his need to eat while we travel so I always have food available, occasionally of a stinky variety (hard-boiled eggs come to mind).

I have also been guilty of transporting stinky goods but what can a cheese lover do?


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Do's and Don'ts: Eating on Public Transit
2/3/09 11:28 PM

These are fantastic. I made them and had to add a bit of extra cream too. They will definitely become part of my holiday repertoire.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | DIY Peppermint Patties Un-Gift Guide 2008
12/20/08 11:51 PM

These look fantastic. Which type of dark chocolate did you use? Semi-sweet? Bittersweet? Something with a higher cocoa content?


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | DIY Peppermint Patties
12/10/08 09:20 PM

After years of roasting turkey the ordinary way, I brined my first turkey last year. The results were worth the trouble.. You can check out my pre-Thanksgiving prep and photo of turkey in brine. I chose a large plastic bag and pot which seems the easiest route:


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Brining The Bird
11/24/08 01:39 PM

I had the same yearning last holiday season when I spied that mill at Williams-Sonoma. Alas, a desire unfulfilled. It is a real beauty but it is so true that a microplane zester does a fine job. The one way to justify purchasing that mill is that it does serve as storage.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Wanting: Peugeot Nutmeg Mill
11/18/08 09:38 PM

What an inspired way to use butternut squash. It sounds positively delectable!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: Sweet Butternut Squash and Coconut Jam
10/31/08 07:28 PM

They are odd-looking but tasty. What I find peculiar is that I bought mine in June at Union Square Market..Is the season longer?

We really liked this recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver:


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Seasonal Spotlight: Jerusalem Artichokes, a.k.a. Sunchokes
10/27/08 08:22 PM

Eggs! I could not live without them! They are essential to so many things.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: Ten by Sheila Lukins
10/23/08 08:58 AM

I am so glad to see that I am not the only one (aside from Alice Waters) who feels the need to travel with some food. Traveling prepared is the best way to avoid fast food, sometimes the only option. True that there may be good food to be had at your destination if you have the time to find it but when traveling with a child it is important to have healthy snacks on hand. Packing does get tricky, space and baggage constraints being major issues but it can be done.

For some ideas as to what you might pack, check out my list from a recent train trip:


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | On Hotel Room Eating
10/23/08 08:52 AM

I am a recent convert to oatmeal, having grown up on farina. I am raising my son to enjoy a bowl of it for breakfast and it is a great, kid-friendly way to start the day:

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | From The Files: Oatmeal for Breakfast (and More)
10/10/08 08:16 AM

I haven't tried the Dorset but their goat cheese is excellent:


Have you tried Sprout Creek Farm cheese? They are another local favorite which can be ordered on-line.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | The Cheesemonger: Consider the Local
10/7/08 10:01 AM

I am familiar with Fit for Life because my dad was a big fan back in the 80's and he did manage to lose weight on it. I still can't get the image of the human nursing on a cow out of my mind but it did give me pause about eating cheese for awhile.

Of late I have enjoyed reading French Women Don't Get Fat because it basically teaches a way to eat a wide variety of foods sensibly.

Overall I have trouble with the concept of dieting in general as I don't do well with deprivation. I enjoy seeing how other slender women manage to remain so..here is my latest revelation:

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Diet Cookbooks: What's Left After the Fad Passes?
10/4/08 07:07 PM