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I don't like the texture of mushrooms.

I take dried mushrooms (usually shitake), grind them into a powder, and add them to anything that could benefit from mushroom flavor.

Help! How Can I Get Mushroom Flavor Without Mushrooms? Good Questions
1/22/13 02:54 PM

Use it as 1/2 of a makeshift sandwich press. Heat up both this pan and a cast iron one so that they are very hot. Put your sandwich in this pan, and put the cast iron one on TOP of your sandwich. Turn off the heat. Wait a couple of minutes. Eat.

What's the Best Way to Use This Grill Pan?
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8/19/10 03:28 PM

The taste of wasabi is going to be diminished tremendously via heat.

If I were to use frozen peas, I'd toss them in the dehydrator first, then roast them.

Alternately - deep fried? I don't know what that would do to peas, but I suspect it would help prevent them from shrinking.

Apply the wasabi as they cool.

DIY Snack FAIL! Homemade Wasabi Peas | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/16/10 09:51 AM

I'd rather use a netbook. Cheaper. More versatile. Compatible with USB drives.

I see nothing in the iPad that would make it better for kitchen use than a netbook.

Kitchen Tech: 6 Reasons to be Excited for the iPad | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/2/10 03:06 PM

The iPad would serve the function of a kitchen computer adequately, but why?

Why spend $500 on this when you could get a netbook that has more functionality for $200 less?

Hot or Not? The Apple iPad — In the Kitchen! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/28/10 02:49 PM

Put an inch or so of water in a pot. Set a ceramic bowl inside the pot. Put the food you want to steam inside the bowl. Cover the pot. Heat.

How Can I Steam Dumplings Without a Bamboo Steamer? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/7/09 08:38 PM

Light and heat aren't good for spices, but putting the magnets on the inside of the jar lids is brilliant.

More Spice Rack Fun: Anna's Jars on the Hood | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/4/09 07:54 PM

Basting does more harm than good. Use something like Alton Brown's method. Don't open the oven to baste the turkey - you'll just cool your oven down. That's counterproductive.

If you want to make sure your turkey gets extra moisture during roasting, I've figured out an alternative to basting.

The Perfect Turkey: Do You Need to Baste? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/24/09 12:42 PM

Why is it that I consider three of the "The Six Kitchen Essential Tools" to be superfluous?

Win the Six Kitchen Essential Tools from Rosle! Holiday Giveaway 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/20/09 12:44 PM

I keep regretting the loss of my waffle iron in my recent move.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | A Fast Way to Bake Cookies: Use a Waffle IronFine Cooking
11/5/09 03:45 PM

I second the "chest freezer organizers" comment.

I've used plastic bins in mine. It works well.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Help! Should I Buy a Chest or Upright Freezer?
11/3/09 03:08 PM

A super-inexpensive method that I've used in the past is to pick up some large (12 to 16 inch square) tiles. They generally run from about $2 to $4 each at big hardware stores.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ugly Countertops: A Few Solutions
10/30/09 08:26 PM

Look at this as an opportunity to expand the ingredients that you usually use. Consider 'sweet' spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc), but don't limit their uses to sweet dishes. Think about fruits (and not just citrus). Explore the possibilities of the malliard reaction. Try using herbs you aren't familiar with.

See also: for some other suggestions.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Help! I Can't Eat Anything With Flavor. What Can I Cook? Good Question
7/23/09 01:14 PM

As noted elsewhere, it isn't clear where all of StillTasty's information comes from and the site is definitely overcautious in some areas.

Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Tells You When to Clean Out the Fridge
4/16/09 01:33 PM

Synchronicity strikes.

I'm in the middle of discussing this on by blog, though I take a slightly different approach - less 'cooking by feel' and more 'learning from recipes' ...and remixing them.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Cooking by Feel: Moving Beyond the Recipe
4/4/09 02:25 AM

If you're worried about burning the garlic (and/or want to turn the heat up a bit for whatever reason), you can also build a little stand for it out of aluminum foil... or rest it on a collapsible steamer inside of your covered pot.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: How To Roast Garlic Without an Oven
3/6/09 05:06 PM

That is awesome.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Traditional Scandinavian Kitchen Storage Cabinet
2/19/09 02:23 PM

I'm a big fan of Mark Bittman's guide to making creamy vegetable soup.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How To Make Soup from Almost Anything
2/11/09 10:42 AM

I've had decent luck with a vegetable peeler, actually. I cut off either end then quarter it lengthwise and peel the four pieces.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How to Peel Celery Root
1/22/09 03:58 PM

I'd love to learn more about how to properly compose sushi.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchen | Thursday Giveaway: Win a Copy of Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking
3/27/08 09:34 AM