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Turning on my electric kettle is the first thing I do when I wake up. Once the water is boiled, I grind enough coffee for about 2 cups (sometimes I have it pre-ground, but for really good beans, I'll do it right before I'm ready). I've been getting bean deliveries from Tonx, which has been fun to try different blends and beans every 2 weeks. Since I go through a pound of coffee a week (I'm only one person, but I drink a lot), I also either get it from a local purveyor or Starbucks, if I'm desperate. During the week, I'll do a pour-over paper cone filter that fits over my mug, with a Melita plastic cone. I'll do one cup to have while I'm getting ready for the day, and then make another cup for the road. On the weekends, however, I make a pot of coffee in my Chemex, and then nurse that pot for the entire morning. I drink my coffee black, which I only started doing a few years ago, but won't go back, except for the occasional latte or cappuccino when I'm out.

What's Your Morning Coffee Ritual? And What Do You Want to Learn About Coffee?
2/18/14 03:42 PM

I fell off the Cure wagon mid-way. However, I am holding my celebratory get together tonight anyway. I accomplished my main goal--hang curtains in my living room (mostly) and I definitely have a better outlook on my home. In that vein, I feel the Cure was a success for me overall and I hope to tackle the remaining aspects throughout the year.

Weekend Chores: Relax & Celebrate! The January Cure Assignment #22
1/31/14 12:43 PM


I think that weekends are perfect for more meditative pieces (like at theKitchn) about enjoying your home, maybe some weekend projects and DIYs, and about hosting last minute get togethers. I use the weekends to catch up on things around the house that maybe I haven't been able to get to, so organizing and cleaning posts are always welcome.

Apartment Therapy On the Weekend! Reader Survey
1/4/14 01:25 PM

Well, here in Boston, we're snowed in somewhat. So the flowers will have to wait till the end of the weekend, but today is a perfect day to tackle the floors and make some new green cleaners--I haven't been pleased with the recipe I've been using.

Weekend Chores: Flowers & Floors January Cure: Assignment #2
1/3/14 11:17 AM

The last time I cooked for a date, I made risotto. I looked to find ingredients that were in season, such as asparagus (this was in the spring) and then splurged a little for morels to amp up the fancy factor. I made a simple kale salad as a side dish, and served pie (which I baked beforehand) with good quality vanilla ice cream for dessert. The rest of the food I cooked and prepped while my date was there--in fact, he helped me chop veggies, while we sipped some wine, and listened to music. Making it interactive is part of the fun, so don't feel like it has to be a show.

Easy & Delicious Recipes to Impress a Date? Good Questions
7/18/13 03:04 PM

I love za'atar and I'm actually headed to the Middle East in a few weeks. Can't wait to get my fill! In the meantime, I'm going to try making my own blend. Thanks!

Spice Up Your Cooking With Za'atar: 9 Recipes to Make Now
4/29/13 03:09 PM

I just started someone new and he's coming over tonight. We're going to cook together, so I wanted to keep it simple but elegant. I'm thinking risotto (you guys have some great spring risotto recipes I'm going to try, perhaps with ramps or fiddleheads), kale salad, and strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert. Some wine, good music, I think it promises to be a good evening. I appreciate any additional suggestions or recipes!

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of April 20-21, 2013
4/20/13 08:48 AM

I've eaten at Dirt Candy and lot of these recipes are straight from the menu. I can testify that they are DELICIOUS. What's great about the cookbook is that Amanda breaks down each recipe into parts, so you could just choose to make a basic soup with none of the complicated components for a weeknight, and then do all the "fixings" for a weeknight when you have more time/want to try out some new skills.

Plus the comics are really entertaining!

Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey New Cookbook
2/6/13 08:13 PM

This is going to need to wait until the weekend because this is going to be a MAJOR task for me (I also need to fix my medicine cabinet since two of the shelves have fallen out).

Day 16: Give Your Bathroom & Medicine Cabinets a CleanoutApartment Therapy January Cure - Day 16
1/23/13 09:32 AM

This looks delicious, although I might eliminate the yogurt to be vegan!

Recipe: Shaved Fennel, Roasted Tomato & Pistachio Salad with Yogurt Dressing Recipes From The Kitchn
1/22/13 11:43 AM

I realized how dusty I had allowed my bedroom to get. I have a ton of dark wood molding, so the dust wasn't that noticeable until I got up close and personal. Ew! I must have breathing in gross dust all the time! Unfortunately, I realized that my vacuum bag was full and didn't have any extras, so I had to order a bunch and rush them. They should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday, so I'll have to wait to do the deep vacuum until then. In the meantime, getting rid of the clutter was much needed. It got me thinking about how I want to restyle the room (including curtains, this is a sore spot for me, since I've been using sheets to cover my windows since I moved in....I can't even talk about it, I'm so embarassed). I also was thinking about getting some new bedding. I really need some new sheets and my duvet and comforter are looking a little worn out. The other HUGE task this weekend was FINALLY getting rid of a ton of old clothing. I've been meaning to do this forever. Now I just need to sort through the two big boxes, decide what needs to be cleaned, what should be tossed, and what should be donated. I already am feeling a little lighter.

Last week I forgot to buy flowers, so this week I bought double to have in both my bedroom and my living room. They make me so happy! Feeling really good!

Day 13: Weekend Chores - Flowers & Bedroom Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/20/13 01:59 PM

Loving the Boston features! I moved to Boston less than a year ago and I'm always on the lookout for things to do/see/shop/and eat!

Friday Five: Shopping in Boston
1/18/13 04:45 PM

@tryphe same here!!! I think all of us who saw that movie and enjoyed reading wanted one of those libraries. Right now, I struggle with a lack of bookshelves, but it's on my big list that I crafted for the Cure. I think I'll satisfy myself with tossing old magazines and organizing my DVDs and the BF's video games.

Day 12: Declutter Books & Media Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/17/13 10:07 AM

My big project for the Cure is to finally get rid of all my boxes--tonight, I'm going to sort through two boxes in my office aka disaster zone and decide what to donate, toss, and keep. If I'm keeping it (and I promise myself I'm going to be brutal), I need to find a good home for it, otherwise it goes too.

Day 10: Work on Your Goal Project Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/15/13 02:07 PM

Thank you for posting this. My kitchen looks nothing like the sleek, glamorous, well-decorated, brand new kitchens AT frequently posts. It's so refreshing to see a kitchen that is well loved and looks a lot like mine.

Leela & Dave's Imperfect Kitchen Kitchen Tour
1/15/13 12:45 PM

This was so good for me. Not only does my kitchen feel great, but my pantry and fridge look AMAZING. Finally went out and bought a bunch of glass containers to store all my grains/beans, etc. I cannot wait to tackle the other rooms in my apartment!

Day 8: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Kitchen Cleaning & Make Yourself a Meal Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/13/13 07:51 PM

I'm FINALLY unpacking and getting rid of my boxes from my move 8 months ago and either finding a home for it or donating/throwing it.

Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month Apartment Therapy January Cure
1/12/13 01:34 PM

Just got a Vitamix, so I'm going to be using a lot of my root veggies from my CSA to make some pureed soup. I'm thinking definitely acorn squash, but I also have a lot of kohlrabi. Might try and find a good recipe for kolhrabi soup.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of January 12-13, 2012
1/12/13 11:31 AM

Just sent my invitations (I succumbed and used Paperless Post) and I'm already so excited and nervous. I hope my home is ready in time!

Liveblogging Day 7: Tara's Coaster Invitations Liveblogging the January Cure
1/10/13 04:39 PM

Since I'm in grad school (and working), I have a feeling that in order to be ready to have people over, I'll need to do the Cure 2x, once in January and again in February. But I think I might finally get my act together and host an Oscars party w/ cocktails and appetizers!

Day 7: Get Your Get-Together Together - Date, Guests, Invites Apartment Therapy January Cure - Day 7
1/10/13 10:54 AM