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Did you do the fireplace yourself or hire a contractor? We are looking to do the same thing in our bathroom and live in Chicago. If you used a contractor, would you mind a recommendation?

Lynette & Cameron's Two Story Loft
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7/6/11 06:57 PM

I will pass on the advice given to me when registering for my pots and pans for my wedding:

If you use fat to cook with, you DO NOT need all non-stick.

We have a large cast iron skillet and a small (maybe 8") skillet to cook eggs in, but everything else is stainless.

They don't stay as picture-perfect as non-stick, but they will last longer and don't have the flaking teflon issue.

They few times that we have needed to give them a good scrub, Bar Tenders Keeper, a hard bristled brush, and some elbow grease cleaned them right up.

What Are The Best Alternatives to Nonstick Cookware? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/30/09 11:15 AM

Roast chicken is pretty easy and yummy.

If it's a small dinner party, I really love to make my own pasta and ragu. Ragu cooks forever and smells heavenly when guests walk in.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What's Your Favorite Special Occasion Dish?
9/25/09 03:01 PM

Pho, Pho, PHO.

Can someone recommend good Pho in Chicago? Especially one that delivers to near west side!?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Foods & Drinks Do You Want When You Are Sick?
9/23/09 10:35 PM

regardless, thanks for talking about grape leaves. they are a source of pride and rite of passage ("you've never had a grape leaf?" says my grandmother to my fiance upon meeting him) for many mid eastern families.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How To Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
9/12/09 01:46 AM

chartreuse - "apartment therapy" I believe refers more to small spaces, rather than renting vs owning. As a home (read: condo) owner in downtown Chicago, I think installing radiant heat flooring would be a fantastic investment. Especially since I am ripping up my ugly tile anyway!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Extreme DIY: Radiant Floor Heating
9/12/09 01:44 AM

I was so excited until I saw the ingredient list.... Too much stuff!

Another Lebanese here. All you need is ground beef (lamb is better), seasonings, lemon juice, tomato paste, and uncooked rice. Roll, cover with water, bring to a boil (don't forget to cover with a heavy plate so they stay submerged), and boil for 30 mins.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | How To Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
9/11/09 07:18 PM

This post brightened up my dreary Chicago Monday morning. I wish you peace with the passing of your friend and know she was honored to host you in her kitchen.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | She Taught Me About Mayonnaise & That's No Small Thing
8/17/09 10:20 AM

Sprouted Kitchen's Veggie Pesto Melts, with a few variations. Summer in your mouth.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Dish Can You Not Stop Making this Summer?
7/30/09 05:13 PM

Try a new veggie each week, but have a back up plan. I would buy enough of the veggie to have it twice. Just because you don't like it in one recipe doesn't mean you won't like it in another. Try it raw vs cooked, etc.

Keep a big batch of homemade pasta sauce around just in case the new veggie is a failure. Flavored chicken sausages really pump up a boring bowl of sauce pasta.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Help! I Have the Palate of a Child
6/23/09 12:15 PM

I made this last night with a couple modifications for simplicity's sake and what was available in my market. I did not make the sorrel sauce because I didn't feel like digging down in storage to get out the food processor, nor did I have sorrel. Instead, I subed in rainbow chard, which I rough chopped and added right before you bring the soup to a boil. I also added garlic with the onions at the beginning since I wasn't making the sauce. I just realized I forgot to add walnuts anywhere in there.

Anyway, as I was cooking, I was thinking this was going to be a dud, but it turned out spectacular! It really is springtime in a bowl. I never buy fennel (raw fennel has too much licorice taste for me) or turnips, so it was fun to use ingredients that are rarely in my kitchen.

Thanks for sharing your lovely story and recipe. I have bookmarked your blog for future recipes.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | (Late) Springtime Soupe au Pistou Guest Post from Sarah of Portland Kitchen
6/23/09 12:04 PM

When I feel a need a detox, I make a batch of veggie chili or something along those lines and eat it for a few days. I also make sure that I have a big tub of yogurt and granola available for breakfasts.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Monday Morning Detox: What Do You Eat or Drink After a Gluttonous Weekend?
4/20/09 10:20 AM

I made banana pudding for the first time. If I made the pudding from scratch, does that count?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Project: Bake Something New!
3/1/09 12:39 PM

I love my fiestaware - this ulta modern version I think will eventually look dated.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Colorful Sengware: Fiesta for a New Generation?
2/27/09 09:39 AM

The waffles I have had paired with fried chicken are not as sweet as regular waffles, but more savory.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Flickr Find: Chicken and Waffles?
2/27/09 09:36 AM

I have that exact pan, and yes, it is wonderful!

and actually, mine was from my wedding registry. I think that if you actually cook often (and if you read this site, I am assuming you do) then registering for a small set of nice pots and pans is fine. and if you don't get any, you can buy them yourself with your hundreds of dollars of giftcards you will get AND take 10% off.

I will recommend not registering for the giant set of 10 random pans, but picking and choosing which pots and pans you will actually use. we got ourselves a whole new set of randoms and ended up with less than half of what we had with our old, pre-packaged set - we just didn't use most of that stuff.

congrats on your engagement!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | In Praise of the Really, Really Big Pan
1/6/09 09:52 PM

these look great! for those looking for a pasta substitute, maybe spaghetti squash would be nice.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Healthy Recipe: Turkey Meatballs over Greens
1/6/09 09:48 PM

I swear that clementines are the PERFECT snack. Enough sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, but not too much to leave you with a stomach ache.

I don't usually cook with them, but I do add them to salads during the summer. So much better than canned mandarin oranges.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Eating Light: Citrus Recipe Roundup
1/6/09 01:26 PM

Did you go to my grandma's house and get this recipe? Because it's about perfectly spot on!

I keep forgetting to write it down when I am there for Thanksgiving, but this gives me a great guide. I can fill in her extra additions.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: A Proper Chicken Giblet Gravy
1/6/09 01:20 PM

my new husband and I received Macy's Hotel Collection and we have been very satisfied. We have this quilted coverlet in champagne (not NEARLY as shiney as it looks in this picture!) with white sheets and a light blue knit throw for cold nights.

One warning: do NOT under and circumstances buy bedding from Macy's when it is not on sale. They put everything on sale every 2 weeks or so!

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Suggestions For a Modern Quilt?
10/31/08 10:13 AM