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I steam corn instead of waiting for a big pot of water to boil. 5 minutes does it.


Corn on the Cob: Three Ways to Cook Sweet Corn | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/14/10 05:21 PM

Just got back from what sounds like an identical trip; I made grilled steak served over salad greens and a corn/tomato/avocado/red onion salsa for my night. FYI, 3 ears of corn, 2 avocados and 1 of those big containers of cherry tomatoes from Trader Joe's made enough salsa for 8-10 servings! Another couple made ribs (amazing, slow cooked ones) served with corn and garlic bread.


What Are Some Good Simple Meals for a Family Vacation? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/25/10 04:28 PM

I'm with Beckarose--I make carrot salad all the time using the shredding blade. Takes about 20 seconds to grate 5 carrots.


Top Ten Ways to Use Your Food Processor | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/9/10 01:20 PM

I make my mother-in-law's recipe, which you cook flat instead of in a loaf pan. Makes fabulous sandwiches, you just cut a square or rectangle the size of your bread. It is pretty dense. The recipe is in the very old blog post: http://kateflaim.com/2008/01/americana-christys-meatloaf/


Can You Help Me Find the Perfect Meatloaf for Sandwiches? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/9/10 11:00 AM

If you can't DIY a cover, BostonWood on Comm Ave. out past BU does good custom radiator covers, and they can add shelves on the sides or above to make it more like a bookcase. They have a terrible website but are actually great!


Ways to Disguise an Ugly Exposed Radiator? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Boston
6/2/10 10:09 AM

Hey! Thanks for the nice review--I'm delighted the recipe worked so well for you. I've been traveling and missed this completely, but a friend gave me the heads-up.


Absorption Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta, and Lemon Zest Recipe Reviews | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/16/10 11:02 AM

I blogged almost the exact same thing recently--meatloaf seems so wintery, but actually I think it's a really handy thing to make to have on hand for picnics and other sandwich needs. I use my mother-in-law's UBER simple recipe, and the key is to bake it in a 9x9 pan instead of a loaf pan. A flatter meatloaf with more surface area is delicious and not soggy.


Craving: A Really Good Meatloaf Sandwich | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/15/10 03:46 PM

(Ah, important addition to my comment above: I priced Ceasarstone, which my mom has an loves, for our small counter. I think it was about $1800 and a 6 week wait. I got the butcher block for about $300. Just saying...)


Survey: What Kind of Countertops Do You Have? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/29/10 04:15 PM

I'm on year three with my Ikea butcher block counters and they still look great. And while I treated them several times with Tried & True Danish Oil when I first got them, I think I've only re-treated once since. Oops.


Survey: What Kind of Countertops Do You Have? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/29/10 04:14 PM

Anyone who lives in Boston, the Target in Watertown seems to be restocking the Liberty stuff frequently. Wednesday they had all the canisters and mugs, as well as stationery, piggy banks, and some of the women's clothes. No men's shirts though.


10 Colorful, Spring Kitchen Goodies for Less than $20 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/27/10 10:54 AM

I put the plates in the oven, set it to whatever the lowest setting is--about 200-250?--for a couple minutes (I have a fast-heating gas oven), then turn it off and leave them in there until I'm ready to serve. Pretty much the only time I don't heat is if I'm serving a salad-based meal that would wilt.


Why and How Do I Warm Dinner Plates for Serving? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/26/10 10:10 AM

I have been spoiled by our apartment and don't know how I'll ever go back to kitchen cabinets instead of a walk in food pantry and walk-through butler's pantry. When we redid our kitchen we only installed enough cabinets to hold the counters, and all that's in them are the kitchenaid (on an appliance lift) in one and the wok and panini press on a lazy susan in another. The pantries are each 6 feet long and hold a ridiculous amount of stuff, mostly in plain view. Some apartments in our building were "improved" in the 70s and 80s and the pantries were ripped out to make the kitchens bigger; as a result they feel cluttered and closed in by all the cabinets!


The Kitchen Pantry: A Brief History | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/25/10 10:42 AM

We got a high-end Bosch; my husband feels very strongly about getting a very good dishwasher to avoid having to rinse/rewash. It is nearly silent and does an amazing job. Worth every penny. (My parents got a cheaper Bosch and it doesn't do nearly as good of a job.)


Miele to Bosch: Are Dishwashers Over $1000 Worth It? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/10/10 05:53 PM

I haven't used Greyhound but I had a great experience with a company called uShip when I needed to move my grandfather's wing chair from Oregon to Boston. I'm not 100% clear on how it works but basically you post what you need moved and people bid on the job. The man who ended up doing the job was terrific; he basically drives cross-country in a really dolled-up van for fun! It wasn't cheap but the service was great--I paid $200 and he had wrapped the chair at my parents' house, and even carried the chair up the three flights of stairs to my apartment, put it where I wanted it, unwrapped it and took off. Then he called back 10 minutes later because he realized I'd given him a tip and wanted to make sure I hadn't accidentally given him too much money.

Anyway, worth a shot if you want more door-to-door service (which would be especially handy w/ a Craigslist purchase that you can't get wrapped and shipped by a friend).


Tips For Shipping Furniture On Greyhound An AT Scavenger Success Story | Apartment Therapy Boston
3/4/10 01:17 PM

Ha, just posted on the "what fridge do you have/do you like it" thread but I love my fridge enough to cross-post... I have a Jenn-Air 36" counter-depth french door fridge and LOVE it. It's made by Maytag but the handles are much sleeker than the Maytag version. (Incidentally, the "Viking" branded ones are also the exact same fridge, but with giant chunky handles and a grill on top, and a huge Viking decal. We were buying a Viking stove so they pushed us hard on the Viking fridge but the branding was too much for me, especially for an extra $500 or whatever the cost difference was.)

Anyway, terrific fridge. Love it. It replaced a narrower regular-depth fridge and easier holds more, everything keeps way longer, and the counter-depth made a world of difference in our narrow kitchen.


French-Door Refrigerators: 10 Models From High to Low | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/4/10 10:14 AM

Never owned a toaster. I love the toaster oven, and use it to melt cheese on things, reheat pizza, etc. in addition to making toast.

The real question: Why can't anyone design a really great toaster oven? Not a huge fancy one to replace my real oven; something small and simple that makes good toast, doesn't tick while it's working, and doesn't give up the ghost after two years.


Toaster or Toaster Oven: Which Do You Prefer? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/3/10 06:32 PM

I have a 30" counter-depth Jenn-Air with french-door fridge on top and freezer drawer on bottom. LOVE it. We've had it 2.5 years and it is terrific. Fits a shocking amount, stuff keeps forever (especially in the crisper drawers), easy to see what you have on the shallow fridge shelves. Highly recommended!


Survey: What Kind of Refrigerator Do You Have? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/2/10 04:30 PM

I don't know if they still sell them, but we bought a container of stainless wipes from Restoration Hardware a couple years ago, and we actually only have to use one every month or two. Somehow they seem to repel fingerprints on the fridge. (We don't have kids yet...) For the lip of the stove I just use a damp sponge, since I wipe it every time I cook. The rest of our stove is enamel so that cleans up easily.


What Is the Best Way To: Clean Stainless Steel? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/23/10 12:02 PM

Sorry, realized as soon as my comment posted that you credited Erica's original post for the photo. Still odd to recycle from Design*Sponge!


How To Make Jonathan Adler-Inspired Pottery Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
2/19/10 01:38 PM

Weird to re-use a photo?
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/10/diy-project-ericas-faux-pottery-project.html


How To Make Jonathan Adler-Inspired Pottery Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
2/19/10 01:37 PM