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Note that the recipe serves 10-12. 10-12!!!!! That's not that much citrus or curry powder for more people than you'll probably ever serve at one time. Halve or quarter the recipe and you'll see what I mean.

Top Chef Recipe: Kenny’s Hot and Sour Eggplant Recipe Review | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/22/10 12:04 PM

Thanks so much for this post!!! In researching more on the points brought up here, I found out that I have a disorder called fructose malabsorption! So I happily threw away my agave and altered my diet according to guidelines for people with this disorder, and in just a couple days I'm noticing a huge difference in how I feel! Amazing! I've struggled with this for years, getting no help from doctors, and now I finally know what the problem is and how to deal with it.

Agave Nectar: Healthful or Harmful? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/23/10 03:45 PM

To get around the tomato issues (BPA with the canned ones, scarcity and expense with the glass-jarred ones), I buy bulk organic sundried tomatoes online and rehydrate them.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Food News: The Latest on BPA
11/4/09 09:12 PM

Thank you for an insightful post, Dana. I appreciate how you are able to identify and explore subtleties and ambiguities that are apparently beyond some of the readers here.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Meditation: Respect
11/1/09 07:44 PM

Thanks for this post! Just beautiful! I love white wood. So classy and cozy, organic and modern.

Apartment Therapy DC | White Plus Wood: The Cozy Side of a Winter Palette
10/21/09 11:11 PM

Evidently they (and by "they," I mean "she") delete posts critical of their usage of plural personal possessive pronouns.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 10.03.09Los Angeles
10/3/09 10:46 PM

When I was a kid, we took peanut butter-and-jelly to school...in the snow...up hill, both ways....

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tips On Making Popularity-Winning Lunches For Kids
8/26/09 07:07 PM

It's a little late for an April Fools joke, don't you think?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Cherry on Top: Reusable Cupcake Toppers
4/28/09 03:20 PM

That's such a sweet picture of your kitty on the bed.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Small Cool 2009: Shuan and Amy's Outside In Tiny Division #57
4/17/09 04:15 PM

Here are a couple of tips I use:

- Instead of buying small containers of yogurt, I buy one big container of plain yogurt and then mix in flavorings whenever I have a bowl (e.g., jam, agave nectar, bananas, brown sugar/cinnamon, etc.--most of these flavorings don't need to be refrigerated). The single big container of yogurt is cheaper and takes up less space. If I need yogurt on the go, I put some in a small reusable container.

- A great way to get rid of those condiment bottles and jars with just smidges left in them (too little to get out of the container easily, but too much to throw away) is to put some water in the jar, swish it around to dilute the condiment, and then dump it in the pot of rice or quinoa or soup or casserole I'm cooking. Instant flavor, a clean jar, and space in my fridge!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tips for Organizing a Refrigerator and Freezer
4/16/09 07:00 PM

The suggestions are great, however, with all due respect, they treat the symptoms and not the root of the problem. The reader admits that she doesn't know what's in there or how long it's been there. Can you imagine anyone in a developing country admitting that they have no idea what food they have lying around? In this country we're blessed and cursed with an abundance of food--much of which ends up languishing in the fridge and then tossed in the landfill. And nobody really has a problem with it! I suggest that after cleaning out her fridge using all your great suggestions, that the reader sit back and consider how her fridge ended up looking like this, and what it says about her spending habits, values, and even health. It's an exercise I think we all could benefit from. This reflection can lead to all kinds of "aha!" moments, e.g., if I end up with lots of little odds and ends of ingredients after making recipes that use only some of them, why don't I try to use the rest of them by seeking out other recipes or learning to "cook by feel" to creatively use them up instead of wasting them? Or, instead of letting my veggies go to waste, I'll try to make a big pot of soup every week for the purpose of using up produce and other odds and ends that have no other place to go. I now approach food shopping and consumption very deliberately and consciously so that I never have this problem of an overstuffed fridge/freezer or food waste. It's very liberating, cheap, and healthy!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tips for Organizing a Refrigerator and Freezer
4/16/09 02:29 PM

Beautiful job, Bonnie! I can tell you put a lot of thought into every detail.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Small Cool 2009: Bonnie's Former Hotel Room International Division #23
4/15/09 02:17 PM

Make onion jam, which is basically pureed caramelized onions. It reduces a heap of onions to practically nothing (but such a delicious nothing!).

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: How Can I Preserve All These Onions?
4/7/09 12:13 PM

Try it with beet juice. Beet juice is the most powerful, natural reddish-pink coloring I know. Even a small amount added to a huge pot of soup turns it bright reddish-pink.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Help! Why Didn't Pomegranates Tint This Cheesecake?
4/7/09 10:31 AM

I agree with shockthebourgeois. With a pre-paid cell phone, you get 24-hour peace of mind (and on-the-go convenience!!) for next to nothing.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Hanging Up for a Year
4/2/09 03:42 PM

silver silk dupioni for the seat, and keep the wood as is.

Apartment Therapy DC | Good Questions: Refinishing a Sidewalk Find Chair?
3/31/09 11:08 AM

Another common element among the photos is...lots of WHITE! White is wonderful for opening up spaces and making them look clean.

Apartment Therapy New York | One Thing You Can Do To Make Your Space Feel Larger, Cleaner, and More Inviting
3/27/09 05:25 PM

twosavie, I always just eyeball it, but here's something I found on another website:

"1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water (or other liquid) = 1 egg"

I never cook/bake with eggs because they just gross me out too much, so this flax seed thing is great. Ground flax mixed with water turns gluey and viscous just like egg white--except with bits of crushed seed in it, of course, so it's best for baked goods that already have whole grains or nuts in them.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Blogging Gourmet: Grocery Shopping in a Recession
3/25/09 02:28 PM

I've been doing a lot more cooking/baking by feel, basing soups, stews, even cakes(!) on what I already have in the fridge and cupboards. For example, I've been making what I call compost cakes. I figured out a while ago that baking does NOT need to be nearly as fussy as everyone says it does. I don't even use measuring cups or spoons for these compost cakes!!! If I have a bunch of overripe bananas, a bag full of walnuts languishing in the freezer, a jar of cardamom I haven't used in years, some ground-up flaxseeds (great egg substitute), whatever sweetener is around (agave syrup, brown sugar, whatever), then I'll dump all that in a bowl with flour and baking soda and a bit of vinegar and some canola oil, pour it in a pan, pop it in the oven at 350 for 30 min or so, and voila--a rather tasty breakfast cake. I made a carrot version the other day in order to use up some old carrots, and added tangerine juice. Yes, it was very good. I challenge everyone to try baking without a recipe! It's incredibly liberating!!!!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Blogging Gourmet: Grocery Shopping in a Recession
3/25/09 11:25 AM

It's my very favorite aesthetic and how I decorated my own home!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Mixed Metals from Sköna Hem
3/12/09 10:01 PM