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My TJ's are out of the iced coffee concentrate and I am DYING.

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 12:18 PM

sodastream bottles. trust me.

11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 11:16 AM

I'm no expert, but it also seems like the shadows its casting are a problem-- makes it look like a fixture at a construction site or something. If the rest of your room were better lit, it would throw fewer shadows from the cords, etc.

Help Me Improve My DIY Light Project! Good Questions
6/18/14 03:26 PM

Who says she wants a guy in there?

Before & After: Kristen's Modern Regency Bedroom Makeover
6/18/14 03:10 PM

How do you keep your cats from assaulting/ hunting/ batting around your air plants? I love how you have them out on your coffee table but they'd go from decor to prey in 5 minutes in my house.

Jamie's Wild Blue Yonder House Tour
6/3/14 12:28 PM

I try really hard to plan and bring lunch, but some days or some weeks its just not going to happen. So I keep a couple apples at the office, plus a container of Trader Joe's kale dip, and if I'm going to do that for lunch, I bring some mini pita or crackers or whatever's laying around. Even if I don't finish all the dip in a week, it's only $3.50 or so, and if it goes to waste it's certainly less expensive than multiple $8 salads.

Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Bringing Your Lunch to Work Budget Living
6/2/14 01:22 PM

I'd probably buy a pack of these and pop them into thrifted frames and call it art, personally.

Marimekko's Wildly Colorful Paper Napkins Are Perfect For Summer Entertaining
5/30/14 04:11 PM

I kind of like when my hands smell like garlic for a few hours....weird?

Why You Should Buy Frozen Garlic
5/23/14 01:35 PM

PSA, don't use whole wheat graham crackers, or whatever Whole Foods sells in place of the good stuff. The texture is too grainy and doesn't meld well with the cream-- just comes out lumpy and ick.

My favorite combo is grahams, sweetened whipped cream, strawberries, and a light slick of lemon curd on each cracker layer. Yum.

How To Make a No-Bake Icebox Cake Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
5/13/14 06:06 PM

....so if they get married [and she takes his name, feminism, etc.], she'd be Julia Goglia? No? Nobody?

Julia's Open, Antique-Industrial Atlanta Kitchen Kitchen Tour
5/13/14 04:28 PM

Quinoa cooked in coconut or almond milk, with some cinnamon and vanilla, topped with banana, nuts, berries, honey, etc.

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Breakfast Ideas for a Breastfeeding Mom? Good Questions
5/2/14 04:25 PM

This isn't my blog/recipe but it might appeal-- http://userealbutter.com/2014/04/13/strawberry-cinnamon-rolls-recipe/

Recipe: Sticky Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze
Brunch Recipes from The Kitchn

4/17/14 12:17 PM

eggs in purgatory or shakshuka? http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/04/shakshuka/

What Are Some Ways To Eat Eggs That Disguise Their Taste? Good Questions
3/13/14 10:08 AM


This London Kitchen Has Such a Luscious Marble Backsplash, I Can't Even
3/13/14 09:41 AM

I like to do things that are already portioned for one. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense, so here are some examples: english muffins with tomato sauce, cheese, and turkey pepperoni = pizza for one. sweet potato with bacon, cheese, and thawed frozen broccoli is delicious and pre-portioned. Can of tomatoes, can of white beans, and a couple handfuls of spinach tossed together is easy "fancy" sauce over rice or pasta for one. I like to make a big pot of quinoa or whole grain rice blend at the beginning of the week and then mix in different stuff as the week goes on: roasted red peppers, olives, and goat cheese one night, grated carrots, pickled ginger, cucumber, and flaked salmon cakes another night. Basically I guess it's about finding an appropriately sized base and putting interesting stuff on it :)

Cure My Cooking Problem! Help Me Learn How to Cook Satisfying Meals for One The Cooking Cure Spring 2014
3/7/14 05:40 PM

Instead of salt, I often throw in a veggie or chicken bouillon cube. You could also use "better than bouillon" or whatever else you have on hand in place of stock.

Want Better Grain Salads? Don't Skip This Crucial Step
7/16/13 08:12 AM

How to make different kinds of Japanese pickles. It can't be that hard, but they're so damn tasty.

Got a Question for Reader Request Week? Tell Us What You Want on The Kitchn!
4/26/13 01:52 PM

Regardless of your politics, good ol' Babs has an excellent (REAL, no funky stuff) crab cake recipe on her website: http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/about/crabcakerecipe.cfm

Prepping for the Big Game: A Super Bowl Spread Inspired By Each Team's City Recipe Roundup
1/31/13 02:39 PM

I have 2 favorite poor grad student recipes, and both lean heavily on beans.

Chili-- ground turkey, 2 cans red beans (black works too), two cans chili-style diced tomatoes. I add cumin, paprika, chili powder and red pepper, but you could easily use a pre-made spice packet. I also like to add a splash of worshteshire when I'm browning the turkey, but its not necessary. Cook in a big pot till it tastes ready. Also excellent with homemade corn chips-- big packs of corn tortillas are so cheap, cut 'email into triangles, sprinkle with salt and oil, bake till done.

"Italian soup"-- 2 cans white beans, 2 cans Italian style diced tomatoes, I bulb fennel, thinly sliced. Cook till fennel is soft. I sometimes throw in fresh spinach or cooked chicken, and if you really want to be gourmet serve it over a couple pieces of toasted bread and top with a sunny side up egg. That's the best meal for your money I know how to make.

Recipe Ideas For a Cooking Class For Low-Income Adults? Good Questions
12/22/12 09:35 AM

We're doing mussels in garlic, butter, and wine, crusty bread, and a good salad. And more wine.

Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Menu for Two? Good Questions
12/17/12 09:48 AM