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Jose Andres' "Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America" and "Made in Spain"! A great blend of very traditional and modern recipes and techniques. His "Made in Spain" TV show on PBS is the most enthusiastic and inspiring food/travel show ever.

What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks for International Food? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/6/10 06:21 PM

It's not good for large amounts, but I reheat slices of pizza in a dry skillet. After a few minutes the bottom will crisp up and it's faster than heating the oven.

Roundup: Our Favorite Reheating Tips | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/22/10 04:31 PM

Exactly like that except I usually don't bother with the lettuce but add mashed avocado and serve with Utz potato chips!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Craving: BLTs (with REAL Tomatoes!)
3/19/09 09:10 AM

Make some brown bread and try to find some Kerrygold butter!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: What Should We Cook for St. Patrick's?
3/12/09 08:51 AM

One snowy day a few years ago some friends and I spent an entire afternoon drinking Guinness and trying to figure out how to make perfect home fries. Here's what I do:

Peel red potatoes, dice, rinse with cold water.
Cover with cold water, add salt, bring to boil and boil for 2 minutes or until just fork tender. They shouldn't be too cooked
Drain, dry with paper towel and let sit on drying rack. I think this is key- they need to be dry. You can definitely do this ahead.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat, add some oil and let them potatoes sit for like 5 minutes or until first side is really browned. Move them only as needed. Let them sit for a while on each side to get brown.
At the end, off heat, I add some Penzey's 4S salt and chili powder. Keep them in the pan until serving so they stay crisp.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Home Fries: How Do You Like Yours?
3/2/09 10:38 AM

I have a Leksvik table from IKEA ( and Borje chairs (

I normally don't love IKEA but it's solid wood and I like black paint and clean lines.

The dropleaf thing works really well and is very compact for everyday use with 2 people but can easily pull over chairs and put leaves up for 4 people.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Small Space Dining Set?
2/23/09 01:34 PM

Helpful points. As recommended in Peter Reinhart's amazing "The Break Baker's Apprentice", I've become a fan of "instant" yeast, which doesn't require proofing. You just mix it in with the flour. A bag of this lasts forever refrigerated or frozen. I like SAF brand.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Working with Yeast: Be Not Afraid!
12/17/08 09:30 AM

Depends on the room but I put this in my kitchen: Simple, modern, easy to install, though more than $50. I've had good experiences with

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Replacement Fixture Ideas?
11/26/08 02:36 PM

I think the problem is less that it's ugly on the outside but that it feels like a dungeon inside and the plaza around it is extremely unwelcoming. I applaud them for trying to find a way to make more of the space. Scrapping it and moving seems ridiculously wasteful.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Boston City Hall: World's #1 Ugliest Building?Not if young architects have anything to do with it...
11/21/08 04:36 PM

I agree this can be totally worth it to save the space where the door used to open into. I recently switched a door, although it was my bathroom door and I wanted it to open into the bathroom. It's not an option for renters but considering hanging doors can be really tricky and tedious, I decided to replace the whole door and jamb with a new pre-hung door. Because it's pre-hung I think this is much easier than trying to cut new hinge recesses, patch the old ones, and deal with hanging the door. The final product is much cleaner too. Door sizes are pretty standard, just make sure to measure carefully and make sure there's clearance. Of course, I didn't want the old door to go to waste so I sold it on Craigslist, which offset the cost a little too. In a perfect world I would have pocket doors but couldn't do that in this location.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Small Space Solution: Reverse the Door
11/18/08 02:55 PM