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kathyLW, I've found I can make prepped veggies last longer by putting a paper towel or two in the bag or container to absorb moisture. This works particularly well with greens. I replace the paper towel after a few days if it's really damp. You could also use an absorbent cotton kitchen towel. Reducing the amount of moisture really seems to help produce last longer.

How I Cook: A Private Chef's Pro Tips On Prepping and Organizing Weekly Meals By Portions Kitchen Tour
7/2/14 01:23 PM

What a happy space! The open shelves really maximize the light from the window. I would rather have a light and inviting space than more room to cram in more stuff. Looks like you have room for exactly what you need.

Kitchen Before & After: A Brown, Cramped Kitchen Opens Up For Under $3,500 Kitchen Remodel
6/19/14 11:09 AM

I have some non-fancy Wusthof knives that I put in the dishwasher. I haven't noticed dulling, but the handles (composite plastic?) have gotten bleached out looking over the years. It's a compromise I'm willing to accept. I also put my non-fancy wooden utensils in the dishwasher and they're fine. I admit that I'm biased against buying things that require handwashing.

11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 11:03 AM

I guess I give myself too many breaks, because I manage the first four suggestions nearly every morning. The snooze button and dry shampoo are my best friends. I sometimes put on makeup on the train, too. There must be people out there living sprightly, perfectly pressed, on-time lives out there, but I am not one of them.

Hey, It's Okay to Give Yourself A Break in the Morning
6/16/14 05:58 PM

This is definitely a personal thing, but I'm put off by people who show up and then try to haggle. I describe my items accurately and price accordingly, and provide plenty of pictures. I feel it's a waste of my time when people show up and try to offer me less, particularly if I've included "price firm" in the description. I can understand haggling if the item is markedly different from the description, but otherwise, it rubs me the wrong way.

Tried & True Tips for Finding the Best Deals on Craigslist
6/3/14 10:49 AM

Adding to the praise for this cake... Made it for the first time this past weekend and it was fun to put together and delicious to eat. We cut the recipe in half and mixed about 1/3-cup of vanilla creme fraiche into the whipped cream. It made six very filling servings. We used the cinnamon Honey Maid graham crackers. Great recipe.

Summer Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipes from The Kitchn
6/2/14 03:22 PM


Take the Quiz: Which Country's Parenting Values Match Yours? PBS
5/16/14 11:12 AM

My husband and I have recently become addicted to creme fraiche. We have a nightly dessert we call Orange Treat, which basically tastes like a creamsicle or an Orange Julius. Peel and cut up a largeish naval orange, add two large dollops of creme fraiche, about 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and a healthy drizzle of honey. Stir and eat. Or you can buy the vanilla creme fraiche from Vermont Creamery and just add honey. Heavenly.

What's the Difference Between Sour Cream and Crème Fraîche? Ingredient Intelligence
5/16/14 11:02 AM

These are good tips, but I think #6 is a bit overboard. We're not buying fine china, we're buying produce, and you may need to squeeze the avocados to find a ripe one. Let's not get overly precious about farmer's markets.

10 Etiquette & Shopping Tips to Help You Enjoy the Farmers Market Expert Advice
5/16/14 10:58 AM

"While I started out alone, it has never been about me alone. It is not my story as much as it is a shared story."

Very nice letter, and it would be fun to hear more about the others who helped to found and/or build the various sites. Perhaps a weekly feature of a different person?

Happy Birthday, The Kitchn! May 2004 - May 2014
5/8/14 10:44 AM

I love his blog, and it sounds like this cookbook focuses on more rustic and flavorful French dishes. Thanks for the preview.

One grammar quibble: It's "flair", not "flare", unless the recipes are flambéed.

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz New Cookbook
5/5/14 01:56 PM

I think the best way to use a small space depends more on your specific needs. I cook all the time, with several giant pots on the stove at the same time. I sometimes run the dishwasher multiple times in one day. I would never give up a full-sized range or dishwasher, or even a large sink, even though our kitchen is very small. On the other hand, I've never had a storage unit or understood what people keep in them.

The 10 Commandments of Keeping a Small Space Organized
4/15/14 04:18 PM

The smaller Cuisinarts are really handy. I have a three-cup model (DFP-3) that came with fantastic juicing and shredding attachments. The shredding attachment has a side chute so you can direct the shredded food into a large bowl and not be limited by the size of the processor bowl. It's $60 on Amazon (though I don't see the juicing attachment listed there). I still have my mom's giant 14-cup Cuisinart from the 80's, but we use the smaller one more often.

Why I Consider My Mini Food Processor to Be Indispensable Kitchen Diary: Anne in South Carolina
4/14/14 01:53 PM

I may be in the minority, but I find 50+ tips overwhelming and therefore somewhat stressful. It would be more helpful to see only the three to five tips that you consider the most helpful.

50+ Ways to Reduce Stress, Relax, and Be Happier at Home
4/11/14 01:34 PM

Great post! So nice to hear about what makes people happy.

The light is one of my favorite things about our house. Little house, many windows. Light from all four exposures at different times throughout the day. I love sleeping in on the weekend and waking up to sun streaming across the bed. I love the sun from the west across the dining room table in the afternoon. I love the southern light in the kitchen all day.

Get Happier at Home: Take Time to Notice Small Pleasures
7/30/13 02:07 PM

I used to buy canned beans all the time, but I recently started cooking a pound of beans at a time in my slow cooker and freezing them in one-cup portions. The soaking and slow cooking can be done overnight or while you're at work. It's nearly effortless. I also freeze the bean broth separately to use in soups. If you do this once a weekend, you have "convenience" food for the rest of the week.

The 5 Best Pantry Staples for Emergency Last-Minute Lunches
3/12/13 04:34 PM

Hi Thorndale -- I faced a similar trim-painting dilemma in my long and narrow sunroom. I ultimately painted the trim white only where I wanted to create visual focus. For example, I painted the trim white around the beautiful windows on three adjoining walls. However, I used the wall color on all of the baseboards, because I didn't want that to be a visual focus. Also, in a narrow room, a contrasting baseboard creates a "belt" effect and accentuates the narrowness. I also used the wall color on trim around two doors, because I didn't want to create a focus on those doors.

Does that make sense? I'm now planning to paint over some of the trim in my small living room to reduce the visual clutter and clarify the focus.

Where To Start When Creating A Home Color Scheme
3/12/13 04:24 PM

I love this! It's simple and serene. The feeling of openness is more important to me than having a few more cabinets. I would probably add an open shelf or two for everyday dishes, and leave it at that.

Before & After: Andrew's Long Time Coming Bungalow Kitchen Update
3/8/13 10:48 AM

I wonder if you could take a semi-lazy approach and rub the cooked chickpeas in a kitchen towel to take off *most* of the skins a bit faster. It wouldn't be quite as ethereally smooth, but it would be more feasible when you don't have time to gently undress each bean.

Smitten Kitchen's Tip for Incredibly Smooth Hummus: Have You Tried It?
2/19/13 03:27 PM

The materials are very elegant, but I agree that the giant fridge crowds the room. In this situation, it would have been worth it to splurge on a freestanding Liebherr or even a less expensive Summit, to preserve the openness. I would also have installed the floor tiles horizontally to visually widen the room.

Before & After: A Brooklyn Kitchen
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2/15/13 01:55 PM