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Bittman's recipe uses coffee, red wine, and chilis. I love it.

Fresh Ideas for Boneless Beef Short Ribs?
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6/8/11 04:41 PM

If you're willing to get a little exercise, you can also do what some high-end cocktail bars like to do -- use an ice-crushing bag and a mallet (any big stick/rolling pin will do). Toss some ice cubes in and whack away! it doesn't produce the same really mushy consistency, but in my opinion it's great for alcoholic drinks. When you're sucking through a straw, you'll only get VERY cold liquid, and almost no ice.

Can I Use an Immersion Blender to Make Crushed Ice?
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4/21/11 10:27 AM

I tend to NOT buy things forever. For example -- I still don't have a bread knife in the kitchen. I do have a lovely Global chef's knife that works fine for veggies, meat, and bread though. I always tell myself I'll do the research and pick one up someday soon, but I have managed for a couple years now without so...

That said, my roommate does tend to buy gadgets, and then I play with them a lot. Example: stovetop smoker, cold smoke gun, kitchenaid, cuisinart, bowl mixer, mandoline, romertopf clay pot... it goes on and on. I tend to make my dishes using what I know how to use, but I do love having a gadget buyer around so I can play with those toys when I do have the motivation.

Are You Guilty of The Joy of Not Cooking?
4/21/11 10:18 AM

I just had lunch outside - grilled aleppo-yogurt marinated chicken and zucchinis!
Boston's still a little cold for frequent dinner outside, but the grill is already in heavy use.

Have You Eaten Lunch Outdoors Yet This Season?
4/11/11 03:01 PM

I do this too, and love it. I broke in and bought a cone that takes special filters though - the Hario V60. I also use the immersion type Clever Coffee thing sometimes too, which is slightly more hands off, more like making a cup of tea.

@DeborahMcP - you make an excellent point. I've tried tons of variations on grind size and speed of pour and temp of water, but I've always taken that "bloom period" as a necessity. There's no reason not to give it a shot with my next cup!

How to Brew Great Coffee: The Pour Over Method
4/6/11 06:06 PM

In place of the fold out sofa bed, I remember my parents used to have a ligne roset fold down sofa bed. It looks like it might have been something like the Nomade-express.

I've never heard the term before, but it looks like it may be called a "click clack" mechanism, and it made for a very comfortable and less ugly form of a futon/sleeper sofa type thing.

5 Multi-Tasking Must-Haves for Small Spaces
4/4/11 08:18 PM

I love the ritual involved in a beautiful single cup pourover. That's my method of choice in the colder months (most of them are cold in New England) - but I have the luxury of a 10 minute process of measuring and grinding the beans and carefully pouring the coffee. Mornings when I need to go fast, I love to use the Abid Clever Coffee device - it's basically a single cup french press kinda thing, but easy to clean since it uses a filter.

In the summer, I do a 12 hour cold brew. Grind the beans coarse and toss em in a french press pot, press and filter in the morning into a bottle, and then store that bottle in the fridge. Usually letting this filtered cold brew sit for somewhere between 5-20 days greatly increases the lovely smooth complexity of this brew.

Survey: How Do You Brew Your Coffee?
4/4/11 02:09 PM

At least in relation to the treatment of diarrhea, the BRAT diet is no longer supported by medical research, as it's easy to miss out on needed vitamins and nutrients and shows no reduction in duration of symptoms. Skipping caffeine is the main research supported finding.

Best thing is to make sure you're well hydrated with electrolyte containing beverages and eat whatever will make you happier!

What Do You Eat To Recover From Food Poisoning?
3/8/11 11:42 AM

Victoria, I totally agree with you on it looking like squares of wrapping paper. I do think that it could work well with larger images - perhaps one large stencilled image per panel? Maybe using a large "rasterbated" style image painted on to the panels with a overhead projector?

I think the only reason it looks so bad is the combination of tulip design and many repeats per panel. I'm very interested in trying out this paneling idea.

Before & After: Dolan's DIY Luan Wood Wallcovering
12/10/10 08:11 PM

It was pulled June 8th, and returned the next day. You can find it on the iTunes store still, here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pulse-news-reader/id371088673

News of the return:

Pulse App News Reader Withdrawn From Apple App Store | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
6/23/10 04:23 PM

How about velcro?

Use Your iPad as a GPS Car Navigation System | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
6/8/10 04:04 PM

I've made them while camping by using a fancy "outback oven" that was essentially a cloth heat reflector on top of a lidded pan. You could probably fake one of those, or order it here http://www.amazon.com/Backpackers-Pantry-Outback-Oven/dp/B00266IQ5C

Can I Make Brownies on the Grill or Stovetop? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/3/10 05:48 PM

1) Rye Manhattan - nothing beats this classic
2) Aviation - for a more summery taste
3) Last Word - cause Chartreuse is simply amazing
4) French 75 - a refreshing classic
5) Fernet Flip - gotta have an egg drink to finish it off

Favorite Cocktails: What Are Your Top 5 Picks? Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/7/10 04:02 PM

A fridge of some sort is probably a good idea, as is a toaster oven and microwave. Instead of a hot plate or mini stove, though, I might suggest springing for an countertop induction stove - it'll be a lot more powerful, though they cost more.

How to Prepare Meals with No Kitchen? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/31/10 10:34 AM

Kewpie is fantastic, but the bottle is so creepy; both the feel of the plastic and the image of a baby are really disturbing.

Survey: The Great Mayo Debate | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/8/10 12:26 PM

There's a similar device that looks quite classy - the Parisian Shaker. It's essentially a Boston shaker with two metal halves instead of one glass one metal. Also quite fun to use.

How to Mix a Cocktail with a Boston Shaker Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/26/10 03:40 PM

Doesn't that "perfect" position leave you with a lot of neck stress?

The Best No-Pain Laptop Position | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
2/19/10 02:04 PM

Most of my PDQ breads are sweet breakfast style breads, but my favorites are definitely banana bread (adding chocolate chips is always a good idea here) zucchini bread, and my absolute favorite is almond poppyseed.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Word of Mouth: PDQ Bread
9/2/09 11:05 AM

Seconding the hand-held shower head. I'm similarly tall and had the same problem in a rental (though our clawfoot tub had a carpeted box built around it...) and the long hose on a hand-held showerhead allowed me to mount it way higher than I needed. I used a vise clamp to hold it in place, but a prettier, less industrial solution should be easy enough.

Apartment Therapy New York | Hacking a Showerhead That Is Too Low? Good Questions
7/27/09 09:30 AM

We use a custom kitchen island with an ikea table top, two ikea legs and some old shelves as our dining table. The counter top height is great for food prep, but I enjoy eating at a taller table as well.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Recreating The "Kitchen Table" Small Space Dwellers Create A New Place To Dine
3/13/09 05:44 PM