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If you have a good vacuum-type stainless steel bottle, you don't need to add ice as the water stays cool for a long time. I can leave my Thermos water bottle in the sun for hours, the outside will be very hot, but the water inside will still be cold.

Stay Cool! Water Bottle Ice Cube Trays | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/4/10 01:29 PM

I have a lunch jar from Thermos that's just like the pictured Zo, but cheaper.

Like Deborah above, I use the bottom jar for all sorts of liquid/saucy dishes: stews, pasta sauces, etc. There is plenty of food even for a person with a larger than average appetite. I usually pack lunch in the bottom two containers, and yogurt, fruits, fresh veggies, or nuts for snacks in the top two. My job is very physical and being able to eat hot food in the middle of the field is a wonderful treat.

Can You Recommend a Good Insulated Lunchbox? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/3/10 02:15 PM

I upgraded to a Thermapen a few months ago from a cheap Taylor digital thermometer. The difference in speed is incredible. The price is worth it to me (although I was able to get a small discount), because my thermometer is in constant use. If you're a sporadic temp checker, spend the money on something else.

Super-Speedy, Super-Accurate: Is the Thermapen Worth It? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/20/10 11:37 AM

My advice is to record the tare weight in different units, for some cashiers who are not up to speed when it comes to weights. I wasted 15 minutes of my life at Whole Foods one day, waiting for two (!) cashiers to figure out what units their scale was using. My tare weight was in ounces and grams -- I thought I had my bases covered. Nope. Their scale was in lbs only, and they couldn't figure out that 4 oz is 0.25 lbs. Recalling this still gets me worked up, because really, how basic is this math?

Shopping Tip: Mark the Tare Weight On Your Containers | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/31/10 12:04 PM

As a Russian, I love dill and put it in everything. Roasted potatoes or eggplant go very well with dill, as well as cabbage or cucumbers -- basically, any salad can benefit from a dill garnish. Same goes for parsley. Good thing dill grows like a weed in my garden.

From the Herb Garden: Dill | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/30/10 12:13 PM

Yes, gourmandizzy, I second that! I got mine on CI recommendation, after I got tired of my Chicago Metallic jelly roll pans buckling like crazy. Lincoln pans are not that expensive if you can find a local restaurant supply store.

As far as why buckling is bad, for me it's because cookies baked on a buckled sheet brown unevenly and are wonky looking.

Why Do My Baking Sheets Buckle in the Oven? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/30/10 12:08 PM

I have the Kool-Tek oven mitts that Joan A. referenced, they are great. They are expensive, which is why I bought one at a time, but they do offer excellent protection (mine cover most of the forearm). I'm constantly touching the top element in the oven -- accidentally, of course -- and these mitts saved my arms from many burns. And they wash up nicely in the washing machine.

Can You Help Me Find a Better Oven Mitt? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/24/10 03:30 PM

I have an electric stove, but mostly use an induction 1-burner cooktop for cooking -- it's so much more responsive! I'd love to be able to buy a Cooktek 2 burner unit.

Survey: Do You Have a Gas or Electric Stovetop? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/22/10 03:10 PM

Kitty! Sorry, I have an involuntary reaction to pictures of pets. I'm sure the fries were very tasty.

Try This: Feta Fries | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/18/10 05:23 PM

Sarah Rae, thanks, can't wait to try them!

Guess This Mystery Grocery Item! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/18/10 04:07 PM

I recently discovered fresh water chestnuts and they are delicious. No comparison to the canned stuff. They're crunchy, juicy, and sweet, like a piece of fruit almost. If the candied version is half as good as the fresh stuff, it's got to be great.

Guess This Mystery Grocery Item! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/18/10 03:40 PM

My favorites are a bright orange Le Creuset skillet, several Griswold pans of different diameters (all in beautiful shape), a cast iron griddle ($2, compared to $50 new), and Waterford crystal wine glasses. Oh, and a gorgeous bone china tea set. Thrift stores can be a treasure trove of kitchenware.

Thrifting for the Kitchen | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/15/10 11:48 PM

I have an electric oven that's pretty accurate, compared to the last one that ran 50 degrees hot. In my opinion, you can't beat an electric oven for bread baking -- the temperature is more constant than gas and the oven cavity is better insulated, which makes steaming easier. My dream kitchen would have an induction cooktop and an electric oven.

Survey: Is Your Oven Gas or Electric? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/15/10 04:16 PM

The one on the right. It's got lots of room to hang pots and utensils, the counter is expansive and clear of decorative clutter. It's a place to work and do some serious cooking.

Same Layout, Different Kitchens: Which Do You Prefer? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/12/10 03:41 PM

Emma, loaves need support during proofing, agreed. :) I was talking about the baking part of it.

How To Shape a Baguette Loaf | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/8/10 05:15 PM

I could eat Kewpie straight out of the bottle. It's the only mayo in my house.

Survey: The Great Mayo Debate | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/8/10 01:43 PM

If the baguettes are shaped properly (meaning there is enough surface tension to hold the shape) you don't need a pan. In fact, the pan alone will never be a good substitute for a hot stone. The best crust and crumb come from baking on a hot stone with steam, just like with any artisan breads.

How To Shape a Baguette Loaf | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/8/10 01:41 PM

I don't use the clock on the microwave and unplug it nightly. Same for the electric kettle, stereo speakers, stand mixer and food processor. The fridge and the stove stay on. However little energy it uses, why waste it? It really is not difficult to plug/unplug things.

Conscientious Cook: Do You Unplug Appliances at Night? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/5/10 11:38 AM

Another omnivore atheist here who thinks that if you're abstaining from meat, you shouldn't be eating eggs. Going along with the "period" analogy, would you consider eating human blood if you weren't eating human flesh?

And as a former Eastern Orthodox Christian who went vegan every Lent, I could never understand the point of the Catholic Lent. Is giving up meat for 6 days a week really such a sacrifice?

Help Settle This Debate: Are Eggs Meat? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/4/10 01:05 PM

Close closet doors while cooking and don't cook in clothes that you wear outside. If you do, wash the clothes before wearing again. Easy!

Freshen Up! How to Get Food Smells Out of Clothes | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/3/10 12:30 PM