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We are happy with this sofa that we got at Star, after looking at all the furniture stores we could think of for a leather sofa that didn't look like a "dad couch" or some vaguely 1980's sense of modern design. Ours is red. The cats nicked it once, but they lost interest quickly. We also have dogs and a toddler and it cleans up easily. On sale, it was under $1k.

Can You Help Us Find a $1000 Couch We Can Agree On? Good Questions
7/18/14 01:42 PM

Love the room, especially the paint color. Might be just what I had in mind for our son's room. Looks lovely here, but is it bold and/or darker in person?

Cam's Quilt-Inspired Room My Room
6/3/14 02:36 PM

For dark meat, I love John Ash's Moroccan marinade more than anything else except the occasional barbecue-style
For about 3/4 cups of marinade:
2 tsp. toasted coriander (I just use ground, but if you have the means, toast the whole spices and then grind)
2 tsp. toasted cumin (^ditto^)
3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, mint, parsley, or your preferred mix between the 3
1/2 tsp. ground ginger (better to use a tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger, but I just don't like the stuff)
2 tbs. chopped garlic
2 tsp. sweet paprika
2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice, or a mix of lemon and lime
3 tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1 tbs. sugar
2 tsp. bottled hot pepper sauce (more or less to taste; I like Cholula)

Put everything into a food processor or blender and blend till smooth. This is a perfect time for using a mason jar on your blender. Store in the fridge up to 3 days.

Good for about a pound and a half of legs/thighs.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Are the Best Marinades or Glazes for Grilled Chicken?
7/8/09 07:31 PM

Love 7 minute frosting...

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Help Me Find Lighter Alternatives to Buttercream Frosting Good Question
7/8/09 07:28 PM

Is it my eyes fooling me or is that a fairly compact gas grill you have there? If so, would you be willing to share the details?

Great patio all around, I'm envious as well. I can't keep anything alive outside.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | My Great Outdoors: Erin's Edible Balcony
7/5/09 06:30 PM

Brilliant, I must try these.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Cannoli Sandwich Cookies Guest Post from Katie of goodLife {eats}
6/29/09 08:18 PM

Not sure if it's nationally distributed, but at least around Houston you can buy a deet-free repellant with cedar called Cedarcide (sure it's available online). Best I've used.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Roundup:Non-Toxic Natural Bug Sprays
6/22/09 08:50 PM

Very nice, but I didn't see anything indicating it was actually Tyra Banks' office.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Office Overhaul: The Tyra Bank's Show
6/16/09 08:38 PM

Poached and served over roasted asparagus?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: An Impressive Dish with Fresh Eggs?
6/12/09 07:09 PM

That's a hell of a headline for a food photo!

Props to you for handmixing brioche dough. For me, that was the main reason for wanting a stand mixer.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Sunday Morning Breakfast Brioche (With Chocolate) Guest Post from Laura of What I Like
5/29/09 10:32 PM

What sort of tacos are you serving?

I'm Mexican too and yeah, rice and beans are classic (tons of recipe out there for red rice, but I like the white rice pilaf cooked with garlic and onion and maybe some green peas and carrots in the end), but if you're looking for something a little different, try this salad (adapted from Rick Bayless). Served it at my wedding, it's very refreshing and tasty.

Jicama salad with cantaloupe, oranges, tomato and avocado

1 medium jicama, peeled, halved, sliced 1/4 in thick, and halved again (for triangles, roughly)
1/2 cantaloupe, in large dice
2 oranges, peeled and segmented (or, if you're in a hurry, peeled and sliced horizontally)
1 large avocado, diced
6 radishes, sliced thinly (optional)
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thinly (optional)
8 or so cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
pinch of ancho chili powder, to taste (optional, but recommended)
3 tbs, or so lime juice
2 tbs, chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. or so salt

Toss everything in a big bowl. Check the salt.

Yields: A big bowlful

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: What Should I Serve With Tacos?
5/27/09 08:39 PM

Love the idea (and watermelon), but I'm curious about the rationale of giving one as a hostess gift/requiring no prep work. Is it just the folks I know, or don't a lot of people avoid watermelon due to the carving involved? (likewise, pineapple)

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Picnic Tip: How To Make a Watermelon Sling
5/26/09 07:32 PM

Grooms' cakes dont have to be themed (although I wouldn't doubt that the majority are). There are many bakeries that offer nicely decorated chocolate cakes. Garnishing with chocolate covered strawberries seems to be extremely popular, as are chocolate shavings. But they can come in any number of styles.

Our groom's cake was very simply decorated, but it was so delicious. I chose the baker specifically because I had loved the groom's cake at my cousin's wedding.

It's not so totally wasteful, because you order fewer portions of wedding cake to compensate. Frequently people want a little piece of both, but you don't order 200 portions of each for a 200 guest wedding.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | The Groom's Cake: A Crazy Chocolate Wedding Tradition
5/22/09 12:57 AM

I've made these with diced mozzarella bits mixed throughout (vs one piece in the middles). Gives every bite that melty cheesy goodness.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Use for Leftovers: Arancini
5/12/09 07:49 PM

I have a Kapoosh, too. Love it so much I got one for my mom. My uncle thought hers was so cool he bought one. Spreads like a virus.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Survey: How Do You Store Your Knives?
4/22/09 12:33 PM

They are also awesome mixed into a potato gratin.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What To Do With Ramps
4/14/09 01:03 PM

Awesome job with the dining nook; I am jealous. I also like how you worked with the malm dressers. I've seen a lot of different/cool approaches to those dressers in this contest.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Small Cool 2009: Kaycia's Welcoming Cottage Small Division #12
4/13/09 07:41 PM

I feel like I'm always chiming in on Wal-MArt, but it's probably the only truly national grocery chain (though maybe not Brooklyn, of course)... Anyway, they definitely carry Reynold's parchment with the other foil and plastic wrap, but they also have it in the wedding/cake/candy craft section (Wilton brand). That aisle is full of useful goodies for baking and cooking more than just wedding cakes, and a lot of the stuff there is not duplicated in the kitchen or baking section.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Basic Technique: Dry Poaching
4/13/09 06:45 PM

Where do these woven club chairs come from? I've seen a few of them lately and really like it.

Nice place, very warm.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Small Cool 2009: Emily's Downsize Theory Little Division #22
4/13/09 04:24 PM

That last photo is beautiful. The whole space is so homey and inviting but also really elegant. Very nicely done.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Small Cool 2009: Sara's Starting Over Studio Teeny-tiny Division #12
4/12/09 03:10 PM