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My go-to method for crispy, flavorful tofu:

1. Squeeze out water.
I typically put a tofu block on a upside-down plate over the sink, so the water seeps down. Then a plate on top that holds a weight.
2. Make marinade separately.
3. Cut tofu and fry on a non-stick pan! No oil at all!
4. When done, put it in the marinade and it'll soak it up without losing it's crisp.

What's the Best Way to Make Crispy Tofu? Good Questions
7/2/14 08:02 PM

What a great series!

I moved to a new house in January and had planned having a veggie garden. I live in the South (Zone 8b), so I'm a little ahead of this schedule with beds already made and seedlings in the ground.

Start a Garden Week 2: Building the Raised Bed and Adding the Soil Mix Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/8/14 11:20 AM

You can also find surprising second uses! I use my salad spinner to wring out clothes that I've handwashed.

How a Lemon Juicer Changed My Life Tool Tips
4/7/14 11:31 AM

I am in the aesthetics camp. I am extremely picky and all of my tupperware is the exact same Ziploc twist cap. It's great because you can see inside, they all stack beautifully, and look uniform in the fridge.

However, occasionally I am given tupperware that strays outside my neurotic boundaries and I keep it to the side for friends that are more forgiving. For instance, if I'm giving a batch of cookies to a friend and I know that I won't get the tupperware back, then I'll give them the (perfectly functional) extra ones.

I'm not a big fan of holding onto old pasta sauce glass jars as they really never seal tightly compared to mason/Kerr jars.

Recycled Jars or Pretty New Purchases: Would You Make the Switch?
3/24/14 01:54 PM

Wow! What a difference that made. It transformed that nightstand from looking like it belonged in a college dorm into a high end piece!

Before & After: IKEA Hemnes Nightstand Gets an Inventive Upgrade
3/21/14 10:18 AM

I must add that without all the negative comments, this site would be far less distinct. It's because of the ridiculous outspoken audience that this is my favorite home decor site.

Before & After: Boring Blank Wall Becomes Unbelievable
3/19/14 12:38 PM

Another good rule for 20-somethings: If you have roommates, it's good to store any good housewares for when you live alone.

I hid some of my nice gifts (ceramic soap holders from my mom, embroidered tea towels) and wish that I hid more of them. My roommates would constantly smash plates and say "That's why we can't have nice things!". Be realistic about your living situation and what you can have.

What I Wish I Knew About Home Decor When I Was 22
2/28/14 11:49 AM

My friends stayed in my house while I was out of town and I'm sure they had very good intentions when they took out the kitchen trash during their stay. However, they failed to put in a new liner, but continued to toss their daughter's dirty diapers into the bottom of the can. Great surprise!

Traveling? Here's How to Annoy Your Host
2/20/14 01:54 PM

Fresh out of college, I lived with 5 guys in their mid-20s who still didn't know their way around the kitchen. Here's what I was most asked about:

1. Food safety!! "How long can I keep raw chicken in the fridge?" to "Is this milk still good?"
2. How to cook rice.
3. How to best cut an onion.
4. How to plan grocery shopping and menus for a week on a unemployed person's budget.

I always advise using Google. If you're stumped and looking at a fridge of mismatched ingredients, just type them all into the search bar and add "recipe" at the end. "Sweet potato, pasta, walnuts, yogurt recipe"

What Do Kids Need to Know in the Kitchen Before They Leave Home? Here's My List. What's on Yours?
2/5/14 02:21 PM

How timely! This week, I made a "lasagne" using polenta as a substitute for the pasta ribbons. I layered it with a tomato sauce of chorizo, collard greens and olives (random fridge items) and roughly based it on Guy Fieri's recipe here:

Three Fresh Ways to Eat Polenta
9/6/13 02:31 PM