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I live in a one-bedroom with my husband. I wouldn't choose to live in an apartment with an undercounter refrigerator, as we do a lot of cooking and a lot of storing of leftovers!

Full-size refrigerators come in many different sizes, though. Try searching for "apartment refrigerators." There are many brands that offer full-height fridges in slightly narrower dimensions at a variety of price ranges. LG and Whirlpool have some well-priced options, while Liebherr and Smeg are more expensive (but also SUPER pretty).

What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 09:03 AM

I haven't peeled chickpeas, but I did once catch myself peeling a pile of soaked almonds. I asked myself, "is this really what I want to be doing with these precious few minutes of my life?" And the answer, surprisingly, was "Yes." It's not something I'd want to do on an everyday basis, but at that moment, peeling almonds was almost like meditating.

Why I Spent 20 Minutes Peeling Chickpeas Kitchen Diary: Emily in Los Angeles
7/23/14 01:27 PM

I rediscovered three-bean salad while looking for an all-American but vegan-friendly recipe for the 4th of July. It's the perfect dish to bring for a picnic! I've adapted this recipe every which way (always cutting the sweetener to 1 Tbsp total) and it's always a success.

What Are Good Recipes for Picnics? Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
7/15/14 01:13 PM

My husband & I are about to move into an apartment without laundry facilities, so I'm loving these tips!

One thing I've wondered about is this: I always pull out knit sweaters, gym clothes made with wicking fabrics, etc. after the wash cycle to let them air dry. At home, it's easy to hang them up/lay them flat immediately, but how does it work at a laundromat? I suppose I'll have to bring my damp things home, right? This is just where an old-fashioned wringer would come in handy!

Our Best Tips for Living Without a Washing Machine
7/15/14 11:54 AM

We are about to move from a condo that we rent directly from the owners (we were their first tenants-- they lived in the unit before) to an all-rental apartment building with a super. Our landlords in the current place are flexible and very nice, but we always had to arrange for our own plumber, appliance repair guys, etc. (the cost was taken out of our rent). I ended up DIYing a lot of repairs just to avoid the hassle. I've learned how to un-jam a garbage disposal, do basic plumbing, get the sulfur smell out of a hot water heater, etc. etc. etc... I can't wait to have a super!

Living in an Apartment Means Never Having to Do Anything
7/11/14 09:49 AM

I love to mince a chipotle pepper and stir it into scrambled eggs. Along with some well-seasoned black beans, it makes a great vegetarian taco filling!

From Steamed Eggs to Egg Custard: 15 New Ways to Eat an Egg Recipes from The Kitchn
6/27/14 10:04 AM

I've been making overnight oats using a combination of skim milk and Greek yogurt, with flax meal for fiber/good fat and a teaspoon or two of maple syrup for sweetness. I love to throw in a cardamom pod for the overnight soak, and I top the mixture with blueberries in the morning.

Traditional muesli doesn't appeal to me because I'm not a huge fan of dried fruit. But I might try more nuts and seeds to my usual oat and flax meal.

Why You Should Love Muesli Just as Much as You Love Granola Whole Grains for Breakfast
6/25/14 11:25 AM

Considering how warmer colors are supposed to be appetite-enhancing and cooler ones appetite-suppressing, I was also surprised to see so many blue and green kitchens! My parents just painted their kitchen walls peach, and it makes the space feel so warm and happy.

Our rental kitchen is gray-blue, but I would have loved to paint it in a warmer tone. Weirdly, our landlords painted the cabinet frames (but not the doors!) the same color as the walls, and it would have been too labor-intensive to change for the year we are living there.

Find Your Perfect Paint Color: Inspiration for the Kitchen (with Actual Paint Names)
6/13/14 08:49 AM

Seconding all the great recommendations above. A few extras: for breakfast, I love making overnight oats with milk/water, some flax or chia seeds, a bit of sugar, and fresh berries.

For meals to make at home and reheat in the hotel, I'd suggest casseroles. I borrowed Faith's book "Not Your Mother's Casseroles" from the library-- lots of great options, especially for omnivores. Grain salads with beans and firmer vegetables (like broccoli, carrots, celery & peppers) might also be good, and can stand up to a few days in the cooler/fridge.

Best Tips for Cooking in a Hotel Room? Good Questions
6/11/14 10:50 AM

I rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve, let it drain well, and then toast it in a dry pan, first with the heat low until the grains dry out, then turning it up to medium until they turn toasty and fragrant. This only works if you don't crowd the pan, though. I find that a cup of quinoa in a 12" skillet is just about right.

My Number One Tip for Cooking Better Grains Tips from The Kitchn
6/11/14 09:11 AM

I imagine that if he has to wake up so early, he might like something portable to eat on the way to work.

This recipe for breakfast cookies was just featured in the Washington Post today. He could freeze a large batch and then bake up a week's worth every Sunday night (or whichever day works best). I also made these oatmeal protein bars a few months ago and really enjoyed them.

What are Good Make-Ahead Breakfasts? Good Questions
6/10/14 04:47 PM

I love stirring some harissa into Greek yogurt and using it as a dip for vegetables!

The New Way I'm Using Greek Yogurt in the Kitchen Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
6/10/14 03:15 PM

I love Greek yogurt! We always get the plain kind because it's so much more versatile, plus I don't like buying products with added sugar. We are Fage adherents, though we switch it up between 0% and 2% depending on what's on the shelf at the grocery store. The nonfat versions of other brands are too tart for me, but Fage's seems milder.

I do buy plain regular yogurt on occasion, mostly for baking. The moisture content is so different from Greek that I'm not confident in substituting it.

What's The Difference Between Regular and Greek Yogurt? Ingredient Intelligence
6/4/14 12:24 PM

What a sweet room! Although there are a lot of toys in a small space, it doesn't look chaotic-- it looks like a little boy has a lot of fun there. I especially like the number line on the cabinets and the DIY play stove.

Casimir's Room Grows Up from Nursery to Big Boy Room Kids Room Transitions
6/4/14 10:02 AM

I totally understand getting rid of a microwave if you're short on counter space, but why not use it if it's there? It's faster and more energy-efficient than using the stove or oven to reheat food.

That said, I can't really think of a way to hide it. My first thought was to create a lightweight plywood "jacket" to attach to the cabinet frames on either side, leaving the exhaust vent clear. But it would have to be pretty deep to accommodate the microwave door handle.

Maybe you could unplug the microwave, hang some art on the front, and use it as an extra cabinet? Would that unplug the exhaust fan, as well?

How Do I Hide a Built-In Microwave? Good Questions
6/4/14 09:50 AM

I don't like the idea of cleanses, but "reset weeks" are part of my life, particularly around holidays when I'm spending lots of time with family. Being a vegetarian in somebody else's home usually means lots of cheese and highly processed grains, neither of which my body appreciates. So when I get home, I like to make a tomato-based lentil soup with lots of dark leafy greens stirred in or salads with tofu or hardboiled eggs. I hold off on eating grains during these weeks, except for my breakfast oatmeal.

What I Call \"Eating Like I'm on Vacation\" Kitchen Diary: Kate in New York City
6/3/14 01:26 PM

Very pretty! I love the natural wood in the before, but the black goes really makes the new upholstery fabric pop.

I adore those pillows, too-- anybody know where they're from?

Before & After: Maria's Cane Chairs Get Classy
6/3/14 10:14 AM

It's even worse for vegetarians. Luckily, my home airport has a Chipotle, so that's not too bad. New Orleans was the worst airport dining experience for me... lots of delicious-smelling food, all of it meaty! I ended up with the saddest Subway sandwich in the universe.

Why Is Airport Food So Terrible? Kitchen Diary: Kate in New York City
5/29/14 02:39 PM

We had hand-me-down Corelle from my parents for a few years, but the bowls started breaking in the microwave. So we went for the other popular choice here-- the Aspen set from Crate & Barrel. Having grown up with Corelle, the new dishes are much bigger and heavier than I'm used to, but so far they've been very durable and I love the clean, classic style.

6 Helpful Things To Consider When Shopping For New Dishes Reader Intelligence Report
5/16/14 01:21 PM

Trader Joe's 70% dark chocolate was recently rated a best value in Consumer Reports... TJ's requires a special trip for me, so I haven't tried it yet, but I hope to soon!

How Many of These Popular Trader Joe's Products Have You Tried? Grocery Shopping
5/14/14 11:51 AM