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The frozen sweet potato fries!! Better than anything I've ever attempted to bake, and as good as the kind you get in restaurants. They actually get really crispy in the oven, taste like they're deep fried (maybe they are...)

Mix some adobo sauce into mayo to dip 'em in!

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 02:15 PM

Wow... best house tour I've ever seen. I am going to bookmark this one and refer to it often! Thank you for sharing!! ((Can't wait for the online shop to be up for The Mason Jar, either!))

Hope and Pete's Bohemian Modern Abode House Tour
4/5/14 12:33 PM

Love the "black" advice. I have to say that I don't consider my style to really encourage black at all - my pallette is creams, greys, indigo blue and "hot" colors like orange or pink - but I have a big black bookshelf and it anchors the room in SUCH an impressive way. I still remember the day I brought it home because I just could not believe what an impact it had on the overall feel of the room. I didn't know why, but maybe it's the black!

Finishing Touches for an Unfinished Room: Tips from the Pros Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/27/14 09:59 PM


I'm guessing the sunroom will have seating in it as well? If so, in the second plan, I just don't imagine you using the space in the upper right hand corner. I think it will feel like wasted space and you'll struggle with how to use it best. Also, my kitchen is very long, but not quite narrow enough to be a galley, and I really find it inefficient. I would so much rather have the appliances/counter space/etc. all in a circle around me.

Either way will be lovely though, I'm sure!!

What's Your Favorite Layout for House We're Building? Good Questions
3/26/14 08:45 AM

Darn, I meant "displaying negative qualities". My brain was thinking different words than I was typing.

The GIF Tutorial That's Helping Me Improve My Knife Skills Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
3/26/14 08:28 AM

They may have started as acronyms, but they (in particular GIF) are slowly developing into widescale usage. Complaining about "GIF" is like complaining that she used the word "radar" or "scuba". Most people don't even know the full acronym, and considering that you're so "old school" you probably wouldn't either (does "Graphics Interchange Format" really make more sense to you?)

"NSFW" is a bit more slangy, I'll grant you, but I wouldn't really put it on par with other text shortcuts like g2g (got to go).

And none of this usage actually stems from "being lazy". Just because you don't understand the way "the youths" speak these days doesn't mean they are inherently wrong, or distributing negative qualities.

The GIF Tutorial That's Helping Me Improve My Knife Skills Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
3/26/14 08:27 AM

I don't really agree with the "Where there are 3 there are 300" ethos. I mean, it's probably true, but, the fact is, if you live in a city there is a colony of mice all around you. Keeping them out of your apartment or house is a perfectly acceptable solution in my opinion. I mean, what are you going to do, burn the whole apartment building down? And then move into another building with the same mouse problem?

Sorry I can't help - steel wool and caulk has happily solved any mouse problem we've ever had, but, I don't know about stuffing it so close to the light fixture. What if you wrapped the steel wool up in something? It would still be impossible to chew through for a mouse, but it might keep the steel wires from poking any of the electrical.

I'm sorry this is happening, what a nightmare!!

Help! Mice Are Falling from My Ceiling! Good Questions
3/20/14 09:46 AM

This sounds fantastic, thanks!! Can't wait to try it.

But let's not forget the Kitchn's other famous sweet potato for breakfast recipe, one I've made multiple times to rave reviews (and which my husband begs for regularly):

Recipe: Sweet Morning Potato with Yogurt, Maple Syrup & Nuts Recipes from The Kitchn
3/6/14 03:46 PM

I think it's a great update, thank you for sharing! What a dramatic change.

Kitchen Before & After: An Outdated Kitchen Gets a Few Small Changes Reader Kitchen Remodel
3/6/14 09:07 AM

Because of baking I've switched to only buying unsalted. I've come to prefer unsalted butter + sea salt on my bread now also! Give it a shot, it's loads better than salted butter.

Why Recipes Call for Unsalted Butter Ingredient Intelligence
3/3/14 02:49 PM

This whole post is making me feel guilty because I use almost all of these things and I hardly even considered them "convenience" foods! I mean, canned tomatoes and beans? Those are just staples in my mind.

When I think of my real convenience splurges, it's definitely frozen meals/pizza. There are always a few Amy's meals in my freezer for last minute lunches.

Have never tried pre-chopped onion or garlic though - always imagined it wouldn't taste very fresh. Maybe I'll rethink that.

What's Your Favorite Convenience Food from the Grocery Store?
2/26/14 09:34 AM

I've made something like this before, from 101cookbooks. She also recommends putting in some onion powder, which gives it a bit more of that "Lipton soup mix" flavor.

Healthy Dip Recipe: French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions & Greek Yogurt Recipes from The Kitchn
2/24/14 03:04 PM

+1 for the Polyblend rec ( I went through probably every grout cleaning method in existence, and I tried a couple of these pens and most of them looked like wite-out on top of my grout. The Polyblend actually soaked into the grout - like the difference between staining or painting wood. It works as a sealant also, so it doesn't rub off in a few days.

I did it about a year ago and it's just now starting to look a little dingy again. It's hard to tell if it's rubbing off and the old stains are showing through, or if these are new stains, but, I'll definitely purchase polyblend again. Warning though - it's tedious as all get out. So many hours on my hands and knees with a little toothbrush.

We Tried It: The Miracle Grout Pen Test,
Before & After

1/27/14 01:59 PM

I got a Martha Stewart (for Macy's) one as a wedding gift and I love it - but maybe I don't even know what I'm missing. How does Martha Stewart stack up against these?

5 Big & Beautiful Dutch Ovens: Plus 10 Recipes to Show Them Off Dutch Ovens 2013
11/13/13 02:07 PM

Well, I should clarify - I love both Eastern Market and U Street. But any guide you ever look at is going to tell you to go there; this list had some better, less-popular-among-tourists, newer spots to check out.

A Design Lover's Guide to Washington, DC Apartment Therapy's Design Destination Guide
7/26/13 02:45 PM

Honestly I had the opposite reaction. Eastern Market and U Street are old news, and H Street is a lot more hype than delivery (14th Street has leap frogged it in development in the last few years). I thought this was one of the better DC lists I've seen.

- Someone who actually lives in DC!

A Design Lover's Guide to Washington, DC Apartment Therapy's Design Destination Guide
7/26/13 02:44 PM

I am pretty sure that hand washing dishes actually uses more water, but I can't cite it - just something I've heard.

My Life Without a Dishwasher Renters Solutions
3/25/13 01:34 PM

Can anyone explain what it is that is making all my garlic sprout? I've started keeping them by themselves in a little corner but I'd rather know what's going on.

Quick Reminder: Why You Should Store Some Fruits and Vegetables Separately
1/25/13 12:52 PM

Oh my gosh that was my original question!! I'm so excited about this! I ended up buying one of the ones recommended in the other thread, but I'll probably download this one too and use it at work :) This is so beautiful.

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1/6/10 10:27 AM

Also helpful because fresh garlic will burn more quickly than other vegetables when roasting. Although dried garlic flakes also work in that situation.

Garlic Powder: Yay or Nay? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/11/09 09:38 AM