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Display Name: Marina87
Member Since: 10/15/09

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I did the exact same thing with my cookbooks two years ago and I love it! I also have them in an awkward doorway where nothing else could go. I would definitely recommend anchoring the shelves. We learned that the hard way...


Before & After: Cookbook Display Goes Front-Facing Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 07:52 PM

I have a mini cuisinart food processor and use it twice a day. It NEVER leaves my counter - and because tight is limited, this food processor does duty as my blender, stick blender, grater, etc. We use it for:
-making smoothies
-chopping onions
-purees and soups
-grating carrots
-breadcrumbs
-dips/hummus/salsa etc


My Top 10 Ways to Use Your Food Processor Tips from The Kitchn
1/29/14 10:51 AM

I'd love this room for myself! Then again, my wedding registry includes a dinosaur duvet...


Kids Room Style Board: Beyond the
North Sea

1/17/14 04:09 PM

I really like the series on entertaining - the one with the movie party in the summer was awesome. I recreated that for my birthday two weeks later! I also like the ones with ideas for centrepieces or pretty table settings. I'd love more of that. Pretty things = Happy Anna!

I agree with the comments on more gardening posts, CSA posts, and tutorial type of posts. I love tutorials with pictures or simple how-to guides.


How Can We Help You Be Happier in the Kitchen in 2014?
1/14/14 03:21 PM

Bedroom - change the duvet, rotate the mattress, wardrobe switch
Sports closet - get the skis out, put baseball bats away
In late fall, I'll clear out the containers from the container garden and put them away


Falling into Autumn: Yearly Home Rituals
9/13/13 04:43 PM

I like to freeze:
1. Brown bananas to use in banana bread
2. Cookie dough
3. Quiche
4. Chili
5. Soup
6. Broth
7. Frozen meat
8. For a short period of time, frozen salmon, pre-marinated
9. Pulled pork
10. Berries or other fruit for smoothies
11. Casserole like items - moussaka freezes well, pastitsio (Greek baked pasta)

Once you get in the habit of batch cooking and freezing food, you find so much more time in your day and can save lots of money. Keep labels and a pen handy. I store everything by reusing yogurt containers or margarine containers.


What Are Your Favorite Meals to Make Ahead and Freeze? Reader Intelligence Request
9/4/13 11:02 AM

It's sometimes easier to make a plan when you have a theme. For example, my friend's housewarming was Mexican themed and they had a make your own taco bar for dinner and the appetizers were nachos with salsa and guacamole. As the party went on, they had a pinata and truth be told, the pinata was the most memorable part of the night. One little special event/activity, can really make the party.

Secondly, don't be afraid to cheat a little. I know at my first housewarming, I put pressure on myself to make everything by hand. I was exhausted by the time the party started. The truth is, everyone cheats and buys a few appetizers/dips from the store. Make only one or two things yourself, and if you can prepare them in advance, even better.


I'm Throwing My First Housewarming Party! Any Advice? Good Questions
8/29/13 09:56 AM

I'd live in the house for a few months before making a decision. I have a small room awkward room in my apartment that we struggled to know what to do with. It began as a library/sitting room, but then we realized we weren't using it. Then we changed it to an office. We weren't using it again. After about 8 months, we realized what we needed was a dedicated area for all of our bikes and sports gear. So that's what the room is now. It might not be a beacon of interior design, but it is practical and makes our place much more livable.


Uses for \"Odd Room\" in New House? Good Questions
8/16/13 08:31 AM

oops, by oregano I mean dried mint. (Oregano and feta is ideal with tomatoes on toast though)


How To Make Creamy Scrambled Eggs
8/8/13 10:12 AM

This is my approach but I cook them a little quicker. I also add feta and oregano in my scrambled eggs. It might be the Greek in me, but I can't eat eggs without feta. Now I've converted my partner too.


How To Make Creamy Scrambled Eggs
8/8/13 10:11 AM

When there is a good sale (with coupons to make it great), we'll stock up. I have a drawer in my bathroom for extra toothpaste, razor blades, shampoo etc. I always get the big pack of tp - I put a few in the bathroom and the rest sits in my bedroom. Since I'm short, the top shelves in my kitchen are mostly useless, so they make a good spot for a costco bag of quinoa, pasta, etc. I keep a reasonable amount in jars at a height I can use easily and it works.


Small Home Living: Do You Buy in Bulk?
5/8/13 08:04 PM

I'm surprised Artichokes a la polita (city style). It's a Greek dish, with shallots, carrots, lemon, and potatoes. You can add lamb if you want to make it like a fricasee.

Or stewed with peas and tomatoes.

So many options! I LOVE artichokes!


Help Me Learn to Love Artichokes! Ingredient Spotlight
5/6/13 06:03 PM

Fennel and pork stew may be my favourite meal.


Cooking with Fennel: Tips for Using the Whole Head (Don't Toss Those Fronds!)
4/5/13 09:34 PM

Liz, This post is hilarious and so genuine! Love it!


Recipe: Lobster Rolls (and Lobster Lessons) | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/25/10 10:17 PM

In Spetses, Greece (the island beside Hydra - the island in the photo).


Dream Big: Where Would Like to Escape for Breakfast? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/6/10 11:39 PM

My first thought was Bombay company as well. The mahogany ones are beautiful. I also have a Tazo one - it's nice but not close to the same quality.


Can You Help Me Find an Elegant Tea Chest? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/6/10 11:33 PM

Whole olives (though Olive bread, pie and tapenade are ok) - this is a huge problem for me as I am Greek and so not eating olives is nearly a sin

Beets - though I haven't tried them since I was a kid

And possibly dandelions, rapini, etc. I can eat them but I never enjoy it.

Besides that, I like and eat just about anything. Most things that people listed are my favourites - fennel, carrots, mushrooms, seafood are my food staples


What Foods Have You Tried To Like, But Just Can't?! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/15/10 07:43 PM

I completely agree with making others feel comfortable being the most important part.

I don't think etiquette should ever be a reason to not take partake in something. You will never learn if you don't try and small things like knowing how to serve from a shared dish or serve tea (like in Dim sum) are trivial and can be overlooked if you at least appear pleasant, jovial and genuinely happy to share the company you are with.


Weekend Meditation: Minding Our Manners | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/13/10 09:54 PM

I second the Ephemere suggestion (by Unibroue). It is just amazing!


Intro to Craft Brews: Our Best Beers for Newbies Beer Sessions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/8/10 04:45 PM

I drink goat milk almost exclusively. Yes, it is a bit of an acquired taste, but it's much healthier! Plus it's lactose free!


Seasonal Spotlight: Goat Milk | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/8/10 04:13 PM