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Joy of Cooking. I still use my ratty copy from 1963. It's the best - I can find the answer for most everything in Joy.

Nostalgia: What Was the First Cookbook You Ever Bought? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
7/27/10 08:00 AM

My sister and I collect old community cookbooks - one advantage - the recipe contributed is often the cook's "reputation" recipe.
A downside - often directions that are incomplete. Not necessarily for beginning cooks - it helps to have experience to judge whether a recipe will work or not.

On Community Cookbooks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/14/10 03:09 PM

What about some under-the-cabinet ideas, like a knife block, appliances, etc., that would give you more counter space between the stove and sink. I also use large baskets above my cabinets - but I also outfitted the closest closet to the kitchen as a pantry, with some steel shelving and simple nails on the side walls to hang pots, etc. cabinet knife block&sprefix=under cabinet kn

How Can We Effectively Use the Space Above Our Cabinets? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/21/10 06:22 PM

I buy honey in a 1/2 gallon jar and decant it into half-pint canning jars when I bring it home. I top the jars with a little plastic wrap and then top with the lid. We use the small jars fairly quickly; since we started doing this we haven't had any crystallize, we always did before we could use up the 1/2 gallon when we left it in the big jar or put it into a plastic squeeze bottle. I think the glass appears to work better than plastic; also we only opened the big jar once and leave the small jars closed until we use them; less air into the honey jars.

Will the Right Container Keep My Honey Liquid? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/13/10 05:17 PM

If you live in the midwest, buy Mrs. Clark's. Compare the ingredients to Hellman's - Mrs. Clark's has dry mustard and no sugar of any kind.

Brown Bag Thursday: Hellmann's vs. Homemade Mayonnaise | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/10/10 09:16 PM

Even my husband figured out you really need a flour sifter, not a strainer, when he sifted some to help me out on baking day. He chose this one - we love it.

My sister, the dessert queen, says "when did everyone decide that you don't really need a sifter???"

Basic Techniques: How to Sift Flour (Without a Sifter!) | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/5/10 11:47 AM

I bake, broil and roast everything but a 20# turkey and yeast bread loaves in my Breville. I usually make enough bread or rolls that I don't want to dink with the small oven then. If you are cooking for 2 and don't mind making 1 loaf or 1 pie at a time, the Breville is great. I use ours all the time. It takes a 9 x 13" pan. If you are baking for a larger family, I would think you'll have to look at some sort of catering oven if you can't get a new stove. When I lived in Europe, we had apartment sized (20") coal and gas ranges side by side. But the 20# turkey wouldn't fit in either of those ovens either.

Can You Recommend a Good Countertop Convection Oven? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/26/10 10:41 AM

Put the dish in a plastic bag, pour in some ammonia, a cupful or so, seal and let set overnight in the sink or outside. Throw away the bag, scrub your dish with hot soapy water, you usually don't even need a scrubbee. It really works, and is much safer than oven cleaner.

Help! How Do I Get the Grease Off My Ceramic Dish? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/25/10 01:18 PM

I use a pastry pro pastry blender - they make one with a longer distance between the handle and business end and sell it as a potato masher - I use the shorter one for both potatoes and baking - less stuff to storel

What Is the Best Tool for Making Mashed Potatoes? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/22/10 04:37 PM

I have electric now, not my choice, but I was raised in Texas and I much, much prefer gas.

Survey: Do You Have a Gas or Electric Stovetop? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/22/10 02:44 PM

Gimme a U - gimme a U. The U shaped kitchens I have had have always been the most efficient. I want a continuous counter between the sink and stove. My next favorite is a galley with the stove and sink on one side and the fridge on the other. When I was in college as a foods major - they recommended the fridge as the appliance that could most easily be out of the triangle if necessary and I agree.

The Kitchen Work Triangle: As Seen In Real Kitchens! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/16/10 03:02 PM

It's raining and cold - homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles and home-canned chicken and broth; also tried a really yummy lemon mousse from Martha's cookbook "Dinner at Home". I think I'll try freezing the leftovers for ice cream tomorrow. We got farm eggs from my brother-in-law yesterday - so noodles and the lemon curd for the mousse are extra good.
Tomorrow we're making cabbage and ham au gratin - got St. Patrick's day sale cabbage for 1¢ per pound. We'll have cole slaw with homemade dressing on Monday.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of March 13-14, 2010 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/13/10 11:44 AM

I gave mine away - I make bread in that old favorite, the Kitchenaide, (and cookies, cakes, etc., etc,) that also has pasta rollers, an ice cream maker, a meat grinder, etc. that I use regularly. The Kitchenaide is versatile enough to merit the countertop footprint - a single-use breadmaker is not.

Use It Or Lose It: The Bread Machine | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/5/10 11:24 AM

We love, love, love our Breville toaster oven - I gave our toaster away. Right now I am baking cottage cheese custards in it; we toast in it, bake cakes, quick breads, casseroles in it; cookies, pizza, etc.; also bake chicken, fish, pork chops, etc. Only takes a few minutes to preheat and bakes very evenly. It also is the best toaster we have had.

Toaster or Toaster Oven: Which Do You Prefer? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/3/10 04:26 PM

A small "leatherman" tool, a multiscrewdriver, tape measure, tiny Olfa touch knife for opening packages, razor-blade type glass scraper, mini maglite, tiny calculator, 2 pens and a fine and thin sharpie for marking dates on freezer bags and pantry items as purchased.
My drawer is about 12" square - I keep things separated in a divider so it's easy to find what I need. We lost our electricity yesterday in an ice storm - i found the flashlight by touch.
I guess I would call it a Utility drawer, even though my Mom called it a junk drawer.

What's In Your Kitchen Junk Drawer? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/22/10 03:12 PM

Calm and beautiful, much less cluttered than the other two. However, I have seen better often on Apartment therapy.

The Urbane Traveller by Eileen Joyce for Bloomingdale's Bloomingdale's Big Window Challenge 2010, Room #3 | Apartment Therapy New York
1/20/10 05:10 PM

A past set for my kitchenaid with a roller and 4 cutters - I love it! We've made pasta 3 times just since Christmas. Also got the ice cream maker for the mixer - it works great too, and doesn't take up as much room as a separate ice cream maker would. Now maybe my stand mixer won't "stand" quite as much.

Tell Us! Best Kitchen Gift You Gave or Received This Year? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/4/10 07:47 PM

We love ours! We have had 2 Cusinarts, and a Krups; we gave away the Krups because the alternating power thing drove us crazy - we could never get toast done on both sides evenly.

We purchased the Breville and we are in heaven! It holds a 13" x 9" pan - we do everything in it - toast, custards, pies, quick breads and cakes as well as fish, pork chops, casseroles, etc. Worth the money.

Product Review: Breville Smart Oven | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/28/09 11:53 AM

I also home can split pea soup - I can have that comfort food whenever I want. If I am cooking this soup, it pays to do one step more and can it per the Ball Blue Book.

Recipe: Split Pea Soup | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/14/09 05:37 PM

Just got our pasta attachments for our big Kitchenaid. We made egg pasta from The Mixer Bible - perfect! We had fettuccini Alfredo from The Joy of Cooking using the homemade noodles for lunch today- what can I say - this is a classic dish that takes about 15 minutes. My brother-in-law brought us eggs from the farm for the pasta - we traded - noodles for fresh eggs!

Cooking in the Cold | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/4/09 04:33 PM