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It really looks lovely. But is the dishwasher now gone?

Kitchen Before & After: Cheryl's 'Very Tight Budget' DIY Redo Reader Kitchen Remodel
6/15/12 01:53 PM

@Mona D, I was going to post that! I've made Fethiye's recipe and it's OH so delicious. There's a real richness to 'em.

Beloved Turkish Breakfast: The Secret's in the Swirl
10/30/10 02:59 AM

I like 'em in leftover soup, or over leftover pasta.

Easy Meal! Prosciutto Mozzarella with Poached Eggs | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/18/10 02:06 AM

Poffertjes - little puffy Dutch pancakes! They use a yeasted batter, and usually part buckwheat flour, part wheat flour. You eat them with butter, powdered sugar, and sometimes a sprinkle of liquor.

You're supposed to use a special cast iron pan, like an aebleskiver pan, but I think they'd be fine in a cast iron frying pan.

Ingredient Spotlight: Buckwheat Flour | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/12/10 08:36 PM

I have a small Tribest "personal blender," and it came with an additional milling blade which does a pretty good job. I use the milling blade pretty often to grind up small batches of stuff - spices, nuts, grains, stale bread into crumbs, etc. So for people who aren't looking to mill large quantities, I would suggest it.

Grain Mills: A Good Investment? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/22/10 05:25 PM

Child toy. My little son likes to steal the plunging assembly and walk around spinning it, either pretending it's a fan or a helicopter. Sometimes he disassembles it.

I just use mine for those floral art teas.

What Are Some Creative Alternate Uses for a French Press? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/22/10 05:16 PM

Way out west, there's Grocery Outlet.

5 Tips for Grocery Savings at Reclaimed Freight Centers | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/13/10 05:37 PM

From my grandmother's collection of recipes - we make this any time we have a big family dinner involving ham:


Sauce For Ham - Delicious
Harriet Hansen, 1964
(Red Oak, Iowa)

3 egg yolks, well beaten
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1/2 cup tomato soup
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick, melted)
1/2 cup sugar

Cook in a double boiler until it coats the spoon.


By "tomato soup" she means the canned soup concentrate, undiluted. White or apple cider vinegar are fine.
The result is super tangy and it is really tasty with ham. We always joke that you can clean the silver with the leftover sauce.
My grandmother's hand-written recipe card says "Sauce for Ham - Delicious" but over time we've gotten to just calling it "Sauce for Ham Delicious."

What Are Good Recipes to Use Up Smoked Ham? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/25/10 07:15 PM

I do this, although not every night. I heat up a little bit of water in my electric kettle, pour it onto the plate, and let it sit. I stack up a couple of plates. You have to dry it off, but it warms up fast this way.

Why and How Do I Warm Dinner Plates for Serving? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/28/10 04:18 AM

I lived in nearby Valbonne for a year, about ten years ago...thanks for taking me back a little. I think there are ceramics from nearby Biot as well (as well as glassware). So there's probably a belt of nice clay along there.

Besides beans, if you want to cook/serve something regional in that, perhaps a soup au pistou
? Perhaps with a nice pan bagnat.

Can You Give Me Any Info About This Vintage Clay Pot? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/25/10 02:58 AM

Another vote for oatmeal cookies - although I like a mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips in them.

Beyond Blondies: Other Ideas for Butterscotch Chips? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/24/10 06:59 PM

Is that mozzarella-looking thing a burrata? Also, I want the melty brie-looking one, please. OM NOM NOM NOM.

Win this Artisan Cheese Assortment from Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board! Holiday Giveaway 2009 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/4/09 05:26 PM

Love that movie. Jeremy Northam is my favorite actor, and he's incredible as Ivor Novello.
And I really enjoyed the kitchen details, too! The knives, the politics among the staff, etc.

Look! Old-Fashioned Egg Holder | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/20/09 03:07 AM

I took a tip from a friend of mine and make iced tea mixing several flavors - a favorite is the Black Cherry Berry with a little Bengal Spice. Another is True Blueberry, Wild Berry Zinger, and again, a little Bengal Spice. The Bengal Spice is great because the resulting tea has a spicy/sweet taste without any sweetener.

Expert Interview: Charlie Baden of Celestial Seasonings | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/18/09 02:26 AM

I like to add almond and vanilla to most baked items. The full amount of vanilla called for plus a very small amount (less than 1/4 tsp) of almond to boost it. I find that almond is very strong and can overpower, but a little bit of it is just so tasty and interesting.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Five Uses for Almond Extract
10/24/09 07:02 PM

I have a similar product, but it's a different brand (Tribest). I like it a lot, and I can buy parts for it.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Product Review: The Magic Bullet Blender
6/28/09 02:14 AM

Maybe this is too easy for them, but what about Buckeyes? Instead of peanut butter they could try some exotic nut-butters, like hazelnut or macadamia. Sometimes a small amount of paraffin - seriously - is called for to be melted in with the chocolate to be used to coat Buckeyes. This is to make the melting point higher. There are chocolate bars shipped to American troops in the Middle East that have a high melting point - probably pretty waxy!

I was thinking the other day how fun it could be to make a sort of smores-bonbon. A base of graham cracker, with marshmallow stuck to it, coated in chocolate, maybe? Or something like rocky road, with pieces of graham crackers instead of nuts?

Also, cake-pops are trendy, and offer a lot of room for creativity. The online recipes and how-tos seem to call for canned frosting and "candy melts" but if your kids prefer to cook from scratch (the candies they've made so far sound so impressive!), they can come up with something grand.

Oh, one more - Rice Krispy Treats are a perennial favorite and have a lot of variations. After reading this entry at Cakespy.com I had to try making the Trix ones, they look so cool! And they were fun to eat. I'll bet they'd be hot sellers at a county fair just because they look so neato.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Candy Recipes for County Fair Time?
6/12/09 09:44 PM

I made a clementine cake with half clementines, half Meyer lemons. I'll bet you could do it just using Meyer lemons, just taste a few times to make sure it's the right sweetness.

I think a whole lemon tart would also be of interest.

Both ideas use entire lemons, rind and all!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: What To Do With This Bag of Lemons?
3/27/09 12:53 AM

You know, I got a VitaMix, and it's not that thrilling. Honestly, it's not. I got tired of cleaning out the giant pitcher when I just made myself a protein shake. And later on I bought myself a "personal" blender (in my case, a TriBest) and I use that all the time - to grind flour out of oats (it came with a "milling blade"), to make shakes and smoothies, etc. There are cheaper ones, but you can order replacement parts for the TriBest.

I have a KitchenAid and I do like it, but you only really need that kind of horsepower for some applications, like making meringues or marshmallows, bread dough as people said, etc. For a batter or whipping cream it's kind of overkill. So it depends on what you really like to cook.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens?
1/30/09 10:23 PM

Clabber was mentioned in The Color Purple by Alice Walker, too - Harpo stops by to see Celie and has a glass of clabber with cornbread crumbled into it.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Word of Mouth: Clabber
1/8/09 08:26 PM