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And the Grand Prize Winner of The Big Reveal Contest Is... The Big Reveal 2014
8/1/14 03:39 PM

Ditto on the painter's tape. You can also stick it onto a container that's already refrigerated or frozen.

@Sparky'sMom I'm interested that you freeze onions and celery. I do to keep them for stock, but I'd always assumed the texture would suffer too much to use in recipes. I would love to be able to do that though. I'll give it a try!

The Best Ways to Store Leftover Ingredients Tips from The Kitchn
8/1/14 02:05 PM

PS Is that true what is says in the article, that family dinner is considered a bourg-y, snobby thing in the US now? Heaven help us.

Yes, There Are Real Benefits to Eating Dinner Together as a Family Food News
8/1/14 01:57 PM

My family ate dinner together every night growing up, and so did my husband's. When we got married we got in the habit of eating healthy, homecooked meals every night...on the couch, watching Netflix. Such a fun guilty pleasure! Now we have a 4 month old and we are somewhat grudgingly realizing that it's time to bring back family dinner at the table. We're telling ourselves that we'll bring Netflix dinners back in a couple decades when our kids are out of the house. Something to look forward to. :-)

Yes, There Are Real Benefits to Eating Dinner Together as a Family Food News
8/1/14 01:50 PM

It looks great, well done.

I really hope--for the sake of people like Bethany--that open kitchen shelving doens't become the chalkboard paint of three years from now. How annoying to have to put cabinets back on to sell your house!

Kitchen Before & After: A 3-Day, $200 Kitchen Makeover Kitchen Remodel
7/31/14 11:12 AM

Buxxfeed = the adult version of buzzfeed?

10 Terrible Crimes Against Bananas Food Crimes
7/31/14 12:15 AM

Ditto, don't be buxxfeed please!

10 Terrible Crimes Against Bananas Food Crimes
7/31/14 12:15 AM

You're pregnant! Congratulations!

Pizza Party on the Porch: The Plan Gatherings from The Kitchn
7/27/14 08:10 AM

Congrats, Faith! Well done.

Watch Faith Make a Summer Veggie Pie on The Juice As Seen In
7/24/14 03:49 PM

Thank you, TheKitchn, for both providing mouthwatering recipes like this one and now for posting the nutrition facts to talk me out of making it. I love you for both services!

Recipe: Caramel Fudge Brownies with Marshmallow Cream Dessert Recipes from The Kitchn
7/24/14 01:09 PM

Woo hoo! This is a great service, thank you very much.

Nutrition Data Is Now Available on Recipes from The Kitchn Editor Announcement
7/24/14 01:01 PM

I just noticed that you're using these for stir-fries. I like to cook the tofu separately from the rest of the ingredients as described above and then add to the stir-fry mixture with sauce at the end. Retains more crunch that way. Okay, that's all from me. Sorry to be long-winded. Good luck!

What's the Best Way to Make Crispy Tofu? Good Questions
7/2/14 10:56 PM

Not to brag, but my tofu gets rave reviews, even from tofu skeptics. Here's what I do:

1. Start with firm or extra firm tofu.
2. Skip the pressing and / or freezing, but do make sure it is very, very dry after cutting into desired shapes. I usually put the cubes between two layers of kitchen towels and press down a little. So I guess it does get a little pressing, but not as a whole extra step.
3. Coat in cornstarch.
4. Fry in a hot pan in plenty of a high-smoking point oil. Once you put the pieces down in the hot oil, DON'T TOUCH THEM for a couple minutes. This will allow them to develop a crust that won't stick to the pan. Also, don't crowd them in the pan. Do two batches if you must.
5. Lastly--and this part is a little tedious, but not difficult--use a chopstick or other implement to turn each piece individually.
6. Drain on paper towels, salt, and then cover with your sauce.

Baking also works great and I do that sometimes too, but where I live (Texas), it's too bloody hot to turn on the oven for a few months out of every year, so this is my go-to. Good luck!!

What's the Best Way to Make Crispy Tofu? Good Questions
7/2/14 10:54 PM

All good tips, especially the first one. I insist on keeping the kitchen clean as I go, partly because I have a small kitchen and partly because it makes the process so much more enjoyable.

I would add: Leave yourself plenty of time to take cleaning breaks, whether or not you are actually cooking slowly in between cooking breaks (as indicated in the last tip). This makes a world of difference, especially when there is company coming.

10 Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Cleaner While You Cook Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/24/14 01:27 PM

Like jce, we eat like this all the time over the Texas summer. We call it smorgasborg and often include a green salad, green smoothie, and / or crudites & dip for a healthy serving of veggies, then fill up the rest of the plate with crackers, cheese, olives, spreads, etc. Yum!!

How the French Make the Best No-Cook Summer Meals The Kitchn Abroad
6/23/14 11:33 PM

Hmm, MickeyRoss. That is an excellent idea.

A Complete Guide to Flour Storage Tips from The Kitchn
6/23/14 02:21 PM

Great topic. I keep my heavy rotation flours (and other staples) in big rectangular Snapware canisters that fit about 5 lbs of flour. For me that is all purpose flour, bread flour, spelt flour, and chickpea flour, along with sugar, rolled oats, steel cut oats, and quinoa. Then the other flours that I use on more of an experimental basis (right now I have barley, millet, rye, and some others) are in quart size mason jars in the pantry.

Mason jars aren't perfect because even with the wide mouth ones you can't fit more than a 1/4 or 1/3 cup measuring cup in there. But they are cheap and easy to rotate if, like me, you're an experimental cook who likes to try new ingredients but is also pretty OCD about organization.

A Complete Guide to Flour Storage Tips from The Kitchn
6/21/14 02:02 PM

These are great tips. This won't apply to everyone, but as a 12+ year lacto-ovo vegetarian, my tip is: Don't ask too many questions. When I travel--especially in places where vegetarianism is not as accepted or understood as it is in the US--I avoid eating obvious pieces of meat, but I don't ask too many questions about stock, gelatin, fish sauce, etc.

This tip obviously won't apply to someone who can't eat a tiny amount of something for medical reasons, but for someone with an elective food restriction it can help keep you from driving yourself and your hosts crazy.

6 Tips for Traveling With Dietary Restrictions Travel Tips from The Kitchn
6/20/14 02:07 PM

Beans and especially lentils have crazy amounts of fiber. I usually just Google the nutrition facts of various items, and often a Google result will come up in a box on the side which is very easy to read.

For instance, doing that for lentils just now I got a Google result saying that 1 C of cooked lentils has 16 g fiber. You can almost quit trying at that point. Good luck!

What Are Some High-Fiber Foods and Recipes? Good Questions
6/19/14 04:45 PM

I had a roommate once who was from rural France and didn't have a dishwasher at home. He thought our dishwasher was the coolest thing ever, and used it as an all-purpose cleaning machine...plastic vent covers, paint brushes, you name it. It was hilarious.

11 Things You Probably Shouldn't Put in the Dishwasher Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 12:31 PM