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I drink lots of plain soda water and love my Soda Stream.

But, truly, if you don't want it, why keep it? Re-gift it, or r return it and get something you will enjoy!


What Else Can I Make With a Sodastream Soda Maker? Good Questions
7/28/14 03:55 PM

Above the bed shelves can be good. But please only store lightweight things there if you live in earthquake country!


10 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Space
7/28/14 02:15 PM

I have a reputation as a good gift giver. I find the key is listening. My best gifts have come from a hint dropped that reveals an interest --sometimes a question the person asks or an offhand remark.

My father in law is 80, still physically and mentally active. BMW built a plant here in South Carolina a few years ago. One day Frank remarked as we drove by BMW, "I wonder if they give tours?" A quick web search yielded the tour reservation line and all the details.

So for Father's Day I made a certificate saying I would take Frank and two friends on the BMW Tour and to lunch.

We went on the tour last Wednesday, and the three men loved it. And I enjoyed taking them. The tour turned out to be great. They enjoyed the Belgian restaurant I recommended and I think they particularly liked having a beer at lunch time.

So, listen and be creative!


How To Be the Best Gift-Giver Ever
7/28/14 10:24 AM

I'm trying -- without success -- to think of a food that would NOT keep better in an airtight container.

And I'm firmly in Wendy A's camp. A one-piece plastic lid makes a mason jar a canister. The two-two-piece canning lids are a pain to manage in a fast-fast-moving kitchen.


Which Pantry Items Should I Keep in Airtight Containers? Tips from The Kitchn
7/22/14 01:06 PM

Nice job.

But I'm struck, as I often am on these furniture B&As, that the sellers of these pieces are so greedy. The seller should have paid Angela to haul this piece away. Without her hard work it was worthless.


Before & After: A Dixie Dresser Gets a Dramatic Upgrade
7/22/14 09:46 AM

I'm surprised it's not used here in South Carolina as the cheese in a cheeseburger.


7 Reasons Pimiento Cheese Is My Surprising Pantry Staple Kitch Diary: Anne in South Carolina
7/21/14 06:45 PM

When I lived in Houston there was a food truck that sold Mexican style corn. This was before the gentrification of food trucks. This truck was in a gas station in a Hispanic neighborhood, and its sign was in Spanish.

The effete gringos could order their corn cut off the cob to eat with a plastic fork from a Styrofoam cup. But I always just munched it right off the cob. Yum!


6 Toppings to Make Your Grilled Corn Even More Magical Grill Your Heart Out
7/18/14 03:46 PM

Windex or a similar cleaner works fine. I've had my very pale cream quartz countertops for 4+ years and they still look new.

And, actually, the suggestion to consult the retailer or manufacturer is a good one. The use of an unauthorized cleaner can void a warranty. For instance, washing Calphalon anodized cooking vessels in the dishwasher voids their warranty. (I wash mine in the dishwasher ,anyway, but it's an informed decision.)


Do I Need a Special Cleaner for Quartz Countertops? Good Questions
7/18/14 03:40 PM

Um, dishwasher?


How To Clean Cast Iron Stove Grates Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
7/18/14 09:48 AM

No, susanna37. There's a small pool of dressing in the bottom of the bowl. The ends of the servers are crossed over it. Then the lettuce is piled on the servers. She. It's time to serve, just toss.


France Taught Me a Better Way to Dress a Great Salad Tips from The Kitchn
7/17/14 03:47 PM

Our reticence in talking about money keeps us ignorant and saps our negotiating power. But reticence about money is pretty firmly entrenched, so those of us who are willing to discuss it are seen as crass.

But, then, you do live in New York. Maybe you can start a trend!


Would You (Could You?!?) Talk About Your Rent with Your Neighbors? Renter's Solutions
7/17/14 10:39 AM

If you cross the salad servers in the bowl over the dressing, they'll help hold the greens out of the dressing until you're ready to toss the salad.


France Taught Me a Better Way to Dress a Great Salad Tips from The Kitchn
7/16/14 08:56 AM

Some people are more conscious of the space they inhabit than others.

My cleaning person constantly moves furniture right up against walls and leans stuff against them despite my asking her not to. A guest's child once hung from my kitchen pass through and left scuffs on the wall below it. 2-3 coats of paint don't matter when someone bumps something into a wall or leaves a grease mark on it.

My dad always told me to use things lightly -- to push chairs back under the table without gouging the floor, to close the car door without slamming it, etc.

Sometimes you can teach people -- if they want to be taught. Consider whether this us important enough to address with your partner.


Are You Protective Of Your Projects?
7/14/14 10:37 AM

Good job. I'd use cord covers to beaten up the cord, and bring back the old duvet.


Before & After: An Eichler Master Gets a Meticulous Makeover
7/14/14 10:30 AM

The folks in San Francisco may want to add a rail to that bookshelf, and make sure that picture is firmly attached to the wall.

And, Dodie, how on earth did the child welfare folks find out about your friend's child's sleeping situation? Sounds like there may have been other issues.


Better Than Storage: 7 Creative Uses For Your Closet
7/13/14 02:55 PM

That rubbery shelf liner is also good for gripping a stubborn jar lid to open it for the first time.


What's the Weirdest Kitchen Tool You've Ever Fallen in Love With? Reader Intelligence Request
7/10/14 03:37 PM

Why not just use the snack-size Ziplocs?


Zipzicles Help You Make Popsicles in a Pinch (Even In a Tiny Kitchen) Product Review
7/10/14 03:32 PM

I always feel I "don't have time" for mise en place. I usually start cooking and do my veggie, herb and spice prep at the same time as the early cooking stages.

But I always enjoy it when I DO take the time to set up my mise en place.


Culinary School Week 1: How I Rediscovered the Paring Knife Culinary School Diaries
7/10/14 03:08 PM

Would it be wrong to make a couple of these for me? Clever!


Summer Entertainment: 10 DIY Travel Games for the Kiddos
7/10/14 08:57 AM

Genius, cbreynolds! And great post, Kelli.


7 Essential Tips for Storing Homemade Ice Cream Tips from The Kitchn
7/9/14 03:00 PM