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Nutrition Data Is Now Available on Recipes from The Kitchn Editor Announcement
7/23/14 06:07 PM

Oh my god, NEVER BOIL WATER IN CAST IRON. That will exacerbate the rusting. That's a good suggestion for other types of cookware, but not unenameled cast iron.

I've revived rusted cast iron before.The link posted has all the essential steps. I would recommend after that making some bacon in the pan a couple of times or something else that will render fat and help season the pan (like high fat ground beef burgers, a ribeye, etc.).

Also, a little soap won't harm well seasoned cast iron. I don't want a lot of build up on my cast iron. A lot of times when people avoid any washing too much seasoning builds up for me. I just want to maintain a glossy, smooth, seasoned surface. A quick wipe down with a soapy dish rag works well.

How Do I Clean My Cast Iron Skillet? Good Questions
6/27/14 12:19 PM

Too much oil or the wrong oil can cause a lot of smoke. Olive Oil is a low temp oil and will burn and smoke quite easily in a cast iron skillet. Get the skillet hot and then turn down the heat to maintain the temp. Put a teaspoon of oil in the skillet and then wipe it around the surface and absorb the excess. Pat meat try, season, and add to skillet.

How Do I Cook Meat Without It Smoking? Good Questions
6/27/14 12:10 PM

I would recommend checking out world market. They have an assortment of reasonably priced beverage dispensers. I got one similar to the anthropologie one for $20 last summer (the "Teardrop Tank") that I love and have gotten so many complements on.

Outdoor Entertaining: 10 Party Worthy Beverage Dispensers
6/10/14 11:29 AM

I have the same issue. I live in a high rise with exterior glass walls (not complaining about the view, it is amazing).

I used two very long rods, side by side that met in the dead center. I put brackets at the center and at the ends (where the windows meet walls). The curtains can be closed completely to cover the entire expanse or pulled open against the walls exposing all of the windowed area.

Should Single Curtain Rod Span Wall of Floor to Ceiling Windows? Good Questions
5/20/14 11:16 AM

I am a DIY Spreadsheet financial person, which I think matches the whole "being in the present with your money" idea. I don't like programs that automatically pull all of my financial data and organize it all for me. It really makes a big difference to me to look at the statements myself each month and enter the data.

How To Save Money: Focus on the Present
4/28/14 03:37 PM

Make sure that everything is super dry - the bowl needs to be dry and the blades of your mixed. Water is the enemy of whipped egg whites.

Why Won't My Egg Whites Whip? Good Questions
4/28/14 11:04 AM

The dry part is so important. I think adding a little cream to the melted chocolate helps keep the chocolate from breaking all off when you bite into one.

How To Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
4/28/14 10:20 AM

I wouldn't buy a large amount of just one item. Buy a few things in small quantity and see what you like. I have ribbed cotton dish rags (smaller squares) that are great for cleaning, dish cloths of different sizes and textures for kitchen tasks and drying, and cloth napkins (both large and small cocktail size). I buy a roll of paper towels probably only once a year. I mostly use paper towels to dry raw meat before seasoning/prepping. That's the one thing I can't bring myself to use anything but a paper towel.

What Is the Best Replacement for Paper Towels in the Kitchen? Good Questions
4/16/14 10:50 AM

I live in a mid-rise in Texas (which is not that common). There are a lot of old people in my building and I have a dog. People tend to congregate and hangout in common areas. In my building it is a huge social faux pas not to stop and chit chat. But there are worst things in the world than getting hugs and compliments from old ladies. But the benefit is that I know most people in the building by site and I know everyone on my floor. Also, having someone in my building who can walk my dog on short notice if I am waylaid at work or that has a spare set of my keys is amazing.

Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 11:01 AM

Something to think about is whether you will be making things to take somewhere. Do you go to a lot of potlucks? Do you want bakeware with lids? For a 9X13 pan I love my Wilton metal nonstick pan with a clear lid.

I am a huge pyrex person. I have never had anything shatter or break, even when dropped. Also, it is reasonably priced which means if I leave it at someone's house I am not out a ton of money. I also love Crate and Barrel's porcelain bakeware (I prefer porcelain to stoneware).

This is my note about Le Creuset: Le Creuset stoneware and Le Creuset enameled cast iron are NOT the same. The Le Creuset stoneware you see for cheap is made in China I think and is basic stoneware. Only the enameled cast iron is made in France. I have the enameled cast iron casserole from Le Creuset that I LOVE. It it great for baking and because it is enameled cast iron retains heat amazingly.

Help Me Find High-Quality, Long-Lasting Bakeware! Good Questions
4/2/14 03:23 PM

It's bizarre to me that the specific recipe used wasn't referenced.

A No-Fuss Method for Tender & Flaky Biscuits Every Time Tips from The Kitchn
3/21/14 12:10 PM

My mom works at an awesome quilt shop. When I was making a quilt for a friend she recommended using an off white thread for quilting batik fabrics (actual quilting of the layers together). I settled on something almost ecru and was so happy.

I would also say really think about the use of the quilt. I planned on quilting a quilt together with some pretty metallic thread. My mom said that was insane knowing the person that would be getting the quilt. Heavy use/washing needs really strong, durable thread.

Craft Advice from the Pros: 10 Tips for Sewing and Quilting Missouri Star Quilt Company
3/20/14 02:57 PM

I got my sweet little pug from a pug rescue group. I think dog rescue groups are amazing, but the people can be extremely particular about requirements for adopting a dog, on the edge of crazy. I remember having a rescue group tell me that a chihuahua-pug mix needed to be placed in a home with a fenced yard. Apparently the tiny dog was not appropriate for my huge loft on a park. I was matched with a different dog. But it must have been karma, because I got the best dog in the world instead. I found the entire process insane.

I think a lot of those questions/comments about making sure you have the space/time for a dog is to discourage impulse dog adoption. What shelters and rescue groups don't want is to have a dog returned or dumped after adoption because of unrealistic expectations.

Would You Have a Big(ish) Dog in a Small(ish) Apartment?
3/12/14 11:54 AM

This reminds me of the backwoods devil traps from True Detective. I can't be the only person thinking that, right?

DIY Wall Decor Ideas: Decorating with Flowers and Tape
3/11/14 04:54 PM

I find the powdered texture extremely interesting. Like, you can whip it up with heavy cream to get a nice airy peanut butter cream. I also love bananas dipped in the dried powder.

What's the Deal with Powdered Peanut Butter? Ingredient Intelligence
3/10/14 02:58 PM

I have the opposite problem, an eleven year old pug that is heck to get up early in the morning to walk before work. My advice to people who like to sleep in--get a pug.

The timing of my last dog walk is the best way to change when my dog wakes. I've started walking him earlier before bed because then he wakes up in the morning to go outside. If I walk him late at night he can easily sleep till noon.

How To Keep Pets from Waking You Up Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 02:20 PM

I actually think natural fiber pills much more than acrylic for sweaters. The finer the cashmere ply the more I have to watch for pilling where there is any rubbing on the sweater (like under the arms).

Clever Solutions to 5 Tricky Winter Problems
2/27/14 11:38 AM

OMG, your grandma is AWESOME! I love the quilt design so much...and she made matching shams.

What Wall Color with Very Colorful Bedding? Good Questions
2/6/14 04:51 PM

I have many nieces and nephews and friends with kids. My kid items include: blocks, my favorite kids books, and the muppets take manhattan (which I could watch endlessly). The hardest thing is dealing with the dog's water bowl if there is a crawling toddler.

I also look for groupons and deals for museums and buy them to take my nieces. They generally are good for several months.

When friends are visiting I check the local library for story time or children's activities. That has worked out great in the past as well and are generally free.

You also don't necessarily need kid items. Over the holidays one of my closest friends visited with her two kids (1 and 3). I made cookies with the 3 year old. It was a blast. My friend lives across the country and I only get to see her a few times a year. It makes me so happy (and her) that her 3 year old loves me. I know some people don't like kids, but I really view kids as being extensions of my friends and siblings. It's amazing to see someone you love have their own kiddo.

How To Host Kids in a Child-Free Home
2/3/14 02:36 PM