Monthly Archives: September 2016

How To Sharpen a Knife: The Video — Sharpen Up

By Geraldine Campbell

While there’s definitely an argument to be made for taking your knives to a pro to get sharpened, there’s also a case to be made for doing it yourself. “I highly recommend knife sharpening,” says Eivin Kilcher, homesteader, cookbook author, and one of our “Cutting Board” knife experts. “It really is a great skill to bring into your life and an important thing to be able to do at home.”

That said, the first time you do it — and even the first dozen times you do it — can be intimidating. But practice makes perfect. Even Kilcher, who has been using knives since he was 10, notes, “Every time I sharpen a knife, I’m getting better. Sharpening knives is a lifelong art.”

Ready to get started? Read on to find out more about sharpening and watch the video to learn how to safely sharpen your knives.

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Source:: The Kitchn – Apartment Therapy

Why My Cast Iron Skillet Is My Favorite Biscuit Pan — Pan of Iron, Pan of Steel

By Meghan Splawn

A few years ago in an attempt to perfect my own biscuit recipe, I started experimenting with different baking pans. Starting with a simple baking sheet, I worked through metal and glass baking dishes, a pie pan, and a cake pan before finally landing on a likely candidate: my favorite cast iron skillet. A sturdy cast iron skillet has become my favorite biscuit pan for three reasons.

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Is LaCroix’s Parent Company in Financial Trouble? — Food News

By Ariel Knutson

(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong)

2016 has been a big year for water. This is the first year ever that bottled water has outsold soda, and LaCroix sparkling water has taken off in a way nobody could have expected. There are songs dedicated to LaCroix, there are cocktails centered around LaCroix, and last week we even built a LaCroix castle to honor our favorite sparkling water.

It was discovered, however, that the parent company of LaCroix — National Beverage Corp. — might be in a bit of trouble. Glaucus Research Group accused National Beverage Corp. of artificially inflating its stock. As a result, their stock plummeted by as much as 16 percent yesterday. The stock dropped to as low as $39.14, which would make it the lowest since March.

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Recipe: Muffin-Pan Shepherd’s Pie — Recipes from The Kitchn

By Kelli Foster

Shepherd’s pie is a marvelous comfort food: hearty meat and veg under a mashed potato crust. This upside-down version, made in a muffin pan and baked in shredded potato cups, is both ingenious and cute. Ingenious in that it takes so little time — no more than what you have on an average Monday evening; cute in that, hello! These are small and adorable muffin cups of shepherd’s pie.

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Make Easy Yet Gorgeous Bouquets with Herbs, Fruit, and Grains — Fall’s Greatest Hits

By Geraldine Campbell

Flowers are a wonderful way to bring life (literally) into your home, but who says bouquets are just for flowers? This season, bring the bounty of fall produce into your centerpieces — or, even better, more casual everyday arrangements.

We chatted with Callie Bladow, the lead floral designer at BloomThat, a national flower delivery service that’s been called the Uber for Flowers, to find out how to include delicious things — think kale, kumquats, and quinoa — in your autumnal arrangements.

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The 5 Best Apples for Baking — U Pick Apples

By Lisa Appleton

Fall is finally here and that means one thing for me: fall baking. There’s nothing better than the smell of warm cinnamon coming from the oven, and apples are a natural choice for baking with spices.

The hard part is picking which of the many varieties of apples to include in your baked goods. Every apple has a slightly different flavor; some are better for eating fresh, and some are better for baking. The best baking apples are the ones that keep their shape. Here are five of our favorites.

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The Kitchn’s Guide to Buying Vintage Cast Iron Cookware — Pan of Iron, Pan of Steel

By Eva Katz

I have loved my newly made cast iron pan; it has served me well for many years. But now that I have immersed myself in the world of vintage cast iron, I am sold — hook, line, and sinker. The good news is that you don’t need to fork over a monthly paycheck to experience the joys of cooking on an heirloom piece.

Here’s our guide to buying vintage cast iron.

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Source:: The Kitchn – Apartment Therapy

The Kitchn’s Guide to Buying Vintage Cast Iron Cookware — Pan of Iron, Pan of Steel

By Eva Katz

I have loved my newly made cast iron pan; it has served me well for many years. But now that I have immersed myself in the world of vintage cast iron, I am sold — hook, line, and sinker. The good news is that you don’t need to fork over a monthly paycheck to experience the joys of cooking on an heirloom piece.

Here’s our guide to buying vintage cast iron.

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Source:: The Kitchn – Apartment Therapy

3 Clever Knife Storage Solutions — Sharpen Up

By Lisa Freedman

No matter how you slice it, each method of knife storage — whether you use a magnetic strip, knife block, or drawer system — comes with its own list of pros and cons. I happen to have some decent knives from Wüsthof, but they’re not so new and amazing that I feel the need to treat them like fragile babies (even though I probably should). My lack of real concern for them — and penchant for cute, crafty things — lead me to build this DIY option at my last job at Rachael Ray Every Day. (That reminds me: Hi, I’m the new Lifestyle Editor here!)

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Source:: The Kitchn – Apartment Therapy