Kitchen Ideas

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From my tiny New York City kitchen, ideas for design, organization, and savings.

I’ve had the benefit of living in homes with large full kitchens, but am now challenged with cooking amazing meals in my tiny New York City apartment (with no countertops!). Here are some of my favorite design ideas, tips for staying organized (gotta keep everything within reach), and of course clever ways to plan meals and save money along the way.

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    This Kitchen Invention Changes The Cheesecake Game

    I get notes from companies all the time with their latest kitchen tools and innovations designed to make our baking and cooking effortless and enjoyable. But rarely do I get a new product to try that is the result of a home baker, putting their mind to a problem, and then taking their solution to market. This brings us to Cheryl O’Reilly. Now let’s go back to the heart of the problem, water bath baking. Think cheesecakes. If you’ve ever ventured down the cheesecake baking bath you know that the key to a great cheesecake that doesn’t crack is an adequate water bath (the process of setting your baking dish, inside a larger baking dish filled with boiling water). Here lies the conundrum. You make cheesecakes in a springform pan (usually) and the springform pan has a removable bottom that leaves a gap that’s small enough not to let your…

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    Trend Alert: It’s All About The Pantry Wall

    There is a new trend rising for kitchen design and I absolutely love it! It’s the pantry wall. So what is this concept? It concentrates storage, the refrigerator, oven, and microwave on a designated “pantry wall” made up of floor to ceiling cupboards. This makes getting rid of upper cabinets easier and really opens up the kitchen. Now I know this isn’t for everyone and some will scream about the lack of storage by ditching the upper cabinets, but hear me out. I’m short. Well not that short at 5′ 7, but short enough to make reaching up in to cabinets a challenge and something that I hate to do. I already tend to shove as much into my base cabinets as I can and everything else ends up in a pantry closet. So why not embrace this wall of cabinetry! By eliminating the gap where a counter normally sits…

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    Stunning, Handmade Kitchen Items, From Etsy!

    I absolutely love finding unique treasures to accessorize my kitchen. After all, why go with the cookie cutter big box container, or cutting board, or bowl, when you can support the artisanal community. And thanks to Etsy, it’s now so easy to connect with artists all over the world and purchase their wares. Here are a few handmade kitchen favorites that I’ve stumbled across on the site in recent months. French Ceramic Butter Keeper Why go with a basic butter dish for your counter. Dive in for a bit of old world french charm with this ceramic butter keeper. It’ll keep your butter soft and spreadable and looks great when placed out on the table for a breakfast spread. These are made by Jonathan Sawyer in San Diego, California and sell for $35. He also makes matching salt cellars, ramekins and sponge holders if you want more of a set.…

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    Christopher’s Latest Kitchen Finds

    Over the course of trying out new recipes, experimenting with new foods, and trying to keep my culinary adventures interesting, I’m constantly on the look out for new items for my tiny New York City kitchen that can add flare to my dishes and serve up double duty in a place where storage is a premium. The last several months have found me cleaning out the kitchen of tools and gadgets I really don’t use anymore (or never used in the first place) and restocking with new items to freshen things up. That’s where this list comes from. These are gadgets and tools that I have purchased in the past several months that I find incredibly useful and wanted to share. JB Chef Culinary Micro Butane Torch Ah yes, FIRE! The touch that gives anything a gourmet touch. I bought this when I was developing my S’mores Brownies recipe and…

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    Time to Discover Your Local Restaurant Supply Store

    Have you ever looked around your kitchen and felt that your array of serving dishes and cookery is just less than stellar in comparison with all those great cooks you see on TV? I can relate. Up until I discovered the local restaurant supply store I thought the only way I could have all these fun toys was to shell out mega dollars at the high-end kitchen stores (you know which ones we drool over). Now if you’ve never been to a restaurant supply store, be prepared to spend a bit of time exploring. You will be overwhelmed! But here is a short list of the five must-have items to make all your favorite Pumpernickel&Rye recipes and serve them up with an extra touch of class. 1)  Sheet Pans Sure you can buy your sheet pans, cookie sheets, etc at your local discount store. But once you see how inexpensive…

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