Ray DeLaPena

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My New Kitchen Project: Beet and Dill Infused Vodka

(Image credit: Ariel Knutson)<p>My first experience with hard alcohol was a shot of blue-raspberry vodka. This cloyingly sweet flavor hid the harsh …

2014 Kitchen Resolution: Eliminate This Cabinet Disaster

I know what you're thinking. How can there possibly be an area of my kitchen that looks like this? It's like a Tupperware bomb went off in here! I'm …

Vegetable Fanfare

After such enthusiastic response to the Tornado Potato post, I wanted to feature another fun food design. Yesterday I made bibim bap, a Korean dish …

Homemade Sriracha

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: In this dark time, when the fate of Sriracha is up in the air and the world is up in arms, Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provinicial is showing us</i> …

Sriracha Sauce

Apartment Therapy's Sofa Shopping Guide

One of my friends recently described shopping for a sofa with her husband as one of the most depressing things one could do on a weekend. It is one …

Stock Up: 13 Tips & Tricks for Buying Foods in Bulk

It's no secret that we here at The Kitchn love buying from the bulk section of the market. Whether we are looking for a small amount of spices or …

DIY Chalkboard Glass Container Labels

What grabs your attention first when you open your refrigerator door? <i>Labels! Brands! Pictures!</i> But leftovers? Not likely unless you can actually …

5 Essential (and Renter-Friendly) Storage Products for Small Kitchens

If you cook in a small kitchen, you know that keeping things organized and accessible is absolutely essential. If you've conquered the small kitchen …

The Best Way to Store Any Fruit or Vegetable

Fact: CSAs can be amazing. In just one week, you can end up with a dozen tomatoes, six or seven ears of corn, crisp greens, and a pound of peaches. …

5 Enviably Well-Organized Freezers

What's in your freezer? Wait — you don't know? Is there a package of pie crust hidden underneath the bags of frozen dumplings? Or a mystery jar of …

Get Organized! Smart Tips for Kitchen Storage & Care from February 2012

We all want a kitchen that's better organized, right? Of <i>course</i> right! Last February we focused kitchen essentials and organizing them well. Here are …

New Beginnings: 8 Ways To a Neater, Cleaner, and More Organized Kitchen

Get rid of plastic packaging in the pantry and store your food in clear containers.<p>January is the perfect time for a kitchen tune-up. A new year has …

10 Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen (Even a Rental!)

(Image credit: Leela Cyd)<p>I'm always so inspired by dream kitchens like this cottage kitchen in Maine or any one of these gorgeous, glamorous spaces. …

6 Habits to Prevent Food Waste

No one intends to waste food, but things happen — an overenthusiastic shopping spree at the farmers' market, an unexpected string of meals eaten out …

Wire Shelving Units in the Kitchen: Simple, Cheap, and (Yes!) Stylish Organization

If you need extra storage in your kitchen, it doesn't get much simpler than a basic wire shelving unit. You can find tall units for around $60 at …

5 Ways To Hang a Magnetic Knife Rack

When I was first settling into my kitchen, I quickly realized that drawer space was at such a premium that I would not have room for an in-drawer …

15 Ways to Store Your Pots and Pans (All From Our Kitchen Tours!)

Now that The Kitchn Cure has officially started, I'm thinking a lot about better ways to organize my kitchen. One thing I know I can improve upon is …

Pantry Before & After: How a Labeler and New Containers Transformed My Pantry

I am lucky to have a separate pantry in my kitchen, a place where I can stash my grains, oils, spare wine (ha!), and other supplies. But having this …

15 Tips and Ideas to Help You Get the Neatest, Most Organized Kitchen Ever

Smart Solutions for Small Cool Kitchens

Often, living in a small space means dealing with a nearly minuscule kitchen. I couldn't help but be inspired by the myriad ways in which this year's …

Planning Pays Off: The Big Move

If you've been following along with my Design Diary posts, you know that early on in the process of helping my friend Eleni move from Boston to NYC, …

10 Smart Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

One of the revelations of living in a small home is that choosing less square footage doesn't mean you necessarily have to make do with less, just …

Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas: Desks Doing Double Duty as Nightstands

Most conventional advice recommends keeping work outside of the bedroom to boost calm and serenity within a sleeping space. But apparently most …

Our Best Tips for Small Space Living

Small space living can be incredibly rewarding. Cutting down on square footage can mean living somewhere really fantastic that you wouldn't otherwise …

Organization Inspiration: Tidy Kitchens

Last night I opened my kitchen cabinets to start making dinner, and I sighed a little sigh at the jumble I found inside. After making my meal, I …

Plants That Help You Get a Good Night's Sleep

It's great when a plant not only makes your home look better, but also contributes to your health. Many plants are known to soothe and calm. In a …

Houseplants: Even Better for Us Than We Thought

We all know that nothing pretties up a space like plants, but did you know they also lower your blood pressure and boost productivity? A cute …

Rethink Your Home Office: 6 Alternatives to a Traditional Desk

Whether you're telecommuting or just being productive in your off time, when working from home it's always good to have a dedicated space to get …

Tips for Creating a Mindful Home

(Image credit: Monica Wang)<p>Mindfulness is being embraced everywhere these days, from the Kindergarten classroom to company retreats. What is …

Beautifully Organized: Pantry Areas

An organized pantry is a great benefit, whether it's shelving, a cabinet, a closet, or an entire room. It makes cooking easier, helps keep track of …