Entertaining & Gathering

8 Things Smart, Friendly Cooks Do in Small Kitchens — Small-Space Kitchens

Want to be a good friend and have someone over for dinner — but dread trying to cook for more than you and your cat in a tiny kitchen? Don't be scared! Teeny-tiny kitchens are cozy, friendly, and can do anything a larger kitchen can do!

Just in case you need a little refresher, though, here are a few ways smart cooks handle cooking for more than one or two in a really small space.

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How My Recovering Friend Changed the Way I Entertain — A New Way to Gather

My friend Lauren, who asked me not to use her real name, has been sober for more than two years. She was a good friend — someone I texted almost daily with news and commentary, wardrobe emergencies, and, of course, plans to have our ritual pre-dinner glass of wine. It didn't happen every afternoon. But three or four days a week, Lauren would come over around 5 p.m., after I'd had a long enough day with a toddler to think a smidge of wine sounded like a great idea, but before either of our husbands came home.

As it turned out, that was usually her third or fourth drink of the day.

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16 Essential Tailgating Recipes for Football Season — Recipes from The Kitchn

"Think of tailgating like a cocktail party, except the fancy cocktails and wine are Bloody Marys and beer" said my friend, and tailgating regular, as she guided me on what to bring to my first tailgate. Many years later, I can confidently agree — if you think about tailgating food as something that should be easy to eat with one hand and that will help balance out the beers and Bloody Marys, you can't really go wrong. Here are 16 recipes to take to your next tailgate.

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10 Surprising Ways to Use a Label Maker in the Kitchen — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

There are few organizing tools that excite us as much as a label maker. Oh, the possibilities! You can label your canisters, sure. You can also steal one of these great ideas and use your label maker for something totally surprising.

Here are 10 surprising ways to use a label maker in the kitchen.

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7 Tips for Starting Your Own Cookbook Club — A New Way to Gather

Do you know what's better than eating out with your friends? Cooking with your friends. And yet, it's so easy to fall into a rut of solo weeknight cooking and prepped-ahead dinner parties on weekends. The solution? A cookbook club.

A cookbook club will get you back to the great national pastime of community cooking, and it will help you finally cook from all those cookbooks you've been hoarding. It's also ridiculously fun, and you'll learn endless tricks from watching how your friends make a recipe.

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How Living in a City Ruins Dinner Parties (and How I’m Fighting Back) — A New Way to Gather

Some of my post-college friends have been in my life for more than 10 years. And yet, I have never seen where many of them live. In any normal town, this would be super strange. But in New York City, it feels totally acceptable.

I assume my friends live somewhere, right? They must have a place they call home. With a kitchen (or at least some of the makings of a kitchen, this is NYC we're talking about here). And a bed? Or a couch? Who knows? Not me — because, again, I've never been over.

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