Tips & Techniques

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.


When (and Why) to Use the Steamer Basket in Your Instant Pot — Tips from The Kitchn

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In addition to the handy (albeit slightly flimsy) steamer rack that came with my Instant Pot, you'll frequently find me using a more traditional steamer basket. It turns out, a metal or silicone steamer basket is good for more than just steaming veggies on the stovetop. In fact, it's also one of the most helpful tools to use with an Instant Pot. Here's why.


6 Dinner Strategies for Parents Short on Time — Dinner with Kids

If there were ever an award worthy of giving a parent, it would be for one feat: delivering a nutritious meal to the table on time. That's especially true for me, given my 90-minute commute home from work, two children (a 3-week-old and 3-year-old) and a wife who does plenty else besides also taking on the cooking duties.

Over the years, I've developed a number of strategies to get a good dinner on the table. Here's how I do it.


3 Smart Storage Ideas to Steal from a Cross-Country Camper — Small Space Kitchens

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I've lived in some small New York City apartments, but Jordan and Brittany Griggs have me beat with their 276-square-foot camper. To make their tiny home comfortable, they renovated it completely to create separate areas for work and play and just enough storage for the surprisingly few things they really need. The kitchen boasts a sharp interplay of open and closed storage to make it totally functional — and cute!

You might not be willing to give up your home for one on wheels, but you can still steal some of the Griggs' smart storage ideas.


This Is My Favorite Way to Get Around European Cities — Travel Intelligence

Imagine this sweet little street scene: There are bustling markets, sidewalk cafes where stylish patrons linger over coffee, shops spilling flowers out the front, fragrant bakeries with tempting pastries, and a glorious frommagerie. The Amelia theme song is the soundtrack, and you — you're pedaling along, sporting a cute little navy striped top, while treasures from your stop at the market peek out of your basket.


5 Quick Tips for Choosing Winter Squash — Ingredient Intelligence

The arrival of winter squash, in all of its many shapes, sizes, and colors, signals not only a change of seasons, but also a desire for heartier food. Since winter squash is consistently on our shopping lists these days, it's useful to know just exactly what to look for at the farmers market or grocery store to ensure we buy the best butternut or acorn or spaghetti squash possible. Here are five tips to always keep in mind.


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