Tips & Techniques

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.


The Best Method for Cooking Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thighs Every Time — Tips from The Kitchn

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Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are a wallet-friendly cut that won't kill your weekly food budget, plus they're wildly versatile and easy to make. The key is to remember this simple process that starts on the stovetop and finishes in the oven — no recipe required — for perfectly crisp chicken every time.


This Little Trick Will Add a Bit More Storage to Your Open Shelving — Shelf Help

Open shelving looks amazing when it's well-curated, whether that means super-edited stacks of simple white dinnerware, or an eclectic, colorful mix that just works together. One thing that's not amazing? The fact that you can't exactly jam stuff onto the shelves the way you might if you had cabinet doors.

Despite what some open-shelving fanatics insist, you will almost always lose some storage space when you switch from closed-door cabinets to museum-like shelves.

If you've been torn on the idea of making the jump, consider this little trick that will help create a tiny bit more storage. Because every little bit helps, right?


5 Ways the Slow Cooker Helps Me Eat Healthier — Tips from The Kitchn

I absolutely love my slow cooker. I lean on it all year long for everything from convenient hands-off suppers and hearty braises to no-heat dinners and desserts during the sweltering summer months. But what I've come to really appreciate most about my slow cooker is all the ways it helps me eat healthier throughout the day.


The Best Cabinet Paint Colors for a Happier Kitchen, According to Interior Designers — Paint Project

With hundreds (thousands?) of pretty paint colors to choose from, no trip to the hardware store would be complete without a bit of buyer's anxiety. Picking the right shades for a room in your home can be an arduous and frustrating task — especially if you're picking something for your kitchen cabinets. What if you go through all those steps to paint your cabinets and you end up hating the color? What if you wished you had picked a more white white than a cream white? People say you can always paint again, but that's a lot of work!

Save yourself the trouble and read this story before you even pick up a paint brush. We asked seven interior designers to share their favorite kitchen cabinet shades and why they love them.


11 Super-Smart Ways to Organize All Those Cooking Utensils — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

Storing cooking utensils is challenging: You want them within easy reach, but you have a lot of them so finding a spot is an issue, and getting them into any kind of order is another. Luckily there are a bunch of brilliant people out there spending lots of time thinking about this — and then posting their solutions on the internet!

Here are the smartest ways to organize your cooking utensils that we could find online.


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