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Make-Ahead Ideas for a Weeknight Dinner Party? — Good Questions

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Q: My boyfriend and I are having a guest over for dinner on a weeknight, but I don't usually get home until close to dinner time. I'll have to do as much as possible ahead of time and am looking for suggestions for make-ahead dinner party meals that reflect the spring weather we are finally getting. Any ideas?

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Kitchen Before & After: A Divided Kitchen Becomes the Ultimate Entertaining Space — Reader Kitchen Remodel

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Three years ago John and his family moved into a new home in Newport Beach, California. While the kitchen was arguably very nice (if not their style), these avid entertainers were frustrated by how the space was awkwardly divided into a kitchen and an eat-in dining nook. The island cut the kitchen in half and made it much smaller than it could have been.

To remedy this, they removed the existing island and added a new 13-foot island right down the center of the kitchen, which created a ton of extra storage and made the area into one big entertaining space — with new finishes and details, too! See what it looks like now:

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DIY Concrete Countertops — Apartment Therapy

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From Apartment Therapy → DIY Concrete Countertops

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The Most Essential Pantry Staples for Cooks on an Extreme Budget? — Good Questions

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Q: I am about to move in to my first apartment with my boyfriend and we are on a super tight budget (I mean SUPER tight). I am wondering what pantry basics you think we should buy to get started?

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Recipe: Crunchy Black Bean Tacos — Cookbook Recipe from Love Your Leftovers

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When I'm in a Tex-Mex mood, which is more often than I'd like to admit, I'll frequently cook up a large batch of black beans. They are so versatile that it's really hard to go wrong. They keep fantastically and it's pretty easy to simmer a large pot of them and season them to your liking.

How do I like to use these beans? One of my favorite meals is definitely these crunchy, cheesy pan-fried black bean tacos.

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7 Small, Stylish Eating Spots — Apartment Therapy

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From Apartment Therapy → 7 Small, Stylish Eating Spots

"Still need inspiration on how to fit a spot for eating into your small space? We found seven solutions that not only work in small homes, but they're actually quite simple, stylish ideas that anyone could use..."

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