Hot Ingredient for the New Year: Elbow Grease

2013-01-03-elbow-grease-1.jpgThe first pieces of writing of the year are always about predictions, resolutions, hot trends, and diets. I'll be honest: writing about what's hip in food for a particular year is usually an unpleasant and forced activity for me. This year, I actually came up with something to say in an organic way. It's not a prediction; it's just something to think about.

Elbow grease.

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

January is the perfect time for a kitchen tune-up. A new year has dawned, and with it the possibility of new cooking adventures. If tackling your kitchen seems overwhelming, start with one (or all) of these eight tips for a neater, cleaner, and more organized kitchen. More

Leftover Flat Champagne? Make Vinegar!

0103_vinegar01.jpgWhen the guests left New Year's brunch on Tuesday and I began cleaning up, I found half a bottle of Champagne left on the counter. Exhausted and ready to put my feet up, the bottle went into the refrigerator and was soon forgotten. Now, with half a flat bottle on my hands, I've started brainstorming uses for it in cooking or baking. But you know what idea I like best? Doing almost nothing... More

Recipe: French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese — Recipes from The Kitchn

2013_01_03-OnionGrilledCheeseED-1.jpg I spent three days of my holiday break on a quest to make the perfect French onion soup, beginning from scratch with the beef stock. And while it was incredible, it is not very often that I have the time or energy to really put that much effort into dinner. I decided there must be an easier way, and as it turns out, there is! Basically, I seem to prefer my soup in sandwich-form.

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Manhattan Property Sales Spike on Fears of Tax Hikes

Fears of tax hikes in 2013 sent sales of high-end Manhattan properties soaring in the last quarter of 2012.

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup & Cranberry Clove Linzer Tart — Delicious Links

2013_01_03-Links.jpgCranberry Linzer tart, winter fruit salad, and hot buttered rum in today's Delicious Links... More

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