From Fridges to Ovens, How to Choose the Right Appliances for You — Side By Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Do you have a refrigerator that's way (way) past its expiration date? If you're just starting your search for a new appliance (or appliances!), you'll quickly find that there are a lot more factors to consider than you may have anticipated.

Is a top freezer or a bottom freezer better for the way you store your stuff? Is a counter-depth or a built-in fridge worth the extra expense? Should you get a convection oven, or maybe you should go for that vintage range you've been eyeing for years? And what about a microwave oven? Do you need one (we say yes!), and should you go for a countertop version or a microwave drawer?

Here are your top-asked questions answered.


Recipe: Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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In the South, we love buttermilk for more than just biscuits and cornbread. In fact, it's one of our favorite ingredients for marinating meat — and it's not just fried chicken. Good grilled chicken can benefit from a dip in this tangy liquid. Because it has a fair amount of acidity and lots of body, the buttermilk coats the chicken in both fat and flavor and acts as a carrier for lots of garlic and a little paprika.


I Had a Dry Wedding – Here’s Why — Sober Celebration

My now-husband and I learned we had a lot in common when we first met, from mutual friends to a creepy knowledge of an obscure horror movie to the fact that he actually knew my brother from a random sports-card club they were in together during the eighth grade. One more thing we had in common? Neither of us drank alcohol, or had any plans to.


Get This Glass Beverage Dispenser (on Sale Right Now) for Your 4th of July Celebration — Amazon Deal of the Day

If you're hosing a 4th of July party this weekend, you're probably in full-on stock-up mode. We're guessing you're loading up on patriotic paper goods, buns, and fireworks (local ordinances permitting!). There's just one more thing you should get: this two-gallon glass beverage dispenser, which is on sale right now on Amazon for less than $23.

Even if you're not hosting this weekend, you'll need this beverage dispenser for the rest of the summer. And fall, and winter ... you get the point.


IKEA’s New Build-It-Yourself Project Is Seriously Delicious — Pop Culture

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There's nothing better than a kitchen item that does double duty. The exception to this rule, of course, is a fashionable and inexpensive kitchen item from IKEA. That's why I'm so excited about IKEA's newest invention. It's a thing of beauty that could become a darling of home cooks.


The Ultimate Seating Option Your Kitchen Is Missing — Bring the Outdoors In

There is no denying the greatness of a hammock. When presented with the option of a hanging porch swing, an Adirondack chair, a tire swing, or a hammock, a hammock always wins, right?

So why limit your hammock enjoyment to the backyard? Here are three reasons you should put a hammock inside the house — more specifically, in your kitchen.

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