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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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