Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York City. Yay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.
Working as a Home and Market Editor, I get to see all sorts of amazing products that readers can buy and put in their homes. I’ve always been so incredibly jealous of said readers because my small one-bedroom apartment in New York City couldn’t hold a fraction of the stuff I’ve featured. I seriously once had to talk myself out of getting a beautiful marble rolling pin because I knew it wouldn’t fit in my triangle-shaped rental kitchen. (I sadly use a glass bottle every time I have to roll out dough… on the coffee table).
But recent changes have me in the opposite situation: My husband and I just bought a house in Upstate New York and now we have too much space. I know, woe is me. The few items we do own, have to stay in our city apartment (where we live during the week for our jobs), so we have absolutely nothing to put in our new home. We have no furniture, no hand-me-down rugs, no bath towels—nothing!
Luckily, the woman we were buying the house from was willing to sell a few of her oldpieces to us at a reasonable price. For just $350, she left us the kitchen table (with two extension leaves) and four bedframes and box springs. Huzzah!
The rest of the rooms remain creepily empty. And actually, the dining room and bedrooms are still pretty darn empty! For someone who likes instant gratification, it’s tough knowing that this will be a slow process. I can’t expect to furnish an entire house in a week. Or even a month!
The empty living room plus two small tables we impulsively bought
at Olde Good Things in NYC before we even closed on the house.
It will be a slow and difficult process, as we attempt to blend our love of industrial, mid-century and farmhouse design into one 266-year-old stone house. And no, that’s not a typo—the house was built in 1750 (though some records indicate it could have been even earlier). I’ll be posting updates over the next few months, so check back often! You’ll be sure to pick up a few tricks along the way.
What looks like leeks, smells like lemons and tastes great? Lemongrass, an aromatic plant that gives dishes like chicken curry or beef satay their signature fragrant flavor. Look for the fresh stuff at Asian markets, and choose firm stalks with green leaves. Before using, trim the tops and ends, and remove any loose outer leaves. Lemongrass is stringy so slice it thin for stir-fries or stews, or pulse it in a food processor for sauces or curries. To give chicken soup a lemony lift, whack the stalk with the flat edge of a knife blade to release its oils, add to the broth… then inhale.
Want to incorporate lemongrass into your cooking? Add these recipes to your repertoire!
Spring has sprung, and that means peas are in season! From English peas to snow peas to sugar snap peas, there’s so much you can do with this versatile veggie. Our test kitchen director Janet McCracken recently went on Pix11 News to talk about it, but there’s only so much you can fit into a short TV segment. Did you know that three-quarters of a cup of peas has more protein than an entire egg? Or that the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes ordered exactly 12 peas for dinner most nights? It’s true! Flip to page 25 in our May issue for more fun facts, cooking tips and recipes (wasabi pea stir-fry, anyone?). And while you’re here, check out some of our favorite reci-peas from the Rachael Ray Every Day archive (see what we did there?).
What are your favorite things to make with peas? Tell us in the comments below!
Last fall I had the pleasure of going on my very first visit to Japan. It was an otherworldly experience that’s taken some time to process—I mean, the taxi doors open by themselves, the toilets bowls wash you and vending machines dispense delicacies like warm sake and fresh brewed coffee, ground to order. In other words, if life is about the details, it seems that the Japanese have mastered the art of living. I already knew I loved Japanese food. But here are a few more things that I learned during my time in Tokyo and the neighboring Saitama and Chiba prefectures:
1) The cats in Japan are really cute
If you’re familiar with my Instagram feed, then you know I’m cat crazy. Well, not only is Japan home of Maru, the world’s cutest and most famous Internet cat. It’s also home to the phenomenon of the feline station master. It is what it sounds like—cats who live in train stations and are in charge of them, too. I felt very fortunate to catch these three bosses eating breakfast at Goi station on the Kominato Line in Ichira, Chiba.
Pamper Mom (especially if that’s you!) with spa treatments from your kitchen. They’re even better than breakfast in bed for giving her an ahhh-some Mother’s Day!
Chocolate & Strawberry Scrub
Berries and cocoa are high in skin-protecting antioxidants, and coarse sugar gently exfoliates, says Philip Berkovitz, food beauty guru and founder of Philip B Botanical Products.
It’s National Superhero Day and we’ve got a great way to celebrate — no spandex required! Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring superfoods: good-for-you ingredients that really pack a punch. Okay, so these dishes can’t give you real superpowers, but they can make you feel healthy, energized and ready to save the world. Check out our picks below!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make the most of it! Add dried cherries (vitamin A), almonds (magnesium) and pistachios (vitamin B6) to whole-grain cereal to get a healthy hit in every bite.
Want to know how to really wow mom this year? Skip making Mother’s Day reservations and cook a delicious brunch at home instead! These dishes are easy to put together and will feed a crowd. Just whatever you do, don’t let mom help out—it’s her day off, after all!
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and if you’re still looking for the a guacamole recipe to wow your fiesta guests, look no further. This year, mix it up with some classic Mexican ingredients that will take your guacamole from plain to perfecto in no time.
Meal planning for the eight days of Passover can seem intimidating, which is why we’ve picked out some easy, delicious recipes that just happen to be kosher rather than being forcibly so. You won’t find any fake flours, matzoh-this or wheat-free that, but what you will find are great ways to feed your family while still keeping the faith. Happy holidays!
Figgy Baked Brie is the perfect appetizer—no crostini required!
Sure, you could whip up a simple sammie for National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day, but why stop there when the possibilities are truly endless? It’s Saturday, after all, so get your hands sticky with the two best spreads that make you feel like a kid again… in bars, pie, doughnut holes and more!