The 2020 traditional holiday meal will have a different look and feel for many. In addition to smaller gatherings, many who were used to bringing a dish or bottle of wine to the big meal might find themselves heading up the kitchen operations to produce the full meal. After eight months of COVID-related restrictions, your … Continue reading "Ready, Set, Freeze! Use Your Freezer to Simplify Holiday Meal Prep"
As we approach the 2020 winter and holiday season, COVID-19 numbers are once again spiking across the country. While we have learned a lot about how to clean, and how to stay safe, with the upcoming holiday season upon us, it’s worth the reminder of how to best keep your family’s safety and comfort in … Continue reading "COVID-19 Roundup, Winter Edition"
NOTE: NSF was interviewed for the following blog post on cleaning vs. sanitizing. While sanitization cycles are a tool to boost the cleanliness of your home, NSF’s testing of sanitization cycles does not presently include the COVID-19 or coronaviruses. Anyone shopping for cleaning products that can kill bacteria, viruses and other illness-causing microorganisms these days … Continue reading "Sanitizing Cycles and Other Ways to Kill Illness-causing Bugs"
COVID-19 has, in many ways, turned our lives upside down this year. With work and school now taking place remotely for many of us, the way that we use our homes has changed dramatically. The home appliances we rely on for comfort and convenience are filling more roles in our lives than ever before. Over … Continue reading "AHAM’s COVID-19 Round Up"
Food storage and preservation is front-and-center for many families as they stay home to fight the spread of COVID-19. Refrigerator organization is a sometimes overlooked aspect of efficient living. Many people are used to putting items where they best fit. But depending on what you have in your refrigerator, that approach could be putting you … Continue reading "Organize Your Refrigerator and Reheat Leftovers for Food Safety"
A few weeks ago, your day-to-day world consisted of your home, your car, an office, maybe a school. Now, you are among the millions across North America who are spending most of their time inside because of restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. While a comfortable home is a good place to spend your … Continue reading "How to Improve Your Living Space, Simplify Life, and Build Comfort During COVID-19"
Whether you call it social distancing or quarantine, millions of families are now spending more time together at home than ever and kitchens are being tested to live up to their reputation as a multi-use space. What was a kitchen yesterday is now also a classroom and perhaps a home office. Parents are teaching, in … Continue reading "Working at Home? Homeschooling? Making your Kitchen Functional During the COVID-19 Quarantine"
Cuban cooking is about making the most of what you have. Its recipes aim to make a lot out of a little, using the ingredients that are on hand. “They don’t have a winter, but still can only get certain things at certain times of the year,” says Guillermo Pernot, chef-partner of Cuba Libre Restaurant … Continue reading "Bring Culture to Your Kitchen Part 3: Cuban"
Scent is an integral part of our memory. Consider the smell of chocolate chip cookies, your brain jumps to the people and places associated with the scent so quickly that the cookies almost become an afterthought. Conversely, thinking of a bad smell probably brings you to a specific place in your mind, like a garbage … Continue reading "Scents of Home: Use a diffuser to create your home’s identity"
It’s late on a Friday night when that unmistakable craving for Mexican food strikes. So what will it be? You could dial up the local restaurant to satisfy your urge to inhale a savory favorite like a burrito, taco, or enchilada. Or you can head to the kitchen. Before you break out your blender to … Continue reading "Bring Culture to Your Kitchen Part 2: Mexican"