5 Important Things to Know About Making Gingerbread Cookies — Tips from The Kitchn

If your holiday baking plans include gingerbread cookies, you are in for a treat. These richly spiced cookies sweetened with molasses and brown sugar are a staple in my house every holiday season, and this year is no different. These five tips will help you bake up a truly delicious batch of gingerbread that’s wonderfully crisp and tender every time.

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The Best Stocking Stuffers to Get from Any Grocery Store — Stocking Stuffers

You’ll probably be making more than a few trips to the grocery store over the next few weeks to pick up food, libations, and cold medicine. While you’re there, consider browsing the aisles to pick up a few stocking stuffers. They are a particularly good place to pick up very practical items that people will actually use, not just fun tchotchkes in cute packaging.

Here are just a few of the great stocking stuffers you can get at any grocery store.

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Yes, You Can Get a Cute, Space-Saving Pot Rack for Less than $50 — Amazon Deal of the Day

We’ve written extensively about ways to organize your kitchen cabinets in a way that will maximize your storage space, but there are only so many inches you can squeeze out of a few shelves.

Think out of the box — and look up. Utilizing unused space on your walls or ceiling not only creates brand-new storage, but it also keeps often-used gear within arm’s reach. And while we’re huge proponents of kitchen pegboards, we also love this ceiling-mounted pot rack.

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Recipe: Dairy-Free Eggnog — Recipes from The Kitchn

Dairy-free friends, you now have cause to rejoice: A dairy-free eggnog can be yours for the sipping this holiday season! While it still contains eggs — it is eggnog, after all, and eggs aren’t considered dairy — we’ve found the perfect combination of plant-based milks, holiday spices, and sweetener that come together to be just as rich and satisfying as its traditional counterpart. And the best part? All you have to do is throw everything into a blender and chill — no aging time or complicated process needed!

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The Surprising Way Baking Soda Can Make Your Home Safer — Cleaning with Baking Soda

I recently moved south, to Raleigh, North Carolina. When we got here in August, it was hot as heck, in the 90s and extremely humid every day. But now that it’s late fall weather, I’ve been surprised at how cold it gets at night! It’s nice during the day, in the 50s and 60s, but the temperature often drops almost 30 degrees overnight. This drop is certainly a bigger difference than when I lived in Brooklyn, when warm air off the coast and the heat from all those close-together buildings kept the temperature fairly stable.

Which leads me to the one thing everyone tells me when I mention I’m new in town: We get ice here. Maybe only a couple inches of snow, ever (will I miss trudging through two feet of snow to get to the subway? Not sure!), but it heats up during the day and freezes at night, leading to icy conditions, everywhere. People freak out about the ice. It is very hilly here. Plus we have old, steep steps leading up to front porches that are tricky even when they’re bone dry. So I can imagine our steps, sidewalks, and streets will be treacherous come winter.

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Should I Buy One of Those Ugly-as-Sin Kitchen Mats? — Fit Kitchen

You can typically find me in one of two positions: hunched over my laptop at my desk or hunched over in my kitchen. (I’ve really gotta work on my posture!) While I do sit a lot, I also spend a lot of time washing things in the sink, prepping veggies and other ingredients, stirring pots on the stove, and doing various other kitchen-related tasks. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen — standing in the kitchen.

And I feel like my body pays the price for it. My knees (specifically the left one, which underwent an unsuccessful surgery last year) are always killing me. My back usually aches by the time I wash the last dinner dish of the night. And my feet often throb.

So I ask you, dear readers: Should I get one of those ugly-as-sin anti-fatigue kitchen mats?

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