How to Wash a Down Comforter (Because It’s Probably Time)

My favorite room of my home is, by far, my bedroom. I spent weeks deliberating furnishings, wood tones, and a few pieces of lovely, affordable art. I also landed on a thick, cozy area rug, a big arm chair, and the most exquisite secondhand mirror to ac…

My favorite room of my home is, by far, my bedroom. I spent weeks deliberating furnishings, wood tones, and a few pieces of lovely, affordable art. I also landed on a thick, cozy area rug, a big arm chair, and the most exquisite secondhand mirror to accent it all. But what I really splurged on were my percale sheets, matching duvet cover, and the most cloud-like comforter imaginable to make the place where I lay my head at night the happiest place to be.

I was pretty diligent about keeping this oasis of calm and comfort neat and tidy, too: I dusted and vacuumed and stripped my bed each week. There was one item, however, that had escaped my cleaning routine completely. Many many months after I bought it, my comforter hadn't made it down to the laundry room. That is, until the day I found out that even with a cover on, a down (or alternate down) comforter is a magnet for allergens, dust, dander, even skin cells (oh, my).

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Everyone (Literally Everyone) Loves This Dutch Oven

A cast iron Dutch oven is one of the most essential and versatile pieces of cookware you can own. Similar to its enameled Dutch oven cousins, these large pots are heavy with thick, high walls and a tight-fitting lid that can simmer big batches of turke…

A cast iron Dutch oven is one of the most essential and versatile pieces of cookware you can own. Similar to its enameled Dutch oven cousins, these large pots are heavy with thick, high walls and a tight-fitting lid that can simmer big batches of turkey chili and pot roast, sear and brown meat to perfection, and more. But unlike ones with a shiny enamel coating, pure cast iron ovens have better heat retention, and typically come pre-seasoned, meaning they’ve been treated with cooking oil for a non-stick finish, too.

When we chatted with five pros and home cooks about their favorite cast iron Dutch ovens, they all mentioned the same one: the Lodge 5-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven. There are several sizes, but the 5-quart size is the Goldilocks of Dutch ovens—not too big for cornbread stuffing on Thanksgiving, not too small to roast an entire chicken on weeknights, just right for every dish.

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The Best Food Dehydrators for Beef Jerky, Fruit Leather & More

Those wrinkly little cranberries in your trail mix, the apple “chips” you eat by the handful, even the dried orange wheel topping off your cocktail—these foods have had the moisture sucked out of them by a food dehydrator, leaving behind concentrated f…

Those wrinkly little cranberries in your trail mix, the apple “chips” you eat by the handful, even the dried orange wheel topping off your cocktail—these foods have had the moisture sucked out of them by a food dehydrator, leaving behind concentrated flavors that sing and delight our taste buds.

Dehydrated food has a bed rep as tough beef jerky or dried fruit so hard it can crack a tooth, but leave it to the pros and home cooks who use a food dehydrator day in and day out to tell you all about the wonders of the countertop appliance. In fact, if you’re in the market for a dehydrator but aren’t sure where to start, we have just the list for you.

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The Dos (& Absolute Don’ts) of Cleaning Wood Floors

After living with wall-to-wall carpeting, old laminate and chipped tiles, you’re finally living in a new place with beautiful hardwood floors. Congrats! Or, you’ve been living there for a while and the fact that you’re blessed with wood flooring hasn’t…

After living with wall-to-wall carpeting, old laminate and chipped tiles, you’re finally living in a new place with beautiful hardwood floors. Congrats! Or, you’ve been living there for a while and the fact that you’re blessed with wood flooring hasn’t occurred to you until now—the moment you’ve realized that you’re not quite sure, exactly, how to clean wood floors.

There’s vacuuming, of course, or sweeping if you’re old school. But maybe your floors seem to have lost a bit of their brilliance and are looking a little dull these days. Or perhaps, like me, you’re thinking that you own a bunch of different cleaning products and supplies (we like things tidy), but you’re unsure what’s safe to use on these natural beauties. No matter your particular predicament, you’ve come to the right place.

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10 Best French Presses for That Flavorful, Full-Bodied Cup

Ask a coffee connoisseur to name the best way to brew a perfect cup of joe, and you’ll likely get a slew of different answers. Some believe that there’s nothing wrong with the classic drip or pour-over method, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Other…

Ask a coffee connoisseur to name the best way to brew a perfect cup of joe, and you’ll likely get a slew of different answers. Some believe that there’s nothing wrong with the classic drip or pour-over method, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Others are partial to their fancy glass Chemex, while those who enjoy waking up to the smell of fresh coffee take the set-it-and-forget-it approach. And some are still using the stainless steel, two-tiered stovetop coffee maker their grandparents handed down to them—and we’re not here to slander anyone’s nonna. They are, however, all wrong.

The best way to make coffee (in my humble opinion) is via a French press. It’s the purest, most efficient way to squeeze every drop of flavor out of each bean. There’s no technology involved, so you won't be left with an empty mug at 7am when your pot was supposed to auto-brew, and no flimsy, constantly-tearing filters are needed, so it saves you money, too. All it takes to make coffee with a French press are coarsely ground beans, super hot water, and a little bit of muscle. Plus, they’re timelessly beautiful.

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The Dutch Ovens Cooking Pros Swear By

The 7 1/4-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven that my mom gifted me for my wedding shower has a permanent home on my stovetop. The meringue color is incredibly beautiful, and I regularly reach for it to make my late grandmother’s meatballs and sauce; I trust t…

The 7 1/4-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven that my mom gifted me for my wedding shower has a permanent home on my stovetop. The meringue color is incredibly beautiful, and I regularly reach for it to make my late grandmother’s meatballs and sauce; I trust that they’ll come out just right every time.

A Dutch oven is one of the most essential pieces of cookware any home cook or professional chef can have in their kitchen arsenal. If you’re looking to add one to your kitchenware collection but aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We asked home cooks, chefs, cookbook authors, bloggers, and recipe developers for their favorite Dutch ovens, and unsurprisingly, they all had similar sentiments.

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Everyone Loves Their Air Fryer—But How Does it Actually Work?

They’re all the rage in health-conscious circles for “frying” food without added oil, and anyone who loves all things crispy can’t get enough of theirs…but, err, what is an air fryer? It’s a question that might feel silly to ask since everyone from y…

They’re all the rage in health-conscious circles for “frying” food without added oil, and anyone who loves all things crispy can’t get enough of theirs...but, err, what is an air fryer? It’s a question that might feel silly to ask since everyone from your grandmother to that super-popular food blogger is using one almost daily. But have no fear, plenty of “food people” have a hard time coming up with a definition. We're de-mystifying this ultra-popular kitchen appliance below.

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

In short, an air fryer is a countertop appliance that acts like a mini convection oven. Instead of using a ton of oil or fat, it harnesses wind from an internal fan and heat to cook your chicken wings thoroughly and crisp up your French fries with ease. Both of those cooking elements—the fan and heat—are located above whatever the fryer is cooking and while the food sits in a slotted basket. That super-heated air gets around every side of your steak or asparagus to cook it all the way through, and fast, as if by magic.

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The 10 Best Cookware Sets From Nonstick to Stainless Steel

Whether you’ve finally decided to upgrade your inefficient, mismatched pots and pans or are picking out your first-ever set for a place of your own (and a say in what’s for dinner), a collection of cookware is a big investment that shouldn’t be taken l…

Whether you’ve finally decided to upgrade your inefficient, mismatched pots and pans or are picking out your first-ever set for a place of your own (and a say in what’s for dinner), a collection of cookware is a big investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It should, however, be fun.

You are, after all, picking out the pieces that will be an integral part of your daily life for years to come. And no matter what level home chef you are, everyone deserves a quality set to help them prep their very best meals. With dozens of options out there (not to mention stainless steel, copper, enameled cast iron, non-stick), it can feel daunting to narrow it down to the one cookware set that’s best for you.

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This Baby-Friendly Humidifier Fixed My Dry Skin

I am a winter baby, native New Yorker, and lover of deep, bountiful snow. My skin and sinuses, however, can’t stand super cold temperatures or my building’s dry radiator heat. That means, when the degrees start to plummet, my sensitive skin gets incred…

I am a winter baby, native New Yorker, and lover of deep, bountiful snow. My skin and sinuses, however, can’t stand super cold temperatures or my building’s dry radiator heat. That means, when the degrees start to plummet, my sensitive skin gets incredibly dry—even flaky—and the thickest, most luxurious (read: expensive) moisturizers only burn and further irritate my parched face. This, of course, is further exacerbated by the radiator's uncontrollable heat that dries out my nose, making it difficult to breathe and sleep easily. But still, that beautiful snow...

After visiting my dermatologist and allergist two months ago, they both made the same suggestion: get a humidifier. They said it would add moisture to the air in my bedroom to combat the winter elements outside and the dry heat inside, bringing relief to my skin and sinuses. They also recommended I drink more water, which, fair. After reading a ton of reviews on dozens of different products, I settled on the Frida Baby 3-in-1 Humidifier Diffuser Nightlight.

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This Simple Planner Feels Like a Fresh Start Each Year

I have never been one for making New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s something big like writing a novel or as small as drinking more water, I’m not great at establishing and sticking to a new routine. I actually find the whole idea of resolutions to b…

I have never been one for making New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s something big like writing a novel or as small as drinking more water, I’m not great at establishing and sticking to a new routine. I actually find the whole idea of resolutions to be a bit daunting, like it’s just waiting for me to give up—which about 80 percent of us do by the second week of February.

Instead, for as long as I can remember (okay, since college, but trust me, it’s been a while!) I’ve started each year with a brand new planner. On syllabus day—my favorite of the semester—I’d pick out a new one at the bookstore and fill in all of the assigned reading, tests, and important due dates. But it wasn’t until 2015 when I bought my first Rifle Paper Co. planner after my final days of graduate school that I realized how important a planner was to my personal and professional success.

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