For These Intrepid Gardeners, Every Seed Counts

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

“Badenjan Sesame” eggpl…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


“Badenjan Sesame” eggplant from Kandahar; black Hungarian' hot pepper from Kiskenfelegyhaza, Hungary; tomato from Isfahan, Iran—combing through the seed catalog on the Experimental Farm Network website is like getting a crash course in genetic seed diversity. Since its inception in 2013, EFN has been on a mission to preserve and expand biodiversity in crops. Nathan Kleinman and Dusty Hinzco, who first met via the Occupy Wall Street movement, co-founded the nonprofit cooperative to facilitate collaboration in plant breeding. For them, seeds aren’t just a way to put food on the table, they support displaced communities, promote food justice, and ensure a better future for all.

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This Dansk Pitcher Has World-Famous Good Looks

Back in March when Food52 released a one-off vintage Dansk drop, some of the most coveted items were the pitchers in cool teal, chili red, and even a rare kumquat. There were only five total, which means they sold out in a snap. But there’s good news f…

Back in March when Food52 released a one-off vintage Dansk drop, some of the most coveted items were the pitchers in cool teal, chili red, and even a rare kumquat. There were only five total, which means they sold out in a snap. But there’s good news for all those of you that didn’t get your hands on one. An archival reissue of the iconic pitcher is now available—and there are plenty to go around!

The Købenstyle pitcher, which was first unveiled in 1955, is often one of the first vintage Dansk pieces people reach for and get excited about because it is so iconically Dansk. “It's still sought-after in vintage shops and online, from eBay to 1stDibs, and when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced its upcoming show, Scandinavian Design and the United States, the Købenstyle pitcher was front and center,” says Christine Muhlke, Food52’s Dansk archivist.

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A Last-Minute Trick for Smudge-Free Wine Glasses

Easter and Passover are here, which means that you’re likely having a few loved ones over for a meal or two. You’ll have prepped and planned well ahead of time, and have a delicious and unforgettable menu ready to go. So the last thing you want to disc…

Easter and Passover are here, which means that you’re likely having a few loved ones over for a meal or two. You’ll have prepped and planned well ahead of time, and have a delicious and unforgettable menu ready to go. So the last thing you want to discover, just as your guests are about to arrive (or worse still, midway through your Passover meal), is that your wine glasses appear smudged or stained.

No matter what method you use to wash your glassware (in my home, everything other than grandma’s heirlooms goes into the dishwasher) and how quickly you get to drying them, it’s likely that when you resurface them after a few weeks, some spots remain. And there’s nothing like water spots to make your wine glasses appear dirty even when they’re actually clean. I know what you’re thinking: I really don’t have time to wash them at the eleventh hour. And to that I say: You’re in luck, because you don’t have to.

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The Iconic Cookware We Just Can’t Stop Collecting

If there’s one object in my kitchen that gets more oohs and aahs than anything else in the room, it’s my Dansk Købenstyle butter warmer. A small-scale saucepan in a warm shade of plum, it never leaves my stove except to get washed. Lest you think it se…

If there’s one object in my kitchen that gets more oohs and aahs than anything else in the room, it’s my Dansk Købenstyle butter warmer. A small-scale saucepan in a warm shade of plum, it never leaves my stove except to get washed. Lest you think it serves aesthetic purposes alone, let me underline the fact that I use it every single day—no, multiple times a day. It is quite simply the prettiest little workhorse I’ve owned.

Dansk has been a familiar brand to me for a while; before I bought my first piece I'd seen pepper mills and trays in the homes of friends, and fawned over casseroles and silverware in vintage stores. The name Købenstyle, however, was less familiar to me. If you, like me, first heard the word and thought of København, you wouldn’t be remiss—these distinctive pots and pans were designed by Copenhagen-born sculptor and designer Jens Quistgaard.

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13 Essential Cleaning Tools Ready to Tackle Every Mess

Clean Like You Mean It shows you how to tackle the trickiest spots in your home—whether they’re just plain gross or need some elbow grease. You’ll get the cleaning secrets we’ve learned from grandma, a guide to our handiest tools and helpers, and so mu…

Clean Like You Mean It shows you how to tackle the trickiest spots in your home—whether they’re just plain gross or need some elbow grease. You’ll get the cleaning secrets we’ve learned from grandma, a guide to our handiest tools and helpers, and so much more. Pull on those rubber gloves and queue up the tunes: It’s scour hour!


A couple months ago, a friend reached out with a “burning question”: Was there any way to clean a window and not leave streaks? “Sure,” I said, “use crushed newspaper along with your favorite glass cleaner.” To which she responded: “But who has newspapers around anymore?” Fair point. I mean I do, because I love the tactile pleasure of a good weekend edition, but that aside, old newspapers are, and always have, been an uncompromisable part of my cleaning toolkit.

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I Spent 1,764 Days Looking for a Coffee Table

I spent 1,764 days avoiding buying a coffee table. That’s 58 months. Whichever way you slice it, that’s a looong time.

A few years ago, when my (now) husband, Phil, and I moved in together, we decided to pool what we owned—and quickly realized we had …

I spent 1,764 days avoiding buying a coffee table. That’s 58 months. Whichever way you slice it, that’s a looong time.

A few years ago, when my (now) husband, Phil, and I moved in together, we decided to pool what we owned—and quickly realized we had almost no functional furniture. I had books and cookware, and Phil had many guitars. So, bit by bit, we started acquiring the building blocks of our shared home: a bed, a sofa, a dining table and chairs…then stopped to take a breather.

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This Common Mistake Might Be Killing Your Indoor Plants

For the second time in a year, I went abroad on holiday, and my husband killed a plant. The worst part? He killed it with love—too much love, that is. He overwatered it.

What hurt the most was that it was a snake plant, aka, the most indestructible in…

For the second time in a year, I went abroad on holiday, and my husband killed a plant. The worst part? He killed it with love—too much love, that is. He overwatered it.

What hurt the most was that it was a snake plant, aka, the most indestructible indoor plant known to us. Turns out, one thing can destroy it, and it’s not what you think—not too much sunlight nor too little airflow or temperature fluctuations (although all of those can affect its well-being to some extent). It’s giving it too much attention, when all it wants is to be left alone. Too much watering, and not even drainage, did my Sansevieria in.

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You’re Probably Buying the Wrong Light Bulb—Here’s Why

Ever swap out a light bulb at home only to realize its light appears completely different from the rest of the home? You’re not alone.

When my husband and I moved into our apartment two years ago, it came with recessed lights—some of them I wanted to…

Ever swap out a light bulb at home only to realize its light appears completely different from the rest of the home? You’re not alone.

When my husband and I moved into our apartment two years ago, it came with recessed lights—some of them I wanted to keep (like in our kitchen), others I wanted to convert to more attractive flush mount fixtures (hallways and bathrooms) and pendant lights (kitchen island). But once I installed all of them and added bulbs, to my horror, the light they cast just didn’t seem to match.

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I Dreaded Bedtime—Until I Met My Favorite Sleep BFFs

Sleep Smarts is your guide to shut-eye—with trusty tips, product recs, and new routines for a better night’s rest.

The worst thing about my sleep is that it’s unpredictable. The best thing about it is that it is predictably unpredictable. Some night…

Sleep Smarts is your guide to shut-eye—with trusty tips, product recs, and new routines for a better night’s rest.


The worst thing about my sleep is that it’s unpredictable. The best thing about it is that it is predictably unpredictable. Some nights I struggle with falling asleep; other nights I’m a super light sleeper, woken up by the sound of my own breath; still others I wake up at the crack of dawn for no apparent reason other than to mutter curses at my sleeping husband.

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9 Cozy Throw Pillows for Snuggly Winter Comfort

I collect throw pillows. Or, in my husband’s words: I collect “useless” pillows. “Give her a surface, any surface, and she’ll find a pillow to throw on it,” he complains. I like to say I was destined for this. As a kid, my friends and I made a game of …

I collect throw pillows. Or, in my husband’s words: I collect “useless” pillows. “Give her a surface, any surface, and she’ll find a pillow to throw on it,” he complains. I like to say I was destined for this. As a kid, my friends and I made a game of counting my mother’s decorative pillows—our counting skills got advanced real fast. I’d tell you how many we got to, except my mom might stop talking to me.

Pillows are the decorative accents I use to add color, personality, and texture to my home. My couch, beds, and chairs offer the neutral backdrops against which I mix and match them to add interest and dimension. I love the tactile pleasure I get from their varying texture, and sinking into a pile of them after a long day at work home, working. I especially like the warm, snuggly cocoon they offer when temperatures drop, and winter creeps into my home.

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