What Type of a Wood Floor is Best for My Kitchen?

Wood Species
Go with the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species used in the manufacture of wood floors. Rich grain and exquisite texture of these species will not only make the floor look beautiful and unique, but also help disguise small dents and scratches that are bound to occur over time.

Surface Texture
Wood floors with a light texture and a polished finish are gorgeous, but will they look just as spotlessly perfect after a few pots, pans, and jars have been dropped on your floor? Probably not, which is why highly textured wood species and wire brushed finishes work so well in kitchens and other high trafficked areas. If anything, the floor only ends up looking better over time!

  • Installing Hardwood Flooring In a Kitchen
    In a kitchen, you want to make sure that you purchase a very dense, durable hardwood, and stay away from softwood floors that will be more prone to water damage and staining issues.

  • Finish Options for Natural Wood Flooring
    The protective coat created by this process is much more potent than anything that can be applied on site and can last up to five times longer than traditional self-applied finishes.

  • Maintaining Hardwood Floors In a Kitchen
    The most important thing that you can do to maintain your hardwood kitchen floors is to keep constant vigilance over them. You can test the finish on the floor by pouring a very small amount of water on it in some of the most highly trafficked areas. If it beads up the finish is fine.

  • How To Care for a Hardwood Floor
    The drawback is that the refinishing process is a big, messy job. It involves taking almost everything out of the kitchen and then bringing in big, loud equipment that sends sawdust flying through the air in every direction.

  • The Advantages of Hardwood In Kitchens
    Hardwood provides you with a softer, more yielding surface to stand on than most tile and hard surface flooring options. This also makes it less likely that items will shatter if accidentally dropped.

  • Floods and Leaks in Kitchens
    Unfortunately, each utensil that ties into the plumbing of your house, is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Small leaks can cause standing puddles, that will wear through the finish and seep down cracks to rot the floor from within.​​

Everything about summer always feels more simple, relaxed, and laid-back. And I firmly believe the dinners in my meal plan should follow suit. There's no time like right now to lean on the abundance of ripe, fresh produce for veggie-friendly meals. Here are 11 recipes to get you started.

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This new Great British Bake-Off trailer is the new "Laurel or Yanny?" video, or the new dress that half the world thinks is white and gold and half says is blue and black. Because, depending on the viewer, the new Bake Off trailer is either emotional and heartwarming, or creepy as heck. Really, it's a little bit of both, and people are loving it.

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During a heavy-on-the-flashbacks episode of The Golden Girls called "One For the Money," the four girls reminisce about the time that they decided to start a catering company, pulling an all-nighter to stuff enough whole chickens for a 300-person wedding party. "In Sicily, we [cooked for crowds] all the time," Sophia said. "And we didn't have the modern conveniences you have today. We had to slaughter our own meat, prepare our own seasonings, and, if the food wasn't perfect, after cappuccino, they shot the cook."

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There are few desserts quite as delightful as those bursting with bright, lemony freshness. That's precisely why we're big fans of this yogurt-filled play on lemon cream pie.

This no-bake sheet pan lemon tart is big enough for all your get-togethers. If it doesn't win you over with its sweet bite, the supreme ease of it sure will. Each bite of this tart greets you with a sandy graham cracker crust holding up a lush lemon yogurt center, topped with a thick swirl of Cool Whip. Be prepared to go back for seconds.

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You're probably in disbelief at this recipe title, but yes, you can make tasty pancakes with just two ingredients: baked sweet potato and eggs. (And, if you like, a pinch of salt and cinnamon, too). This protein-packed breakfast option is perfect for weekday mornings when you don't want a smoothie or a grain bowl, but still want to work in some vegetables at the beginning of the day.

These pancakes have a crispy, caramelized outside and creamy, sweet interior — and they're perfect for serving with maple syrup or nut butters.

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One of the easiest but tastiest chicken recipes you can grill this summer involves lemongrass, a few pantry staples, and boneless chicken thighs. This Vietnamese lemongrass chicken hits all the right notes of smoky, savory, and just a touch sweet. The best part is that if you grill up a big batch, you can use it all week long in noodle bowls, salads, or sandwiches.

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When busy weeks are on the horizon, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to work a slow cooker dinner or two into your meal plan. This lineup of weeknight favorites calls for minimal upfront prep in the morning or the night before, then leans hard on the slow cooker to do the heavy lifting. Your future self will thank you.

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Let's pretend you're a baker and you're making a cake. You whip up some batter, stick some pans in the oven with said batter, and, when the timer dings, you've got yourself a cake. But wait, you're not done yet, of course. What's a cake without frosting and decoration, right? Well, it's boring, unfortunately, and who wants to eat that?

The same can be said for a room with no art. It's still a room, of course, but it has no flavor, no personality, nothing to distinguish it from the next space with the same IKEA dining table and chairs.

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Just when I finally convinced myself that I'm happy with my Le Creuset color choices (I'm lucky enough to have a few basic pieces in a mix of White and Soleil), the company goes and comes out with a new, limited-time collection that has me questioning everything. Should I have gone with something more surprising? Is there something that would have gone better with white? What even is color?!

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A package of frozen tortellini is one of my favorite staples to stash in the freezer because it's cheap, lasts for months, and can be used in a ton of different ways. Sure, you could toss it with a jar of marinara and call it a day, but that back-pocket dinner barely scratches the surface of what this frozen pasta can do.

Frozen tortellini is a blank slate for versatile family-friendly dinners. Here are 10 inspiring ways to add it to your meal plan.

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The first thing I suggest making in your brand new electric pressure cooker is hard-cooked eggs (seriously, so easy to peel). The second? Basic chicken breast! This dinner staple cooks up perfectly every time in the Instant Pot. You can aim for firm but juicy chicken for cubing, or let it cook a little bit longer for tender shredded chicken.

Instant Pot chicken breast is also as ingenious for meal prep (hello, more oven space!) as it is for weeknight dinners. You can even cook frozen chicken breast this way while you figure out the rest of dinner. Ready for the simple steamed chicken breast technique you'll use over and over again?

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When it comes to shopping for fish at the grocery store, there's a lot more to think about than just what kind of fillet you want to have for dinner. Another major catch that a lot of people might not consider: Was this fish sustainably caught?

Over-fishing is a serious issue within the seafood industry and can often result in the depletion of marine reserves around the world. This is why it's super important to do your homework and commit to exclusively buying fish from stores (and restaurants) that use their purchasing power for good.

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The story of Texas' most famous grocery store mirrors that of the city it grew up in. Just as Austin expanded beyond its liberal-minded, hippy roots, live-music-capital reputation, and famous "Keep Austin Weird" bumper-sticker identity, so too did its natural-foods emporium Whole Foods, which opened in the state capital in 1980.

Now Austin attracts more than 230,000 attendees for its annual South by Southwest Festival (a big difference compared to the 700 that attended the first event in 1987), and it serves as home to more than 100 tech companies, including Apple, Dell, IBM, Oracle, Indeed, and Amazon, which bought Whole Foods last year for $13.4 billion.

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For a special summer dinner or just a random Wednesday night, there's nothing better than steaks on the grill. But while your beef might be the main attraction, you can't live on steak alone. With that in mind, we have plenty of ideas for delicious summer sides that will complement that perfectly browned and charred T-bone, rib-eye, or Porterhouse.

You can give the classic potato side, a salt-and-vinegar update, or add a cool, crunchy slaw to keep things light.

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When I was growing up, my mom always had a bag of frozen mixed vegetables in the freezer. Mostly she used it for icing boo-boos and hiding the box of Popsicles behind it, although occasionally she served a long-freezer-burned (and then microwave-steamed) serving of that bright-colored corn, carrot, and green bean medley.

My own children's childhood freezer is better stocked with frozen chicken nuggets, fruits for smoothies, and homemade (and store-bought) Popsicles that I don't hide, but there is one bag of frozen vegetables that I rely on much the same as my own mother did and it is not the mixed vegetables of my own youth. This is the bag of frozen vegetables that is the hero of family dinners — and occasionally saves us from those childhood boo-boos too.

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Back in April, I wrote about what I found at the Bullseye's Playground, which I still affectionately call the Dollar Spot. (See: Here's How Target Almost Tricked Me into Spending $44 This Weekend.) The products in this section — brilliantly located right by the entrance, where customers are sure to stop and shop — are all so cute, colorful, fun, and inexpensive. Usually, nothing there costs more than $5 and most items are priced at $3 or $1. A dollar here, a dollar there — what could go wrong?

If I had bought everything I picked up, I would have spent at least $25. Luckily, I was able to show some restraint and only left with some new gingham cloth napkins.

Here's what I was eyeing when I stopped in earlier this week.

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This week's meal planning dilemma — there's always at least one — is that our dishwasher is out of commission for what might be the foreseeable future. Fortunately for me, we have a "I cook, you clean" agreement, and my husband is the primary dishwasher. Still, I'm planning a week of easy one-pot dinners for us.

Here's where one-pot dinners shine: they save everyone time, not just whoever washes the dishes! They typically mean fewer ingredients, more streamlined steps, and, yes, less time cleaning up. So whether you're soaking up the last days of summer or are already in full-swing back-to-school mode, these one-pot meals will help you put easy dinners on the table this week.

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A perfect meal, this time of summer, is one that seems to fly out of the refrigerator and onto your plate, with nothing but a brief stop at the grill (or grill pan). A seared steak, crusted with pepper, or a smoky hunk of eggplant straight from the garden with a salad to keep them company. This is easy living, people.

But what if you want just a touch more to your meal? Get fancy — how about a sauce? I stumbled accidentally onto the easiest and punchiest sauce recently — a magic blend of three ingredients that spices up everything from the grill — steak, chicken, burgers, a pile of vegetables. Zero cooking required. Just mix and drizzle. Want to see what's in my magic sauce?

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While we love the chance to cook in a new-to-us kitchen, the last thing we want to do on vacation is prepare a meal that creates a lot of extra work and dishes. That's why we gravitate toward one-pot meals. Not only do they cut down on cleanup time, but they are also easier to execute — which is especially helpful when your rental kitchen isn't the most well-equipped.

Here are 12 one-pot meals that will let you focus more on vacation than on cooking and cleanup.

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We are living in a frozen-pizza-lover's paradise. Walk into any supermarket and you'll be dazzled by the bevy of options with various styles of crust (thick, thin, and even cheese-stuffed!) and a bounty of meat and veggie toppings. Just picking one to toss in your cart can make your head spin.

If you're anything like me, you have a stash of frozen pizzas in your freezer for when you're either short on time or are too tired to deal with pots and pans. I usually stick to the same brands out of habit (Trader Joe's and Amy's are my favorites), but I was curious if I was missing out on a superior frozen pizza experience. So, I tried a dozen kinds to see how they measured up.

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In what has to be the most iconic scene in Meet the Parents, an eager Ben Stiller tells his girlfriend's parents about the time that he milked a cat so that the smallest kitten in a litter could eat. "You can milk anything with nipples," he explained.

"I have nipples, Greg," a stone-faced Robert DeNiro responded. "Could you milk me?"

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Ina Garten's next cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, won't come out until fall, but she's already given us a couple ideas about what's to come. First there was the big reveal of the cover, and yesterday she shared her favorite summer salad from the book. It's a simple tomato and avocado number and it's just the kind of thing I want to eat right now.

"I've been making it so much this summer I just had to share it with you early!" she wrote on Instagram. "It's tomatoes, avocados, red onion, with arugula and a fresh lemon vinaigrette. Hope you love it as much as I do!"

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Chicken is the reliable go-to protein our editors turn to night after night when they want to get dinner on the table. But just because it's an old standby doesn't mean we can't get excited about it! Here are the five recipes we're loving lately — they're all packed with flavorful ingredients and are anything but boring.

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Even though cooking raw meat in your slow cooker straight from the freezer is a no-no, that doesn't mean all ingredients from the freezer are off limits when it comes to this ultra-handy appliance. The slow cooker is always reliable for delivering easy dinners, and when you start with your freezer, you'll see it can be easier still.

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If you've shopped for kitchen cabinets lately, you, like me, may have wondered how to become independently wealthy. So far, I've managed to avoid ever having to buy cabinets, but as I come closer to jumping off the high dive into a full reno of our kitchen, it's gonna have to happen. And I am clearly in the wrong business, because there is some $$$ in cabinets.

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Everyone loves brisket, a Texas staple. Texans — Tejanos — are especially obsessed. My beer-braised brisket is fork-tender, perfect for a crowd, and requires no babysitting. Place it in the slow cooker and go about your day. Your family will love it, and football fans will adore it!

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The first few times I tried kimchi it was not, I must admit, my favorite food. Then I met my Korean-American partner, Gregory, moved in with his mom — a superb cook — and within a few months I was wholly converted.

These days my mouth waters at the slightest whiff of pungent, fermented cabbage and I'll eat it with everything from fried rice to dumplings, summer rolls, or, ahem, straight out of the jar. I still have a lot to learn from Mom when it comes to kimchi-making (there are over a hundred different kinds!) but the recipe for mak kimchi, or simple kimchi, has been a great place to start.

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Costco is known for lots of things — humongous shopping carts, a generous free sample policy, and cheap hot dogs, to name a few — but it's not just a fabulous place to go when you want to stock up on giant jars of peanut butter or massive containers of dish detergent. Costco also has a fantastic selection of healthy snacks.

I've rounded up my favorite healthy snacks that you can only find if you go to Costco. Some of these picks are made by Costco's in-house brand, Kirkland, and some are made fresh daily by their in-house staff. Other items on the list are in packaging and quantities you can't get anywhere else. All of these foods are not only good for your wallet, but they're also good for you.

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"How to Cake It" is my favorite YouTube channel. But actually baking one of her cakes?

It kind of destroyed me.

I'm an unfussy home baker. I'll make a one-layer cake or a crumble or maybe a blondie, but I stick to simple and not necessarily aesthetically elaborate desserts. My frosting is swoopy and my cookies are unadorned.

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My kids love smoothies, so I've been tossing those bags of frozen fruit into my shopping cart for years. It's a no-brainer in the winter, too — of course a bag of frozen strawberries is going to be less expensive than a carton of out-of-season (and probably terrible-tasting) fruit! Plus, frozen fruit makes the smoothie extra frosty.

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We love classic burger condiments as much as the next person. But what if we told you that you could spread your burger bun with baba ghanoush, top the burger patties with sun-dried tomatoes, and opt for goat cheese instead of cheddar?

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What would you add jalapeños to, if you could add jalapeños to anything in the Costco food court? That's not a hypothetical question at this Costco in Mexico, where the toppings bar in the food court has dispensers full of free jalapeños, and you can have as many as you can handle.

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She was standing in front of me in the IKEA checkout line. Dressed casually chic in cute jeans and carrying a brown leather purse just the right amount of broken in. In her hands was one item: a rolled up rug. (It was the LOHALS, a $140 jute area rug.) The key words here being "one item."

This woman had the power to brave the housewares temptation juggernaut that is IKEA and emerge with a single purchase. I had deep and immediate admiration for LOHALS lady.

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You can't beat the convenience and affordability of frozen vegetables, so naturally I've been on a mission to make a bag of frozen broccoli taste like a million bucks. And, you guys, I finally nailed it. This easy technique will have you buying frozen broccoli in bulk because yes, these florets really are that good.

You'll roast the florets in a very hot oven (450°F), top them with Parmesan cheese, and finish the dish with a generous squeeze of lemon juice. The result of your (very minimal) effort is the fastest side dish suited for just about any dinner.

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After five very successful seasons of Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines have become a force in the home-renovation industry, responsible for introducing the word "shiplap" to even the least handy among us. The lovable banter between the two is infectious — not to mention the wow-worthy makeovers they pull off every episode. Our favorite part of each show? When the new kitchen gets revealed. It's often the most dramatic change, when dated, well-worn cabinetry and blah tiles get swapped for a brand-new cooking space.

We love nearly every kitchen makeover on Fixer Upper, but we were able to narrow this list down to five of our favorites.

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You're going to want to keep this salad firmly planted in your summer meal plan rotation and at the ready for all of your picnics and potlucks. It is what I consider a multi-purpose, do-it-all salad — one that everyone can eat. It gets its bulk from protein-rich pantry staples like quinoa and beans, and picks up freshness, crunch, and color from a medley of veggies before it's tied together with a zippy chile-lime dressing. You can count on it to hold its own as the main course or a side that pairs with all your summer favorites.

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Kitchn's Delicious Links column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.

Just as we've all begun to get over the "Is a hotdog a sandwich?" debate (it is, according to Merriam Webster!), I now present you with a new kind of conundrum: Is this lettuce wrap a salad or a sandwich?

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Our arsenal of 30-minute meals is your ticket to getting a satisfying dinner on the table, fast. From stir-fries and curries to pastas and salads, here are 26 veggie-filled weeknight dinners you can get on the table in half an hour or less.

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Limited-time seasonal items are such a delicious tease. They make you fall in love with them, and just when you think you can't live without them, they vanish and you're left with nothing but memories and pumpkin spice-scented candles. Rude.

Trader Joe's is one of the best there is at seasonal items. People stockpile Trader Joe's cranberry sauce and butternut squash macaroni and cheese in their freezers like squirrels storing nuts for the winter, because they know they'll disappear after just a couple months.

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Migas are a breakfast favorite in every corner of Texas. I've taken the classic skillet migas and transformed them into a low-and-slow, cheesy migas casserole. Put on a pot of coffee, invite a few friends over, and enjoy this migas casserole for brunch.

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