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.​​

It's that special time of year when we make doubly sure our pantries are stocked with multiple cans of pumpkin purée. It's an essential ingredient in getting our seasonal pumpkin fix; we use it in everything from pies and muffins to soup and chili.

Which begs the question: What exactly is in canned pumpkin purée? It sounds simple, but what's inside just might surprise you.

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If you're a Mickey Mouse fan, you know that his 90th birthday is coming up. (You also probably know that the exact date is November 18.) And you'll be excited to find out that in honor of the big day Le Creuset and Disney have teamed up to add another piece to their existing collaboration.

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I probably sound like everyone else when I say pizza is one of my favorite foods. Really, though, I can't get enough of it — my husband and I make it at home every single week, get in serious debates over styles and toppings, and even centered our welcome dinner at our wedding around a truck slinging out fresh pies.

I also truly enjoy eating in a way that makes me feel healthy (I am a Registered Dietitian, after all), so I am constantly seeking out ways to make pizza a wholesome choice since I don't plan on giving it up anytime soon. Here are a few things I keep in mind every time I order a pie or make one at home to make sure I'm always feeling good about every slice.

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Do you know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? Most grocery stores offer two similar-looking tubers — some labeled as yams, and some as sweet potatoes.

Would you be surprised if I told you that all those times you thought you were eating yams, you were likely eating a sweet potato, and that you probably haven't ever actually had a true yam? And yet yam and sweet potato do mean different things in grocery stores. Here's the scoop on these tubers, with tips for getting the one you want at the grocery store.

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While baking with pumpkin can be as easy as going to the grocery store and buying a can of pumpkin purée, what if you were feeling ambitious and wanted to do the whole process yourself, starting with a whole pumpkin? Not all pumpkins are created equal and work well in cooking and baking, so here is a guide to help you pick and purchase the right ones.

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Our readers labeled the Instant Pot as their favorite slow cooker, and Kitchn reviewed (and loved) it a few years ago. Now that we've established our fandom, it's time to find even more delicious recipes that make the most of this trendy appliance. A love as big as this deserves an equally long list of things to make.

As you probably already know, the Instant Pot is a seven-gadget-in-one appliance. Where the Instant Pot really stands out, however, is in its ability to be a slow cooker and a pressure cooker at the same time. That's why, for this recipe roundup, we're focusing on those two functionalities.

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After just a quick rundown of Aaron Quint's resume, it's abundantly clear that the self-professed gluten-obsessive has baked bread using practically every single flour out there. The former amateur baker (turned pizza-cookbook author, turned artisan-bread-maker in Kingston, New York) is what you might call an expert at making dough — which, more often than not, requires the powdery pantry staple.

If you believe that flour doesn't vary much from brand to brand, we (and Aaron) politely disagree.

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Musician John Legend has a really, really impressive resumé. (He's the latest person to complete the incredibly rare accomplishment of winning an Academy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony Award.) All things considered, though, our absolute favorite credential that John Legend gets to hold over all of our heads is that he's the hype-man and muse to his wife, Chrissy Teigen (also an incredibly impressive human).

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We can count on trusty Target for stylish products and affordable pricing. But it turns out, if you're willing to spend some time digging through the website, you can find some pretty special sections to shop that are filled with even bigger discounts and doubly awesome deals.

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It's early October and if you're not in the Halloween spirit just yet, it's time to get there. You only have a few weeks before the big night, and you might as well make the most of the season!

Where better to get inspired than on Etsy? We browsed the site to find the very best Halloween stuff (think: spooky or kooky!) to help get you in the mood. And actually, some of these finds can be used long after Halloween — or even Thanksgiving.

Start shopping now so that you don't get any boos from your friends and family for being a Halloween grinch!

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We've all had that moment when such a deep chocolate craving happens suddenly that we need to do something about it immediately. Rummaging the kitchen for a chocolate bar is an easy fix, but not if the desire is for warm brownies or a rich slice of cake. But you don't have to run out to your local bakery! Instead, let these quick recipes save you. They come together in no time, require mostly basic pantry ingredients, and all are extra-decadent.

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"What do you do?"

"Is this your first time here?"

"How long have you been traveling?"

I was sitting at a restaurant with some people I'd just met — which was lovely — but after traveling across Thailand for several weeks, I didn't want to ask and answer the same questions again.

I'd recently read Jodi Ettenberg's blog post on condiments around the world, and had been paying more attention to what was served in different countries. So instead of joining the rote Q&A session, I examined each of the jars on our small plastic table. Then, picking up the prik naam plaa, I asked my companions: "If you could only live with one condiment for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

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Everyone wants to be the cool house on Halloween. But if you hand out bad candy, all the great decorations and spooky music in the world won't save you from eggs and toilet paper.

To find out which candies people hate the most, bulk candy retailer CandyStore.com looked at 10 years of sales data and 12 independent "best" and "worst" candy rankings, and surveyed 40,000 people. After crunching the numbers, they came out with a definitive list of the worst candies to find in your Halloween haul.

Stay safe, and avoid these 10 terrible "treats."

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Just when you thought #pumpkineverything had reached peak saturation, Trader Joe's has raised the stakes (again) with even more pumpkin offerings than last year. We've already told you about a couple, but there are more, people! Many, many more.

So naturally, when October rolled around this week, I did as any card-carrying fall-lover might do and headed to my local TJ's (in flannel, of course) and filled my cart with a little taste of the season. Really, I did it for you guys, though. Why waste your dollars on subpar pumpkin anything?

Read these mini-reviews and you'll be in the know when it comes to Halloween parties, holiday brunches, and all autumnal snacking.

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The other week, Staub took me (media!), a group of professional chefs, and some bloggers to see their factory in northern France. (You can read all about the visit here.) It was a super-fun trip, but perhaps the most fun thing happened to me on the last day.

We were all sleepily sitting on a bus headed to the airport when chef Floyd Cardoz — winner of Top Chef Masters' third season and chef of The Bombay Bread Bar in New York City — turned to me to tell me he had read this story, which had run on Kitchn the day before.

He looked like a giddy child and told me he loved Costco meat. He then waxed poetic for the next 30 minutes about Costco. Turns out, he goes at least twice a month. And these are all the things he loves to buy while he's there.

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I don't know whether this has something to do with being an adult or is just the result of what my body is used to, but these days I can't handle eating much candy. This poses a dilemma around Halloween, when the flavors of my childhood are calling to me, but I know how crummy I'll feel after a candy-coated trip down memory lane.

Enter: these sweet and salty pumpkin seeds, roasted until crispy and then dressed up like all our Halloween favorites. Just think of it as a nutritious snack in a candy costume.

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I don't know about you, but the area under my kitchen sink is basically chaos. Yes, I have a few systems, including some cleaning bins and one little shelf, but it only stays clean for a short time before it starts looking sloppy again.

Luckily, a quick spin through Pinterest recently gave me all the inspiration — it's amazing what some smart hacks, good containers, and DIY skills can do to turn this normally dark and messy space into one that's Pin-worthy.

Here are the best under-the-kitchen-sink organizing ideas on Pinterest.

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If you picked up a few pumpkins at your local farm stand or farmers markets to carve for Halloween, you know that soon enough you'll be elbow-deep in stringy, slimy pumpkin guts. Make this the year you use them for your next kitchen adventure.

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Seemingly overnight, the leaves have started to change and we're officially in my favorite season: fall. While I'm not one to adorn my doorstep with cornstalks or hay bales, I do like to add a few warm, homey touches to my home to greet me as the days get shorter. And now is the perfect time to add a couple of new accessories to your living space during World Market's Friends & Family sale. Through October 8, you can save an additional 30 percent off almost everything site-wide. (Food & beverages are 10 percent off, and alcohol and gift cards are excluded from the sale.)

As always, World Market's site is packed with so many good finds, but here a few pieces I'm eyeing right now to give my home a fall facelift.

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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.

ATTENTION, PARENTS: Have you ever found out about your kid's bake sale for the very first time while en route to said bake sale? Before you go to your grocery store and pick out a tray of cookies to try to pass off as your own, we have a solution for this common conundrum (provided that you have 20 minutes to spare).

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Meal kits were once the realm of the online shopping market. Don't have time to grab ingredients for a complete meal from the grocery store? Teaching yourself how to cook for the first time? Order from a company liked Plated or Blue Apron, and you'd get everything you need for dinner dropped on your doorstep.

Over the summer though, many meal kit services shifted that business model and began appearing in grocery stores. HelloFresh launched a meal-kit service available in Stop & Shop. Kroger and Albertsons now carry Blue Apron and Plated meal kits. And now Costco is cashing in on the trend too, but there's one crucial difference: It's one of the first grocery stores to offer a meal kit worthy of a five-star restaurant.

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Parents will go to extreme lengths to get picky eaters to eat something. When my boyfriend was a kid, for example, he would only eat pizza — nothing else would suffice — so his mom resorted to creating pizza-like dishes. Chicken Parm suddenly became "pizza chicken," and it was finally OK for him to eat.

Sound familiar? Trying to feed a picky eater feels like a never-ending, thankless task. You can do everything "right" and still end up with a kid who won't touch anything on his plate. So, what are you supposed to do? Kitchn has covered a lot of different strategies over the years, including this smart vacation tip, recipes ideas that have helped, and throwing a peer pressure party.

But the smartest thing I've heard recently comes from a recent episode of the Didn't I Just Feed You podcast, that our very own Associate Food Editor Meghan Splawn runs with her friend (and Kitchn contributor!) Stacie Billis. They've dedicated three episodes of their new podcast to talking picky eaters, and in the first episode (listen here!) and there's a pretty small but important reminder for struggling parents.

Listen to the episode: Is Picky Eating Real?...

Have you ever wished you had an extra pair of hands while cooking to flip the pages of your cookbook, set a timer, look up how long the chicken should roast, or read the next step in your recipe? Well, starting today, you can, thanks to a new set of features from Amazon on Amazon Echo devices — and a new Kitchn relationship with Amazon.

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Potato soup is such a fall classic. Tender pieces of creamy russet potatoes mingle with onions, garlic, and salty pancetta for a bowl of soul-soothing solace. The only possible upgrade to this classic is to make it easier with the help from the slow cooker. And let's be real — this soup is one hundred times better when it's made in the slow cooker.

To make the absolute easiest potato soup, this recipe relies on pantry staples to create a bowl of creamy, comforting soup that's as easy to make as it is to love. Here's how it's done.

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As sure as there are seven days in the week, I can count on the fact that at least one of those days, I'll come home from work feeling totally drained. On these nights, I want nothing more than to plop on the couch with Netflix and takeout. And, I'll be honest, sometimes that is exactly what I do. But most of the time, the thing that saves me from blowing my budget on egg rolls and Kung Pao chicken is the one-pot dinner.

When dinner comes together in a single pot, it means a low-fuss meal that's better for my wallet and probably better for me, too. So, when you just don't feel like cooking, consider these 20 dinners your lifeline. With options like zoodles and meatballs, burrito bowls, and quick-simmered soups, they're delicious and totally doable.

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At first glance, Trader Joe's and Costco couldn't be more different. TJ's stores are fun, quirky, and smaller than most supermarkets. Costco is the complete opposite — utilitarian and truly cavernous in size. Yet they actually have a lot in common. For example, both are known for carrying a wide array of organic foods, and both are known for offering some of the lowest prices in the industry.

Of course, shopping at Costco means buying, say, four pounds of quinoa instead of one, which requires a bigger up-front investment both in terms of money and pantry space. Which is a better deal? Can Costco's bulk prices beat Trader Joe's ounce for ounce?

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Parents of little toddlers and preschoolers who are dutifully packing lunches for daycare and school, you are awesome. I know how exhausted you are by those little ones right now, but I'm here to remind you that in just a few short years, you'll be sending those same kids off to first grade with lunches they packed themselves. I know this firsthand, because I just sent my oldest off with a lunch she learned to pack watching me throughout these past few years.

Toddler and preschool lunches are often the most arduous to pack; most things need to be small and soft, which means you're either spending a lot of time chopping or even more time steaming. That's why I compiled 10 of my favorite preschool and toddler lunch ideas that are both easy and healthy, and will help you pack lunches more quickly until those kiddos can pack their own.

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If you've already traveled down the Amazon wormhole to trade your soul for free shipping, you know how convenient it can be to shop an online mega marketplace that can get you anything you need in two days flat. It's good, then, that Amazon is constantly coming up with new ways to help you save more money on the stuff you're buying. It just takes a little research.

To save you some time, we rounded up all of the awesome money-back programs the site has to offer. Read ahead for eight ways to pinch even more pennies while you're shopping online.

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Not only does Amazon make it easy to get all sorts of stuff delivered to your door in a near instant, but it also makes it easy to get all sorts of good stuff delivered to your door. In addition to its often-lengthy and extremely detailed customer reviews, the site also tracks — and shares! — data on its bestselling items, category by category. Armed with this information, you can buy something that's well-received by customers and popular. Fun, right?

Let's let's look at the most popular chef's knife (because chef's knives can get pretty pricey and because I promised we would, based on the title of this post).

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Next time you're in the canned tomato aisle at the grocery store, forgo you're usual plain diced tomatoes and opt for a can of Ro-tel. The Southern favorite is a blend of diced tomatoes and fire-roasted green chilies, so it has all the juicy sweetness you'll find in regular canned tomatoes but with the bonus of bold, smoky spice. Basically, it has the potential to jazz up a whole lot of meals.

Here are our 10 favorite ways to use a can.

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After moving apartments (yet again) earlier this year, I went to a big-box bargain store for some general supplies. And as an avid lover of grocery shopping, I couldn't not check out its aisles of food. What I found really surprised me.

Classy crackers that would automatically raise my social status! Craft sodas with trendy lettering! Sacks of milled flaxseed the size of an ostrich egg! Organic dried figs not in Fig Newton form! Specialty flours that would sit, untouched, in my cupboard for years!

Unlike the dollar store grocery section, which is comprised of approximately 97 percent junk food, this store had an eclectic mix of high-end food items at low prices. Before I knew it, I was loading up my cart with brands like Bob's Red Mill and LaCroix.

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One thing is certain: Following a keto diet requires a lot of cooking. To the uninitiated, it can have the potential to feel a little daunting, but get in the habit of meal prep and you'll see that it's a total game-changer. Getting a leg up on this meat-heavy diet with a meal prep session and some upfront work will make busy weekdays a whole lot easier. Here are 10 recipes to get you started.

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I feel safe betting that every single one of you who's ever been to an IKEA has been distracted from those meandering walkways in the Marketplace by pretty glassware or a fun new napkin pattern. There's tons of cute, cheap stuff in the Marketplace — and where IKEA really delivers is in the kitchen section, with a mix of bargain-priced classics and unique accessories that look way more expensive than the price tag says.

That said, here are the best finds you get can get there for $5 or less.

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The slow cooker comes with a lot of merits. But where this appliance really shines is with absolutely simple recipes that help us get dinner on the table. Whether you're after something meaty or filled with veggies, or ultra-comforting or on the healthier side, your slow cooker does the heavy lifting so you don't have to stand at the stove. Here are 10 tried-and-true, well-loved slow cooker favorites that are both easy as can be and irresistibly delicious.

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Washing dishes is a necessity, but I've learned through both personal experience and feedback from our readers that making a few little tweaks to the chore — pouring a glass of wine, listening to a podcast, using a dish soap that you love — can transform the experience into one that's relaxing and even pleasant.

Beyond that, I believe in the often-paraphrased William Morris quote about everything in your home being useful or beautiful. And as a long-time apartment-dweller, I will say that ideally most of the things in my home are both useful and beautiful — because when you're low on space, you don't have room for something that's not helpful and you don't want to look at something that's not your style all the time.

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Just about every retailer has a branded credit card these days, but it's much less common to find a company with a free rewards program that's actually, you know, rewarding. Cost Plus World Market is one such store, and they're offering 20 percent off regularly priced items through Friday, September 21, as part of their Member Appreciation Month program.

Membership gives you perks like shipping discounts and exclusive sales, but this month of deals is reason enough to sign up. Fortunately, it's easy to do. And after you have, check out a few of our favorite picks worthy of that 20-percent-off offer.

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I became a vegetarian around the age of 12, so I've made my fair share of veggie burgers throughout the years. The funny thing is, I still don't have a go-to recipe. That's because most homemade veggie burgers call for a laundry list of ingredients (often upwards of 10), or a long refrigeration time to bind the patties together. I set out to make one with easy-to-find ingredients that's ready to devour in less than 30 minutes. And that's exactly where these black bean burgers come into play. The secret? Ripe and creamy avocado, which gets mashed into the patties as a binder, then spread onto the burger buns alongside chipotle mayo.

These aren't just good veggie burgers — they're good burgers, period. They're spicy, smoky, and packed with protein. And, unlike so many veggie burgers, they don't fall apart in the skillet. In fact, as they cook, they take on a deliciously crispy outer crust that makes every bite that much better. Depending on your hunger level, you can opt to make six smaller patties or four larger ones. Save leftovers for crumbling over salads or stuffing into quesadillas.

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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.

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Another fast and easy weeknight chicken thigh recipe, that's what! If you have a package of chicken thighs, a few pantry staples, and an Instant Pot, you can have this honey sesame chicken on the table in less than 15 minutes — I kid you not.

(For those of you who don't already have one of these magical pots, might I suggest the florally swathed Pioneer Woman version?)

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The question, "What are we having for dinner?" is quite often followed closely by, "What are we having with dinner?" Roasted vegetables are one of our favorite answers to the question of the quick weeknight side dish, and my latest pick for roasted goodness is broccoli. This recipe takes just a few minutes to throw into the oven and it emerges toasty around the edges and garlicky and a little spicy, if you like.

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One of my top priorities right now is eating healthful, tasty food that makes me feel good and gives me energy. It's as simple as that. What that looks like varies from week to week, but right now it means pushing the pasta, rice, beans, and sweets aside to focus on low-carb meals filled with protein, good fats, and green vegetables.

This Power Hour will help you prep a week of low-carb breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for two adults in just two hours. All that's left to do at mealtime is some reheating and quick assembly. Ready to get started?

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