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.​​

A weekend meal prep session is all about making life easier during the busy work week, but that doesn't mean the actual prep session needs to be a long, arduous affair. I lean on grocery store picks to give myself a head start and help power me through the prep session with ease.

When there's an hour on the clock for my meal prep session, my secret for making as many meals as possible is starting with some of these smart buys.

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In a teeny-tiny kitchen, you've got to be smart when it comes to storage in order to find room for all of the tools you need to make dinner. Fortunately, there are people out there coming up with hacks and solutions to help us out.

Here are a few brilliant storage ideas for small kitchen that you might not have seen before.

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On your next trip to Trader Joe's you just might spot a mugshot on a bottle of Merlot. But don't worry or run away — this doesn't mean there was a prison break in your area. Instead this uptick in criminal activity on aisle wine is thanks to 19 Crimes, an Australian brand that touts bottles of vino labeled with vintage mugshots of criminals-turned-colonists.

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Salmon is one of the most versatile fish options on the market. It can be prepared easily in many different variations, and even though it has a strong flavor, it combines well with many other foods, seasonings, and spices.

If you're looking for a new way to serve up this good-for-you fish, here are over 20 that are worth a try.

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Fact: Cleaning up as I go is a tough thing for me. I'm also prone to spills. By the time I'm done with a cooking or baking project, it usually looks like a bomb went off in my kitchen.

Because I'm innately a messy cook, many of the recipes I've ripped out of magazines or borrowed from my mom often end up coated in flour or covered in some kind of liquid that makes the ink run. (Sorry, mom.) I also like to use recipes that I find online, and few things make me more nervous than bringing my phone, tablet, or laptop into my kitchen. Don't even get me started on the state of my cookbooks. (Those five pages are stuck together from now on? Cool, I didn't want to make that gooey chocolate cake, anyway!)

So, yeah, I could use some help.

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Chickpeas are an invaluable pantry staple that I have stocked in my kitchen at all times. We already know they can be blitzed into hummus, roasted into a crunchy snack, or used as an easy salad booster, but that is just the beginning, friends. If you've got a can of chickpeas on hand, then you've got the start to quite a few easy, satisfying weeknight dinners.

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Back in 2017, I started to notice a new kitchen color trend emerging. I never expected it and I certainly didn't expect it to still be cool in 2018. Any guesses? The photo above is a big hint. The color: mint green!

Mint green — a barely there, optimistic, soothing hue — works well in the kitchen because it's a color reminiscent of a sweet confection. Here are some different ways in which I've seen mint green used in the kitchen recently.

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A newly opened Starbucks cafe staffed entirely by senior citizens has opened in Mexico City, perhaps another sign that the company is making good on promises to create a more inclusive workforce.

According to WXPI, Starbucks partnered with the National Institute for the Elderly to "spearhead a program of labor inclusion," giving its older adults an income boost at the same time. Currently, only seven seniors are employed at the store, all between the ages of 55 and 66 (although they are currently being trained by a younger contingent of staffers).

If you're worried about the elderly employees' well-being, know that Starbucks has their backs: The seniors only work six-and-a-half-hour shifts, and are guaranteed two days off per week. Plus, their medical needs are fully covered by insurance.

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Even when I don't have a plan (which is most of the time, these days) there are certain things I always make during my meal prep sessions. At the top of that list? A pot or rice of grains. It's a blank canvas that can be easily turned into a wide variety of meals during the week. Most recipes specifically call for things like brown rice, quinoa, farro, or bulgur to name a few, but the truth is that grains can almost always be used interchangeably. It will sometimes result in a different texture, but I think that's one way to keep tried-and-true recipes interesting.

No matter what kind of grains you cooked up, here are 20 delicious ways to turn them into breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Sometimes all it takes is $10 to buy a truly great (possibly even life-changing) item for your kitchen. That's right — it's not all about the Vitamix blenders and KitchenAid stand mixers! We polled Kitchn editors to see what things they've bought lately (for $10 or less) that they're shockingly excited about.

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Nigella Lawson recently appeared on "The Sporkful" podcast, where she spoke lovingly of Colman's Mustard. The British condiment is to her what hot sauce is to Beyoncé (read: always in her bag). "To me, it's kind of like ketchup," she told host Dan Pashman. "I want it with everything."

Read more: Nigella Lawson Always Carries These Two Ingredients in Her Purse

While that's the British TV cook and prolific cookbook author's go-to condiment, her favorite full-on meal might surprise you — because it's not quite a meal at all.

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We all know eating vegetables is an important component of a well-rounded diet, but figuring out when to slot them in is the tricky part. Sure, you can toss a bunch of spinach into a breakfast smoothie and swear off everything but salad for lunch, but I think there's an even easier way to boost you and your family's intake of the good stuff: Add a shared vegetable plate to your nightly dinner table.

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Kitchn's My Superpowered Morning shows you how smart, interesting people use their morning routine to help them fuel their days and get it all done.

Kerry Diamond's latest mission is fueled by coffee. When she's not publishing the most gorgeous food magazine and elevating voices of kick-ass women as the editorial director of Cherry Bombe, or hosting the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast, you can find Kerry at Smith Canteen, her Carroll Gardens coffee shop, where she's plotting and scheming to make it the greenest coffee spot in Brooklyn.

Think about the last weekday morning that you physically sat in your local coffee shop and took the time to drink it out of an actual mug. (Before a few weeks ago, when I sat with Kerry on a bench outside of the Canteen sipping iced coffee out of a Mason jar, I can't remember.) These days, Kerry is working to make that a daily occurrence.

By January 2019, Smith Canteen will no longer offer single-use plastic cups — an entire year before Starbucks plans to switch to (thicker) plastic sippy lids to avoid plastic straws in January 2020. It's called the Green Canteen Project,...

Kitchen renovations are pricey! A recent Consumer Reports survey found that the mid-range kitchen remodel lands between $25,000 to $50,000. While that number may seem wild, it's actually not that surprising when you look at all the elements involved, including cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and even less-expensive items like hardware (multiply that $5 knob by 30 and you're getting into the hundreds even when you choose a cheaper option!).

So I'm always amazed by the people who, through sheer DIY skills or thrifty choices, manage to transform their kitchens for cheap. Kudos, you guys — you're an inspiration to us all!

Here are five kitchen renovations that cost $5,000 or less.

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My grandpa used to quote an old radio show all the time, one that debuted when he was a kid. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" he'd tell me, and I had no idea what he was talking about, but assumed that The Shadow somehow knew that my next-door neighbor had stolen a package of Big League Chew from a gas station.

The Shadow might also know what kind of internal torment made a woman dip a chicken tender into her soda while she sat in the stands at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. "Who does this?" one person wrote on Twitter, asking the first question that went through all of our minds. (The second question is "Which one is she trying to ruin: the tender or the Coke?")

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If you think that Catherine McCord, the blogger behind Weelicious, looks like she has it all together on Instagram, guess what? She has it all together in real life too. When she's not feeding her family (kids Kenya, 11; Chloe, 9; and Gemma, 3) inventive smoothies and nutritious meals made with whole foods, she's running her meal kit company, One Potato, which aims to make organic, family-friendly meals accessible for families across the country.

Whether you believe her or not, McCord swears that mealtimes can be easy — and after just a few minutes of talking to her, we got on board too.

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Happy September! And almost fall! Before we all get super excited about $6 PSLs, let's take a minute to talk about ways we can actually save money this month. Here are 10 fun and easy ways to stretch your budget without feeling like you're on a budget. How many will you try?

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You don't have to go far out of your way (or dig very deeply into the dark corners of the internet) to find vegan, keto, Paleo, or healthier Instant Pot versions of your all-time favorite foods. Cashew cheese sauce is the new "easy" mac. Keto bread is the new Wonder Bread. Zoodles with cauliflower "cream" sauce are the new fettuccine Afredo. Instant Pot cilantro lime rice is the new Chipotle. See where I'm going with this?

We're officially witnessing the Goop-ification of the recipe-verse, and the revolution isn't just trending on Pinterest — these food-space wellness trends are taking over the publishing industry too! Here are all the ways they're infiltrating brand-new cookbooks this fall.

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About a year ago, I confessed on this site that I never wore gloves while washing dishes. But I tried them out, and after a week I was hooked — and now I can say that I'm a total convert. Dishwashing gloves protect your hands from hot water and allow you to avoid touching the slimiest stuff. These days, I'll barely wipe down a countertop without my gloves on. It's not that I'm prissy; it's just that pulling on a glove is so easy, so why would I do chores any other way?

When I wrote my first post, I was using Casabella's Waterblock Gloves ($7 per pair). At the time, the gloves were $14 a pair — a price the company has since cut by half!! — but many commenters complained that they were too expensive for dishwashing gloves. I get that. Over the past year, I've had the opportunity to try out gloves from a bunch of brands, and there are a few cheaper ones that I like almost as much as my original Casabellas.

Here are the best dishwashing gloves for $5 or less.

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Chips, fries, crisps: what's in a name? Twitter got into a tizzy yesterday as people around the world discussed the nomenclature of various fried potato snacks.

The argument kicked off when British user @BlueBernardo tweeted three photos, which he identified as chips, fries, and crisps, respectively, and "anything else is wrong," opening up a giant-bag-of-potato-chips-sized controversy. With 30,000 retweets, 3,500 replies, and 110,000 likes — the latter presumably from incorrect British folks — a debate began to rage.

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Nobody gets fired up about T.J.Maxx quite like I do. I mean, when was the last time you scheduled your weekend around hitting your local store? Or sought out a TJX — or three — when traveling just to see how different the inventory is compared to the store you usually go to? (Fun fact: T.J.Maxx stores in Florida actually offer a 10 percent senior discount on EVERYTHING on Mondays. Forget Disney World — next vacay, grab a grandparent and get your shop on in the Sunshine State.)

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I'm about to get really corny about corn, because I can't eat enough of it right now. Whether you're eating this summer jewel straight from the cob, adding it to a chowder, or enjoying it on nachos (yes really), you're doing it right. Here are 10 recipes that I'm pretty excited about making in the next few weeks.

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I love Costco for its great per-unit prices, but the reality is that you're often buying such large quantities that you end up spending more at the time of purchase than you would at your usual trip to the grocery store. So if you're stocking up on a variety of snacks — especially items like nuts or jerky — you can easily spend a hundred dollars and only get a few things.

In the interest of your budget, here are dozens of bulk snacks that you can get at Costco for $10 or less.

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Despite the fact that the kitchen is meant for cooking and eating, most of us use it for all kinds of things, including charging our phones or computers, listening to music, and the like. As I glance over to my countertops, I see not one or two but seven different cord messes — two of which are actually kitchen appliances, but the rest include the baby monitor, the Sonos, and chargers for my phone, watch, and computer. It's a lot, and they can turn into a mess!

Naturally, I think it's safe to say we're all looking for solutions. So I dug some up. Here are some of the smartest ways I've found to deal with cords on the kitchen counter.

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Sheet pan dinners are easy by nature but this one is especially stress-free, thanks to quick-cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Brushed with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and baked alongside crispy potato wedges and tender peppers and onions, the crowd-pleasing protein makes for our smartest sheet pan meal yet.

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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.

We're always looking for creative ways to spice up plain chicken breasts (and we know our readers are too), so when we come across a clever way to prepare our go-to weeknight protein, we're all ears. Here's one method we hadn't heard of yet that we thought you might like to know about: Apparently that almost-empty jar of apricot preserves you have just chillin' in your fridge makes a damn good marinade.

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ICYMI: Urban Outfitters has a lot more to offer than graphic tees and cute jewelry. In addition to great clothes and accessories, the store sells trendy skincare products, gorgeous furniture, and fun office supplies. And if you look closely at Urban Outfitter's "Wellness" section, you'll find plenty of vitamins, healing crystals, and food.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Of course, we're not talking bananas and gallons of milk. In true hipster fashion, Urban Outfitters' selection of food is quirky (but sounds totally amazing!). From protein bars to matcha butter, here are six weird, but awesome, finds you need to add to your cart.

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I am very worried, friends. Worried that the fear of pie crusts may be keeping a great many of you from making your own pies at home. Is this true? Does this sound like you? Do debates over butter vs. lard or tender vs. flaky make you want to run and hide? Well, take a deep breath and grab your notebook — today we're going to go over how to make a pie from start to finish, one step at a time.

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Ready for a Taco Tuesday reboot? Loaded with juicy shreds of chicken, hearty black beans, and sweet corn, all swimming in a smoky, spiced broth, this chicken taco soup recipe is one you're going to want to keep close by through the fall and beyond. Clocking in at about 30 minutes, this soup is definitely weeknight-friendly and just what to eat when you want big flavor without a ton time.

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Labor Day is exactly two weeks away, which means even if we're not going to see leaves change or temperatures drop for a while, we're already getting excited for fall. Anthropologie must sense our summer ennui, because the brand's fall home collection was just released.

The looks are all classic Anthro (bold prints, cute animals, and whimsical takes on classic pieces) with colors updated for fall. And there are a surprising amount of fun goodies for just $20 or less.

Here are our favorite inexpensive finds.

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Indra Nooyi announced that she was stepping down as CEO from PepsiCo just two weeks ago, but before she ends her 12-year reign officially on October 3, she's doing one more big thing for the Fortune 500 company: buying SodaStream.

It was announced today that PepsiCo is buying the DIY sparkling-water giant, SodaStream, for $3.2 billion. Nooyi says the purchase aligned with the PepsiCo's "philosophy of making more nutritious products while limiting our environmental footprint."

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When we came across this hack, in which soft tortillas are transformed into hard-shell tacos using nothing but a toaster, we were slightly skeptical. How on earth could just a few minutes of toasting make a floppy flour tortilla the same consistency as a Crunchwrap Supreme?

The only way to prove the skeptics wrong was to test this trick out myself on my own turf, in my own toaster, on my own terms. Here are the potential pitfalls of this recipe (which I guess is technically not a recipe because it involves only one step). I have identified two.

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We all have that one friend, don't we? The one who brags about every kitchen gadget she scores, but when you ask her where she picked up that half-price Le Creuset, she acts like you've asked her to lead you to the lost city of Atlantis. "Oh, that?" she'll say, cagily pushing it toward the back of the cabinet. "I can't remember." Yes you do, Denise. You remember everything — you just don't want to tell us.

That's fine! We don't need you to. Because we know how to find our own incredible deals on cookware, bakeware, or anything cast iron.

Keep reading to find out how to ensure you'll get to stroll through a parking lot with a discounted Le Creuset Dutch oven and an unshakable sense of superiority.

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As you know from, well, life, the best time to buy stuff for a particular season or a holiday is toward the end of said season or right after that holiday. For example, you know that Halloween candy is always cheapest on November 1. And summer stuff — melamine dishes, coolers, patio furniture, etc. — is no different. Right now, companies need to make room for new inventory (fall is coming!), so they're slashing prices left and right.

If you're even just thinking about things you may need to replace or get for next summer, you might want to get a head start. Here are some of our favorite summer items that happen to be on sale right now.

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We've all been there: You pack up a wholesome salad filled with lots of vegetables for lunch, but by the time noon rolls around you're starving and nothing could look more unappealing than said salad. So you tuck it back into your work bag and run out with friends to buy something.

Forget those days — here are 25 salads you'll actually want to eat! Not only are they filled with things like beans, chicken, and whole grains so they fill you up, but they're also loaded with enough flavor and crunch to hold your attention.

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This is a problem we all seem to struggle with ... finding a way to display artwork without paying huge amounts of money for framing. Since the type of framing we choose usually depends on the artwork, we're always having to come up with new solutions to the problem. Along the way, we've found a few cheap sources for frames that we keep coming back to.

Read on to check them out.

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When it comes to essentials, like tomato sauce, originality is overrated. Marcella Hazan's classic tomato sauce is famous and adored, and justly so. Scads of bloggers and food writers have written about it, so I'm just following along. This is one of the best sauces I know, and it only needs four (yes, four) ingredients.

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We almost always try to choose function over form. (We don't care how cool a coffee machine looks if it doesn't actually brew coffee to our liking!) If we can get form and function at once? Well, forget it! There are few things better than when that happens!

You may remember that we lost our minds over these oh-so-beautiful kitchen organizers. And a similar thing happened when we saw these leftover containers on Amazon. (We seriously gasped!) While we totally get — and appreciate — an easy, clear container, it'd be nice if, sometimes, we opened the fridge to find something extra pretty.

So here goes: three of the prettiest food storage containers we've ever seen.

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My dream of cooking with Ina Garten just became a little more real. Last week Williams Sonoma released a bunch of custom spatulas from your favorite celebrities, including the likes of Gwen Stefani, Questlove, Giada De Laurentiis, and of course Ina Garten. Are you ready to cook like a pro with your favorite Food Network star? Gimme!

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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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