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Everything You Need to Make Coffee Shop Coffee At Home

The Secret Tools Behind a Barista-Approved Cup of Jo
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I don’t know about you, but I can never make a cup of jo at home the way they do at my favorite coffee shops.  I thought a lot about that when we were in New Orleans a few weeks ago and made our way into this gorgeous Stumptown Coffee location.  

So naturally, I came home and did some research, and can say that I think I got to the bottom of what it takes to make barista-approved coffee. A few tools are needed, yes, but deciding on which ones you should buy depends on how much of a coffee purist you really are.  A Keurig is a really great option for those of you that simply want a quick cup, while a Nespresso machine is perfect for an espresso like you’d order at your favorite cafe.  But you may not want either; a French press is for the self-proclaimed coffee snot (I say this lovingly…I know many), while an Aeropress claims to brew a cup that’s even more pure!  If you’re a cold brew kinda person, this iced coffee maker will be your new best friend.  Lastly, a great frother is an absolute must for any latte (and latte art if you’re feeling extra creative)…most are affordable but I’ve gone through so many that I think it’s worth an investment for a good one.  

The list of course goes on, and I’ve broken it down in detail below.  But I’d love to know: what kind of coffee drinker are you?  Do you swear by any of these essentials?  Cheers friends, Kat
   

A Grinder

KitchenAid® Coffee and Spice Grinder

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When you find great coffee you love, there’s a good chance it’s in whole bean form. You’re going to need a strong grinder to get those beans in the form of grounds to brew your cup of coffee.  We’re big fans of this one by KitchenAid to do the heavy lifting. 

An Airtight Container to Store Beans

Airscape Stainless-Steel Storage Container

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Making a proper cup of coffee starts with good beans, if we’re being honest here.  And in order to store your beans (and their grounds) at their best quality, use an airtight container. It will extend the shelf life and further the flavor. 

A Quick One-Cup Coffee Maker

Keurig® K55 Elite Brewing System in Black

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When you just want a good cup of coffee quickly in the morning or during your afternoon slump, this Keurig does the trick.  It keeps the process super simple, the cleanup minimal, and is perfect if you don’t want to find yourself with leftover coffee in a pot. 

A Quick Espresso-Maker

Nespresso® VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker

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If you’re looking to make a quick cup of espresso, you really need this machine.  Well scratch that, it makes cappuccino, coffee AND espresso. This is your best bet for coffee shop coffee at home, in my humble opinion. 

We’ve gushed about the Nespresso VertuoLine for caramel iced coffee, chocolate espresso cake and the best ever holiday coffee

The French Press

Bonjour® Monet French Press

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Here’s to you, coffee purists.  I know this is the way to do it right.  A French press is an at-home coffee staple.  It’s the key tool to manually brewing a rich, strong and smooth coffee by simply pouring boiling water on top of the grounds.  The method helps the grounds retain their oils for an amazing cup each any every time. 

The Aeropress

Aeropress Coffee Maker

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My favorite coffee shop has an Aeropress coffee item on their menu.  I had to figure it out, and discovered the Aeropress coffee maker.  This is an amazing option for the coffee lover that doesn’t need the fuss of a French press, but still appreciates great coffee on the go.  The Aeropress claims to brew an even smoother cup than the French press does, and includes an easier and less messy cleanup.  It only takes about a minute to brew a cup of coffee or 1-3 shots of espresso. 

A Frother

Rösle Frother

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This magical tool is a must-have for any kind of latte (even and especially a matcha tea latte!). I’ve tried several frothers in the past, and they all have turned out to be quite dinky, so I definitely think you get what you pay for with these.  I’d suggest a higher quality one like this one to last a few seasons of coffee brewin’. 

A Cold Brew Maker

Primula® 50 oz. Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker

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I used to think that I could simply make cold brew by pouring hot coffee over ice. But a proper cold brew will use simple steeping in a coffee maker like this one to bring out all the good flavors in coffee.  The steeping actually works to eliminate the bitter, almost-burnt taste you can sometimes get from pouring hot coffee over ice. 

I like how you can customize the flavor with one of these, AND the maker seconds as a pitcher to serve once you brew.  Bonus!

Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha

New Years Eve & Chill: 6 Essentials for the Best Night In

Because You Can't Get Cozy without These Details
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New Years Eve chill night at home: what you'll need via @waitingonmartha

So I know I talked about NYE dress options on Wednesday…12 dresses to be exact, all decked out in sequins and silk and sparkle.  But the truth is that I’m spending a cozy night in with nine of my closest friends this year.  

I couldn’t be more excited to trade the expensive party ticket for a tasty homecooked dinner (prime rib to be exact) and drinks that we won’t have to stand in line to enjoy.  Do you have a New Years Eve chill night on the books, too?  If so, check out the six details I’ve marked as must-have for the night in.  Cheers, Kat

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Cozy Cocktails

"Booze It Low" Cocktail Glass

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A cozy night in requires a few tasty cocktails for sure.  May we suggest our Salted Caramel White Russian, Hot Buttered Rum Cider or Red Wine Hot Chocolate?  Mix them up and serve in our cocktail glasses for a special touch.

Cocktails not your thing?  Check out MKR’s top wines under $30.  Cheers! 

Pajamas & Lounge Wear

LAKE Long Set Pajamas, $108

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The beauty of a NYE spent at home is ultimate comfort, is it not?!  These pajamas are perhaps the softest things I own; I’ll be snuggled up in these this year. 

A Strong Lineup of Movies

Amazon Fire Stick, $39.99

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Plan for a night of entertainment (preceding and following the Ball Drop of course) with an Amazon Fire Stick.  This one includes Alexa Voice Remote (so cool) and lets you access Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, YouTube, Amazon Video, NBC, WatchESPN, Disney, and more.  

Snacks to Nosh On

Movie Theater Popcorn Seasoning, $10.36

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Even with a big celebratory dinner in your belly, you’ll want some snacks to nosh on throughout the night!  Whether that’s homemade holiday chex mix, french onion dip with kettle chips or just some great popcorn, prepare to push new year’s resolutions off one more day. 

Relaxing Vibes

Peace & Calming Essential Oil Blend, $34.75

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We’ve been on the essential oils train (hello, The Well Code), and this bestselling oil blend in particular will be in our diffuser on NYE.  With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a truly relaxing environment.  

Don’t have P&C at home, talk to us to change that (ha!), but try diffusing Lavender; it’s another soothing favorite! 

A Proper Palette

Henley Wool Throw

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I’ve always revered the idea of an amazing palette: tons of pillows, blankets galore (this one is to-die-for) and anything and everything you need…to just stay put.  Maybe it goes back to my days of blanket forts in the living room when I was little, but this is a must for a cozy NYE at home!

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A New Year’s Eve Steak Dinner at Home

A skillet seared ribeye with homemade herb butter, caramelized onions, and fried brussel sprouts
Filed Under > Food & Drink

Skillet seared ribeye steak dinner with homemade herb butter, caramalized onions & fried brussel sprouts Skillet seared ribeye steak dinner with homemade herb butter, caramalized onions & fried brussel sprouts

There’s something special about a fancy dinner at your favorite steakhouse for New Year’s Eve.  But there’s also something perhaps even more special about enjoying a gourmet meal fixed in the comfort of your own home.  I know, I know, I’ve been pushing the homebody card quite a lot lately, but I sure love a cozy night in this time of year…and that doesn’t change on NYE.    

My husband and I have spent NYE at home the past couple of years; in fact, it’s become our tradition.  We avoid the overpriced cover charges and event tickets, the impossible restaurant reservations and fixed menus, and instead we prepare a fancy, decadent dinner at home just like we like it.  It’s the perfect excuse to bring out the festive dinnerware, too. 

We’re in for a treat this year with our NYE dinner:  bone-in ribeye cast iron skillet seared and cooked to perfection with homemade herb butter, fried brussels sprouts and caramelized onions.  The brussels sprouts are perhaps the easiest side I’ve ever done; I threw them in a hot dutch oven with frying oil (I used vegetable oil, but you could use grapeseed too),  I let them get that crispy charring with soft inside.  Seriously SO simple…check out the recipe below. 

For this meal, I’ll serve the Mr. his favorite beer.  But because you’ll ask about wine pairings (and I love to talk wine, let’s be honest), here’s what I’d go with:  a buttery chardonnay for a white wine, and a spicy malbec for a red.  Because this is a pretty rich dinner (read: butter, butter, butter) I would stay away from a heavy, cabernet sauvignon or a fruit-forward acidic sauvignon blanc.  Enjoy, friends and happy happy 2017!  Truly, MKR

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Bone-In Ribeye with Caramelized Onions & Fried Brussels Sprouts
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For the steak
  1. 3 bone-in ribeye steaks
  2. 1 large head of garlic, cut in half
  3. salt and pepper, to taste
  4. fresh thyme, rosemary for garnish
  5. 5 tablespoons herb butter to cook, additional to garnish (recipe below)
  6. Olive or vegetable oil
For the caramelized onions
  1. 5-6 Large yellow or white onions, sliced
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoons water
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. pinch of Salt
For the homemade herb butter
  1. 4 sticks unsalted butter, brought to room temperature
  2. 4 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
  3. 2-3 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
For the brussels sprouts
  1. 2-4 cups vegetable oil (or frying oil of your choice)
  2. 1 large bag brussels sprouts
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. table salt and pepper to taste
For the caramelized onions
  1. Melt your butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced onions to the pan and stir them gently to coat with butter. After 10 minutes add sugar, a pinch of salt and water, stir.
  3. Check the onions every 5-10 minutes. Stir them and and scrape up any fond that forms on the bottom of the skillet. Around 30 minutes, they start to get golden, and around 50 minutes they will be the most caramelized. You can continue to add a bit of water if the onions are becoming dry.
For the steak
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees and place your cast iron skillet inside the oven. Bring your steak to room temperature.
  2. Season both sides of the steaks with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Once heated, remove the skillet and cook your steaks in the skillet on the stovetop for 2 minutes each side on medium heat. While the steak is cooking add the full heads of garlic, thyme and rosemary in the skillet along with the herb butter. Lightly press down on the heads of garlic to release their aromatics.
  4. Return the skillet to the oven and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until reached desired temperature. Ribeye is best rare or medium rare and remember while the steak is tented and rested it will continue to cook approximately 5 degrees.
  5. Remove steaks from the oven and tent with aluminum foil, let it sit for 10 minutes after.
For the brussels sprouts
  1. Heat your cooking oil to high heat/frying point in a dutch oven or thick cast iron skillet (there has to be enough oil to cover the brussels sprouts).
  2. When the oil looks shiny and you hear the oil start to crackle and bubble, it's ready to fry. Drop your brussels sprouts in carefully.
  3. Stir occasionally and once they start to turn a brown color on the outside, use a skimmer or giant spatula to retrieve them from the pan.
  4. Place them on paper towels in a big dish to the side.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper and a little bit of lemon juice, to taste.
For the herb butter
  1. Let your butter become room temperature.
  2. In a giant bowl, add the finely chopped thyme and rosemary to the butter.
  3. Combine with your fingers and ball it together.
  4. Use a piece of parchment paper and take the ball and roll it out the long way, like a paper towel cylinder then wrap with parchment paper and place it in the fridge overnight to harden.
  5. When ready to serve, cut into medallions.
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