Dana McMahan, The Kitchn

Dana McMahan

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Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Dana:

Grocery Delivery Windows Are Suddenly Available — What Changed?

Suddenly it's a whole lot easier to secure a grocery delivery time slot compared to a few weeks ago. Here's a look at why that's the case. → Read More

8 space-saving ideas to steal from this tiny and perfect Paris apartment

From breaking design rules to engineering to suit your lifestyle, here are an American in Paris' tips for designing a glamorous — and livable — small space. → Read More

Why You Should Start Squirting a Little Bit of Dish Soap Down the Drain

To prevent greasy sink back-ups, you should start squirting a little bit of dish soap down your drain. Here's how (and how often) to do it. → Read More

Selling a House During a Pandemic Is Weird—But Here’s What I’ve Learned

I thought selling a house was a harrowing experience before our world turned upside down. But putting a house on the market during the coronavirus pandemic has been one of the weirdest experiences I’ve ever had. → Read More

How to tackle spring cleaning in the time of COVID-19 — and why it's OK if you (mostly) don't

If cleaning feels like one more niggling item on your ever-growing to-do list, lean on these tips. → Read More

SimpleHuman Trash Can Review

This writer bought a cheap trash can that was just one step up from a basic plastic bin ... and she hated it. Here's what happened and why she loves her simplehuman. → Read More

So, we're all baking bread now. This Louisville baker breaks down the at-home bread trend

Based on social media feeds right now, we’re apparently all using our isolation to bake bread. Everywhere you look is a freshly home-baked loaf. → Read More

Can I Still Cook for My Family If I Feel Sick?

What should you do if you aren't feeling well while the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds? And is it okay to bring food to a neighbor? We talked to an expert and looked to see what the CDC has to say. → Read More

I Used a HELOC for My Fixer-Upper, and It Was Great—for a Little While

When you manage to buy a big, old Victorian for a steal, you know a time will come to pay the piper. My husband and I managed to do the first few projects on our 1887 home in Old Louisville with savings and proceeds from selling our other house. But when it came time to replace the roof, update the nightmarish bathroom, and bring the kitchen into this millennium, we ran out of funds. → Read More

'i'm terrified, I am terrified.' How Louisville businesses fight to survive coronavirus

In a matter of hours, Louisville restaurant have had to go from dine-in to carry-out. Here's how the change played out for the owners of Grind Burger. → Read More

Here’s What You Need to Know About Grocery Shopping During Coronavirus

We answered all your most urgent coronavirus-related grocery shopping questions. The good news: You can still buy produce and, no, we are NOT going to run out of food. → Read More

The Top 10 Ways to Help People Right Now in This Health Crisis

While more traditional means of helping out may not be on the table right now, there are other ways to contribute. Here's how you can get involved. → Read More

The Etiquette Rules of Coronavirus Grocery Shopping: Be a Good Person and Follow These!

These rules would be nice to implement anytime, but while we all navigate through a confusing and frankly scary time, just having some basic niceties in place can help us all keep calm. → Read More

I Love Exposed Brick So Darn Much, and I Want to Shout It from the Rooftops

While renovating my 1887 Victorian in Louisville, Kentucky, I’ve exposed a brick wall in the kitchen, every wall in the adjoining pantry, and two small walls in the third-floor guest suite. That’s a lot of brick. And I LOVE it. → Read More

What Are Ghost Kitchens? (And Is There One in Your Neighborhood?)

Joining the dark grocery store trend, in which disused retail space serves as fulfillment centers for grocery delivery, ghost kitchens are taking advantage of out-of-business malls and and other empty storefronts to prepare meals for delivery. → Read More

Why This 1970s Newsletter Should Be on Every Homeowner’s Bookshelf

A 1970s newsletter is this writer's go-to resource for renovating her old house. → Read More

The Clever Reddit Tip for Getting a Le Creuset Dutch Oven Looking Good as New

Reddit users say you can clean the outside of a gunked-up Dutch oven with oven cleaner. Here's what we could find out about the hack. → Read More

How I Justify My Nespresso Machine (i.e. The Best Thing I Bought Last Decade)

One of our writers got inspired to buy this machine after a trip to France and now she says it's the best thing she bought in the last decade! Here's what she loves about it so much. → Read More

7 Things You Should Never Do When Having Food or Groceries Delivered

If someone is braving supermarket aisles and snowy streets to get your gluten-free granola or order of butter chicken to you, here are a few things you never want to do. → Read More

The $7 Wine Accessory I Bought Immediately After a Trip to Spain

It's such a small thing — just a cooling wrap, sort of like a wine bottle-sized cozy with gel packs in the walls — with such a big impact. → Read More