Dana McMahan, The Kitchn

Dana McMahan

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Louisville, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Dana:

The Food Choices I Made in Order to Save Up for a Trip to Paris

This writer saved $250 (at least!) for a trip to France by doing five teeny tiny things. Here's how she saved the money. → Read More

Why I'll Never Buy a House Built After 1949

While 1949 may be arbitrary, I've found that homes built before this year are more likely to have a heavy, thick, solid piece of wood, whereas the ones built after usually have a lighter one. → Read More

Why The Missing Middle Is Needed for Affordable Housing

Why should you have to choose between a single-family or multi-family home? → Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Home Depot Kitchen Cabinets

We spoke to someone at Home Depot and two people who've gone through the process to find out everything you need to know about buying kitchen cabinets from the DIY store. → Read More

9 Common Kitchen Problems You Can Easily Fix Right Now

You know that running to-do list that you keep in your mind? The little chores that you need to do. Some day. Well, today is SOME DAY. Here's how to tackle all the things on that list. → Read More

The Weird Reason Some People Are Putting Aluminum Foil in Their Dryers

Some people are balling up pieces of aluminum foil and tossing them into their dyers. Is there any real science to it? We did the research to find out! → Read More

Why You Should Never Add Essential Oils to Latex Paint

Have you seen the “helpful tip” floating around social media that says you should add essential oils to your can of latex paint to trade paint smell for, say, peppermint? You can file that under “just because you see it on Pinterest doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.”Don’t get me wrong—I’m not an essential oils hater. → Read More

5 Ways to Fix Water Stains on Wood Tables (And 1 Method You Should Probably Skip!)

No matter how many coasters you own, you're bound to still end up getting some water stains. Here are some of the best ways to fix the marks — and one method you should probably skip. → Read More

How to Clean Those Super Stinky Kitchen Dishcloths

Got some dishcloths that reek? Even after a stint in the washing machine? Here's how to get them clean — without using bleach. → Read More

You Should Pour Vinegar into Your Washing Machine—Here’s Why

Is there anything you can’t handle with vinegar? Really, I wonder why I bother buying so many assorted cleaners when vinegar is basically the magic sauce that does everything. (Have you tried the trick with setting a saucer full of vinegar out to get rid of stink in a room? It totally works!) Here’s another fun thing is does: It cleans your washing machine.Yes, your washing machine needs… → Read More

5 Times When Painting Over Something Is a Terrible Idea

If the HGTV generation has a mantra, it’s got to be, “Let’s paint it!” Throwing a coat of paint on anything from a fireplace to built-in bookshelves is often a quick way to nab a whole new look. The thing is, sometimes painting something can be just as quick a route to “I love it!” as “I wish I hadn’t done that.” Here are five situations in which painting may not be the best course of action. → Read More

11 iced or cold brew coffee drinks you can only find in Louisville

It's hot! Why not cool down and fuel up with these 11 unique iced coffee and cold brew drinks you can find at these Louisville coffee shops. → Read More

Clever Ways to Avoid All That Labor-Intensive Taping Before You Paint

For a lot of people, it’s just assumed that when you paint a room, you pick up a few rolls of blue painter’s tape while you’re buying your gallon of color. However, while it promises clean lines, painter’s tape can come with issues like bleed through and paint peeling when you take it off. And, of course, there’s the time requirement: It takes forever to apply.Growing up in a construction… → Read More

The Coffee Maker I Bought After I Spent 25 Days in French Airbnbs

One of our writers bought this machine after spending 25 days in French Airbnbs. Here's why she loves it and how it makes her mornings a million times better. → Read More

10 Surprising Things You Can Clean with That Old Bottle of Vodka

Did you know that you can use that old bottle of vodka to clean all sorts of stuff around the house? It's basically just pure alcohol and water after all ... → Read More

This Louisville bar is combining two of your favorite things: dogs and beer

PG&J's Dog Bar opens this fall at 800 Baxter Ave. The membership-based dog bar will have a place for your pups to play while you grab a cold drink. → Read More

Bourbon buyer's remorse: I bought a really expensive bourbon and regret it

Courier Journal freelance writer Dana McMahan recently bought a super expensive bottle of bourbon and definitely regret the purchase. Here's why. → Read More

How to keep your pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks

Dogs, cats and fireworks often don't mix. These are the steps you can take to minimize the fear and risk to your pets on the 4th of July. → Read More

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Renting My House on Airbnb

For the most part, this Airbnb Superhost loves renting out her home and her kitchen. She just wishes she knew these five things before she got started. → Read More

Amazon Has a Hidden Feature That Will Add Up Every Cent You’ve Spent on There To Date

They don't make it exactly obvious or easy, but Amazon does let you download a report of your entire order history. Before you do, maybe take a moment to mentally prepare to see the true spending story of all those oh-so-convenient Prime deliveries. → Read More