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Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!
Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!

Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  Our ROKU  GIVEAWAY’s randomly selected winner is Nicole Vosburgh whose money saving tip was to research and plan before you buy anything. Congratulations to Nicole and thanks to all participants for great tips! After you finish your apartment search, pay the movers, and start unpacking, gosh knows you’ll be looking to kick back on the…
Sam’s Favorite Cookbooks and Websites for a Novice Cook
Sam’s Favorite Cookbooks and Websites for a Novice Cook

Sam’s Favorite Cookbooks and Websites for a Novice Cook

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
         For an aspiring cook there are hundred of resources, both in print and on the internet, to learn  new cooking techniques, experiment with new recipes, and experience new ingredients. When I look for inspiration, I prefer books and websites that focus more on techniques, ingredients, flavor combinations, and cuisines of different cultures;…
Surprise Your Sweetie with a Valentine’s Day Dinner to Remember.
Surprise Your Sweetie with a Valentine’s Day Dinner to Remember.

Surprise Your Sweetie with a Valentine’s Day Dinner to Remember.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Surprise your sweetie on Valentine’s Day with a delicious home-cooked dinner. The menu: Red Wine-braised Osso Bucco with Citrus Gremolata, Parmesan Polenta and Arugula Salad.  And for the dessert, the delicious chocolates your honey brings you, with another glass of wine or a good cup of coffee. (Note: the Osso Bucco is not difficult to…
Sodastream Review & Giveaway: Make Soda At Home!
Sodastream Review & Giveaway: Make Soda At Home!

Sodastream Review & Giveaway: Make Soda At Home!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GIVEAWAY WINNER GINA M MADDOX. THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR GREAT COMMENTS AND POST IDEAS! We’re always searching for great new products to help make apartment living just a touch easier, what with all the walkups and tiny spaces where we dwell. Recently, we came across the Jet Sodastream – a rad…
First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1
First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well, the New Year is here! The time when we vow to do better. What does that mean for apartment dwellers? In part one, I’ll cover things you can do in your apartment to save you money, as well as improve your living experience. In part two, I’ll cover checking your credit report, which is…
Top 10 – The Most Popular 2011 Posts
Top 10 – The Most Popular 2011 Posts

Top 10 – The Most Popular 2011 Posts

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
2011 has been a great year for MyFirstApartment.com thanks to you, our loyal readers. We are within striking distance of 1 million pageviews for the year (as of yesterday we were at 948,687!) and growing at 50%. Do I hear applause? During the year we posted once or twice a week, all original articles on…
How to Cook a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner
How to Cook a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Cook a Classic Thanksgiving Dinner

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our CIA student guest blogger, Sam, shows how to throw a real adult Thanksgiving dinner party. FOUR CLASSIC RECIPES FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER by Sam For most of us, Thanksgiving means a meal enjoyed with family and friends, and if you’re like me, that meal was almost always at home with the parents. Throughout college I…
Apartment Safety Tips: Holiday Travel Edition
Apartment Safety Tips: Holiday Travel Edition

Apartment Safety Tips: Holiday Travel Edition

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s no surprise that many folks will be travelling – especially those living away from home for the first time. I still remember the relief that first year going home for Thanksgiving  – and the equal relief upon opening the door to my apartment afterwards. I also remember…
Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment
Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment

Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s getting cold in Chicago, which means it’s time to fire up the heater! For apartment dwellers, this can mean one of two things: either you have a radiator, or you have a thermostat. Let’s deal with them separately. Apartments with a Radiator If you have a radiator, you’re lucky in one respect: your landlord is…
Make This Hummus/Potato Salad for Your Next Potluck Party
Make This Hummus/Potato Salad for Your Next Potluck Party

Make This Hummus/Potato Salad for Your Next Potluck Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our food blogger and CIA student Sam shows how to put to use your new kitchen equipment and stocked pantry and throw a potluck dinner party. HUMMUS, POTATO AND ZUCCHINI SALAD by Sam             A potluck dinner is a great way for friends to get together and have an affordable, home-cooked meal. Often there are a wide variety of dishes served, and…