Alli Hoff Kosik

Alli Hoff Kosik is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and (in her dreams, at least) three golden retriever puppies. You can find her blogging at www.FindingPlanA.com.
How to Meal Plan with Your Partner Without Fighting, According to Relationship Experts
Tips from The Kitchn
The couples that meal plan together ...
Feb 8, 2020
7 Happiness Experts on How to Make Cleaning More Fun
Life in the Kitchen
Cleaning can be ... enjoyable?
Oct 7, 2019
The Rice Cooker (Not the Instant Pot!) Is the Single Greatest Small Appliance of All Time
Small Appliance, Big Love
Don't @ me!
Jul 25, 2019
My Favorite Self-Care Moment Happens When I’m in Line at the Grocery Store
Maybe it's time we all stop making excuses about why we can't have a mindfulness or meditation practice.
Apr 25, 2019
“Maybe You Shouldn’t Have Children” & 5 Other Weird Conversations I’ve Had with the Ultra-Friendly Staff at Trader Joe’s
I genuinely love that TJ's trains its team to be so personable, but there are definitely moments when personable crosses into weird.
Apr 24, 2019
Target Is Better than Trader Joe’s, and I’ll Fight Anyone Who Says Otherwise
When I went to college, I became somewhat of a Trader Joe’s snob. Truthfully, I cringe to even say those words. Having grown up in suburban Pennsylvania where Wegmans was the height of fanciness, I found an easily accessible Trader Joe’s to be a legitimate luxury, so much so that I became a total devotee to the temple of brandless, often organic, inexpensive products.
Apr 19, 2019
The One Piece of Advice No One Gave Me on My Wedding Day
For practically as long as I was engaged, people were telling me that I needed to be sure to eat on my wedding day. “There’s going to be so much going on and you’re going to be totally overwhelmed as soon as things are underway,” they said. “Stock up on snacks for the morning. And be sure you have someone bringing you something to eat during the wedding itself, because you’re going to forget.
Apr 23, 2018
5 Italian Cooks Share Their Favorite Brand of Grocery Store Olive Oil
We asked five Italian chefs to nominate the best olive oils that can be picked up at the grocery store (vs. some expensive specialty food store).
Jan 28, 2018
4 Cans of Tuna That Get a Thumbs-Up from the Seafood Industry — And 3 That Don’t
In the world of nostalgic foods, there are a few standouts: hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows, of course), macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and the diner classic, the tuna melt. Just the thought of a homemade melt takes us back to sick days, snow days, and pretty much any other day that Mom was responsible for a hot lunch. The times, they are a changin’, though, and as we considered the tuna melt recently, we wondered about canned tuna.
Jan 20, 2018
The 5 Coffees You Should Be Buying on Amazon, According to Baristas
Check out these coffee recommendations from people who know their beans. They're all delicious and available for delivery directly to your doorstep.
Jan 10, 2018
The One Thing I Stopped Doing While Making Dinner
When I moved to New York City six years ago, I was too cheap (actually, let’s call it thrifty) to buy a subway pass. Instead, I walked 45 minutes every morning from my apartment on the Lower East Side to my midtown office building, and another 45 minutes back at the end of the workday. I learned during this period that the commute home was the perfect time for making phone calls.
Jan 9, 2018
I Tested 3 Grocery Delivery Services in 2 Weeks. Here’s How It Went.
One of our writers denounced the idea of shopping for her groceries on a computer, so we made her do it. Three times. In just two weeks.
Aug 23, 2017
5 Reasons I Refuse to Buy My Groceries Online
While most of my friends swear by the convenience and cost savings of shopping with their favorite delivery company, I just don't get it.
Aug 11, 2017
Grocery Shopping with a Spouse vs. Solo: A Scientific Test
As you may have guessed, shopping solo is faster, cheaper and all together more efficient. But is it better?
Jul 31, 2017
Can We Stop with the Awkward Adult Peer Pressuring?
Let me make one thing clear from the start: I do drink. I have no opposition to alcohol, moral or otherwise. I like being in control, but not so much that I can’t enjoy the feeling of letting loose after a cocktail. I love a glass of rosé over an al fresco dinner, a Champagne toast at a wedding, or a frosty blended drink (or three) by the pool at a resort. And don’t even get me started about the wonders of a margarita on Taco Tuesday. I totally drink.
Apr 27, 2017
The Best Home Bar Is One You Build by Trusting Your Friends
For me and my friends, booze is the housewarming gift that gives (and gives). The best people to stock your bar are the people who you invite to share your happiness.
Apr 17, 2017
This Grocery Store Is Better than a Mall, Movie Theater, or Trader Joe’s
On the increasingly rare occasion that I meet someone who has never been to or heard of Wegmans, I can’t help but feel a little sad for them. Although it may be hard to believe for those unfamiliar with the grocery store, it was a source of great joy and entertainment where I grew up. In my suburban Pennsylvania hometown, Wegmans was so much more than a supermarket: It was a staple of my teenage social schedule! It was a way of life!
Mar 9, 2017
5 Small Appliances That Belong on Your Wedding Registry (and 2 That Don’t)
“Go register for your wedding,” the other brides said. “It will be fun!” Turns out, I was not programmed with that particular bridal chip. I don’t use the word “literally” lightly, so when I tell you that I literally stood in the middle of the Macy’s housewares department only kind-of-jokingly yelling, “Representative!” as if to an automated answering service, I assure you that I am telling the truth.
Mar 5, 2017
Everything I Know About Birthday Parties I Learned from My Mother
My mom was the Queen of Birthday Parties. I’m not sure it was ever her intention to secure that title but, as an innately creative and exceptionally loving person, her natural inclination is to honor each of life’s occasions with the flair and fanfare it deserves — sometimes even more than it deserves.
Feb 23, 2017
The Sweet Story Explaining Why Tastykake Pastries Make Me Cry
It should no longer come as a surprise when I see them — the stacks of crinkly plastic-wrapped miniature fruit pies and chocolate pastries, all stamped with a blue logo, piled in a wire rack at pretty much any gas station or convenience store along the Northeast roads on which I grew up driving. I spent my childhood in Pennsylvania and now live in New York, so I have more than a quarter-century’s experience with these stores and their typical merchandise.
Feb 7, 2017
The Cupcake Strategy for Surviving High School
One of my favorite artifacts of my early relationship with my now-husband is a Facebook post he left me in February of 2008. It was the spring of our senior year in high school. He was an 18-year-old, Birkenstock-wearing, slightly overconfident soccer player who had probably spoken a grand total of 22 words to me in the five years we had been going to school together. Thanks again for the cupcakes. They were honestly the best.
Nov 14, 2016