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7 Food Podcasts That Make Cleaning Your Kitchen Fun
One of my favorite reader tips for cooking without making a big mess was Make cleaning fun! Listening to a podcast while cleaning up the kitchen is one of my favorite ways to make even the most dreaded tasks a little more enjoyable. Need some new recommendations? Here are a few great food-related podcasts to check out while tackling that big pile of dirty dishes.
May 11, 2022
Easy & Green DIY: Sew Produce Bags From Tea Towels
If you can sew a straight line, you can make these good-looking drawstring bags, which use repurposed tea towels to replace plastic produce bags. The best part? Their ingenious construction doesn’t require hemming!These sacks are made by folding a tea towel or flour sack towel in half and sewing up the sides. The sack is turned right-side out and a piece of twine is drawn through the hem of the towel to make the drawstring.
May 11, 2022
It’s True! Farmers Markets Are Cheaper Than Supermarkets
Fair or not, farmers markets are often viewed as places where wealthy people shop for expensive organic produce. But this week The Atlantic wrote about several studies proving exactly the opposite, that overall the goods from farmers markets in various regions are less expensive than the same items at nearby grocery stores. Surprised?The studies — conducted in Vermont, Washington State and Iowa — compared farmers market and grocery store prices on a small selection of items.
May 11, 2022
The 5 Things You Miss When You Move to a City Without Trader Joe’s
I grew up just outside Pasadena, California — the birthplace of Trader Joe’s — with a father who was an early fan of the quirky chain of grocery stores, so my childhood was spent eating peanut butter-filled pretzels and wrapping my textbooks in inside-out Trader Joe’s paper bags.
May 5, 2022
Gingerbread Cake Cookies
Forget gingerbread men. These warmly-spiced cookies will become a new holiday tradition.
Nov 22, 2021
Why I Made a Shopping List Template (Organized by My Trader Joe’s Layout)
It's pretty old-school, and it's pretty great.
Jun 19, 2021
The Best Way to Remove Old Coffee Stains from Mugs & Carafes
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
You already have the solution in your pantry.
Mar 17, 2021
6 Ways to Clean Smelly Plastic Containers Without Harsh Chemicals
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
No bleach!
Oct 5, 2020
My Spring Project: Stock Up on Freezer Meals
Creating a stockpile of healthy, homemade freezer meals has been on my to-do list since I started grad school, but I never had the time to get organized and make it happen. This year, however, I’ve found some major motivation for spring cleaning and organization: the arrival of my first baby in early June. So join me over the next several weeks as I take my freezer from disorganized disaster zone to fully-stocked, home-cooked dinner central (I hope!).
Sep 30, 2020
Stock Up on Freezer Meals Week 5: The Best Reader Advice for Filling the Freezer Before Baby Arrives
Over the past month I’ve been sharing the planning process behind my big spring project: stocking my freezer with healthy meals before the arrival of my first baby in early June. Checking in every week has been hugely motivating, but the even bigger benefit of letting The Kitchn readers in on the process has been the wealth of helpful advice you’ve given me in the comments. Here are the 7 best reader tips for filling your freezer before the arrival of a new baby.
Sep 30, 2020
Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Breakfast Ideas for a Breastfeeding Mom?
Q: I’m a breastfeeding mom and my daughter is sensitive to dairy and soy, so I’ve had to cut them out of my diet. I can have a little bit of butter but that’s it. I’m desperate for breakfast ideas — I’m so sick of plain scrambled eggs. Please help! Sent by Lizzie Editor: Lizzie, you’ll find some ideas in the comments of these posts: Ideas for High-Protein, Make-Ahead Vegan Breakfasts? High-Protein, Vegetarian & Dairy-Free Meals for a Breastfeeding Mom?
Sep 30, 2020
5 Dos & Don’ts for Freezing Meals Before Baby Arrives
Last spring I embarked on an ambitious project: filling my freezer with two months of meals to feed my husband and myself after our first baby was born. I cleared out my freezer; came up with a list of vegetable-centric, freezer-friendly recipesnecessary suppliesa cooking planlots of helpful advice Nine months later — I swear the timing wasn’t intentional — I’m here to update you on how it went and share what I learned along the way.
Sep 30, 2020
What Making Breakfast for My Kid Has Taught Me About Better Breakfasts
The one meal my husband, my 10-month-old son, and I always sit down to together is breakfast. At first, adding the meal prep (and feeding a messy, wiggly creature) was overwhelming, but as we’ve developed a routine and as the number of foods the baby can eat has expanded, the whole process has become a lot easier. There’s just one problem: it’s made me realize how much better my own breakfasts could be.
Sep 30, 2020
I Did Everything “Right” and My Toddler Is Still a Picky Eater
Before I had a kid, whenever I crossed paths with a child who was a picky eater, I was sympathetic about the problem. I know there are a lot of factors contributing to a kid’s limited palate, especially when they are very young, and parents have little to no control over many of them. “I totally get it!” I’d say, while watching a friend’s 3-year-old methodically munch through an entire restaurant bread basket and eat nothing else.
Sep 30, 2020
This Is the One Kitchen Appliance New Parents Should Own
I got a pressure cooker long before I started thinking about kids, back when I was just a busy person who loved being able to cook quick weeknight dinners. Then I had a baby and realized that a pressure cooker is even more essential for new parents, with uses I never even thought about before I had an infant.
Sep 30, 2020
I “Hide” Veggies in My Toddler’s Smoothies and I Feel No Remorse
I still remember the controversy in 2007 when Jessica Seinfeld came out with a cookbook about how to sneak vegetable purées into kid-approved dishes like mac and cheese and brownies. It sounded like a bad idea to me. How would a child learn to recognize and eventually enjoy vegetables if they were eating them unknowingly?
Sep 30, 2020
The Last Meal I Gave My Dog
Most dogs spend their whole lives begging for their favorite foods, and we pet owners spend a lot of our time staring into those puppy dog eyes, wondering if we should give in. So when the worst happens, and illness, pain, or age brings a beloved companion to the point when prolonging his life would be cruel, one small consolation of that saddest of days — your dog’s last day — is being able to feed him any kind of food his doggy heart desires.
Aug 10, 2020
Weird Tip That Really Works: For Perfect Bacon, Add a Little Water to the Pan
Remember this tip and say goodbye to splattering bacon grease.
Aug 10, 2020
Look! 5 Years of Hand-Drawn Sandwich Bags by a Dedicated Dad
Your parents may have slipped the occasional note or doodle into your lunch bag, but graphic designer David LaFerriere has taken it one step further, adding a new surprise drawing to his kids’ sandwich bags nearly every day. He started snapping photos of the mini works of art and now has a Flickr set boasting over 1,100 photos!LaFerriere started making sandwich bag drawings for his two sons back in 2008.
Jul 20, 2020
Recipe: New Potatoes with Herbs and Anchovy Butter
At the start of spring, the whole world seems to be bursting with tiny, irresistible signs of new life: green leaves sprouting from branches, fuzzy kittens popping up in my Facebook feed, and tender, sweet new potatoes making their brief annual appearance at the market. They may not last long, but when preparing ingredients this fresh and fleeting, the upside is that you don’t have to do much to make them stand out.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Sardine Salad in Avocado Halves
Seafood salads served in avocado halves always used to remind me of 1960s kitsch food, the sort of thing you might see photographed in garish colors in a thrift store magazine. That was until I realized why this retro combination was so popular with the ladies who lunched fifty years ago: it is very, very good.
Feb 3, 2020
Recipe: Mustard-Glazed Salmon
When I started planning the menu for the afternoon baby shower I hosted for our latest Gatherings from The Kitchn, I knew I wanted to serve salmon. High in omega-3 fats and low in mercury, salmon is a great choice for pregnant women who are confused about which fish they can and should be eating. But this recipe isn’t just for pregnant women, of course. On a bed of crisp greens, alongside cold roasted asparagus, a piece of this mustard-brushed salmon is terribly elegant.
Feb 3, 2020
Two-Ingredient Recipe: Miso & Citrus Salad Dressing
Salad dressings are so simple to make from scratch that I don’t buy bottled versions anymore. But there are some nights when even the act of measuring out vinegar and oil just seems like too much. I am careful about oil and vinegar dressings; I don’t eyeball the measurements, and I find them surprisingly time-consuming to get just right sometimes.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash Orzotto (Barley Risotto) with Toasted Pecans
When I die, I hope they carve these words on my headstone: She always found a way to add more vegetables. (It will be an enormous headstone, naturally.) I’m always looking for a way to add more vegetables to recipes, not only for health reasons, but also because I’m lazy. Why make a grain dish and a vegetable dish for dinner when I can combine them both into one bowl?
Jan 29, 2020
Weeknight Recipe: Kimchi Fried Rice with Extra Greens
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of one-bowl meals. Give me a bowl, a spoon, and a comforting mix of grains, vegetables, and protein and I’m set. Kimchi fried rice satisfies all those requirements — and even includes the underappreciated “pickle” food group — but I always like to add a couple handfuls of shredded greens to the mix for a boost of color and nutrition.
Jan 29, 2020
Essential Weeknight Recipe: Thai Stir-Fried Greens with Oyster Sauce
Thai stir-fried greens have been in my weeknight cooking repertoire since I began cooking. It’s the first Thai dish I ever prepared that tasted straight-outta-Thai-Town authentic, and it’s so simple, I make it — usually with rice and a Thai omelet — whenever I want a quick, flavorful dinner with lots of healthy leafy greens. I typically use some variety of sturdy Asian green vegetable, like Chinese broccoli or yu choy sum, pictured above.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Creamy-Yet-Light Fish Chowder
Cooking for my family during a holiday visit to Seattle, I came up with this chowder as a light yet comforting weeknight dinner to give us a break from the rich holiday meals we had been eating. The broth skips the usual milk or cream and is instead thickened by pureeing cooked potatoes and aromatics into a creamy, flavorful base studded with chunks of mild white fish and soft vegetables. Warm, satisfying and not too heavy, this dairy-free soup is the perfect meal for a chilly January evening.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Korean Fried Chicken Wings
I didn’t always live in a football household. Four years ago, Sundays were all about lazy breakfasts, farmers market shopping, and maybe a movie matinee before dinner. Then my husband joined a fantasy football league, and now my peaceful Sunday mornings are regularly interrupted by a living room full of dudes eating crumbly doughnuts and checking stats on their phones while watching the Red Zone channel on TV. Am I bitter? Perhaps.
Jan 29, 2020
Street Food for Dinner: Thai-Style Omelet (Kai Jeow)
Whether I’m trying to put a late-night dinner on the table or cooking for onekai jeow Fish sauce! Rather than salt, fish sauce is added to the beaten eggs, along with green onions, herbs or shallots. Some recipes for kai jeow also call for soy sauce, but I prefer a simple omelet of just eggs, fish sauce and a lot of sliced scallions. I also occasionally add ground pork or chicken for a slightly more substantial main dish.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
When I first made this recipe, it was January, which means we were all craving food that is a little lighter, a little healthier, and a little more in line with the way we’ve resolved to eat this year. But at the same time, it was January — when we’re wrapped up in sweaters and blankets, it’s comfort food we’re dreaming about. That’s where this recipe comes in.
Jan 29, 2020
Iced Coffee + Horchata: Icy Cool Cochata
At a taco shop in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw an unfamiliar drink on the menu called cochata. Before the cashier had even finished telling me it was iced coffee mixed with housemade horchata, I had ordered one. There are some combinations you just know are going to be perfect, and iced coffee with creamy, sweet, spiced horchata is one of them.Unfortunately, the iced coffee at the taco shop was not very fresh, and the cochata didn’t live up to my expectations.
Jan 29, 2020
My Staple Summer Cocktail Recipe: Campari & IPA Spritzer
Two years ago I stumbled onto the description of an intriguing summer cocktail: a shot of Campari topped with IPA, served with ice and a twist of lemon. One bitter sip was all it took; I was hooked on what has since become my favorite simple summer apéritif. Have you tried it?
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: South African Cheese, Grilled Onion & Tomato Panini (Braaibroodjie)
It may look like a simple cheese panini, but braaibroodjie is more than meets the eye both culturally and taste-wise. Traditionally served at the end of a South African barbecue — braai in Afrikaans — these sandwiches are usually cooked over open coals and include and unusual combination of flavors: sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, onion and a layer of fruit chutney. My twist swaps out the raw onion for smoky grilled scallions and can be made on a grill pan or outdoor grill.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Kale, Bacon & Egg Whole-Wheat Breakfast Sandwich
You’re either an egg yolk person or you’re not. If you’re the latter, drippy egg yolks are confusing and repulsive — and this recipe is not for you. If you’re among the former, welcome! You have come to a place where egg yolk oozes over garlicky kale, crispy bacon, and a toasty bun, pooling on the plate for extra dipping as you eat. Ready to start your day off right?
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Icebox Tart
It’s spring, the sun is shining, and that feels like reason enough to celebrate. It’s just the right time to serve this bright, zingy lemon tart, a simple, no-bake dessert that combines Greek yogurt and bottled lemon curd in a tender pastry crust. It’s a pretty, no-fuss sweet perfect for a sunny weekend brunch. The first time I encountered the happy marriage of lemon curd and Greek yogurt was while catering a baby shower last spring.
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie Icebox Cupcakes
Are you a gingerbread lover? If you’ve had enough of ginger cakes and gingersnaps, try these icebox cupcakes, made with our favorite spicy gingerbread cookies and whipped cream, softened overnight in the fridge into triple-decker mini-cakes. Soft, spicy and single serving, they’re a twist on the usual cookie — and possibly the best way to eat three cookies at once!
Jan 21, 2020
Recipe: Spiced Bundt Cake with Whiskey-Coffee Glaze
When I need an impressive dessert in a hurry, I pull out my bundt pan. Though the batter is no more involved than any other cake, the big, fluted finished cake looks like it took a lot of work or special skill. Even better, bundt cakes don’t require frosting, layering or any other decoration beyond a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream on each slice.
Jan 21, 2020
Get It Together! 9 Tips & Methods for Organizing Your Recipes
I’m looking forward to having some free time around the holidays and, along with some much-needed relaxation, I’m planning on tackling a long-overdue project: organizing my recipes. If this time-consuming task has been on your to-do list, here are some tips for getting your recipe collection in order, whether you’re using printed recipe cards, iPads, or a simple binder.For my own overhaul, I’m giving the cross-platform app Paprika a try.
Aug 3, 2019
Jeni Britton Bauer Shows How To Make Ice Cream in a Food Processor
We recently shared six methods for making ice cream without an ice cream maker, but here is one more: Jeni Britton Bauer’s very simple method for making creamy ice cream with the help of your food processor. With this method, you freeze your ice cream base flat in a freezer bag, then crumble the frozen base into the food processor. The frozen chunks are processed until smooth, poured into a container and frozen completely.
Jul 22, 2019
Can You Really Open a Wine Bottle with a Shoe?
At some point you’ve probably seen a video of someone opening a wine bottle with a shoe. Tap tap tap and the cork pops up, ready to be pulled out by hand. But is it really so easy? NPR recently gave the technique a try and found it really difficult — what’s the deal? I had to try this party trick for myself to find out if it’s worth attempting should I ever find myself with a bottle of wine to open and no corkscrew.
Jul 22, 2019
15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer
The dress, the flowers, the venue — yes, those are important decisions when planning a wedding, but for food-lovers, the biggest question is: What will we eat? Most couples are looking for a wedding caterer who provides great food, covers all the services they need, and is open to their feedback, but assessing potential caterers can be confusing. How do you know what you need if you’ve never planned a wedding before?
Jun 9, 2019
How Can I Prevent Soy Milk from Curdling in My Coffee?
Q: What’s the deal with the white flakes in my soy milk? I’m on my third fresh carton in a row that has had very fine white flakes, which settle at the bottom of a glass. They would probably be very subtle in a glass of soy milk, but in my iced coffee, they are quite obvious and there’s some texture there. This has happened to me with Silk brand, Trader Joe’s vanilla flavor, and even in my drinks at Starbucks!
Jun 9, 2019
Smart Tip: Keep Berries Fresh Longer with This Washing Method
Watch the video to learn how to keep berries fresh for longer after washing them.
Jun 9, 2019
Ingredient Spotlight: Agar-Agar
Whether you’re looking for a vegan substitute for gelatin, trying to make a more authentic Asian jelly dessert or needing to gel liquid without refrigeration, agar-agar is the answer.Derived from a type of red seaweed, agar-agar was once produced through a complex process of sun-drying and snow-chilling, but these days it is freeze-dried in factories and sold in sticks or powdered.
Jun 9, 2019
7 Ideas for Quick Vegetarian Pita Lunches
My can’t-live-without-it item for quick lunches is whole wheat pita bread. Healthy and filling, pita rounds can be stuffed with salads, made into sandwiches, or turned into impromptu personal pizzas. The blog Love and Lemons created a colorful spread of quick vegetarian pita lunch ideas that has inspired me to shake up my pita routine and try a few new combinations.
Jun 8, 2019
How to Grill Perfect Every Single Time
Here's how to achieve maximum flavor, a gorgeous crust, and an evenly cooked interior every time.
Jun 6, 2019
5 Very Real, Very Sad Lunches from Sad Desk Lunch
The genius of the Tumblr Sad Desk Lunch is immediately obvious to anyone who has ever had a job that involved a lot of lunches eaten in front of the computer at work, mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest or food blogs while trying to ignore ringing phones and loud co-workers. It’s hard to have a happy lunch at your desk. This week we are talking to experts about their best lunches to pack for work or school.
Jun 5, 2019