Claire Margine

Claire Margine is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. Her writing has appeared in Bon Appetit, Lucky Peach, Paste, and more. She believes in cobbler for breakfast, giant Sunday dinners, and flaky salt on everything.
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May 30, 2021
Recipe: Tofu-Miso Stew Casserole with Sage Biscuits
“Biscuit-topped” is one of my favorite word combinations. In cookbooks, it is the friend I’m always delighted to run into. Oh, hi there, are you a hearty stew plush with grounding root vegetables and maybe handfuls of tender slow-cooked chicken, all hanging out under a blanket of warm biscuits? Let’s be friends. Four years ago, I stumbled into an accidental tradition.
Jan 31, 2020
Here’s What to Eat While Watching Stranger Things
You guys! Season Two of Stranger Things is almost here (it’s coming out this Friday, October 27, to be exact). There’s a good chance gobbling up the entire season in one epic binge-watching session is your plan this weekend, and we support you.
Jun 5, 2019
This Is the Best Episode of Barefoot Contessa
When challenged to track down the best Barefoot Contessa episode, I was sure it would feature beach picnics, themed dinner parties, or the company of much-adored Jeffrey, sighing into pasta. I hadn’t watched a new episode in years, preferring to treat Barefoot Contessa like a security blanket or comfort food. I returned to the early episodes again and again, ready to be soothed by the dulcet tones of “How bad can that be?” and the crinkle of linen shirts.
May 30, 2019
A Very Accurate Ranking of All the “Real Housewives” Cookbooks
You could create an entire book club based around Real Housewives publications and never run out. Tinsley Mortimer has a novel. Bethenny Frankel has a children’s book about her dog. The Dubrows have an anti-aging book where they refer to themselves as “Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig.” There’s almost a dozen tell-all-but-not-quite-all memoirs.
May 30, 2019
“Peaceful Cuisine” Is the Most Relaxing Cooking Show You’ve Never Heard Of
What do you do when you need to unwind? Maybe you take a hot bath or get a massage. Maybe you make a double-batch of bolognese sauce or whip up a chocolate cake, frost it just so, and then eat it. My recharge routine? I binge-watch beautifully shot vegan cooking videos paired with gentle music. If you’ve been on the hunt for a blissed-out culinary experience bound to drop your blood pressure, it’s time to sit back and binge watch “Peaceful Cuisine.
May 30, 2019
The Best Episode of Good Eats Shows Us There Is Magic in the Basics
The jazzy opening notes of Alton Brown’s Good Eats sound like an upbeat jam on a Casio keyboard. For me, this music may as well be a time machine. I watched so much of this show as a kid that the sight of Alton Brown’s sharp features can flood my senses with the smell of basement, Moose Tracks ice cream, and the worn fabric of long-gone family couches.
May 30, 2019
“Christmas Cookies” Is the Best Hallmark Christmas Movie
If you’re going to watch just one Hallmark Christmas movie, go for the one set in Cookie Jar. No, it’s not a surreal adventure featuring a team of tiny humans trapped in a cookie jar (hey, Hallmark, next year? Maybe?) — Christmas Cookies is the story of Hannah Harper, a hotshot New York food exec who is sent to the tiny town of Cookie Jar to buy Aunt Sally’s Cookie Company.
May 30, 2019
The Best Episode of Nigella Bites Will Teach You How to Entertain
When I’m cooking for a dinner party, at some point I tell myself, “Food tastes fear.” Things have a way of not working out when I’m thinking about them too hard. It’s as true of first drafts as well as soufflés: Thinking has very little to do with doing, and “doing” goes poorly if it’s not the focus.
May 30, 2019
“The Big Family Cooking Showdown” Taught Me How to Cook with My Family
I have fond memories of being in the kitchen with my mom and sister, but I would never think to gather my family for a day of cooking. Usually lines are drawn in the journey from kitchen to table: cooks vs. eaters, hosts vs. guests. There’s something very “We’re all in this together! We’re a family!” about intentionally coming together in the kitchen to cook a meal. The Big Family Cooking Showdown captures this magic.
May 30, 2019
The Ultimate Hallmark Movie Drinking Game
Looking forward to a final Hallmark Christmas Movie binge-watch? Super fans, you’ve probably been lapping up weeks of gentle Christmas cheer and snowy romances as Hallmark sets out a Christmas movie buffet. But now that the holiday is around the corner, it’s time to alleviate any lingering holiday stress (hey there, upbeat formulaic fare!) and get super in the Christmas spirit. Know what helps? Adding some festive cocktail magic to your Hallmark Christmas movie viewing.
May 30, 2019
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is Secretly About the Power of Cooking
Warning! If you haven’t watched the show yet, there are major spoilers ahead. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime is a retro smorgasbord, served up with jokes and a jaunty soundtrack. Every episode is studded with snacks and meals — chips snatched from a bowl at a party, bourbon paired with homemade babka. When no one quite understands each other, when everything is uncomfortable, food is the connection. The premiere starts with a food faux pas. A joyous newly minted Mrs.
May 30, 2019
“Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro” Is a Gentle Culinary Bootcamp for Home Cooks
Imagine if you could pull Ina Garten into your very own kitchen and have her walk you through how to cook. Not just recipes, but the miniature actions and skills that are muscle memory to a culinary pro. With her swingy lob and trademark denim button-down, you two could be elbow to elbow, suddenly kitchen pals as she showed you the exact moment when yeast comes alive or how to shingle prosciutto onto a tartine. This can be your life. No, seriously.
May 30, 2019
The Two Fat Ladies Are the Godmothers of Modern Kitchen Cool
I’ve seen so many profiles on buzzy chefs lauded for their messy, unpretentious, kinda rock-and-roll attitude towards food. The vibe is always cool-kid boys club, typically populated by young or youngish guys, all sporting a charming glower, a few tattoos, and the ability to quote Kitchen Confidential. But what if this nonchalant, leather-jacket-sporting approach was actually inspired by two devil-may-care British women in their 60s?
May 30, 2019
The Great British Bake Off Is a Lesson in Overcoming Social Anxiety
Tackling new experiences can be really hard, whether you struggle with social anxiety (like me) or not. New jobs, new schools, new experiences with new people — it can feel totally overwhelming. And no version of this looks more intense than the “first day of a reality show” experience, especially for competitions. But on the Great British Bake Off, as usual, they do things a little differently.
May 30, 2019
The Great British Bake Off Is Secretly a Show About Time Management
I’m a sucker for time management systems. I’ve bullet journaled, read Getting Things Done, embraced everything from Trello to Omnifocus to elaborate webs of post-it notes. Without a ton of structure, my time gets slippery and hazy. Unless I focus, it seems to just disappear. I’m also a huge Great British Bake Off fan, and every time I watch GBBO I’m struck by how much of the show is clandestinely about time management and work strategies.
May 30, 2019
The Best Episode of The French Chef Teaches You Everything
Julia Child knows how to kick off an iconic television career. While the first episode of most shows — especially classic shows — highlights its imperfections, the first episode of The French Chef is 30 minutes of soothing perfection. From the first notes of her jaunty opening song, I’m completely spellbound. She looks into the camera and says “Hello, I’m Julia Child!
May 30, 2019
Season 5 of Chef’s Table Is About More than Magic
“It’s lovely to talk about the magic and mysticism of food, but it’s a lot of hard work and time invested,” says Tunde Wey in the first episode of the fifth season of Chef’s Table. He’s talking about Cristina Martinez creating barbacoa, but for me, the quote provides a framework for these four new episodes. In Season five, there’s so much more than magic at the Chef’s Table.
May 30, 2019
Netflix’s “Salt Fat Acid Heat” Is the Show We’ve Been Waiting For
I spent four hours at my favorite kind of dinner party, and I never left my couch. I traveled the world and laughed and wrote all caps notes like “LAYER YOUR SALT!” and “CREATE HEAT ZONES” and “I AM DELIGHTED!!!” I got to bask in the food glow, and you can too, thanks to the first season of Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix, the new show based on Samin Nosrat’s award-winning cookbook. Drop your weekend plans, because this is the show you need to watch.
May 30, 2019
Rosanna Pansino Loves Rainbow Bagels and Hates Charcoal
Rosanna Pansino is the queen of geeky baking. On her popular YouTube series “Nerdy Nummies,” she creates edible, sugary homages to all of her favorite video games, movies, and TV shows. She’s made everything from a Disney Frozen dress cake (with a massive 180 million views) to Minion cupcakes. After seven years on YouTube, “Ro” has become a verified YouTube celebrity, racking up over 10 million subscribers and close to two-and-half-billion views.
May 30, 2019
I Made a Beyoncé-Themed “Pink Lemonade Cake” and It Kinda Destroyed Me
“How to Cake It” is my favorite YouTube channel. But actually baking one of her cakes? It kind of destroyed me. I’m an unfussy home baker. I’ll make a one-layer cake or a crumble or maybe a blondie, but I stick to simple and not necessarily aesthetically elaborate desserts. My frosting is swoopy and my cookies are unadorned.
May 30, 2019
The Creator Behind “Binging with Babish” Goes to Sleep Watching YouTube
Have you ever wondered how a food from your favorite show would taste? Andrew Rea takes those mental gymnastics and transforms them into culinary adventures on his YouTube series, Binging with Babish. He recreates everything from the lush boeuf bourguignon in Julie and Julia to the mysterious legendary Szechuan sauce from Rick and Morty. He also does “Basics with Babish,” a series where he breaks down the skills that will upgrade your culinary repertoire.
May 30, 2019
Karen Washington’s Breakfast Is Jet Fuel for Changing the World
Welcome to Kitchn’s series My Superpowered Morning, where we show you how interesting people use their morning routine to help them fuel the rest of the day. Karen Washington, urban farmer extraordinaire, is a woman so devoted to happiness, she called her urban farm in the Bronx The Garden of Happiness. Her commitment to the joys of growing your own food is so inspiring that one conversation with her could make the least earthy person suddenly want to get into gardening.
May 30, 2019
I’m Obsessed with Sorority Chef Instagram Feeds
When I want to find some next-level meal-planning inspiration on Instagram, I don’t dive into fitness feeds or the #mealprep hashtag. And I don’t look for the glossy, perfectly photographed food feeds where you wonder if anyone actually eats the meticulous dish you’re drooling over. I look for chefs churning out a week’s worth of meals with passion, grit, and a Costco membership. I look for sorority chefs. Confession: I had no idea that some sororities have chefs.
May 29, 2019
Nigella’s Recent Confessions Will Make You Love Her Even More
Nigella Lawson taught me everything I know about home entertaining, chocolate mousse-making, and the benefits of post-party solo snacking. In her many cooking shows, she slid through the kitchen with loose hair and a wide smile, the picture of kitchen confidence. But recently Nigella revealed that even she battles the recipe and technique goblins that plague every home chef.
May 24, 2019
Lisa of 100 Days of Real Food on Her Favorite $3 Lunch Ideas
Sometimes it feels impossible to navigate the tangled web of choosing healthy food, planning meals for a family, and not spending a fortune. Luckily, Lisa Leake has already paved the way. Her new book, 100 Days of Real Food: On a Budget, is here to help busy families make a commitment to real food without draining their bank accounts.
May 24, 2019
I Tried That Gimmicky Avocado Toast Chocolate Bar and Here’s What I Thought
I have to admit that I was very skeptical when I heard about Compartés’ super-trendy avocado toast chocolate bar. Salty and sweet? Great. Savory and sweet? Delicious. Avocado toast lodged in a chocolate bar? Nothing about this combination was making my mouth water. I was intrigued, but more in the way of I assume this will be terrible, so let me prove it. You see, I have a knee-jerk dislike for food trends. I can’t with charcoal.
May 24, 2019
I May Never Own a Dining Room Table Again
I love the idea of a dining room table. I mean, who doesn’t? Yet so many friends and family members keep their dining room table in a space reserved for their “someday life.” Someday they’ll eat there. Someday they’ll want to eat there. Someday they’ll have dinner parties and weekday dinners. Someday they’ll be the kind of people who want to sit totally upright in a quiet room. I used to dream of a dining room. It seemed so adult, so important.
May 24, 2019
2018 Is the Year of the French Bread Pizza
Conditions are perfect for a new reign of the French bread pizza. Between Stranger Things and a fashion week dominated by gargantuan shoulders, we can safely say we’ve reached peak ’80s nostalgia. And according to 2018 food trend predictions, bread is coming back in a big way this year. So what’s the perfect combo of ’80s fandom and carb-lover bliss? French bread pizza.
May 24, 2019
This Grocery Item Is the Best Thing You’re Not Buying at IKEA
Here’s a scenario you’re probably familiar with if you’ve ever been to IKEA: You topple out of the store, exhausted and vaguely elated, stocked up on affordable furniture. You have a day of assembly ahead of you, complete with minimalist illustrated instructions and the inevitable moment where you nearly burst into tears because how can this seemingly straightforward table be so difficult to assemble?
May 1, 2019
This Is the Best Non-Dairy Milk for Your Cereal Bowl
I dream of milk. I dream of Frosted Mini-Wheats floating like tiny frosted rafts on the surface of a very, very full bowl. For me, self care is a bowl of cereal drowned in milk, a teensy return to childhood full of crunch and sugar and fat. I want every flake and morsel to retain their crunch as they traverse a miniature ocean. I want to feel the velvety texture of leftover cereal milk, a mouthful of everyday decadence. There’s just one problem.
May 1, 2019
One of the Best Things About Trader Joe’s Isn’t in the Store
Nothing gives me a case of FOMO quite like a trip to Trader Joe’s. I’m always very sure I’m missing something good. I wander the aisles, on the hunt for all those remixed snacks and snazzy new ingredients. I even check the area where new items are often showcased (usually an endcap in the back of the store). And yet I still usually leave with a cart full of my standard goodies. How do people find the really good stuff?
May 1, 2019
Our 5 Favorite Food TV Episodes of 2018
It’s safe to say 2018 was an incredible year for food TV. So where do you start when there’s so much to watch? How about a sampler instead of a binge watch — a taste of the very best of what 2018 had to offer? This year we left the perfectly lit kitchen and the chew-and-moan style of food travel TV. Television and food both offer these opportunities for connection. Food TV doesn’t have to be cute prattle and quick menus, fraught competitions or glossy adventures.
Dec 20, 2018
Our 5 Favorite Food TV Shows of 2018
It’s nearly here: the most glorious TV-bingeing season of the year. For your sleepy post-gift-opening Christmas-day family bonding, your lengthy flights, your New Year’s Day after-brunch plans, there is a bushel of food-themed television from 2018 just waiting for you. It’s end-of-year list catch-up time, folks! Make some snacks. Throw on some pajamas. Dig in. Food television in 2018 was electric.
Dec 18, 2018
A Time Management Expert on How to Be a Better Grocery Shopper at Costco
Even time management experts can get overwhelmed by the sensory overload that is a visit to Costco. Virginia Maddan is the mastermind behind Comfortable Structure, where she coaches people on how to use time management tools to reclaim their time. As a busy working mom, she applies her strategies to Costco runs to make them quicker and way more effective.
Nov 2, 2018
The Most Relaxing Videos on YouTube Are Actually Costco Hauls
Have you ever fallen down a serious YouTube rabbit hole? Maybe one that made absolutely no sense? I’ve never set foot in a Costco, but I’ve watched hours of Costco haul videos. Anyone who has stumbled into this genre knows that there’s something bizarrely soothing about listening to gentle narration on the contents of a shopping cart. For actual Costco shoppers, these videos are chock-full of useful tips and tricks to optimize your next shopping expedition.
Aug 1, 2018