Kristin Appenbrink

Kristin is the co-founder of Part Time Vegan and Silent Book Club. As a former editor at Real Simple, she is compulsively organized and loves solving people's problems. She has a weakness for desserts, especially ice cream.
35 Easy Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas
Chickpeas are one of those pantry staples that I almost always have on hand. If you don’t have a can of chickpeas or two lurking in a cabinet somewhere, add it to your grocery list immediately. Not only are they a great plant-based source of protein, there are also endless ways to turn them into a satisfying meal or snack any time of day. If you’re looking for easy chickpea recipes, we’ve got you covered.
May 23, 2024
31 Cabbage Recipes You’ll Want to Make Forever
Cabbage is the unsung kitchen hero. Some people wait until St. Patrick’s Day rolls around to make it, but cabbage is delicious any time of the year! And it’s one of the most versatile vegetables in your arsenal. Let’s start with a quick refresher: When it comes to buying a head of cabbage, you’ve got some choices.
Mar 6, 2024
76 Romantic Dinner Recipes for Valentine's Day
During Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to show appreciation for your loved one – whether that’s your spouse, significant other, best friend, or even (especially) yourself – than to spend quality time with them over a special at-home dinner. You don’t have to spend all day to cook a romantic dinner.
Feb 9, 2024
65 Side Dishes That Make Steak Feel Even More Special
Steak isn’t an everyday dinner, so when you take the time to cook it, it truly feels like an occasion. It’s often made to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, but it also has a way of making a random Wednesday night feel festive. It’s hard to beat a perfectly grilled steak when it’s warm outside.
Jan 17, 2024
20 Desserts for People Who Really Don’t Like Chocolate
What do you do if your Valentine is someone who just doesn’t like chocolate? What if a fancy box of chocolates or a flourless chocolate cake doesn’t make your heart skip a beat? Not to worry — there are plenty desserts out there that don’t rely on chocolate for their deliciousness. Pick any one of these recipes for a sweet dessert that your special someone will enjoy … even if that someone special is you!
Dec 1, 2023
17 Pasta Dinners That Don’t Involve Red Sauce
From a bright-pink beet pesto pasta to a creamy Alfredo, here are 11 ways to dress your pasta sans the red sauce.
Nov 30, 2023
8 Ways to Eat Fresh Corn for Breakfast
Fresh corn might be one of the best things about summer. We’ll take all the hot nights, sunburns, and sweaty commutes just so long as we get plenty of fresh corn — either on or off the cob. We’re firm believers that corn can be enjoyed for any meal of the day — including breakfast. So here are five tasty ways to start your day that include our favorite kernel.
Nov 30, 2023
16 Spicy Dinners for People Who Like It Hot
When you're ready to turn up the temperature, here are 17 delightfully spicy recipes that will set your tastebuds on fire — in a good way, of course.
Nov 30, 2023
20 of the Most Delicious Vegan Recipes We Know
Whether you're fully meat- and dairy-free, or just looking to switch things up in the kitchen, we've got ideas for you.
Nov 28, 2023
16 Recipes You Can Make in Your Microwave
It's capable of a lot more than you think.
Nov 28, 2023
12 Impressive Recipes to Make When Your Mother-in-Law Is in Town
There’s something about having your parents in town — especially your in-laws — that steps up the need to prepare impressive meals. Maybe it’s the desire to prove that you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. These recipes are destined to wow any dinner guest that sits at your table, and if that just so happens to be your mother-in-law, all the better.
Nov 16, 2023
17 of the Best Things to Eat with a Glass of Rosé
If it’s summer, it must be rosé season. The blush-colored wine has risen in popularity dramatically in the past couple years, and there are quality vintages widely available in bottles, cans, and even boxes. But what do you pair with the pink drink? Rosé is actually pretty versatile; it goes well with Mediterranean dishes, anything grilled, and a wide variety of desserts. Here are 17 of our favorite things to pair with a chilled glass of rosé.
Nov 16, 2023
18 Vegetarian Recipes to Make on the Grill
These 19 recipes prove the grill isn't just for burgers and hot dogs.
Nov 16, 2023
21 Recipes for People Obsessed with Cinnamon
For all the cinnamon-lovers out there, here are 15 recipes you won't be able to resist.
Nov 15, 2023
36 Scary-Good Halloween Treats to Make If You Dare
The Frankenstein fingers will spook everyone.
Oct 10, 2023
14 Summer Sandwiches for Fast & Easy Meal Ideas
Liven up your sad sandwich routine.
Sep 1, 2023
8 Bento Boxes to Help You Brown Bag It
So many options to choose from!
Aug 21, 2023
40+ Chicken Thigh Recipes That Prove It’s the Best Part of the Bird
If you're looking for some inspiration on how to turn chicken thighs into dinner, don't worry — we have plenty of ideas. Here are 18 ways to pull it off.
Aug 16, 2023
17 Nutella Desserts That Are Even Better Than Eating It Straight From the Jar
Don't have a favorite dessert recipe that calls for Nutella? We can help with that. Here are 20 of our favorites.
Aug 15, 2023
17 Ways to Use Up Your Kitchen Scraps You’ll Actually Love
There are many reasons we’ve been trying to cut down on kitchen waste — to stop tossing so much out and stretch our budgets, to name a few — but thankfully there are plenty of recipes that use up all those odds and ends in our kitchens. I mean, have you tried baking your potato peels? You should.
Aug 14, 2023
25 Vegetarian Dinners to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet
The beauty of a cast iron pan is its universality — which means if your kitchen is a hub for delicious vegetarian dishes, then this most-beloved pan has a place in it as well.
Aug 8, 2023
35+ Side Dishes to Go with Whatever You Grilled for Dinner
From burgers and chicken to fish and steak, these sides make a perfect partner to them all.
Jul 31, 2023
25 Bowl Lunches You Can Make Ahead and Enjoy All Week
They're make-ahead situations that simplify the midday meal.
Jul 5, 2023
32 Make-Ahead Lunches You Can Prep and Pack Tonight
Your future hungry self will thank you.
Jul 5, 2023
Dine Outdoors on a Budget with These 10 Table Sets Under $300
Upgrade your outdoor dining experience without breaking the bank.
Jun 29, 2023
12 Wonderful Ways to Eat Your Oats
Think a hot bowl of stove-cooked oatmeal is the only way to eat your oats? Think again. From jam-filled granola bars and vegan oat pancakes, to sandwich bread and breakfast cookies, there are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy this heart-healthy pantry staple.
Jun 29, 2023
25+ Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching
These bites will get you through the 3 p.m. slump.
Jun 12, 2023
12 Cocktails to Kick Off the Weekend
Is there any greater time of the week than Friday happy hour? The work week is finally done, but the weekend to-do list — filled with errands, events, and obligations — has yet to begin. It’s basically your free pass for the week. So why not mark this magic hour or two with a fabulous cocktail … or two? Here are 12 of our favorites that are sure to get your weekend off to a good start.
May 25, 2023
12 Big-Batch Cocktails You Can Make Ahead
When it comes to summer entertaining, we're all about recipes that we can make ahead of time, and that goes for drinks too.
May 25, 2023
21 Things to Make in the Blender (Besides Smoothies)
If you’re in the habit of only using your blender to make smoothies in the morning, you’re missing out on all the soups, sauces, and desserts you can make with this multitasking appliance. Consider this a comprehensive curriculum in just what your blender is capable of. Now the only question is: Where do you want to get started?
May 25, 2023
9 Veggie Dips That Make Baby Carrots Very, Very Afraid
Whether it’s for an afternoon snack or your contribution to a backyard potluck, you just can’t go wrong with a dip. They are easy to whip up to snack on or share, and varied enough that there’s an option out there for everyone. These dips are filled with veggies for flavor, and they will make your snacking more colorful in every sense of the word. You can serve them alongside baby carrots, chips, crackers, or pita.
May 25, 2023
25 Pie Recipes to Celebrate Pi Day
Just in case you were looking for an excuse to eat pie!
Mar 13, 2023
The Best Clever Kitchen Linen Organizers You Can Buy Right Now
With these organizers, your kitchen linens will never be in the way or out of reach.
Feb 1, 2023
50+ Big-Batch Breakfasts You Can Make Ahead of Time
Make big-batch breakfasts part of your meal prep routine, and your future self will thank you.
Nov 30, 2022
5 Easy Ways to Save, Store, and Organize Your Recipes Online
Tips from The Kitchn
Including our very own recipe saver!
Aug 29, 2022
32 Easy Ideas for Summer Potlucks
These are the recipes I always turn to for potlucks and summer parties.
Jun 16, 2022