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.
Dine Outdoors on a Budget with These 10 Table Sets Under $300
Upgrade your outdoor dining experience without breaking the bank.
Jun 1, 2023
64 Romantic Dinner Ideas to Make for Someone You Love (Including Yourself)
That includes yourself, too.
May 16, 2023
25 Pie Recipes to Celebrate Pi Day
Just in case you were looking for an excuse to eat pie!
Mar 14, 2023
8 Bento Boxes to Help You Brown Bag It
So many options to choose from!
Mar 9, 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+ Great Recipes That Start with Cabbage
It's an unsung hero at the table.
Jan 30, 2023
60 Easy Side Dishes That Make Steak Dinners Extra Special
These recipes do not disappoint.
Jan 20, 2023
25+ Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching
These bites will get you through the 3 p.m. slump.
Jan 16, 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.
Dec 6, 2022
28 Easy Halloween Treats to Make for Kids and Adults
Because everyone deserves something sweet and celebratory this time of year.
Oct 21, 2022
32 Easy Ideas for Summer Potlucks
These are the recipes I always turn to for potlucks and summer parties.
Jun 22, 2022
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.
May 10, 2022
30+ Recipes to Make for Mother's Day Brunch
The thought and effort put into a homemade brunch is the perfect way to make her feel special.
May 6, 2022
30+ Easy Recipes to Make with a Can of Chickpeas
Simple, versatile, and delicious.
Mar 30, 2022
40+ Recipes That Use Up a Carton of Buttermilk
Whether you have a cup or a carton, there are plenty of ways to use it up.
Feb 23, 2022
40+ Easy Dinners That Start with Rice
Lift it from its side-dish status and bring it to the center of the plate.
Feb 14, 2022
40+ Side Dishes to Serve with Roast Chicken
From roasted potatoes to simple salads.
Nov 27, 2021
30 Ways to Cook with Apple Cider Vinegar
It's not just for pickling or drinking straight!
Sep 16, 2021
Want to Eat More Fermented Foods? Here Are 25 Recipes You’ve Got to Try.
Whether you make your own or start with store-bought, there are lots of ways to eat more fermented foods.
Jul 28, 2021
5 Essential Supplies for Washing Dishes in Your Dorm
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
This convenient kit will make dish duty a breeze!
Jul 18, 2021
12 Summer Sandwiches for Fast & Easy Meal Ideas
Liven up your sad sandwich routine.
Jun 10, 2021
25+ of Our Favorite Ways to Turn Black Beans into Dinner
From soups and chilis to enchiladas and salads, the possibilities are seemingly endless.
Jun 3, 2021
15 Cauliflower Side Dishes for Any Day of the Week
There's nothing this mild-mannered vegetable can't do.
Mar 26, 2021
25 Side Dishes to Serve Alongside a Juicy Steak
Only certain sides are worthy of sharing your plate with a steak.
Feb 5, 2021
25 Easy Dinners That Start with Sweet Potatoes
If you've got a few sweet potatoes on hand, a filling dinner is at your fingertips.
Jan 21, 2021
5 Easy Ways to Save, Store, and Organize Your Recipes Online
Tips from The Kitchn
Including our very own recipe saver!
Dec 22, 2020
21 Recipes You Can Make in Your Microwave
It's capable of a lot more than you think.
Apr 14, 2020
11 Pasta Dinners That Don’t Involve Red Sauce
When you think of pasta, do you picture a big plate of spaghetti drenched in red sauce? More often than not, that’s what we do too. But there’s a whole slew of pasta recipes waiting for us to cook up that leave the marinara for another day. So, to get you thinking outside the red-sauce box, we’ve rounded up pasta recipes that skip the red sauce in favor of other flavors.
Oct 19, 2016
25 of Our Favorite Quick-Cooking Soups
One of the best things about fall is the return of soup season. There are few things more comforting on a chilly evening than a warm bowl of soup (and preferably some crusty bread to go along with it). And soups are the ultimate weeknight meal. Why? Some are ultra-quick for post-work cooking; others simmer all day and wait for you in the slow cooker. But regardless of how long they take to cook, nearly every soup is wonderful made ahead.
Oct 17, 2016
18 Ways to Serve Chicken Thighs for Dinner
Chicken thighs have finally gotten their due in the kitchen, and for good reason. They are, in our estimation, the best option for most cooks. They are inexpensive, juicy enough that they are hard to mess up, and lend themselves to all sorts of cooking methods from pan-frying to braising. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make those chicken thighs dinner, don’t worry — we have plenty of ideas.
Oct 12, 2016
17 Spicy Dinners for People Who Like It Hot
For those who like their dinner hot, you’re in luck. We love spicy food here at Kitchn. Whether it’s from peppers, curries, or something more unexpected, we’ll take all the heat we can get. So 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. Serving these wraps with tahini sauce on the side is ingenious because it helps balance the spice of the filling.
Oct 11, 2016
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. It can help you sear veggie burgers, make a mean tomato cobbler, and cook up frittatas. Consider this list of vegetarian recipes to make in a cast iron pan our love letter to all the cast iron pan can do. This twist on eggplant Parmesan is no less delicious than the original and happens to be so much easier to make.
Oct 10, 2016
20 Ways to Use Up a Whole Jar of Nutella
Don't have a favorite dessert recipe that calls for Nutella? We can help with that. Here are 20 of our favorites.
Oct 5, 2016
10 Breakfasts You Can Eat at Your Desk
If you’re the sort of person who would prefer to get to the office early and have some time to organize your day before the emails start flooding in and the meeting marathon begins, you probably are also eating breakfast at your desk. If that’s the case, make sure it’s a good breakfast. The last thing you want is to have cause to start the #saddeskbreakfast meme.
Sep 29, 2016
15 Recipes for People Obsessed with Cinnamon
Yes, there’s pumpkin spice, but let’s be real — cinnamon is the OG fall spice. And even though we bet you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen without cinnamon in it in some form, it’s still a spice that doesn’t always get its due. Yes, it’s great in cinnamon rolls or sprinkled over oatmeal, but it’s also a great addition to savory dishes like stews and chili.
Sep 28, 2016
17 Easy Treats to Bake This Weekend
There’s something so magical about spending the weekend indoors baking sweet treats — especially as the temperatures outside drop. That’s where a little planning ahead will really make a difference. All of these desserts are easy to make and easy to portion, so you can be sure they will last beyond the weekend and into the week ahead. Just choose your favorite, make it this weekend, and make next week even better than you imagined.
Sep 27, 2016