Meghan Splawn

Meghan was the Food Editor for Kitchn's Skills content. She's a master of everyday baking, family cooking, and harnessing good light. Meghan approaches food with an eye towards budgeting — both time and money — and having fun. Meghan has a baking and pastry degree, and spent the first 10 years of her career as part of Alton Brown's culinary team. She co-hosts a weekly podcast about food and family called Didn't I Just Feed You.
The Only Pasta Salad Recipe You Need Right Now
Is there a more quintessential warm-weather side dish than cold pasta salad? This cool salad keeps well, and it’s the perfect make-ahead lunch that you can pack throughout the week. Just about everyone in your family, from your kids to your mother-in-law, will eat it! This recipe is truly as simple as boiling water and tossing in a few key pasta salad ingredients.
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My Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Pie Is the Perfect Spring Dessert
Even though I’ve always loved the idea of rhubarb pie, I’ve steered clear of it for years, assuming it was too fussy and difficult to get right. But this spring I was determined to find an easy, foolproof way to enjoy my spring haul of rhubarb in pie form. The answer is this double-crust pie, which looks like a showstopper but couldn’t be easier to make.
May 10, 2024
The Homemade Syrup I Drizzle on Everything
Date syrup is a thick, caramel-colored sweetener made from dried dates. You may have seen date syrup on the shelves in your local health food store or online, as many cooks embrace it as an alternative sweetener. Date syrup is incredibly easy to make at home, can be more affordable than store-bought, and has the lush caramel hue and heady date flavor of its namesake fruit. Here is everything you need to know about making date syrup at home. Medjool: Medjool dates are ideal for making date syrup.
May 10, 2024
You've Been Cutting a Jalapeño Wrong Your Entire Life
Burning hands, begone.
Apr 29, 2024
These Easy Pitcher Mint Juleps Are Always a Hit at My Derby Party
Do you love a mint julep as much as I do? This classic cocktail always seems to have the right amount of minty sweetness, just enough fizz, and a strong bourbon flavor. It’s a near-perfect sip on a hot porch in summertime. Kentuckians in particular have strong opinions about what should and should not go into a julep cup. Most would agree that a classic julep should start with mint muddled with a bit of sugar.
Apr 26, 2024
These Stuffed Chicken Breasts Prove It's What's on the Inside That Counts
Who says chicken breasts have gotta be boring?
Apr 25, 2024
65 Delicious Side Dishes That Pair Perfectly with Pork Roast
Pork loin roast might be the smartest meal to serve when you’re feeding a crowd. If you like pork chops or pork tenderloin, this cut will be right up your alley. Though it calls for a longer cook time, pork loin is simple enough to cook on a weeknight and more economical than beef tenderloin or prime rib.If you’re buying a pork loin roast for the first time, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.
Apr 23, 2024
33 Easy Side Dishes for Your Next Taco Tuesday
Tacos are a delicious addition to any weekly meal plan. The varieties of tacos are endless — from chicken tacos, steak tacos, shrimp tacos, and fish tacos — almost anything goes as fillings for tortillas (no matter if they’re corn tortillas or flour tortillas).But do you ever feel stumped on what to serve with tacos? We’ve got you covered with these easy side dishes that are perfect for taco night or to serve alongside a delicious Mexican dinner.
Apr 22, 2024
The Secret to Impossibly Fluffy Southern-Style Biscuits
Southern biscuits are the perfect fictional device for telling the narratives of Southern families. One cook makes his biscuits with White Lily flour only because that’s how his Maw Mae did it. Another swears by lard, as her family never had the funds for high-dollar butter or shortening. Most Southern cooks bake biscuits at least once a week — a ritual and rite of passage as the recipe is handed down through the generations. My biscuit recipe is much the same.
Apr 18, 2024
The 3 Best Kid-Safe Knives That Are Perfect for Tiny Chefs
Now as a mom of two, I know that kid-friendly knives are powerful tools for teaching my children confidence in the kitchen.
Apr 12, 2024
25 Most Delicious Sides for Brisket
Beef brisket is one of those rare dishes that sits squarely between homey comfort food and sophisticated classic. It’s comfortable on a weeknight dinner table and as the centerpiece of a holiday feast. Beef brisket can be slow-roasted in the oven, set in the slow cooker, or braised in an Instant Pot, where it quickly becomes fall-apart tender. If you don’t have an outdoor smoker, you can still make delicious and tender Texas-style brisket in your oven.
Apr 8, 2024
These Summer Rolls Are Easier to Make than You Think
Summer rolls, also known as fresh spring rolls, are one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant. They are made from rice paper wrappers rolled around fresh crunchy vegetables partnered with cold proteins, fresh herbs, and sometimes noodles. Gỏi cuốn are Vietnamese in origin (along with chả giò, which are fried spring rolls) but there are countless variations of fillings made with an assortment of veggies and proteins.Summer rolls are also easy to make at home!
Apr 4, 2024
The Delicious Peanut Sauce I Drizzle on Almost Everything
My first restaurant job was at a little lunch cafe famous for its giant cookies, towering hummus sandwiches, and cold peanut noodles. This husband-and-wife-run neighborhood joint was regularly filled with young professionals slurping cold, spicy soba noodles from plastic clamshell containers. While the owners were always generous with recipes — they gave me their cookie recipes when I left that job — they would not share the secrets to their peanut sauce.
Mar 28, 2024
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Is the Retro Dessert That's Always a Star
It is hard to overstate how simple yet stunning pineapple upside-down cake is. This cake has retro charm, but it’s a classic whose appeal hasn’t waned since it first appeared on the home baking scene. It starts with a rich butter cake that, once removed from the pan, reveals a design of caramelized pineapple rings studded with maraschino cherries. Each bite is little treasure chest of flavor — tender cake, mingled with the sweet and slightly tangy notes of pineapple and cherry.
Mar 26, 2024
30 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Ham
When it comes to holiday hams, whether it’s a Bourbon-Glazed Ham or a Copycat Honey Baked Ham, there are always, always leftovers. Yes, even if you’ve done your research on how to cook a ham and made estimates based on how many people you’re feeding. But honestly, leftover ham dishes can be even tastier than the centerpiece itself. There are plenty of ways — big and small — that we all can use leftover ham, now and later.
Mar 26, 2024
60 Delicious Desserts to Celebrate Easter
If you’re starting to plan your Easter menu, we’ve got you covered with easy and classic Easter dinner recipes to get you started. If you’ve already got dinner (or brunch) worked out, then you just need a dessert or two for the Easter table — they’ll add to the decor just as much as dyed Easter eggs will. Easter desserts are some of the best. Seasonally, you get to combine the last citrus fruits of winter and the first fresh berries of spring.
Mar 20, 2024
Colcannon Is the One Recipe I Make Every March
If you love creamy mashed potatoes, you’ll love colcannon, a traditional Irish dish. Keeping with tradition, we didn’t mess with the potatoes or cabbage, but swapped the plain melted butter that is typically served in a pool on top for fragrant browned butter. We just couldn’t help ourselves! The nutty browned butter is a wonderful warm contrast to the sharp green onions that get scattered before serving, giving this dish an easy, elegant twist.
Mar 13, 2024
This Lemony Greek Chicken Soup Is So Good, I Make a Pot Every Week
Almost every culture has a homey version of chicken soup to comfort the sick or the soul weary, or to stave off the chill of cold weather, but the Greeks might just have one of the best: the egg and lemon soup known as avgolemono. Here’s how to make this classic comforting soup at home. First of all, it’s gorgeous. The broth is vibrant yellow from the eggs and heavily scented with lemon fragrance. The broth is rich, but not heavy.
Mar 12, 2024
5 Tips for Thickening Slow Cooker Soups, Stews, and Sauces
Because it's officially slow cooker soup season!
Feb 28, 2024
63 Sides That Pair Perfectly with Meatloaf
Oh, man, homemade meatloaf is amazing. I love this savory, flavorful, home-warming dish so much (the crispy bits! The ketchup glaze!) that sides are often an afterthought. When I think about what to serve with meatloaf, I’ll typically head straight for a pair of standbys: mashed potatoes and a side of green veggies ( like broccoli or green beans). But those are far from the only — or the best — dishes to pair with this perennial protein.
Feb 25, 2024
Yes, You Really Can Make Your Own Brown Sugar at Home
Brown sugar is the sticky, fragrant sweetener that adds moisture and flavor to so many of our favorite baked goods, from chocolate chip cookies to banana bread. But if you find yourself staring into an empty box, don’t fret — you’ve likely got everything you need to make brown sugar from scratch. So whether you need a cup or a pound, or light or dark, you’re just two ingredients away from it. Here’s how to make brown sugar at home.
Feb 15, 2024
This Homemade Seasoning Makes Every Pot of Chili 100x Better
Homemade spice mixes can even the speediest meals taste better. To make your own chili seasoning, you only need five ingredients — and at least half of them are probably in your spice cabinet already. Homemade chili seasoning makes a near perfect pot of Classic Beef Chili, but can just as readily spice up a pot of Instant Pot black beans or a pan of roasted sweet potatoes. Here’s what you need to make chili seasoning at home.
Feb 15, 2024
The Best Baked Beans Are Made in Your Slow Cooker
Meet your new favorite party recipe: slow cooker baked beans. Long loved for their sweet, tangy flavor and tender, creamy texture, baked beans for backyard barbecues, summer cookouts, and game day parties used to mean heating up the whole house to slowly cook the dried beans for hours upon hours. Here the slow cooker saves the day by doing all the work and keeping you cool at the same time.
Feb 8, 2024
These New Orleans-Style Beignets Will Transport You Straight to the French Quart
Biting into a beignet is like biting into a buttery, fluffy pillow. When fried in hot oil, the slightly savory dough yields bite-size nuggets with perfectly crisp exteriors and tender interiors that beg for a dusting of powdered sugar (did you know you can make your own?) and a cup of freshly brewed hot coffee. New Orleans-style beignets are probably the most well-known beignets in the United States, and they’re surprisingly easy to make at home.
Feb 8, 2024
Chicken Fried Steak Is Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home
Chicken fried steak is a Southern diner tradition. You’ll find it on the menu at nearly every mom-and-pop spot and at larger chains as well. It’s the first thing my husband orders whenever we return home to Georgia. But, thanks to this pantry-friendly, one-pan recipe, you don’t have to leave the house (or travel to the South) to enjoy this essential Southern meal.Here’s the easiest way to make chicken fried steak at home.
Feb 5, 2024
70 Chocolate Desserts That You’ll Fall for on Valentine’s Day
Whether you prefer dark and rich or smooth and creamy, there is almost no other ingredient as intrinsically linked to romance as chocolate. While Valentine’s Day marketing helped drive this association home (and still does), the relationship between love and chocolate has been around for much longer than Valentine’s Day. Throughout history, chocolate and cocoa were consumed as a tonic for health and vitality — which, of course, fed romances too.
Feb 2, 2024
This Lowcountry Classic Is My Favorite Weeknight Dinner
Only the cheesiest grits will do.
Jan 18, 2024
"This is PERFECTION," Says Everyone Who's Made This Caesar Salad Dressing
There's a reason it has 5 stars.
Jan 12, 2024
25 Best Sides to Serve with Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is such a solid staple. You can make macaroni & cheese from scratch, find a favorite boxed variety, or go for pure nostalgia with the frozen kind that microwaves in minutes. While some might argue that mac and cheese is an entire meal (my second grader, for one), even on the most harried nights I still want a side dish to round out the table. So, what goes with mac and cheese? Side dishes for mac and cheese can be as easy as carrot sticks or a bagged salad.
Jan 12, 2024
How To Make the Ultimate Marinade for Tender Grilled Steak
A marinade is like an insurance policy for your grilled steak.
Jan 11, 2024
55 Best Sides to Serve with Salmon
It always feels like a treat when salmon is in my dinner lineup. I love it because it’s easy to prepare and there are so many ways to cook it. Take your pick between cooking salmon in the oven, under the broiler for an extra-speedy dinner, or on the grill. You can even cook salmon straight from the freezer.The best side dishes for salmon should be simple enough to make while the salmon cooks, and deliver plenty of flavor without outshining the beautiful fish.
Jan 8, 2024
25 Recipes for People Who Love Garlic (and Butter)
Garlic is one of those transformative ingredients. It can completely change a dish, and it can completely change in a dish as well: It can be strong and spicy, or sweet and mellow, all depending on how you slice, mince, or cook it. This may be why garlic butter, with its luxurious creaminess, rules our collective palettes all year round. Get out your garlic grinder, because here are 25 recipes that prove just how garlic-enthused we can be.
Jan 3, 2024
I Made This "Exploding Cocoa" Once and Now I'll Never Go Back to the Box
So rich! So chocolatey! So fun!
Jan 3, 2024
40 Cool Smoothies to Sip for Breakfast
Need some cool inspiration?
Jan 3, 2024
The Secret to Making the Creamiest Mashed Cauliflower
Our favorite way to eat cauliflower isn’t as a cauliflower pizza crust or cauliflower rice, it’s an extremely creamy mash. But before we designate mashed cauliflower as just a lighter version of mashed potatoes, let’s consider why it is a side dish with merits all its own. You can’t over-mash or over-whip cauliflower the way you can potatoes. Without potato’s starch to contend with, you can purée the cauliflower all day with no risk of gumminess.
Dec 22, 2023