Nina Elder

Executive Food Director

Nina Elder is the Executive Food Director at Kitchn. She's passionate about snacks, baking, and well-written recipes. She lives with her husband, her son (who is also passionate about snacks), and two precocious pups in Rhode Island.
Old-School Meatloaf Is the Star of MacKenzie Smith’s Sunday Family Dinner
Sunday Cooking
It's so good it was mentioned in the couple's wedding vows.
Jul 25, 2023
The One Cake Recipe That Never Lets Me Down
You probably have everything you need to make it right now.
Jun 2, 2023
I Made Bella Hadid’s Favorite Salad and It Melted My Grumpy Gen X Heart
It's my new go-to WFH lunch.
Nov 12, 2022
In Defense of Reese’s Pieces
All that I’m saying, is give Piece(s) a chance.
Oct 31, 2022
I Tried Ina’s Hasselback Kielbasa and It’s the Perfect Fall Supper
It looks funny, but it’s seriously delicious.
Sep 27, 2022
This Mini Carrot Cake Is Small in Size but Big on Flavor
It all comes down to five words: brown butter cream cheese frosting.
Sep 19, 2022
All Aboard the Zucchini Boat: 4 Delicious Ways to Sail Through Summer
Choose from Buffalo chickpea, pork and garlic chives, lemony beef tabbouleh, or pizza-topped.
Jul 28, 2022
Name a Better Summer Duo than Corn and Cheese. We'll Wait.
Three delicious recipes that put this sweet-salty combo front and center.
Jul 14, 2022
3-Ingredient Strawberry Magic Shell Is the Easy Ice Cream Upgrade You Need Right Now
Kitchn Love Letters
It's pink and fruity and so much fun!
Jul 10, 2022
We’re a Family of Campers — And This Is the Easy-to-Heat Dinner We Bring on Every Trip
Kitchn's Week Off
Think: warm, comforting, and super satisfying.
Jun 27, 2022
Welcome to the Summer of Skewers
Recipes that prove that food is more fun on a stick.
Jun 9, 2022
This Brilliant Twist on a Classic Clam Boil Is the Best Dinner I’ll Have All Summer
Seafood, sausages, and veggies cook away on the grill for a super simple — and super delicious — crowd-pleasing dish.
May 29, 2022
I Tried the Popular Fried Rice Paper Flowers and They Are Pure Magic
"Each one I fried cooked into a different shape, much like real flowers. They were so beautiful that I considered not eating them, but I’m glad I did."
Apr 15, 2022
It Wouldn't Be Easter Without Grandma Grace's Cheesy Potatoes
When my now-husband, Matt, and I were dating I remember being a bit nervous walking into the family home where his grandmother Grace lived, but that didn’t last long. The small kitchen was hot from the oven being on all morning and every available surface was covered with a dish of some kind: platters of salami and cheese, bowls of chips and dip, aluminum foil pans piled high with meatballs and green beans and glazed ham. It immediately felt like home.
Apr 15, 2022
Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira on Her Easter Food Traditions, Her Husband’s Pancake Skills, and Why She’s on Team Lamb
Aarti Sequeira is known for winning the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star in 2010, starring in her own cooking show, Aarti Party, and then going on to be a regular on shows like Guy’s Grocery Games, Cooks vs. Cons, and many others. Her infectious laugh, Indian-influenced dishes, and palpable enthusiasm have made her a fan favorite.
Apr 14, 2022
I Tried the TikTok-Famous Avocado Bread and Have Some Thoughts
It looks cool, but is it tasty?
Mar 23, 2022
Comfort Me with Potatoes: Four Deeply Personal Recipes from Irish Cooks
They're great for St. Patrick's Day, but you're gonna want to make these all year long.
Mar 15, 2022
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a Recipe Swap That Circles the Globe
Six awesome recipes from incredible women chefs.
Mar 8, 2022
Take It Up a Nach: Four Next-Level Nacho Recipes
Turn the classic snack up to 11!
Feb 10, 2022
I’ve Been Making Ina Garten’s Rigatoni with Lamb Ragù for the Last Year. Here’s Why.
"Thanks to the magic that is Ina, what emerged from my home oven tasted like something that I’d get at a restaurant. And after months and months and months of not having experienced that particular pleasure, being transported back to those indoor dining days (if only in my mind) made this recipe particularly memorable."
Jan 12, 2022
Molly Yeh’s Hammy Breakfast Hotdish
A creamy, cheesy homemade filling topped with a layer of crispy, golden tater tots hits all the right notes.
Dec 23, 2021
Pumpkin’s World Tour: 5 Cooks, 5 Countries, 5 Most Excellent Recipes for Squash Season
Some of our favorite food folks share the pumpkin-y recipes that inspire them.
Oct 28, 2021
The Absolute Best Crust for Ice Cream Pie Is Obvious (and I Bet You’re Not Using It)
When it comes to pies, it’s hard to beat a crumb crust. Grind up some graham crackers or cookiesJust a TasteThe Secret Ingredient CookbookIt was one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments. So simple. So obvious. So smart! Naturally, she used this easy crust as the base for an ice cream pie and naturally, I immediately left for the grocery store to pick up what I needed to try it at home.
Jul 22, 2021
This Foolproof Pizza Dough Has Never Let Me Down
Outdoor Pizza Party
Want flavorful pizza crust with beautiful bubbles? Then you need this recipe.
Jun 29, 2021
Shrimp and Grits is Alexander Smalls’ Recipe for a Joy-Filled Sunday
Sunday Cooking
We sit down with the cookbook author and opera singer to talk about his Sunday dinner traditions.
Apr 9, 2021
This Rich, Creamy Chocolate Frosting Is the Grown-Up Version of the Stuff in the Tub (And Yes, That Is a Compliment)
Kitchn Love Letters
This is the frosting that's been on five out of six of my son's birthday cakes.
Mar 31, 2021
This 2-Minute, 2-Ingredient Dessert Is All I’m Making for St. Patrick’s Day
This year, order takeout and make this almost-instant treat.
Mar 16, 2021
Cookbook Author Julia Turshen on Laid-Back Sundays and the Magic of Breakfast Hand Pies
Sunday Cooking
Scrambled eggs wrapped in everything-bagel-crusted dough. What else could you want?
Mar 11, 2021
The *One* Thing in My Rental Kitchen That Doesn't Infuriate Me
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
In fact, it sparks sooo much joy.
Dec 16, 2020