This Vietnamese Chicken Salad Is One of My Favorite Easy Summer SuppersRecipes
Gỏi gà is fresh and tangy and everything I want to eat right now.
Jun 8, 2023
How I Made the Most of “Bland” Food When My Iron Stomach Betrayed MePeople
The night I made the pork shoulder pasta was the night I lost the ability to brag about my iron stomach.
Dec 2, 2022
The Mashed Potato Recipe I’ve Loved Since I Was a Kid (They’re Impossibly Easy to Make)
Kitchn Love Letters
They come from my favorite childhood cookbook.
Nov 18, 2021
Chef Widza Gustin on Honoring, Supporting, and Celebrating the Haitian Community
At the Table
She's dedicated her career to putting Haitian flavors, techniques, and ingredients at the forefront.
Sep 30, 2021
I Bought Part of Julia Child’s Pegboard Wall — And It’s the Best Thing I OwnKitchen
"My favorite part about the pegboard is that it’s a love story."
Sep 7, 2021
My Orthodox Easter Isn’t Complete Without This Vintage Egg HolderTools
The lucky egg sits in it until next year.
Apr 29, 2021
This Lush and Creamy Rice Pudding Is My Forever Favorite Comfort Food
Kitchn Love Letters
It's always there for me in times of need.
Apr 28, 2021
I’m a Child of a Hoarder — And I’m Trying to Do Better for My Own FamilyKitchen
"When I see my children step over clothes or the dishes pile up, I feel the anxiety rise."
Mar 30, 2021
This Kitchen Tool Traveled 10,000 Miles with My Mom — And Now It’s One of My Most Cherished PossessionsTools
She didn't always use it a lot. And neither do I, honestly.
Mar 24, 2021
Learning to See the Beauty in My Mother’s Chore ListKitchen
"Having a clean home, and especially a clean kitchen, wasn’t about being the perfect mother, wife, or even hostess. It was about maintaining peace and order for when the outside world brought in chaos."
Mar 12, 2021
I Tracked Every Penny My Family Spent on Food During the Pandemic in 2020Groceries
"Our total grocery spend was 50.2 percent higher than in 2019."
Mar 11, 2021
In My Family, Love Smells Like French Fries
Personal Essay
I wouldn’t change my greasy childhood for anything — not even a vacation to Disney World every year.
Oct 10, 2020
Rosh Hashanah Dinner, Redeemed in the Time of a PandemicRecipes
I’ll have more time to cook (and eat!) a special meal than I’ve had in a decade, even if I’m only officially cooking for two.
Sep 18, 2020
The Global Quilt of My Iftar TableKitchen
Today Islam is no longer a religion that is just in the Middle East or Arabia. Generations have moved north, south, west, and further east. There are converts around the world; my husband being one of them, and with each person choosing Islam as their faith, another layer of culture and customs is added to the religious holiday, bringing more vibrancy, diversity, and color. Ramadan for me has changed so much from when I was younger and celebrated the month with my parents and siblings in London.
Jan 21, 2020
Eid and the Scent of Toasted VermicelliPeople
The buildup to Eid, the celebratory holiday that marks the end of Ramazan (the Urdu pronunciation), begins past the 15th fast. The streets come alive with open-air markets, ablaze with colorful glass bangles, henna tattoo stalls, and festive outfits hanging in window displays. The food bazaars heave with the sweet, spiced aromas of fresh nuts, raisins, and savory snacks.
Jan 21, 2020
This Story of a Cast Iron Skillet Rescued from a Burned-Down House Will Give You All the FeelsTools
"The look on her face when her grandson tells her where the skillet came from and how it was restored will fill your cup right up to overflowing."
Dec 16, 2019
What Making a Sweet Potato Pie with My Grandma Taught Me About Being Black in the SouthPeople
Sweet potato pie is a classic Thanksgiving dish, and for one writer it helped reshape a complicated relationship with the South.
Nov 26, 2019
The Old-School Secret to My Grandma’s Thanksgiving Mashed PotatoesSkills
It’s the sort of cooking tip that is sometimes frowned upon amid today’s predominant fresh-is-best philosophy.
Nov 20, 2019
How My New Dish-Washing Routine Changed My Relationship with My Son
Family
"Now at the end of each day, my moody preteen is nowhere to be found. Instead, a 12-year old boy towers over me, wielding a clean drying towel and a grin."
Nov 20, 2019
I Worked with Alton Brown for 10 Years. Here Are 5 Things I Learned.Skills
Number one? Question *everything.*
Oct 4, 2019
Meal Planning Helped Save My Marriage
Family
"The job I did, day in and out, was too much for any one person to handle, even with 'help.'"
Sep 5, 2019
The Never-Ending Math Magic You Do in the Kitchen as a Type 1 Diabetic
Wellness
"While the whirring of numbers in my brain can be exhausting, it's also the familiar hum that accompanies me every time I step into the kitchen."
Jul 31, 2019
I Changed the Way I Think About Dining Out — And It’s Helping More than Just My Budget
Budget Tips
It's just a little shift in mentality.
Jul 26, 2019
This Cheesy Potato Casserole Is the Purest Expression of My Big Pansexual HeartRecipes
Like queerness, love lies at the core of these potatoes.
Jun 28, 2019
I Physically Can't Go Home, So I Cook My Way Through the Homesickness
Life in the Kitchen
"When a panic attack strikes, I’m constantly seeking shelter; sometimes I’ll pace my house, looking for a place where the air isn’t so thin."
Jun 20, 2019
PSA: “Self-Care” Does Not Mean Sitting on Your Couch with a Pile of French Fries (All the Time)People
Hi, my name is Arie and I am an anxious person. In my never-ending pursuit to quiet my mind and — you know — try to relax or something, I’ve thought a lot about self-care. I always thought I “took care” of myself, until I realized sometime last year that I was definitely doing no such thing. I still had anxiety, I still felt like crap, and I still wasn’t treating myself very well. So what was I actually doing when I thought I was practicing self-care?
May 30, 2019
It Changed My Life: How an Elimination Diet Made Me More Connected to My BodyPeople
It was New Year’s Day 2015, the most frightful day of the year for this fat girl. Slumped in front of the television overeating absolutely nothing memorable, I was about to become the very first cliché of yet another new year. For the thousandth time, I committed to figuring out my health situation, whispering it to myself aloud, “I will prioritize my health, and I will lose weight.” I commit to losing weight on the first day of every New Year. You know the drill.
May 30, 2019
The Best Travel Bag Every Food-Lover Should OwnPeople
As a frequent traveler, I pass hundreds of suitcases a month, and I’ll often ask a fellow nomad what makes her bag perfect. Of course, no such unicorn exists — one traveler’s Tumi Continental, after all, is another’s albatross. Personally, I find the boxiness of a hardshell irksome, with its inability to conform both to bulky contents and to the curves of my body.
May 24, 2019
How a Trip to Spain Changed the Way I Eat ForeverPeople
To me the concept of grazing is irresistible: consuming less of more. It’s also liberating; it frees us as cooks from the pressure of a main course, alleviates the expectations of what comes first, second, and what goes on the side. It’s about consciously eating small portions of multiple dishes made with thought and intent, embracing the notion of the seasons, and being inspired what’s ripe and most flavorful at the moment.
May 24, 2019
In My Search for Korean Identity, the Sweet Potato Was My GuidePeople
After university, I moved by myself to Korea to teach English, leaving behind the mild-mannered Midwest to begin a new life in a foreign country. Only that, to me, this country wasn’t completely foreign. It was where I was born. Then abandoned. Then adopted from. And, ultimately, it was where I wanted to return to take my first real stab at adulthood.
May 24, 2019
The Upside-Down Dinners of My Taiwanese-American FamilyPeople
My family and I live in Brooklyn, where we are, in many ways, utterly stereotypical yuppie eaters. I shop at farmers markets, our local butcher, and Whole Foods. Coffee and cereal and toast are in our breakfast rotation, while dinner, my main duty, might be simple steaks or braised chicken thighs.
May 24, 2019
How France — Yes, France! — Introduced Me to ThanksgivingKitchen
Growing up in the United States, my family’s Thanksgiving tradition looked nothing like the holiday my friends and classmates celebrated. That’s largely because everyone in my immediate family was vegetarian and therefore ill-equipped to handle or cook meat. So while I was exposed to turkey talk and aware of the traditional feast, I didn’t realize how much there was to love about Thanksgiving — until I moved to Paris.
May 24, 2019
How I Built a Life Abroad, Thanks to Banana BreadPeople
When I was 23 and newly married, I moved to England with a couple of duffel bags, a few boxes of wedding gifts, and my family’s banana bread recipe. Our marital kitchen was not much bigger than my bedroom closet back in the U.S. The fridge was not dissimilar to what I had in my college dorm, down to the (lack of) freezer space. Nonetheless, as I waited to hear back about jobs I’d applied for, I bided my time by baking.
May 24, 2019
When a Restaurant’s Strength Is Also Its DangerPeople
Shortly after I moved to New York for college, I applied to be a hostess at Otto, Mario Batali’s Italian restaurant in Greenwich village. I was 19 years old. I had no interest in food or restaurant culture at the time, but I remember feeling that even if my job was just to greet and seat customers, that I was a part of something exciting. What I found was a new kind of family, with all the love — and toxicity — that can only exist in the tight-knit structure of intimacy.
May 24, 2019
How the Trash Queen Claims Her ThronePeople
I can’t remember taking the trash out as a kid — not even once. Our kitchen trash bin just seemed to mysteriously empty itself out into the World Where Trash Goes every day. In reality, it was my dad and my brother taking out the trash, replete with kimchi juice and putrid Lunchables, to our larger waste containers in the side yard every night. I never even thought about it.
May 24, 2019
I Bought Nigella Lawson’s Fancy Dressing Gown, and I Regret NothingPeople
“I want pleasure, I want flavor, and I want ease,” Nigella Lawson says in her mesmerizing, relaxing voice at the beginning of her TV show Nigella: At My Table. “Life can be complicated. Cooking doesn’t have to be.” That combination of indulgence and ease is the fantasy at the heart of Nigella’s show. Her world is a quiet sanctuary that seems like it exists outside of time.
May 24, 2019
5 Breakfast Lessons I Learned from ScandinaviaPeople
For many of us, breakfast is rarely more than a cup of coffee or a piece of fruit while rushing out the door. That’s if we manage to eat anything at all: Over 31 million Americans regularly skip breakfast. There is research to back up both sides of the “To Eat or Not to Eat Breakfast” argument, but I think most of us share a wistfulness for a proper breakfast.
May 24, 2019
The One Thing I Never Do When Blueberry PickingPeople
Along with “drink lots of sangria” and “finally admit that I’m abandoning my fantasy baseball team,” picking blueberries is one of the only items on my “Summer Must-Do” list that I actually follow through on every year.
May 24, 2019
How Halloween Became My Favorite Family TraditionKitchen
I love Halloween. I love the fact that kids of all ages come from other neighborhoods to trick-or-treat. (This is also known as neighborhood hopping and I think it’s great.) I love sitting on the porch and handing out candy and talking to anyone who comes by. And I love that my friends come over to help me celebrate. Every year we host a drop-in Halloween pumpkin chili party; it’s become something of a tradition.
May 24, 2019
I Love Thanksgiving, but My Husband Hates It: The Story of a Holiday DividedPeople
Every November, sometime after my husband’s birthday on the 13th, the same scenario plays out. As we start contemplating our Thanksgiving plans, my husband gets a look on his face and our conversation takes a Seinfeldian turn (remember the Festivus episode?). Michael says something like, “It has to be turkey, right?” I nod, knowing what comes next. “I mean if turkey is so great, why do we only eat it once year? How about we have fish and chips? Or chicken tikka masala?
May 24, 2019
Is There Anything Stranger than Going Home for the Holidays?Kitchen
Going home for the holidays is like going to the Upside Down, back in time to when the world still felt strange and new. Welcome to Stranger Thanksgiving, inspired by Netflix’s hit Stranger Things and the Thanksgivings of our childhoods. My mother, a hard-working mom of three, believes in one thing over all else: family. She always expected her kids to show up at the dinner table; to her, every Sunday was an occasion to get together around a meal.
May 24, 2019
Loving and Leaving Behind My Tradition of Spritz Cookie BakingPeople
Christmas is a grapple. We love the theory (feasting, giving, friends and family), even as we worry over the practice of cooking the food, choosing the gifts, and actually being with our families. We long to make the rites something more than rote, even as we wonder if it’s better to be more practical and less traditional. And right there in that grappling, right there between desire and duty, is the literal sweet spot where spritz cookies gnaw at me.
May 24, 2019
Everything I Know About Birthday Parties I Learned from My MotherPeople
My mom was the Queen of Birthday Parties. I’m not sure it was ever her intention to secure that title but, as an innately creative and exceptionally loving person, her natural inclination is to honor each of life’s occasions with the flair and fanfare it deserves — sometimes even more than it deserves.
May 24, 2019
This Grocery Store Is Better than a Mall, Movie Theater, or Trader Joe’sGroceries
On the increasingly rare occasion that I meet someone who has never been to or heard of Wegmans, I can’t help but feel a little sad for them. Although it may be hard to believe for those unfamiliar with the grocery store, it was a source of great joy and entertainment where I grew up. In my suburban Pennsylvania hometown, Wegmans was so much more than a supermarket: It was a staple of my teenage social schedule! It was a way of life!
May 24, 2019
My Whirlwind Romance with a Perfect Slice of Banana BreadPeople
On December 7, 2016, I fell madly in love with a slice of banana bread. Yes, a slice of banana bread! But not just any banana bread — this particular one was topped with a luxuriously creamy espresso mascarpone and crunchy buckwheat groats. And it has haunted me ever since. It all started when I saw the bread in question floating around somewhere on Instagram. I gasped the first time it came across my feed. That fluffy mascarpone! Those tiny buckwheat groats! Those swirls of honey!
May 24, 2019
This Is the Only Cookbook My Mom Ever UsedPeople
Giving my mom a cookbook for Mother's Day always seemed like a good idea. Until I realized it wasn't.
May 24, 2019
The French Dessert That Is Preparing My Child to Be an AdultPeople
My son is very good at math. It’s his razzle-dazzle, if you put it the way his teacher did in Kindergarten. He’s at the top of his second-grade class in reading and, if I may say so, has a fine vocabulary for an 8-year-old. He also has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that (very) basically means that his brain and his body have trouble communicating. He can read the New York Times, but he walked for the first time at five.
May 24, 2019
Now That I’m an Adult, I Totally Understand My Mom’s Most Unfair RuleKitchen
When I was growing up, I wanted nothing more than to bring a big bowl of buttery popcorn and glass of chocolate milk upstairs to my room. But there was just no way that would ever fly with my mom. She had no real issue with what I wanted to eat — it was where I wanted to eat it. A major house rule was no food upstairs. Or really, anywhere that wasn’t the breakfast room or the TV room. And the list of food that was allowed in the TV room was a short one.
May 24, 2019
The Best Gift I Got When I Graduated CollegePeople
When I graduated college (back in the year too-long-ago-than-I-care-to-admit), I didn’t expect many gifts. If I did get a present, though, I always kinda hoped it’d be cash. I was 22 and my post-college job was an internship in the magazine industry. It was paid (which was very rare back then!) and I had worked all through college, so I had some sort of financial plan, but I was moving to New York City and needed every cent I could find.
May 24, 2019
The 2 Things I Do for a Healthier MorningPeople
If you thought I was gonna say that I take a spin class or set up a spread of fruit for breakfast, you are wrong! Although I do hit up Soul Cycle (once every four, er, six months), the things on my (short) list are a lot more simple. And, well, a lot less labor-intensive. Here are the two simple things I do for a healthier morning. That’s not to say I don’t want to hit the snooze button. I always want nine (or 90!) extra minutes of sleep — I just don’t let myself.
May 24, 2019
5 Things I Learned About My Own Eating Habits While Working at a Grocery StoreGroceries
My first summer job was at the local supermarket in my hometown. For 20 hours a week, I traded my swimsuit for an unflattering maroon smock and rang up groceries, enjoying the air conditioning and fairly mindless work of scanning items and swiping credit cards. Little did I know that I was actually learning (about myself!) while I was there!
May 24, 2019
What Working at My Family Restaurant Taught Me About SummerPeople
Fireflies caught in Mason jars, chased barefoot. Cornhole played on plush lawns or basketball on your neighborhood net, the games ending only when the street lights came on. Hours spent shaping sandcastles on the beach, or digging holes just to watch with satisfaction as they filled with water from the bottom up. And the food — oh, the food! Laid on tablecloths and served outdoors on picnic tables, summer barbecues are the ultimate joys of the season.
May 24, 2019
5 Reasons I Refuse to Buy My Groceries OnlineGroceries
While most of my friends swear by the convenience and cost savings of shopping with their favorite delivery company, I just don't get it.
May 24, 2019
What Julia Child’s Soup Taught Me About Being an Expat in ParisPeople
My first stop at the Place Monge market in Paris is always the smallest booth on the corner, next to the Metro escalator. The stand is filled with fresh dill, basil, rosemary, and thyme waiting to be wrapped in brown paper, and rows of fresh eggs waiting to be sold, with the largest boxes boasting seasonal French produce, from fresh garlic to radishes to beets. The line grows quickly — this is the first stop for all my neighbors, too — but it’s worth the wait.
May 24, 2019
My Saddest Wastes of Money in 2017 So Far, RankedPeople
Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet. I’ve spent a lot of this week taking care of finance-related things in my life.
May 24, 2019
How I Organized My Kitchen Without a Single DrawerKitchen
When you fall in love with a new home, every challenge is merely an opportunity — a chance to swoon over clever ideas you find on Pinterest or Etsy, or a reason to load up your Amazon shopping cart in the wee hours. We humans are really good at convincing ourselves that possible drawbacks to something we really, really want are not drawbacks at all. My college psychology professors might have called this the avoidance of cognitive dissonance; I call it required creativity.
May 24, 2019
How I Made the World’s Tiniest, Most Awkward Kitchen WorkKitchen
When my husband and I saw our last apartment during an open house, we were beyond excited. Not only was it on one of the most charming streets in New York City, but it also had stairs — inside the unit! The bedroom and bathroom were upstairs, and the living room and kitchen were downstairs. The apartment was a totally charming, wacky triangle shape — we had never seen anything like it. (It was an old firehouse that had been converted to apartments!) We just had to live in it!
May 24, 2019
What Thanksgiving Means When Your Mother Is Estranged from Her FamilyPeople
It’s been nearly a decade since my mother has attended a family Thanksgiving dinner. She stopped speaking to her mother and siblings when I was still a teenager, for reasons that remain important to her — reasons that I respect and empathize with but might never fully grasp myself. When I was younger, before my mother became estranged from her family, our Thanksgiving rituals included voicing what we were most thankful for that year.
May 24, 2019
I Can’t Celebrate Christmas Without Sara Lee’s Coffee CakePeople
This Christmas will contain a lot of “firsts” for me — first Christmas as a married person, first Christmas of my 30s, and the first Christmas not spent with my parents and immediate family. Newlyweds as of this fall, my now-husband and I agreed that we’d visit my family this Thanksgiving, and Christmas would be spent with his family.
May 24, 2019
How Not Having a Microwave Saves Me MoneyPeople
Five years ago, my microwave suddenly stopped working — the clock went dead and no beeping sounded when I pressed on any of its buttons. At first I thought I’d maybe tripped a breaker, which happened frequently in my old apartment building. But when I went to check the circuit breaker panel in the basement, I found nothing out of order. Everything was fine, except for the fact that my microwave had just died on me.
May 24, 2019
5 Vegetarian Meals I Make Even Though I Now Eat MeatRecipes
I’ve been thinking about my life a few years ago, when the worries were fewer and the tofu was plentiful. After eating at a slew of wonderful vegetable-centric restaurants in New York City recently, a wave a nostalgia for the vegetarian years of my life has risen to the surface. I’m thinking about the cookbooks that inspired me but also the recipes and meals I still make even though I now eat meat. Some food and flavors stick with you.
May 24, 2019
Why Fannie Farmer Is the Best Cookbook for Weeknight BakersKitchen
Last year I wrote about my mom’s favorite resource for finding simple, easy-to-follow recipes: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. After going through her well-worn copy for the umpteenth time, I started thinking about how perfect so many of the recipes are for easy, weeknight baking. Whether you need a quick dessert for unexpected guests, or just want to satisfy 7 p.
May 24, 2019
Recipe: Fried Water (Onion and Egg Drop Soup)Recipes
When’s the last time a recipe stopped you in your tracks? It’s been a long time for me. That might be in part because it’s the medium I work in most often and I’m finding myself a little fatigued, or maybe it’s because sometimes recipes — even though they help you get dinner on the table — feel starved of a story. A perplexing conundrum, given their very intention is to feed us — and often in ways beyond just the meal they provide.
May 24, 2019
Why One Kitchn Reader Bought and Canceled Her Costco Membership in the Same DayGroceries
You don’t have to be a frequent reader (although we wish you would be!) to know that we write about Costco a lot. Between the $1.50 hot dogs at the food court, the great private-label brand, and the super-discounted bulk pricing, we have a lot to say (and love!) about the warehouse store. The truth is, though, Costco isn’t for everyone. The biggest complaint we hear is that shoppers just can’t store or use up the mass quantities of food before it goes bad.
May 24, 2019
I Gave Up Dairy for One Week — And I Actually Felt DifferentPeople
I’ve heard claims that eliminating dairy can boost energy levels, help with digestion, and assist with weight management — all good things! So, naturally, I’ve been curious. While I didn’t have any particular health concerns, I’m always happy to try something out that will make me feel better. I consider myself a moderate dairy consumer. My mornings tend to be dairy-heavy (my usual is a cup of Greek yogurt and two homemade lattes made with whole milk).
May 24, 2019
Nabisco’s 100-Calorie Packs Taught Me How to Count Calories as a TeenGroceries
As soon as the 100-calorie packs came into my life as a vulnerable teen, calorie counting became my obsession.
May 24, 2019
I Tried That Gimmicky Avocado Toast Chocolate Bar and Here’s What I ThoughtPeople
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
Why I’m No Longer Taking My Parents Out to My Favorite RestaurantsPeople
There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just gonna say it: I’m no longer going to take my parents out to my favorite restaurants. We will still go out to eat when they come to visit (or better yet, maybe I’ll just cook for us at home!), but I’m going to stop putting so much effort into picking out the cutest, most Insta-worthy places with seasonal appetizers and entrées with the ingredient sources listed on the menu. Here’s why.
May 24, 2019