Meleyna Nomura

Meleyna is a recipe developer, food photographer, and champion of home cooking. She is likely to be found on the sidelines of the Little League field (with a full dinner for four packed in a cooler) or waiting in line for a Trader Joe’s sample.
We Tried 5 Methods to Clean Greasy Wood Cabinets — And the Winner Is Ridiculously Effective
Can the power of vinegar or castile soap win our showdown? Let's find out!
Feb 26, 2024
11 Non-Cake Desserts That’ll Feed a Bunch of Kids
It's time to pull out the sheet pan.
Jan 16, 2024
Family Dinner Is Overrated — Here’s What I Do Instead
After sixteen years of making "family dinners," it's no longer my main focus. Here's what we do instead.
Jan 16, 2024
I Finally Tried That Viral Baked Spaghetti and Now I Totally Understand the Hype
It’s over-the-top in the best way possible.
Nov 10, 2023
The Best Kids’ Lunch Gear, According to the Experts
Everything you need to know about lunch containers, lunchboxes, water bottles, and other accessories for a well-packed school lunch!
Aug 11, 2023
We Tried 5 Methods to Clean Greasy Wood Cabinets — And the Winner Is Ridiculously Effective
Can the power of vinegar or castile soap win our showdown? Let's find out!
Jul 19, 2023
The Favorite, No-Fail Brunch Recipes These Families Make for Mother’s Day Every Year
These no-fail favorites will set you up for success to celebrate at home. Just don’t forget to do the dishes!
May 5, 2023
18 Brilliant Snack Hacks and Mealtime Tips I Learned From Parents on TikTok
There's a wealth of resources on the app to help get your family fed!
Mar 7, 2023
The Very Necessary Drawer Your Kitchen Probably Doesn’t Have — But Should
When I say your kitchen needs this pretty specific method of organization, I mean it.
Nov 11, 2022
I Make This Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Every Summer, and My Kids Adore It
The kitchen stays cool and the extras freeze beautifully.
Jul 6, 2022
10 Parents on The One Family Dinner Recipe That’s Always a Hit
What to make when you need a winner dinner.
Jun 30, 2022
The Birthday Party Tradition You Should Absolutely Stop Doing
This is one bit of party "etiquette" that really needs to stop.
Jun 1, 2022
My Easy Go-To Birthday Gift for Middle Schoolers
It's always a hit.
Jun 1, 2022
Frozen Grapes Are a Kid- and- Grownup-Approved Frosty Treat
Grapes about to go bad? Throw them in the freezer!
May 4, 2022
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Are the Perfect Dessert for a Bake Sale or Potluck
They’re my greatest party trick.
Apr 11, 2022
The Absolute Best Pizza Bagels Ever
Calling all '90s kids!
Apr 8, 2022
How This Mom of Hungry Teens Spends Less Than $100 on a Week of Groceries
Plus, some unexpected tips on meal planning — like checking the weather app before you head to the store!
Mar 7, 2022
This 5-Ingredient Wrap is Our Family’s Favorite No-Cook Meal
Plus, it’s a great option for hand-held, on-the-go eating for busy evenings.
Feb 27, 2022
Food52’s Incredibly Comforting Chicken Chile Soup Will Warm You Down to Your Toes
It's like a hug in a bowl — and perfect for easy holiday entertaining.
Nov 28, 2021
The Secret to Spectacular Chili Cheese Fries
Cheese sauce is 100% necessary.
Nov 13, 2021
5-Minute After-School Snacks That Are Nutritious
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Snacks can be another one of those unexpected pressure points for parents. “I’m responsible for three meals a day AND snacks?!” It’s easy for it to become an afterthought. Puffs in the stroller, a bar in the car, a pouch in the grocery store cart.
Aug 19, 2021
If Your Tweens or Teens Are on Social Media, Go Do This Right Now
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. There’s no shortage of coverage on generational wars. The anti-millennial discourse has shifted to rhetoric about Boomers and Karens and jokes about Tide Pods. But as an elder millennial myself, I feel somehow centered in all of it. Defending myself from the older generation (millennials are not teenagers!
May 30, 2021
The Easy Meal I Pack for Sports Nights with the Family
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. I can’t say I had a strong idea of what kind of parent I was going to be. Even as someone who loves a plan and a schedule, I went into this thing sort of like, “Well, I gotta wait to see what I’m working with!
May 12, 2021
My Family’s Favorite Meal Has 2 Ingenious Shortcuts
Feeding a family is no joke. From newborn feedings at midnight, to toddler tantrums over crackers, to the voracious appetites of growing teens, it often seems to come down to the perpetual parent-to-kid question: “What do you want?” So when I find those dishes that everyone loves, I know they’re the real winners. The miracle meals. The unicorn dishes.
Apr 7, 2021
How My New Dishwashing Routine Changed My Relationship with My Son
I turned 30 a couple of years ago and, despite being solidly married with two children, I suddenly felt this need to adult harder than ever. Things were pretty chaotic (see: two kids) and I was grasping desperately for small things I could tweak to streamline, or simplify — whatever I could do to help me gain more control over the day-to-day. I did not read Marie Kondo and thank my old prom dress before donating it. I didn’t start intensive Sunday meal prepping.
Jan 14, 2021