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The Italian Chicken Dinner I Make Over and Over Again for My Family
It's absolutely foolproof.
Sep 21, 2021
The Cheesy Turkey and Spinach Lasagna You Need to Bookmark This Fall
There's a lot working on the side of kid-friendly yumminess in this recipe.
Sep 20, 2021
The Make-Ahead Cheesy Eggplant and Zucchini Gratin My Family Constantly Requests
Meltingly soft veggies mixed with cheese and baked until golden and crunchy ... this is the definition of a crowd-pleaser
Sep 20, 2021
My Kids Can’t Get Enough of this Curry-Spiced Cauliflower Dish (Really!)
There's something about the crunch, along with the heartiness of the cauliflower. A total winner!
Sep 20, 2021
The $5 Frozen Grocery Item I Buy Every Week for Quick Family Dinners
These are cheesy, warm, and rich — perfect for a simple fall dinner. (Bonus: even the kids love them!)
Sep 18, 2021
I Took My Toddler to a Restaurant with a Michelin-Star Chef and Here’s What Happened
I didn't set out to give my son his first bite of pizza made by a Michelin-rated chef in Italy — it just happened.
Sep 15, 2021
The Easiest Pasta Salad Ever
Just stick to this simple formula.
Sep 15, 2021
I Tried the Reddit-Famous Apple Cream Pie Recipe from 1965 and It’s a New Family Favorite
Both my 2-year-old son and my boyfriend gobbled it up and asked for more!
Sep 13, 2021
This Juicy, Cheesy Burger that Reminds Me of a Diner Classic
It's a simple — but ingenious — twist on a cheeseburger.
Sep 10, 2021
Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups Are a Crispy, Gooey Treat for Kids (or Adults)
Grilled cheese is a perfect food. The beauty of this comfort food is that it only requires a few humble ingredients, it comes together in minutes, and eating it feels like a warm hug. My latest scroll on TikTok showed me a clever spin on this childhood staple: grilled cheese roll-ups. The ingredient list for these roll-ups is exactly the same as any grilled cheese, but the method is slightly different.
Sep 8, 2021
The 10 Best Groceries You Can Buy at Aldi Right Now, According to 360,000 Shoppers
The votes are in, the scorecards have been checked, and the champions await their medals — but we’re not talking about the Olympics here. This is a whole different kind of competition: the Aldi Fan Favorites survey. For the third year, the grocery store asked its shoppers to vote on their most-loved products in a variety of categories — you might remember that back in May we told you about how you could participate and also win yourself a $1000 gift card.
Sep 6, 2021
I Made the Jumbo Crispy Fries from TikTok and They Were Not What I Expected
Whenever I’m scrolling through TikTok, I can count on coming across a handful of new recipe trends. I don’t usually run to my kitchen to make many of them (instead, I simply share them with my foodie BFF), but when I came across these crispy jumbo fries I was intrigued — not only because they are made with mashed potatoes (one of my favorite side dishes), but also because I am a sucker for french fries, tater tots, and everything in between.
Sep 5, 2021
The 14 Best Costco Items to Buy for Quick Family Meals
Buying in bulk can save you on groceries and make dinnertime easier, too.
Sep 5, 2021
I Tried Ina Garten’s Famous Mac and Cheese and It Has One Genius, Surprise Ingredient
I will never need another mac and cheese recipe again.
Sep 4, 2021
This Fancy French Dessert Is Actually a Cinch to Bake with Kids
Try these magically light, fluffy treats, sprinkled with pearl sugar.
Sep 3, 2021
I Tried Rachael Ray’s Crispy Smashed Lemon Potatoes (I Could Eat Them Every Day)
It's Rachael Ray's most popular recipe on TikTok.
Sep 2, 2021
We Tested 4 Famous Egg Salad Recipes and the Winner Is a Total Game-Changer
I couldn't stop going back for more.
Sep 1, 2021
Ask Maxwell: What Is Your Daughter’s Favorite School Snack?
My son doesn’t like the snacks I pack for him to take to school and it’s demoralizing to me. What’s your daughter’s favorite? Any good ideas? ShelleyDear Shelley, I will tell you that Ursula is actually — God bless her! — very good at choosing the healthy snack route, though she’s no stranger to ice cream and candy after school and no one’s looking. When I asked her directly what she LOVES, this is what she said.
Sep 1, 2021
The Cookie-Brownie Combo Kids Can’t Get Enough Of
Why choose one when you can have both?
Aug 31, 2021
This Family TV Room Has a Pretty Awesome IKEA Hack
These homeowners saved literal thousands (!!!) with this IKEA dupe for built-ins.
Aug 30, 2021
The Smart and Surprising Trick for Easy Stovetop Oatmeal Every Morning
It's done before the coffee is even ready!
Aug 28, 2021
Jamie Oliver’s 45-Second Omelet Is the Perfect School Morning Breakfast
Finally, an omelet that not only looks simple to make, but actually is easy to make.
Aug 26, 2021
How to Make an Orange Julius Your Kids Will Love (and You Too)
Orange Julius recipes have been floating around for years, but I was always skeptical about them. I thought they could never be as good as the “real thing,” and even though I haven’t had the real thing in at least 25 years, that drink was still on a pedestal in my memory. But I recently tried making an Orange Julius at home. Turns out, it’s not only as good as the “real thing” — it’s better.
Aug 25, 2021
Ask Maxwell: What’s the Best School Lunch Box?
Now that school is reopening in my neighborhood again, I need a new lunch box for my kid. What’s the best one you’ve found? HollyMorning! I’m running this again as I’ve had a bunch of new inquiries on this question! On to the email:Dear Holly (as well as a few others that have just asked me this question again),Over at The Kitchn, they’ve spent a good deal of time testing and writing about lunch boxes, and I’ve tried them all.
Aug 24, 2021
How I Prep a Week of Trader Joe’s Meals in 90 Minutes
If you can resist filling up your Trader Joe’s shopping cart with just snacks and cheese, the cult-favorite grocery store is actually a brilliant place to help you meal prep for a super busy week. It’s a one-stop-shop for breakfast essentials like coffee and oats, and their already-prepped ingredients like hard-boiled eggs and frozen stir-fry blends make quick work of lunch boxes and weeknight dinners.
Aug 24, 2021
6 Pro-Chef Restaurant Rules I Use When Cooking with My Kids
The restaurant kitchen has nothing on being in the kitchen with little ones.
Aug 21, 2021
If You Want to Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies, This Is What You Need to Do
Getting kids to eat veggies is often a challenge. Pasta, rice, and bread are easy, but lots of kids shy away from the more complex — and healthy — stuff. I’ve been lucky with my girls: They mostly eat their vegetables (sometimes even with gusto!). Still, if they had a choice between cheese and crackers or spinach? Yeah, they’re going for the crackers.
Aug 21, 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
These 12 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas Will Save Your Mornings
Bacon-and-egg hand pies, oatmeal breakfast bars, and so many more delicious and quick breakfast options for those busy mornings.
Aug 18, 2021
9 Lunch Boxes and Bags That Work Too Well to Be This Cute
These picks are all cute, functional, and back-to-school ready!
Aug 18, 2021
7 Lunch Box Ideas Kids Can Pack Themselves
For many families, back to school means a return to packing lunches. Making sure that your children are well-fed 365 days of every year is hard enough, but adding 180 school lunches can feel downright relentless. I understand and am here to offer relief. Get ready for the most liberating school lunch advice you’ll ever receive: Let your kid pack their own lunch box.
Aug 17, 2021
We Tried 8 Ways to Cook Corn and There Was a Clear Winner
Sinking my teeth into a warm, buttery corn on the cob is the unofficial start of summer I look forward to all year long. The mere memory of its salty sweet flavor is what helps me get through the long, cold winters. But cooking corn on the cob is a lot easier said than done. Sometimes the kernels dry out and become tough, and sometimes they turn out undercooked and hard. It’s not as easy to cook corn on the cob as some people might think!
Aug 16, 2021
How Our Weekly Dinner Calendar Gets My Kid in the Game
Some kids are notorious for craving predictability at dinnertime. They like the same pasta served in a particular bowl. Or they only eat tofu pho, which sounds adventurous, without green things, from one Vietnamese restaurant, and only on Thursday nights. (We’d like the table by the window, please.) Or they eat gyoza, but only at a certain friend’s house, because her dad really does make it best, and in that case he’ll have 20. I have one of these children.
Aug 14, 2021
I Tried the New York Times’ Perfect Cinnamon Toast Recipe, and WOW
There is no stronger bond than a shared, nostalgic food memory. That’s why when I saw all the buzz over the cinnamon toast recipe recently shared by the New York Times, I felt incredibly excluded. Cinnamon toast … crunch? Like the cereal? What is cinnamon toast and why is everyone suddenly coming forward that this was their go-to after-school snack? I have not one single memory of ever making this. Is everyone around me secretly making this at home and not telling me?
Aug 11, 2021
The Best Way to Pick a Super-Sweet Watermelon
It won’t officially be summer until you’ve had your first watermelon of the season. Chances are, though, that it’s been about a year since you’ve bought your last watermelon. Do you remember how to pick out a good one? Did you ever really know? There’s a definite art to picking the very best watermelons. But don’t worry, once you know what to look for, it’s easy.
Aug 11, 2021
These Parents Found the Smartest Way to Deal with Picky Eaters
Kids think it’s funny to mess with adults. It’s just the way of the world. They think it’s hysterical to prank call their parents, hide their grandparents’ remote controls, and hide from the teacher during roll call. They also think it’s adorable to not try new foods at the dinner table that they will willingly eat at the cafeteria at lunch. So, how are you supposed to get your kids to eat new things? I have a slightly sneaky way that actually works.
Aug 10, 2021
I Have Been Cutting Peaches Wrong My Whole Life
Last year I publicly declared my love for nectarines over peaches, causing a little stone fruit drama. Nectarine season hasn’t started here in Washington yet, but we’ve got the first few weeks of peaches under our belts. Plus, I have a giant box of Georgia peaches I ordered online to see if there really was something I was missing. I am pleased to report that while my mind remains unchanged on the superiority of nectarines, peaches are still close behind.
Aug 9, 2021
5 Reasons Why I’m Excited for My Kids to Order Hot Lunch This Year
From personal convenience to communal equity: here's why we'll take advantage of the free lunch program.
Aug 9, 2021
Eat Breakfast Like a Mom: 6 Smart Breakfast Tips for Everyone
For most of my life, I took breakfast for granted. Heck, I took eating for granted—until I had a baby. He taught me that even a food writer could lose her kitchen footing in the relentless deluge of spit-up (his) and tears (mine). But eventually I figured out enough clever work-arounds to fill a cookbook. For the book, I assembled a group of more than 100 new moms, who tested my recipes to make sure they worked amid real-life challenges.
Aug 7, 2021
The One Trick That Got My Family Talking Around the Dinner Table
This expert advice turned hectic dinners into a time to connect (without any bickering!).
Aug 4, 2021
I Tried Every Single Jarred Pasta Sauce at Trader Joe’s — These Are the Ones I’ll Buy Again
There is a time and a place for jarred pasta sauce: The time is all the time and the place is my kitchen. (Can someone print that on a wooden sign and sell it in Home Goods? Thanks.) That’s not to say that I don’t have a deep love and appreciation for the homemade stuff, which pretty much courses through my Italian American, New Jersey-born veins. It’s just that in a pinch, jarred pasta sauce feels like a gift from up above.
Aug 4, 2021
Trader Joe’s Just Leaked Info on New Summer Products and We Have the Scoop
As disappointing as it is when Trader Joe’s discontinues a favorite product, the one thing that makes up for it is finding out what took its place on the shelves. Every Trader Joe’s shopping trip is an opportunity to discover an exciting ingredient, packaged good, or some other surprise that will pique your curiosity.
Aug 4, 2021
The Best Travel Snack for Kids Is Cereal. Here’s Why.
Packing for a trip with my daughter means a suitcase that’s equal parts clothes, entertainment, and food. The food part is oh-so-necessary to keep little (and big) tummies full and blood sugar levels steady. We bring stuff from home so that we don’t succumb to the expensive snack kiosks at the airport.
Aug 3, 2021
The USDA Is Extending Its Free Lunch Program — Here’s Why I’m Going to Continue to Pack
From personal convenience to communal equity: here's why we'll take advantage of the free lunch program.
Aug 2, 2021
The Nostalgic Cookie Cake Kids and Adults Won’t be Able to Get Enough of
This mall-inspired treat is low-effort and infinitely customizable. Just add ice cream!
Aug 2, 2021
We Tried 7 Methods for Storing Berries and the Winner Outlasted Them All
Some of the storing methods worked better than others, but there was one clear winner that kept the strawberries perfectly fresh for an entire week.
Aug 2, 2021
The Best Thing I’ve Learned About Budgeting for Costco
The last year of lockdowns (and beyond-the-norm grocery shopping that’s come with them) has taught me a few things about my shopping habits and my family’s food preferences. After discovering the supreme value of a second refrigerator and my kids’ deep abiding love of ramen, I’ve also come to terms with my love-hate relationship with Costco.Once an “event” to distract the kids on a rainy day, it’s now become a necessary, grin-and-bear-it activity.
Jul 31, 2021
Aldi Just Leaked Dozens of New Groceries Coming out in August — These Are the 18 We’re Most Excited About
Serious question: How is it nearly August already? We hate how quickly the days seem to be flying by. But. But! We love when it’s time for a new batch of Aldi Finds. See, our sources always share the upcoming list toward the end of the month and it’s always so much fun to see what will be hitting store shelves. Next month there’s going to be lots of breakfast items, dinner shortcuts, bold snacks, and more.
Jul 30, 2021
Why I Make My Children’s Favorite Meal When They Are Being Awful
The other day, I got phone calls from two out of three of my children’s schools. I’ve already violated their privacy enough, so I won’t divulge the content of those phone calls, other than to say no one had broken the law, but no one had won a prize, either. I was annoyed. More than annoyed, mad. Those phone calls made it hard for me to get back to work. Why, then, did I text them to ask what they wanted for supper? And why did I make exactly what they wanted?
Jul 31, 2021
The Single Best Thing to Buy at Costco This Summer If You Have Kids
While it’s my duty as Kitchn’s Unofficial Costco Critic to peruse the wide warehouse aisles in search of the best deals, hottest new products, and just-for-fun bulk buys, it’s also my pleasure. On a recent visit, I spotted the single best product I’ve seen all year for parents — and I can’t keep it to myself any longer. The best thing parents can buy right now at Costco is The Ice Cream Party Box.Find it in stores: The Ice Cream Party Box, $17.
Jul 23, 2021
I’m a Mom of 6 and This One Little Grocery Swap Saved Me $500 in a Single Month
I didn’t grow up shopping at Aldi, the wildly popular grocery store that is known for great deals and fun products. In fact, it’s only in the last five years that the budget grocer has opened locations in Southern California where I live. While I used to shop a lot at Costco, I eventually started making the switch over to Aldi in 2016. It took me a few trips to get my bearings and learn the Aldi ways (yes, you’ll get your quarter back), but I’m a firm believer in it now.
Jul 29, 2021
We Grilled Hot Dogs 6 Different Ways and the Winner Blew Us Away
A classic American summer wouldn’t be complete without long nights spent in the backyard chasing fireflies, making s’mores, sipping cooling drinks, and, yes, enjoying hot dogs fresh off the grill. When you’ve had a good grilled hot dog — juicy on the inside with a little char on the outside — you’ve experienced true savory bliss. But when you’ve had a not-so-good one — burnt, burst, shriveled, dried out, or undercooked — the letdown is huge.
Jul 28, 2021
7 Frozen Groceries from Costco I’m Buying on Repeat Right Now (They’re All Just $10 or Less)
If there’s one section of Costco I never, ever skip, it’s the frozen food aisle. I can easily fill up my cart in that aisle alone. (The organic fruits! The vegetables! The breakfast foods! The treats!) In fact, I’m such an avid Costco freezer-aisle shopper, I’ve even purchased a separate chest freezer so that I have lots of extra storage at home.What have I been stocking up on lately? I’m glad you asked!
Jul 27, 2021
Whipped Lemonade Is the Perfect End-of-Summer Family Treat
Last summer we were taken by the phenomenon that was whipped coffee. Millions of people had to give it a try, including myself. This summer, whipped lemonade has popped up all over TikTok, so naturally I was intrigued. After trying out the latest whipped drink, I propose we trade in the coffee beans for lemons for a concoction that makes for the perfect creamy-sweet-tart-chilled libation.
Jul 26, 2021
This Breakfast Is So Easy, My Young Kids Can Make It Themselves
Nutritious, simple for kids to make, and endlessly versatile — who knew such a breakfast was possible?
Jul 26, 2021
We Make $30K and Have Twins. Here’s What We Spend on Groceries.
Name: ConstanceLocation: Winchester, MAAge: 38Number of people in household: 2 adults and two 5-year-oldsOccupation: Project AssistantHousehold income: $30,000 Grocery budget: $200 for two weeksGrocery stores of choice: Costco, Stop and Shop, and the farmers marketStop and Shop is just down the road from our house so it’s the most convenient location for us to buy groceries from.
Jul 25, 2021
A Week of Healthy, Low-Effort Dinners for Expecting Parents
I’m kicking things off with a week of easy, mostly healthy dinners for my family of two (two and a half?), as we gear up for the arrival of our first baby in a few months. While my eating style — veggie-heavy, wholesome, and comforting food — hasn’t changed much since becoming pregnant (save for my frequent tater tot cravings), I do have less energy at the end of the day now and am much more inclined to seek out low-stress, low-effort quick and easy dinners.
Jul 25, 2021
How a $200 Costco Trip Feeds This Nutritionist and Her Family of 3 for a Month
Costco trips make my registered dietitian heart skip a beat (in a good way). While I am sometimes tempted by a two-pound container of chocolate-covered raisins or a monster-sized wheel of cheese, I typically stick to a few go-to staples that feed my family of three for quite some time. Stacked with nutritious and cost-effective options, this tried-and-true grocery list helps me create nourishing meals in a simple way.
Jul 23, 2021
When to Break the Rules About Healthy Eating, According to 10 Moms
Here’s how “mom life” is supposed to work: You get home from long days of (fill in the blank: work, school, play, travel, life), open the fridge, and find an abundance of fruits and vegetables for a perfect nutritious meal. (You’re doing such a good job of planning ahead these days!) The kids play quietly while things come together in about 30 minutes, and someone else takes over the dishes while you have a few minutes to relax before the bedtime routine begins.
Jul 20, 2021
The 5 Best Dinners That Let Picky Eaters Choose Their Own Adventure
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! When it comes to mealtimes, everyone in my family has a different idea of success. For my 3-year-old, Hazel, it’s whatever is the fastest route to dessert. For my 9-year-old, Lily, it’s carbs on carbs and plenty of ketchup.
Jul 19, 2021
Why I Won’t Call My Kid “Picky” (Even Though She Sometimes Is)
Lately, it seems like every parent I know, both in real life and online, says that they have a picky eater. And while I totally get the sentiment — my 3-year-old certainly doesn’t always eat everything I put onto her plate — I won’t call her picky. Here’s why. The word “picky” has become a catchall for every type of eater — from the tot who didn’t eat his broccoli that one time to the child with severe sensory issues.
Jul 18, 2021
You’re Doing It Right: Feeding Your Kids
I have been thinking for a long time about all the voices that tell us we’re Doing It Wrong in the kitchen. We wanted to bring you a column about the ways that you’ve actually been doing it right all along. My friend Cheryl Sternman Rule is bringing us this occasional dose of reassurance. — Faith More fruits, more vegetables, less processed food. Homemade, wholesome, whole family around the table.
Jul 16, 2021
A Week of Toddler-Friendly Dinners the Whole Family Will Love
I still remember the sweet sense of victory I felt when I cooked one dinner that my whole family — including my toddler — adored and gobbled up. I’m still new to this, but have learned that feeding toddlers is tricky business that requires patience, understanding, creativity, and persistence. These days I put my meal-planning efforts into building a roster of easy dinners that my whole family enjoys.
Jul 11, 2021
10 Make-Ahead Family Meals for Busy Summers
Welcome to summer, where the sunshine keeps everyone outside until the last minute, it’s too hot to turn on the stove at dinner time, and everybody wants a quick meal so they can get back to playing. None of these things makes feeding a family easy in the hottest months, so it’s helpful to have some make-ahead meal ideas stashed away so you can cook dinner before the kids go to bed the night before, or maybe even over the weekend before work gets in the way.
Jul 10, 2021
Here’s How to Eat Well on Vacation Without Breaking the Bank
Hitting the road with kids in tow? You are in for an adventure! After 20 years of motherhood, I know that vacationing with children is not without its challenges, but I’m equally convinced that it’s worth the effort. We’ve found that getting outside our comfort zone provides us with huge bonding moments.
Jul 9, 2021
The Very First Food You Should Teach Your Kids to Cook
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. Ours is a breakfast-loving family, so by default we eat a lot of eggs. We’ve served them every which way: fried, scrambled, hard- and soft-boiled, poached, in quiches, in omelets, you name it.
Jul 6, 2021
9 Summer Snacks Kids Can’t Get Enough of
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! My kids are home from school, your kids are home from school … which means aaaallll of the snacks. And even more snacks when they get together to play!
Jul 5, 2021
Want Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables? Try Giving Them a Catchy New Name
Having a hard time getting your kids to eat vegetables? Hiding themThe first study compared the vegetable eating habits of elementary school students at five ethnically and economically diverse schools, where carrots were offered three ways: unnamed, named as a “Food of the Day” or named “X-Ray Vision Carrots.” When presented with a fun name, kids ate 66% of the carrots, compared to just 32-35% of the other carrots.
Jul 2, 2021
The 3-Ingredient Summer Dessert My Kid Can’t Get Enough of
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. Growing up, my mother would make an intense, many-layered strawberry trifle for every summer event, held together by vanilla pudding.
Jun 26, 2021
5 Simple Summer Family Dinners from the Slow Cooker
Summer is in full swing at our house, which means between jumping into the lake, riding bikes, and running through the backyard sprinkler, we’re all hungrier than ever. We’ve spent much of the summer already eating easy no-cook dinners or leftovers. While that strategy has its own merits, this week I’m looking at my slow cooker to feed us hearty summer dinners without heating up the kitchen.
Jun 25, 2021
The Unexpected Game-Changer for Parents Who Cook
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! As a food writer with shiny object syndrome, I’d always wanted a sous vide machine. But when my husband bought me one for Christmas when I was pregnant with our daughter, I was too nauseated to consider playing with it for months.
Jun 25, 2021