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10 Ground Beef Recipes You Ate Growing Up That Are Still Awesome — Recipes from The Kitchn

Pick up a humble pack of ground beef on your next grocery shopping trip, and let dinner take you on a trip down memory lane. This budget-friendly meat is the beginning of so many childhood favorites, like beef tacos, pasta skillets, and sloppy Joes — all of which are just as irresistibly satisfying today. Here are 10 of our favorites that are sure to spark some nostalgia.

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6 Dinner Strategies for Parents Short on Time — Dinner with Kids

If there were ever an award worthy of giving a parent, it would be for one feat: delivering a nutritious meal to the table on time. That's especially true for me, given my 90-minute commute home from work, two children (a 3-week-old and 3-year-old) and a wife who does plenty else besides also taking on the cooking duties.

Over the years, I've developed a number of strategies to get a good dinner on the table. Here's how I do it.

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Recipe: Baked Apple-Oat Breakfast Squares — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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My breakfast of choice for the majority of my elementary school years was apple-cinnamon instant oatmeal. I'd pick through the variety pack my dad bought every week for my preferred flavor. These squares are based off that oatmeal, but with a more wholesome spin, thanks to real ingredients and natural sweeteners. They also happen to be even faster than those little packets, since once they are baked, it's a true grab-and-go situation.

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How To Make Classic Chicken Alfredo Pasta: The Easiest, Simplest Method — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken Alfredo pasta was my favorite "fancy" restaurant order as a kid — luxe sauce clinging to fettuccini topped with crispy chicken. It was about as close to macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers as a 6-year-old could get at any good Italian-American restaurant. Perhaps this is why most takeout Alfredo falls short for me — it's too entwined in my own culinary memories. Or it could just be that the rich sauce gets too cold and clumpy while waiting for delivery.

Hellbent on enjoying my childhood favorite from the comfort of my own couch, I set out to recreate the Alfredo of my memory (and I bet yours too — whether it was eaten at your family's favorite Italian-American restaurant or your local Olive Garden). We've eschewed the authentic "no cream" Alfredo for a reliable take on this classic that's just as creamy, garlic-rich, and fun to slurp up as you remember.

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It’s Not Your Fault! Parents Aren’t (Always) to Blame for Picky Eaters — Parenting News

Hang around with parents long enough and you'll hear plenty of stories about picky eating. A father who was determined to serve nothing at home but organic, in-season produce is now watching for signs of scurvy in an otherwise healthy toddler and hoping the "orange" in goldfish crackers has vitamin C. (So sorry, it doesn't.)

A mother who's an award-winning vegan chef by day struggles with a 3-year-old at home who can't be convinced that there are acceptable foods other than one very specific brand of non-organic chicken fingers, and whose only current source of vegetables is ketchup, on the side. And if that ketchup touches the chicken finger before the 3-year-old is ready? The entire meal is ruined.

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Recipe: Molten Midnight Brownies — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Despite all the fun-sized candy bars, peanut butter cups, and gummy worms eaten with abandon this time of year, I argue that we still need more chocolate. And that's not just because I am a chocolate fiend (which, if you're curious, I am) — it's because Halloween would be infinitely better with these brownies.

They are as dark and decadent as they come. They're insanely moist, rich, and chewy, speckled with chunks of melty chocolate that pool into hot puddles of your favorite chocolate as they bake.

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