Cooking & Meals

How To Make Classic Spanakopita — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I've been very lucky. I learned to make spanakopita, the Greek spinach and feta casserole encased in filo dough, from a variety of sources — even without the benefit of a Greek grandmother by my side. I had books, I had friends, and eventually, I had professional cooks show me. I've also spent a lifetime eating it and enjoying every bite in diners, upscale restaurants, and, yes, versions made by someone else's loving Greek grandmother.

I noticed a few key things along the way, learned lessons from trial and error, and have modified my recipe over the years to create a fail-proof pie (it's all in how you fold it), with a filling so rich and flavorful you'll wonder why you waited so long to make this a part of your home-cooking repertoire.


5 Things to Make When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside — Snow Day Cooking

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A snow days is like any other day: You need to eat! After all, you'll need fuel for your movie marathon or playing in the snow. But since you can't (or don't want to) leave the house for groceries, and dinner out is also probably out of the question, you'll need to be a bit smart with the things you already have in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. And, chances are, there are some things in there that probably need to get used up anyway.

Here, then, are five ways to feed your family on a snow day. Bonus: You'll clean out the fridge, freezer, or pantry at the same time.


Recipe: Baked Croque-Monsieur Casserole — Recipes from The Kitchn

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With Dijon mustard, thinly sliced ham, and creamy Gruyère, it seems the classic croque-monsieur was made for the casserole dish. If it's a brunch stunner you're after, or a dinner option with breakfast undertones, then this all-in-one baked take on the croque-monsieur should shoot to the top of your must-make list.

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A Gluten-Free Snack Board for Everyone — Snack Your Way Through the Holidays

This holiday season, there's a strong possibility you might be cooking, baking, or buying something gluten-free. Perhaps it's for yourself or a family member or friend. That's why if you're making up a tray of snacks for dinner — basically our favorite way to "cook dinner" and casually entertain around the holidays — it's good to have a gluten-free number up your sleeve that everyone can enjoy.

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All the Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid When Making Thanksgiving Dinner — Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you're cooking this year's Thanksgiving feast for your first time or your fifth, or whether it's a simple party of two or a gathering of 10, this is not your average Thursday-night dinner. We want you to be successful, so we're sharing the missteps you should take care to avoid — and what to do instead.

From the turkey and sides to dessert and drinks, here are all the common mistakes to avoid for a successful, delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

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Recipe: Eggo Waffle Stuffing — Stranger Thanksgiving

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.

We set out to create a Thanksgiving menu inspired by Stranger Things and our nostalgia for the kitchens of our childhoods. As we forge our own family traditions, we're updating the iconic side dishes of Thanksgiving past with a few new cult classics.

This waffle stuffing borrows some cooking techniques from the beloved Stove Top stuffing, popular in the '70s and '80s, and Eleven's beloved frozen Eggo waffles. Try this quirky-yet-delicious stuffing at this year's Friendsgiving or make room for it on the Thanksgiving table. Next to a Coke-glazed upside-down turkey, who can resist such a strong nod to Netflix and nostalgia?

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