Cooking & Meals

4 Snack-Packing Tips for Long Flights — Travel Tips from the Kitchn

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Last week I returned from a trip of a lifetime. My fiancé and I spent almost two weeks soaking up the beauty of South Africa. It was a such an incredible vacation that we're already plotting our return, if we're ever so lucky in the future. The only negative part was, well, the flight. I've been on 10- and even 12-hour flights before, but this was by far the longest I've endured. Book the nonstop from New York City's John F. Kennedy airport to Johannesburg's O. R. Tambo airport, like we did, and you're in for a solid 15-hour flight.


Help! There Are No Pans at My Summer Rental. — Travel Intelligence

There can be a lot of unpleasant surprises when you show up at a vacation rental that you've only seen in photos on the internet. Some of them are little issues (the bedrooms aren't quite as big as advertised, and the neighbor's house is just a little closer than anticipated). Others are a little bit trickier to navigate. For example, you arrive to a kitchen without any pans. Granted it's not the end of the world, but it might change your vacation menu planning just a bit. Here are some tips to help you keep your vacation from getting stuck.


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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