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Do You Call It a Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot? — Kitchn Slow Cooker

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That thing that saves my weeknight dinners? I don't call it a Crock-Pot®, or even the more generic "crockpot," which technically isn't a word, at least not according to spellcheck. I call it a slow cooker, because that's what it is and I'm a stickler when it comes to words and not the least bit dogmatic when it comes to dinner.

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The Meal Kit Delivery Service That Got Me Back into the Kitchen — Meal Kit Magic

In the past, my attitude toward meal kits might best be described as one of superior acceptance. As in: Meal kits? They're great! For other people. I truly believed that whatever got people cooking was a step in the right direction. I just wasn't interested in trying meal kits for myself.

I was wary of the quality of the ingredients and of the quantity of waste — in the form of cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and ice packs. I also didn't believe the recipes could be all that good. Surely I could do better on my own?

And then the Great Cooking Rut of 2017 hit.

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The Meal Kit Delivery Service That Got Me Back into the Kitchen — Meal Kit Magic

In the past, my attitude toward meal kits might best be described as one of superior acceptance. As in: Meal kits? They're great! For other people. I truly believed that whatever got people cooking was a step in the right direction. I just wasn't interested in trying meal kits for myself.

I was wary of the quality of the ingredients and of the quantity of waste — in the form of cardboard boxes, plastic bags, and ice packs. I also didn't believe the recipes could be all that good. Surely I could do better on my own?

And then the Great Cooking Rut of 2017 hit.

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3 Easy Ways to Make a Boring Pot of Rice Taste Amazing — Tips from The Kitchn

Making a pot of rice to serve with dinner is nearly automatic. But plain rice day after day can get, well, a little boring, don't you think? Here are three tricks I use to give my everyday rice a little extra oomph in the flavor department.

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3 Ridiculous Rules for Eating Tomatoes — Strong Opinions

Tomatoes are disgusting — except for when they're not. Yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but I stand by these statements. There's a reason kids tend to love pizza but hate tomato sauce on pasta: Because kids are smarter than we give them credit for and onto the sneaky games tomatoes like to play with our tastebuds!

Here are my most ridiculous rules for eating tomatoes. You should adopt them for yourself. Or add your own tomato rules at the bottom of this post — c'mon, you know you have some!

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The Argument for (or Against!) Banning Cupcakes in Schools — Birthday of the Month

I'll never forget the day in second grade when my mom showed up with two giant sheet pans of homemade cinnamon rolls. It was my birthday, and this was her surprise to me — a special treat to share with the whole class. I was genuinely surprised. And also a smidge disappointed that she hadn't shown up with trays of store-bought cupcakes sporting thick swirls of frosting and plastic toppers that said, "YOU'RE RAD!" like the cool kids had brought in on their birthdays. (In addition to my reading and spelling skills in second grade, I was also proficient at ingratitude.)

Needless to say, everybody went gaga over the cinnamon rolls and, thankfully, my class showed all of the appreciation for my mother's efforts that I lacked.

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