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6 Organizing Tips to Steal from Restaurant Kitchens — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

I love peeking inside restaurant kitchens — behind that swinging door (or window or diving wall!) is a hive of efficiency designed to get food made and plated as quickly as possible. These spaces are also designed with efficiency when it comes to cleanup throughout — and at the end of — the night.

While your own dinner service is probably a little slower, there are definitely some smart organization points that you can incorporate into your own home.

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Recipe: Crispy Orange Ground Beef & Veggies — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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On busy weeknights when I'm tempted to order in, this is the recipe I've been turning to again and again. Inspired by a takeout favorite, this weeknight recipe features ground beef that's cooked until the edges are nice and crispy, quick stir-fried veggies, and an irresistible sticky orange sauce. You'll definitely want plenty of rice to soak up the extra sauce.

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I Went on a River Cruise & This Is How It Went — Cruises for Food-Lovers

I've always had old-soul predilections. As a kid, instead of frolicking in the park, I preferred watching The Lawrence Welk Show and Murder, She Wrote with my grandparents. As a teenager, I hummed Perry Como songs as frequently as those from Pearl Jam's Ten. I sought out Shredded Wheat, not Cocoa Puffs, for breakfast.

So it makes sense that after years of bingeing on The Love Boat re-runs I would be drawn to cruising, a mode of travel long cherished by retirees gripped with wanderlust.

That said, it took me years — 38, to be exact — to actually take a cruise. Other than a quick, on-assignment romp around Miami's waterways to scope out a then-new Celebrity Cruises vessel five years ago, I was a novice to the world of Ports and Starboards when, at the end of July, my boyfriend, Aaron, and I embarked on the eight-day Danube Waltz with Viking Cruises.

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How I Organized My Kitchen Without a Single Drawer — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

When you fall in love with a new home, every challenge is merely an opportunity — a chance to swoon over clever ideas you find on Pinterest or Etsy, or a reason to load up your Amazon shopping cart in the wee hours. We humans are really good at convincing ourselves that possible drawbacks to something we really, really want are not drawbacks at all. My college psychology professors might have called this the avoidance of cognitive dissonance; I call it required creativity.

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5 Ways I Could Have Improved My Life with the Money I’ve Spent on Takeout — The Financial Diet


Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

When I first moved to New York about two-and-a-half years ago, there was one thing I was most excited about for my new city life: takeout. And not just takeout, but food delivery. I'd heard about the famed Seamless, a website and app that allows you to order food from pretty much anywhere in your area and have it delivered to you within an hour, on many a city-based podcast. This fabled instant gratification for the lazy was what I pictured "adult life" to be like: having your meals delivered to you on the regular because you are too busy being fabulous and independent to figure out how to make them yourself.

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20 Recipes to Soothe a Sore Throat — Recipes from The Kitchn

With all that fall has to offer, it also has its downsides. There's the return of cold weather, for starters. And there are gloomy days filled with rain, the stress of getting ready for the holidays, and the inevitable seasonal ailments of a cold or sore throat.

If your coworkers, family, or friends start getting a sore throat, it just seems to spiral. When it's your turn to feel sick, take care of yourself (or others in your house!) by eating nourishing foods that will soothe your throat, like a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes, egg drop soup, or baked pumpkin oatmeal.

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