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Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Wraps with Caramelized Onions and Pesto — Lunch Recipes from The Kitchn

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Tender cubes of roasted sweet potatoes are totally irresistible on their own, but I'm going to show you a way to make them better than you've ever imagined. Partner them with rich and velvety caramelized onions, candy-sweet roasted tomatoes, plus a thick swipe of herby pesto and you've got an all-star make-ahead lunch that will make your coworkers jealous.

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Here’s How Long Ice Cream Can Last In the Freezer (and How to Store It) — Freezer Intelligence

True story: I know a guy in Columbus, Ohio, who hangs on to pints of limited-edition flavors by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Not for days or weeks, but for months and longer. Because, as he's explained, sometimes you get a hankering for a scoop of Lapsang Souchong with Armagnac Prunes, a flavor that was discontinued years ago.

Even if you won't be curating a collection of artisanal ice creams from your favorite producers, you may still want to fill your freezer with a pint or two — and you'll want that ice cream to be tasting great and free of nasty little ice crystals.

Here's how to make sure that's the case.

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Faith’s Favorite Popsicle Molds Solve the Biggest Problems — Shopping

The other day, our staff got to talking about Popsicle molds. And by talking, I mean complaining! Why are so many of them so terrible? They leak! They take up so much room in the freezer! They don't release the frozen treat when its time to eat one! There were very few Popsicle molds that our editors said were decent. And then Faith chimed in about these stackable molds from Lekue.

"These Popsicle molds are so ingenious — I don't know why all Popsicle molds aren't made this way!" she says.

Here's what she loves about them.

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7 Signs Something Has Gone Bad in the Freezer — Freezer Intelligence

The freezer can be a lifesaver — the perfect place for leftovers you can't finish any time soon, in-a-pinch meals for the family, and sweet treats for hot summer days. And according to the USDA, food kept consistently at 0°F will always be safe — it's just the quality of the food that will suffer (read: It will be OK to eat, but it might not necessarily have the taste or texture you like).

That being said, not everyone's freezer is 100 percent consistent, and the temperature can fluctuate if you're opening the door a lot, or if you live in an area that frequently loses power. Here are some signs that something might have gone bad. (Note: None of them involve tasting something to find out!)

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Recipe: Italian Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cooking while on vacation is a great time to slow down and enjoy the process, but there can be some limitations. You might be in a rental kitchen with minimal equipment, or need to feed a crowd on a budget — that's where the tried-and-true combination of pasta, sauce, and cheese always wins the day. Throw in some Italian sausage and sweet peppers, and the smell of this baked casserole will lure everybody into the kitchen even though the sun's still up.

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The Problem with Frost-Free Freezers — Freezer Intelligence

If you've got an older freezer, you're probably familiar with freezer frost. And you know that defrosting said freezer is usually an annual event involving an ice pick and a hair dryer. But before you trade your old freezer for a new frost-free one, here's what you should know.

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