Our Kitchn Editors Share the One Ingredient They Splurge On — Everyday Fancy

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You might imagine the life of a Kitchn editor is all fancy sea salts and expensive olive oils or that we have unlimited grocery budgets, but like everyone else we have to choose where to save and when to splurge every week as we feed ourselves and our families.

Here are six of our editors' favorite ingredients to splurge on for better everyday meals.


Our 13 Best Recipes with Dates — Recipes from The Kitchn

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For the longest time, I'd walk past the bags of dates at the grocery store and never take a second glance. It's not that I never liked them — I just never was quite sure what to do with them besides snack on them straight. But the truth is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy them! Once I finally gave them a chance, I realized the possibilities are nearly endless. From blending them into a morning smoothie, to chopping them up for a salad topping, to tucking them into dessert, here are our 13 most favorite recipes that feature the sweet dried fruit.


What’s Date Sugar, and How Do You Use It? — Ingredient Intelligence

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Dates seem to be having their time in the superfood spotlight. Full of potassium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber, this sweet fruit is being churned into paste and syrup, and even being dried and turned into sugar. Does date sugar rival its granulated counterparts when it comes to baked goods, and does it hold the same nutritional power as whole dates? We did some digging to learn all about how date sugar is made and how we can (and cannot) use date sugar in the kitchen.


The Most Cliché Fancy Foods, and Why We Still Love Them — Everyday Fancy

I am someone who stands among the canned beans at the grocery store, searching for the cheapest can. I mean, they are canned beans — they are all cheap! And yet, if I can get one that's a few cents less than the others, I feel like I've won. It definitely drives my fiancé (and probably anyone else around me at the store) nuts.

Being as frugal as I am, you wouldn't think I splurge on high-end food items — but I actually do. You see, there are a few things that, to me, are absolutely worth the extra cost because they make the average meal feel fancy. And eating should feel fancy sometimes.


25 Recipes to Help You Use Up a Bunch of Herbs — Recipes from The Kitchn

All too often I buy a couple bunches of herbs to use in a specific recipe, punch off a sprig or two, and then the rest gets forgotten about until it wilts and has to be tossed. Does this happen to you?

I hate wasting any food, especially fresh herbs, but it turns out I don't have to: There actually are a slew of great recipes that use way more than a few sprigs, saving me the guilt of throwing what's leftover in the trash (with the bonus of a delicious dish!).

From rosemary roasted potatoes and lemon-thyme chicken thighs, to tomato-basil morning muffins and a tropical cilantro smoothie, here are 25 recipes to call on when you've got herbs to spare.


Why You Need Two (Yes, Two) Bottles of Olive Oil — Grocery Intelligence

After living in Italy for a bit, I quickly became enamored of olive oil. I have two bottles in my pantry that I reach for every single night. My constant use is a case for moving back to Italy, buying an olive farm, and making my own supply just to support the habit.

Because that's not happening anytime soon, I'll continue to lean on my local grocers to supply it for me, and I'll continue to always have two bottles. While I am a minimalist in most regards, I feel strongly that one olive oil is not enough.

I have my large bottle of everyday cooking oil (this is my favorite), which never breaks the bank and gets swirled into hot pans, tossed with roasted vegetables, and baked into cakes. My second bottle is smaller and a splurge, used for dunking bread and finishing salads, soups, and more. It's something I firmly believe should be in your pantry too.

My Everyday Olive Oil: California Olive Ranch Olive Oil, $15 for 16.9 ounces


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