Life in the Kitchen

Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Dinners to Clean Out the Fridge Before Vacation — Next Week’s Meal Plan

This week I added an extra challenge to my meal plan: I did not go grocery shopping over the weekend. My husband and I are leaving for vacation at the end of the week, so I am on a mission to clear everything out of the fridge that might spoil, which includes a lot of CSA veggies, eggs, ground turkey, and some cheese. I'll plan to lean on our well-stocked pantry and freezer to fill in the gaps. In order to minimize food waste, my other goal for feeding my family of two this week is to make meals with no leftovers (or if there are leftovers, they need to be able to be stashed in the freezer for future use).


How Traveling Through Scandinavia Changed the Way I Eat Breakfast — Make Mornings Better

While traveling through Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway last summer on my honeymoon, I fell in love with breakfast. This was definitely not the breakfast I knew back home in the South, which consisted of hearty dishes like fried chicken and waffles, biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, and Bloody Marys garnished with bacon and every pickled vegetable under the sun. In Scandinavia I was enamored of the lighter, healthier fare — cozy bowls of porridge, smörgås, and gravlax.

Back at home, I would flip-flop between eschewing a proper breakfast all together on the weekdays to binging on carb- and calorie-rich brunches on the weekends. It took me traveling to the motherland to get schooled in what a proper, healthy breakfast entails.


The Best Meals I Ate All Summer Happened with One Skillet and a Kitchen with No Sink — Best of Summer

When I agreed to spend a summer caretaking a ranch in Colorado, I never thought to ask about the kitchen. I knew that my family (my partner, Kellie, and our 6-month-old and 2-year-old sons) would be living in a cabin on an 800-acre ranch nestled in the Rocky Mountains, but for some reason, as I packed a box of favorite pans and dishes, I had pictured a full-sized stove, an ample table, and a countertop.


9 Delightfully Weird British Dishes You Need to Try — Brilliantly British

Before visiting the U.K. for the first time in the early '90s, I knew bangers were sausages and rashers were slices of bacon. Crisps were chips and chips were fries. I had the essentials down because. let's be honest, there wasn't much else a 10-year-old needed to know.

But when I returned later in life, navigating menus wasn't as easy as it had been with my childhood palate. I learned quickly that puddings were sometimes savory and sometimes sweet, but never actually the texture of American pudding. Pudding is also just a term for dessert. Tea is a hot drink, but also regional slang for the evening meal. Pies were traditionally savory, and sometimes topped with mashed potatoes instead of pastry. While living in England, I learned to ask for mince beef instead of ground beef, but it took me a while to realize mincemeat was not actually meat at all.


This Is Why Aluminum Foil Is Shiny on One Side — Storage Smarts

If you've ever used aluminum foil before, you know one side of the foil is shiny and the other side is matte. In my household, the "right" way to use foil — shiny side-up or shiny side-down — is the subject of much debate. (My vote is shiny side-up.)

As it turns out, we're not the only ones who have spent time thinking about this. There's a lot of speculation on the internet, where different theories abound. I admit that I fell down the rabbit hole of considering different kinds of heat, the possibility of a coating, and clever marketing gimmicks before I finally landed on a reliable source, the Reynolds Kitchens website, and got an answer.


How One Woman Eats for $80 a Week in Portland, Oregon — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Morgan
Location: Portland, Oregon
Age: 29
Number of people in family: 1 (I have a roommate, but we don't share expenses)
Occupation: Volunteer coordinator for a local animal shelter
Household income: $50,000
Weekly food budget: $80 ($60 for groceries and $20 for meals out)


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