This Cult Favorite Store Is Even Better than Costco — Shopping

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You love Costco, I love Costco, we all geek out over this bulk-sized Narnia. But what if I told you there was something even better than Costco? Something that only people in a small-ish pocket of the country really seem to know about?

Well, I am telling you that! Keep reading to find out what I'm talking about.


My Biggest Complaint About Wegmans — Shopping

If you have a Wegmans in or near your town, chances are you are totally obsessed with it. The regional supermarket has 93 stores (in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts) and a total cult following.

People love Wegmans — like, really love it. They love the buffets, the cheese selection, the sustainably sourced seafood, and the cases of cured meats. People even talk about how friendly and helpful the staffers are. People talk about Wegmans like it's paradise.

All that's to say that it's pretty uncommon to hear a complaint about Wegmans. And yet, I have one!


I Got an Instant Pot, but I’m Still Keeping My Slow Cooker — Kitchn Slow Cooker

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I love my Instant Pot, I really do. Even as a professional chef, getting one in my home kitchen really was a game-changer. Perfectly cooked, no-soak beans every time! Homemade nutrient-dense bone broth in 45 minutes! Fluffy rice! Homemade yogurt! Perfect hard-boiled eggs … for 20 people!

The list could go on and on, but I'll let you in on a little secret: I still love my slow cooker, too. Let me tell you why.


An Honest Review of 5 of the Most Popular Lunch Boxes from a Mom and Her 5-Year-Old — Tips from The Kitchn

Kindergarteners are incredibly opinionated about everything from their favorite My Little Pony to which socks they will be wearing today. While those strong opinions might make the school morning routine more taxing, they definitely come in handy when it comes to testing and reviewing lunch boxes for school lunches. I enlisted my favorite 5-year-old, who will be starting elementary school this fall, to test drive five of the most popular lunch boxes on the market. The results were both surprising and entertaining, with one clear winner. Turns out that moms have pretty strong opinions too.


Why My Family Decided to Give Up Eating Beef (for the Most Part) — Life in the Kitchen

A couple of years ago, I started to have beef with beef. Even though it had been a staple in my diet from the time I was a little kid, it was getting harder and harder to feel good about eating it. Not only was I concerned about hormones and antibiotics in cheap, mass-produced meat (which led to seeking out grass-fed, organic alternatives), or the poor living conditions of these animals (which led to seeking out locally farmed, grass-fed, organic alternatives), I was surprised to learn that our collective consumption of beef was hurting the environment more than our driving habits.

Whoa! Cows are hurting us more than cars? Beef was beginning to feel so not worth it.


The One Cooking Shortcut I’ll Never Take in My Kitchen — Opinion

I am all about taking cooking shortcuts in the kitchen. There are a lot of websites out there that will tell you that you should take your time in the kitchen, or that grocery shortcuts means you're not really "cooking," but when it's Wednesday night and it's late and I'm hungry, there's nothing that makes me feel like a smarter cook than relying on shortcuts to help me make dinner faster (and with less stress).

I have no shame in buying pre-cut butternut squash during the fall, or store-bought salsa for my breakfast tacos. I love that I don't have to bust out my stand mixer to make fresh whipped cream (use a Mason jar!) or that the fastest way to peel a mango is with a drinking glass. But there's one kitchen shortcut that I refuse to give into — one shortcut that I truly think will not benefit you or your cooking in the slightest — and that's store-bought minced garlic.


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