Shopping & Stores

Conquer Caked-on Messes with These Awesome Sponges — Amazon Deal of the Day

Even the best cooks in the world occasionally find themselves with a pan that has a caked-on mess to deal with. If you're an avoider, you may decide to let it soak. "What's the deal with the pan in the sink?" your partner will ask. "It's soaking," you'll say. "For five days?" Busted.

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These Adorable Kiddie Halloween Costumes from Target Are $30 or Less — Shopping

If your kids love food as much as you do, it only makes sense to dress them up as a delicious treat. These food-themed costumes are all from Target and all cost $30 or less. Plus, it'll be super easy to fit layers underneath all of them, which is a good thing, considering we have no idea what this wacky weather will be like by the end of the month.

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The $2 IKEA Find I Can’t Live Without in My Kitchen — Shopping Finds

It's been a few years now since I graduated from culinary school, and not everything I learned has stuck. How exactly do you truss a chicken again? That's what the internet is for! But there are a couple things that have become second-nature in the last few years that I owe to this not-so-cheap program I attended: Knife skills are probably the most important lesson I use today, but second is definitely the right way to keep a cooking workspace.

I am a messy cook by nature, but keeping a scrap bowl and mise bowls nearby while I prep dinner has made me less stressed in the kitchen. Before I start actually cooking anything, I prep all my ingredients and put them into individual bowls so everything is neat and prepared. Cooking becomes a "dump-and-stir" situation (for the most part).

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Beyond RASKOG: 8 Pantry-Organizing Products from IKEA For $10 or Less — Shopping

When it comes to finding inexpensive storage solutions for your home, IKEA is a great place to start. The same is true when we're talking about pantries, specifically. The last thing anyone wants to do is spend a ton of money on stuff that's gonna get hidden away in a tiny room that very few people will ever see, right?

The pantry solutions at IKEA are affordably priced, smart, and not terrible to look at (should guests end up hanging out in your pantry during your next dinner party). Here are our favorites — none of them are the RASKOG cart (because you already know about that) and all of them happen to be $10 or less.

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From High to Low, 5 Turkey Roasting Pans to Buy on Sale Now — Splurge to Steal

I will always fondly remember the year I forgot to buy a turkey roasting pan until the morning of my Friendsgiving celebration. Fortunately it wasn't an official holiday so my husband was able to run out and get one from Target, but it's a great example of overlooking the obvious in all my holiday preparations.

My point? Don't be like me! If you're planning on roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving (or a chicken, or a roast, or really anything else big!) a proper roasting pan with a rack is a fabulous addition to your kitchen. From high (copper, ooh la la) to a seriously great budget option, here are five we love, on sale at Sur la Table right now.

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The Best Deals from Sur la Table’s Anniversary Sale — Going on Now — Shopping

It's Sur la Table's 45th anniversary! And to celebrate the kitchen retailer is marking stuff down by up to 50 percent. Cookware and baking gear is up to 50 percent off, small electrics are up to 45 percent off, cooking tools are up to 30 percent off, and the list goes on. (Knives are actually up to 55 percent off, which means the deals are even bigger than the store's homepage lets on!)

Stuff will be marked down through October 18 and there will be all sorts of special deals during the days throughout. Here's what we're eyeing right now.

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