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5 Things to Add to Tonight’s Indian Takeout Order to Make Dinner Tomorrow Faster — Takeout Tips from The Kitchn

On the busiest of weeknights, calling up your neighborhood Indian spot to place an order for all of your spicy favorites is a quick and tasty answer. It's OK that you're not cooking tonight because tomorrow you will. That's a guarantee because if you throw a few extra items in your takeout order tonight, you can utilize them tomorrow to make your dinner almost as carefree as ordering takeout again — and it may even be more delicious.

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5 Things to Add to Tonight’s Chinese Takeout Order to Make Dinner Tomorrow Faster — Takeout Tips from The Kitchn

When it's been one of those days, sometimes the only solution is ordering Chinese takeout for dinner. And that's OK, because scallion pancakes can make those days feel a little better. But tomorrow, you've promised yourself that you'll get it together and cook dinner. How do you make that promise a little easier on yourself? Add a few extras to your takeout order tonight and lean on them tomorrow. That additional carton of white rice can be transformed into a semi-homemade meal tomorrow that's maybe even tastier than the night before.

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5 Smart Ways to Use a Squeeze Pouch of Fruits and Vegetables — Tips from The Kitchn

You may think those squeezable fruit and veggie pouches you see popping up everywhere are just kid stuff, but they're actually more useful in the kitchen than you might realize. My colleagues Meghan and Christine started off buying them for their littles ones, but now continue to reach for them for unconventional uses — and so should you.

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8 IKEA Finds That Do Double Duty as Travel Essentials — Shopping

These IKEA finds may be designed for use in the kitchen, but they're actually pretty handy when you're on the road. They're also super affordable, and they'll keep you — and your things — ultra organized.

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Recipe: Pizza Party Cookie Cake — Party Recipes from The Kitchn

The party problem: You're throwing a pizza party birthday party and you want to make an extra-special dessert. But even a from-scratch cake doesn't seem special enough — after all, you're feeling a little guilty that you didn't really cook for the party.

The party trick: Make a giant sugar cookie cake that surprisingly looks like a pizza.

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A Smart Trick to Revive Stale Popcorn — Tips from The Kitchn

It's hard to beat the taste of freshly popped popcorn. When it's extra fluffy, crisp, and still warm, polishing off a whole bowl seems like an easy task. Chances are, however, that you may slow down and be left with enough in the bowl for another snack session. The problem is, though, that popcorn can get stale pretty quickly. Rather than tossing it and starting from scratch, there's actually a quick and easy way to refresh the leftovers and get them tasting like new.

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