Tips & Techniques

5 Ways to Prep Chicken for a Week of Easy Dinners — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Even if I go into the week with a meal plan that's looking a little shaky (it happens sometimes!), I am always totally certain there will be one (okay, probably two!) chicken dinners spaced throughout the week ahead. And with that in mind, one of the most invaluable parts of my Sunday meal prep is cooking a batch of chicken for the week ahead.

With most of the heavy lifting done, those breasts or thighs can be quickly and easily repurposed into weeknight dinners. Here are five versatile ways to prep chicken for the week ahead, plus smart ideas for how to turn it into dinner.

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The Fastest Way to Prep Kale for Cooking — Tips from The Kitchn

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When I first started to really think about food, it was around the time people first started wearing shirts with kale slogans on them. This was in the early aughts and well before the second-wave Beyoncé kale shirt. Dark leaves of Lacinato kale were always stuffed in my fridge at that time. I was eating them by the boatload in soups and sautés (Never smoothies, though — that's just a hot bitter mess, in my opinion).

I found the practice of washing them and prepping them very soothing, but sometimes it was a bit too drawn out for my taste. So when I came across this technique for removing the stem from the leaves, I was sold. It took my kale prep time down to a few minutes and I didn't even need a knife to do it.

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6 Ways to Cook with Better than Bouillon — Tips from The Kitchn

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Jars of Better than Bouillon sit in my fridge alongside bottles of soy sauce, fish sauce, and tubes of tomato paste. What do these things have in common? They're my umami bombs.

While I love them all, the one I use in most dishes is Better than Bouillon. Technically, it's a food base — an intensely flavored paste made of ground meats, vegetables, and salt that can be used to make quick broths or enhance other recipes — but I think of it as magic paste. A dab here and there helps a dish taste like the best version of itself.

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11 Cleaning and Organizing Tips from Real People Who Have Open Shelving — Shelf Help

In my early 20s, I had open shelving in the kitchen. And it was awful. There was no vent into the kitchen, and only one tiny window that opened into a filthy courtyard with no air circulation. (Sometimes pigeons would get in there and fly around and poop everywhere.) The stuff on the shelves got filthy. Plus, they were totally jammed with stuff and the kitchen always looked cluttered. When I moved out, the Fiestaware dishes on the uppermost shelves were just coated with grease.

I obviously made a few crucial mistakes when it came to keeping those shelves useful, attractive, and clean. To prevent this from happening to you, I reached out to a few friends with clean, nice-looking open shelves to get their tips on how to keep them that way.

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3 Brilliant Tips to Make Your Next Painting Project Way Easier — Paint Project

We spent five days watching Chris and Lexi Dowding, of Michigan-based SwatchOut, paint an entire kitchen. They worked like total pros because, well, they are pros. They were neat, efficient, and full of brilliant ideas to make any painting job easier — which we spotted and gathered together in this handy post.

Whether your next painting job is tackling your kitchen cabinets or you just want to add color to an old kitchen table, you're going to want to steal these extra-smart tips.

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cruise’s Buffet (or Any Buffet) — Cruises for Food-Lovers

Cruises are known for being really good deals. Unless, of course, you decide to upgrade your stateroom. Or go for that top-tier alcohol option. Or add on a cooking class in Tuscany. Yes, cruising can get very expensive indeed.

It is possible to avoid sticker shock if you take advantage of what's included in your base package. This includes, of course, the cruise buffet — that smorgasbord of culinary delights, from bountiful baked goods to sliced-to-order filets. Of course, when faced with the question of molten chocolate cake or apple pie a la mode, you can't really go wrong. But you can be smart about your choices.

Here are three ways to make the most of your cruise's buffet (or any buffet, for that matter).

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