How To Make Date Syrup — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date syrup is a thick, caramel-colored sweetener made from dates. You may have seen it on the shelves in your local health food store, as many cooks embrace it as an alternative sweetener. Date syrup is incredibly easy to make at home, can be more affordable than store-bought, and has the lush caramel hue and heady date flavor of its namesake fruit.

Here is everything you need to know about making date syrup at home.


10 Sides That Are Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo (So Basically for Everyone!) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Invite a few friends over for dinner and it's not unlikely that you'll have a mix of dietary restrictions around the table. It can feel like a challenge cooking for a mix of vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free folks, Paleo followers, and omnivores but it's actually not impossible. These 10 sides have the ability to fulfill all of these dietary restrictions while keeping those who eat absolutely everything happy and fed. The big trend here is to keep things simple and let veggies do all the hard work.


Recipe: Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If you, like me, are plagued by choosing the right side to pair with dinner, this spinach recipe deserves a standing spot in your meal plan rotation. Grab a knob of fresh ginger and a lemon — we're going to make one of my all-time favorite spinach side dishes. Not only is it packed with light, refreshing flavors and ready in minutes, but it also goes with just about everything.


5 (3-Ingredient) Apps That Almost Everyone at the Party Can Eat — Appy Hour

When you're gathering friends for a party, there's bound to be concern about making food that everyone can eat. You may have a gluten-free guest, someone who is vegan, or maybe both, along with that friend who eats absolutely everything — so how do you please the whole gang? These appetizers are a good start. They all cover almost every dietary restriction while still managing to be so tasty that those without any will love them just the same.


How My Kids’ Allergies Reshaped My Identity as a Mother and Cook — Mother’s Day Menu

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I recently went to a dinner party at the home of a friend who happens to be a wonderful cook. I was in the kitchen sipping a glass of wine when I glanced at the refrigerator and noticed a list with all of the guests' names on them. Over half of them — including mine — had food restrictions, allergies, or sensitivities listed after their name.

Have you had this experience? A vegetarian friend coming to dinner? Your daughter has gone vegan? Your son has a nut allergy? Your best friend is gluten-free and your own tummy may do better without dairy?

This is the age we are living in, where people are more and more vested in what they are putting into their bodies — whether it is for better health or ethical reasons. Now more than ever you are what you eat, which means who you are can change, too.


Recipe: Berry-Ginger Gin Cocktail — Spring Cocktails

Move over, mint julep — our money is on this refreshing sipper for the win. At the very least, we're predicting a dead heat for the old favorite and this Derby Day maiden.

Before any traditionalists get up in arms about this untried underdog, rest assured: This cocktail is Kentucky-born. It comes to us from Proof Bar at the 21C Hotel in Louisville and it's just the thing for watching the races or just celebrating the fact that spring is finally here.


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