chad johannesen

The 12 Slow Cooker Classics Every Cook Should Know — Recipes from The Kitchn

My younger brother just bought a slow cooker and texted me late one night asking for advice on classic slow cooker recipes he should know. Of course I sent him a few links to favorite recipes, but it got me thinking about the basic but brilliant things that a slow cooker can churn out for everyday eats. Here are the 12 slow cooker classics that every home cook should know by heart.

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This Is the Most Popular Pancake Recipe on Pinterest — On Trend

(Image credit: Ambitious Kitchen)

Forget Raymond — Everybody Loves Pancakes should have been the name of the show. After all, have you ever met anyone who doesn't love pancakes? I mean, what kind of monster wouldn't love a warm, fluffy stack of hot cakes with maple syrup and a pat of butter melting in tantalizing rivers down the tower?

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5 of the Most Gorgeous Tiny Kitchens with Open Shelving — Shelf Help

A snug kitchen can mean a few things: namely minimal places for storage, small-scale appliances, and a desire to keep it streamlined and clean at all times. That said, you may think that design features like open shelving are a big no-no; after all, there's nothing like having all your stuff on display to make your small space seem even more claustrophobic, right?

Well, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear you're (kind of) wrong! Cabinets can actually make a small kitchen feel smaller than it is. When done correctly, even tiny kitchens can play host to enviable open shelving displays. Just take a look at these gorgeous kitchens.

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Recipe: Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

We all need a foolproof meal that we can turn to on nights we forget to plan and need to get dinner on the table fast. Inspired by these slow-cooker burrito bowls, this recipe comes together quickly with the help of an electric pressure cooker. With chicken, rice, black beans, and corn, it's a wholesome supper that tastes like it took much longer to make than it actually did.

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5 Things You Should Know About Cruises from a Former Crew Member — Cruises for Food-Lovers

Have you ever been on a cruise? Perhaps your first time was on a Caribbean cruise line with thousands of passengers soaking up the sun and sipping on frosty beverages. Or maybe you opted for a smaller, more intimate experience on a river cruise ship. While I have enjoyed both (and many more in between, including a Disney Cruise, which was actually awesome), my initial foray into cruise life was as a crew member.

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How I Made Dinner Work When My Family Moved in with My Parents — Dinner with Kids

When my family's apartment flooded, we — my husband, 10-month-old daughter, geriatric rabbit, and I — decamped to my parents' house. As we waited for insurance companies to settle the bill, we divvied up dinner duty: My mom and I took turns during the week and on weekends, my husband would cook, or my dad would get takeout.

In some ways, it was easier. I cooked less frequently, if for more people, and that meant sometimes I could enjoy feeding little bub instead of trying to make dinner at the same time. Even still, it's awkward cooking in someone else's kitchen!

As a work-from-home mom, I'd already developed some strategies to get dinner on the table, and they came in very handy as we all learned to get along. Here's how we made it work.

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