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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family-Friendly Fall Favorites — Next Week’s Meal Plan

The official first day of fall is just around the corner, and temperatures are starting to drop around here, finally giving me permission to cook the cozy cold-weather fare I've been craving since August. This week's meal plan is all about welcoming fall with some of our favorite foods. They're always easy to make and devoured by adults and kids alike.


How To Clean Painted Wood Cabinets — How To

Your kitchen cabinets can get pretty dirty over time due to the usual kitchen stuff: clouds of grease floating through the air from your stovetop, grubby fingers pulling open the doors, drips of coffee, and more. Fortunately they don't get as dirty as, say, your countertops. But every once in a while, you probably look up and think Wow, these things are filthy!


Festive Appetizers for Ringing in the Jewish New Year — Recipes from The Kitchn

Rosh Hashanah is often called the Jewish New Year. While it isn't technically the first day of the Hebrew calendar, the holiday marks the spiritual head of the year — a contemplative time when people take stock and reflect on their lives and wish one another sweet times ahead. Unlike New Year's Eve, Rosh Hashanah, which falls in the autumn (this year on September 20), is less focused on countdowns and party hats, and more on all things sacred and familial. But there is still plenty of room for celebration — particularly when it comes to food.


What’s Up with Drinkable Soup? — On Trend

Here's a question for you: Do you drink soup, or do you eat soup? Most people you ask will say you "eat" it, but a new crop of trendy "drinkable soup" purveyors might have you thinking twice.


How To Clean a French Press — How To

When my husband and I were first married, we used a coffee maker I'd bought shortly after college for about $9. The thing constantly clogged and overflowed and made generally mediocre coffee. As we've gotten older and more sophisticated, and especially since becoming parents, really good coffee is more and more important — like, extremely important at 6:15 a.m. on a Saturday.

So we splurged on a lovely French press. We dutifully did our online research to make sure we were making the coffee right, but when I consulted the manual for how to clean the thing, it literally says "disassemble and wash." And let me tell you, when I've got a kitchen timer to measure exactly one minute past boiling and another one to help me pour the brewed coffee out exactly four minutes later, that's not enough info.

Read more: How To Make French Press Coffee

After even more research and my own trial and error, here's the best way I've learned to clean a French press.


The Chicken Dinner Playbook: 5 Techniques to Memorize for Quick Weeknight Meals — Recipes from The Kitchn

One of the most priceless lessons I took away from culinary school was the value of really learning and understanding cooking techniques over recipes. There was no emphasis on learning a long list of specific recipes. I've carried this into my own kitchen, and it has changed me as a home cook and how I think about getting meals on the table for my family.

The way I see it is, when you start with a recipe you get a single meal. But learn the basics of a specific cooking technique and add a little inspiration, and you'll see that you can turn that into so many different variations. A perfect example of this is the beloved weeknight chicken dinner. From a sheet pan supper to a sweet and tangy stir-fry, these five weeknight meals build on basic cooking techniques for quick and easy chicken dinners.


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