My Formula for the Easiest, Most Luxurious Weeknight Soup — Tips from The Kitchn

There are times when only a steaming bowl of slow-simmered soup will do, and then there are more realistic times when a meal needs to come together right this minute. This soup has been my saving grace when my stomach is rumbling, I want something healthy, and I don't have much kicking around in the fridge. With this formula, a quick, nourishing soup is mine for the slurping in just about 10 minutes.

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20 Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

If you ask us, the best Mother's Day gift is surprising mom with a celebratory brunch. Whatever you cook up, we know she's going to love it. And, if you're worried about pulling off a special to-do without neglecting your most important guest — don't. You can get a jump-start on the day with a menu that can be prepped (if not fully prepared) in advance.

From sweet cinnamon rolls and egg casseroles, to quiches and sweet breakfast bakes, here are 20 make-ahead recipes for a delicious and stress-free Mother's Day brunch.

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Recipe: Flaky Garlic Bread Pinwheels — Quick and Easy Appetizers

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I am warning you now that you may inhale these innocent-looking roll-ups before your friends even ring the doorbell. I had to pull myself away from the baking sheet and leave the kitchen entirely to escape the buttery, garlicky aroma. These roll-ups wouldn't make it to their serving platter if I lingered too long.

This is the kind of homemade appetizer that is going to win you accolades. Make them once and friends will begin to ask you for those "flaky, garlicky things" each time they drop by; it's already happening to me! That's not necessarily a bad thing because they're something you can keep stocked in the freezer to bake off at a moment's notice. They'll bake in just the amount of time it takes to pop open a bottle of wine and pour everyone a glass, ensuring your happy hour is effortless.

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This Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Budget-Saving Meals from Pantry Staples — This Week’s Meal Plan

I found myself riffling through the pantry and fridge in frustration early today and decided that a week of dinners using up leftovers and pantry staples was in order. This is one really great way to trim our grocery budget — I may even try to skip shopping all together this weekend — and make room in our admittedly overstuffed pantry.

As a boon, I also have some grilled proteins leftover from recipe testing this weekend, including grilled chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, and grilled corn that have to be eaten asap. Here are the five meals I'm making for my pantry-clearing, budget-saving week of dinners ahead.

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