Recipe: Carbonara Orzo Risotto — Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn

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Do you love pasta carbonara, but get a little intimidated by the step that calls for thickening — not scrambling! — the pasta with eggs? Love risotto, but don't want to spend all that time stirring at the stove?

Here's a much easier riff on both carbonara and risotto, made possible with the help of that teeny, tiny, rather magical orzo pasta. This is your 30-minute dinner tonight!

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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 New Family Favorites — Next Week’s Meal Plan

This week's meal plan is full of new-to-me recipes that I think will become family favorites. We have friends and family coming to stay with us throughout the week and are getting ready to take a much-anticipated, kid-free vacation this coming weekend, making everything — even meal planning — feel exciting and exhilarating. Even Pizza Friday is getting a new spin on it.

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6 of the Most Gorgeous Kitchen Windows in the World — The Kitchen Window

Boasting natural light in your kitchen is enviable enough, but when your windows are also gorgeous, well, that's when we start to get really jealous. These windows are all super painful (paneful?) to look at because we just want the same things for our homes. #nofair

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10 Weeknight Casseroles Packed with Vegetables — Recipes from The Kitchn

Casseroles are one of my favorite ways to load up on vegetables. They come in especially handy if you're dealing with picky eaters, who probably won't even notice you've packed in a few pounds of produce underneath that gooey layer of cheese! We love these 10 recipes for their crowd-pleasing potential and their wholesome qualities. Some are strictly vegetarian or even vegan, while others have some meat in the mix, but they all are easy and sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

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How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Madison, Wisconsin — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Emily
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 36
Number of people in family: 5 (my husband, myself, and our kids, a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 10-month-old)
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom; husband is a construction coordinator.
Household income: $54,000
Weekly food budget: $200 a week

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Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Swirly Buns — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Ready to be the hero of the brunch potluck that everyone talks about for months to come? Skip the casserole and go straight for the breakfast treat of the moment: sweet strawberry swirly buns. Think: fruit and cheese danish meets your favorite cinnamon roll, but way better. Not only do they look seriously impressive, but they're also known to elicit squeals of delight with a single bite. Go for it and bite right in, or take it slow and unravel the swirl. Either way, each mouthful offers the promise of soft dough, sweet cream, and juicy, rich berries.

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