5 Things I Always Keep in the Freezer Now That I’m a Mom — You’re a Parent Now

Before I had a baby, my freezer was like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It seemed impenetrable, things had been there forever, and whoever was brave enough to wade through it would receive handsome rewards.

There were bottles of expensive vodka, the juice of lemons I had brought home from Capri, and batches of peach ice cream I made in the summer. There was the top tier of wedding cake for a year after my wedding. (Once my husband noticed it back there, he legitimately asked me if there was a human head in the freezer. I should have said yes).

These days, my freezer is less of an exciting addition to my fridge and more of a lifeline. On nights when the day was overwhelming, my baby is fussy, or I just don't feel like cooking or making a mess in the kitchen, that freezer is a necessity. Here are items I always have in my freezer.

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Recipe: Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad — The 6-Minute Lunch

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This spicy, smoky bean salad packs a whole lot more flavor into it than you'd expect of something that takes all of six minutes to make, and you have hot smoked salmon to thank for that. Its deep flavor gives a can of black beans a serious boost of flavor, so this lunch doesn't need too much else by way of seasoning. Add some cherry tomatoes and avocado in there for color and toss it all with a cumin-lime dressing, and the result is a lunch I guarantee you'll be putting on repeat. Pile the whole mess on rice, scoop it up with chips, or just eat it straight from the bowl.

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The Best Ways to Add the Metal of the Moment to Your Kitchen — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → The Metal of the Moment: 13 Products That Will Add a Touch of Copper to Your Kitchen

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How To Grill Juicy, Flavorful Shrimp — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Here's why you need to learn how to grill shrimp: This affordable crustacean is the fastest-cooking protein you can throw on the grill, it feels fancy but is fast enough for a weeknight, and it can do double duty as either an appetizer that cooks while the main grilled event rests or as the main event itself. Plus, shrimp takes readily to a host of flavors, including the smoky ones that we know and love from the grill.

It does require some consideration before it goes on the grill. Namely, how does one keep the shrimp from falling into the grill or overcooking and becoming tough and dry over the hot heat? The answer is skewers and yogurt, my friends. Curious? Let's light up the grill and literally put shrimp on the barbie (had to, sorry).

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5 Ways to Store Your Homemade Ice Cream — Tips from The Kitchn

So you finally got around to pulling your ice cream maker from the depths of your kitchen cabinet, and you're getting ready to churn up a batch of this cool, creamy treat. In addition to narrowing down your flavor options (so many choices!), there's one more task at hand: finding the right container to store the ice cream. Here are five choices that get the job done.

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The Easiest Herb You Can Grow Indoors — Simple Gardens

Mint is one of those plants that you really cannot mess up. Promise. It can handle the abuse of lack of watering or poor sunlight. The only real risk is that the plant chokes itself (silly, plant!) but that can be avoided easily.

Here's everything you need to know about growing mint in your kitchen.

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