5 Tips for Making an Organized Grocery List, from Really Busy People — Shopping

The main lesson taught in Grocery Shopping 101 is to start with a list — otherwise, if you wander the store without a plan, you'll get home to find you're missing key ingredients or wind up with just freezer full of ice cream. And ideally that list is organized by row — or at least by sections — so you don't have to zig and zag all around the store because you wrote down zucchini and then milk and then onions.

"Life is busy, though!" you might opine. How in the world are you supposed to find time to make a grocery list that's any more organized than a bunch of chicken scratch on a Post-It? We asked these smart — and extremely busy —people to give us their tips.


​Superpowers and Sickness: How Being Pregnant Changed How I Think About Food — Life in the Kitchen

Standing in the tasting lab of the Colombian Coffee Federation in Bogotá, learning about coffee aromas, I listed off flavors I couldn't previously identify. It was like the scene in Napoleon Dynamite where he declares that the milk came from a cow which got into an onion patch. My brain flooded with scents: jasmine, burnt rice, sweet pea. I was eight weeks pregnant, and had just discovered an upside to a condition that had, so far, only caused nausea: super-nose.

My hosts in the lab watched, impressed, as I instantly and flawlessly matched coffees to a chart of the flavors in various regions. I beamed: I had no idea where or why I could suddenly do this (theory is that the additional estrogen heightens the sense of smell), but I was already charting my future with super-nose. A sommelier, perhaps? Weeks later, I discovered the downside to super-nose when I could play "guess the age" of the fish on display in a Singaporean seafood market from 50 feet away.


15 Easy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Cooks — Recipes from The Kitchn

We ask a lot of breakfast. On most days, we need it to be quick, nutritious, and delicious. Tall order? Not if you've got a great list of easy breakfast recipes that make you feel like you've got everything under control. This list of recipes includes some of our tastiest, smartest ideas. From kid-friendly muffins for on-the-go Mondays to a hearty egg casserole for the days when you've got time to sit down with a cup of coffee, these easy breakfast ideas will help any busy cook master their morning.


3 Ridiculous Rules for Eating Tomatoes — Strong Opinions

Tomatoes are disgusting — except for when they're not. Yes, I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but I stand by these statements. There's a reason kids tend to love pizza but hate tomato sauce on pasta: Because kids are smarter than we give them credit for and onto the sneaky games tomatoes like to play with our tastebuds!

Here are my most ridiculous rules for eating tomatoes. You should adopt them for yourself. Or add your own tomato rules at the bottom of this post — c'mon, you know you have some!


A One-Time-Only Lunchbox Bootcamp for a Better Week of Midday Eats — Lunch Box Bootcamp

Even though I work mostly from home, the lunch struggle is real. I am not immune to the sad desk lunch. Probably like you, it happens more often than I'd like to admit. But right now, inspired by the back-to-school season, all of that changes. I'm putting an end to the boring lunches that leave me splurging on a pricey salad and instead putting together exciting midday meals that will fill me up. When it comes to packing lunch, join me in welcoming September as the new January. It's time for a fresh start and it all begins with lunch.

From ham and cheese muffins to protein-packed chickpea quesadillas, these five midday meals show you how to give your lunch routine a total reboot.


I Sold All My Belongings to Travel the World. Here’s What I Kept. — Travel Intelligence

At age 42, I whittled my life to nine boxes to cram in a friend's basement. The worst part was selling the kitchen gear I'd amassed over 25 years of being a food nerd. From my tagine to a Thai mortar and pestle to unusual utensils, it was a gut-wrenching lesson in how much cooking tools are part of how I feed my soul. But in my new nomadic life, I didn't have space for non-essential ephemera, so into someone else's home it all went — save for a few select items.


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