5 Classic Ina Garten Recipes You Can Make in the Slow Cooker — Kitchen Heroes

When it comes to entertaining, the Barefoot Contessa is a bonafide queen. Between wowing a crowd and making lovey-dovey meals for her man, Jeffrey, Ina Garten runs the world of classic cooking. When you want to take a page from her book but have less than half the time, you need to get creative. That's why we asked our trusted food editor Christine to adapt a few of Ina's classic recipes to the slow cooker. Three cheers for saving time, energy, and sanity!


Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Weeknight-Friendly Comfort Food Classics — Next Week’s Meal Plan

My husband is finally home after a few weeks of traveling for work, and I am taking full advantage of him being home to help with dinner and kid wrangling. We're celebrating him being home, his belated birthday, and a new home with a week of our family's favorite dinner.

There's nothing fancy in the meal plan this week — just five classic family favorites, from lasagna to enchiladas, that are all quick and easy to put together. Some use shopping shortcuts, while others make the best use of a single pan. Here are the five comfort food classics we are eating this week.


What’s the Deal with Black Chickens? — Ingredient Intelligence

Have you ever seen a black chicken? We don't mean a black-feathered chicken; we mean a Silkie chicken, which is black-pigmented right down to its bones. They aren't commonly found in the grocery store, but you might see them in Asian groceries. What's the deal with these black chickens, and do they taste different than the paler breed?


17 Easy Fall Breakfast Casseroles — Recipes from The Kitchn

One way I know fall is truly here is when I wake up craving anything but my usual bowl of yogurt and fruit. With the arrival of brisk mornings, I find myself dusting off my slippers and wanting something warm to fill my stomach. These 17 savory and sweet breakfast casseroles are exactly that.

What's better is that almost all of them can be prepared the night before and simply baked in the oven before you're ready to eat. That means you can stay in bed a little while longer, which is always a plus on cool fall mornings.


This Is the Most Popular French Toast Recipe on Pinterest — On Trend

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Avocado toast is delicious, and eggs are super easy to make at home, but when you want something that feels special — or like dessert — there's nothing like French toast for brunch. I mean, it's basically bread that's fried and topped (or stuffed) with delicious things. And you get to eat that for breakfast! Win.

If you want something truly decadent for breakfast, Pinterest has just the thing you want to make. The most-saved French toast recipe on the social platform is filled with chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas.

Cue all of the oohs and aahs.


How TV Helps My Autistic Kids Eat Dinner — My Two Tables

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Here's how I pictured family dinner with my husband and three kids: Everyone is at the table, enjoying steak and fries while taking turns talking about the highlights from their day.

In reality, dinner is more of a workout than a time to relax over conversation. In reality, my husband and I have spent more dinners than I can count chasing our two autistic kids (my son and younger daughter), sensory seekers who like to launch themselves out of their seats at every opportunity. In reality, this ideal image doesn't fit our family dynamic at all.

But I'm learning that that's okay — with a little help from a TV and a therapist or two.


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