5 Things You’re Not Cleaning Nearly as Often as You Should — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

If there's one thing I've learned writing for Kitchn, it's that I don't clean anything often enough, or well enough. Right this very minute — and despite having interviewed experts on the subject — I have a gray-ish sponge sitting in my sink (which is the official sign that it needs to be tossed, which I promise I'll do as soon as I finish this story). In the meantime, here are the top five things none of us are cleaning as often as we should.

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Mastering the Art of the School-Bus Breakfast — Tips from The Kitchn

School day mornings are much more hectic than I could have ever imagined. Between getting everyone dressed and bags and lunch boxes packed, it feels almost impossible to get breakfast on the table too. For those mornings when we can't get it together before the ride to school, here are a few tips for making school mornings easier with breakfasts that can be eaten at the bus stop.

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10 One-Pot Chicken Dinners for Your Meal Plan — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When your top meal plan criteria is dinner that comes together with no fuss, grab a pack of chicken and look no further than these one-pot meals. For the uninitiated, "one-pot" is code for simple and easy. It's your cue that the whole meal, everything from the chicken to the sides to the sauce, comes together in a single pot or skillet. From burrito bowls to weeknight chili, these 10 one-pot chicken dinners come with the promise of easy cooking and cleanup.

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This Is the Easiest Hack for Making Whipped Cream — Tips from The Kitchn

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If you've got a cocktail shaker and some heavy cream in your kitchen, you're just a few minutes away from having fresh whipped cream, says Brian Means, the corporate lead bartender and mixologist for Michael Mina's Mina Group of restaurants.

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This Is the Most Popular Chicken Recipe on Pinterest — On Trend

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"It tastes like chicken." This has to be one of the most common phrases uttered in the world. Mothers say it to children who won't try food. New lovers suggest it on a date to try to entice the other person to snuggle a little closer and taste food off their plates. It's a joke in Disney movies, a promise from novice home cooks, and probably the only way that my sister ever felt safe enough to try popcorn shrimp (she says there is no comparison, but she actually likes popcorn shrimp even more than chicken fingers).

Many omnivores love chicken. It's less expensive than other meat, it has both lean and richer cuts, and it's incredibly versatile. Roasts, cutlets, sausage, burgers, braises — the list goes on and on. The most popular chicken recipe on Pinterest (it's been saved over 570,000 times this year) comes together quickly, can be made ahead of time, and is, of course, totally delicious.

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Here’s What It Costs to Paint Kitchen Cabinets (and to Have Them Painted by Someone Else) — Paint Project

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question. That is almost always the question. You can certainly paint your kitchen cabinets yourself. As long as you know that it's a labor- and time-intensive job that, if done wrong, can be a pretty big screwup. I recently redid the cabinets in my newly purchased home, and despite liking to DIY all the things, I paid someone to do it — partly to have it done before we moved in and partly because it would have been impossible for my little girls to keep their hands off the drying cabinets if I did it myself! It was fairly expensive, but well worth it to move into a house with sparkling white cabinets instead of the previous outdated wood-toned ones.

That being said, it's not free to paint your cabinets yourself, either — besides your time, you're buying materials that a contractor might already have on hand.

Figuring out how much a painting project will cost depends on a few considerations. Here goes.

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