How Orangette’s Molly Wizenberg Stocks Her Pantry for Easy Kid Dinners — Dinner With Kids

A few days before my 24th birthday, I moved into my first real apartment. It had beige carpet everywhere, even on the small balcony that looked out over a parking lot. It was in that apartment that I learned how to cook for myself. (It was also there that, after shaving my boyfriend's head on the balcony, I learned another important lesson of adulthood: It's hard to remove hair from a deep-pile carpet.)

I'd "borrowed" some cookbooks from my parents — Julia Child's The Way to Cook, a couple of Chez Panisse titles — and in that apartment, Julia and Alice taught me how to cook. I made eggs in all styles, ratatouille, poached fish, and lentil salad. I tried pesto, white beans, and pasta with Brussels sprouts. I learned to cook simply and classically, relying mostly on salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic for flavor.

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Do You Call It a Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot? — Kitchn Slow Cooker

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That thing that saves my weeknight dinners? I don't call it a Crock-Pot®, or even the more generic "crockpot," which technically isn't a word, at least not according to spellcheck. I call it a slow cooker, because that's what it is and I'm a stickler when it comes to words and not the least bit dogmatic when it comes to dinner.

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10 Pantry Staples You Can Make in the Slow Cooker — Recipes from The Kitchn

You already know the slow cooker is the shining star that effortlessly tackles dinner on busy nights, but it is also the tool that can help you restock the pantry. Skip the store-bought items in favor of an afternoon of DIY projects and you might just be surprised at how easy and fun it is to make things like ketchup, granola, and apple butter when the slow cooker is involved. Here are 10 to try.

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​I Can’t Save Money. What’s Wrong with Me? — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → I Can't Save Money, What's Wrong With Me?

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6 Brilliant Space-Saving Ways to Organize Your Silverware — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

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Unless you only eat with your hands, you have silverware. And unless you're a super minimalist who has only one set of cutlery and enjoys hand-washing it every time you eat, you probably have at least six (or, more likely, 12), full-set five-piece place settings. Which can get pretty bulky!

Here are six smarter ways to store your silverware that you haven't thought of yet.

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Recipe: Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When I want to take basic baked chicken up a notch (which is most of the time), I have a duo of ingredients I know I can turn to for crispy, flavor-packed results every single time without fail: nutty Parmesan cheese and crispy panko. This power couple turns mild-mannered chicken breast into a weeknight dinner that hits the table with pizzazz. Mixed with garlic and a pinch of herbs, the Parmesan and panko blanket each piece of chicken with a textured coating that packs an irresistible crunch. With a savory taste that's just the right balance of salty, nutty, and fresh, your routine of baked chicken for dinner just got a two-ingredient upgrade.

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