20 Essential Slow Cooker Recipes for When You’re Feeling Lazy — Recipes from The Kitchn

We all have days when we feel so lazy that calling for takeout seems like a chore. It's on those days that the slow cooker's abilities shine the most. Muster up enough effort to toss a handful of things inside of it the morning of or night before and let it work its magic. Here are 20 of the best recipes that are made for moments just like these.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Coming of age in the High Mall Era meant the food court was the first stop before buying a new halter top or catching Freddie Prinze Jr.'s latest flick. Despite being a mall regular, I always debated between choosing the oversized pizza slice or sticky-sweet chicken teriyaki. Chicken teriyaki always won. Today, I rarely make it into a mall, but on days when my energy is low and the need to feed my family is high, the urge for chicken teriyaki takeout is strong.


How to Host an Empty Bowls Fundraiser to Fight Hunger — A New Way to Gather

For the past five years I've been helping my neighbors Adriana and Nina host an Empty Bowls event in our shared courtyard in Oakland, California. The basic purpose of Empty Bowls is to raise money for our local food bank, the Alameda County Community Food Bank. And while we've been super successful in doing that (we raised over $10,000 this year!), Empty Bowls is so much more than collecting checks and tallying up totals. Empty Bowls creates and strengthens our community, supports our local artists, celebrates delicious food and beautiful pottery, and educates people about hunger and poverty.

While it does take some work to put on an Empty Bowls gathering, it's a lot of fun and absolutely worth your time and effort. Here's how we did it.


Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Back to School — Next Week’s Meal Plan

This week my daughter started kindergarten in her new school in our new city. We're still working on finding preschool for our littlest kiddo, but it feels like we are finding our way back to a regular school-year schedule. After a hectic summer, it feels glorious.

I imagine most of you are in the same boat we are: looking for easy weeknight dinners that will make this first week back into a new schedule enjoyable. This week's meal plan is exactly that: Five family favorites that are perfect for back to school.


This Is the Most Popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on Pinterest — On Trend

When you got home from school as a kid, right after you dropped your backpack at the door, what was the first thing you hoped to see on the kitchen counter? If you're anything like me, it was fresh-baked cookies.

Now, if you're anything like me, you also thought "from scratch" meant that you got the cookie dough in the little tube in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Because that's what my mom told me and that's what I legitimately thought it meant until I went to college and my domestically blessed roomie helped me figure out the finer points of baking.

But really, there is something therapeutic about baking cookies from scratch. The sifting, the measuring, the stirring, the way the house smells as the scents of vanilla and chocolate waft through the kitchen and down the halls. And that first taste of warm, melty, gooey cookie. Nothing like it.

That's certainly the way that Pinterest users feel about the platform's most popular chocolate chip cookie. After all, it's been pinned more than 138,000 times.


10 Easy Chicken Casseroles for Busy Weeknights — Recipe Roundup

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As summer draws to a close, you'll want to pull out your casserole dishes that have been stashed away in the back of a cupboard all season. There's nothing like a creamy, cheesy casserole to warm you up on a chilly evening. And because everything — protein, starch, and veggies — cooks in one pan, a casserole is the perfect meal for busy weeknights. Here are 10 favorite chicken casseroles to make for dinner this fall.


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