10 Comforting Meals for Busy Fall Weeknights — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Every year, like clockwork, as soon as that cool chill hits the air in early fall I instantly look forward to a meal plan filled with as many warming, cozy recipes as possible. These are 10 of my weeknight favorites. They're quick and easy enough for busy nights. With hits like skillet pot pie, slow cooker chicken chili, taco soup, and sheet pan gnocchi, it doesn't get much cozier.

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I Painted My Entire Kitchen with Chalk Paint — Paint Project

To paint a before picture, my old kitchen was pretty hideous. It wasn't original, but was upgraded in the early '90s by a flipper and had the ubiquitous black granite counters, brown wood cabinets, and ugly builder-grade tile. Add to that some interesting lighting choices made by the previous owner. In short, it needed help.

Sadly, a larger renovation was not in the cards. I knew I couldn't live with the kitchen the way it was, though, so it was time to get creative.

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Please Look at These Adorable Photos of Jamie Oliver and His Family — Kitchen Heroes

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When it comes to celebrity families, we don't always see the most positive picture painted. Most celebrity families seem a little outlandish in all the wrong ways (you know the ones I'm talking about), but for some reason folks still flock to them.

I'm the type of person who is more enamored of celebrities who seem to work incessantly hard at their family relationships as they do their business. Jamie Oliver and his crew are pretty much at the top of that list.

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This One Tip Is a Game-Changer for Frozen Ground Beef — Tips from The Kitchn

So you bought a pound of ground beef when it was on sale last week because you were finally going to make that Philly cheesesteak pasta skillet. But the week got away from you and now you've got to act fast before this perfectly lovely mix of 85/15 ground chuck goes bad. What are you to do? Freeze it, right? Yes, but there's one little thing you've got to do first that's going to make all the difference when it comes time to use it.

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8 Smart Ways to Create a Pantry in Even the Tiniest Kitchen — Pantry Perfect

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As much as you try to declutter, you still need to stock a certain amount of stuff in your kitchen — flour, pasta, beans, cereal, and sugar, for example — to actually make it useful. So even tiny kitchens need pantries.

What to do if you don't have the walk-in pantry of your dreams? Here are a few ways to squeeze something in.

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How a Family of 7 Eats for $125 a Week in Peterborough, New Hampshire — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Sarah-Ann
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Age: 37
Number of people in family: 7 (my husband; me; 18-year-old son, Jason; 17-year-old daughter, Jocelyn; 14-year-son, Benjamin; 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa; and 8-year-old daughter, Ari. Note that my oldest child is away this week so we only have six people in our household this week.
Occupation: My husband is a health store manager and I'm a photographer (lots of school and sports-related things).
Household income: $68,000 (doesn't include my income since mine is seasonal. Our budget is based on my husband's income because it is steady, something we can always count on).
Weekly food budget: $125

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