Hold Everything! IKEA’s Pegboards Are Finally Available in the U.S. — Shopping News

Pegboards are extremely useful in the kitchen. They’re practical for small places and keep everything in sight and easy to reach. And if they’re good enough for Julia Child, they’re certainly good enough for me. Now IKEA has made pegboards even easier, because their Skådis pegboard system, which debuted in Europe last year, is finally available in the U.S.


Remember This Helpful Tip When Shopping for Bacon — Grocery News

When I was growing up there weren’t a ton of options when it came to buying bacon. It was just, you know, bacon. Now when you stand in front of the bacon section at the store there are endless options to consider. Do you want less sodium? Do you want turkey bacon? What about Paleo bacon (whatever that means)? And don’t even get me started on all the different kind of seasoning options there are. So, how do you know what to spend your money on?

The next time you go to the store, try using this simple trick from Cook’s Illustrated to save some cash and eliminate a few options.


Ina Garten Gave Jeffrey a Box of Chocolates for Valentine’s Day — Pop Culture

Valentine’s Day is Ina Garten’s day. She seems to live her whole life in a state of romantic bliss, as “twitterpated” as all the animals in Bambi when they wake up in spring and suddenly fall in love with each other. Ina and her husband, Jeffrey, have been married 50 years and they still seem overwhelmed with glee to have found each other. So if there’s anybody I’d trust as an expert on romance, it’s Ina.


Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk Is Probably the Best Chicken Recipe of All Time — Recipe Review

Nearly five years ago, I wrote about this oddball Jamie Oliver recipe that was so weird and yet so delightful it sent me into fits of hyperbole. Best chicken recipe of all time? Maybe! Since then, everyone from Food52 to the New York Times have followed my lead in their love for this milk-braised chicken which debuted in Jamie’s book Happy Days with the Naked Chef in 2002. The Times even made it look pretty (quite a feat). In the offhand chance, however, you’ve never met this now-famous recipe, read my original piece. Don’t be put off by the gushing — I had a major crush on this chicken, but in the past five years it’s settled into true love. And when you find yourself with leftovers, here’s how to relive the glory all over again. – Faith, 2018


5 Reasons to Scream Your Love of Milk Chocolate from the Rooftops — Strong Opinions

Milk chocolate is not the enemy. It’s gotten a bad rap because, well, most of the milk chocolate out there has been pretty crummy quality. If you start with bad-tasting cocoa beans and cheap sweeteners, then throw in some preservatives and other yucky-tasting ingredients, the result isn’t going to be great. The same could be said for dark chocolate. (And I absolutely recommend saying this to the next person who tells you they only eat 85 percent dark chocolate.)


An Olympic Luger Shares His Favorite “Cheat Day” Meals — Winter Olympics

Tucker West decided he wanted to try luge when he watched the 2002 Olympic Winter Games when he was just 6 years old. Since that time, he’s emerged as a top talent for the U.S. national team. His Olympic debut was in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, where he was the youngest American luger to qualify for the games at 18. He also won gold in a team relay for the United States at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012. West is back this year at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, and has already competed in singles. Although he had a disappointing few runs, and ended up in 26th place, it was so exciting to watch him compete.

We recently had the opportunity to talk to West about what he eats when he’s training, including the pantry ingredients he always has on hand (chocolate sauce!) and the “cheat meals” he can’t get enough of.


Recipe: Braised Shiitake Mushrooms with Baby Bok Choy — Recipes from The Kitchn

When my grandmother cooked our family’s annual Chinese New Year dinner, there was always a dish of braised shiitake mushrooms, dried oysters, and fat choy (a type of black moss) over a bed of baby bok choy. The kids would always giggle because the black moss looked like hair, which symbolizes prosperity for the coming year. I always looked forward to the tender mushrooms, which soaked up the sweet, savory braising liquid and helped balance out the other richer dishes on the table, but had never attempted to make it on my own.

Turns out it’s not a difficult dish at all! Here’s the version my mom recently passed down to me, simplified but still tasty enough to pull off for your own Lunar New Year or weeknight dinner.


When the Food of Convenience Fits Your Needs, but the Guilt Feels Heavy — Kitchn Nerves

Every Wednesday morning at 6:15, my son and I pile into the Subaru for the slog north in Seattle traffic to his weekly vision therapy appointment. It’s fun for no one, but it’s something we have to do. Which is why around 6:23 on Wednesdays, when we’ve stopped sweating from the rush out the door, we reliably pull into our local Starbucks drive-thru and I order him a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich and a boxed chocolate milk. I get myself a coffee and those little sous-vide egg bites. We eat in the dark, under stoplights, usually in silence.


Recipe: Chinese Lucky Noodle Stir-Fry — Recipes from The Kitchn

Noodles are often a part of Chinese Lunar New Year dinners because the long strands symbolize a long life. Now, there’s no guarantee that eating noodles will extend your life, but it’s a delicious way to round out a multi-course meal and make it a tad more special than the steamed white rice that’s usually part of a Chinese meal.

My mother’s version starts with a bed of chewy, thin egg noodles that get topped with layers of crunchy stir-fried vegetables and barbecued pork all tossed in a savory brown sauce. While the layering may look complicated, everything is just cooked in stages in the same pan and comes together in minutes. It’s the perfect way to celebrate and usher in a new year with friends and family around the dinner table.