17 Skillet Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes — Recipes from The Kitchn

One-skillet meals are something we turn to often because we know what they promise: a manageable list of ingredients usually full of the foods we often have on hand (eggs, chicken thighs, a can of beans, maybe a few frozen fillets of salmon), a shorter cook time (because longer than an hour on weekdays isn’t often possible), and a delicious dish to share at the family table or to save for tomorrow’s lunch. From comforting pastas, to fast and fancy fish dinners, to pizza, there are so many possibilities. Here are 17 recipes to prove it.


Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Plant-Based — Decoding the Language Around Meatless Diets — Everyday Vegetarian

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There’s a little joke that goes around vegan circles — the concept of the “level-five vegan,” someone who is unflinchingly committed to the plant-based lifestyle. The term is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons, in which Lisa Simpson — one of television’s most celebrated vegetarians — develops a crush on a guy who chuckles dismissively when she says she’s thinking of going vegan. “I’m a level-five vegan,” he says. “I won’t eat anything that casts a shadow.”

There are so many ways to go meatless today that you could be forgiven for falling behind on the terminology. No, veganism doesn’t have “levels” (at least, not that we know of), but it has plenty of variations. Below is your glossary of vegetarianism in its many forms, from the basic meat-abstinent to the purely plant-based.

And what if — despite our trusty guide — you should find a vegetarian at your dinner table, and you’re at a loss for what (not) to serve? When in doubt, ask. Just ask! Ask early and ask often. Ask with genuine curiosity and then actually listen to the answer. It really is that easy.


I Didn’t Register for Formal Dinnerware and I Actually Regret It — The Happy Ever After Wedding Registry

When my husband and I got married almost four years ago, we didn’t register for much. We had already lived together for a few years and we were in our 30s, so we had a pretty decent stock of essentials. It wasn’t like we were fresh out of college and looking to replace hand-me-down pots and pans. We also lived in a small New York City apartment and I couldn’t imagine ever needing any more stuff.

Together, we made the executive decision to skip the formal dinnerware and instead asked our families for a set of everyday whites from Crate & Barrel. (Just registering for the plates, bowls, and serving platter. I felt very strongly about keeping the mismatched mugs we already had!)


This Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family Dinners to Make Before Things Get a Little Crazy — This Week’s Meal Plan

This week kicks off what always proves to be a busy month for our family. Between Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day, and hosting out-of-town guests and finalizing summer camps, we have lots of potluck parties, end-of-the-school-year celebrations, book club meetings, and even a weekend away planned in May.

I’m relishing this week when we only have two things on the calendar as an opportunity to take it easy and stick with some of our family favorites and use up some ingredients languishing in the fridge and freezer.


6 Essential Tools for Your Home Bar, According to a Pro — Shopping

“Having the right bar tools isn’t about being fancy-shmancy,” says Elliott Clark, the mastermind behind Apartment Bartender. “It’s about making your life a whole lot easier during the drink-building process.”

Here are the five tools Elliott says you shouldn’t be without if you plan on mixing up a cocktail or three at home.


10 Easy Ways to Get Chicken on the Table with Your Instant Pot — Recipes from The Kitchn

Not only has my Instant Pot upped my meal prep routine, but this handy appliance has also been a game-changer on chicken-for-dinner night. Operating as an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker in one, it comes with the potential to speed up dinner, tackle still-frozen meat, and really take charge of the heavy lifting for getting dinner on the table. From weeknight chicken tikka masala to quick cacciatore to slow-simmered soups, here are 10 ways your Instant Pot makes tonight’s chicken dinner even easier.


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

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People have very strong opinions on what should be in a margarita. I remember when our editor Faith Durand suggested a couple years ago that you shouldn’t be adding orange liqueur to your margarita, and the comments section got pretty ugly. Yes, traditional margarita recipes generally just have three things: tequila, triple sec, and lime. But don’t let the haters get in the way of making your version of the classic.

If you’re ready to switch things up a little this summer, I have just the drink for you. I’ve found the most popular margarita recipe on Pinterest, and it’s definitely not traditional.


The 8 Tools You Definitely Don’t Need for Your Home Bar — The Minimalist Kitchen

If you’re into entertaining and mixing up cocktails at home, it’s easy to end up with a bar cart (or cabinet) full of random tools and gadgets you think you need. But the truth is, you don’t need all that much to make the perfect Negroni or Manhattan. Yes, you need the booze and a drinking vessel, but a lot of the rest is bonus.

We spoke with Elliott Clark, the mastermind behind Apartment Bartender, to find out which tools people can really live without. Save the cash (and the storage space) for a nice bottle of whiskey instead!


How To Make Kentucky Bourbon and Walnut Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

This bourbon-spiked, chocolate and walnut pie (aka we-can’t-call-it-Derby-pie pie) may well be the most controversial pie in the history of Kentucky. And controversy — and a lawsuit or two— has made this pie a part of Kentucky history. So eating a piece of this pie, you might say, is like eating a piece of history.

But we’d argue that this pie isn’t just famous because of some back and forth over a name. This pie is famous because it’s a downright delicious dessert that’s easy to whip up and pretty as you please to look at — especially with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream on top. Try it and let us know if you agree.