23 Essential Fermented Foods for Better Gut Health — Healthy Recipes from Kitchn

If you haven’t jumped on the fermented foods bandwagon yet, consider this your call to action. Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha have been in the limelight recently for their role in supporting healthy bacteria in your gut.

We couldn’t be happier about this fermented resurgence — especially since there’s something for everyone. After all, sourdough, beer, and yogurt are all fermented foods! Start working your way through this list for a super-healthy microbiome.


This Test Can Tell Whether You’ve Outgrown a Food Allergy — Food News

Diagnosing food allergies is a complicated matter. On top of pinpointing the source of an allergy, there’s the added murkiness of the fact that people can outgrow them. So how do you figure out if you’re still allergic to something without jeopardizing your health? A new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology spotlights something called food challenge, which serves as a pretty good test, reports NPR’s The Salt.


Amazon Wants to Deliver Chipotle to Your Doorstep and It’s Not OK — Food News

Alright, I get it. Amazon is taking over the world one step at a time. For the most part, I have little qualms with that. They’re a secure and trusted site that allows us one-click ordering for most items we need in a jiffy (something this writer appreciates fully living in cow-town Wisconsin). But their recent new partnership with food delivery service Olo has me scratching my head and taking a stand.

Sorry, Amazon, I don’t want burrito delivery.


Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Tropical Turmeric Smoothie — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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If you believe the best breakfast smoothies boast a taste of the tropics, this is the smoothie kit you need to keep in your freezer. It comes together with a medley of sweet topical fruits partnered with a pop of pungent fresh ginger and the warm flavor and golden hue of turmeric.


Why My Family Always Eats Dinner at 6 — Dinner with Kids

Recently my wife Laurie and I attempted to reminisce about the carefree days before our daughter Iris was born in 2003. I was reviewing restaurants and getting into home sausage-making and bread-baking. We were young and flexible.

It turns out we both suffer from parenting-induced retrograde amnesia, because we couldn’t remember a damn thing about what we ate for dinner back then — or when we ate it.

Now we have a strict dinnertime and it turns out I love it even more than our daughter does.


pizza beans (cookbook preview!)

Good morning! In less than one month (28 days, not that I’m nervously counting or anything), my second cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, will be ready to leave warehouses and head to you or your favorite bookstore. A book tour will be quickly under way (I hope we get to meet!). And all of this means that today, I get to share two more awesome things:

1. Early copies of the book have begun to arrive at warehouses! While the book will not be officially out until October 24th, we thought it would be fun to send a few of these out right now. To you. For free. Because maybe being the first of your friends to get the book comes with bragging rights. Because we hope it’s worth the wait, and that wait (4.92 years) has been long enough. My publishers are giving away 10 copies each to U.S. and Canadian residents; use the links below to submit your name for a chance to win.

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Recipe: Weeknight Skillet Lasagna — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

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A layered lasagna is a true labor of love that requires slow cooking a sauce, boiling noodles, and layering the ingredients all before it even goes in the oven. While I appreciate a well-constructed lasagna, it’s not feasible for weeknight dinners.

Here’s how you can skip the oven entirely and still have a lasagna that’s loaded with a savory sausage and mushroom red sauce, tender noodles that are cooked right in the sauce, and, of course, three kinds of cheese to meld and hold everything together. Cooked in just one skillet on the stovetop, this is truly a weeknight lasagna that you can add to your dinner rotation.


A Week of Dinners: Jessica Merchant — A Week of Dinners

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Welcome to Kitchn’s new series A Week of Dinners, where we show you how people put dinner on the table for their family, thanks to the five weeknight recipes they rely on.

Jessica Merchant lives with her husband, Ed, and 2 1/2-year-old son, Max, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she writes and develops recipes. “I’m madly, outrageously, inexplicably in love with food,” Merchant explains enthusiastically. She is the author of bestselling cookbook Seriously Delish and upcoming cookbook The Pretty Dish. Since 2009 she’s been the blogger behind How Sweet Eats, a wildly popular food blog with the most gorgeous photos. (Do yourself a favor and follow her on Instagram immediately. I’m serious.)

Today Jessica shares how she gets food on the table for her family (even when she’s 9 months pregnant right now!) and what weeknight dinners look like for them.


25 Essential Fall Dutch Oven Recipes — Recipes from The Kitchn

My most prized possession in my kitchen is my Dutch oven. Ever since I began rifling through food magazines as a teenager, I’ve pined over the classic Le Creuset one and, knowing this, my aunt gifted my husband and I one as an engagement gift. It hasn’t budged from my stovetop since. That’s partially because we don’t have room to store it anywhere else in our tiny apartment, but we also use it incredibly often.

When fall hits, we use it almost daily to churn out soups, braised meat, and one-pot meals. Do you do the same? If not, let these 25 recipes convince you. Once you discover a Dutch oven’s endless possibilities, you’ll leave yours out on the stovetop too.


The 10 Best Things You Can Do When Loading the Dishwasher — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

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It may be a cliché, but I’ll admit that my husband and I have had actual arguments over how to load the dishwasher. Turns out, we’ve both been wrong a few times, according to the dishwasher pros I’ve interviewed. Here are the 10 best things you can do when loading the dishwasher.

A bonus thing: Don’t fight with your significant other. After all, it’s just one load of dishes.