How To Make the Best Chocolate Avocado Pudding — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Creamy, smooth, sweet, and satisfying, chocolate pudding is a treat that always invites a smile. One version of chocolate pudding has been rising in popularity for the past few years, and it’s with very good reason. As the interest in plant-based food increases, the seismic shift from boxed mixes or stovetop versions found their hero in naturally creamy avocado.

This chocolate avocado pudding is as chocolatey and luscious as any other pudding, and it’s even richer-tasting, more unctuous, and even more chocolatey. Best of all it’s vegan and gluten-free. Unlike the other versions, which can taste milky or ultra-sweet, this chocolate avocado pudding is all about the chocolate.

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Cook Your Zodiac Sign: 10 Recipes for Perfect for Pisces — Recipes from The Kitchn

There are all sorts of ways to decide what to cook, but perhaps the most fun and frivolous is letting your zodiac sign decide. Each zodiac sign has a distinct set of personality traits, and with that plenty of spot-on recipes to match. So whether you read your horoscope and always gasp “that’s me!” or find yourself rolling your eyes at the prospect of it, we invite you to have a little fun figuring out what to make for dinner this week. After all, it’s your birthday season, dear Pisces, so this lineup was made for you. It features 10 recipes that speak to your generous heart and your creative, dreamy spirit.

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My Friend and I Created a Pie Contest for Our Hometown and This Is What We Learned — Life in the Kitchen

Three years ago I lamented to my dear friend Joya Rose that I missed the chance of a lifetime to enter a pie contest in Los Angeles. She said we should create our own in our small town of Santa Barbara, and we did just that.

This was our third year running the #SBPieContest. There were 27 pies to be judged, broken out into seven categories: sweet, savory, special diet, kids, wildcard, traditional, and people’s choice. We raised about $2,000 this year, and all proceeds went to Foodbank Santa Barbara County.

We almost canceled it repeatedly, first due to the Thomas Fire (the largest fire in Southern California’s recorded history) and then to subsequent mudslides in Montecito. Our community was hurting, but we decided to carry on. These natural disasters were devastating and the effects are still being felt, with heartache and grief all around us, but people rallied together because of one thing: pie!

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20 Slow-Cooker Soups, Stews, and Braises to Make When You’re Snowed In — Recipes from The Kitchn

Slow cookers are often used by busy people who are rushing out the door and want a hot, ready-to-go meal when they return. But the slow cooker works just as well for the more leisurely paced snow day. Imagine throwing a soup together in the slow cooker upon hearing the news that you’re not going anywhere and then going about your snow-day business (which will likely involve a fair amount of shoveling and fort-building.) A few hours later, you return to the kitchen and presto! A hot lunch is ready for everyone.

So many delicious foods respond to the low-and-slow method of cooking that a slow cooker provides. Consider a spicy chicken enchilada soup, comforting maple and Dijon pot roast, or a creamy lemon dal. Cozy up and hunker in for the long haul!

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5 Smart Tips for Managing Your Grocery Budget — Money Goals, Kitchen Solutions

Here at Kitchn we believe that getting in control of your finances starts with food. Do you want to save up for a special trip? Or maybe you’re trying to lower your student debt? Keeping a close watch on your grocery budget can help. Being a smart shopper and planner can save you a whole lot of dough in the long run.

Here are five smart tips and tools for managing your grocery budget.

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20 Satisfying Cooking Projects for a Snow Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

If you’re stuck inside on a snow day and you’re a cook, most likely you’ll be found in the kitchen, taking advantage of this windfall day to take on one of those bigger projects you can’t seem to squeeze in under normal circumstances. Those homemade dumplings you’ve been meaning to make will finally see the light of day, or perhaps it’s time to prepare a pot of robust beef stew to enjoy after a day of snowman building.

Satisfy yourself with a full day in the kitchen this winter — make croissants, freeze dumplings, master macarons. Even if you didn’t stop by the store to stock up on supplies the day before, we still have a few recipes you can cobble together from basic pantry items to make the most out of this cozy day in the kitchen.

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Cook All Day, Eat All Month: 3 Meal Planners Share Their Secrets — Meal Planning

When it comes to meal planning and prepping, how much should you do in one go? I’ve always thought of meal prepping as a weekly ritual, with Sunday as the magic day to prep delicious lunches, hearty dinner salads, and budget-friendly meals that use up all the leftovers. Meal prep Sundays are not only a sacred day for many food-lovers, but also incredibly important for anyone trying to stick to a budget.

Well, maybe it’s time to reconsider this weekly strategy. I realized recently that there are droves of cooks who are able to knock out a whole month’s worth of meals in just one day.

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The Best Cookware Deals for Presidents Day Weekend — Shopping

Presidents Day tends to go underappreciated, but the holiday has a lot going for it. For one, it’s a day to remember some monumental presidents (duh). It’s the last three-day weekend until Memorial Day weekend (c’mon, summer!). It’s a day with few obligations (no one hosts Presidents Day picnics or fireworks shows). It’s also one of the few good weekends for sales during the first half of the year.

Even if you’re sitting at your desk this Monday, there’s still a lot of shopping to be done. Here are eight of the best kitchen and dining deals happening this weekend — some offer as much as 70 percent off.

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