The Pioneer Woman’s Secret for Dining Out with Teenagers — Pop Culture

In the past 12 years, The Pioneer Woman has built an empire on cooking and writing about food in the most relatable way. During that time her fans have watched her children turn from cute little kids to full-grown teenagers who do things like walk through the door with 12 hungry friends 10 minutes before lunch. Drummond handled that particular event with red Solo cups and fried chicken from the deli, and generally she seems to be really enjoy being constantly surrounded by huge numbers of teenagers.


10 Fast & Easy Dinner Ideas for Hungry Toddlers & Tired Parents — Recipes from The Kitchn

My youngest just officially left the toddler years for that “threenager” year, but the struggles of feeding a toddler are not too far away from my memory. Toddlers bounce from happy and inquisitive to tired and cranky easily without the capacity to tell us that they are hungry and headed for a meltdown. All of this is to say that after a day, or a week, or even hours of extraordinary emotional highs and lows and generally wrestling a wild, stubborn 2-year-old, you are tired. And you all still need to eat.

Here are 10 of our go-to dinners for the nights when growing up has really worked up your toddler’s appetite and you are too tired to cook an elaborate meal.


10 Ways to Eat Chicken Breast for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

Chicken breasts are truly a blank slate, which is kind of what makes them so amazing. It’s true they can be bland and boring on their own, but if you marinate them in some yogurt or sear them with spices, they become a meal to remember. The fact that they are so versatile and so quick to cook is why we love them for weeknight dinners. Whether you prefer the stovetop, oven, or slow cooker, these 10 recipes will show you how to turn chicken breast into dinner, and keep it interesting.


The Story Behind Costco’s $1.50 Hot Dog Deal — Grocery News

Costco became a global icon by offering some of the best deals a person could find. Whether it’s selling a cookie butter cheesecake the size of a wagon wheel, or four-and-a-half pounds of its own version of Nutella for $7.99, Costco has some wonderful affordable offerings. And probably the best steal in the whole building is the $1.50 hot dog and soda combo at the Costco food court.


quick, essential stovetop mac-and-cheese

A couple years ago, at my second home (the grocery store, alas, not, like, the shore) I was passing through the boxed macaroni and cheese section and realized my son, then five, had grown up so far without ever trying it. I realize some people pat themselves on the back about this, but I’m more skeptical about things. Realistically, by the time my kids grow up, I will have inundated them so with so many kale caesars, farro salads and wholesome slaws, sweet potatoes, and homemade from-scratch birthday cakes they’ll have no choice but to rebel with a steady diet of sugar cereals, frozen pocketed foods, and frosting from a can. Maybe leveling things up earlier on will help avoid this outcome? So I bought a box, made it for dinner that night (with the requisite steamed broccoli on the side, nobody ever tells you how much broccoli you’re going to steam when you become a parent) and oh, I’m sorry, were you waiting for me to call it terrible? A disappointment? A memory from childhood that did not hold up? It was anything but. I love orange cheese powder and I do not wish to keep it to myself any longer.

i love this ruffly shapea little water and a lot of pasta is fine hereparmesan is all you needsometimes I get fancy with aged cheddar

I understand that the internet can supply me with orange cheese powder but I promise, that’s not where I’m going with this. I want to talk about why we like it and what I — an adult who doesn’t want to make a habit of the boxed stuff, nor live a life devoid of the dish it creates — do when I’m craving stovetop pasta with a sauce of melted cheese intensely* and nothing else will do.

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3 Private-Label Brands We Love as Much as Costco’s Kirkland Signature — Shopping

It’s no secret how much we (and you guys, too!) love us some Kirkland Signature at Costco. (See: Kitchn Editors Reveal Their Favorite Kirkland Signature Products at Costco and The 13 Best Kirkland Signature Products at Costco.) And for good reason — the private label brand is often just as good as name-brand counterparts and almost always at a better price point. But as much as we talk about Costco, there are other retailers with legit private-label brands that also deserve some love.

Here are three of our other favorites!


Our Editors’ Favorite Plastic Wrap Is the Same Brand Ina Uses — Shopping

Plastic wrap is a silly thing to have a strong opinion about, and yet us editors at Kitchn have one. You see, there’s one brand of plastic wrap that our food editors buy for their own kitchens, where they test and develop all of our recipes. And it’s the same brand that we use in our photo studio kitchen.

What brand is it? Keep reading for the big reveal.

Fun fact: It’s also Ina Garten’s favorite plastic wrap, which she’s been sure to point out in her recent cookbooks.