How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The slow cooker strikes again! With minimal work and just one ingredient (psst … it’s chicken) this recipe delivers the most delicious payoff imaginable — meat so tender and juicy it practically falls right off the bone. And it’s all thanks to the small, closed environment of the slow cooker.


How To Use KitchenAid Ice Cream Makers — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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For over three years, I had an ice cream maker sitting in my basement unused. I know how to (and love) making ice cream bases, but I had one excuse for not using the ice cream maker I had: I didn’t know how to use it. My ice cream maker was actually the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer, but it was a hand-me-down from a test kitchen I worked in and the instructions had long been lost. So in the basement it stayed.

While doing a bunch of research on which new ice cream maker I should buy, I discovered that the KitchenAid ice cream maker is beloved among even professional ice cream makers. It’s only one of few ice cream machines on the market with adjustable speeds. So I set out to figure out how the thing actually works and master my favorite ice cream flavor — coffee — at once.


What’s the Difference Between China and Dinnerware? — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

With more and more people forgoing traditional china sets in favor of basic everyday dinnerware (only 26 percent of today’s couples register for formal dinnerware — and some grow to regret not registering for it!), it’s still important to know what’s what. After all, how can you make an informed decision if you’re not informed? And while each plate may resemble the next, there are important differences between traditional china and dinnerware.


Recipe: Dahi Vadey — Ramadan Recipes from The Kitchn

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Dahi vadey, which literally translates to yogurt fritters, are fried chickpea-based fritters soaked in a savory yogurt base. The fritters are slightly tangy and a bit sour, thanks to the yogurt. They get their heat from the spices included in the batter and in the tadka, or tempering oil, that’s poured over right before serving. This dish is a classic staple of any Hyderbadi Indian iftar spread, and a requirement on my own family’s table.


Lidl’s Grand Opening Prices Are Real and They’re Spectacular — Grocery Shopping News

This week the European grocery chain Lidl is launching nine new grocery stores in the United States (you can see the full list here). If you’ve been freaking out about the new chain finally coming to the U.S., then you’ll be even more excited to see the company’s leaflet with pricing and specials for the store’s grand opening on June 15.


7 Ideas to Steal from Restaurant Patios — Patio Perfection

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably guilty of snapping a few decor inspo pics any time you eat out at a restaurant. And who could blame you? City or suburbs, our favorite spots are often packed with gorgeous tiles, inspiring bar setups, and the coolest furniture out there, so there’s plenty to love.

As the weather warms up, we’re turning our discerning eye outdoors, rounding up some of the hottest al fresco patios that are packed with stylish ideas perfect for your own home this summer.


Recipe: Kale Bistro Salad — Sunday Night Salads

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Kale, we aren’t done with you yet! In fact, if this salad is any proof, we’re still discovering ways to harness your incredible potential. In this flavorful take on the classic bistro salad — salade Lyonnaise — thin strands of kale and radicchio make up the base with bacon, eggs, and a surprising take on croutons topping it all off.

Even better, we’re showing you how to make this salad on a Sunday so you can enjoy it throughout the week.


We Tried Making Whole-Lemon Blender Lemonade and Here’s How It Went — Tip Test

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I imagine that many of us have sweet memories from days gone by of making lemonade in the kitchen with our parents or grandparents. Even if you grew up in a “from concentrate” or “bottled beverage” family, there’s a good chance you’ve given it a whirl as an adult. But have you ever tried making whole-lemon lemonade? As in, blending a whole lemon, ice, and sugar? We did — here’s how it went.


Recipe: Make-Ahead Chicken and Veggie Chopped Salad — Salad Recipes

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This is my favorite summer meal prep salad — the kind of thing I crave after a weekend of heavy barbecued foods, cold beers, and rich ice cream. On the tail-end of a quick summer getaway I had an epiphany: This is just the kind of salad to make right after coming home from vacation. The rhythm of preparing everything — from the soothing chop, chop of all the fresh vegetables to the zen whisking of the dressing — gives me my kitchen groove back every time.

If that all sounds a little too frou-frou for you, let me tell it this way: This salad is perfect for meal prepping, as it holds up really well in the fridge. It’s got tons of fresh raw vegetables, making it a crunchy delight of flavors and texture, and it will make you feel ready to face the work week post-vacation.

Open up your favorite grocery delivery app and get ready to order all the ingredients so you can make this as soon as you get home.