The One Thing You Should Always Do Before Shopping at Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table — Shopping

I love going to high-end cooking stores like Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma. Wandering those aisles, thinking about the kind of cook I could be if I just had the right equipment, is enchanting. And sometimes I actually do need to buy something. My only problem there is that, while they carry the best of the best, the prices tend to match. But recently I’ve been taking a new approach in order to save money on those high-end cookware and appliance brands that I’d normally buy at Sur la Table or Williams Sonoma.


Trader Joe’s Is Jumping on the Rosé Cider Trend Just in Time for Fall — Grocery News

August might seem a bit late to jump on one of the biggest summer beverage trends of the year, but Trader Joe’s thinks rosé cider has staying power. The grocery giant just released their own brand of rosé cider, even though fall is just on the horizon and Starbucks has already started shipping its Pumpkin Spice Lattes to stores.


The Best Lunch Boxes for Kids at Any Age — Shopping

I’ll admit: As a kid, I used to get way too excited to go back to school. Some of that may have had to do with the promise of all-new gear — some new clothes, a cool backpack, bright new folders, and a new lunch bag — to really make a style statement on that first day. And while my memories of it are all about how fun it was to get new stuff, now that I’m a mom I know the truth: Last year’s stuff was always totally trashed.

My daughter’s backpack literally has holes in it from being dragged across the playground, and her lunch bag is permanently filthy. Plus, my kids grow out of stuff. Quickly. Yes, even lunch boxes. Their appetites change, their backpack loads change, and so do their tastes. With that (and them!) in mind, here are some of the best lunch boxes for your kid this year — broken out by school level.


How To Make Easy Muesli — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Muesli checks all the boxes of a perfect weekday breakfast. You can make it in advance; it’s packed with whole grains, fiber, protein, and antioxidants; and it’s extremely versatile, both in how you make it and how you eat it. I like to make a big batch over the weekend to last throughout the week, which significantly speeds up my weekday morning routine. It’s toasty, nutty, chewy, and truly satisfying — finally, a breakfast that can hold me until lunch.


This Vitamix is Currently The Cheapest It’s Ever Been — Amazon Deal of the Day

If you don’t already have a Vitamix, chances are it’s been on your wish list for a long, long time. And what’s not to love (or lust) about ’em? As the gold standard of blenders, they’re perfect for whipping up nut butters, salsa, and frozen margaritas.

But while Vitamix is arguably one of the best – if not, the best — blender brands on the market, it’s not the cheapest. Most models will set you back a couple hundred dollars, so it’s a good idea to wait until they go on sale.

Well, the wait is over.


Recipe: Spicy Ground Pork & Zucchini Stir-Fry — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

This spicy, satisfying pork and zucchini stir-fry, rich with ginger and garlic, is the ultimate solution when you don’t know what to cook midweek. Toss everything together in one skillet or wok and it comes together in next to no time. Pile the good stuff on top of rice in a bowl and enjoy the comforting, well-balanced dinner in front of you. Go ahead and take that bowl to the couch if you’d like, along with a glass of wine, if you’re in need of serious respite after a long day — it will most definitely help nudge you along toward the weekend.


Fact: The Snacks at This Grocery Store Are Just as Good as the Snacks at Trader Joe’s — Shopping

I recently read that the TSA is increasingly cracking down on travelers’ snack foods, ordering additional inspections of, like, suspicious-looking goldfish crackers or requesting that we place our KIND bars in the plastic bins beside our shoes, belts, and oversized bracelets. I snarled at that article the day before I flew to Europe, so part of my packing process included a few minutes of unpacking, as I shook all of the snacks out of my usual carry-on bag.


The Creator of Instagram’s Favorite Cookie, Alison Roman, Shares a Week of Dinners — A Week of Dinners

Welcome to Kitchn’s series A Week of Dinners, where we show you how our favorite cooks put dinner on the table.

Alison Roman is the creator of a chocolate chip cookie that sent Instagram into wild fervor last fall — a recipe with enough panache to show off, but so easy it gives Tollhouse cut-and-bakes some competition. “They’re really, really good and they’re simple. They’re not crazy. There’s nothing polarizing about them,” Roman says about their virality.

The truth is that the cookies were not a happy accident. Roman has been a professional cook for 13 years now, and the thought and attention she puts into her work is substantial. “I want to help people feel empowered in the kitchen,” she explains. “It brings me a lot of joy.”

As a former Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit (turned contributor) and new columnist for the New York Times, Roman is a force in the food world. She came out with her first cookbook, Dining In, last fall, and her second one is well under way. Somewhere between working on all of her various side projects and checking Instagram messages, she manages to make dinner for herself and her friends — usually unplanned, and sometimes involving popcorn and nutritional yeast.

I got to visit Roman in her new Brooklyn apartment, where we talked meal planning (or her lack thereof), the pantry ingredients she always has on hand for easy dinners, and the things she makes consistently for dinner (you guys, her steak salad recipe is so damn good).


The Best Grocery Store Snacks Under 200 Calories — Shopping

Wander the middle aisles of the supermarket and you’ll find no shortage of snacks. But if you’re looking for healthy snacks, well, that’s another story. Packaged snack foods are notoriously high in the stuff you don’t need (namely fat, sugar, and salt) and low in just about everything else. In between the stacks of cookies and the potato chips, however, we found a few great options that can satisfy your cravings for crispy, crunchy bites — without all the junk.


Williams Sonoma Is Having a Big Sale on One of Our Favorite Brands — Shopping

Whether we’re buying a coffee maker or some knives, Cuisinart almost never lets us down. The brand is known for offering reliable kitchen accessories that won’t break the bank. And yet, there are still frequent sales to be found, which is why we’re currently so excited about what’s going on over at Williams Sonoma: For a limited time only, you can save up to 60 percent on select Cuisinart small appliances. We’re talking toasters, tea kettles, pressure cookers, and much, much more.

We know you don’t have all day to scope out the sale, so we’re sharing our five favorite finds below. Just don’t forget to add the promo code “PREP” during checkout!