5 Italian Cooks Share Their Favorite Brand of Grocery Store Olive Oil — Shopping

A bottle of olive oil is a staple for pretty much any kitchen — and no one knows that better than an Italian chef. While it’s easy to assume that experts in Italian cuisine look exclusively to premium manufacturers for their EVOO, many chefs are quick to recommend options that are more readily available to the average shopper as well. After all, even the finest chefs are home cooks too.

Check out these olive oil recommendations from five well-loved Italian cooks.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Queso Dip — Dip Party

Queso dip, for the uninitiated (welcome to the fold!), is a smooth, cheesy sauce designed for chip-dipping and ladling over fries. And, most importantly for us, it’s the scene-stealer at any party. We’re making this creamy dip in the slow cooker and utilizing a few choice ingredients to ensure it tastes just like the neon nacho cheese sauce you enjoyed on chips at the movie theaters of your youth.

So if you’re looking to infuse your game day menu with a dose of nostalgia, be sure to invite this slow-cooker queso dip to the party.


The Best Budget Grocery Shopping Tips from Moms of Big Families — Shopping

When you’re cooking for five or more people, the grocery bills can add up quickly. Beyond the sheer volume of food, balancing everyone’s evolving preferences and dietary needs is a big challenge. So we figure moms of bigger-than-average families have a few tricks up their sleeves to keep their food shopping costs on budget.

Beyond the usual tips, here’s what they told us.


How To Make Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Tucking into a hearty bowl of tender beef stew is like dinnertime nirvana. Within the rich, beefy broth are creamy chunks of potato and carrots and perfectly tender pieces of beef that fall apart in your mouth. The ingredients are humble, but the resulting stew is completely luxurious. It just might be the single best cold-weather supper ever.

If you’ve long considered beef stew a Sunday-only dinner affair, then allow me to introduce you to the beef stew you can start on a weekday morning and come home to in the evening.


5 Easy Ways You Can Save Now to Splurge at the Dinner Table Later — Life in the Kitchen

When I was in my mid-20s, I was sure 10 years down the road that I’d be firmly ensconced in my chosen career as an actress, probably living in some magnificent estate in Connecticut, and starting to think about settling down.

Fast forward to my life as a journalist, living in an apartment in Manhattan — life isn’t always the way you think it will be. I gained Central Park and gave up the idea of a backyard. I lost my independence and gained my little son.

And every day, I skimp on some things to splurge on others. Food and dining out are major parts of my life. I love to head to the Japanese superstore and go overboard on assorted sweet snacks and salty sauces in Hello Kitty bottles. I get an indescribable thrill out of a three-hour tasting menu on my birthday. And there are trade-offs I try to make every day to ensure that’s a possibility.


Recipe: Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

If you’re searching for a grab-and-go breakfast that’s full of all the delicious things you would put in on omelet on a leisurely weekend morning, look no further than these breakfast muffins. Loaded with breakfast sausage, wilted baby spinach, tart apple, and sharp cheddar cheese, these savory muffins smell like a freshly baked quiche and make sure you get in some protein, fruit, and even greens for breakfast.


Recipe: Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce — Slow Cooker Recipes from The Kitchn

Making a good bolognese sauce is a real labor of love. Sure, you could just add some ground beef to a tomato sauce and call it good (and heck, we often do!), but there’s a certain irresistible silkiness and a deep, meaty flavor that can really only come from all-day cooking. This is a dish that takes a humble package of ground beef and turns it into something worthy of the finest dinner party. Bolognese is that good.


5 Awesome Places to Buy Matcha Online — Kitchn Goes Shopping

Since giving up coffee last May, matcha has totally transformed my day. I no longer feel sluggish in the afternoon, and my energy levels in general have become more stable. The daily practice of whisking my matcha or adding it into an elixir of some sort has become a welcomed morning ritual.

As someone who is relatively new to drinking this magical green tea, I initially found it hard to discern between the various grades of matcha and what brands I should consider. I didn’t want to purchase a matcha that was better suited for baking than drinking, but I also didn’t have the palate (or wallet) for tea that was super expensive.

After some trial and error, I’ve found five brands I trust at varying prices. The least expensive of these tins costs $16 (for 40 grams) and the higher-end matcha costs $39 (for 30 grams). You can also buy every one of these tins online.