A Sticky, Peanutty Tempeh to Win Weeknight Dinner

“The first time I watched the sky bleed tones of orange and red as the sun set over the sea in my father’s home town of Kupang, Timor,” Coconut & Sambal author Lara Lee writes, “it struck me as a moment of coming home—but to a place I had never bee…

“The first time I watched the sky bleed tones of orange and red as the sun set over the sea in my father’s home town of Kupang, Timor,” Coconut & Sambal author Lara Lee writes, “it struck me as a moment of coming home—but to a place I had never been before.”

Growing up in Sydney with an Australian mother and a Chinese-Indonesian father and grandmother instilled in Lee a sense of longing for home—wherever, whatever that may be—at a very young age. As an adult, she began cooking professionally, and that back-of-mind longing quickly evolved into a front-of-mind mission:

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Crispy Chicken Thighs With Garlic & Artichokes Are a Weeknight Win

We’ve teamed up with Miele to streamline your weeknight dinner routine with smart, delicious recipes the whole family will want to dig into. Here, cookbook author and recipe developer Samantha Seneviratne shares her go-to ingredient for making one-pan …

We've teamed up with Miele to streamline your weeknight dinner routine with smart, delicious recipes the whole family will want to dig into. Here, cookbook author and recipe developer Samantha Seneviratne shares her go-to ingredient for making one-pan chicken thighs—roasted to golden-crisp goodness in the Miele M Touch Convection Oven—a winner, winner.


Back in culinary school, learning how to “turn” (aka clean and trim) an artichoke was considered an essential part of the core curriculum. One day in class, Jacques Pépin—world-renowned chef and one of the deans of my school—was mulling about the kitchen, watching and critiquing everyone’s form. I prayed that he wouldn’t look my way, but he pulled up right beside me.

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Our 26 Coziest Fall Pasta Recipes

The moment fall is declared, I immediately begin to crave pasta—and only pasta—for every meal. There’s something about the holy union of carbohydrates, creamy sauces, and earthy autumnal vegetables (hey squash, hello mushrooms, good to see you cauliflo…

The moment fall is declared, I immediately begin to crave pasta—and only pasta—for every meal. There's something about the holy union of carbohydrates, creamy sauces, and earthy autumnal vegetables (hey squash, hello mushrooms, good to see you cauliflower) interspersed with zingy cheese and sausage and subtle threads of nutmeg that make autumn the ideal season for pasta consumption.

Fall pasta dishes are just cozy, which I know is a much-overused term, but if the word cozy were ever to be manifested as a pasta, it would for sure be a cool-weather one, full of bubbly cheeses and vegetables and a few woody herbs. Possibly a brassica or two. No matter what they contain, fall pasta dishes must be warm, they must be hearty, and, above all, they must be deeply satisfying.

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How to Make a Grain Bowl With Whatever’s in Your Fridge

I realize that I may be alone here when I say that bowls are my favorite piece of dishware. (What, you don’t have a favorite eating vessel?)
Hear me out: Unlike plates, which waste sauce and discourage you from mixing a meal’s different components, bow…

I realize that I may be alone here when I say that bowls are my favorite piece of dishware. (What, you don't have a favorite eating vessel?)

Hear me out: Unlike plates, which waste sauce and discourage you from mixing a meal's different components, bowls are vessels that empower you to layer multiple flavors and top everything off with a grand finale of dressing. Which brings me to grain bowls.

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15 Easy Ways to Upgrade Boxed Mac & Cheese for Last-Minute Dinners

Let me get one thing straight: I have loved boxed macaroni and cheese for as long as I can remember. From the bright orange Kraft mac and cheese dinners my dad “cooked” when my mom was out of town, to the countless microwaveable single-serve Easy Mac c…

Let me get one thing straight: I have loved boxed macaroni and cheese for as long as I can remember. From the bright orange Kraft mac and cheese dinners my dad "cooked" when my mom was out of town, to the countless microwaveable single-serve Easy Mac cups I consumed in college, and fancied-up shells and white cheddar from Annie's that now fill my pantry, this gloriously convenient invention has always been a part of my life.

And while you can often catch me whipping up a batch of the stuff in its purest form (including last night, when I had zero desire to prepare a full dinner), there are times when I like to experiment with different combinations of ingredients. Some are based off my cravings (spicy, bright and herby, or totally carbo-loaded), and other times they're based off whatever leftovers are in my fridge. Sure, adding extra ingredients can take away a bit of the simplicity, but incorporating them is easy and rarely takes more than a few minutes—in fact, you can usually finish the prep while the pasta water boils. Most importantly, they pay off big time in terms of flavor.

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13 Ways Chicken Thighs Are Winning Dinner

There’s a reason we consider chicken a winner dinner. It’s an affordable, filling option with tons of variety. And if you’re going to break it down by cost, there’s a cut we’re flocking to: those thighs.

The average price of a pound of chicken thighs …

There’s a reason we consider chicken a winner dinner. It’s an affordable, filling option with tons of variety. And if you’re going to break it down by cost, there’s a cut we’re flocking to: those thighs.

The average price of a pound of chicken thighs is about $1.00. But budget-friendly doesn’t have to mean boring. Chicken thighs shine in all sorts of dishes, from roasting and grilling to braises and sheet pans. Sure, they have bones, but they’re easy to eat around—and add tons of flavor. (Plus, I sincerely hope you choose to keep that crispy, tasty skin!)

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7 Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes That Are High Comfort, Low Effort

When we last rounded up our best slow-cooker recipes, we may have gone a little meat-heavy. But for good reason: Slow cookers are a godsend when it comes to breaking down tough, cheaper cuts of meat like brisket and shoulder into soft, luscious dinners…

When we last rounded up our best slow-cooker recipes, we may have gone a little meat-heavy. But for good reason: Slow cookers are a godsend when it comes to breaking down tough, cheaper cuts of meat like brisket and shoulder into soft, luscious dinners. I can't stop making old-fashioned meals like beef stroganoff in mine, for instance. (Can you?)

But when community member Ann S. commented, "I wish this list included some nice vegetarian slow-cooker options. After all, people who don't eat meat also like to solo-binge TV, too," many others echoed her sentiment.

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Our 15 Speediest, Most Popular Sheet-Pan Recipes

I’d like to give a shout-out to sheet pans. Because it’s amazing how the simplest, cheapest of tools can accomplish quick, delicious, and fuss-free (in the planning, prepping, and cleaning) meals the entire family adores. Sure, we love Instant Pots, Ai…

I’d like to give a shout-out to sheet pans. Because it’s amazing how the simplest, cheapest of tools can accomplish quick, delicious, and fuss-free (in the planning, prepping, and cleaning) meals the entire family adores. Sure, we love Instant Pots, Air Fryers, and the like, but sheet pans are the OG busy (and hungry) cook’s best friend.

But I hardly need to tell you this. Sheet-pan recipes are some of our most popular attractions (ahem, please refer to this list). There are the buttery, flakey slab pot pies, roast-y salads, a full American breakfast...I could keep going!

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The 33 Summer Pasta Recipes We’ve Waited All Year to Make

One of the best parts about summer has got to be the produce. From fresh corn to juicy tomatoes, the warmer months make for some of the most exciting cooking. One of our favorite vehicles for the season’s ripest picks? Pasta, especially the ones listed…

One of the best parts about summer has got to be the produce. From fresh corn to juicy tomatoes, the warmer months make for some of the most exciting cooking. One of our favorite vehicles for the season's ripest picks? Pasta, especially the ones listed here.

These are pastas to serve still steaming—whether you're fresh off a full day of beach lounging or at an elegant outdoor summer soirée, the kind where you're wearing seersucker, and the napkins are linen, and the lights are twinkling.

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55 Impossibly Easy, Slightly Lazy, 100% Reliable Summer Dinner Recipes

Dragging open a can of anchovies. Cubing cold, snappy vegetables to toss in a mustard jar vinaigrette. Spooning anything at all onto toast, with pepper and cheese and salt. There’s something wonderfully languid about making summer dinners, the kind th…

Dragging open a can of anchovies. Cubing cold, snappy vegetables to toss in a mustard jar vinaigrette. Spooning anything at all onto toast, with pepper and cheese and salt. There's something wonderfully languid about making summer dinners, the kind that come half-prepped right from the produce bag (or, okay, pasta box).

The best are not just easy, but also quick—even unnervingly so. "Didn't I just open the fridge?" you'll say to yourself, sitting down to Brie-cloaked noodles and tomatoes. Or skillet-grilled fish tacos. Or the undeniable genius of a salad made from cornbread.

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