This Kitchen Gadget Is the Key to Faster Family Dinner

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Halfway through 2020, that s…

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.


Halfway through 2020, that special parental year from hell, I purchased a high-speed blender after a late-night doom-scrolling session. Though I had publicly scoffed at the idea of “status” appliances—“No air fryer or Instant Pot will ever grace my kitchen,” I proclaimed—this pandemic purchase had me eating my words.

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Our Fave Kids Lunch Boxes for Stress-Free, Spill-Free Meals

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For years, my parents sent m…

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.


For years, my parents sent me to school with the same lunch every day: a tuna sandwich on whole wheat, with an apple that invariably squashed the bread, all stuffed into a brown paper bag with my name written on the top.

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The Kid-Approved Way to Make Quesadilla Magic

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Ask any parent, and they’ll …

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Ask any parent, and they’ll tell you: Kids are born scavengers.

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The Sleep-Deprived Guide to Homemade Baby Food

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Is it wildly unrealistic to …

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Is it wildly unrealistic to make your own baby food? After all, you’ve just stumbled through the wilderness of the newborn days. Now is hardly the time to embark upon an ambitious DIY project like making your own purées when you could just pick up some pouches from the store, right?

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A Theory from the 1980s Could Be the Key to Solving Picky Eating

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Last year Ellen Kehs, a mom …

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Last year Ellen Kehs, a mom of three boys all under 10 in Papillion, Nebraska, signed up for an online workshop called “Stress Free Family Eating.” It ended up changing her life—or, at least, her dinner table. Before she took the class last January, Kehs recalls, she heard a constant nightly refrain: “I’m not eating that. Can’t we just have chicken nuggets or cheeseburgers or take-out?” A fight with the youngest would ensue. The middle kid would storm out.

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7 Shelf-Stable School Lunches Kids’ll Actually Eat

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A very specific sort of terr…

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A very specific sort of terror washes over parents when they realize their kid is departing for school momentarily...and has no lunch. What if said lunch also needs to stay fresh from drop-off until chow time—around four hours? What if frozen cooler packs are a no-go? Cue blind panic.

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How to Cook for Your Family in Spite of Your Children

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I remember the precise smell…

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I remember the precise smell of my mom’s lamb curry. It would carry down the driveway, walloping us when we got home from school. I hated it, just like I hated eggs, but that didn’t stop my mother from serving those things. She didn’t ask us for our suggestions; we ate what she felt like cooking. And at our family dinner, when she served something she knew my siblings and I disliked, she didn’t flinch when we moaned.

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My Number One Parenting Trick: Always Save Those Two Last Bites

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In 2008, my then-boyfriend J…

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In 2008, my then-boyfriend Joseph and I almost broke up over a chicken wing. It was a typical Sunday evening at a college-town pub, filled with mediocre beer, half-off wings, and gripes about grades. As was our custom, our Caribbean crew ordered more wings than we needed. That fateful night, one wing perched alone on the platter, when Joseph requested the bill and…a box.

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10 Trader Joe’s Products That Save My Neck & Feed My Kid

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Once upon a time, I scoffed …

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Once upon a time, I scoffed at Sandra Lee and her “semi-homemade” juggernaut. I made my ratatouille from scratch, thank you very much. I rejoiced that a mole poblano would take me all day to cook. Then I had a kid, and—well—you’ve heard this song before.

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8 Powerhouse Pantry Staples Parents Need to Make Dinner Happen

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You live and breathe by list…

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.


You live and breathe by lists, Google Docs, or a cryptic collage of sticky notes on the fridge. We’re right there with you, parents. But no matter how organized you are, it can feel like a Sisyphean task to get dinner on the table for the whole crew seven nights a week. Even with the occasional pizza delivery in the mix, a well-stocked pantry is key.

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