Sure, there are always exceptions—but the typical 18-year-old isn't exactly...
Sure, there are always exceptions—but the typical 18-year-old isn't exactly a wiz in the kitchen. College is a time to experiment with food and grow as a cook. Don't waste those precious years on fast food, takeout, and dining hall slop. We've compiled 30 recipes that are so easy, even a college student can tackle them with confidence. And don't worry: Plenty of them can be made in the microwave.
Dessert doesn’t get easier, or more delicious, than a no-bake key lime pie....
Dessert doesn’t get easier, or more delicious, than a no-bake key lime pie. Requiring just a handful of ingredients, this easy pie is a great recipe for less experienced bakers—especially considering what a crowd-pleaser it is. Perfect for the hot summer months when you’d rather reduce your oven use, the luscious key lime filling sets up to creamy perfection with the help of Cool Whip. Though we provide instructions for a homemade graham cracker crust, you can make this key lime pie recipe all the easier (and skip the oven altogether) by opting for a pre-made, store-bought pie crust instead.
The last thing that anyone wants to do after enjoying a delicious meal is t...
The last thing that anyone wants to do after enjoying a delicious meal is to wash a sink filled with dishes. Luckily, these one-dish dinner recipes make it easy to prepare, cook, and clean in record time. All you need is a 10-inch or 12-inch oven-safe skillet, such as a cast-iron, to make these tasty weeknight meals a regular part of your rotation.
Finishing your peas and carrots is exponentially more exciting when bacon i...
Finishing your peas and carrots is exponentially more exciting when bacon is involved. In fact, almost every dish is more exciting when bacon comes to play, so feel free to swap your family's favorite veggies into this versatile pasta.
If you have young kids serving themselves, lift the nachos off the pan with...
If you have young kids serving themselves, lift the nachos off the pan with the parchment paper (and remove the hot pan from the table). For the creamiest nacho sauce, start with a block of cheese and shred it yourself.
Lunchtime is arguably the best part of school, so it’s a good idea to make ...
Lunchtime is arguably the best part of school, so it’s a good idea to make sure your kids look forward to it. Our resident mom Nicole has gathered her best lunchbox tips so you can pack like a pro—plus, she tested out some of the internet’s most popular lunch hacks.
Put it on ice
Kids don’t have the luxury of stashing their lunch in a fridge until it’s time to eat, so including an ice pack is key. Thinner ice packs are good because they save space. You can also just freeze one thing, like a drink, and the whole lunch will remain cool. Pack the ice first, at the bottom of the lunch box. Then, cover it with a napkin to prevent condensation, and place whatever needs to stay cold closest to the ice pack.
Pack fruit like a pro
Invest in kid-sized plastic or glass containers for cut-up fruit, like melons or berries. They’ll get soggy in a plastic bag. You can also opt for fruits that don’t need containers, like clementines or whole apples—you can even slice apples and wrap them to save space, as Nicole demonstrates.
Switch up the presentation
Even if you pack basically the same lunch every day, you can still spice them up to excite your kid. Take the sandwich: try wrapping your ingredients in a rollup, sticking them on a skewer, or serving them on a roll for some variety.
Bigger isn’t always better. Remember, kids don’t have a lot of time to eat, so keep it simple and strategize a bit. The fewer containers, the better. Try a streamlined approach like using resealable bags with the air squeezed out.
This classic Southern-style squash casserole recipe is the one you're alway...
This classic Southern-style squash casserole recipe is the one you're always looking for. It's got yellow squash, cheese, and eggs, and is covered with a buttery cracker crumb topping.
Get the Recipe: Squash Casserole
In this episode of Homemade vs the Internet, Ivy and Robin prepare their gr...
In this episode of Homemade vs the Internet, Ivy and Robin prepare their grandmothers’ recipes with a protein-packed twist: cricket flour.
Also known as cricket powder, cricket flour is, yes, made entirely from crickets. It’s a more sustainable way of getting protein, as farming crickets involves way less work and land than farming livestock. It’s also packed with nutrients including vitamin B, calcium, iron, potassium, and all nine essential amino acids—you can’t say the same about beef or pork. Some even see it as the food of the future.
But just because it’s called flour doesn’t mean it acts like flour. Crickets don’t contain gluten, so cricket flour has to be used in conjunction with another flour. Ivy, for example, mixes her cricket flour in with a few cups of all-purpose flour, while Robin adds bread flour to his cricket-chocolate cake.
You will, however, still need to coat and flour your pan, especially if you’re using a cake or loaf pan. And even though your mixture will contain more glutenous flour than cricket flour, you’ll need to use cricket flour here. Robin’s recipe yielded two loaves, so he experimented with coating and flouring. The cake coated with a cricket crust fell out of its loaf pan easily, while the one coated with bread flour wouldn’t budge without a beating.
You’ll also want to consider the textural difference cricket powder will create. Not all baked goods work with a sandier texture, and let’s be real, you’re gonna want to bake something that tastes and feels good. Ivy’s tea cakes, for example, are similar to cookies and worked well with a little extra grit worked in. Robin’s pound cake, on the other hand, didn’t take as well to the cricket flour.
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One of our favorite ways to cook pork is during mid-summer when these delic...
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Pull out the fryer and make crunchy fried green tomatoes. Tasso is a highly...
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