Lauren Katz

Cooking School Lesson 10: Do You Know Your Herbs?

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 10: Herb is the Word!

Fresh herbs put the dazzle in dinner. Learn a few new uses for your favorites. (And never mistake the cilantro for parsley again!)

 

 

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How to Go to Cooking School with The Kitchn

Our Love Your Kitchen Challenge has officially come to a close, and we’re so amazed with everyone’s organized, stocked and newly decorated kitchens! Whether you simply tackled reorganizing your junk drawer, or competed all 25 tasks, every task counts and you should feel proud of your hard work! But the best part: You don’t have to be done! Now that you’ve make your kitchen more functional and easy to cook in, it’s time to improve your cooking skills. And The Kitchn is here to show you how.

 

 

Have you ever wanted to go to cooking school, but never found the time? Starting today, The Kitchn wants you to come to their Cooking School: 20 days, 20 lessons to help you become a better cook. Every day, they’ll tackle an essential cooking topic and explain what you should know. Each lesson has three different homework options, so you can choose the one that teaches you what you need.

 

Join in on the fun with us! We’ll be following and promoting the 20-day school on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. And be sure to share your Cooking School accomplishments on Instagram using the hashtag #kitchnschool.

 

Click here to sign up. Cooking school is now in session!

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5 Ways to Celebrate Pizza Month Right Now

Yep, you read that correctly! October is National Pizza Month, and not that we need an excuse to get our hands a little doughy, but we’ll take any reason we can get! Pizza can go way beyond just crust, sauce and cheese. Think: stuffed zucchini! Frittata! Sushi?! The options are endless, and that’s why this week, we’re giving you an entire weeknight meal planner dedicated to one of our favorite foods.

 

Monday, October 6th

Ratatouille-Stuffed Zucchini Pizzas

 
 

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Four Twists on Ramen Noodles

Bring home the noodle shop craze! Soup up packages of ramen with easy mix-ins to create these classic, comforting bowls.

 

Smoked Salmon: Prepare ramen according to package directions, using half the amount of water and half the flavor packet. (Broth will just coat noodles.) Top with smoked salmon, pickled ginger, scallions and poppy seeds.

 

 

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We’re Nuts About These Spreads!

With the rising threat of food allergies in schools, it’s getting harder and harder to pack a healthy, allergen-free lunch. Peanuts are among one of the top 8 food allergies and due to this prevalence, many schools have banned peanuts in the cafeteria altogether. Can’t get yours kid off their PB&J fix? Have no fear! We’ve found the best alternatives to peanut butter and coinciding recipes to boot! Your child can go to school with a healthy, peanut-free lunch that they love.

 

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A Four-Ingredient Oktoberfest Cocktail

Oktoberfest is in full swing, but if you’re getting a little tired of boots full of beer, we’ve got a simple and delicious cocktail that will help keep you in the spirit: a Red Velvet champagne cocktail.

 

 

This velvety smooth sparkler is topped with stout beer then finished with a pinch of ground espresso and an orange twist as a garnish. Full of chocolately notes from the beer, this tasty concoction could be a stand-in for dessert.

 

Ingredients

Pink champagne or sparkling rose

Stout beer

Small pinch ground espresso

Orange twists

 

Directions

Fill 2 flutes three-quarters of the way with pink champagne or sparkling rose. Top with stout beer and garnish each with a small pinch ground espresso and an orange twist. Makes 2.

 

 

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Pantry Staple Wednesday: Cook with a Staple

Now that you’ve cleaned, taken inventory of and reorganized your pantry, it’s time to get cookin’! Once all your newly stocked staple items are in their proper place, make a meal! It’s great to have a recipe in mind the next time you’re in a meal emergency, and today gives you the perfect opportunity to do that. Might we suggest our Rigatoni with Sausage, Pumpkin and Tomato Sauce?

 

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Cooking School Lesson 9: Mix Up Your Herbs and Spices

Want to transform humdrum dinners into mealtime magic? It’s easy! Hit the kitchen armed with these genius tips and simple recipes from our Every Day experts, and your friends and family will wonder if you went to cooking school on your lunch break!

 

Lesson 9: Spice Things Up!

Dried herbs and spices are great on their own, but they’re even better together. There’s a whole world of mind-blowing flavor sitting in your spice cabinet, just waiting for you to play matchmaker. Start mixing and mingling with these eight make-any-meal-better blends.

 

 

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Love Your Kitchen: The Final Countdown!

The last week of our Love Your Kitchen Challenge is upon us, which means you only have 7 more days until you’ve reached kitchen perfection! These final tasks will ensure your kitchen is stocked, organized and looking better than ever, ready for any dinner dilemma or party. We can’t wait to see your final reveal on Instagram on Saturday, and announce the winner of the $2,500 prize! So get ready for another week of fun–here’s what’s in store:

 

 

Week 4 Challenges

Monday, September 29: Clear the clutter

Donate or toss out two kitchen tools you haven’t used in the past six months. Trust us: If you’re not sure what it does, you don’t need it!


Tuesday, September 30: Get hooked!

Add a hook or bar to hold towels, tools or aprons in your kitchen.

 

Wednesday, October 1: Pantry Staple Wednesday

Organize your now-stocked pantry, then make a meal using one of your staples.


Thursday, October 2: We won’t judge!

Show us your junk drawer—then organize it!


Friday, October 3: Tech talk

Gotta have tunes, your phone or your iPad in the kitchen? Show us the must-have tech item you can’t live without while you’re cooking.

 

Saturday, October 4: Weekend Project

Add some color to your kitchen: Line cabinets or drawers with decorative paper, add a fresh coat of paint to the wall or buy a pretty new set of dish towels.

 

Monday, October 6: The big reveal!

Congratulations! You’ve finished the Love Your Kitchen Challenge! Now show us what you love most about your new and improved kitchen.

 

 

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Quick & Tasty Weeknight Meal Planner

Just because it’s the weeknight doesn’t mean dinner has to be boring. You can make delicious and healthy dinners for your family that don’t take the whole day to prepare, but will still get everyone to eat their vegetables. This week, try some new and exciting ways to incorporate your veggies, like within a pasta sauce, or woven through risotto. All your kids will notice is the outstanding flavor.

Monday, September 29th

Cheesy Mushroom-Kale Risotto

 

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