Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Orange

Skillet Chicken with Fennel and Orange

Although this chicken with fennel and orange is great any time of the year, it’s especially welcoming toward the end of winter when you’re looking for something lighter to offset the heavier, stick-to-your-ribs dishes we tend to feast on during the colder months.

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Meal Plan for April Week 1

April Week 1 Meal Plan

This month, Summer Miller is back, sharing her meal plans for April. Summer is a mom, a full-time food writer, and also helps test the fabulous recipes we bring you every week at Simply Recipes.

Warmer temperatures bring with them a familiar ease to life – more daylight hours, fewer coat buttons to button and less headwear to adorn before flinging open the front door and stepping casually into the sunshine.

Spring comes around to remind us that being outside is a privilege and not a punishment.

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How to Cook Asparagus on the Stovetop

How to Boil Asparagus

Hello spring and hello asparagus! What’s your favorite way to cook asparagus?

I love them grilled, roasted, baked in to a frittata, or made into soup. But if I’m honest with you, the method I use most often to cook asparagus is to shallow boil them on the stovetop.

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Savory Dutch Baby Pancake with Salmon and Fried Egg

Puffy Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe with Whole Wheat Flour

My first food memory is of sitting on a kitchen countertop watching Anna, the young German woman who came to our house to help with cleaning and tidying, pull a puffy pancake out of the oven.

It was the biggest pancake I had ever seen. She slathered it with butter, sprinkled it with lemon, and doused it with a snowy shower of powdered sugar. I was fascinated.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins Gluten-Free

There’s a coffee shop by our house in Seattle that makes a great, substantial chocolate chip muffin with a nice crusty top that isn’t at all too sweet. I’m quite smitten with it.

Recently, I decided to recreate them at home, only making them gluten-free and dairy-free so we could share them with our extended family and friends, many of whom have food sensitivities and allergies.

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10 Easter Recipes for Your Family Table

Easter Recipes

Easter means it’s officially spring, and spring means fresh eggs, lamb, asparagus and artichokes, and citrus!

Whether you’re looking for something classic, or for a new dish to add to the mix, here are some of our favorite recipes for the Easter table.

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Pastelón (Puerto Rican Plantain “Lasagna”)

Pastelón, the Puerto Rican layered meat and sweet plantain pie, is one of those recipes that can divide families.

Being a “Nuyorican” (a Puerto Rican from New York), I found this to be true when my husband and I came together over our first dish of pastelón. As a native Puerto Rican, he argued that my version “wasn’t the real deal.”

It was as real to me as his attitude, so I defended my version tooth and nail!

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Cheesy Funeral Potatoes From Scratch

Funeral Potatoes with Real Potatoes

Ever had Funeral Potatoes before? This is a cheesy, creamy, spoonable potato casserole — an ideal side dish for a potluck supper or other large gathering.

Funeral potatoes are usually made with sour cream, condensed cream of chicken soup from a can, frozen shredded potatoes, and a cornflake or bread crumb topping. This makes a delicious casserole, certainly, but I wanted to try making a version from scratch using homemade ingredients.

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Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

Substitute for Cream of Chicken Soup

Condensed cream of chicken soup has its time and place, like creamy chicken casseroles, pasta bakes, and especially these Cheesy Funeral Potatoes. Most recipes call for canned soup, but today, I’m sharing my recipe for making condensed cream of chicken soup entirely from scratch.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

What better way to conjure up memories of the joys of youth than strawberry shortcake? Strawberry shortcake is one of the easiest desserts to prepare, a perfect finish to a family meal or for serving a large group of people, because it scales so easily.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

To make strawberry shortcake, all you have to do is toss sliced fresh strawberries in sugar, and let them set for a bit to macerate. The sugar will draw moisture out of the strawberries and dissolve to make a syrupy sauce. Serve the strawberries over white cake or biscuits, and top with whipped cream.

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8 Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

8 Recipes to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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Whether you’re planning a day of Cinco de Mayo festivities surrounded by friends and family, or you’re just looking for a few good recipes to celebrate the holiday at home, here are some of our very favorite Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes for your table.

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Pasta with Spinach, Artichokes and Ricotta

Lemon artichoke pasta with spinach

A quick pasta dinner makes weeknights go smoothly, whether you are rushing home from work or trying to feed the hungry hordes in a hurry.

This one combines frozen artichokes and spinach in a creamy ricotta sauce. It’s on the table in less under 30 minutes.

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Weeknight Chicken Ramen

Easy Ramen Noodle Soup with Chicken

A bowl of ramen is a bowl of comfort. Oodles of soft noodles immersed in a bowl of fragrant broth can send you into weeknight—or late night—heaven.

These kinds of meals don’t typically come without a lot of time and effort. However, with a few shortcuts, you can make a bowl of ramen any night of the week in under half an hour.

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3 Secrets of Pro Cake Decorators — Baking Intelligence

Creating the smooth, flawless buttercream finish you often find on professionally made cakes comes with practice. It also comes with the knowledge of a few insider techniques.

So, some simple secrets from a pro baker's kitchen, straight to yours. These are three of the easiest ways we get that gorgeous finish on our layer cakes.


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Recipe: Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

On weekends I do my shopping at a co-op with a huge selection of food and groceries, but if I need to fill in the gaps during the week I pop into our neighborhood grocery store. While the options aren't as plentiful, our local store has quite a few draws, like the packaged naan that tastes almost as good as homemade.

These naan wraps are a mid-week family favorite. They're filled to the brim with cumin-spiced lamb, shredded iceberg lettuce, and a quick homemade cucumber raita.


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Here's How Long Chicken Breasts Will Last in the Freezer (and How to Store Them) — Freezer Intelligence

Chicken breasts are the secret weapon of any weeknight warrior worth her salt. We grill them, bake them, pound them into cutlets, and toss them in a stir-fry. If you're a 30-minute-or-less Tuesday night cook, chances are you've got a bunch of chicken breasts in the freezer right now.

Which begs the question: Could you be storing them better? Probably.


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7 Soups That Help Make Salad Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

Sometimes salad for dinner seems like a great idea at the start of the day — perhaps after you've just eaten a wholesome breakfast and declare the day to be full of good-for-you food. Then mid-afternoon rolls around and you can't fathom a big bowl of vegetables being enough to sustain you.

On those days, you should add soup to the equation. A bowl of soup brings just enough warm goodness to the meal that you'll most definitely feel satisfied. Here are seven to try.


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An Unusual, Brilliant Way to Use Your Cutting Board Outside of the Kitchen — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

The door to my tiny bathroom opens up right into the only natural place where a vanity should go. Which means the vanity had to go somewhere else, and it's very shallow and very narrow. I used to plop my makeup bag and hair straightener right into the sink, but that got old fast every time I needed to rinse extra cheek tint off my hand.

But I have come up with a solution! And it's so simple you'll wonder why you've never thought of it before.


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These Food Containers Are 66% Off on Amazon Today Only — Amazon Deal of the Day

There are few things as satisfying as having all your dried goods corralled into matching storage containers. While there's the visually pleasing element of seeing everything neatly in its place, there are some actual home organization benefits as well: Storing pantry items this way reduces clutter and helps keep items easy to find, while also maximizing space.


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How Can I Tell When Chicken Has Gone Bad? — Tips from The Kitchn

The other day I got a text from a friend asking for advice on what to do with a pack of chicken she forgot about in the fridge. Was it still okay to cook for her family of four or was it better to toss it? I walked her through the same reliable steps I always take when making the same assessment.


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Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai — Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipes from The Kitchn

I've always viewed spaghetti squash — with its clever, noodle-like interior — as a fun party trick, always surprising both for its ability to reasonably mimic pasta and how satisfying the results can be. It's good, sure, but it's also never really had a "wow" moment for me.

Now, let me introduce you to this pad Thai. This dish has "wow" written all over it. It's tangy and savory in all the right places; it's crunchy and chewy and tender, all together. It has all the hallmarks of your favorite take-out pad Thai — except those spaghetti squash noodles are the star of the show.


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The Best Cake Pans, According to Our Resident Baking Expert — Shopping

Good cake pans aren't nearly as expensive as a stand mixer, and they last virtually forever, yet many of our kitchens are packed with thin, cheap cake pans that we picked up at the grocery store or had handed down to us. Get yourself something better!

A quality cake pan will give you cakes that bake up more evenly — no more wildly humped tops or burned bottoms — and come out of the pan better without any extra effort on your part.

Are you ready to become a better cake baker in one easy step? Here are three of our favorite cake pans that everyone should own.


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Recipe: Sheet Pan BBQ Tofu — Recipes from The Kitchn

Part of tofu's charm is its chameleon-like ability to soak up any and all flavors it's paired with, and boy does this sheet pan supper really show it off. Between the crispy, jagged edges; bold, smoky flavor; and sticky blanket of BBQ sauce, this recipe is going to make you see tofu in a whole new light.


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10 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who Doesn't Drink — Sober Celebration

Social drinking is a pretty normal part of American culture, so whenever we meet someone who doesn't drink, it may seem a little strange at first. We instantly become curious about their lives, their choices, and their ultimate decision to pass on beer, wine, cocktails, and all the other alcoholic beverages we regularly enjoy. We want to find out everything there is to know about them, and without thinking, we start to say and ask things that are invasive, offensive, and potentially harmful.

The truth is, there are a variety of reasons people abstain from drinking. In the end, it's a deeply personal decision that every person has the right to make on their own. So why is it that we tend to react so inappropriately to people who say they don't drink? Let's all put a stop to that.


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How a Family of 2 Eats for $125 in Helena, Montana — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Elizabeth
Location: Helena, Montana
Age: 27
Number of people in family: 2 (myself and husband, Alex)
Occupation: I'm an attorney and my husband is a landscaper.
Household income: $80,000/year
Weekly food budget: $125


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The $4 Cheese Product I'm Not Embarrassed to Love — Shopping

Cheese is the best food. (If you disagree, you are entitled to your opinion — you are also entitled to mail me all of your uneaten cheese that you pull off sandwiches and pick out of salads!) While I can spend $50, no problem, on super-fancy wedges at my local cheese shop, I can also happily make a snack out of the less expensive stuff. I'm talking about string cheese, thinly sliced provolone from the deli counter, and even this one thing ... that I'm guessing most of us don't consider worthy of a cheese board.


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One Thing You Should Start Storing Under Your Kitchen Sink — Make Over Your Storage

As I try to be more eco-friendly in general, and in the kitchen in particular, one thing I'm trying to do is eliminate paper towels from my repertoire. I've made them less of a habit by keeping them under the sink instead of on the countertop. While I am using fewer paper towels, it means using other things more frequently, like my dish towels and microfiber cloths.

If you're using a rag (let's just call it like it is) to mop up spills and wipe down countertops instead of a paper towel, it's going to get wet and dirty. Wet and dirty enough that you should only use it for a day, maybe two, before it needs to be cleaned. But those damp rags can't just sit in the hamper getting everything else all damp and mildew-y. And I'm not about to start doing mini loads of laundry to clean these things as they get dirty.


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Recipe: Buttery Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes — Recipes from The Kitchn

Stroll the streets of Paris and the rich aroma hits you before the racks come into view: rotating rotisseries of browned whole chickens dribbling savory juice over a tray of potatoes, beckoning you from across the cobblestones.

I daresay the best way to cook potatoes is nestled underneath chicken. While I don't keep a rotisserie in my stateside kitchen, I have found that the slow cooker gives me the juicy, tender chicken and buttery, chicken schmaltz-soaked potatoes that I remember so well.

A love letter to Parisian chicken and potatoes: The Semi-Secret Glories of Rotisserie Chicken


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Recipe: Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts — Recipes from The Kitchn

We had two encounters with mascarpone cheese in pasta recently. One was seeing this tagliatelle with spinach, mascarpone, and Parmesan over on Jamie Oliver's website; the other was catching the tail end of a British cooking show where the host was making mascarpone-lemon spaghetti. (We're sensing an English theme.)

This is our version, which borrows a bit from both but has the bright flavor of Meyer lemon plus toasted hazelnuts, which turned out to be the best ingredient of all.


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