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Kendra Vaculin

Got Two Zip-Top Bags? You Can Make Ice Cream

Babysitters and elementary school science teachers know.

Making Snack Mix is Easy. But Making Great Snack Mix? That's Art

How to make snack mix that never gets boring.


This hearty Greek pasta bake is packed with impressive-looking layers of chewy giant noodles, spiced meat, and a creamy, cheesy béchamel to top it all off. 

Cranberry Rum Punch

This rum punch is very simple to throw together, but cranberry-studded ice makes it feel deceptively fancy, doubling as a festive garnish and temperature control.

Shrimp and Crispy Rice With Citrus

The combination of juicy mixed citrus with sliced avocado and sautéed shrimp is striking and, yes, delicious—but we all know that the bed of crispy rice is why you’re here.

Candy Cane Ice Cream in a Bag

Make ice cream without an ice cream machine using this zip-top bag and rock salt trick. Peppermint flavoring and candy canes are festive, but you can flavor your ice cream any way you like.

Spatter Paint Sugar Cookies

These tender, buttery sugar cookies use cold butter (no waiting around for yours to soften!) and come together in a food processor, so you can go from zero to dough in minutes.

Ham and Cheese Hand Pies With Honey Mustard

These savory hand pies are flaky, melty, and, thanks to a package of frozen puff pastry and sliced deli ham and cheese, really simple to assemble.

Tiny Potatoes with Sour Cream and Onions

These extra creamy (and extra cute) tiny potatoes are reminiscent of sour cream-slathered potato pierogi, which is a very good thing.

Anything Big Potatoes Can Do, Tiny Potatoes Can Do Better

Who ever said "small potatoes" is a bad thing, anyway?

Weeknight Romance, Thy Name is Pork Chops

One plate, two forks.

Twice-Roasted Squash With Vanilla, Maple, and Chile

We did away with the worst part of roasting squash—the prep! Instead, we roast it whole until tender, tear it into big pieces, glaze it, and roast it again.

Radicchio, Bean, and Feta Salad

The solution to legume doom: This citrusy marinated bean salad with crunchy greens and big chunks of salty feta.

Cranberry and Golden Raisin Relish

Tart cranberries meet their match in bright ginger and fruity golden raisins for a no-fuss sauce that comes together in minutes.

Stuffing Biscuits

We gave biscuits the Thanksgiving treatment by packing these with classic stuffing flavors like sage, rosemary, fennel seed, and scallion.

Kale Salad With Pecan Vinaigrette

A Thanksgiving salad should have enough flavor and heft to hold its own, and be sturdy enough to dress ahead of time—this one checks all those boxes.

Sheet-Pan Turkey and Gravy

Stop hunting for that roasting pan you never use! This Thanksgiving turkey and gravy recipe requires nothing more than a rimmed baking sheet and a wire rack.

Green Beans and Mushrooms With Crispy Shallots

When Thanksgiving demands green bean casserole but your jam-packed oven has other plans, opt for this buttery stovetop version.