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16 Recipes for a Backyard Baby Shower – Courtney Kassel

As the vaccine rollout continues across the country, there’s a glimmer of hope for social gatherings (birthday dinners! baby showers!) this summer. And while we’re nowhere near going back to punch bowls and communal platters of crudités and dip (hello, double-dipping!), we can begin to approach socializing from a COVID-conscious perspective. After more than a […]

How Korea’s Makgeolli Master Park Bok-soon Perfected the Fermented Rice Beverage – Terri Ciccone

See how Park and her son make the milky and slightly sweet alcoholic drink At Boksoondoga brewery in South Korea, makgeolli — an alcoholic fermented rice beverage that’s milky, effervescent, tangy, and sweet — is hand-brewed with a lot of tender loving care. As owner Park Bok-soon enters her brewery’s fermentation room, she greets the […]

SPONSORED POST: My Perfect Week: A Busy, Vegetarian Family Gets Creative With Their Weekly Meal Plan – Tim Minerd

Today in My Perfect Week, our series of weekly food diaries, we asked Kitchn’s brand partnerships director, Grace, to tell us how she and her family get through a busy schedule on a vegetarian meal plan. Grace lives with her partner Patrick, 8-month-old baby Finn, and sweet pup Moxie, and everything they eat (even Moxie’s […]

We Love This Low-Stress Decluttering Challenge – Laura Fenton

It’s rare that a new decluttering or organizing method comes along that feels like something new. But Christine Platt, the author of the forthcoming book The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less and the person behind @afrominimalist on Instagram, has our attention with her slow-and-steady decluttering challenge. Christine’s brand of minimalism looks very different from […]

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