Buttery Pull-Apart Bundt Bread

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

During the shelter-in-place orders this spring, grocery shoppers were uneasy about the food supply chain and were preparing for an unknown length of time spent at home. They cleared grocery stores of frozen foods, meat, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. That uneasiness, paired with a surge of interest in home baking to help fill time at home created a yeast shortage.

Active dry yeast was unavailable, but bakeries began selling their supplies, and I was able to buy a pound of instant yeast.

This kid-friendly, fun, and delicious pull-apart bread was our first weekend baking project. It’s fantastic served alongside anything that has pan juices (hello, garlic butter chicken), and reminded us in the best possible way of the yeasted rolls served in our high school cafeterias.

Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs & Green Beans

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

During a time where we’re sheltering in place and don’t have a lot of our typical social events or small joys to get us through the week, decadent chicken dinners are real winners, especially if they can be made with ingredients we’ve stocked the freezer with.

When using frozen green beans, either defrost or partially cook them before adding them to the skillet, or steam them fully and toss them in the garlic butter once the chicken is cooked.

I love the method of deboning skin-on chicken thighs in order to get the crispy chicken skin but not have the bone on your plate.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Guy’s Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes

The melty cheese in this dish is so satisfying, and you might have the ingredients on hand, so reach for this recipe if you’ve had a hard day and need some comfort food fast.

Recipe from Gimme Delicious.

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Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies Total time: 2 hours

My son doesn’t love chocolate (I’m sorry, what?). Given the choice, he will pick gummies over chocolate every time (I don’t understand). He told me this month that he doesn’t like chocolate cake (I. can’t. even.). His favorite cake, and his birthday request every year, is strawberry cake. I knew when he saw this easy recipe for “brownies” that he’d love it.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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Quick-Brined Grilled Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes

A twenty-minute soaking in a salt brine makes grilled pork chops tender, juicy, and flavorful. Serve with grilled baby bok choy.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 25 minutes

Grill a beautiful spring dinner of baby bok choy and pork chops – bonus points if you eat on the patio and make the most of the weather before it turns hot.

Recipe from Tide & Thyme.

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Farfalle with Spicy Sausage & Butternut Squash

Total time: 4 servings

This weeknight comfort food pasta dish is an easy-to-make family favorite.

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Sunny Side-Up Eggs

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 10 minutes

Eggs have to be done just right for Leo to eat them. He’s perfectly happy with scrambled eggs or egg ribbons, where the yolk is incorporated in with the whites. Forget about a dry, crumbly hard-boiled egg yolk. I was surprised when he asked for, and then devoured sunny side up eggs, but I’m happy to oblige.

Recipe from Jamie Oliver.

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Roman Pasta & Chickpeas

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Our lives have changed in the past month. We are sheltering in place in our homes due to the arrival of the coronavirus, so all work, school, cooking, and eating is now done at home. I no longer dash to get a poke bowl or go for lunch with a coworker, I don’t even really leave the house.

This comforting bowl of chickpeas and pasta, cooked in its own sauce, has become a weekly go-to lunch we can make quickly at home and eat while we work and help Leo do his schoolwork. Made entirely from pantry staples, it’s garlicky and satisfying, and is a small dose of reassurance in uncertain times.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

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Crispy, Juicy Chicken Thighs

Total time: 45 minutes

This is a simple, perfect way to cook crispy, juicy, bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Dice sweet potatoes in 1/2″ cubes, season, and roast 20 to 25 minutes in the same oven for a simple side.

Recipe from The Kitchn.

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