The Korean take-out-inspired, coconut pumpkin soup recipe that taught me how to embrace cooking

After watching the Food Network, I got inspired. I did some digging in my parents' kitchen, and I found some pureed pumpkin, a can of coconut milk, and some carrots. And then I discovered their mother-effing VITAMIX with a "hot soup" setting.

I took a few deep breaths, put on some music, and decided to wing it.

When I finally tasted my soup, everything made sense. This is why my husband loves cooking so much. It was FUN. I made a restaurant quality soup. All by myself. A soup that completely embraces the non-official start of fall; deliciously fatty, with a stunning orange color and perfect creamy texture. An artistic masterpiece…

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What do you pack for lunch?

At the grand old age of 35 I'm still figuring out how to be an adult. One thing I wish someone had warned me of is that one of the hardest parts will be feeding yourself. A challenge I've had for years is… I just don't know what to pack for lunch at the office. Homies, what do you pack for lunch?

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Why I can't shut up about my Instant Pot (plus 2 easy recipes!)

I tell everyone to get an Instant Pot. I buy them for friends as housewarming or wedding gifts, and I sing their praises to people who probably are sick of hearing about them (until they get one too and then they can't shut up either). At first glance, it seems like it's just an electric pressure cooker… And it is! Which is great even alone. But [in my Billy Mays voice] that's not all, friends. That's not all…