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…

Strange pantry cooking: Creative culinary concoctions from someone else's kitchen

Cooking in another person's kitchen awkward and daunting. However, once you get the hang of it, the opportunity for creativity abounds! Vacation rental kitchens are great for this. Random grains or spices left over from a previous tenant? Dried up feta? Strange condiment? All fodder for the most amazing meal (or at least an interesting creative experience).

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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…