Alice Knisley Matthias

Alice Knisley Matthias writes about food, garden, family and education. Her work appears in The New York Times, Allrecipes, Taste of Home, Food Network, Washington Post, EatingWell, The Kitchn, Delish, Birds and Blooms, Woman's Day, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, an America's Test Kitchen cookbook, Kids Discover, Boys' Life and Parade. Her book, "Tasty Snacks in a Snap!" is published by Scholastic for young readers. She is a regular contributor for publications covering food trends, product roundups, recipes, profiles and celebrity chef profiles. Her work includes subjects like a Master Chef Junior finalist, music and theatre kids at work, how to make food from kitchen scraps, the arts in education, the science of yeast and the birds of NYC.

How to Care for Poinsettias to Keep Them Looking Good All Season Long

Keep this festive holiday plant looking good all season long. The colors of poinsettias range from deep red and crimson to orange and winter white. These plants are one of the signs that the holiday season is here. Poinsettias are often called “the Christmas flower” and can be found arranged in groups to decorate the mantelpiece in a home, the foyers of public spaces and churches. If you decorate for the holidays with poinsettias, one of the most popular Christmas flowers and plants, here’s ho

Why Do You Have to Massage Kale? Plus Hacks for Making It Easier

Kale can sometimes get a bad rap. People say they don't like the taste of the leafy greens or that it is tough in texture as an ingredient in a salad. As for taste, your genes are in control when it comes to how sensitive you are to bitter flavors. If you find that kale has a harsh flavor according to your palate, it is most likely the result of glucosinolates. Kale happens to have a pungent combination of glucose, amino acids, and sulfur compounds. These are beneficial for health issues but ma

Love the Crunchy Topping on Mac and Cheese? Get a Whole Pan Full

Who doesn't love the crunchy bits of macaroni and cheese when it comes out of the oven all hot and bubbling? This had us wondering, is there a way to make this dish and have everyone get a piece of the crispy topping that forms in the heat of the oven? Swapping out the casserole dish for your sheet pan can help make the most of those favorite bits — along with a combination of cheese and bread crumbs of course. Here's what you want to keep in mind if you want to get the delightful crunchy toppi

Should You Be Shopping at Salvage Grocery Stores to Save on Food Costs?

"That jar of peanut butter is how much?" We're always on the lookout for the best deals for grocery shopping as prices soar. These days some options are limited, unavailable, or simply overpriced. But do you know about salvage grocery stores and what they have to offer? Find out about this type of store that The New York Times calls the place to find "Dented, Dated and Discontinued" products. Salvage grocery stores can be the place to find dented cans of tomato sauce for discounted prices, dat

This Is What Your Kids' Teachers Want You to Know About School Lunch

Follow this guide to send the right food to school! School is in session—and it’s time to talk about the food you send to school with your child. They need the energy to read books and tackle those math problems, and food is fuel for the day! Maybe you pack the lunch and snacks the night before, or you’re the early riser who gets it all organized in the morning. Either way, it isn’t easy to come up with interesting lunch ideas day after day. It’s important to make sure you pack something that

Trisha Yearwood's Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Is Comfort Food Goals

A dinner that includes a dish like macaroni and cheese is always a welcome sight for hungry family members. Macaroni and cheese can serve as a satisfying side dish, or as the star of the meal with the addition of chunks of country ham or broccoli spears. Trisha Yearwood, the host of the Emmy-award winning Food Network show Trisha's Southern Kitchen, has a recipe that you can start in the slow cooker when the kids get home from school and be ready to serve when homework is done: Crock Pot Macaro

These 4 Hacks Will Help You Get That First Slice of Pie Out With Ease

How can you make the first slice of pie look as good as every other slice? These 4 Hacks Will Help You Get That First Slice of Pie Out With Ease That first slice of pie always seems to be a struggle to maneuver out of the baking dish and get it to the plate without falling apart. Get that slice to slide right out of the baking dish and deliver it to the serving plate with a picture-perfect slice every time with this hacks that are, well, easy as pie. McDowell says we all have someone who asks

Here's How Not to Kill Your Succulents

Don't stress, but succulents do require a little bit of care. Here's how much to water succulents, and how to fertilize and transplant succulents to make sure they thrive. Succulents are unique, eye-catching plants that come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, blooms and bold foliage colors. In practice, they’re just as versatile: succulents can thrive in an outdoor perennial garden, window box or indoor pots. Succulents are considered low-maintenance: they’re fairly drought-tolerant, and with

How to Wash Your Dish Drying Mat

A good dish drying mat is there for you when it’s time to wash the dishes, but what do you do when it’s time to wash the dish drying mat? These mats are a handy solution for small kitchen spaces and work well when you want to wash only a few dishes at a time. Dish drying mats also serve as a space-saving alternative to larger dish drying racks that take up precious counter space, and the mat can be tucked away and stored when not in use. Any piece of kitchen equipment that comes into contact w

Everything You Need to Know About Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms

If you've ever come across a mushroom bearing the most unusual name, "chicken of the woods," you likely have a few questions. For starters: What are these large fungi with slightly grooved edges and pale yellow to orange color? Chicken of the woods mushrooms are medium to large in size and will certainly catch your eye with their distinctive look. (After all, they're certainly no baby bellas.) These distinctive fungi are found during the late spring through fall in most areas. The best way to

The Easiest Way to Grate Parmesan Cheese

Sometimes store-bought grated Parmesan cheese just won't cut it. If you are adding grated Parm to a pasta sauce or really need it to melt into your dish freshly grated is the way to go. But let's be honest, you don't always have time to get out that box grater and get in an arm workout while making dinner. This hack leaves all the work up to one staple kitchen appliance: the blender. With the help of your trusty countertop companion you can have freshly grated cheese in under a minute. This is

20 Boozy Summer Cocktails That Work for Memorial Day Through Labor Day

We can almost hear the fireworks, 4th of July is so close. And what would a holiday weekend be, without festive summer cocktail recipes to celebrate? Tropical libations garnished with fresh fruit and herbs are always perfect for sipping on warm summer evenings and we've rounded up 20 fun twists on classic drinks every partygoer will enjoy. Not sure how to make a shrub when you're playing bartender for your backyard bash? Find out with one of the easy recipes in this gallery. Need a large-format

People Are Using Soda Bottles as Strawberry Planters and This DIY Is Pure Genius

You can start a garden with recycled plastic bottles! If you have limited space available, it’s still possible to make planting dreams come true! People are using soda bottles to create strawberry planters—and honestly, we can’t believe we didn’t think of this before. How Does Planting in Soda Bottles Work? A video shared by TikTok user @spicymoustache shows a way to reuse plastic bottles to create strawberry growing magic. Instead of recycling the empty bottles, make a vertical planting syst

TikTok Says This Is Where You Should Be Storing Your Plastic Wrap

Summertime means dining outdoors more often and packing up food to take to picnics or backyard barbecues. It can also mean using food coverings like plastic wrap to help store your food in the fridge, transport it in the car or wrap it up after a meal (there are also several reusable food wrap options we love that can help you cut down on your plastic consumption). But have you ever had a roll of plastic wrap get stuck to itself or the box, leaving you unable to tear off a piece to use? We've al

This Instant Pot Whole Roast Chicken Recipe Beats Every Other Way to Cook an Entire Bird

This Instant Pot Whole Roast Chicken Recipe Beats Every Other Way to Cook an Entire Bird Ask any home cook which kitchen appliance they rely on the most, for getting family meals together quickly and many will say the same answer: the Instant Pot. What is it about this specific gadget that just makes dinner better (and easier)? Well, it does all the work—fast. Hence the name: INSTANT Pot. It's speedier than the slow cooker and air fryer, but churns out the same delicious recipes in half the tim

Air Fryer Steak Is Ready In 20 Minutes—Without Mess or Stress

If you have a family of meat lovers that request steak dinners on the regular, you probably grow tired of grilling, searing and oven roasting steak. Plus there's prep and cleanup involved, dishes and well, your time. That's where air fryer steak comes in, to help you get dinner on the table without hardly any effort except the push of a button. Making succulent, tender ribeye steak has never been easier, thanks to this recipe. Related: 15 Types of Steak—and How to Cook Them Ribeye steak is a

BBQ Brisket On The Grill Is A Game Changer

You don't need a fancy smoker to make BBQ Brisket. Instead, use your grill to make classic BBQ Brisket and serve with your favorite sides like Southern Baked Mac & Cheese, Potato Salad, Broccoli Salad, and potato rolls. Before cooking, you'll infuse the meat with a savory-sweet dry rub. At least 20 minutes is recommended, but if you wanted to get that step out of the way (and amp up the flavor, too), you can refrigerate the dry-rubbed brisket uncovered for up to 24 hours. The key to grilling BB

Air Fryer Hot Dogs Are Here to Save Every Summer BBQ So You Can Get Back to the Party

Air Fryer Hot Dogs Are Here to Save Every Summer BBQ So You Can Get Back to the Party Time for dinner! You need to get something together fast. The kids want hot dogs. What's the easiest way to make this happen and have a delicious dinner ready for when the whole family sits down to eat? Let your air fryer come to the rescue! This recipe for the best-ever air fryer hot dogs makes great-tasting hot dogs in a matter of minutes, so all you need to do is pull together some side dishes like potato

Pesto Pasta Salad Will Be The First Thing Gone At Every Picnic

Is a picnic complete without a bowl of Pesto Pasta Salad? We think not. This crowd pleaser is best at room temperature, making it perfect for your backyard or park hang. Pair Pesto Pasta Salad with Antipasto Bites, Classic Chicken Salad, and Watermelon Feta Salad for an easy, elegant spread. This version of Pesto Pasta Salad is classic, featuring a homemade basil-and-pine nut pesto, a generous amount of Parmesan, and juicy grape tomatoes. Any type of short pasta will do as long as it has good
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