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, TIME for Kids, Better Homes & Gardens, Food Network, Washington Post, Delish, EatingWell, The Kitchn,  Family Handyman, 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.

Keep Your Bathroom Floor Dry with These 9 Best Shower Curtain Liners

Shower curtains might be your focus when it comes to bathroom decor, but shower curtain liners play an important role in functionality. The best shower curtain liners keep water from splashing on the floor and creating an unsafe slippery surface or a soggy bath mat waiting for you when you step out of the shower. The best shower curtain liner for your household will depend on multiple factors, including budget, material weight, and maintenance needs. “Heavy plastic liners will last longer and no

Your Taco Bell Order Might Be Missing the Sour Cream Soon

Sour cream is a must-have ingredient for many Taco Bell customers when placing an order but it soon may be in short supply at the restaurants. Taco Bell has confirmed that the fast food restaurant is facing a supply-and-demand concern as its supplier's employees goes on strike.

Why Might Taco Bell Be Out of Sour Cream Soon?

Workers from the New Dairy Select Milk production facility went on strike last week with the goal of receiving better healthcare coverage from their parent company, Borden

You Might See a New Kind of Avocado at the Grocery Store Soon

Avocado fans know the struggle of timing the exact window of ripeness for enjoying the fruit. But that could all change with a new avocado breed that’s set to hit the market soon.

The “Luna” avocado is a new variety of the fruit that's grown on trees that are smaller in size and, according to farmers, are easier to harvest than the popular Hass breed, which has been on the scene for years.

This patent-pending avocado, also known as BL516, was developed by University of California, Riverside

Another Trader Joe's Product Is Being Recalled for Potentially Containing Rocks

Trader Joe's announced Friday that it's recalling its frozen Fully Cooked Falafel. The supplier of the product notified the company that the falafel may potentially contain rocks.

The affected bags of falafel bearing the SKU# 93935 were sold in 34 states including: AL, AK, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, Washington DC, and WI. If you have any of the affected product do not eat it. Throw it away or return

Can’t Handle the Heat? Learn Why Foods Are Spicy for Some but Not for Others

"Is it spicy?" It's a common question before someone samples a dish—yet it isn't an easy one to answer. What might be spicy to one person seems mild in taste to someone else. The tortilla chip served with a fresh salsa can hit just the right notes for one food fan and send another looking for a glass of water. (But don't grab water! We'll tell you why...)

The basics of food and flavor rely on science and how the ingredients in our food interact with the molecules in our bodies. The sensation of

What Are Country-Style Ribs — And How Are They Different From Other Ribs?

The cut of meat known as country-style ribs is a bit of a riddle. They are rib-like strips of meat but are actually boneless. So how does this variety of meat get the label of "country-style ribs?"

They aren't actually ribs, but the association with the term is probably due to the fact that the meat has the same familiar texture and rich flavor of meat from around the ribs. This inexpensive cut of pork has more fat than other rib cuts and a lower price tag than a tenderloin.

Country-style ribs

How Long Is Heavy Cream Good For?

A carton of heavy cream in the fridge can be used for making delicious desserts, a Friday night pasta sauce, or a DIY cheese project. And, don't forget the rich flavor it adds to your morning cup of coffee.

Heavy cream, also known as heavy whipping cream, is the thick part of the milk that rises to the top due to its high-fat content.

According to the FDA, heavy cream contains 36 percent and 40 percent milk fat. This lends a rich texture and taste to a variety of sauces, soups, and creamy dess

Can This TikTok Hack Really Save Your Worn-Out Nonstick Pan?

Nonstick pans make cooking messy foods that are prone to sticking, from scrambled eggs to quesadillas, a much easier task. The coating on the pan allows you to fry, sear, or sauté without omelet fragments or pieces of fish sticking to the surface, making your masterpiece easier to serve and clean up.

But many home cooks can share tales of frustration with a nonstick pan that worked well until … it didn't. Then what? Can your nonstick pan be salvaged, or should you toss it? When is a nonstick

How to Choose the Freshest Pumpkin for Your Home

Learn how to spot the best pumpkins in the patch or pile!

When it’s time to buy pumpkins, it helps to have a strategy. Of course, your pumpkin(s) must fit the aesthetic you’re going for. But you also want freshness, to ensure lasting good looks throughout the season.

We talked with experts to learn the signs of a fresh pumpkin vs. one that may already be rotting on the inside. Here’s what we found out.

Pumpkins are vine-growing ramblers cut in the field once they reach maturation. A pumpkin t

Save Money and Get More Out of Your Fall Flower Planters

Perennials can bloom in your fall flower planters now and be part of your perennial garden next spring.

When fall rolls around, the containers you planted last spring usually look worn out. They’ve worked hard all summer to make your front entrance or patio look inviting. Now it’s time to bring them back to life.

At this time of year, my local garden center puts perennials on sale alongside full-priced mums, pumpkins and cornstalks. These perennials can fill in any gaps in your summer containe

Author Interview About I am Billie Jean King

When Billie Jean King first played the game of tennis she knew it was what she wanted to do with her life. As a young athlete she set a big goal for herself and began to work hard to become the top player in the world. She soon realized that the path would be much different for a young female athlete to become the best at her sport of tennis.

Billie Jean King became known as a player of fast speed on a tennis court with a tough game at the net and a strong backhand. She won many titles and was

An Interview with Author Alex Prud’homme- Born Hungry: Julia Child Becomes “The French Chef”

Do you know how Julia Child became one of America’s most celebrated and famous chefs? She taught many home cooks how to make French recipes and get excited about cooking with her PBS cooking shows and many award-winning cookbooks.

Julia Child learned to cook in France and then shared her love of French food with

people in the United States. Julia made cooking fun and became one of the first TV chefs who showed people how to appreciate good food and learn how to make recipes in their own kitch

Can’t Handle the Heat? Learn Why Foods Are Spicy for Some but Not for Others

"Is it spicy?" It's a common question before someone samples a dish—yet it isn't an easy one to answer. What might be spicy to one person seems mild in taste to someone else. The tortilla chip served with a fresh salsa can hit just the right notes for one food fan and send another looking for a glass of water. (But don't grab water! We'll tell you why...)

The basics of food and flavor rely on science and how the ingredients in our food interact with the molecules in our bodies. The sensation of

Author Interview with Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

Kids experience big and overwhelming feelings just like adults. They can feel frustrated, worried, excited, nervous, sad, jealous or angry. Sometimes they can feel confused about their feelings and not know what they mean or how to handle them.

Friendships are fun but they can also be complicated or hard to understand. Kids usually don’t have the vocabulary to talk about how they are feeling.

Dr. Kennedy-Moore is the creator of the “Kids Ask Dr. Friendtastic” podcast where she answers question

70% of Avocado Oil Is Already Rancid When You Buy It, According to a New Study

It turns out that bottle of avocado oil in your kitchen might not be all that you bargained for.

According to a recent report from the University of California at Davis, 69% of avocado oils sold by retailers are either rancid or are actually mixed with other oils. The study, published in the journal Food Control, included 29 store-brand refined avocado oil samples. Only three of the samples were considered acceptable according to basic quality and purity standards.

Many of the store-brand avoc

The 10 Groceries You’re Most Likely To Throw Away, and How To Stop Wasting That Money

How much can you buy at the grocery store with $63? Milk, eggs, bread, and produce would definitely make it on the list, along with some proteins and even snacks. For the budget-savvy, $63 can go a long way. Why that number, you ask? A new poll conducted by OnePoll on behalf of HelloFresh, found that on average, Americans waste about $63 worth of weekly groceries in the form of food waste.

And if $63 doesn't seem like that much, that amount adds up over time. The average American spends nearly

Keep Your Plants Cool with This Pool Noodle Planter Hack

Pool noodles help to keep us cool in the water during the summer heat. They can work wonders for your plants too!

Summer is here, and that means it’s plant potting season! While setting up plants can make your yard look gorgeous and colorful, it’s definitely an expensive process—and some of that comes down to the cost of adding soil. Plus, we want to make sure we can keep our plants cool during the warmer days. Believe it or not, a simple household item can cut down the cost of soil as well as

This Easy Hack Will Make Installing Walkway Solar Lights a Breeze

Do you have a difficult patch of soil where you want garden lights? This easy hack will make installing solar lights no problem at all!

Outdoor lighting can be both an attractive landscape feature as well as a practical way to safely light dark pathways at night. Solar lights are an inexpensive and popular option to add those lighting elements to the areas around your house at night. The fixtures use the energy from the sun during the day to glow and illuminate outdoor spaces beginning at dusk.

An Interview with Scholastic Author Audra Wallace

Why should you try and have a good attitude? How does it make you feel?

A good attitude can fill us up and make everyone around us happy too!

“How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for School and Life: Young Reader’s Edition” by Audra Wallace is the #1 bestselling book designed to talk to young readers about their experiences and concerns.

This special Young Readers Edition of the New York Times bestseller asks kids directly about interactions with other people and how the exchanges ma

Author Interview with Katherine Schulten: Coming of Age in 2020

“Coming of age” is a phrase that represents a young person becoming an adult. It can be marked with milestones like personal, academic and professional achievements. Along the way there are events like theater and music presentations, sports, art and film exhibitions, newspaper and yearbook work, volunteer opportunities, academic honors and community service.

We know what coming of age in America looks like. Then came 2020. School and social interactions moved from classrooms, auditoriums, labs

Is It Safe to Microwave Food in Styrofoam Containers?

Suppose last night's dinner was take-out from your favorite local food place, delivered right to your door in a handy Styrofoam package after a busy day. The leftovers went into the fridge and now it's the next day, and you're looking for lunch. That chicken from dinner last night sounds like a good idea, but can you microwave the Styrofoam container the food is in for another meal?

There's no easier meal than taking leftovers straight from the refrigerator to the microwave for a quick nuking.

Keep Chips Fresh for Months With This Hack

Do you find yourself with leftover bags of chips in the cabinet that are stale and bland? Movie nights, friend get-togethers, and band rehearsals with teens can mean that these expired snack bags start to add up in the dark corners of the kitchen. The bags get opened, poured into a bowl for movie night, and shoved back into the cabinet. But the next person to find the sort-of closed bag and think it is a score for snacktime will dive in and find chips that are past their prime.

Many of us find

TikTok Taught Me: The Easiest Way to Slice Eggs for Deviled Eggs

Planning to make a big batch of deviled eggs for your holiday gatherings? You're going to want to try this viral TikTok hack that will save you so much time.

Deviled eggs are a crowd-pleasing favorite and we love that you can make them ahead for a tray full of ready-to-go appetizers when the party is about to start. And good thing because all that egg peeling, cutting, and yolk-scooping takes a lot of time. Until now.

A recent TikTok video racked up more than 26 million views with a method for

What's the Right Way To Cut a Sandwich: Horizontal or Diagonal?

Picture this: The sandwiches are being made. Extra mayonnaise? Check. A gooey grilled cheese, hot off the griddle? Done. Now it's time to slice your creation. Do you cut the sandwich on a diagonal to create two triangles or right across the middle with a horizontal slice? Does that decision really have an impact on the final project and the sandwich's flavor?

A recent Instagram post by Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman got the discussion swirling on social media. Perelman is the popular cookbook a
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