The United States of Fried Chicken

Your double-dredged, battered, spiced, crispy-fried guide to America’s favorite food

What does it take for a dish or a food to be considered American? Is there something inherent in the seasonings, the ingredients, or the presentation that makes it ours? Or is it just something most everyone’s tried, or at least would recognize on a glowing fast-food menu? National dishes are particularly tricky in this country where one’s eating habits are so deeply dictated by their individual experience — something we know varies widely depending on location, ethnicity, cultural background, socioeconomic status, and plain ol’ taste. Depending on those variables, your idea of a defining American dish might look like apple pie, macaroni and cheese, a New York slice, a Big Mac, a crunchy taco, chop suey, gumbo, or a Twinkie. But is there, in fact, some singular food that connects all of our vast and varied cultures, across state … Read more

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken

This grilled lemon pepper chicken is the perfect summer grilling recipe! This juicy chicken is packed with lemon, garlic and onion flavors that will make your mouth water and keep you coming back for more!

I love cooking on the grill all summer long! Pair this chicken with some delicious sides to make it a meal! I love this grilled asparagus, this delicious melon side and this delicious strawberry cheesecake salad to go with it!

Grilled lemon pepper chicken on a platter with lemon slices.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

One of my favorite things about the summer is having BBQ’s. Even though my hubby is king of the grill, I am pretty good at it myself! I love lemon pepper seasoning so I was excited to try out some chicken to put on the grill. I already had a back up plan for my picky kids if they didn’t want this for dinner. But to my surprise (and delight!) … Read more

Romance Novels Are Increasingly Getting Hot and Heavy in the Kitchen

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Move over, bodice rippers. It’s all about apron tuggers now.

If you watch cooking content online, Chef’s Kiss, the recently released book by author TJ Alexander, might feel a little familiar. A romance between an uptight recipe developer named Simone and a chill test kitchen manager named Ray, the story — set at an established food magazine — reads like an alternate universe of a very real, very YouTube-famous test kitchen, right down to the legacy print publication that pivots to video and the affable kitchen manager who finds internet success while experimenting with fermentation.

Or let’s say you prefer your cooking content flashier and with higher stakes, just like all those cooking and baking competition shows. For Butter or Worse, the upcoming debut from author Erin La Rosa, is set in the world of food-themed reality TV with a love affair between a grumpy chef named … Read more

Cherry Tomato Salad

This cherry tomato salad is made with flavorful herbs, delicious cherry tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella! Coated in a delicious lemon basil dressing, this salad will soon be your new favorite!

Munching on a fresh salad during the hot summer months is my favorite. If you love salads as much as I do then you must try this California Spaghetti Salad, this BLT Avocado Pasta Salad or this delicious and easy Avocado Tuna Salad! Trust me when I say that they are all delicious and will be the star of the show at any potluck!

The top view of a bowl of cherry tomato salad.

Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe

Summertime is my favorite season because the food is so fresh and delicious. And nothing beats tomatoes straight out of the garden. But this salad doesn’t stop there… You combine it with some herbs and mozzarella cheese! I LOVE using fresh mozzarella in recipes and when I have a chance to use … Read more

How ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook Groups Are Emerging as Sites for Mutual Aid

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Alongside gifts of Ikea furniture and outgrown toddler clothes, some groups are becoming de facto food distribution networks

This story was originally published on Civil Eats.


Yulia Koudriashova is a single mom and teacher living with her two daughters in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood. Her parents moved in with them in March when they were evacuated from Kiev after Russia invaded Ukraine. With Koudriashova’s salary as the household’s only source of income, the family has come to rely on the boxes of food they pick up nearly every week from a neighbor’s garage.

“For my parents, it’s very helpful because they see the support of the members of our community,” Koudriashova said. “They have nothing, they don’t have money, and we are sharing the same budget for five people.”

If Koudriashova can’t make a pickup, which typically takes place on Saturdays, she will likely receive … Read more