What Type of a Wood Floor is Best for My Kitchen?

Wood Species
Go with the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species used in the manufacture of wood floors. Rich grain and exquisite texture of these species will not only make the floor look beautiful and unique, but also help disguise small dents and scratches that are bound to occur over time.

Surface Texture
Wood floors with a light texture and a polished finish are gorgeous, but will they look just as spotlessly perfect after a few pots, pans, and jars have been dropped on your floor? Probably not, which is why highly textured wood species and wire brushed finishes work so well in kitchens and other high trafficked areas. If anything, the floor only ends up looking better over time!

  • Installing Hardwood Flooring In a Kitchen
    In a kitchen, you want to make sure that you purchase a very dense, durable hardwood, and stay away from softwood floors that will be more prone to water damage and staining issues.

  • Finish Options for Natural Wood Flooring
    The protective coat created by this process is much more potent than anything that can be applied on site and can last up to five times longer than traditional self-applied finishes.

  • Maintaining Hardwood Floors In a Kitchen
    The most important thing that you can do to maintain your hardwood kitchen floors is to keep constant vigilance over them. You can test the finish on the floor by pouring a very small amount of water on it in some of the most highly trafficked areas. If it beads up the finish is fine.

  • How To Care for a Hardwood Floor
    The drawback is that the refinishing process is a big, messy job. It involves taking almost everything out of the kitchen and then bringing in big, loud equipment that sends sawdust flying through the air in every direction.

  • The Advantages of Hardwood In Kitchens
    Hardwood provides you with a softer, more yielding surface to stand on than most tile and hard surface flooring options. This also makes it less likely that items will shatter if accidentally dropped.

  • Floods and Leaks in Kitchens
    Unfortunately, each utensil that ties into the plumbing of your house, is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Small leaks can cause standing puddles, that will wear through the finish and seep down cracks to rot the floor from within.​​

Back in the early spring of 2016 I tore down a little house my family had purchased 18 years earlier and, taking it on as finally my own and with money that I inherited when my father passed away, I rebuilt it from the ground up (actually below the ground, up) with the help of three wonderfully skilled people, John Berg (architect), Peter Germano (contractor) and Rebecca Robertson (interior designer). The project took nearly two years, allowing me to move in by Christmas 2018. I documented every step of the way (here's where I left off in July 2017), BUT had to stop when it got close to the end so I wouldn't spoil the final reveal AND so I could get it photographed by House Beautiful, which gave the team props. NOW, however, I can show everything in great detail, so please come with me as I roll out the whole finished house in a number of posts, starting with this one, which features....

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A good chef's knife is one of the few truly indispensable parts of your kitchen arsenal. We've covered them extensively, and the one that we keep coming back to is the Victorinox line — it's been Editor-in-Chief Faith's go-to for over 10 years! While the 8-inch is the model so quickly listed by many home chefs as their go-to, we have a major reason you might want to consider the 7.5-inch right now: It's currently on sale for $28 on Amazon.

But it's more than just the discounted price we like: The lost half-inch isn't a huge difference, but can be more manageable for people with smaller hands. A shorter knife also gives you more control as you chop and dice. If you're not regularly cutting up larger pieces of meat or produce, you might not even miss it.

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Here's a simple truth about food that everyone should know: Bread and cheese are a match made in culinary heaven. It is so difficult to go wrong if you just put these two ingredients together on the same plate. And when it comes to bread and cheese, pretty much no one does it better than the French. So when I saw that Trader Joe's — which long ago earned its title as the king of snack foods — had released a new package of French fromage slices ($5), I just knew that I had to try it with a fluffy baguette. A plain ol' cracker would never do for this taste test.

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Cauliflower is a shape-shifter. With a little ingenuity, this white vegetable can turn into anything your heart desires (well, almost). It's been transformed into a tortilla, swapped in as a takeout staple, and blended into the smoothest mash to dot with butter. It's a miracle worker!

The transformation that finally got me on board with cauliflower was "rice." You see, now that I'm in my mid-30s, I've learned that some food bites back — and for me, it's recently been rice (I don't need to bore you with tales of indigestion). I am a member of a Caribbean-American family, so not being able to eat rice for dinner? A cruel joke. So, cauliflower! I recently tried the cauliflower rice kits from Urban Roots and they totally blew me (and family) away.

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If pork chops and beef steaks are the only chops you sear, it's time to try lamb chops. Lamb chops have a distinctively rich and savory flavor, and while they're fancy enough for a dinner party, quick-cooking lamb chops also add variety to weeknight meals.

These easy lamb chops are rubbed with fresh thyme, seared in a hot skillet, and topped with a decadent (and oh-so-simple!) pan sauce flavored with dry white wine, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a knob of butter.

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Ever since The Pioneer Woman Boarding House opened up its doors last spring, the boutique hotel has been one of the hardest reservations to snag in all of Pawhuska, OK — aside from a table at P-Town Pizza, of course. However, against all odds, one Ree Drummond fan has already managed to stay in all eight of the bespoke suites. We tracked her down to find out how she managed to do it (and how you can, too).

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While the details might vary, the dinnertime scramble is real. You need to pick the kids up from piano lessons and basketball practice, there are errands to run after work, you want to squeeze in an evening yoga class — all while finding a way to get dinner on the table at a reasonable time and with as little effort as possible.

The solution? Fast recipes in your slow cooker. Grab a few packs of tortellini, a jar of sauce, a bag of shredded cheese, and a clamshell of greens, and then let the slow cooker do all the heavy lifting to get a comforting dinner on the table. When it's all said and done, you'll have spent less than five minutes in the kitchen, and kept the dirty dishes to a serious minimum.

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Whether you're a ferocious Scorpio siren who wants to burn everything down to the ground, or a beautifully useful Virgo vixen who's given to finding divinity in the detail, your astrological sign holds the key to your energetic and spatial cleaning powers. So mix that lemon Pledge with some light-worker know-how, and get ready for an outer and inner space overhaul.

Here's the best cleaning and organizing plan for you — based your astrological sign.

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At Kitchn, our editors develop and debut brand-new recipes on the site every single week. But at home, we also have our own tried-and-true dishes that we make over and over again — because quite simply? We love them. And we decided to start sharing some of our absolute favorites with you. Here's a peek into what we're cooking and eating in our own kitchens.

Homemade cookies are a regular occurrence at my house. Not just because I want to get my kids in the kitchen as much as possible, but also because I find most store-bought cookies overpriced or lacking in flavor (save for the occasional Oreo or obligatory Girl Scout cookie). But one particular cookie eluded me for a very long time: the sprinkle-covered, tender and buttery cookie that our local Publix handed out for free from the bakery counter.

A couple of years ago, though, I discovered a recipe for just those cookies that was fairly fuss-free (read: it didn't require me to plan for softened butter ahead of time) and tasted just like the ones I loved at the store. Since finding this recipe, my at-home cookie baking has basically doubled.

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When my husband came home from work and told me that the next day would be his last at his job, we went into immediate emergency cost-cutting mode. And we quickly learned that the easiest place to slash the budget, in principle, was one of the most painful in practice: our food expenses. We love food — eating it, cooking it, talking about it, sharing it. And an embarrassingly large percentage of our budget went to food — good ingredients, kitchen equipment, eating out.

But there was no choice, so red-alert budget went into effect for the almost six months that we lived on one freelance income, one unemployment check, and rapidly dwindling savings. Here are the choices we made that kept us from overdrawing the bank account during that time.

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If there was a miracle medicine that could protect against high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, acid reflux, and a host of other health issues — and all you had to do was drink it once a day — you'd be all in, right? Especially if you found out it was for sale right at your local supermarket, no expensive co-pays or insurance claims required?

Well, if you believe the hype, that miracle medicine exists — and it's as simple as tossing a few boring ol' celery sticks into a blender. That's right: Drinking celery juice has become a serious trend, and according to its devotees it's a game-changer when it comes to health.

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Costco's main goal is to get us in the stores. With loss leaders like the $1.50 hot dog and the $5 rotisserie chicken, Costco's corner office big-wigs know that once members enter, impulse buys are inevitable. However, that sales strategy changes once you move the shopping cart online. Seen as an extension of the inventory, not a replica, Costco.com is a different kind of shopping experience, offering much that is unexpected.

Here's what you need to know about shopping Costco online.

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Around the World in 30 Soups: This month we're collaborating with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globetrotting adventure in soups from countries and cuisines around the world. Today's stop: Korea.

Korean dumplings differ from most other Asian dumplings in that they include cabbage and tofu, as well as meat. Kimchi and glass noodles (dang-myeon) are also common additions. You can of course use store-bought frozen dumplings, but if you have the time, homemade dumplings are really worth making.

This dish is always eaten on the first day of the Korean Lunar New Year. It is made with a clear beef stock, but we also like it as it is done here with chicken stock flavored with garlic and soy sauce. You could also use beef stock if you wish. Traditionally, flat rice cakes are used, but the cylindrical shapes also work well.

Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo, authors of Our Korean Kitchen

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What better way to tell someone you love them than with a handmade gift — that's made by someone else? Because, while you have time to pick out something thoughtful, you don't have enough time to pull out the hot glue gun. Actually, scratch that — you don't probably don't even have time to pick something out. And that's why we made this for you! We scoured Etsy to find the sweetest, splurgiest gifts for $15 or less.

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My paternal grandmother was the lioness in our family. Fearlessly immigrating to the United States with her three youngest children from Hong Kong without speaking a word of English, she managed to navigate a new country, work as a seamstress, and send all of her kids to college. She had retired by the time I was born, so I simply knew of her as the grandmother who cooked dinner. Multi-coursed Chinese dinners every single night, at a large dining table where I squeezed in with uncles, aunts, and cousins.

And, without fail, my grandmother cooked a massive feast once a year to celebrate Chinese New Year. She steamed, braised, fried, and stir-fried until the table groaned with the offerings, and there was barely any room left for rice bowls and chopsticks. This meal was her pride and joy, and she always sat at the head of the table, happy to see three generations gathered together to have fun and feast.

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Vacuums are one of those appliances that can invoke a lot of passion. And few brands invoke quite as much passion as Dyson. The company's powerful, ergonomic vacuums have legions of devoted fans who credit their clean floors back to them. But to get one, you usually have to shell out upwards of $400 for a new model. Well for today only, you can score this refurbished one on Amazon for $190.

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The method of cleaning cast iron is something of tradition passed down to generations along with the cookware itself. Some cooks and cast iron diehards dare not let theirs near water, much less soap of any sort, and letting one rust may indeed fall into the book of unpardonable sins for some Southerners.

But fear not: During a visit to the Lodge factory in Tennessee, we learned the proper way to restore rusty cast iron from the experts themselves. A few simple steps at home can restore rusted cast iron cookware to cook-ready condition!

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This is a game-changer! That's what I thought when I spotted the bags of frozen avocado chunks at Costco. I love avocado. Add it to anything and you suddenly have lunch. Lately my kick has been smoked salmon, avocado, and the Laughing Cow spreadable cheese on a tortilla topped with furikake. Random, I know, but that's what I had on hand one desperate lunchtime and it stuck.

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Risotto is the epitome of fast and fancy. It may seem like a dish that's better left to your favorite Italian restaurant to make, but it's actually incredibly easy to master at home. It comes together fairly quickly and never fails to impress, which makes it my go-to dish for impromptu dinner parties (regardless of whether they fall on a weeknight or weekend), and also one of the first things I turn to whenever I want to treat myself to something nice for dinner without too much fuss.

This butternut squash version is the one I turn to again and again throughout the fall and winter months. It's filled with sweet and tender chunks of squash and flavored with earthy sage. It's creamy, comforting, and exactly what you want to eat this time of year. Here's how to do it.

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Kitchn's Delicious Links column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.

As far as I'm concerned, garlic amounts in recipes are just a guideline. If a recipe calls for two cloves, I always add at least four. But this recipe actually calls for a whole bulb of garlic. As far as I'm concerned, these creamy chicken breasts from Café Delites might be the new Engagement Chicken, because as soon as I saw all that garlic I said, "Marry me!" and I think I was talking to the chicken.

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The slow cooker is a mainstay of modern American cooking — but it's not just you and me firing up the Crock-Pot on a weeknight. Famous chefs and celebrities are not above its charms, and this week we're bringing you five recipes from five kitchen stars that show off their favorite ways to put the slow cooker to good use.

Hugh calls this Southern minestrone from his new cookbook, The Chef and the Slow Cooker, "a brothy celebration of all things vegetable," and we have to agree. The star of this celebration? The humble butter bean — a legume that, when cooked properly, becomes nearly as creamy and smooth as its namesake. Butter beans are a staple of Southern food and, in fact, I can think of few things more Southern than a pot of butter beans simmering away on the stove all day long. Acheson captures that essence perfectly in this recipe, designed for the slow cooker rather than your grandma's stockpot.

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Even during the middle of summer (aka tomato season), you still need a can or three of whole tomatoes in your pantry. So you can imagine that right now, in the dead of winter, we're definitely going to suggest you have some on hand. The chili! The stews! The homemade sauce! Etc!

That just leaves one big question: Which brand is best?

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Sur La Table is currently offering huge discounts on one of our favorite, high-end French cookware brands, Staub — on nearly every piece they carry. And while these brand-specific sales can sometimes be deceptive, with the biggest discounts being on impractical things like giant cookware sets, one of our top picks is one of the most discounted at 65 percent off. Check out the entire sale here.

All orders over $59 include free shipping, and as a cute bonus for those spending $200 or more on the Staub sale, Sur La Table is gifting a decorative animal knob, compatible with any of Staub's cocottes or ovens (a $29.95 dollar value if purchased alone during the sale).

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What do you eat when you're feeling doubtful that Punxsutawney Phil is going to see his shadow? When Daylight Saving Time is so close, yet SO FAR AWAY? When the relentless, all-consuming darkness is dimming the light on your dinnertime daydreams? Comfort food. That's right — you hunker down in the coziest nook that you can find and tuck into the yummiest thing you can imagine.

No matter what your zodiac sign is, there's a comfort food soul mate out there for you, written in the stars. Can't quite put your finger on what exactly that something-something is? We did the soul searching/star gazing for you.

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Anthropologie just released a new collection and it's a perfect match for those of us who love florals and bright colors and hate restraint when decorating. The exclusive collection reimagines the work of Paule Marrot (1902–1987), a French textile designer who favored bold patterns and rich hues in her work. Designed in collaboration with the editors of Paule Marrot Paris, the collection includes goods for the whole home, from the bedroom to the kitchen and everywhere in between. We rounded up our favorites below, and you can see the entire collection here.

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Costco is one of my favorite places to stock up on everyday healthy plant-based foods, including frozen fruits and veggies, fresh produce, non-dairy milk, and pantry staples like whole-grain oats and almond butter. But aside from the common staples we all know and have seen before, I also like to keep an eye out for anything new and healthy to try every time I go. You just never know what you'll find at Costco!

Some of my favorite new finds from 2018 included steamed beets, avocado mash, blueberry dark chocolate, coconut snacks, wild blueberry jam, and a variety of frozen fruit blends. And so far, 2019 is proving to be another year of great Costco finds as well.

Here are some of the trendiest grocery finds I spotted at Costco this month!

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Kitchn's Delicious Links column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.

The fact that you can cook dry pasta in an Instant Pot full of sauce is one of my biggest epiphanies of the year. The world of one-pot cooking just got a whole lot bigger, and in less than half an hour it's possible to make a rich, creamy, velvety chicken Alfredo pasta like this one, without even having to use a second pot to boil the pasta. If you're trying to convince someone that the Instant Pot is a game-changer, send them this recipe.

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Spices are hard to organize. They're contained in these tiny little bottles that always get knocked over and rearranged every single time you go to cook something. (You know you have cumin in that cabinet somewhere!) Annoyingly, there's not a TON of innovation when it comes to storing spices. Once in a while, though, we see something that's actually mind-blowing. Like this under-the-cabinet-magnetic-knife-rack situation pictured above. And these inexpensive organizers, which can be bought on Amazon.

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I am very much of the "everything in moderation" mindset — I fill my plate with lots of veggies but fully embrace a fudgy brownie when the craving strikes. The internet, however, is rampant with "skinny" versions that guarantee the richness of a classic brownie in a less calorie-dense size.

Weight Watchers is the leader of this pack — there are hundreds of recipes that deliver just a few WW points but claim to taste as good as brownies that would be much higher point-wise due to containing more butter, eggs, and other ingredients that are high in points on the WW Freestyle program. So, are they any good? And are they really better for you than traditional brownies? As both a Registered Dietitian and a lover of baked goods, I was more than curious. Here are my results after baking two popular WW versions: chocolate brownies and lemon brownies.

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Here's the thing about small kitchens: While we may all moan and groan and wish for palatial spaces with ample counter space and gobs of storage, it's the teeny-tiny spaces that force us to be smart about what space we do have. Take this 38-square-foot kitchen in Brooklyn. It's seriously small, with a galley layout that doesn't afford too many options, but owners Ali and Chip make it work. It's not only functional for a couple that likes to cook a lot, but it's also super cute — and smart.

Here are three lessons you can steal from their well-designed kitchen.

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One of the best ways to use an air fryer is as a mini oven that won't heat up your whole kitchen for party snacks. You can turn out batch after batch of wings, mozzarella sticks, and, yes, mini calzones that are warm, crispy, and delightfully nostalgic from a single air fryer.

These mini calzones use prepared pizza dough to make delicious pockets filled with gooey cheese, piquant tomato sauce, and spicy pepperoni that are perfect for parties, after-school snacks, or for satisfying your craving for the pizza rolls of your youth.

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The slow cooker is a mainstay of modern American cooking — but it's not just you and me firing up the Crock-Pot on a weeknight. Famous chefs and celebrities are not above its charms, and this week we're bringing you five recipes from five kitchen stars that show off their favorite ways to put the slow cooker to good use.

First up: Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman herself, with a classic broccoli cheddar soup that is kid-friendly and good for any cold night. Of course, leave it to the Pioneer Woman to come up with a recipe that officially counts as a serving of vegetables while also appealing to anyone's love for cheese. I mean, it's a lot of cheese.

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I've always wanted to be that person who has a morning or nighttime ritual — who sits with the newspaper every morning when sipping their coffee or meditates for 10 minutes before bed. Sadly, rituals are usually lost on me. I get bored or just forget to partake. That's slowly starting to change, however, as I've begun to practice a little more self-care.

It started as an effort to keep my cool and feel my best through the busy holiday season, and since then it's stuck — I have a real, true ritual! It's an herbal tea habit that not only helps me wind down at night, but also lets me practice a little mindfulness and connect with my husband at the same time.

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Whether you're following Whole30 or not, this is an easy, flavor-packed dinner that deserves a regular spot in your meal plan. Chicken thighs are slicked with a tangy, bold-flavored pantry sauce, and yet they're still versatile enough to pair with a variety of sides and veggies.

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There are two things that drive me absolutely crazy about my kitchen: I basically have to crawl into the corner cabinet to fish my slow cooker from its depths and one of my utensil drawers does not open unless I open the oven first.

These are very clear indicators of a poor kitchen design. And, as we get ready to renovate our very dated kitchen, you better believe I'm keeping notes. To avoid making the same mistakes the previous owner did, I asked architects, contractors, interior designers, and other industry experts for the biggest kitchen design faux pas you can make.

Here's what they had to say.

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If you're one of the many people who've taken up the keto nutritional plan — a high-fat, medium-protein, low-carb approach to food — you know that it can be extremely rewarding. Maybe you've been deeply disappointed by calorie- and fat-reduction diets in the past, and the ketogenic lifestyle is helping you to make a more long-term, integrated shift in eating. Maybe you've finally been lost weight and keeping it off; maybe you feel sharper, happier, more energetic.

Read more: Here's What You Can and Can't Eat on the Ketogenic Diet

But keto isn't without its challenges and one of the biggest is that carbs are literally everywhere. They're in the obvious suspects, of course, but also hiding in foods we don't think of as having carbs (such as ketchup), or ones we might normally eat a lot (such as beans).

This can make sourcing ingredients problematic, most notably in the beginning when you're not yet a Jedi master of label reading. But the learning curve is quick — especially if you shop at Trader Joe's.

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The whole concept of air frying sounds like a miracle. Frying without fat? How is that possible? Like many things that sound mysterious, it actually has a very reasonable explanation. But before I reveal it, let me make it clear that air frying is NOT frying. To really fry you need to submerge food in oil. No way around it. But what an air fryer can do is give you that crispy, crunch that makes Southern fried chicken or a french fry so delectable. Got it?

Okay, now let's continue.

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Over the years we've shared a lot of recipes and tips for making a killer pizza. Today I'm rounding up every last bit for an epic guide to all things pizza.

From essentials everyone should know — like how to make pizza dough, which is actually way easier than you'd ever imagine — to specific recipes, you'll find everything you need (and more) right here.

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Unless you have a never-ending budget or unlimited pantry space, I'm guessing you're always looking for ways to keep one or both of them in check? I am, too. So far, I've come up with one little rule that's really proven to be a huge help: I only buy an ingredient if I know that I can use it in more than one recipe.

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Along with chicken thighs, a pack of ground turkey is one of the staples you will always find in my freezer. It's more lean and mild than ground beef, but can be used in all the same ways for easy weeknight meals. From bolognese and juicy burgers to meatloaf and skillet meals, here are 10 easy ground turkey recipes for the week ahead.

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