Let Us Help You With Your Cooking at Home

From easy recipes to big projects

Melissa McCart


3 min readMar 16, 2020


Photo: Aya Brackett

Hello. Here we are, tucked in our living quarters, acquainted with the parameters of social distancing by now. Our pantries are stocked, our books and movies are picked out, and our home office spaces are set up.

When it comes to feeding ourselves, some of us see the upcoming days as an opportunity for baking projects, for elaborate dinners, and for learning new cooking skills, while others of us are simply daunted by cooking. Whether you’re on one end or the other, we’re here to help you in your kitchen at home.

Over the next few weeks, don’t be shy about asking us cooking questions and telling us what you’d like to see more of over here. In the meantime, take a look at these resources to help you get organized and inspired.

Put This List On Your Fridge

Mark Bittman’s master list of interchangeable ingredients

Photo: Jonathan Kitchen via The Image Bank/Getty Images

Make Sure Your Pantry Is Crisis Ready

Don’t panic. Skip the masks. And stock up on these staples

Photo: Daniel Gengel via EyeEm/Getty Images

Why You Should Make Pancakes on a Weekday Morning

Because it’s that easy

Photo: Aya Brackett

A Quintessential Beginner’s Soup

It’s one you’ll cook forever

Photo: Aya Brackett

Three Ways to Make Meatballs

You will want to try them all

Photo: South China Morning Post for Getty Images

Citrus Is More Versatile Than You’d Think

Mandarins, oranges, and grapefruits can be shockingly good right now

Photo: Leandro Grasso via EyeEm/Getty Images

It’s a Good Time for Sausage and Peppers

Here’s my mother’s once-a-week dish

Photo: Aya Brackett

You Should Plan on Cooking This Spicy Sichuan Fried Chicken Right Now

This dish is a revelation

Photo: Daniel Meyer

Turn Your Lentils into Dal

Add curry and your choice of vegetables for a customized dish

Photo: TravellingLight via Getty Images

10 Ways to Jazz Up Simply Cooked Vegetables

When gratin is not the answer

Photo: Anjelika Gretskaia via Moment/Getty Images

Baking a Cake Is a Fine Way to Spend an Afternoon

Consider this no-nonsense recipe

Photo: Cathy Scola via Moment/Getty Images



Melissa McCart

Editor of Heated with Mark Bittman on Medium. Dog mom. Pho fan. Send me your pitches: melissamccart@gmail.com