Kitchen Tools for Vegans Who Love to Cook!

We came up with the idea of writing about kitchen tools for vegans when I realized that preparing healthy, tasty vegan meals requires a set of tools that not everybody has in a typical kitchen. As you start preparing more whole-food, plant-based (and sometimes even raw!) meals, you’ll see how these tools are not gadgets but really helpful companions on your vegan journey.

If you have a carton of leftover cream in your fridge and are wondering what to do with it, you are in luck. There is always whipped cream, of course, but there are so many other wonderful ways to use up cream, whether you have a spoonful or more than a cup. From tender cream biscuits and lush scrambled eggs, to rich chocolate ganache and creamy tomato soup, here are 20 delicious ways to use up leftover cream.

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With four children and three pets, I'm on a perpetual quest for a cleaning product that gets my floors squeaky clean. On a whim, I decided to try Murphy's Oil Soap on our tile floors, as it's one of those old-time standbys everyone seems to have at least heard of. When I saw that my mop water was dirtier than it's ever been, I became a Murphy's Oil Soap convert.

Turns out, however, that floors aren't all it's good for.

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What do you like to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? There are lots of solutions that will use up some of the meal — turkey soup, a Dagwood-style sandwich — but as delicious as they are, they don't use everything that was on the table. (Unless you put gravy and cranberry relish on your turkey sandwich?)

My favorite post-Turkey Day, clean-out-the-refrigerator dish uses up everything and is delicious to boot. Introducing the Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie!

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Anthropologie is offering 30 percent off its entire website through Sunday, November 25, as part of their Black Friday sales. That means you can get just about anything you've been coveting and save big. (And maybe even get some holiday shopping done while you're at it?) But if you need a little inspo, here are five home and kitchen buys we love.

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Around here, we enthusiastically celebrate any opportunity to save on All-Clad, one of our favorite high-end (and high price point) cookware brands. So we were thrilled to see that their popular VIP Factory Seconds Sale is back for Black Friday. Hosted by Home and Cooks Sales (you just need to provide your email address to view the sale), this promotion happens a few times a year and features a huge variety of All-Clad's classic and specialty styles of cookware. This time, however, there are some extra-deep discounts in honor of the biggest shopping holiday of the year. All items are final sale, and while most are priced generously at 40 to 50 percent off, you can score discounts of up to 80 percent off on certain items.

See All Our Coverage of the Biggest Sales Week of the Year Here

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Sorry, Cyber Monday, but it appears your reign was brief. These days, online shopping deals are launching earlier and earlier, and now Cyber Monday has to share billing with an entire week of deals, starting the Monday before Thanksgiving. That includes Amazon, of course, which actually launched early Black Friday deals on November 1. (Christmas isn't the only thing that comes earlier and earlier these days.) Now that Black Friday week is officially here, they're rolling out even more deals, every day.

See All Our Coverage of the Biggest Sales Week of the Year Here

See below for our favorite picks. We'll keep updating as more are made available.

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As we make the transition from fall into winter, the desire for extra-comforting soups that warm us up from the inside out is stronger than ever. Consider this your playbook for the season. These 10 soup recipes are a mix of classics, like French onion and broccoli cheddar, and new favorites, like cheesy lasagna. They're all well worth being added to your dinner roster in the chilly months ahead.

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Feeling bogged down with Thanksgiving leftovers? No plan for how to use them up? No problem. Here are 10 smart ideas to make the most of those leftovers — from breakfast through dessert.

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I've always seen breakfast as just an excuse to eat more potatoes. I'll skip sweets, like pancakes and waffles, and dive straight into the savory section of a restaurant menu, usually ordering a dish because it's served with potatoes. If you're a breakfast potato fiend like me, these dishes are sure to help start your morning right.

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If you've ever scrolled through Facebook, checked emails, or searched for the perfect playlist on your phone will sitting down at dinner, please, please stop. Beyond being just a little bit rude to your partner or your kids, it's straight-up unhygienic.

Think about it: You carry that phone with you all day long, and handle it without thinking after you touch a subway pole, pull cash out of your pocket for coffee, or pull open the door to the bathroom. If you, like the average American, handle your phone 47 times a day, I'm going to guess that you don't always wash your hands before you touch it. And that means all of the bacteria that your hands encounter in those germy spots goes straight from your fingers to your phone. Yikes!

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The day after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days to open the fridge. It's filled with stack upon stack of leftover containers, brimming with possibilities. And though I'm prone to turning those leftovers into something else — say, lasagna or soup — there will be at least one meal of unadulterated leftovers enjoyed throughout that post-Thanksgiving weekend.

For a single plate of leftovers, the microwave does a fine job of delivering this leftover bliss, but when I'm reheating leftovers for two people or more, there are much better ways to get turkey, potatoes with gravy, rolls, and stuffing from the fridge to the table. Here we'll cover a basic timeline and methods for reheating Thanksgiving leftovers to bring them back to their original glory.

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Unlocking the potential of a cooking method (or even a small appliance) is really as simple as cooking with it over and over again. This week I'm cooking only sheet pan meals — because after Thanksgiving, I want something that's super practical with minimal cleanup. Sheet pan dinners also have the added benefit of being meal prep-friendly and very hands-off, which kind of makes them perfect for family meals throughout the week.

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If slow cooker drop dinners are not part of your meal plan, I want you to know that you're really missing out. These easy toss-and-go meals require little to no prep and are the answer to my prayers (and everyone else's!) for a dinner that cooks itself.

If you're not yet acquainted with drop dinners, they're just what they sound like: Drop the ingredients into the cooker, plop on the lid, and hours later you've got a warm, satisfying dinner. It really is that easy. Here are 10 favorites to get you started.

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We all know the drill. You tossed a bunch of kale into your cart last weekend with the best of intentions to work some more greens into your meal plan this week. But alas, they're still sitting in the crisper untouched, and now, starting to wilt. It's in times like these we need the easiest of recipes to put that kale to work. Here are 10 of my favorites to get you inspired.

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So far this year, I've been cooking with more winter squash than I ever have before. (Honestly, I blame two small kids who love orange vegetables and will happily gobble up squashes of every kind roasted, puréed, or folded into soup.)

Frozen butternut squash has always been a staple in our house, but whole squashes are cheaper per pound right now and have the added benefit of giving us their seeds for snacking. More than a cleaver, one tool has made the arduous task of breaking down hard winter squash even easier: one of my favorite peelers. Here's everything you need to know about it.

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As much as I love big holiday meals where family and friends congregate together around one long table, what I really love most of all is a good weekend brunch. In my house, brunch is a casual affair as people trickle downstairs in pajamas with hair askew, rubbing sleep from their eyes, drawn into the kitchen by rich aromas of baked eggs and the irresistible scent of cinnamon rolls. It's also a relaxed meal for the cook, with plenty of options for make-ahead dishes like casseroles with bacon, eggs, and potatoes, and sweet cinnamon rolls.

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Baking sheets, although small and not too cumbersome, can be a pain to store. You can nest them together, which is all fine and good until you need the biggest one on the bottom. Plus, you can't exactly stack anything on top of them — and that's a waste of space!

That's why I love this idea so much. Keep reading to see what it is.

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Welcome to Snapshot Cooking, the home of Kitchn's easiest recipes. These mini recipes are so simple you can practically cook from the before-and-after snapshot itself.

Thanksgiving leftovers always seem exciting, until a couple of days later when it feels like you can't possibly eat another turkey sandwich. Whether you cooked this year's feast or were a guest blessed with leftovers, we want to help you take those turkey scraps and reinvent them into fresh, new meals.

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Wouldn't it be amazing if reheated food tasted just as good as it did when it was freshly made? It sure would make eating leftovers more exciting. And while you probably can't reheat french fries to their original crispy state, you can get darn close if you know the best reheating method.

Here's a guide to help you figure out if you should reheat your food on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave, with some tips to help you do each. Reheat with confidence!

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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.

Growing up in the Midwest gave me a few habits that set me apart from my coastal peers, including a firm conviction that "Ope!" is a real word, a tendency to begin and/or end every sentence with "sorry," and an intense and unshakable love of casseroles. I can't imagine how anyone gets through winter, or large family get-togethers, without a big dish of Kentucky hot brown or an enormous tuna-noodle casserole with crushed potato chips on top.

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Here's why we love sangria (and mulled wines) for the holidays: They make inexpensive wines more festive, feed the thirst of a crowd easily, and look gorgeous on a bar or table.

Sangria is simply wine, a little liquor, sometimes sugar, and fruit or spices added for flavoring and can be made in big batches days in advance. Here are 10 of our favorites for Friendsgiving.

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I know, I just wrote another meal plan around eating down my pantry in an effort to keep my grocery budget in check, but after a week of birthday dinners, election night self-soothing, and general laziness our family needs another week of easy, cheap dinners.

The recipes are simple because as we head into the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I want to use any extra cooking time I have on making pie crusts, freezing gravy, and just generally preparing for one of my favorite meals of the year. Here's how we're keeping meals cheap and easy in our house this week.

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Ina Garten and Brussels sprouts: Could there be a more perfect pairing? (Other than Ina and Jeffrey, of course.) When considering the most popular Thanksgiving recipes on the internet — many of which we're sharing on Kitchn this month — Ina's balsamic-roasted Brussels immediately came to mind. Not because I'd made them before, but because anybody who has won't shut up about them.

It wasn't that long ago that Brussels sprouts were known as the stinky, mushy veggie that you spooned onto your plate to be polite to your aunt who made them but then promptly hid under your mashed potatoes and gravy. In fact, if you were assigned to bring Brussels sprouts to Thanksgiving dinner, it probably meant you weren't trusted to bring something important (sorry, Aunt Jan).

But Brussels sprouts have made a huge comeback. People love them now. And if you're in charge of making them, they better be good. I had to know: Were Ina Garten's Brussels sprouts worthy of that coveted spot on my Thanksgiving table? Here's what I found out.

Recipe: Ina Garten's Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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By nature casseroles are usually a pretty easy meal to pull off — it's part of the reason we love them so much — but these 10 casseroles stand out against a crowd, big time. Some come together with just a handful of pantry ingredients, some require no upfront prep, and a few do all the heavy lifting for you. In addition to the warming comfort they always promise to deliver, this family-friendly lineup features the easiest casseroles we know how to make.

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Choosing just the right recipe for your office Thanksgiving potluck (aka Worksgiving), calls for a few smart considerations. The best recipes for office potlucks must hold up well when made in advance, be easy to transport, and don't need to be refrigerated or reheated if possible. Don't forget to take into account any allergies or food restrictions your coworkers might have.

Whether you're bringing the main dish or sticking with an appetizer, side, or dessert, these recipes are your best choice for impressing your coworkers.

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Mashed potatoes are my hands-down absolute most favorite cannot have Thanksgiving without them side dish. The creamy, buttery, potato-loaded goodness that is mashed potatoes could be my last supper. So when it came to adding some vegan side dishes to our Thanksgiving table this year, mastering vegan mashed potatoes was essential to my Turkey Day happiness.

I truly don't want to understate just how good these mashed potatoes are. Honestly, their vegan-ness is just a bonus (and I actually mean that — this isn't one of those, "this vegan, gluten-free, flavor-free cauliflower-crust pizza tastes just like the real deal!" situations). These garlicky potatoes are so creamy, tender, and lush without a single drop of dairy — and they're just four ingredients to boot. I'd dare say these are the best mashed potatoes I've ever made! Here's how to make the best vegan mashed potatoes that everyone will love.

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Making your Thanksgiving pies ahead of time can be a lifesaver when it's crunch time in the moments leading up to the holiday dinner, but there's a right and a wrong way to do it. Here's exactly what you need to know to prep and store your holidays pie in advance.

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There are a daunting number of cardboard pints and quarts of different cream varieties at the grocery store. Which is which? Is there a difference between them? Here's a complete rundown so you won't find yourself scratching your head the next time you're in the dairy aisle.

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Good news for any of you starting to go through withdrawal ever since the last episode of Fixer Upper aired, seven months ago: Chip and Joanna Gaines are going to be returning to television.

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No Thanksgiving spread is complete without a bowl of buttery, fluffy mashed potatoes. It's a simple dish with few ingredients, but it's the details that can make or break this classic side dish. This is the time to make sure you're doing them right. These are the common mistakes to avoid to ensure success.

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