Eat This: 19 Food Websites We Cook from All the Dang Time

When Claire and I aren’t talking about Of a Kind, we’re probably yammering on about food (or Mindy Kaling or exfoliating products, but mostly food). And though we have a lot to say about snacks and restaurants, we both try to cook on the reg—to whip up (moderately healthy) dinners at home more nights than not and to bring our lunches to the office whenever we can get it together to do so…at which point we workshop what the other one’s eating. What do we make? Most of the time, things the internet tells us to. Below, the sites we troll for hanger-management. I’ll let the recipes and food pics speak for themselves. —erica

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Alexandra Cooks
Go-to Recipes: Frozen Yogurt, Crustless Kale Quiche, and Roasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta, and Grilled Bread

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Cookie + Kate
Go-to Recipe: Rhubarb-Chia Jam

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A Couple Cooks
Go-to Recipe: Vegetarian Chili

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The First Mess
Go-to Recipe: Bloody Mary Salad

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Food52
Go-to Recipes: Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions, Mushroom Bourguignon, Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme Mushrooms, Radish Salad with Anchovy Sauce, Rogue Scrambled Eggs…we could go on and on, kids.

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A House in the Hills
Go-to Recipe: Kale Noodle Bowl with Avocado-Miso Dressing

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Joy the Baker
Go-to Recipe: Charred Mexican Zucchini

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Kitchen Confidante
Go-to Recipe: Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Lottie + Doof
Go-to Recipe: Raspberries and Sour Cream

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Love & Lemons
Go-to Recipes: Chickpea Miso Noodle Soup and Creamy Tortilla Soup

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Milk & Mode
Go-to Recipe: Sauteed Greens with Onions and Soy Sauce

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My Name Is Yeh
Go-to Recipe: The Best and Easiest Hummus

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Running with Tweezers
Go-to Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Dates and Olives

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Seven Spoons
Go-to Recipe: Lentils Like Baked Beans

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Smitten Kitchen
Go-to Recipes: One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes, Cauliflower and Parmesan Cake, Carrot Soup with Miso and Sesame, and Strawberry Summer Cake

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Sprouted Kitchen
Go-to Recipes: Lentil Meatballs in Lemon Pesto and Orzo and Broccoli Pesto Salad

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TV Dinner
Go-to Recipes: Quinoa and Egg Enchilada Skillet and Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

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The Year in Food
Go-to Recipe: Cauliflower Mash

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The Yellow House
Go-to Recipes: Baked Delicata Squash with Cream and Parmigiano and Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad

Oh, hey! We’ve posted some recipes on this site, even. See ‘em here.

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Weather Vain: Lockhart, Texas - 98 and Partly Cloudy

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Summer means barbecue, and barbecue means Lockhart, Texas. Here’s what to wear today in pit country. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The airiest linen dress you can find, from T by Alexander Wang.

+ A necklace by K/LLER that would look equally at-home in Austin, 30 minutes away.

+ A Komono watch—an homage to the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches.

+ A cuff from Dannijo that’s nearly as satisfying as a scoop of Century Sundae ice cream by Blue Bell.

+ A Kara bag with room for a score or two from Sol & Luna Antiques & Art.

+ Kelsi Dagger sandals that will still be comfortable after you gorge on salty, fatty brisket at Smitty’s Market.

Wanna mess with Texas? Head this way.

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The Vacationers: Erica’s Guide to Having, Like, the BEST Time in Portugal

You guys, I just recently got back from a two-week-long honeymoon in Portugal. And while I recommend honeymoons in general, I endorse this one in particular because Portugal, you see, is awesome. It’s got history and good design, beaches and vineyards—and it’s pretty dang affordable, too. You should probably go (and don’t feel like you have to get married to do so). If/when you make the trip: Rent a car and plan some time outside of the bigger cities. My thoughts on where you should head and what you should do, see, eat, and buy there below. —erica

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Impossible to get enough of those tiles.

PORTO

What It Is: The country’s second-largest city is also one of the oldest in Europe.

Where to Stay: One of eight polished apartments at Flattered in Foz, an oceanfront ‘hood that’s a little removed—in a good way—from the more touristy part of town.

What to Eat: Lunch at Mercearia Das Flores, a chill little spot with lots of regional products that resides on a cute stretch of Rua das Flores.

What to Do: Walk up and down all of the windy little streets in  Ribeira and Clérigos.

What to Bring Home: Port—duuuuuh. We fell especially hard for RP10, an aged tawny from Ramos Pinto, and the dry white take from Dow’s.

A Good Planning Resource: The app version of the Wallpaper* City Guide to Porto.

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Pool time at Villa Extramuros.

ARRAIOLOS

What It Is: A teeny town in the up-and-coming wine region Alentejo—super-pretty with all its cork and olive trees.

Where to Stay: Villa Extramuros, which is kind of like a design-oriented B&B…with a sick little pool and some sheep grazing on the property. (I named one of the ewes Stacy—if you meet her, tell her I say hey.)

What to Eat: An outdoor lunch at the couldn’t-be-more-stunning vineyard Herdade do Esporão. You’ll obviously need to do a tasting of their house olive oils.

What to Do: Explore Évora, the medieval town about 20 minutes away—and definitely stop in for a meal at Botequim da Mouraria while you’re around.

What to Bring Home: A rug from Casa dos Tapetes. They’ve been the Arraiolos specialty since the 17th Century.

A Good Planning Resource: This Saveur story about the area’s food traditions, by a writer who’s been visiting since the sixties.

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Downtown Comporta—that’s a juice bar there on the right.

COMPORTA

What It Is: A beach destination amidst rice fields that’s about 75 miles south of Lisbon—in my imagination, it’s like the Hamptons 20 years ago: You can tell it’s headed in a scene-y direction, but it’s not there yet.

Where to Stay: This freaking adorable beach house (comes with a hammock, obviously) or a room at this sleek-looking hotel-spa thing Sublime that just opened.

What to Eat: Some ultra-fresh grilled fish and the fava bean salad at the beachside restaurant Sal.

What to Do: Score a stretch of sand and laze the day away at glorious, crowd-free Praia do Pego.

What to Bring Home: Some ceramics from the appealingly fancy-pants Loja do Museu do Arroz.

A Good Planning Resource: Condé Nast Traveller has the scoop.

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Breakfast at Baixa House! I know: those plates.

LISBON

What It Is: The place you were already planning to visit if you were thinking about heading to Portugal.

Where to Stay: A Baixa House apartment that’s decorated perfectly and situated right in the thick of things.

What to Eat: A blowout, many-course dinner at 100 Maneiras…or a low-key, vinho verde-and-cheese snack at the teeny, totally unassuming Graça do Vinho.

What to Do: Check out the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, the national tile museum, and definitely grab a drink in the courtyard after you do. (Not sure if it’s clear yet, but: There’s a lot of day-drinking to be had.)

What to Bring Home: Canned fish—if you ask me, both Conserveira de Lisboa and Loja das Conservas are worth a visit.

A Good Planning Resource: This tribute to the city c/o Frank Bruni.

Looking for more trip ideas? Welp, here you go.

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Weather Vain: Durham, North Carolina - 92 With a Chance of Thunderstorms

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Ooof, guys, it’s a steamy one in Duke (and Clay Aiken!) country. Here’s how to at least attempt to tackle it. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ This Suno dress + Vietnamese coffee ice cream from The Parlour = a GD dream.

+ A ring, from Macha, that wouldn’t look crazy out-of-place at the Durham Bulls’ ballpark.

+ A Collina Strada pouch that would look just right amidst the tapas at Mateo.

+ The sort of umbrella by Orla Kiely that makes any precipitation feel a whole lot less gloomy.

+ Melissa flats that can handle a downpour.

A whole lot more “Weather Vain” to be had here!

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Weather Vain: Boulder, Colorado - 87 and Clear

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Why does this time of year make us want to head west? Maybe it’s our lungs itching for some mountain air? Here’s what we’d wanna be wearing today in the Berkeley of the Rockies. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Collette Ishiyama bracelet that everyone at the shop Weekends would die over. 

+ A Fleabags clutch that’s polished enough for a stay at St. Julien—but also completely down to hit the farmers’ market.

+ This ring, by Satomi Kawakita, that wouldn’t get in the way of any outdoor activities.

+ Sunglasses from Warby Parker—required if you plan on spending any time exploring Pearl Street.

+ Lace-ups from Soludos that keep your toes protected when you hop on a cruiser rented from Boulder Bikesmith.

+ A Lemlem dress ready to score a seat at Oak's chef's counter.

Whoa, there’s a whole lot more “Weather Vain” to be had.

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You’ve Been Served: 6 Hot-Weather Recipes That Our Designers Swear By

It’s summer! (Ok, no, officially that’s June 21—but close enough!) And these are the things you should probably make ASAP and devour on a porch-slash-rooftop while it’s still lovely (and novel) enough to do so. —erica

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Killer Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
You’ve gotta put the coleslaw on the bun—that’s a non-negotiable. This vinegar-style BBQ recipe comes straight from the grandmother of Rachel Albright of Academy Jewelry, so you know it’s legit.
Pair it with: A just-weird beer from one of Rachel’s hometown breweries, Strangeways in Richmond, Virginia. 
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“Mex-covitch” Fried Fish
It’s got a lot of garlic and some habanero kick—what’s not to like? If you ask Ayeisha Mesinger of Morgan Parish, it’s ideal dinner-party fare.
Pair it with: A watermelon-tequila concoction that makes for a stellar pitcher drink.
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Cucumber-Caramel Ice Cream
This is not an ice cream for basic bitches, that’s for sure. But Rawaan Alkhatib is nearly as passionate about baking as designing—so you can trust her on this one.
Pair it with: Some magically insane pastry from Ayako Kurokawa’s Dumbo, Brooklyn, shop Burrow, for some serious sugar action.
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Ochazuke
Once you get ahold of the ingredients, you can make this rice dish over and over again like THAT—that’s how Jade Lai, the powerhouse behind Creatures of Comfort does it.
Pair it with: Cup sake, possibly with pandas or deer on the container.
Get the recipe

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Tried-and-True Michelada
If you ask us, iced-coffee weather is also michelada weather—and the chicks behind Workhorse agree. Their go-to for this beer cocktail: Tecate.
Pair it with: Grilled fish tacos, c/o those geniuses at Food52.
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Can’t-Be-Beat Burger
Per Han Starnes of Josi Faye, the best American burger comes by way of New Zealand: She unearthed this version while learning to spin yarn in the country and brought it home with her.
Pair it with: Ice cream that’s really not messing around, like Brambleberry Crisp or Roxbury Road from Jeni’s
Get the recipe

Want more food from this website? You got it.

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Weather Vain: Healdsburg, California - 95 and Clear

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It’s getting to be that time of year when it’s hot everywhere. Even lovely, lovely CA wine country. Do you think a bottle of pinot noir would help cool you down? Yah, wishful thinking. —erica

Sunglasses from Raen: also useful for keeping hair off your sweaty, sweaty face.

+ A cotton-and-linen dress from Apiece Apart that allows for some breeze (oof—thankfully).

K. Jacques  sandals, for exploring Fitch Mountain when the temp drops.

+ Earrings chill enough for everyday—but also down for a celebratory dinner at Spoonbar—c/o t.kahres.

+ Ready for wine-tasting at Banshee? This Rennes clutch is.

+ A shark tooth and diamond Dezso bracelet suited to lunch at Shed.

Hey, welcome to the land of “Weather Vain!”

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The Insider: Kelsey Brown

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We’ll bet you a homemade taco you can’t scroll through Happyolks and not salivate—you can thank Kelsey Brown for that. Together with husband-to-be Shaun Boyte, Kelsey is cooking up some of the most addictive food-blogging on the web right now (see: kale, apple, and ancho chili tamales or caramelized fig ice cream). In other words: We’ll have what she’s having. And more on that below. —mattie kahn

Q: What is one dish that is unexpectedly worth making at home? 
A: I think molé is awesome…and tamales are probably way more accessible than people think they are, too. They’re time-consuming insofar as you have to prep the masa and they take about an hour to steam, but making them is a really great activity to do with friends.

Q: When you cave and order in, you call _______ for _______? 
A: We have a place here in Denver called Yak and Yeti, which is kind of a weird name. It’s a Nepalese-Indian food place, and they have the best curry I’ve had since being in India. So that’s definitely, like, a hands-down. Have to go to Yak and Yeti.

Q: Guests are coming over and dinner is still in the oven. What do you whip up to keep them happy while they wait? 
A: Hmm… Probably a cocktail.

Q: Never a bad idea! Any in particular? 
A: It depends on the guests. We love making pisco sours—after our trip to Chile, we just kind of fell in love with pisco. And then a lot of margaritas.

Q: What are your top three kitchen essentials? 
A: Super easy: parchment paper, wooden spoons, and a microplane grater.

Q: Okay. On to more food, of course. Which food blogs—besides your own—are you loving?
A: I have a few standbys. Sprouted Kitchen is consistently amazing. I haven’t made anything from there that hasn’t been just fantastic. I really love Delightful Crumb—she’s a San Francisco-based blogger. And another San Franciscan: The Year in Food. She does just really well-done, veggie-forward dishes.

Q: Summer is finally on its merry way! Do you have anything exciting planned?
A: Well, Shaun and I are getting married in June, so that will be a highlight! And then we’re doing a honeymoon sort of after the fact later in August to Southeast Asia and Bali. That will definitely be a highlight.

Q: Oh my god.
A: Yeah. It’s going to be a good time.

Want to meet more unreasonably charming people? Thought so.

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Weather Vain: Providence, Rhode Island - 68 With a Chance of Rain

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Hey, now—don’t let the rain in R.I. get you down. Here’s how to keep things cheery (check out that bright white) in the Creative Capital. —erica

+ Native rain shoes that don’t actually look like rain shoes.

+ A VeraMeat necklace—simple but super-considered (not unlike the coolest hotel in town, The Dean?).

+ Rag & Bone white jeans, ready for a late-afternoon oyster-mushroom po’ boy at The Grange.

+ A sweater from Everly, in case you get chilly sitting in one of the 1492 seats at the Columbus Theater.

+ One of those linen tees, from 81 Hours, that you’d wear more than you wish to admit.

+ Mociun earrings that the kids at RISD would die over.

+ A Will Leather Goods wallet with a wristlet strap, to keep your hands free to clutch a White Electric Coffee mocha…and bagel.

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Weather Vain: Wilmington, Delaware - 87 and Partly Cloudy

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Over the weekend, the whole Of a Kind team headed just a smidge south for Claire’s wedding (!!!!!). Here’s what we’d want to be working if we were still there today—but we’re kind of glad we didn’t have to try to pack for this heat, if we’re being honest. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Dream Collective necklace totally ready to dive into dinner at La Fia.

+ A Polly Wales ring with stones that pay tribute to all of the flowers blooming at Longwood Gardens.

+ An Equipment top—about a polished (and clothed) as anyone can be expected to be in this heat.

Coclico wedges sturdy enough for some serious tax-free shopping.

+ Ann Yee shorts with an elastic band—in case you overdo at on cherry-vanilla ice cream at Woodside Farm Creamery.

+ A pouch from Rennes that won’t weigh you down as you explore Bellevue State Park.

Get all the “Weather Vain” you can handle!

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