We’re waiting on your call! (Or, er, text.)
Did you know that the test kitchen staffers are available seven days a week to answer all your cooking questions on a dedicated hotline? Through mycommunity.com, the cooks—who develop 250 recipes annually!—are waiting by their spoons, whisks and blenders to chat with you. Text 415-301-4550 to get rolling! We are answering hundreds of your questions every week and chatting with thousands of our fans, but we have time for each of you. Also, we’re on TikTok, YouTube, and in your inbox with plenty of cooking ideas and inspiration!
Here are the five topics Belle English and her team are talking about the most.
1. Ingredient Swaps
Love our recipe for marbled chocolate chip cookies but don’t have baking soda? Not a problem; we’re here to help you swap ingredients like a pro, while still making sure you get the best result possible. So text us, for example, if you need to make your own buttermilk or ran out of sour cream at Thanksgiving.
2. What’s In Your Fridge?
Here’s a fun one. Sometimes we send out a text blast asking you what’s in your fridge and how on earth to transform it into dinner. We absolutely loved advising and hearing the results. Some of you even texted back photos of what you made! Amazing! Just text us to tell us what’s in the fridge—whether it’s half a chicken breast and a can of salsa or a pack of hot dogs and some cheddar—and we’ll tell you your options. (To the person who asked how to turn mayonnaise and Froot Loops® into dinner, we’re still working on a solution for you.) We can help with pantry and freezer dinners, too, especially if you have puff pastry.
3. Diet-Based Recipe Suggestions
We’re here with the Meatless Monday suggestions you need and deserve. (Tons of you are requesting them, which we love!) From gluten-free to plant-based to vegan, we’re here to help you enjoy every meal based on what you do and do not eat. We can even advise you on our favorite alterna-milks! And have you seen this super-popular vegetarian pappardelle with mushroom ragú? It’s amazing.
4. Occasion-Based Recipes
Big sister’s birthday and need to impress her? Need some breakfast recipes for your college pals reunion weekend? Headed to a potluck? First birthday party? Let us help you curate the perfect meal or dish for any occasion, big or small. We’ve got the layer cakes, picnic ideas, and Halloween appetizer ideas you need.
5. Weeknight Dinner Ideas
There’s a real person answering your questions, by the by! Here’s a question our staffers see over and over: What to make for dinner this Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday? Weeknight dinners tend to flummox even the best cooks among us. We get tired, or harried. No problem: The test kitchen has your back. People are loving our easy carbonara, this miso-ginger fried rice, and our sheet-pan salmon Provencal, in particular.