Ashley Kappel
As Senior Editor for MyRecipes, Ashley Kappel enjoys baking, cooking, and anything that goes in her slow-cooker.

Recent Posts By Ashley Kappel

What the Heck? You’re Supposed to PEEL the Pumpkin Seeds Before You Roast Them?

Every so often I get cocky and try to do something pin-worthy, like feed my kids different kinds of vegetable every night instead of just the peas I know they’ll eat over and over. This year I decided that pumpkin seeds would be a lovely snack to have around the house. Why not? They’re cheap (gift-with-purchase conveniently tucked inside my […]

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That Time My Food Craving Almost (Kinda) Killed My Baby

Ben Franklin, he of $100 bill fame, once wrote “but in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” I can only image how hard Deborah Read, common law wifey to BF, rolled her eyes as she told her girlfriends her version, “but in this life, nothing can be said to be certain except husband’s will try to […]

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The Day I Learned Men Have It Way Easier at The Grocery Store

My husband is a sadist. (Googles sadist vs masochist) Actually he’s a sadist (enjoys inflicting pain on others) and a masochist (enjoys having pain inflicted on him). How do I know this? His idea of fun is going to the grocery store. As a family. I’m not talking about hitting up Costco on a Sunday. I firmly believe that the family […]

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How I Became The Worst Mom in the Neighborhood on Halloween

I love me some Halloween. Not the dressing up or even decorating; I’m good for a few pumpkins (painted, not carved–ain’t nobody got time for that mess) and an easy Miley Cyrus costume (we bore a certain resemblance back… before), but that’s about it. My jam is trick-or-treating, specifically handing out the candy. I love seeing kiddos in costume hopped up […]

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6 Delicious (and So Easy) Ways to Use Up Leftover Ricotta Cheese

I am so over food waste. With two toddlers at home, there’s more than enough food hitting the trashcan on a daily basis to make me crazy, but not quite crazy enough to salvage a half-nommed burger bite. Because of that, I’ve created my own kitchen serenity prayer: God grant me serenity to accept the the food waste that MUST […]

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Better than Luke’s Diner? Debatable. Our Staff Votes on Their Favorite TV Show Coffee Shops

Fast talkers, tomorrow is your day. On Wednesday, October 5, you can finally sample a cup of plain black coffee, just like Luke, of Gilmore Girls’ Luke’s Diner infamy, serves it. Netflix is sponsoring around 250 Luke’s Diner pop-ups at local coffee shops in the US and Canada, allowing you to grab a free cup of coffee and geek-out with fellow Gilmore […]

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5 Plates That Make Food Way More Fun

Ever tried to pick out white plates at a department store? You’ll find 50 shades of white, complete with stone wear, fine china, and plain old plastic. But where’s the fun in that? Serve up supper on festive plates to bring a side of giggles to the table, whatever your age. Nothing invigorates an inattentive eater like the prospect of […]

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The Glass For Your Presidential Debate Drinking Games

The debates are tonight. You might not know all the issues, but we’re pretty sure you’re aware of the 2016 Presidential Debate Drinking Games that are out there. A few of our favorites? Drink when Hillary Clinton says Russia or together, or whenever she coughs. Drink when Donald Trump says China, Excuse Me, or Believe Me. Drink when anyone says Reagan. […]

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How Iconic Golfer Arnold Palmer Created His Iconic Drink Recipe

Today, Arnold Palmer, the golf legend and restauranteur behind the equally legendary sweet tea cocktail bearing his namesake, passed away at age 87. Is it possible that the world’s favorite non-alcoholic indulgence, the way to dress up plain iced tea, came about as a When Harry Met Sally-inspired “I’ll have what she’s having” moment by a bystander in a golf club? […]

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It’s Lit: 7 Scented Candles That Smell Like Thanksgiving Dinner

Close your eyes. Do you smell it yet? No, not the sulfur from the match. The buttery finish of the yeast rolls. The crave-able turkey-and-stuffing combination. And damn son, is that pumpkin pie? No, no it’s not. It’s a freaking candle you lit because you can’t wait for Thanksgiving. Being that yesterday marked the first official day of autumn, it’s completely understandable […]

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