In times of social distancing, we’re spending more time in the kitchen than ever before. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a foodie newbie, cooking is a form of self-care—and no matter what’s on the menu, it’s the perfect way to nourish yourself and your soul.
Some are kneading their stress away, hence the #quarantinebaking movement. In the past few weeks, social media has been flooded with tens of thousands of photos of “isolation loaves,” “quarantine cookies” and other fresh-from-the-oven comfort confections.
Others are beating indoor blues with at-home happy hours, like Ina Garten. The Food Network host recently posted a now-viral video of herself mixing up a pitcher of Cosmopolitans made from simple ingredients you have in your cupboard. “Stay safe, have a very good time and don’t forget the cocktails!” Garten said, as she took a sip from a frosted cocktail glass of gargantuan proportions.
From sweets to spirits and every craving in between, a recipe needn’t be too complicated to offer some respite from the chaos. With this in mind, we tapped the White + Warren team to share a few of their favorite things to cook—and that you, will, too.
“Last week, I had to use up my perishables (blueberries), so my girlfriend sent me this recipe. It was a first for me, but it’s so fast, simple and yummy that I highly recommend it. The lemon glaze is a must!” - Kasia Maciej, AR Manager
“I love these simple drink recipes that support your immune system. They’re made with basic ingredients that everyone has at home—so no need to run to the store.” - Elina Berlin, Senior Technical Designer
“Ina Garten recently posted this recipe on her Instagram that subbed cavatappi for bow ties and broccolini for broccoli—and it was amazing! Fresh, spring-y and comforting all at once. I used more garlic than the recipe called for because it’s good for immunity and garlic breath doesn't exist when there's no one around to talk to!” - Christine Tartaglia, Ecommerce Project Manager
“These loaded chipotle chicken tacos with cilantro lime ranch look insanely good (and relatively easy to make). The extra bake with the shells looks so crunchy and yummy!” - Jeremy Smetana, Art Director
“I love that it requires you to make the bechamel (instead of ricotta), which means it’s super creamy and cheesy. My entire family craves this meal—so much that they’ll actually throw on an apron and help make it.” - Allison Fuchs, Head of Marketing
“There’s nothing like a delicious soup to make you feel better. This ramen, courtesy of Rachael Ray, is easy, healthy and allows for some creativity (I added baby corn and a soft boiled egg to mine)!” - Natalie Wasserman, Graphic Designer
“I discovered spaghetti squash recently and have been obsessed ever since. This recipe is my favorite, because Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews (the couple behind the lifestyle blog, Love & Lemons) mastered the art of having the squash be the right amount of crispy without it turning out as mush. I do my own ‘pasta’ version where I serve with garlic pasta sauce, basil and parmesan cheese. It’s delicious!” - Lindsay Hanau, Social Media Manager
“We are having ‘Letter of the Day’ at the Shore house, meaning cooking a food that pairs back to each letter. So far, we’ve had sliced apples, brownies and cake (unhealthier as the days go on!).” - Bari Shore, Director of Product
“LETTER OF THE DAY” JEWISH NOODLE KUGEL
“When we get to K, we’ll make kugel—a Jewish comfort food that embodies snuggling at home.”
½ cup butter melted (plus extra butter for greasing the pan)
16 oz. wide egg noodles
5 large eggs
16-ounce sour cream
8-ounce cottage cheese
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350°
Grease a 9" x 13” baking dish
In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until al dente for five minutes, then drain
In a large bowl, mix eggs, butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, sugar and cinnamon, then stir in noodles
Pour into prepared dish and bake until set (approximately 1 hour)
Bari’s Pro Tip: Cover with aluminum foil if the top starts to get too dark