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Katie Rehmert in kitchenGail Albert Halaban

“Dinner doesn’t have to be so hard,” Real Simple staff food editor Dawn Perry told Katie. To make it easier, organizing expert Chip Cordelli found homes for wayward pots and pans and created efficient work stations by the stove and the sink for food prep. Then Dawn offered Katie a trove of delicious recipes—plus ideas for making mealtime a source of joy, not stress.

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How To: Whip Cream

To make whipped cream, beat ½ cup heavy cream with 1 tablespoon sugar until soft or stiff peaks form (as desired).