Grace Elkus

Grace Elkus is an Associate Food Editor at Real Simple. She’s a go-to resource for staffers looking for cooking advice, or, more often, just a midday snack. She is also the proud captain of Real Simple’s kickball team.
Don't let decorating sugar cookies feel daunting. Here's how the pros do it.
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Because it's never too early to start celebrating pumpkin season.
Get picky kids excited about lunchtime with these creative tips and nutritious meal ideas.
It may be time to rethink your "time-saving" technique.
We gave a veggie-and-potato breakfast hash the sheet pan treatment, and it basically makes itself—leaving you to relax in your pajamas a little while longer. 
What better way to say "I love you" than baking a homemade Valentine's Day dessert? From bite-sized boozy brownies to tiny almond cakelets, these miniature treats are sure to win hearts.
Whether you're sending treats in the mail or baking for your loved ones at home, look no further than these big-batch, low-effort baked goods.
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Whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day or just looking for a satisfying, traditional Irish dessert, these recipes will hit the spot.
Your lunch is about to be the envy of the office (or, more likely, your entire household).
Whether you're sending treats in the mail or baking for your loved ones at home, look no further than these big-batch, low-effort baked goods.
Whether you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day or just looking for a satisfying, traditional Irish dessert, these recipes will hit the spot.
Your lunch is about to be the envy of the office (or, more likely, your entire household).
Parker House Rolls
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These soft, buttery rolls are soon to become an essential component of all your holiday meals.
Here, 15 delicious mini dessert recipes made for bite-sized serving (meaning they're perfect for this Thanksgiving).
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This Trader Joe’s turkey option will feed your whole household without costing a fortune.
If you're planning to order takeout Thanksgiving dinner this year, read up.
Find the best fruits and veggies at your local grocery store or farmers’ market with this guide to picking everything from avocados to watermelon.
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We can't get enough of this sweet summer trend.
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While lots of produce is stocked in stores year-round, there's no denying that most fruits and veggies taste best when eaten in-season. And for late summer produce, that moment is now. August is prime time for plump, juicy peaches, sweet summer squash, meaty eggplant, tender corn, and so much more. Here's what not to miss this month.
These sheet pan recipes are our go-to supper solutions for busy weeknights: they're easy to prepare, flavorful, and cleanup is a breeze (just one dish!).
In need of a delicious dessert that won't take all day to make? You've come to the right place.
This versatile homemade taco seasoning is great for Cinco de Mayo, but you'll be using it on every Taco Tuesday to follow, too.
Take one look at how much cold brew costs at the local café and we promise you'll want to make it at home immediately. Good news: cold brew coffee is one of those drinks that sounds extra fancy, but it's actually a low-maintenance method for making better iced coffee. The key to any cold brew coffee recipe is to let coarsely-ground beans steep for a long time. You'll do this until the water becomes infused with coffee flavor, about 10 hours. The end result is a super smooth, rich, and highly caffeinated batch of cold brew concentrate that you can sip as is with ice, or dilute with milk or cream. You can also try it in place of the liquid in a banana-peanut butter smoothie, or blend it with vanilla ice cream for a java milkshake.
Stock your pantry and fridge with these nutritious staples. 
Spaghetti Squash Parmesan
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Spaghetti squash is a pretty incredible veggie: when roasted, it turns into pasta-like strands (the perfect vessel for cheese and sauce). When halved and hollowed out, the squash becomes its own bowl, which you can pile the cheesy squash mixture back into. Store-bought marinara sauce means minimal hands-on time, and the crispy breadcrumbs add some delicious crunch on top. Basically, we’ve created a vegetarian-friendly neighborhood Italian favorite—and we cannot stop raving about it. Make it on a weeknight for the family (they’ll start requesting it often), on Saturday night for guests, or as a festive vegetarian holiday main. If your market only has small squashes, don’t fret! Buy two and follow the recipe as written, dividing the mixture between four halves, instead of two.