Craig Melvin helps teen cook a meal with chef Andrew Zimmern

For Juan Murguia, cooking with his family is a celebration and a time of comfort. He, his parents and his grandmother share a “mutual love for food,” and time in the kitchen has turned into an important part of their daily lives.

While his family is close now, 19-year-old Murguia told TODAY’s Craig Melvin that it hasn’t always been that way: There used to be “a lot of conflict” and “a lot of fighting” in the family, and his parents didn’t get along to the degree that Murguia “couldn’t speak either of their names in a different household.” The family divisions led him to focus on cooking.

“Food is the one thing that’ll never turn its back on me,” Murguia said. “You get lost in your own world with cooking and it’s like something takes your mind away from everything completely. Family left but the food stayed. It’s something

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The power of a meal shared, while separated

For many of us, one of the natural consequences of this past year of quarantine has been the need to cook less food. Once the shutdown took effect, all food media outlets — including The Times with our How To Boil Water series — promptly pivoted to providing recipes for one or two people. With families separated and dinner parties being a thing of the past, cooking large batches of food to share was now unnecessary, even dangerous. But as someone who has a pathological inability to cook small meals, it was the one part of our new world I couldn’t adapt to.

Growing up in a Southern family, big meals were the norm. Every meal for my nuclear family of four provided enough food for eight. Each Sunday, when we drove to my grandmother’s rural home for post-church lunch, there was enough fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread and

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Alibaba News Roundup: Festive Meal Deals Surge & A Global Culinary Journey Streamed on Fliggy

The Alibaba News Roundup is a weekly digest of events and happenings across the company. This week, we look at Alibaba.com‘s double-digit growth in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2020. Featured are rising online restaurant meal offerings for delivery during the coming Chinese New Year holiday, a change from the pre-pandemic festive dining-out scene. We have news about diplomats in China from around the world livestreaming on Fliggy to promote local dishes in the run-up to the CNY. And we share news about the newest store openings on Tmall and the Tmall Luxury Pavilion.

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Alibaba’s International Wholesale Business Grew 53% Amidst Pandemic  

Alibaba.com notched double-digit growth in the quarter ended Dec. 31, 202, according to the group’s latest quarterly earnings released this week. The B2B e-commerce platform was also one of the top-performing

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I Hate Cooking So I Tried A Delivery Meal Kit

Because I can’t survive on various pasta dishes forever.

Hi there! My name is Hannah and cooking is not my forte, but eating sure is.

I’m proficient in a handful of homemade pasta dishes, but I’m not a very adventurous cook outside of those tried and true family recipes.


Hannah Dobrogosz / Via Hannah Dobrogosz

As much as I love pasta, I cannot keep living off of it alone. My gut will explode.

I am, however, a serial snacker, but due to the pandemic, I’ve been very nervous about grocery shopping. Even before this mess, grocery shopping was a struggle for me because I often waste money and opt for cheap junk food and pre-made meals. But, I want to break that cycle!

I decided to try a meal kit delivery service with a few different snack recipes that would be perfect for

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