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Looks Delicious! Peanut Butter S’mores Dip

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Peanut Butter S'mores Dip, submitted by TK member Gayle of Pumpkin 'N Spice)

This is the weekend we spring forward, and I say we mount a mutiny. Let’s hold on to that precious hour! Sure, we’ll be an hour late for everything, but at least we’ll get our full eight hours of sleep this Sunday.

Okay, not really on the mutiny. While I certainly enjoy sweet sleep, I do care about energy. Plus, I love daylight and want to help save it, too. I’ll just sleep an extra hour tonight to even things out.

So instead of a rebellion against time change, I’m just going to go big and spring forward all the way to summer. I say we make a summer dish this weekend, like Gayle’s simple and perfectly summery Peanut Butter S’mores Dip. It’s ready in about 15 minutes, and the kids can help you assemble the little tins of creamy deliciousness. Pop them in the oven and enjoy a taste of summer in March. Indoor tent and sleeping bags optional.

Thanks for sharing this, Gayle! Click on the photo above for the printable.

Have a great weeked, everyone! Enjoy all 47 hours of it. (Ha!)


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Let’s Talk Garlic

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Garlic Tips and Tricks)

One of the first topics we tackled after launching this Kitchen Talk series was onions, and what a wealth of information you shared there! But I can’t believe we haven’t talked about garlic yet, because onions and garlic are just as much a staple in many kitchens as salt and pepper. And as far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as too much garlic.

So let’s remedy that oversight right now! We want to know:

Do you have any garlic tips and tricks to share?

One of my most recent discoveries relates to the photo above. I was preparing a recipe that only called for a few cloves of roasted garlic, and I read somewhere that you can dry roast peeled cloves on a hot skillet over medium heat, occasionally jostling the cloves around, until parts of the peel are charred. Take the cloves off heat, let them cool a bit, and you’re done! The garlic isn’t quite as sweet as the garlic roasted in an oven with olive oil, but it’s pretty darn close—and much more convenient and quicker.

That’s my tip for today! How about you? Any tips for storing or keeping garlic? Advice on safely making—and storing—your own fresh minced garlic paste? Easy peeling? Slicing? Tricks to eliminating that overpowering garlic odor? Any favorite dishes that highlight this wonderful bulb? Funny stories about garlic festivals or inadvertent garlic overdose in the middle of a dinner date? Come share below!

Happy Wednesday, friends!


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Wusthof Nakiri Knife Giveaway (Winner Announced!)

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The winner of the Wusthof Nakiri knife is:

#803 Kathy: “Cold cold and just cold!”

Congratulations, Kathy! Contact [email protected] to claim your loot. And sorry it’s so cold there. Hope this knife makes up for it!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Giveaway: Wusthof Classic Nakiri

Happy Friday, friends! Guess what? March begins this weekend, which means we’re inching our way closer to the official start of spring. Markets will be bursting with more flowers and plants and vegetables and fruit, and soon we’ll be buying bags of gardening soil and mulch instead of salt and ice melting pellets. Yay spring!

Today, because we love you, and because we were just talking about knife storage (I’ve been paying attention to all your comments and suggestions very closely), we’re giving away this gorgeous Wusthof Classic Nakiri knife to help you prep all that wonderful spring produce about to enter your kitchen. It’s Ree’s favorite knife, and it just may become yours too.


To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

“What’s the weather like where you are?”

Is it warm and toasty? Cold with a chance of snow? Chilly with the promise of sunshine? Just tell us what it feels like outside and you’re automatically entered to win the knife!


One entry per person, please. Contest ends tomorrow at noon PST.

Winners will be chosen randomly and announced this weekend.

Sponsored by Tasty Kitchen.

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Let’s Talk Knife Storage

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Knife Storage)

I’ve been cooking in a new kitchen for the past week now, and it’s been interesting trying to figure out where to put stuff. It’s been even more interesting remembering what I originally decided, which means I end up opening, oh, about 2 or 3 different drawers before I hit the jackpot.

One of the biggest challenges for me, storage-wise, has been where to store my knives. In my old kitchen, I had one of those slot-free knife blocks that let me insert a knife anywhere it could fit. But now my wall cabinets are a little closer to the counter, which means I can either store the block next to the wall and scrape my knuckles against the wall cabinets every time I grab a knife, or keep it away from the wall with an awkward empty space behind it. Neither option appealed to me (I happen to like my knuckles intact), so I went online in search of alternative knife storage solutions.

Who knew there were so many options to the traditional knife block? There were in-drawer blocks, some using cork, others with carved slots, magnetic strips that mount on the wall, knife blade guards, under-cabinet swiveling knife blocks … I half-expected to find a programmable Roomba-type unit that could fetch the proper knife for you from the pantry, linked to your iPhone so you can have Siri send it commands. Maybe that’s next year’s model.

So today I thought—a bit selfishly, I might add—that we can talk a bit about knife storage. Tell us:

What are your favorite tips and tricks for storing knives?

Do you have any favorite storage tools? A link to a photo somewhere with your dream knife storage setup? Any advice, or cautions against a particular method of storage? Or do you have a question that someone else might be able to answer for you? Come share below!


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Looks Delicious! Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema

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I wanted to showcase a recipe that you can enjoy whatever the weather may be where you are, and I thought these Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema from TK member Sarah would be a perfect quick and easy meal.

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Cleaning the Natural Way

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Let's talk about cleaning! Tell us:

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Food Memories

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We've all had our share of special meals or even just certain food items fraught with memories. We want to hear your stories!

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Crazy (Cake) Talk

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Let's talk about crazy cake today! Tell us:

Have you tried crazy cake? Do you have any interesting variations on the classic chocolate version, or even tips on how to experiment with different flavors?