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Kitchen Talk: Game Day Food

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (World Series 2014)

I have one question for you: Kansas City Royals, or San Francisco Giants?

Tonight, they play for the World Series title, and though I haven’t had time to follow baseball closely all season, I love that the matchup has been even enough to require all seven games to determine the winner. That means we get to squeeze every bit out of the series, and we have an excuse to indulge in game day food on a Wednesday.

Because it’s a weekday, some of us won’t have much time to spend in the kitchen before the game comes on. But we won’t let that stop us, right? So tell us:

Do you have any ideas for quick and easy game day food?

If I could, I’d put out some BBQ (go KC Royals!) and clam chowder in sourdough bowls (go SF Giants!). Not just as a nod to the teams, but because I really do love BBQ. And clam chowder. And I’m trying to be neutral because I have a brother who lives in Kansas City, and my mom is in San Francisco right now.

Sadly, BBQ and clam chowder really don’t usually fall under the “quick and easy” category. But we have a few others here that do, like the Cheese Crisps you see in the photo above. Here are a few others:

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (World Series 2014)

Bacon and Blue Cheeseburger Potato Skins. Meat? Good. Cheese? Good. Bacon? Bring it on.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (World Series 2014)

Chicken Alfredo Garlic Bread Pizza. Your favorite pasta, on garlic bread.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (World Series 2014)

Speaking of bread, how about this Cheddar Tailgating Bread? Look at all that cheese. Heavenly.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (World Series 2014)

Garlic and Mushroom Queso Fundido. Whip this up, serve it with a bowl of chips, and watch it disappear.

 
Now it’s your turn! Have any ideas for a Game 7 feast tonight? Are you watching the game? If you are, which team are you rooting for? Show your team colors below!

 

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Le Creuset Giveaway (Winner Announced!)

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The winner of the Le Creuset is:

#942 Sara: “Earned my 20,000 step badge on my Fit Bit!” (Way to go, Sara!)

Congratulations! Choose your favorite color, and contact prizes@thepioneerwoman.com to claim your loot.

 
Tasty Kitchen Blog Giveaway: Le Creuset 7 1/2-quart French Oven

 
Hi friends! It’s about time we had another giveaway, and I can’t think of anything better to share than a Le Creuset 7 1/4-quart Round French Oven in your favorite color. We’re more than a month into autumn, after all, and we need soups, stews, and all kinds of braised goodness. I’ve been dreaming of luscious, hearty, creamy New England Clam Chowder for over a week now, so if I win one of these, that would be the first thing I’d make. But I can’t win, obviously, so instead, I’ll just trek to the home of the winner and ask for a bowl of the first thing they make. (Please make me some New England Clam Chowder? Thank you.)

 
TO ENTER

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

What’s the best thing that happened to you this week?

It can be something big, like a family reunion or landing a new job, or something small, like that new cute barista who puts an extra skip in your step in the morning. Maybe this week gave you your first chance to wear that favorite sweater or scarf again, or perhaps it was just that quick impromptu lunch with Mom. Whatever it is, we want to hear it! Share your happy moment and you’ll be entered to win!

 
THE RULES

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

The winnter will be chosen randomly and announced this weekend.

Sponsored by Tasty Kitchen.

 
 

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Kitchen Talk: Home Remedies

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Cold Remedies)

The change of seasons around these parts brings such a lovely burst of warm colors that it’s been hard not to wax poetic. Well, at least I’ve been aspiring to something faintly reminiscent of poetic. I can’t help it. There truly is nothing as awe-inspiring as when nature decides to show off a little.

As much as this time of the year fills me with sentiment and appreciation for the beauty all around me, there’s one thing I don’t welcome: the cold. I don’t mean the dropping ambient temperatures; I mean the cold, as in that annoying thing that makes you sneeze, sniffle, rub your eyes and ache all over.

They say there’s no real cure for the common cold, but I prefer to be more optimistic. I prefer to believe there are some ways to ward it off, or at least alleviate its symptoms. So before we get too deep into cold and flu season, let’s prepare as best we can! Tell us:

Do you have any home remedies to help fight off the common cold?

A popular remedy is chicken soup, and if you give me a bowl of chicken soup in the form of the Simple Wonton Soup above, I’ll love you forever. Nanci’s mom swears by gargling with saltwater, which is also great for relieving a sore (or itchy) throat. My husband likes to give me a dose of warm lemon juice (from half a lemon), honey, salt, and a shot of brandy. He gives it to me in a shotglass, and down the hatch it goes. He says all those ingredients are natural antiseptics, but between you and me, I think he does that because the brandy puts me to sleep. Not that I’m complaining.

Now let’s hear from you! Shout out your favorite homespun cold remedy below and save me from having to explain all the empty brandy bottles in my recycling bin.

 

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Looks Delicious! Hot Kale and Artichoke Dip

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Hot Kale and Artichoke Dip, submitted by Des of Life's Ambrosia)

I’ve been craving game day food lately, even though I haven’t had time to catch any games. There’s just something about finger food and dips and chips and pitchers of margarita on a weekend that can make an afternoon feel festive. The tequila doesn’t hurt, either.

This Hot Kale and Artichoke Dip is packed with flavor, and it’s topped with crushed potato chips, so it’s almost like a twofer! Warm, creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy, it’s also vegetarian. Which makes it healthy, so you can eat more of it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Thanks for sharing this, Des! Head over to her site, Life’s Ambrosia, for more great recipes like this.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Share Your Cookie Tips and Tricks

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This Kitchen Talk post is specifically for all your cookie lovers out there. (We'll talk about pies soon, I promise.) If you love baking or even just eating cookies, tell us:

What are your favorite cookie tips and tricks?

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Share Your Warm Breakfast Ideas

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They say some parts of the country may be in for another brutal winter, which means we have a lot of cold mornings ahead of us. So today's Kitchen Talk will be all about warm meals to start off your day. Tell us:

What's your favorite thing to make when you need a warm breakfast?

Come share below!

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Looks Delicious! Warm French Onion Dip

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Up the sass points of your game day spread with this Warm French Onion Dip from TK member Kelley Simmons. It's hearty and cheesy and can be enjoyed with just one hand, perfect for distracted sports spectators.

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Let’s Talk Apples

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Apple desserts are reserved for autumn, when the leaves turn golden and rustle beneath your feet, and mornings are crisp, inviting you to linger in bed just a little bit longer. Maybe because fall means it's apple picking season around these parts, and with access to bushels upon bushels of local apples, the oven gets a workout churning out all kinds of…