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Le Creuset Giveaway!

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

I don’t know what it is about cookies and holidays, but those two seem to hang out together all the time. Really, it’s getting to the point where people are talking, and the pies are getting a little jealous and spreading rumors all over Facebook. It’s pretty juvenile, if you ask me. I happen to think there’s always room for both, so no need to fight.

Of course, the cookie aficionados will beg to differ, and 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?

I once read somewhere that if you want to keep your cookies soft and chewy even after a few days, store them in an airtight container with a slice of bread. The bread releases its moisture into the air, and the sugar in the cookies captures that moisture, keeping the cookies soft. So just keep replacing the slice of bread as it gets stale and dry, and the cookies will always have a supply of moisture so they stay moist. (Can you tell I like chewy cookies?)

How about you? What are your favorite cookie tips and tricks? Do you like using melted butter? Softened butter? Brown butter? Do you let the cookie dough rest a bit, or do you bake the cookies immediately? Do you have any favorite brands of chocolate, or vanilla, or do you have a secret ingredient that makes your cookies extra special? Come share below!

 

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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…

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Let’s Talk Hard-to-Find Ingredients!

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I know many of us would go the extra mile if it meant creating something truly special in the kitchen, and I thought it might be fun to share our stories of just how far we've gone to do just that---our adventures in the search for that elusive ingredient or even tool to make a recipe work. So tell us:

Do you have any stories about your adventures tracking…