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Let’s Talk Last-Minute Meals

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Last-Minute Meals)

We live in busy times, and few seasons are as busy as the one we’re in now. The shopping centers are teeming with people, there are friends to visit, parties to attend, and the doorbell rings a bit more often, announcing guests both expected and unexpected.

With everything going on and filling up the day’s hours, sometimes dinnertime sneaks up on you so quickly, it’s easy to get caught without any plans for the meal that should be on the table in about half an hour or so. Takeout is always an option, but sometimes that can be more money that you’d like to spend, and not as healthy as something you make in your own kitchen.

We’ve all had to scramble to pull together a meal in a hurry, so I know you have some last-minute tricks up your sleeve that you pull together out of whatever you usually have in your fridge or pantry. So let’s help each other deal with these occasional crises! Tell us:

What’s your favorite dish for those last-minute meals?

My usual standby is a meat and vegetable stir fry with jasmine rice. Sometimes, if I have corn tortillas on hand, I’ll wing it with tostadas or tacos using whatever I have in the fridge. And when all else fails, I’ll make something with eggs, because I almost always have eggs in the fridge.

How about you? What quick and easy meals do you whip up when you glance at the time and find it’s half an hour to dinnertime? Come share below!


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Looks Delicious! Sausage and Corn Chowder

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Italian Sausage and Corn Chowder, submitted by TK member Kim of Sunday Supper Club)

When the temperatures start dropping, nothing battles the chilly weather quite like a big bowl of soup. Chowder, to be exact. This Italian Sausage and Corn Chowder hits all the right spots. It’s hearty, creamy, and full of warm flavors. With the Italian sausage, potatoes and corn, it’s a meal in itself. Thanks for sharing, Kim!

Have a good Friday, friends, and make yourself something special this weekend!


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Coffee Talk

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Coffee Talk)

It’s been called the elixir of life. Devil’s brew. Brain juice, liquid energy, cupped lightning, rocket fuel, jitter juice. Morning mud, dirt, or just good ol’ cup of joe. There are entire shops dedicated to serving it, and careers dedicated to roasting and brewing it. That’s right, today we’re talking about coffee.

Maybe it’s because it feels like winter’s making an early arrival this year, or because Juan Valdez has abandoned me for a spell and I haven’t had any coffee in over four weeks. (Don’t cry for me … Colombia.) All I know is that coffee’s been on my mind. I’ve been dreaming of it in cappuccinos, lattes, frappuccinos, and even ice cream. I know I’m not alone in my professed love for coffee, and there are as many ways to enjoy it as there are people who can’t do without it. So tell us:

What’s your favorite way to enjoy coffee?

I’ve always loved coffee ever since my cousin Vicky served me a cup of coffee with a bit of Kahlua, lots of cream and sugar, and a ridiculous mountain of whipped cream on top. We were about nine or ten years old (sorry, Mom!) and it was the best thing we had ever tasted.

My everyday coffee preference used to be simple: just a really strong cup of coffee, half-and-half, and raw sugar. Occasionally, I’d even skip the cream and sugar. But after a trip to Italy, I’m now obsessed with espressos and lattes. I’m secretly hoping my current coffee machine gives up on me so I can justify getting an espresso machine, after which I fully expect to spend an absurd amount of time trying to learn how to make latte art. Because I tend to pursue really important life skills like that.

But enough of me and my obvious love affair with this bean. There are so many different gadgets, contraptions, and machines dedicated to coffee, and we want to know what you use, how you use it, and how you make each cup just so, perfectly perfect for you. Come share your tips below!


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Looks Delicious! Nutella Skillet Cookie

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Nutella Skillet Cookie, submitted by TK member Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts)

‘Tis the season to have holiday cookies on your mind—and in your fridge, freezer, jar, tray, and stashed in your bag in case of emergency. But this? This cookie is for just for you, and you don’t have to share if you don’t want to.

Tasty Kitchen member Erin shares this luscious Nutella Skillet Cookie, which is lightly adapted from Shelly’s recipe for a Chocolate Hazelnut Skillet Cookie over at Cookies & Cups. It takes less than half an hour to make (that includes baking time!) and will knock the socks off any chocolate and Nutella lover. With a center layer of warm Nutella plus a generous drizzle on top, just serve it with a few scoops of ice cream on top, arm everyone (or your lonesome self) with a handful of weapons spoons, and go to town.

Thanks for sharing this, Erin! Now everyone go bake yourself something special this week. You deserve it!


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Shopping’s On Us! (Winner Announced)

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Because we so love the community we have here at Tasty Kitchen, because we fully support anything that helps you continue creating the wonderful dishes that come out of your kitchen, and because, well, we all could use a little shopping spree of our own, we're giving away a $250 gift card to Chef's…

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Your Most Memorable Holiday Fails

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All holiday plans have probably already been made, and some of you might be a bit anxious or nervous about tomorrow. So today, let's encourage one another and try to alleviate some of that holiday stress. Tell us:

What are your most memorable holiday fails?

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Kitchen Talk: Road Trip!

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Road trips are fun. You get to play games, stop whenever and wherever you want, and you can pack drinks and jellies and never have to worry about making sure they fit in a quart-size baggie. Plus you get to remove your shoes and your belt because you want to, not because you have to.

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Kitchen Talk: Food for Flying

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We'll talk about packing food for the plane this week, then we'll tackle road trips next week. So tell us:

What are your favorite tips for packing food for the plane?