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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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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Warm Breakfast Ideas)

The other day, I woke up with less-than-toasty toes and a familiar yet unwelcome ache in my bones. Still clinging to the memory of summer, we slept with the bedroom window open, and overnight, the temperatures had dipped to near-frost levels. Yay.

I hoped it was just a fluke, but it’s been downright chilly the past few days. So the blender on my counter that’s usually called into healthy smoothie action in the morning has instead been getting the stink eye from me. A cold breakfast is the last thing I want when my feet are cold and I can’t remember where I packed my sweaters.

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?

Lately, I’ve been whipping up (don’t laugh) fried rice for breakfast. I’ll re-purpose leftovers, cook them with brown rice, butter, and garlic, and sometimes I’ll mix in an egg for added protein. It’s such a satisfying meal that I don’t usually need anything else until early afternoon.

Of course, I can only eat so much fried rice. And 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 do you have any warm breakfast tricks up your sleeve? Come share below!

 

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Looks Delicious! Warm French Onion Dip

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Warm French Onion Dip, submitted by TK member Kelley Simmons of Chef Savvy)

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. Served with garlic cheese crostini, it’s also elegant enough that the girls may just decide not to share with any knuckleheads jumping on the couch screaming at the television. I have a feeling the state of Texas may be especially loud at some point tomorrow. (I’ve been known to jump on the couch and scream at the television too, so I guess that makes me a sometime-knucklehead.)

Thanks for sharing this, Kelley! Head over to her site, Chef Savvy, for more chef-y recipes you can make in your kitchen.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 
 

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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…

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Let’s Talk Pumpkin!

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As much as I'd like summer to linger, I'm also quite excited about what looms in the immediate horizon: pumpkin season. Yes friends, its arrival is imminent. And I know I'm not the only one excited about pumpkin recipes here. What's not to love? It's nutritious, much of it is edible (flesh, seeds, leaves, flowers), it freezes well, makes baked good moist, and in a…

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Kitchen Talk: Homemade Ingredients!

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We're always on the lookout for more ways to make stuff at home, so this is where you come in! Tell us:

What ingredients do you like to make at home?

Do you make some on a fairly regular basis? Or less than you wish you could? Or maybe you're looking for a homemade version of a favorite item. Whatever it is, let us know!