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Your Most Memorable Holiday Fails

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Thanksgiving Stories)

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today feels like a special Wednesday, doesn’t it? If you’re in school, you likely have half the day off. If you’re working, chances are they’ll let you head home early. And if you’re in the northeastern part of the country, odds are you’re home all day because of a winter storm.

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?

We all want to pull off something close to perfection (like the perfectly roasted turkey above), but sometimes, things don’t always happen as they should. And you know what? At the end of the day, that’s okay. It gives us those riveting stories that get told and re-told year after year, always as funny as ever. We can always use a bit more laughter and less stress about “perfect,” so come share your stories with us!

 

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Kitchen Talk: Road Trip!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Road Trip!)

Last week we were all about packing food for flying, and you had some great comments and suggestions to share. As promised, this week we’ll talk about packing food for road trips. (Road trip, yeah! Ahem. Sorry—I love road trips.)

Road trips are fun. You play games, stop whenever and wherever you want, sing at the top of your voice, recline your seat as much as you want, and you can pack drinks and jellies and never have to worry about making sure they fit in a single quart-size baggie. Plus you get to remove your shoes and your belt because you want to, not because you have to.

I know many will be on the road next week, so let’s talk about road trips already, shall we?

What are your favorite tips for packing food for road trips?

We like packing homemade empanadas or other hand pies for road trips. I’ll make both savory and sweet versions, and sometimes a combination of both, like cheese and a small amount of figs or jelly. And of course, nuts and chips for when an attack of the crunchies hits. We also pack a cooler for drinks and make sure there’s extra space for any unexpected treats we may want to purchase while on the road.

We know you have your favorites too, so tell us all about them! While you’re at it, do you also have any cool games or activities to make the time go faster and the trip more fun? Any favorite road tripping memories? We want to hear them all, so come share below!

 

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Kitchen Talk: Food for Flying

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Food for Flying)

The holidays are a busy time for travel: flying home to see the folks, driving with the kids to see grandma and grandpa, or maybe that annual reunion with your best friends from college. Whatever the reason, lots of people will be the move during the last 6 weeks or so of the year, and you know what people on the move need? Food. To fuel said moving.

It’s usually a challenge to pack food for a trip, especially if you’re flying. Most just plan on grabbing something on the way or buy something at the airport, and others will pack a sandwich and some chips and call it a day. Have a long road trip ahead? We usually pack sandwiches and chips for that, too. But I’m always open to ideas to make travel food more interesting and fun. Because let’s face it, there are so many things about traveling these days that just aren’t fun anymore. It’d be nice to reclaim some of that lost lustre.

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?

I tend to travel more by air than land, and always try to pack something from home. I like nibbling on food, and don’t usually get so famished that I need an entire meal. I’m also quite clumsy, so if I try to maneuver a large bowl of salad or a hefty sandwich on the plane, chances are, some of it will end up on my shirt and my lap. I’m usually on fairly long flights, so I like packing little bags of grapes, cherry tomatoes, nuts, pomegranate arils (with a spoon), olives, maybe grilled chicken strips or hardboiled eggs, and something savory and crunchy. Like a deconstructed salad, if you will. That way, if I start craving something, chances are I’ll have something to satisfy it. I love bringing hummus too, but that falls under the “no more than 3.4 ounces” rule, so I make sure I don’t bring more than that.

I once tried to bring a salad on the plane, and the dressing—which I packed in a separate, allegedly leakproof container—dressed the exterior of the salad container. Nice. (Like I said, clumsy.) I do love salads, so if you have any tips on packing one for the plane, I’m all ears!

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite foods to pack for a flight? Or even favorite ways to pack food? Or do you have a favorite place to go to grab food before takeoff? Come share below!

 

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Brunch Idea: Bloody Mary Bar

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Bloody Mary Bar, submitted by TK member Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast)

I love the idea of a Bloody Mary bar. Brunch, after all, usually features other kinds of bars or stations: omelet stations, waffle stations, pasta stations. Even oatmeal gets its own station. So why not drinks?

This Bloody Mary Bar from TK member Emily is genius. Imagine a killer Bloody Mary drink on a table surrounded by a spread of garnishes that includes thick cut bacon, pepperoni chunks, smoked cheese, pickles, stuffed olives, celery (of course), and just about anything else you can think of. You have your protein, vegetable (celery), fruit (tomato), carb (liquor of choice), and dairy (cheese garnish). It’s a complete meal, I’m telling you. Built on a drink base adapted from Liquor’s Elixir Bloody Mary and smoky mezcal in place of vodka, this may very well steal the show at your next brunch.

Thanks for sharing this, Emily! Check out her blog, Jelly Toast for more of her recipes and stunning photography.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Let’s Talk Breakfast Eggs

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Eggs are an obvious breakfast choice, but for all their versatility, it's also easy to get into a rut and make the same thing over and over again. So this is where you come in! Tell us:

What are some of your favorite ways to prepare eggs for breakfast?

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Kitchen Talk: Game Day Food

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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?

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Kitchen Talk: Home Remedies

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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?

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Looks Delicious! Hot Kale and Artichoke Dip

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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.