These days, when I walk into my local vegetable market, the bin holding zucchini is just a sea of deep green freshness. Sometimes, in the winter, you’ll see some sad-looking specimens, but not in the summer. I have a hard time resisting them, even though I usually still have a small supply at home. I can’t help it. Fresh vegetables are my weakness. Especially since I’ve given up trying to grow anything in my backyard. (The deer and groundhogs won that battle.)
Whether you are fortunate enough to have zucchini plants in your garden, or like me, want to bring home way too much zucchini every time you head to the market, there’s no denying it: there’s zucchini everywhere. So let’s put that abundance to good use, shall we? Tell us:
Homemade ice cream presents a few challenges, like unwanted ice crystals or mixtures that refuse to freeze properly—or at all. Ice cream making can be a tricky science, but armed with the right tools, techniques, and pointers, anyone can do it and be rewarded with a creamy concoction that’ll make both Ben and Jerry proud. So let’s talk about this here ice cream making! Tell us: Do you have any tips and tricks for making ice cream?
It’s picnic time! Many folks will be outdoors this weekend waiting to watch the skies light up, as burgers and dogs and steaks and every possible cut of meat, fish, vegetable, and even fruit finds a place on the grill.
Warm weather and outdoor cooking is a match that just makes sense. Picnics, backyard barbecues, tailgating … many of us get giddy just thinking about them. (Don’t even get me started with ice cream and popsicles.) We know lots of you have fun outdoor things planned this weekend. And we love ya, so we want you to enjoy and be safe. Which brings us to this week’s topic:
It’s almost officially summer! ‘Tis the season for pool parties, backyard barbecues, camp, and having kids at home with hours of free time at their disposal. What to do with all that time! Or maybe their reading list is 2 pages long, and they’ll need a break now and then from all that summer homework. Whichever the case may be, getting them into the kitchen at a young age isn’t just a lovely way to spend time together, but it also teaches them skills that will serve them well when they’re all grown up and ready to be on their own.
The thing is, kids will be kids. Sometimes they like one thing, and the next moment, they don’t. Sometimes they need no prodding to join you in the kitchen, and sometimes, you have to find creative ways to get them back in there. If you find yourself running out of ideas for fun activities in the kitchen, this week’s Kitchen Talk is for you! We’re asking:
Today’s Kitchen Talk is all churning out great meals and snacks while still keeping our homes nice and cool, and ourselves sane. So tell us:
Maybe you have a favorite main dish salad that requires no (or very minimal) cooking. Great chilled dessert ideas. Killer sandwich combinations. Or a new favorite smoothie concoctions. Whatever you have that doesn’t require massive amounts of heat, share with us below!
When you cook almost every meal at home, it’s hard to keep things spotless. Gunkless. Splatter-free. We’d love to know how it’s done, so tell us:
Any suggestions for getting them clean—or keeping them clean? Come share your tried and tested tips below and let’s brainstorm together!