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Looks Delicious! Guinness-Beer-Battered Cod and Chips

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Guinness-Beer-Battered Cod and Chips, submitted by TK member Melanie of A Beautiful Bite)

Just about everyone loves fish and chips. The crispy, but tender-on-the-inside fish and the fries dipped in tartar sauce. Who’s with me? It’s not in our regular dinner rotation around here, because of the frying, but it’s too good not to make once in a while.

I can’t think of anything more satisfying and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day than fish and chips made with Guinness. This recipe for Guinness-Beer Battered Cod and Chips from TK member Melanie is looking pretty delicious and is going on our St. Paddy menu this year. The Guinness is perfect in the batter for the cod. It’s also a great fish recipe, if you’re observing Lent!

Now let’s go buy our Guinness before it sells out!

 

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Looks Delicious! Peanut Butter S’mores Dip

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Peanut Butter S'mores Dip, submitted by TK member Gayle of Pumpkin 'N Spice)

This is the weekend we spring forward, and I say we mount a mutiny. Let’s hold on to that precious hour! Sure, we’ll be an hour late for everything, but at least we’ll get our full eight hours of sleep this Sunday.

Okay, not really on the mutiny. While I certainly enjoy sweet sleep, I do care about energy. Plus, I love daylight and want to help save it, too. I’ll just sleep an extra hour tonight to even things out.

So instead of a rebellion against time change, I’m just going to go big and spring forward all the way to summer. I say we make a summer dish this weekend, like Gayle’s simple and perfectly summery Peanut Butter S’mores Dip. It’s ready in about 15 minutes, and the kids can help you assemble the little tins of creamy deliciousness. Pop them in the oven and enjoy a taste of summer in March. Indoor tent and sleeping bags optional.

Thanks for sharing this, Gayle! Click on the photo above for the printable.

Have a great weeked, everyone! Enjoy all 47 hours of it. (Ha!)

 

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Let’s Talk Garlic

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

One of the first topics we tackled after launching this Kitchen Talk series was onions, and what a wealth of information you shared there! But I can’t believe we haven’t talked about garlic yet, because onions and garlic are just as much a staple in many kitchens as salt and pepper. And as far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as too much garlic.

So let’s remedy that oversight right now! We want to know:

Do you have any garlic tips and tricks to share?

One of my most recent discoveries relates to the photo above. I was preparing a recipe that only called for a few cloves of roasted garlic, and I read somewhere that you can dry roast peeled cloves on a hot skillet over medium heat, occasionally jostling the cloves around, until parts of the peel are charred. Take the cloves off heat, let them cool a bit, and you’re done! The garlic isn’t quite as sweet as the garlic roasted in an oven with olive oil, but it’s pretty darn close—and much more convenient and quicker.

That’s my tip for today! How about you? Any tips for storing or keeping garlic? Advice on safely making—and storing—your own fresh minced garlic paste? Easy peeling? Slicing? Tricks to eliminating that overpowering garlic odor? Any favorite dishes that highlight this wonderful bulb? Funny stories about garlic festivals or inadvertent garlic overdose in the middle of a dinner date? Come share below!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

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Sweet Potato Waffles

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

“And in the morning, I’m makin’ waffles!”

That is probably my favorite line from the movie Shrek, because I get just as excited as Donkey does about breakfast—and waffles. My husband works nights, so breakfast on the weekends, when he is getting off shift and I am just waking up, is a special time for us to spend together. I like making us a special breakfast, and usually it’s pancakes or waffles. I made these Sweet Potato Waffles from TK member Carolina Heartstrings one morning and these were perfect for my breakfast and his dinner.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

These require just a few basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

The most time-consuming part may be roasting the sweet potatoes, so I suggest doing that beforehand to save some time when you make these Saturday morning. Or, see if your local store has canned sweet potatoes. Or substitute pumpkin! Either way, these are a win.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

I roasted my own sweet potatoes, in small cubes in the oven until fork-tender. These are a favorite, and I like using them in my favorite breakfast: Sweet Potato Spinach Breakfast Hash.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

After roasting, mash or puree them in a food processor until smooth. Scrape down the bowl a few times if necessary.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, including the flour, baking powder, and salt.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

Next, add in all those cozy spices, like the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

Beat in the milk, oil and the vanilla.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

Don’t forget the sweet potato!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

Now, fold the dry and wet ingredients together until just combined. The baking powder will begin to activate and you will start to see some bubbles.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

Heat up your waffle iron until piping hot and spray with some nonstick spray. Pour about 1/2 cup batter, or however much your waffle iron accommodates (all models are different), and close.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

Cook until baked through and golden brown. Voila! Serve immediately.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Sweet Potato Waffles. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Carolina Heartstrings.

I served mine with chopped pecans on top and maple syrup. But I think this Coconut-Vanilla “Honey” Syrup from my fellow Tasty Kitchen Blog contributor Faith of Edible Mosaic would be splendid, too!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it should be totally cozy to boot! Thanks the girls at Carolina Heartstrings for sharing their recipe. Although they are no longer actively blogging, be sure to check out their TK recipe box for more recipes, like these Red Velvet Moon Pies! Have mercy!

What is your favorite weekend breakfast? Do you go all out on Saturday with pancakes? Or are you a savory breakfast fan? Tell us your favorite in the comments below, or leave a link for your fellow Tasty Kitchen friends!

 
 

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Sweet Potato Waffles

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We are celebrating the sweet potato crop here in North Carolina with a month of delicious recipes. What better way to begin the month than with one of my favorite breakfast foods: waffles! This recipe is easy and tastes so good on a cool fall morning or when you decide to have breakfast for dinner. Drizzle maple syrup and pecans over the top and dig in!

Ingredients

  • 1-¾ cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Cloves
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1-¾ cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • ½ cups Vegetable Oil
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Sweet Potato Puree (see Directions Below)

Preparation Instructions

Note: I like to make my own sweet potato puree. Take two medium sweet potatoes, peel them and cut into chunks. Cook on medium heat until soft. Drain and put in a food processor until they are of puree consistency.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Beat eggs thoroughly and whisk milk, sugar, oil and vanilla into beaten eggs. Add the egg mixture to dry ingredients. Mix gently to combine. Add sweet potato puree. Mix gently. Batter will be lumpy.

Preheat your waffle iron, spray if needed. Ladle 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into the waffle iron. Cook until the waffle is golden brown. Makes 4 to 6 waffles.

 
 
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Megan Keno is the writer and photographer of Country Cleaver, a food blog fueled by Nutella and images of June Cleaver—if June wore cowboy boots and flannel, that is. A self-proclaimed country bum, Megan creates from-scratch recipes that range from simple to sublime and how-to’s to build your cooking repertoire. But she couldn’t do it without the help of her trusty—and furry—sous chef, Huckleberry. He’s a world class floor cleaner.

 
 

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Wusthof Nakiri Knife Giveaway (Winner Announced!)

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We're giving away this gorgeous Wusthof Classic Nakiri knife to help you prep all that wonderful spring produce about to enter your kitchen. It's Ree's favorite knife, and it just may become yours too.

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Let’s Talk Knife Storage

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Who knew there were so many options to the traditional knife block? Tell us:

What are your favorite tips and tricks for storing knives?

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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken

Posted by in Step-by-Step Recipes

This recipe by Tasty Kitchen member Erin is a two-in-one for me: not only is it chop-and-drop, it’s also a homemade version of take-out.

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Looks Delicious! Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema

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I wanted to showcase a recipe that you can enjoy whatever the weather may be where you are, and I thought these Salmon Tacos with Avocado Crema from TK member Sarah would be a perfect quick and easy meal.