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Shopping’s On Us! (Winner Announced)

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The winner of the $250 Chef’s Catalog gift card is:

#249 Paula: “Oh my. New cookware from start to finish. I have been getting along with bits and pieces for years!”

Congratulations, Paula! Glad we can help get you a new set. Contact [email protected] to claim your card!

 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Giveaway ($250 Gift Card)

Happy Friday, friends! How is everyone today? Still stuffed from yesterday’s feast? Are you up bright and early to brave the throngs of shoppers, or are you sleeping in and enjoying a day of leisure, already plotting all the different ways to re-purpose those holiday leftovers?

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 Catalog. You can find just about anything you could possibly need in there, so use it to your heart’s desire!

 
TO ENTER

To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

What would you use an extra $250 for?

Whatever it is, we want to hear it. Share what’s high up on your wish list and you’ll be entered to win!

 
THE RULES

One entry per person, please. Contest ends tomorrow at noon PST.

The winnter will be chosen randomly and announced this weekend.

Sponsored by Tasty Kitchen.

 

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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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Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, my family goes the traditional route: roasted turkey, cranberries from a can, and yams with marshmallows on top. Every once in a while, I think it’s fun to change things up and try new variations on the classics. Now, don’t get me wrong, any time you can get away with popping marshmallows onto a veggie is fine by me, but making that classic a little healthier will leave you feeling slightly less guilty as you unbutton your jeans at the end of the night.

Tasty Kitchen Member Julia really nails this twist on the Thanksgiving classic with these Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. The walnuts come out deliciously coated and the raisins just sweeten the whole deal. I guarantee you won’t miss the marshmallows this year!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

The last thing you need on Turkey Day is a big list of complex ingredients, so you’re safe with this simple recipe. Line up four yams, walnuts, a little butter, honey, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt for this recipe. I didn’t have cardamom on hand, so I omitted it but these yams were packed with warm flavors and didn’t miss a thing.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

To get started, preheat your oven to 425ºF. While the oven preheats, wash and dry your yams. Using a fork, poke several holes in the skin of the yams so they vent while baking. The last thing you need is them exploding in the oven and creating more of a mess to clean up!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

Wrap each yam in aluminum foil, just like a baked potato. Roast the yams until fork tender, about 45–60 minutes depending on the size of your yams.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

Once you’re able to handle the yams and unwrap them, take a couple of forks and split open the yams to cool slightly. While they rest momentarily, move on to the walnuts.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

The filling is always the best part, and this is no different. Even better is that it all goes into one pan!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

Add the remaining ingredients into a skillet and over medium heat stir the ingredients together until the walnuts are coated completely.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts and Raisins. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Julia of The Roasted Root.

Once the walnuts are coated, pour them into the middle of the split yams. Serve these immediately. And if by some miracle there are leftovers of these yams, these are great as leftovers right out of the fridge. Not that I would know from experience or anything.

Julia has a boatload of other fantastic recipes in her TK recipe box, and on her site, The Roasted Root. Be sure to check them out for your everyday inspiration and special occasion gems. These turkey burgers with chipotle sauce are where it is at. Thanks, Julia!

What is your favorite side dish during the holidays? Are you a traditionalist, or an adventurer during the holidays? Leave a comment below, or a link to your favorite Tasty Kitchen recipe to inspire the whole TK Community!

 
 

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Roasted Yams with Candied Walnuts & Raisins

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Keep Thanksgiving healthy with an easy and nutritious holiday treat: roasted yams topped with candied walnuts, raisins and warm spices!

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Large Yams, Roasted
  • 1-½ cup Walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ cups Honey
  • ½ cups Golden Raisins
  • ¾ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Cardamom
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425ºF

Wash the yams and pat them dry.

Poke yams a few times with a fork, wrap them in aluminum foil and bake them in the oven for 45 to 60 minutes (depending on size; mine took a full hour). The yams are done when thick juice is seeping out of them and they’re soft when poked.

Remove yams from the oven and set aside.

Add remaining ingredients at the same time to a medium-sized skillet and heat to medium or medium high. Stir with a wooden spoon until honey is coating everything, walnuts become fragrant and raisins plump up, about 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to burn.

Once yams are cool enough to handle, quarter them and top with desired amount of topping.

Serve hot!

A fabulous idea: Give them a squirt of whipped cream or a drizzle of melted butter.

 
 
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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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Thanksgiving Sides and More!

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So how’s your Thanksgiving meal planning going? Have you already been grocery shopping, or are you saving it for the weekend? Do you have pie crust dough in the freezer? How about writing down your cooking schedule?

We know you probably have the big stuff figured out, but we’re of the opinion that there’s always room for an extra side, appetizer, salad or dessert. Oh, and don’t forget a fun cocktail! Whether you’re doing it all yourself or sharing the work with family and friends, we thought we could help tie up some loose ends with these straightforward, delicious recipes from our fabulous members.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

You know everyone’s coming hungry, so give ‘em something creamy and satisfying to munch. Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ricotta is just that. Make the red pepper mixture and crostini in advance for easy assembly.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

It’s always fun to be greeted with a cocktail! This one has bourbon, maple syrup, lemon and thyme to get the party started.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

Healthy things are allowed, too! This Spinach, Arugula, Almond and Pomegranate Salad is fresh, light and colorful.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

How cute are these Individual Sweet Potato Boats? Nice little serving vessels, and we love what’s inside.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

A lighter, fresher green bean dish. No oven time required for Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Pecans!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

If you were ever to decide to take a break from regular mashed potatoes, this would be a pretty stellar alternative. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Pancetta. Yum, right?

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

There are plenty of smooth, creamy foods on the table, so it’s always nice to introduce more texture. With spinach and cranberries, this Butternut Squash Wild Rice covers a lot of bases.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

We can’t let you go without a little more bourbon. These low-fuss Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots cook up easily on the stovetop.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Thanksgiving Sides and More!

Pie is the default dessert of Thanksgiving, but it’s great to mix it up with another option, like this Apple Cake. Gorgeous!

 
We hope you all enjoy great food and togetherness this Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful for the great community that is Tasty Kitchen. You all make it what it is. Happy cooking!

 
 

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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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Tropical Thai Chicken Curry

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You know what's great? Easy, approachable ethnic recipes to make during the holidays. I can only eat so much bread, potatoes, and heavy cream, you know? I need recipes that are quick and different from the typically rich meals of the season. 

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Looks Delicious! Apple Fritter Rings

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If you're staying cozy and looking to whip up a fall treat, check out these Apple Fritter Rings from TK member Nora Rusev of Savory Nothings.

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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?