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Looks Delicious! Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Buffalo Chicken Nachos with Blue Cheese Sauce, submitted by Justine Sulia of Cooking and Beer)

If this isn’t game day food, then nothing is. Everybody loves nachos, and we all know hot wings make for great football snacking. These Buffalo Chicken Nachos with Blue Cheese Sauce from TK member Justine combine those magical forces into a darn delicious and darn easy appetizer! Darn right!

These are happening in our house this weekend for sure! (Click on the photo for the handy dandy printable.) Hope you all stay warm and cozy and enjoy some great snacks with or without sports!

Happy weekend!

 

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Comfort Food for the Winter

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Comfort Food for the Winter)

We all could use a healthy dose of comfort on a cold, blustery winter day. When thoughts of warm soups or hot chocolate dance in your head as you put on layers of clothing, a hat, scarf, gloves, and boots just to walk out to the mailbox. Dreams of bowls of creamy pasta or hearty stews occupy the time spent indoors, interspersed with other dreams of warm sandy beaches.

Can you tell it’s cold where I am right now?

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in my wintry reverie, and it looks like the cold spell isn’t going anywhere soon for most of the country. So let’s huddle up and keep each other warm! Tell us:

What are some of your favorite cold weather comfort foods?

For me, it’s a big bowl of soup. Like the homemade ramen noodle soup above (definitely with the egg on top) or a hearty bowl of chili. Those are my favorite comfort foods when cold weather strikes. And of course, copious amounts of coffee during the day. That’s a given.

How about you? How do you fight off winter? A nice helping of creamy mac and cheese? Tomato soup with grilled cheese? A simmering bowl of beef stew? Share what keeps you warm inside and out, and if you have a recipe or a link to go with it, all the better!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

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Quinoa Pilaf with Apples and Cranberries

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

I think we can all agree that we’ve all hit the holiday cookie platter a little too hard. This is a safe space—we’re all friends here. But there are places where we can nip and tuck our holiday over-imbibing and make up for all our sugary grievances. This Quinoa Pilaf is totally sinless, but oh so flavorful.

Holly whipped up this little number and I can tell you, it is amazing hot or served chilled.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

The lineup is pretty simple, with quinoa, dried cranberries, celery, pecans, green apples, garlic, vegetable stock, salt, pepper and red onion. In lieu of the herbes de Provence, I used Italian blend herbs for a simply substitution in a pinch. I also used fresh parsley, though for some reason, it was camera-shy.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

To get started, cook the quinoa according to package directions, bringing it to a simmer using the veggie stock. The quinoa should be tender, like rice. Remove it from the stove and set aside.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

While the quinoa is cooking, slice and dice the apples, onion and celery.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

Into a sauté pan, cook the celery, garlic and onion. Add in the seasonings and cook until softened and tender. Then add in the wine and apples, and cook for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the stove and add into the quinoa. Fold together to incorporate all the ingredients.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

Add in the dried cranberries.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans. Guest post by Megan Keno of Wanna Be a Country Cleaver, recipe submitted by TK member Holly Kirby of American Vegetarian.

Toss in pecans and parsley, then serve and devour.

Holly has a load of other vegetarian friendly recipes in her TK recipe box, and on her site American Vegetarian. Be sure to check them out for healthy inspiration.

 
 

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Quinoa Pilaf with Green Apples, Dried Cranberries and Pecans

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In this recipe I’ve used classic Thanksgiving flavors like apples and cranberries with quinoa, which may not be that familiar as a Thanksgiving ingredient but I think this mix of these ingredients will become an instant classic.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Quinoa
  • 1-½ cup Red Quinoa
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock
  • ¼ cups Olive Oil
  • ½ whole Red Onion, Diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1-½ teaspoon Herbes De Provence
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • 2 whole Green Apples, Diced (Skin On)
  • ½ cups Dry White Wine
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup Toasted Or Maple Pecans
  • ¼ cups Fresh Parsley, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh colander and drain. Pour into a heavy-bottomed stockpot. Top with vegetable stock and stir. Turn on medium high heat when stock comes to a boil, cover with lid, turn down to medium low and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until quinoa is al dente.

While quinoa is cooking place a saute pan over medium high and add olive oil, onions, celery and garlic; stir. Add herbes de Provence, salt and pepper. Saute until the onions and celery are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add apples and pour in wine, simmer 5 minutes to cook out alcohol.

Pour onion mixture over cooked quinoa and stir until combined. Add cranberries, pecans, and parsley, fold in. Check for seasoning.

Serve immediately by spooning into serving dish or can be reheated later.

To reheat, cover with lid or foil and bake in a 350ºF oven for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.

 
 
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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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Blender Giveaway (Winner Announced!)

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The winner of the blender is:

#998 Sheila: “Moving into a new townhome to be closer to my mom. She will turn 90 in March.”

It’s always good to be close to Mom. Congratulations! Contact [email protected] to claim your loot.

 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Giveaway (Blender)

 
Good morning! Did you get to sleep in a bit today? Are you still in bed, taking stock of all the party food you enjoyed last night? Or were you up bright and early, with a spring in your step, determined to make this your best year ever? Did you see the sun shining and step out to get the paper, only to run back inside because the sun tricked you into thinking it wasn’t freezing cold outside? (It can’t be that bad though, when even Southern California received a rare dose of snow.)

Today, because it’s Thursday and would you look at that, it’s 2015, because we love you and want you to feel better about all the cookies and cake and bacon and cheese and butter we showed you in 2014, we’re giving away a BlendTec Classic 575 blender in your choice of color. It’ll help you whip up healthy smoothies, salad dressings, hummus, nut butters, sorbet, soups, and whatever else strikes your fancy. (Except nachos. I don’t think it can make nachos. But it can at least make margaritas to enjoy with nachos.)

 
TO ENTER

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

What was your favorite moment of 2014?

I always love reading everyone’s answers to questions like this because you share such heartwarming thoughts. You remind me that, despite the challenges and ever-present anxieties, life is still a joy. So tell us what you loved most about last year and you’ll be entered to win!

 
THE RULES

One entry per person, please. Contest ends tomorrow at 9pm PST.

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced this weekend.

Sponsored by Tasty Kitchen.

 
 

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Scalloped Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

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This Scalloped Hasselback Sweet Potatoes recipe submitted by TK member Tove is the newest addition to my special occasion recipe file.

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Gingerbread Waffles

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This Gingerbread Waffle recipe, brought to us by the lovely Emily, is basically an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast (or any meal of the day). And I'm very much okay with that.

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Looks Delicious! Hot Buttered Rum Nog

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Here's a warm, comforting drink for you to enjoy as soon as you get a chance to sit down, put your feet up, and rest after all the hustle and bustle of your day.

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World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When Sarah submitted this recipe to Tasty Kitchen and called it World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, you know I'm going to check her. I just appointed myself the official tester of all "world's best recipes."…