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Announcing Food & Friends!

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PW Food & Friends: Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto

It’s Friday! Wow, this week has flown. Partly because we’re trying to do all we can to hold on to the last days of summer, and partly because we’ve been busy with a pretty big surprise for you. “What? A surprise?” We’re glad you asked!

If you haven’t seen it yet, there was some extensive remodeling done over at The Pioneer Woman. Lots of bright and shiny new things going on there. One of those shiny new things is something a little extra special for us here at Tasty Kitchen: a section called Food & Friends. There, you’ll find recipes and tips and food-related posts from Ree’s friends, many of whom you’ve already met as Tasty Kitchen members.

We hope you’ll pop over, say hi, and make yourself at home. We’ve also created a Food & Friends Tasty Kitchen account, so you can find all the posted recipes right here on TK. (Instagram, too!) And don’t you worry, Tasty Kitchen is here to stay, and will continue as the happy recipe sharing community that we’ve all come to love.

Here’s what you’ll find there!

PW Food & Friends: How to Make Simple Syrup

How to Make Simple Syrup. There’s a reason it’s called simple syrup. Up your cocktail game by making flavored versions!

PW Food & Friends: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. Grilled croutons for the win!

PW Food & Friends: Blackberry Soda Floats

Blackberry Soda Floats. Creamy and fruity and bubbly. Play around with different combinations!

PW Food & Friends: You Rule! Cookies

You Rule Cookies. How cute are these. Perfect back-to-school treats!

PW Food & Friends: Summertime Shrimp Pizza

Summertime Shrimp Pizza. Hang on to summer just a little bit longer with this pizza. Sweet and crunchy corn, sweet and briny shrimp. Throw in extra summer veggies and dig in!

PW Food & Friends: Peach Pistachio Galette

Peach Pistachio Galette. So easy and beautifully rustic. The peaches really shine here!

PW Food & Friends: Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto

Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto. I’m sorry, you said something? I was too busy staring at the bowl of lusciousness.

We’re blown away by talents of the contributors there, and we know you will be too. So come say hi! Here’s the link to take you there directly: Pioneer Woman: Food & Friends.

Have a great weekend, friends!


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Let’s Talk Corn!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Corn)

Hi everyone! Do you see that bright golden haze in the meadow? No, really. There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow. And the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye! It looks like it’s climbing clear up to the sky. Oh what a beautiful morning …

Ahem. Sorry. Kinda got carried away there.

I’ve been singing that song to myself these past few days every time we drive past a meadow or any patch of land that resembles a corn field. I’ve been singing it in grocery stores and farmers markets too, as I walk past the beautiful ears of corn for sale. I apologize if you live in my area and have had to endure my shameless humming, but I can’t help myself. Because mmmm. Corn. It makes me happy.

For me, corn and summer go together like pumpkin and fall. Throwing a few ears of corn on the grill makes for an instant, easy BBQ side dish, and frankly, often I’m quite content with just that and some butter. But I also love corn kernels in cornbread, mixed in with grits, polenta, rice pudding, or just about any kind of stir fry. I even love corn ice cream, which might sound weird to some, but try it and you’ll know what I mean.

Corn is plentiful during the summer, and before the season ends, let’s try a few new ways to enjoy it! Tell us:

What’s your favorite way to enjoy corn?

I shared my favorites above, which can be summarized in one simple statement: “I’ll eat corn with everything.” But I’m always open to new ideas! So share your corn recipes, your tips and tricks for buying or shucking or cooking corn. Or maybe you have a preferred kind of corn (white? yellow? bi-color?) that you seek out at the market. Tell us all about it below!


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Let’s Talk Peaches!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Let's Talk Peaches!)

Peaches at the local markets here have been quite excellent. They pile them in bins close to the doors, hitting you with a wave of that heady scent of sweet summer nectar. They look so inviting with their earthy red and orange hues, and I haven’t been able to resist bringing home a bag or two every time I walk into the store.

Peaches are perfect without any special preparation. I mostly prefer the “grab and bite” method. But it’d be a shame not to expand that repertoire with the abundance of peaches available right now! So tell us:

What’s your favorite way to enjoy peaches?

Do you like making peach ice cream? Pies? Peach iced tea? Do you enjoy them in a compote for pancakes, or grilled and part of a salad? We want to hear all the ways you use up a bounty of peaches, and share any recipe links you have!


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$150 Gift Card Giveaway (Winner Announced!)

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The winner of the gift card is:

#234 Jessica H: “Pot roast with potatoes.”

Congratulations! Contact [email protected] and start shopping!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Giveaway ($150 Gift Card)

Happy Friday! Betsy and I have been trying to figure out what you might need in your kitchen this time of year. We’re failing. You might still be in summer mode and want an ice cream maker. Or maybe school is starting and you need a little help getting organized. Since we can’t decide, we’re putting you in charge! We’re giving away a $150 gift card to Chef’s Catalog. You can find just about anything you could possibly need there, so the shopping’s on us!


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

What are you planning on eating this weekend?

Just leave your answer below and you’ll be entered to win!


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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Discover New Fruits and Vegetables!

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The other day, a friend of mine showed me a photo of something I had never seen before. It looked like a miniature yellow watermelon on the outside, with white flesh and cucumber seeds inside. I asked what it was, and she said: “It’s a lemon cucumber!” A lemon what? “Imagine a lemon and a […]

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Looks Delicious! Trail Mix Chocolate Smoothie

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You’re welcome. In case you can’t wait to grab the printable recipe so you can make this for breakfast already, I figured I’d be polite and acknowledge the unspoken gratitude in your heart that’s currently being drowned out by the “chocolate, now!” sounds coming from your belly. It’s okay. I know the sound well. This…

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Let’s Talk Watermelons!

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I love summer. And not just because it’s the opposite of winter. Summer brings with it a wealth of sunshine (an embarrassment of riches, really), an abundance of play time, and more varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables than you can shake a stick at. (Do people really shake sticks at anything? Have you seen […]

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Looks Delicious! Flourless Lemon Blueberry Protein Pancakes

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Smoothies have become my default summer morning option, and they’ve been doing right by me so far. I get a nice dose of protein to start my day, a cool drink to battle the rising temperatures, and the satisfaction of knowing I fed myself a healthy breakfast. But sometimes … sometimes I’d rather not drink […]