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Let’s Talk Summer Drinks

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Summer Drinks)

We’re going through some kind of heatwave this week, and I finally understand why everyone has been warning us about the summer heat where we live out west. It’s H-O-T. Then again, I still remember what winter felt like back east (it was C-O-L-D) so I’m not complaining.

I’ve been drinking my share of plain cold water and cold seltzer, trying to stay cool and hydrated. I also find myself reaching for iced coffee when I can afford the extra caffeine. I like smoothies for breakfast, whip up fruit slushies in the blender when it’s snack time … I’d drink ice cream too, if I could. I think I ingest food mostly in liquid form when the temperatures start rising, and I suspect I’m not the only one. So, in an effort to expand our summer beverage repertoire, tell us:

What are some of your favorite summer drinks?

A Sicilian I used to work with swears by piping hot espressos and tea. He’s convinced that hot drinks can actually to cool your body down. I’ve also seen a lot of hot tea served in the middle of sweltering afternoons in India, so I’ve always wondered about this. Studies have shown that hot drinks make your body think it’s really hot outside, and that triggers sweating, which is your body’s way of cooling itself. But they warn it’s not as simple as that. It depends on other factors, like how humid it is outside and what you’re wearing. Because sweating helps only if it actually evaporates from your skin. Personally, I don’t like sweating, and if there’s no way for it to evaporate, you don’t quite get that promised cooling effect. You might instead get a hot-and-sticky effect. Not fun.

So I stick to my cold drinks, but wonder if anyone else might have a different experience. We want to hear all your summer drink ideas. Come share below!


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Looks Delicious! Apricot and Orange Pork Skewers

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Apricot and Orange Pork Skewers with Garlic and Rosemary, submitted by TK member Justine of Cooking and Beer)

I’m going to sound pushy in a bit, but hear me out because I only want good things for you. Ready? Make these Apricot and Orange Pork Skewers with Garlic and Rosemary on the grill this weekend! Or tonight even. Just throw together the marinade ingredients, then let the meat sit for at least an hour. After that, it’s all up to the grill to work its magic.

While that’s happening, you might want to treat yourself to a nice cocktail. I recommend something refreshing with a hint of rosemary. A cold Rosemary Gin Fizz will do nicely, or if pressed for time, just mix up a simple gin (or vodka) and tonic with a splash of lemonade and use a rosemary sprig as a stirrer.

Serve these skewers with a fresh salad and maybe soft flatbread or a garlicky rice pilaf, and you’re good to go! While you have the grill going, you might want to grill some fruit as well to finish off the meal. But only if you want to. I’m not that pushy.

Thanks for sharing this, Justine! She’s a regular TK contributor and her TK recipe box is packed with all kinds of incredible recipes. Go check it out, and visit her blog Cooking and Beer for more! For the printable recipe for the skewers, click on the photo above.

Happy weekend, friends!


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Ways to Use (and Eat!) Ice Cream

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Ways to Use Ice Cream)

I’ve been waiting for summer to hit the usually-cooler cities everywhere so I’d have an excuse to talk about ice cream. (I’m always looking for a reason to bring up ice cream.) Yes, it doesn’t have to be warm outside to enjoy it, but I figured it might make me appear more seasonal than obsessed if I waited until summer.

We’ve discussed ice cream here before, talking about tips and tricks to homemade ice cream, and I’ve bombarded you with quite a few ice cream roundups in the past. Whether homemade or store-bought, ice cream is the perfect summer treat. So easy, too! Just grab from the freezer, scoop, and eat. Instant gratification.

But today, we’ll take a bit of a different approach. After all, there’s more than one way to enjoy ice cream. Which is always a good thing. Today, we want to know:

What’s your favorite thing to make with ice cream?

Do you like ice cream cakes (like that incredible Banana Split Ice Cream Cake you see above)? Ice cream sandwiches? Soda floats? Super thick milkshakes? Or are you against all things that complicate ice cream and firmly believe all it needs is a spoon?

These days, I’ve been enjoying that wonderfully simple Italian affogato. All it is, really, is a scoop of gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over it. Sometimes I’ll add some Bailey’s in there, but that’s it—just one extra step after scooping the ice cream. Almost feels like cheating.

Kids love ice cream in any form, and an afternoon treat that includes it in any way is always a big hit with them. With adults, too! So let’s broaden our ice cream repertoire this summer and find even more ways to enjoy it!


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Looks Delicious! Chorizo and Blackened Chicken Sandwich

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Mango and Smoked Chorizo Sandwich with Blackened Chicken and Chimichurri, submitted by TK member by Nitin Budhiraja of Nomaste)

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sandwich for weeks, and I figured it was time to share the torture. This Mango & Smoked Chorizo Sandwich with Blackened Chicken and Chimichurri may look and sound complicated, but it really isn’t. It just takes 15 minutes of prep time, and all of half an hour to cook. It doesn’t call for a whole lot of hard-to-find ingredients, either! The flavors are clean yet explosive, and the ciabatta roll helps soak up all the wonderful juices from the chicken, chorizo, and chimichurri.

If you have a grocery trip coming up, I highly suggest grabbing what you need to make this sandwich. It’s spicy, smoky, sweet, tangy, and herbaceous—a killer chicken sandwich taken to new heights. You’ll love it!

Thanks for sharing this, Nitin! For the printable recipe, click the photo above. And don’t forget to visit his blog, Nomaste (clever name!), for more incredible recipes like this.

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!


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National Donut Day!

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I was all set to start searching for one or two tempting kabob recipes to show you, mostly because I’m still in the throes of a “summer is finally heeeere!” kick. But then I noticed my Instagram feed was taken over by pictures of donuts, interrupted here and there by snaps of luscious-looking coffee and […]

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What To Do with Leftover Beer?

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To help save our beer-loving sanity, recover space in our bars, and for the satisfaction of being able to put good ingredients to use, let's brainstorm together!

What can you do with an assortment of beer that you don't particularly care to drink?

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Let’s Talk Marinades

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Grilling is all about letting the meat shine, and usually, you don't need much more than a simple sprinkling of salt and pepper. But sometimes, you want to add a bit more flavor. That's where a marinade comes in.

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Looks Delicious! Fruit Cookie Pizza

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Wow everyone with a show-stopping dessert that just might be the star of your cookout. If you don't have time to make the almond cookie pie crust (if you can, we highly recommend it), feel free to grab a package of your favorite readymade cookie dough! We won't tell if you won't.