The Pioneer Woman Tasty Kitchen
Profile photo of Erika (TK)

Let’s Talk Peaches!

Posted by in Kitchen Talk

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!


Profile photo of Betsy (TK)

Looks Delicious! Roasted Summer Vegetable Ragout

Posted by in Looks Delicious!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Roasted Summer Vegetable Ragout, submitted by TK member Lindsay of FunnyLove Lindsay)

At the beginning of the week, I always need some inspiration for healthy weeknight meals that aren’t too difficult to throw together. It’s also about this time of year that I realize I need to enjoy as much delicious summer produce as possible while it’s still available. More fresh garden tomatoes, please!

This Roasted Summer Vegetable Ragout, from TK member Lindsay, ticks all the boxes and looks so tasty. The combination of tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant is one of my favorites, and roasting the veggies really brings out their sweetness. We hope you enjoy! And share your favorite quick, easy weeknight summer meals with us below, if you like!


Profile photo of Erika (TK)

$150 Gift Card Giveaway (Winner Announced!)

Posted by in Miscellaneous

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.


Profile photo of Erika (TK)

Discover New Fruits and Vegetables!

Posted by in Kitchen Talk

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Unusual Fruits and Vegetables)

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 cucumber got married and had babies.” Well. I love to munch on diced cucumber doused with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt, and this pretty much makes that a one-step snack! Needless to say, I’ve been on the lookout for those babies ever since.

I did a little bit of research, and it turns out lemon cucumbers aren’t a new thing—they were just new to me. And I know there must be countless other as-yet-unknown fruits and vegetables waiting to be discovered by more than the fortunate few who already enjoy them. They fly under the radar, like those really interesting, complex, fascinating introverts hiding out somewhere, the ones everyone falls in love with once they get to know them.

Let’s shine some light on them and get the love-fest going, shall we? Tell us:

What’s your favorite not-so-commonly-known fruit or vegetable? Which one was your latest or strangest discovery?

Was it a combination of more common varieties, like a pluot (plum and apricot) or broccoflower (broccoli and cauliflower)? Or maybe it was just a variety you’d never seen before. Naturally, some fruits that are native to certain areas are considered exotic and strange in others, like the dragonfruit, custard apple, or the kiwano or African horned melon seen above, described as a mix of cucumber, lime, and banana. (Must be some kind of sibling rivalry going on with the lemon cucumber.) A recent trip to Thailand introduced me to finger ginger, which was very different from the ginger (dubbed “boring ginger” by our guide) we usually see here stateside. I also discovered tiny Thai eggplant, which I had never seen before. And by tiny, I mean the size of wasabi peas. Wild. Or maybe you can tell us about something you saw at a farmers market that looked so interesting, you simply had to check it out.

Let’s give all those fruits and vegetables their time in the sun! (Unless, of course, they need shade.) We want to hear all about them. Share below!


Profile photo of twopeasandtheirpod

S’mores Pie

Posted by in Baking, Step-by-Step Recipes

Note: We’re bringing back this oldie but goodie, just in time for summer. S’mores, baby. In pie form. Just too dang irresistible.     Summer isn’t summer without ooey, gooey S’mores! There is nothing better than sitting around a bonfire with some graham crackers, mallows, and Hershey bars. I love traditional S’mores, but I am…

Profile photo of Erika (TK)

Looks Delicious! Trail Mix Chocolate Smoothie

Posted by in Looks Delicious!

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…

Profile photo of Erika (TK)

Let’s Talk Watermelons!

Posted by in Kitchen Talk

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 […]

Profile photo of Erika (TK)

Looks Delicious! Flourless Lemon Blueberry Protein Pancakes

Posted by in Looks Delicious!

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 […]