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Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Potato Skins
I don’t know about you, but for my money, it’s hard to beat potato skins and jalapeño poppers when it comes to appetizers. So smashing them together in one layered, bite-sized appetizer just seems to make sense to me. Stuffed jalapeño poppers, and crispy potato skins? In one bite. One delicious bite. The starch from the potato and whipped, slightly sweet cream cheese calms most (most) of the heat from the roasted jalapeño peppers.
Jul 21, 2014
Why Aren’t My Homemade Potato Chips Crispy?
Q: I am mystified that I have seen scores of videos of someone preparing homemade potato chips that appear to be light in color and crispy, but, I cannot seem to mimic the final result. I have tried different frying temps between 325 and 375; I have tried different oils: vegetable, canola, and peanut. I have tried different thicknesses of potato slices; I have even wasted my time blanching the slices in vinegar solution which does help give a lighter color end result, but saps the flavor.
Jul 16, 2014
Did You Know You Can Freeze Tortilla Chips?
Keeping my snack portions under control is a discipline I still have yet to master, especially when I feel the need to finish things like chips before they go stale. Kitchn reader Joy gave us a great solution for what to do if you have extra tortilla chips — freeze them! Joy says: Did you know that you can freeze tortilla chips? They come out perfect, especially if you eat them occasionally and don’t want them to go stale.
Jul 7, 2014
Can You Make Stovetop Popcorn With Water Instead of Oil?
In my quest to put the Internet’s most intriguing, promising and potentially mind-blowing tips to the test, I stumbled onto a tip I had never heard before: you can pop popcorn on the stove with a tablespoon of water instead of oil. A fat-free popcorn option for those of us without an air popper or a microwave? I was definitely intrigued, but would this technique actually work? I had to put it to the test.
Feb 13, 2014
Homemade Gift Recipe: Skillet Toffee
When I was a child, there weren’t a lot of sweets in our house, but come Christmastime, little teasing bits of my mom’s holiday toffee would show up in my normally sugar-starved lunch bag during the week before school let out. Then, during our annual Christmas Eve tamale party, huge platters would appear, with piles of the stuff stacked high like poker chips Though I moved across the country almost twenty years ago, she hasn’t missed a single season of toffee.
Dec 5, 2013
Make a Holiday Travel Care Package: 10 Foods To Send With Your Loved Ones
With the busiest travel days of the year upon us, consider seeing a loved one off with a travel care package. Whether flying or driving, a gifted package of drinks and snacks will surely be appreciated. We’re thinking healthy, hearty, and easy-to-carry items that aren’t overly indulgent (the holidays do await on the other side of the travels, after all!) and that will sustain energy and hydration.
Nov 7, 2013
My Favorite Soup Side: Loaded Toasts
I’ve talked a little in the past about my very favorite kind of fall dinner party: the soup party. And this week, my partner Sam and I started planning what is becoming an annual tradition. While we discussed chunky minestrone versus puréed butternut squash, the one question that has us inspired this year was: what to put on the toasts? Last year for our fall soup party we made a Moroccan Carrot Soup and a nice chunky minestrone soup.
Oct 18, 2013
13 Easy Microwave Mug Cakes That Are All Grown Up
When you want something for dessert that’s more than a chocolate bar or ice cream, but still easy enough to make that you can eat it ASAP, mug cakes are your friends. Most of these take less than 2 minutes to make in a microwave. Yeah, that’s right. Just because these desserts are made in a microwave, it doesn’t mean the cakes can’t be made from scratch and taste good.
Sep 23, 2013
Say Hello to Your New Addiction: Popcorn Inspired by Girl Scouts Cookies
Last weekend while strolling the farmers market I somehow ended up bringing home a big bag of kettle corn. We actually had strawberries and cherries available for the first time that week, and what did I ultimately end up buying? Sweet and salty popcorn. A few days later, I stumbled across this recipe inspired by a favorite Girl Scout cookie and figured it was a sign: homemade deluxe popcorn was in my future.
Jun 4, 2013
The Best Way to Separate Unpopped Kernels from Popcorn
I’ve been making a lot of caramel popcorn recently — talk about the perfect treat for everything from Teacher Appreciation Day to a birthday potluck! But the unpopped kernels always bug me. Nothing worse than munching a handful of caramel popcorn clusters and suddenly biting into a hard kernel. I finally figured out an easy way to eliminate nearly all those unpopped kernels before they ruin the batch.
May 21, 2013
Beyond Bar Nuts: 7 Happy Hour Snacks with a Serious Crunch Factor
Cocktails beg for snacks, and in our house, when we think snacks we usually go for simple crackers and good cheese. Alternatively, if we’re having people over, I love making bar nuts tossed with olive oil and herbs. But with the ushering in of a new season comes the drive to do something new in the kitchen, so lately I’ve been looking for snack ideas beyond store-bought crackers and bar nuts.
Apr 16, 2013
10 Make-At-Home Snacks for Movie Night
While there are quite a few movies on my list to see before the Oscars this year, a movie night in is often what these cold winter nights call for. And when curling up with a good flick, snacks are necessary. But store-bought packages or movie theater boxed treats are so often laden with preservatives and ingredients you can’t pronounce, why not start thinking about homemade versions of your favorites to do at home?
Jan 11, 2013
Sweet Twist on a Classic: Dark Chocolate & Coconut Popovers
Whoa. Whoa. Just when I thought my love for those eggy, airy little bread puffs — popovers — couldn’t grow any deeper, along comes a dark chocolate chocolate version.This recipe is from Susan, who blogs at Doughmesstic. We know Susan from way back when; she was a winner in our long-ago pie contest of 2008! (See her winning entry here.)This popover idea is equally brilliant and deserving of awards.
Oct 19, 2012
Sweet, Salty, Sour & Spicy: A Photo Guide to Mexican Snacks
If you’ve ever been tempted by the unfamiliar snacks at the local bodega, but unsure about what you’re getting yourself into, check out this helpful photo guide to Mexican sweets and snacks from Saveur. Identifying snacks like tart tamarind candies and sour-spicy potato chips, it has me itching to try some new treats.Many Mexican candies balance sweetness with savory and spicy flavors, such as Vero Mango, a fruity lollipop covered with a salty chile paste coating.
Aug 28, 2012
How To Make the Best Granola
Do you love granola? Do you make it at home? Here is our very best recipe for you — a step-by-step tutorial to help you make wonderful granola, and also to let you customize it to your taste. This is a basic template to memorize and customize in your own kitchen, to please your every granola desire.
Jul 18, 2012
Classic Recipe: Green Goddess Dip
Green Goddess dip is one of those famous recipes that appears in every cookbook, both new and old, and not without good reason. Unfortunately for me, I just recently jumped on the cult classic’s bandwagon. I’m still kicking myself for the years I lost without this staple.Many moons ago, when I was just getting my feet wet in the kitchen, I did attempt a Green Goddess recipe.
Jul 3, 2012
Beyond Hummus: 5 Deliciously Creamy Bean Dip Recipes
For anyone who’s made your own hummus, you know how easy it is. And if you’re like me, you feel silly for not having done it earlier, and excited by all of the ways to customize the dip to your liking. (More garlic and red chile flakes, please!) The nice thing about bean dips is the simplicity: for the most part, you throw a handful of ingredients in a food processor and call it a day.Sometimes when you’re rushing around preparing for a party, that alone can feel like a lot.
Apr 16, 2012
A Snack-Heavy Gathering: 10 Simple, Satisfying Recipes
We had a housewarming party last weekend, and decided to start the party at 8 p.m. Lots of drinks were on the menu, and you know what happens when folks stay late and drink: they want to eat. So while we weren’t serving dinner, we knew we’d need to have a bunch of heavier snacks to sustain everyone through the night.Surprisingly, we had far more fun planning the food for this snack-heavy party than we have with many of our smaller dinner parties.
Mar 23, 2012
Try This: Make Granola With Coconut Oil
Do you love toasty coconut? And granola? Then you’ll love this suggestion from Melissa Clark: make your granola with coconut oil! Virgin coconut oil not only has a number of health benefits, it also lends a warm, nutty flavor to granola.Clark shares her recipe for Double Coconut Granola in her newest cookbook, Cook This Now.
Feb 3, 2012
Seven Days, Seven Hot Toddies: Part 2
The toddy project continues with two delicious combinations of tea and booze – whiskey and black tea to perk you up, and chamomile and bourbon to send you off to sleep. I couldn’t stop drinking this. It’s so many things I love, mixed into one: whiskey, tea, spices, honey. I can see myself drinking this après-ski in front of a roaring fire, or just après-work at the end of a long day. Go ahead, make one: you’ve earned it.
Jan 27, 2012
Last Minute Appetizer: Crispy Brussels Sprouts Chips
I couldn’t bear to throw away all the tough outer leaves left behind from making roasted Brussels sprouts last week. So what did I do? What any enterprising and frugal home cook would do: I doused them with olive oil and made sprout chips. I figured if you can transform rugged leaves of kale into a crispy snack, why not Brussels sprout leaves? I hovered anxiously near the oven while they baked, resisting the urge to check on them too frequently for fear of letting the heat out.
Nov 23, 2011
What Can I Do With Beef Jerky That Is Too Salty?
Q: I am lucky enough to work at a company that stocks a full kitchen for folks that have to work late to meet deadlines. We recently bought some beef jerky that is WAY salty.No one’s going to eat it by itself, but I hate to see it go to waste. What should I do with it?Sent by LanaEditor: Lana, sometimes cured meat has a salty coating that can be washed off; have you tried rinsing the jerky to make it more palatable?Readers, any thoughts or recipe ideas for this stuff?Next question?
Feb 28, 2011
Easy Party Appetizer: Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper
These roasted edamame are completely and utterly addictive, which is trouble if guests are coming in an hour and you can’t stop nibbling on them. They’re crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. The sweet flavor of the edamame is balanced by sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper. You might want to make a double batch.This recipe is a riff on roasted chickpeas, another favorite party snack.
Feb 16, 2011
Cocktail Parties: 5 Hors D’œuvres & Cocktail Pairings
We talk a lot about pairing wine and beer with food, but what about cocktails? Do you sip cocktails with snacks or with meals — or do you just drink them alone? If you drink them with a bite of food, do you have pairings that you love? Here are a few ideas for pairing cocktails with delicious snacks.What makes a good pairing of cocktail with appetizer? Do you look for complementary flavors, colors, or textures?
Aug 18, 2010
Candy with a Crunch! Honeycomb Candy from the Seattlest Recipe Reviews
Crunchie bars are one of our absolute favorite British candies. Called Violet Crumbles in Australia, these are airy bars of caramel-like “honey comb” coated with a thin layer of chocolate. So far our addiction has been limited by the availability of the candy bar here in the states – but no longer!We had no idea that this candy would be so easy to make! Well…sorta.
Feb 24, 2010
Snack Obsession: Ines Rosales Olive Oil Tortas
My husband and I have become slightly obsessed with olive oil tortas. Have you tried these yet? We were excited to see them in Saveur‘s Top 100 List this month; they certainly deserve a spot!We had seen these tortas in their intriguing wax paper packaging in the grocery store a few times, but we were put off by the price ($6 for 6 tortas). But finally we tried them out, and oh my! They are so delicious!
Jan 20, 2010
Copycat Recipe: DIY Nutri-Grain Fruit and Nut Bars
Of all the pre-made and pre-packaged foods that we’ve been trying to move away from, we’ve found it hardest to let go of snack bars – particularly Nutri-Grain’s Fruit and Nut Bars. We were devastated when they disappeared from store shelves! Then again, now we’ve figured out how to make them ourselves!The beauty of making these ourselves is that we can add whatever fruits or nuts to the cereal base that we feel like.
Sep 23, 2009
How To Make State Fair Nachos At Home
Fair food nachos aren’t like any nachos we’ve had anywhere else. No fancy sauces or piles of extra toppings. No impressive presentation or attempts to win us over. We’re simply handed a paper tray of corn chips that have been drizzled with the creamiest, saltiest, and most strangely addictive cheese sauce imaginable.Wandering between booths with the sun on our faces, this is heaven.The secret ingredient to that extra-oozy, gooey sauce is our old frenemy, American Cheese.
Aug 14, 2009
MixMyGranola: Custom Granola at the Click of a Mouse
Do you like granola? We do. We always think about making it ourselves, but never seem to get around to it, sadly. So we jumped at the chance to try out a new online product: MixMyGranola, which lets you mix up custom batches of granola that are shipped to you overnight. What would this be, we wondered? Gimmick? Great granola?A little of both, it turned out, in the end.
Jun 15, 2009