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Products We Love: Kettle Head Popcorn

Written on March 21, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

When 3 p.m. rolls around, there’s nothing we crave more than a crunchy snack that’s satisfying but doesn’t leave us feeling guilty. This seemed to be a bit of a challenge, until we tried Kettle Head Popcorn. Located in Denver, CO, the folks at Kettle Head combine organic popcorn with local ingredients for five stellar popcorn flavors, each one more unique and crave-worthy than the last. Each flavor is gluten-free, as well as either all-natural, vegetarian or dairy free, too.

 

 

Our mid-day snack craving was sufficed with the Toasted Cinnamon, Spicy Southwest, Denver Cheddar and Kettle Corn flavors, and it was truly tough to pick a favorite. The original kettle corn was just sweet enough and definitely left us feeling a bit nostalgic to the carnival days. Toasted Cinnamon was sweet and warm; we’d imagine it would go great with mixed nuts. The Denver Cheddar was savory and succulent, and tasted completely natural (no bright orange fingers here!). And the Spicy Southwest definitely warmed up our taste buds, with flavors of chili peppers and southwest spices. We hear it goes great with beer!

 

Kettle Head delivers nation-wide and delivery is free in Denver and the surrounding areas. You can order a small bag just to try it out or even a 1-gallon tin to feed the masses. Trust us, this stuff will go fast, so be prepared to share.

 

 

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Spring into Happy Hour with a Green Machine Champagne Cocktail

Written on March 20, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Happy first official day of spring! Whether you’re surrounded by sunlight or still shivering in your sweaters, use today as an opportunity to drink something seasonal: our Green Machine. Made with earthy green tea, tart lime juice and a sprig of mint, this green cocktail is perfect for brunch or a night in. You may even gain a little bit of hope for warmer weather!

 

 

 

Green Machine

Ice

2 ounces chilled prepared green tea

1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce agave nectar or honey

Champagne

Fresh mint

 

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add green tea, lime juice and agave nectar or honey; shake well. Strain into 2 flutes, then top with champagne. Garnish with fresh mint.

Tip: Look for matcha green tea to create the greenest hued cocktail.

 

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin #fingerfoods challenge winner: @townsendkitchen

Written on March 19, 2014 at 10:02 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

 

Now here’s a dish that’s worth getting our fingers messy! Instagram user @townsendkitchen created these homemade jalapeño poppers that look pretty close to identical to our version! Spicy, cheesy and toasted to perfection, these look like the perfect appetizer or party snack for any time of year (or day!).

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE: We’re keeping warm this season and your food should too! For next week’s challenge, we want to see your food that’s #allwrappedup! So whether you’re having a casual enchilada night, a sophisticated crepe-filled Sunday brunch, or a sushi-making party, show us what foods you’re wrapping up! Remember to use both #RRWhatchaCookin and #allwrappedup hashtags for a chance to be featured on our blog.

 
 

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Technique Tuesday: Six Cool Whips!

Written on March 18, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Dessert just got a little crazy! Pour 1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream into a bowl, then beat in these fun, flavorful additions.

 

 

1. Purple Cow

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. grape jelly until smooth, add to the cream, then whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Peanut butter pie

 

2. Double Coconut

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez; whip to stiff peaks. Fold in 2 tbsp. toasted coconut.

Serve with: Chopped pineapple

 

3. Green Apple-Licious

Mix it in: Add 2 tsbp. crushed green apple Jolly Rancher candies to the cream. Chill until candies dissolve; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Butterscotch sundae

 

4. Lemon Cream

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. lemon curd; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Strawberry shortcake

 

5. Chocolate Cloud

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. chocolate syrup; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Vanilla Pudding

 

6. Pepperminty

Mix it in: Add 1 1/2 tbsp. crushed peppermints to the cream. Chill until candies dissolve; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Hot chocolate

 

 

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Mediterranean Made Meatless

Written on March 17, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

In our April issue, we take you on a culinary journey to parts of the Mediterranean way beyond just Spain and Italy. Countries like Turkey, Israel and Morocco are home to some bold, palate-awakening foods that are chef-, nutritionist- and Meatless Monday-approved. So ditch the traditional Greek salad or Spanish omelet and embrace the flavors of the (meatless) Mediterranean with these dishes:

 

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Saturday Supermarket Smarts: Battle of the Rice

Written on March 15, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Rice is one of the most versatile, affordable and easy-to-use ingredients, ever. But with so many versions at the grocery store now, how do you know which type is the most cost- and time-efficient? Let’s explore the options.

 

The Product

Traditional, instant, boil-in-bag and fully cooked rice all have their pros and cons, but we found that instant rice is light, clump-free and super speedy to cook. Pour the par-cooked rice into boiling water, turn off the heat, cover, and in 5 minutes you’re good to go.

 

Why You Should Buy It

The convenience and goof-proof results are worth the prep time of just 11 minutes and price of 19 cents per oz.

 

How You Should Use It

Cutting out cooking time means you’ll have more time to spend on carefully crafting a recipe. Here are some ideas that utilize the convenience of instant rice:

 

Gingery Chicken Fried Rice

 

Sweet and Saucy Shrimp and Green Beans with Rice

 

Chocolaty Rice Pudding

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Done Right!

Written on March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm , by

If you’re channeling your inner Irish this weekend, don’t stop with the “Kiss me, I’m Irish” tee and pint of Guinness. A true St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete without a hearty menu full of flavor (and booze) that’ll make you feel like you’re in the homeland. We’re taking classic Irish flavors and St. Pat’s traditions and transforming ‘em into delicious dishes that you’ll definitely want to eat more than once a year. The best part? They’re super simple, so you’ll have plenty to time to join in all of the festive fun. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Fast Idea Friday: Smoked Trout Chips

Written on March 14, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Did you know today is National Potato Chip Day? While our first instinct would be to just eat them straight out of the bag, here’s a fast idea that fancifies even the simplest of snacks: Smoked Trout Chips. Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or just want a special weekend treat, this recipe is salty, creamy, crunchy and fresh, all in one bite.

 

 

Get the full recipe for Smoked Trout Chips here, or watch our how-to video here.

 

 

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Thirsty Thursday: What’s the Deal with Sweet Tea?

Written on March 13, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

In our brand new April issue, we explore the Southern side of brunch, including a fabulous recipe for Sweet Tea Punch. But what makes Southern sweet tea different from regular iced tea? Only the way you order it. Traditionally in the north, if you were to order iced tea, it would come unsweetened. However, most southerners are drinking their tea sweet, and must specifically ask for unsweet tea if that’s how they prefer it. No matter your tea choice, there are plenty of twists and takes that will brighten your day, any time of year.

 

 

Try this recipe for Sweet Tea Punch at your next brunch or get-together, plus get our best sweet tea tips:

 

Sweet Tea Punch

9 black tea bags

3/4 cup honey

1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

1 large bunch fresh mint

2 pints blood orange or regular orange sorbet

1 – 2 cups American whiskey, such as bourbon or rye

Soda water

3 limes, sliced into rounds

 

In a large bowl, combine the tea bags, honey and sugar with 6 cups boiling water and stir until the honey and sugar dissolve. Let steep for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add half the mint. Let cool completely at room temperature. Strain; discard the mint. Chill until cold, about 3 hours.

Add one scoop sorbet to each of 8 pint glasses. Top with 2 to 4 tbsp. whiskey and a few torn mint leaves. Divide the tea among the glasses, then top with a splash of soda water. Garnish each glass with a lime slice. Serve with a straw or a long spoon. Makes 8.

 

Tip: Classic Southern sweet tea is made with white sugar, but the combination of honey and brown sugar gives this version a richer flavor. Spike the punch with as mush whiskey as you’d like.

 

Tip: The tastiest way to make iced tea is to brew it with hot water–a steamy soak extracts more flavor. But it can also make your drink murky if the tea cools too quickly. For the best results–minimal clouds and maximum flavor–let the prepared tea come completely to room temperature before sticking it in the fridge.

 

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#RRWhatchaCookin #saucy challenge winner: @homemadedelish

Written on March 12, 2014 at 10:25 am , by

Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.

 

 

Instagram user and blogger, @homemadedelish, certainly knows how to get #saucy! We could definitely go for her Stuffed Blue Cheese Burger with Buffalo Sauce right about now, oozing with spicy, creamy goodness. We love a good Buffalo dish, and this burger version certainly takes the cake! Check out more of her delicious recipes on her blog here.

 

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE:  We love a hearty knife-and-fork meal, but now we want to see your best #fingerfoods! So whether you’re whipping up a batch of cupcakes or assembling sliders for friends, show us your finger lickin’, bite-sized treats. Remember to tag your photos with both #RRWhatchaCookin and #fingerfoods for a chance to be featured on our blog!

 
 

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