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Summer Bounty from CSAs and Farmers Markets

To get the freshest in-season produce, you can hardly go wrong at your local farmers market or by signing up for a weekly share through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Both are great ways to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer who grows it. Farmers markets and CSAs have exploded in numbers the past few years as people want to learn more about how and where their food is grown.

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Pickle It

I went overboard at the farmer’s market.  It happens every time, I try to make a list but then I get there and the cherry heirloom tomatoes are just sitting there waiting for a home, and the purple cauliflower looks lonely so I have to take that too.

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8 Steps to Homemade Freezer Jam

I love summer. I love the long, warm days and the fresh fruit that is abundantly available. I grew up on a farm, and we had a wealth of fruit in our backyard—strawberries, raspberries, cherries and an apple orchard. One of my fondest memories is of making jam with my mom. We would go out in the early morning hours and pick the fruit and then make jam. She often made fresh bread to go with the jam. What a treat!

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Road Trip Food Ideas: Tips For Take Along Food

Whether you plan to travel by car, plane, train or bus, taking along your own meals or snacks makes traveling go more smoothly. This is especially true when you are traveling with children.

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BYO Ice Cream Sundae Social

Ah, summer. The days are long, and the nights can be even longer on weekends. But when you want to hang out with neighbors and friends, chances are you can’t please everyone with the go-to summer dessert of s’mores or root beer floats. Gasp…what?! Believe it or not, I know people who aren’t too fond of either. So…I tried something different at my last get-together.

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Master the Art of Grilling

Do you envy the current Grill Master in your household? Do you wish you could slip into that coveted spot in the yard where you don’t go to people, but people come to you? Why do people come to you? Because you are in charge of the goods on the grates! You need to watch that grill with an eagle eye to turn, baste and reposition the Pinterest-able portions at the tip of your tongs.

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All About Asparagus

The first tender bright green spears of asparagus serve as a welcome sign of spring. Although it’s available year-round, the freshest asparagus can be found from April through June. Asparagus has a delicious taste, is a good source of vitamin A, and is low in calories and sodium.

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Asparagus Galette

A galette is simply a very rustic, free-form pie. It can be either sweet or savory. We’ve created the most delicious savory version that’s perfect for brunch or spring dinner.
 

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Artichoke Spinach Quesadillas: Appetizer in Dinner Form

Appetizers. I have a special place for them in my heart. Cheese curds (it’s a Midwestern thing), onion rings, bruschetta…I could go on and on. But let’s not forget about Spinach Artichoke Dip.

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Four Citrus Mini Bundt® Cakes

I have a secret addiction. Okay, maybe not so secret. I cannot get enough citrus fruits. Honestly, I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still want more.

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The Best Part of a Pie

It could be argued that a crumb crust is better than the actual pie filling. While I’m partial to a classic graham cracker crust, there are many other equally tempting crust options.

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Fish 101

One of my biggest regrets in childhood was that I did not like to eat fish. It really makes no sense. I grew up in a family that loved to fish, so there was ample supply of walleye, crappies, sunfish and northern with the occasional salmon or trout from Lake Superior. I also love to fish and, through practice, I have mastered the skill of cleaning them. To top it off, I’ve always loved to cook fish. During a meal, I would serve up batch after batch of perfectly pan-fried fish (in butter, of course) so it had a crisp cracker coating and delicately flaky interior.

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A Vegetable for Dessert

Cupcakes make people happy. With no actual vegetables in sight, these Carrot Patch Cupcakes are a fun, simple way to celebrate spring and guarantee smiles!

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for Brunch at Home

At our house, breakfast isn’t usually a huge deal. We do enjoy brunch on special occasions, though. And on those special occasions, we have a favorite brunch spot in the Twin Cities. Without fail, I order the same thing every time we go: Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes. I love them, but with a 9-month-old who does not like to sit still, restaurants aren’t exactly doable anymore. So I figured for a fun Sunday morning, I could try making them at home!

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Shaved Asparagus and Prosciutto Pizza

Just admit it. If you have kids, sometimes you just want to eat something a little more sophisticated for dinner. You can probably remember those “20-something” days when you could wear form-fitting, tailored clothes, rock a pair of heels, wear dangly jewelry, and carry a really small, trendy purse. You would meet your girlfriends at a cute little bistro, score the last seat at the cool pub table, and eat a slice of pizza with an amazing combination of artisan cheeses, seasonal vegetables and fancy-sounding meat toppings. Life is a little different for that “20-something” me now. Still good, just a bit more complicated.

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Raspberry Mint Roulade – Spring is Here!

I don’t know about you, but I feel as though the past winter lasted an entire year, if not longer. I’ve never really been a winter person (even though I was born and raised in the Midwest), but this year seemed especially harsh. With snow storm after snow storm, we didn’t get much of a break. And that’s why I’m so glad spring is finally here!

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Skip the Bakery and Make Your Own Apricot Ginger Bread

Yeast breads. What is it about them that can seem so intimidating? Is it the time? The ingredients? The method? Who knows. In reality, they are quite simple. I grew up with an aunt who would bring beautiful breads to every family gathering, and I always thought they were so fancy. I’ve learned you just need the time and patience.

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What in the World Can You Dip in Chocolate?

Chocolate’s complex flavor brings out the sweetness and tanginess of fruit, mellows the heat of peppers, and comes alive when introduced to a little bit of salt. The real question should be, “What can’t you dip in chocolate?”

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Sharable Instagram Cookie Photos

‘Tis the season for cookies, and, most importantly, sharing. While sharing can take many forms, many people tend to share via social media. My Instagram feed right now is full of cookies, candies and Christmas galore. So, how do you share that perfect photo of your baking masterpieces?

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A Note from the Test Kitchens – Simply Sharing 2015

Every year, the Test Kitchen creates new holiday recipes for home bakers to make and enjoy throughout the holiday season. The themes have ranged from bite-sized treats to 25 years of baking to wrapping up the holidays. When we sat down as a team to brainstorm what we wanted our theme to be this year, Christmas cookies seemed to be the most obvious, and tasty, choice.

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S’more Star Cookies – A Tidy Treat and Impressive Option for Any Holiday

Am I alone in my love-hate relationship with summertime s’mores? Don’t get me wrong, they are amazing. However, my consumption bliss is short-lived as I try to corral 30 sticky fingers covered in s’more fall-outs before they touch the dog, play in the sandbox, or use my shirt as a napkin.

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Christmas Tree Slice & Bake Cookies

I know you’ve all seen the ready-to-bake sugar cookies in the refrigerated aisle in festive shapes like hearts, bunnies, pumpkins, and turkeys. When winter rolls around, you’ll find sugar cookie trees filling the shelves at the store. Though these cookies might seem completely impossible to make from scratch, we’ve found a way to create your own sugar cookie Christmas trees – complete with ornaments and a star on top!

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The Royal Icing Technique You Need To Know This Holiday Season

If you’ve ever spent hours sitting hunched over a table, hands cramped from squeezing a piping bag, with a pile of paper towels and toothpicks that are now permanently stuck together, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that royal icing is not my best friend.

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Powdered Sugar Snowmen Cookies – Fun for Everyone!

This year, my grandson Clark is 3 years old, so I wanted to make some cookies that he would love to eat and would find to be fun, too. These adorable Powdered Sugar Snowmen Cookies are just the ticket.

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Cranberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

One of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal is my husband’s homemade cranberry sauce. It’s a tart and sweet sauce, with hints of orange zest and brown sugar. I always have him make twice the amount needed because I love having leftovers. This year, I decided that rather than serving it alongside leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, I was going to try something new. We still have guests lingering the day after Thanksgiving, so what better way to ease the turkey “hangover” than with homemade sweet rolls for breakfast?

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Butter Mint Cut-Out Candy Cookies

"...while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads." I don't know about you, but I tend to replace sugarplums with candies and cookies.

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Raspberry Almond Shortbread Bars

Hello, December! It’s nice to see you…I think. How is it December already?! I love December, so I am excited, but I am nervous, too!

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Your Thanksgiving Countdown Guide

Whether you’re serving your first Thanksgiving dinner or you’ve served Thanksgiving dinner every year for many years, putting together a timetable and plan is really important. Planning ahead, beginning at least three weeks in advance, can help you have a successful, stress-free Thanksgiving celebration.

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Classy Crostini for Girls’ Night

I’m thankful I have a fun group of girlfriends who I can call and say, “It’s time for a girls’ night!” Calls go out and we’re instantly planning a mini-party. For our most recent girl’s night, I wanted to make something to share that was a little bit more than the usual chips and dip for my friends. We’re all too accustomed to getting leftover fish crackers and half-eaten chicken nuggets left on plates. It’s time to do something that is just a little classier for my friends. Balsamic Glazed Onion Crostini sounded like just the right thing!

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Leftovers: A Chance to Consume Creativity

‘Tis the season of leftovers. With so many parties to go to and so much food to be served, it is inevitable that there will be extras to nibble on through the week. But what do you do if you don’t want the same -meal for the next five days?

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Quinoa with Buttery Roasted Vegetables

I know this is clichéd and predictable and obvious and all that, but I’m going to say it anyway: I love quinoa.

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

I have a thing for cupcakes. (Maybe because they are small?) And I particularly love these cupcakes because they’re made with salted caramel, which means caramel and butter are involved.

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The New Way of Baking: Part 3

The results are finally in on this three-part journey to find the best flour alternative. I am happy to report that we have found a winner within the alternative flour category! But, before we dive into the results, it is important to understand the difference between a single alternative flour and an alternative flour blend.

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Scarecrow Treats

I am currently in a stage of life I like to call “Holiday Limbo”. For a child, holidays are magical times with lots of food, music, decorations, and family gatherings. The magic fades a bit until you have a family; you get to live the excitement of the holidays all over again through the eyes of your children.

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Prep your Halloween Party Food Days in Advance and Have More Time to Enjoy the Festivities!

Is the preparation for your Halloween bash more frightening to you than the ghosts and goblins knocking at your door? Do you have big plans for a creative, kooky, gross and ghoulish night of haunts and howls, but are seriously short on time between work, school, and extracurricular activities?

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White Chicken Chili…The Perfect Soup for Fall Nights

Once the temperature drops a few degrees, I’m in full-on fall foods mode. Pumpkin bars, apple crisp, cranberry bread…you name it, I’m making it. However, most of it revolves around sweets. Why doesn’t dinner get a fair chance?

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Chicken ’N Biscuit Casserole

My best loved cookbooks are full of scraps of paper marking the location of favorite recipes. And in the margins alongside those recipes are the date I first made it, my thoughts on how it turned out, and all the future tweaks that inevitably happen if I make a recipe more than once.

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Fluffy Whipped Pumpkin Pie Spiced Butter

I regularly use a tablespoon of butter here, a quarter cup of butter there, adding it to various dishes, both sweet and savory. But when I want to give my family and friends something extra special at the dinner table, I’m not bashful about bringing on the butter, no holding back.

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

We’ve made it to the season of all things pumpkin! In my mind, the start of pumpkin season is the kickoff for the holidays. It’s when it starts to get cold outside, we start baking delicious things with warm spices, and we start drinking hot chocolate and mulled cider.

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Breaking Up With Summer for the Clichéd Comforts of Fall

Ahhh, chili. You can make a boat-load in almost no time at all. It is a dish that is perfect for a crowd of football fans. Best of all, with endless ingredient possibilities, it is easy to personalize chili for the type of guests you will be serving.

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I love baking pies and cakes with apples, but there are so many types to choose from in the grocery store now. Which apples are best for baking?

The array of apples in stores and markets these days is dizzying, isn’t it? I certainly remember the days when the produce section offered Red Delicious and not much else, and I love the new variety we now get every fall.

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5 Tips For The Perfect Apple Pie

It’s September, and fall is upon us. What screams “Fall” more than making your own apple pie? While an apple pie is fairly simple to make, we have put together 5 tips that will make your pie baking a success.

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French Custard Butter Cake

Dessert. Brunch. Sweet snack. Coffee. This wonderfully delicious cake…no, pie…no, tart…no, cookie?? Hmm… I think it’s best described as a filled cake that can be enjoyed at any time of day. It’s just subtly sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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Zesty Baked Hash Browns

Hash browns are one of my favorite go-to breakfast items in the fall. I never think to make them when the weather is warm, yet the moment it starts to cool down, even a few degrees, I start stocking up on shredded freezer potatoes.

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New Way of Baking: Part 2

My journey to find the best alternative flour continues! This week, I have decided to experiment with sprouted wheat flour and kamut Flour. Although these nutrient dense varieties are new to the market, they have not been scientifically proven as “healthier.”

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I’m pretty new to baking, but I want to learn. I’ve noticed some recipes call for baking soda, some for baking powder, and some for both. Are baking soda and baking powder the same thing? Can I use one instead of the other?

Your question is a very common one. Lots of people wonder about the difference between baking powder and baking soda, and lots of people get them mixed up when they’re baking — with some decidedly disappointing results...

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

One of the questions I often get from friends and family when they find out I work for Land O’Lakes is, “Do you have a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies?” I always default to the standard response of, “We have quite a few on our website- and they’re all great!” Which is definitely true. So, why is the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie especially wonderful? We basically refined the classic chocolate chip cookie to make it ultimate.

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Caramel Cake

Caramel and cake. The subtle sweetness of the pound cake combined with the browned butter and toasty sugar flavor in the caramel sauce icing creates a dessert well worth the time to make it.

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Celebrating Back-to-School with a New (School) Year’s Resolution

One thing I have learned about the back-to-school season is that if you have little ones like I do, the first few weeks can start off a bit…rocky. Emotions are high with excitement and exhaustion as we settle into the new routine. That is why it is helpful to be prepared with an arsenal of ideas for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.

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New Way of Baking

Hello! My name is Rachel, and I am the Test Kitchen Intern for Land O’Lakes this summer. I am currently, although I cannot believe it, a senior at Iowa State University majoring in Culinary Science. I was thrilled to be an intern for this wonderful company, and even more thrilled with my internship project!

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Embracing Breakfast for Dinner

We’re in the throes of the terrible two’s in our household. Everyone warned me about this when he was little, and of course I thought, “Oh, my child will NEVER be like THAT….” Fast forward a year or so, and here we are. Temper tantrums are pretty common, and usually right before dinnertime.

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I love to spend time doing something hands-on with my kids after school, but I’m not really into crafts. Do you have some kid-friendly cooking projects we could try?

That’s a great idea, Rene. The kitchen is a great place to connect with kids. I remember having some important heart-to-heart talks with my boys while we were in the kitchen together, with our sleeves rolled up and our aprons on.

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Pantry Staples Homemade

Even though it seems like summer may have just started, let’s face it – school is just around the corner. Even if you don’t want to think about it (or, let’s be honest here, are secretly excited to have the kids back in school), it helps to plan ahead.

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Blueberry Lemon Cake: Perfect for a Birthday

Today marks a quarter of a century for me on this beautiful planet. Twenty-five years of learning, exploring, and stuffing my face with delicious eats. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to spend a relaxing day in the kitchen.

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Summertime Taco Transformation – Skip the Shells and Buy the Buns!

What’s not to like about tacos?! The seasonings and spices are so popular that the simple, yet delectable, taco has influenced a multitude of dishes from casseroles (Mexican Casserole Dinner) to calzones (Taco Calzone). With summertime upon us, I find the tastiest new take on a taco can be grilled right in my back yard. I’m talking about Taco Burgers!

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Cauliflower -- The New and Improved Kale

Raise your hand if aren’t a big fan of kale! (My hand is in the air if anyone was curious.) Kale is one of those vegetables I just couldn’t get behind even when it seemed to be on every restaurant menu, appearing in side dishes, appetizers, main entrees, salads, smoothies…I’d go on, but I think you all understand. So, I was delighted when I heard that kale is “out” and cauliflower is “in!”

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I know it’s important to use the right size pan for baking and cooking, but does it really matter what material the pan is made out of? Is it better to use glass or metal?

Paying close attention to the size of the pans specified in recipe is so important. It can have a big effect on the cooking time and texture of some recipes.

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American Flag Surprise Cake

Sometimes we develop a recipe that we absolutely know needs a step-by-step blog so that you have success in your own kitchen. Creative recipes can be the most complicated to write, and a picture is worth a thousand words.

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American Berry Pie

Sometimes when we’re developing a recipe in the Test Kitchen, we know from the get-go that the recipe we’re working on is going to be a team favorite. This American Berry Pie was definitely one of those recipes! After we held our tasting panel, we were all talking about how it would be the perfect recipe to serve at our 4th of July parties.

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Celebrating Dad on Father's Day

Aww….Dad. The guy who cracks the worst jokes when you’re having a hard day, and still makes you smile. And whether it’s his signature club sandwich stacked high with cheese, bacon and turkey, or his perfectly melty cheeseburgers on the grill, everything tastes better just because HE made them.

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Muffuletta: The Big Easy

Our New Orleans Muffuletta recipe is inspired by the flavors of The French Quarter. This monster sandwich really should be nicknamed The Big Easy. It only takes 20 minutes to make, packs some major flavor, and can easily feed eight people!

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Tres Leches Cake With Berries – Ultra Moist, Ultra Delicious

Tres leches cake is a cake soaked with three kinds of milk – typically sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. The cake is often associated with Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Although often Mexico gets credit for its origin, the idea likely came from Medieval Europe, where similar cakes such as trifles, rum cake and tiramisu use a similar method of “soaking” cake in some kind of liquid.

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Summertime Drink in Cupcake Form – Who Wouldn’t Love Pina Colada Cupcakes?

Summer is here! Warmer weather means spending more time outside, and I just absolutely love enjoying a nice, cool drink on the patio while my husband is grilling up delicious eats. One of my favorites? Pina Coladas. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic, either way, they’re delicious. So when I was tasked with developing a cupcake recipe for the summertime, I immediately thought of a Pina Colada. Put it in a cupcake form, and what’s not to love?

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I have started to see butter in the grocery store that’s labeled “European.” What does that mean and how can I use it?

I think a lot of people have started to wonder the same thing, Gloria. I’ve also noticed the growing popularity of these kinds of butters.

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An Excuse for Fried Pickles

Let’s talk about fried pickles. The deep fried, crunchy, salty/sour combination has become one of my favorite appetizers. But since it is frowned upon to eat them as a meal, aside from the smell and mess of deep-frying foods, we’ve create the “Fried” Pickle Cheeseburger. It’s the same crunchy, salty, sour combo we all love, but the chips are baked and then placed on top of a juicy cheeseburger!

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Celebrate World Baking Day

May 17th is World Baking Day, something we want everyone to celebrate. Here are eleven recipes inspired from cuisines around the world - make one or all eleven!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Chunky Bread

This Cinnamon Sugar Chunky Bread is perfect for brunch because I can make the dough the night before, and then assemble the recipe before going out to the barn for morning chores. It’s ready to bake when I come back in and, a half-hour later, I’ve got a brunch centerpiece that my family absolutely loves. Plus, I always have all of the ingredients on hand; we buy Land O'Lakes® Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread by the case.

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Strawberry Mini-Muffins with Strawberry Butter Spread

For breakfast, I love muffins of any kind (well, except for muffins containing bananas…but that’s my issue, not yours!) and I have a particular affinity for mini-muffins, because you can pop as many as you want in your mouth and actually come away from it convinced that you haven’t eaten very much! (It’s scary the way my mind works sometimes. Ha!)

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10 Baking and Cooking Tips From Mom

It’s almost Mother’s Day, and the Test Kitchen staff has put together a list of tips they have learned from their mothers, grandmothers or special women in their life. Here are a few quick tips or tricks that might help you in the kitchen, too!

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French Toast Sticks with Maple Butter Dipping Sauce

When it came time to change up the French toast, I thought of making it into sticks with a super dippable sauce made with Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil. It’s so simple. I have a theory that your kids will LOVE this! In fact, adults will love it, too!

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Blistered Teriyaki-Ginger Green Beans

Charred perfectly with both sweet and salty flavors, these Blistered Teriyaki-Ginger Green Beans will quickly disappear from your dinner table!

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Poppy Seed Muffins with Raspberry Butter

If I had to pick my favorite muffin ever, it would be a tie between blueberry and lemon poppy seed. (Although, if the poppy seed muffin has this raspberry butter on its side, the poppy seed muffin would definitely win).

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Cinnamon Sugar Buttermilk Waffles with Cinnamon Peanut Butter Maple Drizzle

Over the past couple of months, we've gone from a pancake family to a waffle family. (It would probably sound more impressive to say we've gone from a 5K family to a marathon family, but...we'd rather eat waffles than run.)

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Almond Crusted Baked Halibut Fillets with Basil Butter

Our easy 5-Ingredient Almond Crusted Baked Halibut with Basil Butter will wow your friends and family at the dinner table this season! Moist, buttery halibut with a crisp top and herby punch.

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Garlic Bread Avocado Toasts

Garlic Bread Avocado Toasts — buttery garlic bread with mashed avocado. This simple garlic bread is amazing!

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Lemon Coconut Bread

Have you noticed a lot of coconut around lately? I have. In my favorite blogs and magazines, all over social media, and certainly here in the Test Kitchen, I’m seeing the food world do all sorts of delicious things with coconut.

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Show off your mom’s best recipe for a chance to win!

Whose mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies? Mine, of course. (And you’d probably say the same.)

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I’m hosting a graduation party for my son at a local park. We expect friends and family to drop by all afternoon long. How can I be sure I keep my party food safe?

Thanks for your question, Kristina. You are definitely right to be concerned. The key words to keep in mind are clean and cool.

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The Best Brunch in Town

Some people say their weakness is chocolate. Others say potato chips. My weakness is brunch. The sweet and savory combinations of brunch food are irresistible. I have spent many hours in search of the best brunch in town, and I am being totally honest when I say I found it in my own kitchen.

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10 Ways to Use Leftover Easter Ham

I love holidays. I love the quality time spent with family and, of course, the food. Our family gatherings always revolve around the food. Although we eat our fair share, we’re usually left with quite a bit of leftover ham after the celebrations. A slab of ham on a buttered roll is my go-to sandwich the day after Easter, but after a few of the same sandwiches, I’m ready to explore different recipes.

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Wow them with Daisy Bread for Brunch

If you’re looking for a recipe to make for a springtime brunch, look no further. I’ve recently taken to making yeast breads because(in my humble opinion) not much beats homemade bread. It smells absolutely amazing while baking, tastes like I spent hours making it (which isn’t true), and I know every single ingredient that went into it. Plus, this recipe for Glazed Lemon Daisy Bread is as visually stunning as it is delicious!

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Brunch Made Easy: Make Ahead Poached Eggs

Eggs Benedict, like this Cheesy Eggs Benedict, is the quintessential brunch dish, but it sure can be challenging to serve to a crowd with so many last-minute elements – toasting English muffins, poaching eggs and making hollandaise sauce. Of course, it can be made easier by toasting all the muffins on a sheet in the oven, and by poaching your eggs the day before your brunch.

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Flower Dinner Rolls

As a child, I often watched my mother and grandmother bake. I watched their palms sink into the dough, push it away from them, then deftly flip it over.

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Brown Butter Pasta with Asparagus and Bacon

I’m so excited to be partnering with Land O’Lakes for the third year in a row, as a Kitchen Conversations panelist. And I’m even more excited to share with you their annual Pin a Meal. Give a Meal. program. Pin this recipe or other Land O’Lakes recipes from here and for each pin, Land O’Lakes will donate 10 meals to Feeding America® . Their goal is to donate 3.5 million meals this year!

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White Chocolate Truffle Citrus “Chick” Cookies

Adorable edible chicks for spring celebrations! Our White Chocolate Truffle Citrus “Chick” Cookies are moist and zingy with a white chocolate truffle chick sitting on top.

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Leek Gratin

Potatoes get all the fame and glory when it comes to gratins, but I think leeks are the ultimate star ingredient for this classic dish

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Make-Ahead Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon and Chives

These Make-Ahead Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon and Chives will be the star of your next brunch gathering!

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Sugar Cookie Bars with Strawberry Glaze and Sugared Flowers

These thick, soft, lemony sugar cookie bars are topped with a generous layer of strawberry glaze and decorated with sugared flowers. I mean, do they look like spring, or what?

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Spring Panzanella Salad

When I eat a salad, I want a salad with substance. I don’t want a wimpy salad with just greens—I like to pack my salads full of goodies! My current favorite is this Spring Panzanella Salad. It has lots of spring green veggies and buttery herbed croutons. A salad with carbs? Yes, please!

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Chicken Broccolini with Mustard Cream Sauce

Oh, boy…is this ever good! I’ve made breaded chicken breasts stuffed with all sorts of delicious ingredients through the years: mushrooms, ham, cheese, spinach, and other various things. But this one, stuffed with delicious broccolini and topped with a creamy mustard-and-brandy sauce, is definitely my current favorite! So much flavor going on, and it can be elegant enough for company or casual enough for just a weeknight meal.

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Guaranteed Smiles

I have one kid who wants to eat only pasta and potatoes, one kid who wants to eat only meat, one kid who eats everything, and a hard-working husband who just wants something to eat. Finding meals that please everyone, while still meeting my nutrition goals, can be challenging. So when I find those meals that make everyone smile, it’s kind of like winning the lottery – and sometimes the odds really do feel like one in a million.

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Leprechauns Love Mint…I Think?!

Mint isn’t a traditional Irish flavor, but the color of the green mint mousse in this tart lends itself so well to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, I had to tie them together somehow! The Mint White Chocolate Tart takes a little bit of effort to make with its multiple steps, but the end result is fluffy, subtly sweet and has a perfect hint of mint.

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I love the smell, flavor and texture of fresh bread, but my bakery addiction is breaking the bank. Can I make the bread I love at home in my own oven?

I have good news for you, Noah: You don’t need to go to your favorite bakery — well, not every day — to enjoy the bread you love. You can create that same experience in your own kitchen.

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Tips for Making Marvelous Muffins

Muffins…sweet ones are great for breakfast or brunch, and savory ones are perfect partners with a salad, soup or stew . The muffins at the coffee shop look so good, but you can make a dozen at home for about the price of one in a coffee shop or bakery.

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And the award goes to...

‘Tis the season for awards shows! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love watching award shows. I don’t know what it is – the uncertainty of who is going to take home the award, the fashion, or the performances during the show - but I love every second.

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The Great Brownie Debate: What's Your Favorite?

To me, nothing says “I love chocolate” better than brownies. Yet, ask a few chocolate lovers what their favorite brownie recipe is, and you will probably get an assortment of different responses. That’s because brownies come in so many different varieties and flavors, it would be tough to lump them all into the same category. Frosted or unfrosted? Plain or with nuts? Double or triple chocolate? Cream cheese? Mint? Peanut butter? Raspberry? The possibilities are endless.

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A Decadent Dessert for Sweethearts

Since I enjoy baking (who would have guessed that?!), I decided that whether we are going out on Valentine’s Day or having dinner in our pajamas on the couch, dessert would be at home.

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The Test Kitchen creates the Land O'Lakes recipes you trust. Take a look behind the scenes to learn how they do it.

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Get inspired by our favorite bloggers as they invite you in their kitchen to dish on recipes and feeding those they love.

Ree Drumond Special Guest

• Ree Drummond •

As a busy mom who writes about food, family and living on her ranch in Oklahoma, the kitchen is Ree's frontier.

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Sadie Special Guest

• Sadie •

Sadie is a creative cook who looks for culinary inspiration everywhere. Her family's small dairy farm in Minnesota has been a part of the Land O'Lakes cooperative since 2005.

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