Recipe: Spinach and Blue Cheese Burger — Recipes from The Kitchn

When we hear the word “cheeseburger,” a juicy beef patty with melty American or Cheddar cheese typically comes to mind. But with the incredible variety of cheeses available at the supermarket, why limit ourselves to the classics? This smart recipe takes advantage of Roquefort, a sheep’s milk cheese from the south of France — and the results are mouthwatering.

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9 Decorating Ideas to Steal from Joanna Gaines — Decorating Tips

We’ve heard a lot of haters complain that Joanna Gaines (the decorator half of Fixer Upper, HGTV’s hit home renovation show based in Waco, Texas) makes every kitchen look the same. While she does have a very specific farmhouse style — with lots of white, shiplap, and oversized clocks — she also has plenty of range and great ideas.

Don’t believe us? Just check out these final projects and all the great ideas.

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corn fritters

We used to fritter on the regular. The earlier archives of this site are filled with favorites that got us through many snacky toddler meals and excesses of vegetables: broccoli-parmesan, zucchini, cauliflower-feta, cabbage and mixed vegetables with an okonomiyaki vibe, mixed vegetables with a pakora-spiced vibe, and of course, potato latkes in every shape and form. According to the date stamps, it’s been over 5 years since we last frittered, and this is unacceptable, especially as we are again deep in the toddler years.

three cobs for a half-recipe
cut the kernels off, scrape the cob

To me, the best fritters are mostly vegetable with just the smallest amount of egg and flour needed to bind them together. You should taste vegetable, not cake-y pancake-ness. They should be simple; ideally one-bowl. This is quick food you throw together. You shouldn’t have to think too hard, or even follow a recipe much after the first or second time. Applying this to corn was easier than I thought. The results are crispy and toasty and were mostly snatched off the table before we even started dinner because they smelled so good.

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Match the Instant Pot Recipe with the “Jurassic World” Dinosaur That Would Eat It — Summer Blockbusters

Things aren’t going so great for the heroes of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Not only have terrifying new breeds of dinosaurs taken over Isla Nublar, but all of the creatures must be removed from the island, thanks to a massive volcano that’s about to erupt. Add to this some bad guys threatening the entire planet, and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have their work cut out for them. (And, hopefully, workers’ comp.)

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How IKEA’s Plastic Bags Stand Up to Name-Brand Ones — Shopping

Is there anything IKEA doesn’t make? From sleek kitchen utensils to bakeware, the furniture superstore has so much more than, well, furniture. I’ve known this for years and never get too surprised when I see new stuff from IKEA. (Excited, yes, but never shocked. It’s more like: Oh, of course IKEA makes whole-grain rice packets!)

And yet I was surprised last year, when I realized that IKEA offers plastic sandwich and freezer bags. What’s next? Olive oil and aluminum foil? But were these baggies any good? I bought a bunch and tested them out.

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Recipe: Strawberries & Cream French Toast Casserole — Recipes from The Kitchn

This casserole is filled with everything you love about the classic, custard-soaked French toast from the stovetop, but goes big to feed a crowd and comes with a sweet, summery twist. It gets a double dose of berries, with bursts of warm strawberry jam in the center and glossy macerated berries on top, and melty nuggets of cream cheese scattered throughout.

It’s sweet and well-balanced, standing firmly in breakfast territory, but should you want to top it with fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and present it as dessert, I guarantee no one at the table will object.

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Recipe: Easy Green Olive Pasta — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you sauté green olives and garlic in butter, the results are magical. The olives warm and soften, and the garlic infuses the fat with its rich fragrance, creating an easy, flavorful pasta sauce that rivals any restaurant dish. A splash of lemon juice adds acidity for balance, and each portion is finished with freshly ground pepper and generous shavings of Parmesan.

It’s the kind of dinner that feels like a treat to eat, and yet it pretty much came straight from your pantry. That’s a serious win in my book.

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Recipe: Brûléed Ricotta — Recipes from The Kitchn

Give creamy, rich ricotta the crême brûlée treatment and you’ve got the fastest, fanciest dessert for all your summertime entertaining needs. This is a four-ingredient situation that comes together in minutes. It requires so little of you that you’ll wonder what you did to deserve such goodness.

Mix ricotta with honey and lemon zest, pile it into ramekins, sprinkle each with sugar, and broil until golden and bubbling. You just created a versatile treat that’s as fit for Saturday night with friends as it is a Monday evening out on the porch.

Sweet and seasonal fresh raspberries add color and juiciness, but just about any summer fruit will do. Consider adapting the recipe as you work your way through all the fresh fruit that will hit the farmers market in the months ahead. Pitted and halved cherries, chopped peaches, and every kind of berry would be just as good here.

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