Recipe Roulette: What End-of-Summer Dessert Should I Make? — Videos from Kitchn

After the multiple heat waves and beach days, summer vacation is certainly coming to a close. Before you know it, fall will be rearing its head around the corner. Don’t you think you should end things on a sweet note? You owe your taste buds that much after enduring these scorching temperatures.

Play our Recipe Roulette and let the universe decide what dessert you should make. Just hit pause whenever you like and your delightful dessert will be chosen for you. The recipes are listed below. We’re savoring summer, one bite at a time.



5 Simple Tips for Small-Batch Baking — Go it Alone

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Baking a single cupcake or brownie for yourself is like your own personal bake-off. Solo baking may seem like an unworthy challenge at first, but once you taste the sweet rewards (that you don’t have to share with anyone else), you’ll want to bake for yourself regularly. Here are five simple tips for tiny-batch baking.


10 Ideas to Steal from Giada de Laurentiis’ Italian Kitchen — Giada in Italy

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Last year, Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis spent an entire month cooking her way through the Amalfi Coast for her first season of Giada in Italy. Now she’s back with more real Italian recipes, this time from Florence and the surrounding region of Tuscany.

Of course we’re always interested in Giada’s recipes — they’re easy to make and they deliver on flavor — but we also have our eye on her kitchen. Overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the kitchen was built from scratch in just three days, and Giada herself had a hand in the decorating.

Here’s a sneak peek at her Italian kitchen and some ideas to steal. And don’t forget to tune in today for the premiere of the new season of Giada in Italy.


A Modern Snack Manifesto (with 5 Smart Recipes for Better Snacking) — Snacks with a Purpose

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Snacking doesn’t have to mean raiding the chip stash in the office kitchen or making a beeline for the vending machine, or even pulling a cheese stick or piece of fruit from the fridge. Those aforementioned options are not bad choices — we’ve simply taken a different, more modern view on snacking; one that embraces a love for whole-food snacking, puts effort into planning and prep, adds playful twists to classic favorites, and leans on fast, functional foods.

Ready to take on better snacking? Get started with these five smart snack recipes.


Our Love Affair with Picnics — The Moveable Feast — Food and Ritual

(Image credit: [Stone] Tanglewood picnickers circa 1947. Photo by Erika Stone.)

For the first six months of her life, my daughter lived entirely on picnics. A mother’s moveable feast — packed not in a basket, but a nursing bra — taught her that eating was a pleasure to be had wherever you might find yourself. Then at the six-month solid-food milestone, mealtimes suddenly became lessons in modern civility: silverware, linen (aka bibs), and being confined to a chair rather than reclining as if at a Roman banquet.