How To Make Peanut Butter Scotcheroos — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Have you ever had a scotcheroo? Where I grew up in Minnesota, no backyard cookout, birthday party, or post-Little League pizza dinner was complete without a plate piled high with these squares. Imagine if Rice Krispies treats had a run-in with a jar of peanut butter and then got doused in a melted medley of chocolate and butterscotch chips. An improbable combination? Perhaps. Insanely good? You betcha.

If you didn't grow up with these, you must — I repeat, must — try them this summer. Making a batch big enough to feed the whole neighborhood takes just a few pantry ingredients and about 15 minutes, so no excuses. Here's what to do.


How Peaches Are Packed for Shipping — Grower Tour

Who: Lane Southern Orchards
What: Georgia peaches
Where: Fort Valley, GA

Gleaming white rocking chairs lined up across a wide porch send a welcoming signal to visitors of Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley, Georgia. And there are a lot of them; Lane hosted more than 350,000 people last year. They come for the farm-fresh peaches – and the variety of incredible edibles made using them – and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 100-year-old company’s operations.


What’s the Right Amount of Meat to Serve per Person? — Tips from The Kitchn

Planning a whole dinner party can sometimes feel like a giant logic puzzle: If we serve this dessert, then we'll do that appetizer, but if that person comes, then we won't serve that, and on and on! Deciding how much meat to buy per person is all part of the game. How do you figure it out?

Whether you're cooking for four people or 40 people, there's an easy way to solve this math puzzle.


Does This Surprising Technique Keep Strawberries Fresher for Longer? — Putting Tips to the Test in the Kitchen

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We've talked about the best ways to store strawberries, and tips for making them last as long as possible, but what if there was an even better way?

I came across a surprising tip from food scientist Harold McGee, with a technique I never would have guessed, and I had to put it to the test. Here are the results.


The Tell-Tale Signs You’re Having a Grown-Up Party — The Hospitable Host

It came out of nowhere, really. Was it the sound of clinking glasses, or the flicker of candlelight in the living room? Maybe it was the tablecloth, or the cheese plate. (Yes, now that you think about it, it was most definitely the cheese plate.) You weren't expecting it to happen so suddenly, but now you can't fight this feeling anymore: Are you actually having a grown-up party?

If you've ever found yourself feeling unexpectedly adult-ish at one of your own parties, but you're not sure if those feelings are real, here are five tell-tale signs that, yes, you're having a party for grownups (and there's no turning back now).


Recipe: Red Pepper Relish — Recipes from The Kitchn

No time to pick a peck of pickled peppers? Stir up a batch of quick stovetop relish for a fancy little cookout condiment. It goes just as well with virtuous grilled fish, charred eggplant, or sizzling squash as it does with brats, burgers, and dogs.


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