Summer Cooking Projects for Kids  

by in Family, July 27th, 2015

Now that school’s been out for several weeks, the initial excitement has worn off and you may find yourself searching for creative ways to keep the kids occupied. Why not let them try their hand in the kitchen? Cooking projects are a great way to bond with your little ones while letting them explore new flavors and discover new favorites. Here are some ideas to let your kids take the reins in your kitchen and get them away from that pesky TV screen. Read more

Ina’s No-Cook Guacamole Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 27th, 2015

Guacamole SaladSince we’re officially experiencing the dog days of summer, there’s no better time to try no-stove-required recipes. Nix the kitchen heat and you’ll not only feel refreshed, but also be highlighting fresh fruits and veggies that are already popular at summer picnics, potlucks and barbecues. While salads may readily come to mind for a meatless meal, Ina Garten has you thinking outside the lettuce box with her Guacamole Salad (pictured above).

A deconstructed version of one of the most-loved dips, this salad plays up colors, textures and flavors, making for a beautiful dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes. Ina uses the guacamole classics — tomatoes, red onions and garlic — plus yellow bell pepper for crunch and black beans for heartiness. She makes a simple lime juice-and-olive oil vinaigrette that she gives a spicy kick with a pinch of cayenne. Follow Ina’s lead and add the chunky avocados at the end to ensure their bright green color and to avoid browning.

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Your Reusable Bag Made You Buy That Ice Cream (It’s Not Your Fault!)

by in News, July 27th, 2015

Your Reusable Bag Made You Buy That Ice Cream (It's Not Your Fault!)You actually remember (for once!) to bring your reusable shopping bag with you to the market. With your environmental concerns front of mind, you stock up on organic fruits and veggies. Then, feeling virtuous and self-satisfied, you reward yourself with a container of your favorite ice cream or a big bag of chips.

Sound familiar? Scientists have spotted a trend: When consumers bring their own bags along to the supermarket, they tend to buy more organic produce — and more treats and snack foods.

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“I Would Have Breaded the Bejeebers Out of It” — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, July 26th, 2015

Famous for its (hilariously wonderful) outlandish sabotages thrown at innocent chefs, Cutthroat Kitchen has forced its share of mandatory oddball ingredients into competitors’ dishes — anyone remember that canned whole chicken? On tonight’s all-new episode, host Alton Brown took that idea of diabolical eviliciousness one step further by introducing canned haggis during the Scotch egg battle in Round 1. If you’ve never before heard of haggis, here’s what you need to know: It’s a hodgepodge of animal, often including stomach, liver and heart, and it’s often mixed with spices. Instead of traditional sausage to envelop the egg, one chef had to use this mystery canned meat — this particular can full of lamb heart and liver, pork fat and dehydrated onion — much to the horror of Jet Tila, the judge of the day.

“And you know who had to eat that,” he told Alton sarcastically during the After-Show, adding that Chef Plum, who was saddled with this doozy of a sabotage, “failed to turn that haggis into a good Scotch egg.” Turning the tables on the judge, Alton asked Jet how he would have approached this challenge, and Jet explained that it’s all about masking the natural flavor of the haggis. “More seasoning — maybe onion, lots of dry spices, maybe some fresh herbs as well. You would have to cook that gaminess out of it,” he noted.

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Here’s the Scoop on Homemade Frozen Treats: DIY Ice Cream, Sorbet and Sherbet

by in Recipes, July 26th, 2015

Just remember back to when you were a kid in an ice cream store — was there really a better feeling than getting to have your own scoop of a frozen treat on a hot summer day? Whether they come in a cone or cup, topped with hot fudge or decked out with sprinkles, chilly treats are tough to resist. And while heading to your local creamery makes for a fun outing, making a homemade variety of ice cream, sherbet and sorbet has a deliciously sweet payoff. And here’s the good news: You don’t always need to have special equipment to make it. Try Sunny Anderson’s Buttermilk-Pecan Ice Cream recipe, which comes together in less than 30 minutes with freezer bags, salt and ice — just give the ingredients a good shake and you’ll have a creamy dessert in a hurry. Keep reading below for more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes.

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Jeff’s Crab Cake Sliders for Easy Party-Ready Entertaining — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, July 26th, 2015

Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange AioliIt’s no secret that crab cakes are crowd-pleasers, so transform them into two-bite sliders with flavorful seasonings for a new twist on a summertime appetizer. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Jeff Mauro bakes his crab cakes instead of sauteing, to save on time. Serve them on soft potato buns with a mayo-citrus sauce for tanginess and greens for a colorful garnish.

For more appetizer recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Entertain! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli (pictured above) from Jeff Mauro.

Top Dog: 10 Best New York Hot Dogs

by in Restaurants, July 26th, 2015

Bark Hot DogsBy Sara Ventiera

New York may be the greatest food city in the world. Yet, no matter how many high-end steakhouses, sushi bars and tony trattorias move in, the Big Apple is still a hot dog town at heart. The love affair started in the mid-19th century, when German immigrants began proffering sausages on Bowery street corners. Now the official food of baseball games and summer cookouts, the hot dog has become a national obsession. Though street carts abound, enterprising chefs and entrepreneurs are also in on the hot dog game, selling everything from fancy Kobe beef franks to old reliable ballpark dogs with mustard and onions. Here’s where to sink your teeth into the city’s best frankfurters.

Check out the full gallery for all 10 great hot dogs.

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Greetings from France, Where It’s All About Aperitifs: How to Host Your Own French Appetizer Hour

by in Food Network Chef, July 25th, 2015

Melissa d'ArabianI’m writing this from the (hot) countryside of the Provence region of France, where my family spends a few weeks a year at my in-laws’ house. Our girls love seeing their grandparents, and we spend long, lazy days swimming in the pool (mostly out of necessity, to be up-front — it’s so hot!), catching up with our French family and with friends Philippe and I have known for years, long before any of us had the kids who now count each other among their extended family.

The South of France is famous for doing summer right, especially when it comes to food. We only half-joke that by the time we spend a few hours eating one meal, we barely have time to clean up and start prepping for the next one. Food brings people together, and no one knows this more innately than the French, in my experience.

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Your Favorite Spreads, Transformed: 3 New Takes on Condiments

by in Recipes, Shows, July 25th, 2015

Banana Pepper KetchupKetchup, mustard, mayonnaise. This beloved condiment trilogy is an all-star topping on cookout favorites like juicy burgers — and for good reason, as the condiments are satisfying served both separately and when mashed together to create the ultimate spread. But while everyday ketchup, mustard and mayo may indeed be traditional, they can be transformed into all-new ideas with just a few simple how-tos. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast delivered three new twists on these classic condiments. From Jeff Mauro’s secret-ingredient ketchup to Geoffrey Zakarian’s caper-studded mustard, read on below for their best ideas.

Ketchup Becomes Banana Pepper Ketchup: Don’t let the simplicity of Jeff’s two-ingredient ketchup recipe fool you; the result is anything but basic. By mixing diced banana peppers with ketchup, he guarantees a pop of pepper flavor in every bite.

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