All Posts By Allison Milam

All the Ways You Can Spike Fresh Watermelon

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2016

Watermelon SoursWith watermelon’s innate sweetness and plentiful water content, you can do a lot more with its pink-hued flesh than just nibble it straight from the rind. On its own, one bite of the fresh, juicy summer fruit is more refreshing than any drink you’d ever sip. Kick back this summer with our favorite watermelon cocktails (and one spiked treat), in all kinds of cooling frozen and iced creations.

For the most-refreshing party trick in the book, carve your watermelon into a cocktail keg and fill it up with a big batch of Watermelon Sours (pictured above). Featured in Food Network Magazine, this swig is a mix of fruity liqueur, gin, sour mix, lime and sparkling rosé for effervescence.

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The Time to Eat Fresh Tomatoes Is Now: The Best No-Can, No-Jar Recipes

by in Recipes, July 22nd, 2016

Mediterranean Summer Pasta with Salsa CrudaThe cans of tomatoes lining your pantry have had your back all year long, but now is the time to give that can opener a rest. Right now fresh tomatoes are reaching their longed-for, juicy peak. Put these fleeting gems to good use by incorporating them into dishes that normally call for the can — pasta, soup and more — and do it fast.

When the need for a quick pasta meal arises, put the can of crushed tomatoes down. Though the can creates a speedy marinara (and a jar of tomato sauce is even quicker), remember these standbys will still be there for you once tomato season passes on by. Instead, go for Melissa d’Arabian’s Mediterranean Summer Pasta with Salsa Cruda, which brings fresh, diced tomatoes into the mix. Side note: This sauce is a no-cook dream. Instead of simmering it on the stove, you combine all the ingredients in a bowl and let their flavors meld together before tossing with the pasta.

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If You Cook Any Corn This Summer, Make It One of These 5-Star Recipes

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2016

Fresh Corn SaladThe words “summer” and “corn” just go together. And there’s good reason for that. Fresh summer corn is a true emblem of this warm-weather season, when your time is best spent nibbling it right off the cob in all of its char-marked glory. Before it’s too late, run down the line of our best corn recipes, each raking in 5-star ratings from our corn-loving fans.

A flash of cooking, a punch of vinegar and a scattering of red onion and fresh basil are all it takes to elevate summer’s bounty to the glory that is Ina Garten’s Fresh Corn Salad, a dish worthy of more than 200 reviews and a 5-star rating.

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Beat BBQ FOMO: How to Live Your Life Like You Own a Grill This Summer

by in Recipes, July 19th, 2016

Pork Souvlaki with Honeyed ApricotsThe smells of seared, juicy meats wafting through the air from someone else’s backyard aren’t quite as good as they would be if they were coming from your own grill. Instead, they’re a total tease — a reminder of what you’re missing out on. If you live in a city and your fire escape is your only promise of “outdoor space,” or if your outdoor-grilling plans have been squashed by rain, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Instead, beat BBQ FOMO (a condition we just came up with) by bringing your favorites indoors. Go on, buy those juicy steaks, ground beef for burger patties and wooden skewers for kebabs. With your trusty grill pan, cast-iron skillet or griddle (and sometimes your oven), you can churn out char-marked, meaty favorites, even if the magic happens in the great indoors.

Placing just-threaded kebabs right on a hot grill might be your knee-jerk reaction, but that isn’t the only place that these skewered sensations can cook to tender perfection. Take Michael Symon’s Pork Souvlaki with Honeyed Apricots from Food Network Magazine (pictured above), for instance. Sure, it can be cooked on a grill, but it also reaches juicy, charred-on-the-outside heights when your grill pan takes the job over.

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Don’t Break Up with Basil, But Blend Up These Non-Basil Pestos, Too

by in Recipes, July 16th, 2016

Kale and Pistachio Pesto SpaghettiIf your pesto prowess starts and ends with picking up a jar of the stuff at the supermarket, listen up. Your own from-scratch pesto is super-easy to blend at home (and it tastes infinitely better). And get this: Pesto isn’t just exclusive to basil anymore (or pricey pine nuts either); the summer staple can be made with really any green, and you can get even more creative by using sun-dried tomatoes and more unconventional picks. If you’re never made your own before, start with Ina Garten’s top-rated recipe for classic basil pesto, then move on to some of our favorite riffs, bound to be tossed into pasta, spread onto a sandwich and more. Now rev those food processors — let’s get blending!

If you’re departing from the classic basil blend for the first time, keep things familiar by opting for another leafy green. Food Network Magazine’s Kale and Pistachio Pesto Spaghetti (pictured above) is green through and through with hearty kale, which adds a delightfully rich earthiness, and roasted, salted pistachios.

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7 No-Bake Sweet Treats That Are Truly No Sweat

by in Recipes, July 14th, 2016

Mocha Chocolate Icebox CakeThe AC is cranked up, shorts are on and whatever you’re drinking is filled to the brim with ice cubes. And you know what’s not happening this far into July? The oven — and it’s staying off all summer long. Keep your kitchen cool with these sweet treats that don’t require the oven, which are all about bringing on sweetness, not sweat.

Before the mere mention of cake has you preheating the oven, back away from that dial. Ina Garten’s towering, caffeine-spiked Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake (pictured above) cake never sees the inside of an oven. With a little beauty sleep overnight, the layers of mocha whipped cream and chocolate cookies get a chance to merge and soften together.

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7 Super-Simple Summertime Sides with Fewer Than 5 Ingredients

by in Recipes, July 12th, 2016

Fresh Corn SaladIt’s summertime and the living’s easy — or at least it should be, right? When the rest of your downtime is spent picnicking, beaching and traveling (or wishing you were), odds are you don’t have the time for extensive recipes or lengthy shopping lists. Luckily, we’ve got loads of simple-yet-sensational recipes using five ingredients or fewer (excluding salt and pepper) so that summer cooking is easy-breezy, just as it should be.

Corn + Red Onion + Cider Vinegar + Olive Oil + Basil

Ina Garten’s showstopping Fresh Corn Salad (pictured above) screams summer through and through. A flash of cooking, a punch of vinegar and a scattering of red onion and fresh basil are all it takes to elevate summer’s bounty to a dish worthy of more than 200 reviews and a 5-star rating.

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Master Every Type of Ribs: Spareribs, Baby Back, St. Louis Style and More

by in Recipes, July 11th, 2016

Sweet Cola RibsTo us, a slab of ribs is the carnivore’s perfect summer food. Nibbling on them without a fork or knife is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. Though they can be cooked in the oven with great results, they’re most often taken outside and fired up until smoky and charred. Plus, buying racks in bulk makes for an easy, crowd-pleasing party dish that goes delectably with an ice-cold beer. In the spirit of summer, churn out perfectly tender ribs right at home with all the flavor of the smokehouse, with some of our most-popular recipes for all the different types of pork and beef ribs.

Let’s talk spareribs. Meaty, with a good amount of fat, they’re cut from the belly of the pig, from the front of the rib cage. Next time you make ‘em, crack open a can of cola to add a dose of unexpected sweetness to these top-rated Sweet Cola Ribs. After you remove the membrane, give the rack a good dry rub and cook it over indirect heat for serious smoky tenderness. Glaze the ribs in the last few moments of grilling so they reach sweet perfection without burning.

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Stuffed Burgers That Prove It’s What’s Inside That Counts

by in Recipes, July 9th, 2016

Bacon, Onion and Cheese BurgerFinishing off a burger with a good slice of cheese in the final moments on the grill works, but hold it right there. These totally stuffed burgers prove that burgers are good to their very core when they’re stuffed to the gills with cheese, bacon and more.

Sunny Anderson’s Bacon-, Onion- and Cheese-Stuffed Burger (pictured above) may sound like a mouthful, but these burgers take just 35 minutes to reach your plate. Each smoky-meets-savory patty is fixed up with a mixture of bacon, onion and grated sharp cheddar for max flavor.

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The New Age of Potato Salad: 7 Ways to Do It Up Right

by in Recipes, July 7th, 2016

Southwestern Potato SaladFor a lot of us, a mountain of potato salad is a given at any cookout we’re throwing. Though a lot of deli-counter potato salads may be seriously boring (and really off on the potato-to-mayo ratio too), that’s far from the case here. Never gloopy, these new-age picks — each with its own flavor-boosting edge — deserve a spot on your cookout menu, starting now.

Kick It Up

Bobby Flay’s Southwestern Potato Salad (pictured above) boasts all the creaminess of your classic potato salad, plus a kick of heat from chipotle pepper puree and cayenne. Do it up with fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and onion for your zestiest potato salad yet.

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