All Posts By Allison Milam

It’s Almost Spoon Season: Top Classic Soups to Simmer Now — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, September 17th, 2015

Best Tomato Soup EverAs we move deeper into September, there’s no denying that it’s almost time to tuck into some colder-weather comforts. And is there anything more comforting than a bowl of homemade soup? When the need for warm-your-core food calls, forget reinventing the wheel. Instead, consider our favorite cast of classic soups, each with upward of 100 top reviews. That way, you know your first soups of the season will be worthy of your spoon.

Tomato Soup

If you’re moved to make the often-canned tomato classic from scratch, Ree Drummond’s Best Tomato Soup Ever is just as the top-rated recipe’s name reads: the best ever. Simmered with cream, sherry and just a touch of sugar, it’s the silky, smooth and warming soup you should revel in now. And if you want to do it up with a toasty grilled cheese on the side for dipping, we won’t stop you.

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5 Honey Desserts for a Sweet Jewish New Year

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 13th, 2015

Honey-Almond Lace CookiesFor those of you gathering around the table for Rosh Hashana, you know that dipping apples in honey symbolizes the promise of a sweet new year. It’s a time-honored combination that, for many Jews, harks back to the days of Hebrew school, or to a time when their own kids were huddled around the table. This year, in honor of the first of the High Holy Days, revel in the sweetness of the coming Jewish new year with festive, honey-laced treats that are blissfully sweet and celebratory.

Set out a plate of these delicate yet crispy Honey-Almond Lace Cookies (pictured above) after dinner with a platter of fruit for an easygoing holiday dessert. A flourless batter of honey, brown sugar, butter and sliced almonds gives these treats their distinctive thin, holey disposition.

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A Whole Week’s Worth of Back-to-School Lunches — Fall Fest

by in Recipes, September 10th, 2015

Ryder's Turkey ChiliIt’s that time of year again, folks. Get back in the swing of the school year by tricking out your kids’ lunchboxes with colorful, tasty recipes for every day of the week. These easy-to-make, take-to-school lunch ideas can take you from Monday through Friday, and they’re sure to take the cafeteria by storm.


Fill a thermos with Guy Fieri’s hearty, satisfying turkey chili recipe (pictured above). A single batch can easily feed two kids for the better part of a week — plus, chili is as freezer-friendly as it gets.

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The Last Hurrah: Grill Absolutely Everything on Labor Day — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 3rd, 2015

Grilled Tomato SalsaLabor Day marks a transition — away from your white-wearing ways, away from your weekend trips to the beach and, when it comes to food, away from your trusty grill. Just as you’ll be hiding away your white pants come Monday, the upcoming day off marks the end of grilling season and a celebration of summer’s end. Say cheers to a summer well spent by going big on Monday with a Labor Day party menu that is grilled through and through.

Though your typical salsa likely comes from a jar, Melissa d’Arabian’s Grilled Tomato Salsa (pictured above) is a homemade take featuring charred tomatoes, chiles and garlic blended into a chunky salsa best scooped up with tortilla chips.

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Take the Day Off: Low-Labor Recipes for Labor Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, August 28th, 2015

Beer BratsLabor Day is just around the corner, meaning the end of summer isn’t far behind. Wind down the season with one last celebratory cookout. Each element of our quick-and-easy sendoff menu comes together in under 30 minutes, meaning you can soak up the last of the warm weather without toiling away in the kitchen. Hey, they don’t call it a “day off” for nothing.

Your final products of grilling season should be the best ones yet. Bobby Flay’s Beer Brats fill the bill, since they’re braised in beer before being finished off on the grill until they achieve a nice, golden crust. These brats take under 20 minutes to cook from start to finish, and are best topped with the goods: sauerkraut, green peppers and onions.

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8 Juicy Ways to Eat Peaches Before They’re Gone — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 27th, 2015

Peach Streusel Slab PieWe wait to bite into peaches dribbling with juice all year long, and now is the time they’re at their peak, just waiting for you to take them home by the truckload. Put all your peach bounty to use in fruity desserts, full-fledged main dishes and more — or just lean in for a bite — before peaches vanish from the produce shelves until next year.

Share your peach loot with the masses by baking a sprawling Peach Streusel Slab Pie. This quick and easy take on the standard circular pie is fit for a crowd, and each square slice features summer’s sweetest fruit in union with a shortbread-like crust and a nutty streusel topping.

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Calling All August Babies! Birthday Treat of the Month

by in Recipes, August 22nd, 2015

How to Make an Ice Cream SundaeWe’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole run-of-the-mill birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than classic birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.

When it comes to showing the August baby in your life some love, do it in the most-special way possible: with a cherry on top. Ice cream lovers will go wild for these loaded ice cream creations, piled high with sprinkles, whipped cream, hot fudge and a few unexpected toppings. With hot and cold elements, these crowd-pleasing festive treats are perfect for ringing in the peak of summer heat. There’s a science to making the perfect ice cream sundae, and you can learn how to build the idyllic one here. Read on for more quirky, cherry-topped (and candlelit) sundae creations.

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Chefs’ Top BBQ Dishes to Make Before Summer’s End — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 20th, 2015

Barbecued Pork RibsSummertime is almost over. You might have had big plans to get your grill goin’ all summer long — but did you end up fanning the flames as much as you’d hoped? We didn’t think so. If the summer got away from you, rest assured that there is still plenty of time to cook up some fiery barbecue greats before the colder weather sets in (gasp!). Check these smoky, top-rated barbecue recipes from Food Network chefs off your to-do list before summer’s end.

You’ll need to nibble on a rack of Trisha Yearwood’s Barbecued Pork Ribs (pictured above) before this summer thing is all said and done. Her tender ribs come slathered in homemade barbecue sauce, a zesty mix of ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar and dry mustard.

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Chilled-Out Takes on Comfort Food Favorites

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2015

Orange-Scented Chilled Tomato SoupIf you’ve been on a hiatus from some of your piping-hot comfort food favorites as the weather’s been heating up, rest assured that you don’t have to wait till fall to dig in. Luckily, some of our most-beloved hot dishes have ice-cold alter egos that are well worth your time this summer. Zero in on dishes that are typically hot, hot hot, but this time take them chilled out.

As it turns out, gazpacho isn’t the only cold-soup wonder. Giada’s De Laurentiis’ Orange-Scented Chilled Tomato Soup has all the same ingredients as a steaming bowl of tomato soup (canned tomatoes, chicken broth, etc.) without the high temp. It may not be the best for dunking toasty grilled cheese, but it’s a bright and refreshing dish on a scorching day, for sure.

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8 Desserts to Check Off Your Frozen-Treat Bucket List — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 13th, 2015

Frozen Banana Ice Cream SandwichesBeach trips, backyard cookouts, outdoor movies and other excursions are the most-often-evoked examples of “summer bucket list” material. But these summery activities aren’t the only things you should be checking off during the warm-weather months. For a lot of us, summer is defined by the food we eat —which, oftentimes, is not food we can eat much of at any other time of year. Before summer’s end, be sure to knock these eight non-negotiable, must-eat frozen treats off your list. When it’s all said and done, will you have put your summer to good use?

8. Ice Cream Sandwiches
If a piping-hot burger off the grill is the only kind of sandwich-esque bite you’ve munched on this summer, it’s about time you savored a sweeter take. Don’t let summer pass before you assemble one like Giada De Laurentiis’ Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches, which feature cookies coated with chocolate-toffee candy bars.

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