All Posts By Allison Milam

Take Out Your Blender for 10 Refreshing Summer Soups — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 14th, 2014

10 Refreshing Summer SoupsWe would never, in good conscience, recommend that you stand within 50 feet of a bowl of hot soup during the summer months. Sometimes we wouldn’t even suggest you kick on the stove at all. But that doesn’t mean the soup category is off-limits altogether. This summer, it’s all about cold soups — and we’re not just talking about trusty gazpacho, either. Use the month of August as a time for experimentation, and transform 10 types of summer produce into cool, refreshing summer soups.

1. Avocado: Creamy without cream, Chilled Avocado Soup (pictured above) is the most luxuriously velvety blend to meet your spoon, with ingredients reminiscent of guacamole, like cilantro, chiles and citrus.

2. Cucumber: Make your summer soups cool as a cucumber, with two recipes that play off the vegetable’s ultra-refreshing qualities. Chilled Cucumber Soup by Food Network Magazine incorporates yellow tomatoes and yellow peppers, while Chilled Creamy Cucumber Soup gets extra body from a helping of plain yogurt.

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10 New Ways to Do Up Potato Salad — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, August 7th, 2014

Potato Salads

Some would say that a plate of smoky beef brisket or a home-grilled burger can’t be taken seriously without a scoop of potato salad — and rightfully so. When it comes to this creamy, satisfying side, tender potatoes are just the starting point, laying the foundation for all kinds of dressings and add-ins. This week, spread out a picnic blanket and dive into potato salads that have never seen the inside of a deli container.

1. Keep It Classic and Cold: A classic American potato salad is barbecue’s best mate for a reason. Alton Brown’s Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad (bottom right) is the classic recipe you’d expect at your cookout, and it’s taken down to a science in true Alton style.

2. Choose a Baked Potato: Rather than bringing your spuds down to a boil the traditional way, Alex Guarnaschelli makes her Baked Potato Salad by sliding Yukon golds into the oven. Packed with herbs (don’t throw away those stems!), her version is best enjoyed at a beach picnic.

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Sip Your Way Through Summer — Summer Soiree

by in Drinks, July 31st, 2014

Summer Cocktail RecipesSummer may not be the only time for drinking, but it is most definitely, absolutely and the best time. Outdoor barbecues are met with a cold beer. Afternoons on the porch are complete with spiked lemonade. A day spent shading yourself by the pool necessitates a frozen margarita just as much as your favorite pair of sunnies. This week, check out Food Network’s complete guide to summer drinking, and get a rundown of the most-thirst-quenching sips of the season. Hey, even if you’re attached to a blaring AC unit all summer long, you could probably use a cold one.

Sangria is best fixed by the pitcher. Depending on what kind of vino you’re into, Rachael Ray’s White Sangria — complete with ripe peaches, green apples and raspberries — is crisp and refreshing. If you typically go for red, Bobby Flay’s Red Wine Sangria is deepened with brandy, triple sec and pomegranate juice, before orange and apple slices, blackberries and pomegranate seeds are stirred in. Prepare both recipes ahead so the ingredients have time to meld together.

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Off-the-Chart Corn on the Cob — Summer Soiree

by in In Season, Recipes, July 24th, 2014

Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

Picture summer without nibbling on at least one ear of corn. How could you? This time of year, this staple crop is sweeter and juicier than ever. And, though it doesn’t need much else than a humble slathering of butter, the possibilities for the in-season ear don’t end there. Think of it as a kernelled canvas — one that can come drizzled, dusted or simply grilled to charred perfection with little effort at all. This week, take your pick of Food Network’s most-brazen corn-on-the-cob recipes and reinvent how your family devours corn on the cob.

In this summer heat, the most-fitting way to take your corn is by way of the grill. Bobby Flay’s Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob (pictured above) shows you how to do it once and for all. After giving the corn a good pre-soak, grill each ear with the husks on till the kernels are tender.

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So Long, Freezer Aisle. Here’s How to Make a Showstopping Ice Cream Cake

by in How-to, July 17th, 2014

How to Make a Showstopping Ice Cream CakeRemember the days when your ice cream cake yearnings could be realized with only a trip to the freezer section? Yeah, those days are long gone. It turns out that you don’t need to coax a store-bought ice cream cake from a cardboard box for all of the “Whoa, is that an ice cream cake?!” pandemonium to ensue. With just a few store-bought ingredients (or homemade ingredients, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious), you can make a showstopping centerpiece for your next birthday party or special occasion, stacked with ice-cold layers of cake, ice cream and all kinds of goodies. Here’s how:

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Chicken Is Better with Grill Marks — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 17th, 2014

Grilled Chicken

If you cast chicken recipes to the side as boring weeknight standbys, perhaps you haven’t kicked on the grill yet this summer. When this go-to white (or dark) meat hits the grates and lets out a searing sizzle, the meat that always has your back becomes tender, juicy and full of charred flavor. This week, run down the line of Food Network’s finest grilled chicken recipes, each coming with a twist that goes beyond a slathering of barbecue sauce.

The grill master himself is bound to have a few solid grilled chicken recipes up his sleeve. Bobby Flay’s Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce whisks together balsamic vinegar and honey to brighten bone-in chicken breasts. If the darker meat is more your style, Bobby marinates chicken thighs in loads of citrus and chili powder before piercing with skewers for Grilled Yucatan Chicken Skewers.

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4 Tricks for Shredded Slaw Glory — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 10th, 2014

Tangy Coleslaw with Corn and Lime DressingThe American tradition of the cabbage side dish has been carrying us from barbecues to cookouts to picnics since the inaugural gingham picnic blanket was first laid. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but we just can’t imagine summer eating without it on our plates. Creamy, crunchy and tangy, a helping of classic coleslaw does wonders piled on a pulled pork sandwich, and is impressive even taken on its own. But that’s only the beginning. This week, give your coleslaw game an edge with four tricks that will turn even the mayo haters into slaw fanatics.

Add Color: If you wholeheartedly believe that coleslaw can exist only in the form of a monochromatic pile, you’ve probably never laid eyes on Ree Drummond’s Colorful Coleslaw. The Pioneer Woman proves that, when done right, coleslaw can be the standout side on your plate, especially with the bright shades of carrots, purple cabbage and a spectrum of peppers in tow.

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Stars, Stripes and Everything Nice: 4th of July Treats — Summer Soiree

by in Holidays, July 3rd, 2014

Fourth of July DessertsIf the fireworks are sounding off and you’re more concerned with where your next hot dog is coming from, then let’s not kid ourselves. For a lot of us, some things are best celebrated by way of our stomachs. Since a red, white and blue burger wouldn’t be nearly as cool, siphon your patriotism into tricolored 4th of July desserts, each a perfect ending to your celebratory cookout. There will be no denying — especially if you’re the type to don a red, white and blue getup at the barbecue, which nation you’re celebrating with these tricolored treats.

Lined with fresh cream cheese icing and studded with raspberries and blueberries, Ina Garten’s classic Flag Cake (top right) is 4th of July party gold. With this step-by-step how-to, it’s ultra-easy to make.

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Here’s How to Up Your Dip Game

by in How-to, July 1st, 2014

Dip How-TosThe right dip recipe can get you through anything. The kids surprised you with a houseful of small-but-hungry friends? Bring out the chips and dip — vats of the stuff. A friend’s going through a breakup? There’s no better method for sopping up their tears than doing so over a bowl of guacamole. Perhaps most importantly, however, a solid dip recipe can help hit your cookout or picnic out of the park, especially this time of year. Before you peel open a tub of sorry store-bought dip, witness how these dip giants can come together in a flash, especially with a little how-to help.

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Throw a New England-Style Clambake

by in How-to, June 28th, 2014

Throw a New England-Style ClambakeWhether you’re vacationing in New England or elsewhere, summer is the time for an authentic, sea-soaked clambake on the beach. With the right grill setup and loads of salty seaweed, this seaside feast can be reproduced on just about any sandy shore — barbecue laws permitting, of course. Head down to the water’s edge to collect the seaweed the old-fashioned way, or get it from your local fishmonger. From there, it’s all about assembly. Here’s how to build the quintessential clambake, layer by layer.

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