All Posts By Colleen Park

7 Ways to Up Your Pasta Salad Game

by in Recipes, May 18th, 2017

As our calendars start to fill up with plans for picnics, potlucks and backyard barbecues, it’s safe to say that we’re going to be seeing a lot of pasta salads. The danger of such a staple side dish though is that “safe” can quickly become “boring.” Don’t let pasta salad after pasta salad blur together this season. Take a break from your standard mayonnaise-laced fare and give these 7 recipes a try.

Tuscan Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Grill, meet vegetables. Radicchio, fennel and bell peppers take a turn on the grill to add a crisp-tender texture and charred flavor to a dish simply seasoned with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese.

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May the Fourth Be with You: These Are the Galaxy-Inspired Treats You’re Looking For

by in Recipes, May 4th, 2017

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Since 1977, these words have sparked our imaginations and fanned our love for the stories of the Star Wars universe. And thanks to a pun, the internet has given us #StarWarsDay. Whether you’re dressing up as your favorite spacefaring hero (as Cutthroat Kitchen judge Simon Majumdar once did, donning the white garb of  Princess Leia) or sitting through a 17-hour movie marathon today, here are some space-inspired treats worth enjoying.

Chocolate Tart From Another Planet

The galaxy tastes like chocolate, at least according to Raiza Costa on The Sweet Side of Life. Watch her build a tart, with a rich chocolate ganache and buttery chocolate shortcrust (with the help of a few droids and time travel), inspired by the solar system.

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7 Treats for a Super-Sweet Cinco de Mayo

by in Recipes, May 1st, 2017


Though tacos and margaritas may get most of the spotlight at Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the highlight of any feast for sweet-toothed diners is dessert. Here are our favorite classic and creative takes on Mexican-inspired recipes for the dessert course.

Chocoflan

This impressive Mexican dessert pairs chocolate cake with flan for a fun and deliciously layered treat. The cake batter and flan mixture are poured into one pan and separate into two distinct layers during the baking process.

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Orange Delights: 6 Carrot-Centered Side Dishes

by in In Season, Recipes, April 27th, 2017

Carrots are in-season (now and for nearly the rest of the year) and it’s time to give these bright-orange beauties a real spot on the dinner table. We might be used to mincing and dicing carrots into oblivion for use in fried rice or shepherd’s pie, but they can be the star in a stellar side dish, best prepared simply to enhance their sweet, earthy flavor.

Steamed Carrots with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette
Forget about dicing or shredding. Left in their full-form glory, these sophisticated knife-and-fork carrots are steamed until tender and dressed with a sweet and tangy sauce of honey, lemon, Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar.

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Geoffrey Zakarian’s Best Garden-Fresh Recipes for Spring

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, April 24th, 2017

Now that we’re squarely in the middle of spring, it’s time to step things up in the kitchen. Our inspiration for this round is none other than Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. As many of GZ’s recipes show, it can be easy and worthwhile to incorporate seasonal ingredients in your cooking, like peas and rhubarb, and elevate dishes with pantry essentials. Here are 6 dishes to add to your repertoire this season.

Skillet Roasted Pork Chops with Spring Vegetables and Mustard Sauce

GZ adds layers of flavor to the pork chops throughout the cooking process, seasoning with coriander and cumin, basting the pork chops in butter with garlic and tarragon, and serving with a mustard sauce. Radishes, peas and dill add a fresh element to the dish.

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Kitchen Cleaning All-Stars in Your Pantry and Fridge

by in How-to, April 19th, 2017


Getting ready to clean the coffeemaker or scrub away at those unfortunate stains (tomato soup?) in your microwave? Before you reach under the sink for any household cleaning products, give DIY cleaners a try to polish stainless steel, clean grease stains and freshen the garbage disposal. They’re easy to whip up with a few natural ingredients and pantry items.

Lemon

The most edible of the cleaning all-stars is also pretty versatile. Cut out a slice and use it straight on stainless steel appliances to remove grease and streaks.

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Spruce Up Your Cooking This Season with Valerie Bertinelli’s Best Spring Dishes

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, April 17th, 2017

In addition to airing out our closets and pantries, spring cleaning also means hitting refresh on our dining habits. Put away your pasta and potatoes and update your menu this season with the best of Valerie Bertinelli’s spring recipes.

Snap Pea, Orange and Radish Salad

Add some vibrancy to your cooking this season with a brightly colored salad featuring seasonal sugar snap peas, sweet oranges, fresh herbs and a crispy bites of prosciutto.

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Get Your Green On with Springtastic Side Salads

by in Recipes, April 6th, 2017

Though April might have a few gray days and spring showers in store for us, it’s well worth it for all the green goods we get to enjoy at the farmer’s market and on our plates. And one of the best ways to showcase the herbs and vegetables of the season is also the simplest: a salad. Here are 6 side salads to enjoy this spring.

Avocado-Herb Salad with Goat Cheese

Tiffani Thiessen’s dish features avocados, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and chives for a refreshing medley of flavors and textures. In place of a dressing, the salad is lightly tossed in olive oil, salt and lemon juice, and topped with goat cheese.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Dinner Party Recipes to Impress Guests

by in Recipes, March 24th, 2017

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On weeknights, we just want to get dinner done, the sooner the better. On the weekend though, we’re ready for a challenge – like planning a multi-course meal with dishes our guests will remember for weeks to come. Here are five recipes to help you show your cooking prowess and plan a dinner party menu to dazzle friends and family.

Pea Pesto Crostini

Keep things easy for the appetizer round with a light and bright starter. The 12-minute recipe features a simple pesto with peas, garlic, Parmesan and olive oil.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Fresh Recipes to Make for Spring

by in Recipes, March 17th, 2017

Though some of us are still seeing frost-filled mornings and might not be quite so ready to relinquish our soup bowls, spring is finally on the horizon and it’s time to make the most of it. Take this weekend to introduce some springtime flavor to your cooking, with meals featuring fresh herbs, sweet strawberries and green produce. Here are 5 recipes to make this weekend.

Spring Vegetable Fettucine Alfredo

Bridging the gap between hearty comfort food and leafy spring mains, this creamy pasta has a mix of spring vegetables – peas and asparagus – and some lemon zest to brighten the dish.

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