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Why Ice Cream Is the Most-Patriotic Dessert on July 4th

by in Holidays, July 3rd, 2016

Photo: Jack Jelly/Getty Images

Still deciding which dessert to serve at your July 4th party? This piece of little-known American trivia proves that one choice is better — or at least more patriotic — than the rest:

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5 Flag-Inspired Treats for Your July 4th Celebration

by in Holidays, July 2nd, 2016

With July 4th just around the corner, we’ve got cookout fare on our minds: juicy burgers and brats, creamy potato salad, thick slabs of buttered cornbread. And let’s not forget dessert. These flag-inspired treats will make the perfect patriotic conclusion to your backyard gathering with family and friends.

Ina Garten’s Flag Cake (pictured at top)
Topped with rich cream cheese frosting and seasonal summer berries, this cake is the best centerpiece for your July Fourth celebration. Make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time, and decorate it with berries and frosting just before serving.

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5 Ways to Tie-Dye Your 4th of July Party

by in Holidays, June 29th, 2016

Ombre Party LinensStars and stripes are a reliable theme for any patriotic summer party. But this year, why not put a twist (literally!) on your food and decor with a style that’s a little groovier?

Ombre Table Linens (above)

Our pals at HGTV.com demonstrate this easy method for upgrading your summer tablescape. Solid placemats take a slow dip in red dye, which creates an instant ombre effect.

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Spike It: Red, White and Blue Mojitos

by in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, June 28th, 2016

Red, White and Blue MojitosI love a good festive cocktail! Short of adding a fiery sparkler, I wanted to make one of the most adorable and delicious red, white and blue beverages we could all serve at our 4th of July barbecues. And I’ve found it.

(FYI: Calories don’t count when you drink cocktails with friends. Let’s make it a thing.)

While margaritas are usually more my speed, I find that mojitos are a more-versatile alternative and tend to be appreciated by all. Tequila is quite a polarizing liquor, and people have strong opinions on it (and let’s be real — memories of bad experiences in college with it), but rum and sugar and lime and mint is a favorite almost everywhere. It’s milder. Not as edgy. A little friendlier. A touch lighter so you can have two cocktails and still be able to walk home. You know?

So what better way to celebrate summer than with a red, white and blue boozy glass? So much fruity flavor in one drink — these could not be more fun.

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3 Dads Who Made Us Crack Up with Their Kitchen Fails

by in Holidays, June 19th, 2016

Father’s Day is for celebrating how much we love our dads, but it’s also a time to look back fondly on our favorite “Dad moments.” You know the ones — those memories in which Dad’s best intentions crossed paths with his goofier, bumbling side. In Jeff Mauro’s hilarious web series, Kitchen Fails, families were able to catch a few of those fleeting moments on camera. We bet you can’t watch without giggling.

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Food Network Dads’ Best Recipes: Bobby, Guy, Alton and More

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 18th, 2016

Chicken ParmigianaIf your dad likes to cook, odds are you have a favorite recipe that you beg him to make you time and time again, even if you left the nest long ago. When the dads in our very own Food Network family aren’t cooking on TV or in restaurants, you might find them at home cooking for their own families. This Father’s Day, to show some love for the dads of Food Network, we’re running down the line of their most-beloved recipes ever.

Bobby Flay has always been known for his love of bold spices and smoky heat, but when the Food Network star and his daughter, Sophie, cooked together onscreen earlier this year, the menu was more along the lines of chocolate chip pancakes and pasta. Treat your own dad to one of Bobby’s highest-rated recipes, Chicken Parmigiana (pictured above), and be sure to check out his fleet of fan-favorite dishes, which is jam-packed with his signature flavor profiles — and then some.

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7 Major Father’s Day Recipes That Will Make Dad Drool

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 16th, 2016

Bacon Cheese and Chive BunsWhen it comes to planning a Father’s Day meal, we’re not above the cliches. Grilled? Yes. Burgers? Surely. Bacon? Of course. Why? Because these recipes are sturdy, reliable and super-fun — just like Dad.

Bacon, Cheese and Chive Buns (above)

Cinnamon muffins will always have a soft spot in our hearts, but we bet Dad will totally make room for their savory cousins, filled with all of his breakfast favorites.

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8 Great Gifts for Grill-Savvy Dads

by in Holidays, June 15th, 2016

Here at Food Network, we think it’s time for a little tough love. So, in the spirit of Father’s Day, we’re here to inform you: Dad does not need another necktie this year. But if he’s the kind of guy who lives for summer — grilling, dinners on the patio, craft cocktails using in-season ingredients — then what he absolutely needs is a game-changing marinade, cocktail mixer or grill tool to take his summer relaxation to new levels of style and sophistication. Not sure where to begin? Check out our top Father’s Day gift picks for dads who fully embrace summer.

PitMaster Grill Tool (pictured above)
If your dad breaks out the grill on the first 50-degree day and doesn’t return it to the garage until the first snow, then this multipurpose grill tool is just the gift for him. The functionality of an entire grill kit is combined into a single, streamlined utensil: a flipper hook for turning food on the grill, an 8-inch chef’s knife for slicing, and even a bottle opener (though we don’t suggest using all three at once!).
$30

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6 Star-Spangled Red, White and Blue Recipes Tailor-Made for Flag Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, June 12th, 2016

Flag CakeJune 14 marks the United Sates’ adoption of the star-spangled flag in 1777. Around here, we’re celebrating the beloved emblem of the red, white and blue the only way we know how: with food! Run down the line of our favorite starred-and-striped creations in honor of Flag Day (and maybe keep a few ideas in your back pocket for when 4th of July rolls around).

Studded with red and blue berries and decorated just like the American flag, Food Network Kitchen’s very own Flag Cake (pictured above) is patriotic through and through — even on the inside, which is flecked with red and blue sprinkles.

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10 Pitcher-Perfect Drinks for Memorial Day Weekend

by in Drinks, Holidays, May 27th, 2016

This weekend, whether you’re heading to the beach with your picnic basket or hunkering down with friends and family in your own backyard, you’ll want to ensure your food and drink supplies won’t run low. (But mostly, the drink supplies.) We suggest you leave the elaborate craft cocktails to the mixologists and focus instead on making big, refreshing, fruit-filled pitchers that won’t run dry after two or three pours. From sweet sangria to a tart, booze-free lemonade, here are our best big-batch drinks for your Memorial Day celebration.

Rose Sangria Spritzer
Round out a summer meal by serving this light spritzer alongside smoky grilled meats. Instead of the dry red wine typically found in sangria, try rose wine — a lighter option that emphasizes the sweetness of the fruit.

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