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What’s the Foodie’s Equivalent of “No White After Labor Day”?

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 2nd, 2016

Grilled Link Hot DogsIf you’ve ever decked yourself out in an all-white outfit in October in a defiant act of who-ever-decided-I-couldn’t-anyway, then you aren’t alone. Though fashion worshipers may call wearing white after Labor Day an extreme and unforgivable faux pas (because how dare you), it’s one of those rules that either you follow or you don’t. Around here, we have our own issues when it comes to accepting that (sigh) summer is over and we have to move on with our lives. Though foods don’t necessarily fade out of style, they do fall out of season. There are a slew of foods that are on the summer-only list, though no food police is ever going to come after you if you eat them in another season. These are the dishes you should cook outdoors before Labor Day comes and goes (and they look mighty fine next to a pair of white jeans, might we add).

Once you put your rickety charcoal grill into storage, your chances of chowing down on a hot dog nosedive. That’s because hot dogs just taste better when they’re all juicy and char-marked — especially when you toast the buns on the grill too. Fire up the grill one last time for Bobby Flay’s Grilled Link Hot Dogs with Homemade Pickle Relish (pictured above) before you put your hot-dog-eating pursuits on hold until next year.

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Red, White and Blue Desserts … One Last Time!

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 1st, 2016

Some of our favorite summer desserts are red, white and blue. They’re the perfect combination of patriotism and seasonality: We usher in the season on Memorial Day, with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries shining in flag cakes, cobblers and crisps, then pull out all the stops with patriotic treats come the 4th of July. Give the red, white and blue dessert palette a last hurrah this Labor Day weekend with these festive, simple sweets. They’ll send summer off with a proper salute. Read more

Portable Labor Day Picnic Favorites (That Taste Even Better Outside)

by in Holidays, Recipes, September 1st, 2016

Italian Combo and Broccoli Rabe Pressed HeroThe days that can entail plans for a picnic are numbered, and Labor Day might be your last opportunity for a true eat-outside affair this year. End the summer season the right way with our tips for how to plan the perfect picnic, plus our full lineup of picnic-perfect recipes.

If you haven’t gone for one of our brand-new Brick-Pressed Sandwiches just yet, what are you waiting for? The impressively jam-packed sandwiches, like this Italian Combo and Broccoli Rabe Pressed Hero number (pictured above), rely on the force of gravity, which helps load as many ingredients as humanly possible into one sandwich — and they might just be the feed-a-crowd element your picnics have been missing.

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The Ultimate Summer Send-Off: Your Labor Day Cookout Menu

by in Holidays, Recipes, August 28th, 2016

Cheese-Stuffed BurgersUnless you’ve shielded your eyes from your calendar at all costs (we don’t blame you), you know September is approaching — and fast. No matter how many beaches you’ve hit, parks you’ve sprawled in or weekend trips you’ve taken, we can guess there’s one summertime tradition you still haven’t gotten enough of: the outdoor cookout. Before it’s too late, live it up over the long Labor Day weekend and celebrate the end of summer with our favorite cookout-ready recipes.

Even if you think that burgers have no season, you can bet that they taste better fired up on a hot grill (while you’re in your bathing suit … with a cold beer in your hand). Go big over Labor Day weekend with Trisha Yearwood’s Cheese-Stuffed Burgers, which trade the usual slice of cheese on top for a molten, gooey and cheesy center.

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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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