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10 Grilling Safety Tips

by in Holidays, May 26th, 2011

grilled food
With summer right around the corner, there’s never a better time to brush up on grilling safety. Yes, you may be the master of your grill; however, you can never be too careful.

1. Gas grilling should be done outside the home at least 10 feet away from the house.
2. Check all connections for leaks by turning on the cylinder valve and spraying the connections with a solution made by mixing equal amounts of liquid dish soap and water. If bubbles appear, those connections need to be tightened or replaced.
3. Keep the grill away from heavy foot traffic. It’s also highly recommended to keep children, pets and outdoor games like football away from the grill.
4. Always place lighters and matches away from the grill and children.
5. Wear fitted clothing. While you may be warm, you’re safest when wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes.

Read the remaining 5 tips after the jump »

Fire Up the Barbecue

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 25th, 2011

corn
Are you craving the charred taste of classic cheeseburgers, some skin-on hot dogs or a few finger-lickin’ baby back ribs? This holiday weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and with that comes the start of grilling season. So uncover that barbecue grill in the corner of your garage, drag it outside and fire it up! Whether you’re hosting a backyard cookout or just picnicking with your kids this Memorial Day, whip up the recipes below for a completely grilled meal that will hit all the right notes with you and your family.

To start your great grilling extravaganza, throw a batch of Great Grilled Wings from Food.com on the barbie. Slathered with a sweet and spicy sauce, these chicken wings are two-bite wonders.

For the main event this weekend, try Emeril Lagasse’s succulent Grilled Pork Chops With Garlic Jam from Cooking Channel. Sweet roasted garlic is liberally spooned atop seasoned thick-cut pork chops for a masterful presentation of grilled goodness.

To go with Emeril’s sinfully delicious chops, cook up – grill up, really – Food Network Magazine’s recipe for Tomato-Garlic Corn (pictured above). Sweet corn on the cob is grilled to perfection and covered with a fresh tomato, roasted garlic and herb mixture.

Browse more grilling recipes after the jump »

Portable Dishes for Memorial Day Weekend

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 23rd, 2011

poppy see potato salad
If you’ve been invited to a party this upcoming Memorial Day, chances are you’ve also offered to help cook or bake something. But what can you bring that can be made ahead, travels well and holds up to the weather (which is hopefully warm)?

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

1. There’s a good chance that your host’s refrigerator will be packed that day, so if your dish has to be kept cool until serving, bring along your own carrier with ice packs — the thought will go a long way.
2. Transport your cooler in the air-conditioned car, not in the trunk.
3. Come prepared with your own serving utensils just in case your host has run out.

Now browse through Food Network’s travel-friendly recipes:

Salads: When it comes to salads, try and stay away from recipes that include mayo. If your recipe calls for a dressing, wait until you are about to serve the dish to mix it in.
Poppy-Seed Potato Salad (pictured above)
Daikon-Carrot Salad
Avocado Salad

Browse more portable recipes for mains and desserts »

The 5 Best Meals You Can Make Mom This Weekend

by in Holidays, May 6th, 2011

rhubarb crumble
The simplest way to thank mom this Sunday is with a homemade meal — it’s simple, but more importantly, it comes from the heart. With numerous recipes to choose from, Food Network has pulled together its favorite Mother’s Day recipes in one place — for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1. Breakfast in bed made by the kids. Mom shouldn’t be anywhere near the stove or the sink this Sunday, so gather up the kids and let them try Giada’s recipes like Baked French Toast with Blueberries and Citrus Cream Smoothies. These recipes are easy for the little ones to make (with supervision) and delicious enough for the whole family to eat.
RECIPES: Mother’s Day Breakfast – Let the Kids Cook

2. Schedule tea time. If you’ve planned a large breakfast, opt for a lighter lunch. Ask mom to dress up (make sure she wears a hat) and have a cup of tea with her. Tea sandwiches are an old-fashioned favorite, but these recipes transform the classics. Be sure to try the Ham, Brie and Apple, Olive-Focaccia and Pesto Chicken varieties.
RECIPES: 50 Tea Sandwiches

Get more Mother’s Day menu ideas after the jump »

Marcela’s Last Minute Food and Party Tips for Cinco de Mayo

by in Holidays, May 5th, 2011

Marcela Valladolid

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but you’re short on time to prepare a full fiesta? Marcela Valladolid of Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy is sharing her five simple tips to throw a quick Cinco de Mayo party at home with your family and friends.

1. Instead of making a sit-down dinner, try serving a cocktail spread with just two or three small bites.

Try these recipes, which can all be cooked in under 30 minutes:
Mexican Squash with Yogurt Dip, Sweet and Spicy Drumettes, Mexico City-Style Tacos and Shrimp-Stuffed Chiles

2. Come up with one signature cocktail, that way you don’t have to stock a full bar.

Try one of these recipes:
Watermelon and Mint “Agua Fresca” (non-alcoholic), Baja-Style Limeade (non-alcoholic), Mexican Cucumber Martinis or Chocolate Margaritas

More tips on music and home decor after the jump »

Happy Hoagie Day!

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2011

italian hoagie
Are you a hoagie hound? Do you crave crusty bread rolls stuffed with juicy steak and cheese, or do you go crazy for cold cuts and fresh vegetables? Either way, if you have ever eaten and reveled in a particularly sensational submarine sandwich, today is your day. Celebrate this heroic holiday by crafting a few hoagies of your own. Our recipes below are easy, fast and classically delicious.

Food2.com’s recipe for Cheesy Meatball Subs is classically delicious and packed with traditional Italian tastes. Your favorite meatballs are lined on hefty sandwich buns, drenched in tomato sauce and topped with creamy mozzarella cheese.

Everyone always says that what’s inside is most important. Well, with hoagies, nothing has ever been truer — Mary Alice’s Hoagie Dip from FoodNetwork.com features your favorite ingredients from a classic lunch meat-and-vegetable hoagie but rather than served sandwich-style, it is an appetizer dip.

Continue reading for more delicious hoagie recipes »

Spring Fling: Rhubarb

by in Holidays, In Season, May 4th, 2011

rhubarb
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Recently, we dove into the world of asparagus — today, we’re exploring rhubarb.

Rhubarb is a large reddish, celery-like stalk with large green leaves. Even though rhubarb is commonly paired with strawberries to create tarts, cobblers and pies, this lengthy root is a vegetable. It tends to be tart, needing the addition of ample sweeteners like sugar and additional fruits.

Here’s how to incorporate rhubarb in your Mother’s Day menu »

Recipe of the Day: Risotto With Asparagus

by in Holidays, Recipes, May 2nd, 2011

risotto with asparagus
Creamy risotto is mixed with Bibb lettuce, Parmesan cheese and fresh lemon juice and can be served as a light main or hearty side — perfect for Mother’s Day. Tangy Italian cheese and asparagus top this Italian classic for an extra burst of flavor.

Get the recipe:  Risotto With Asparagus

Browse more of Food Network’s Mother’s Day recipes.

Sweet Endings for Easter

by in Holidays, Recipes, April 23rd, 2011

raspberry lemon easter cake
Easter is right around the corner and while everyone’s busy preparing for the main course, whether it be ham or lamb, don’t forget to end your holiday meal with a sweet.

Food Network has rounded up Easter desserts for everyone at the dinner table:

Easter cupcakes: 11 adorable holiday cupcakes with one vanilla cupcake batter.

Just Desserts Buffet:  Soothe your Easter sweet tooth with a buffet featuring Giada’s classic Easter pie and Paula’s family recipe for carrot cake.

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