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Take 5: Italian-Inspired Dishes for Summer

by in In Season, Recipes, May 21st, 2017

Antipasto SaladA few days of nice weather in a row have us dreaming about lazy summer dinners. But then we snap back to reality and realize that, between camp, sports and work, summer weeknights are just as hectic as the rest of the year. These quick, Italian-style meals will inspire your dinners all season long.

Antipasto Salad (above)

Giada turns pasta salad into a full meal with the addition of antipasto staples like salami, smoked turkey and provolone cheese.
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Raiders of the Lost Chicken

by in In Season, Restaurants, May 13th, 2017

Chef Antoine Westermann Chicken is simple, right? You can take a breast, thigh or drumstick and grill, saute, poach or fry it for an everyday meal. If you want to be healthy, you buy organic or free-range, but we are all guilty of grabbing the generic package of on-sale chicken breasts at the grocery store in a pinch. Did you know, though, that the chicken you eat today is nothing like the chicken your grandparents ate? Read more

6 Recipes That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Spring Produce

by in In Season, Recipes, May 11th, 2017

Buying and preparing in-season produce is part and parcel of maintaining a balanced diet, but it’s much easier to eat nutritiously when the whole family is on board. In a world full of boxed mac and cheese and freezer-friendly dinners, we can understand why packaged or prepared foods are a reliable fallback. But we’re hopeful that the right seasonings and preparation methods can turn spinach, carrots, asparagus and more into healthy homemade dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Here are six recipes that incorporate spring produce in ways that will appeal to even the pickiest eaters.

Carrot Mac and Cheese
We’ve never known a kid to turn down mac and cheese, so in our eyes, it’s the perfect dish for camouflaging vegetables! You can get really sneaky with it by mixing pureed carrots in with your family’s favorite recipe: Before baking, just stir in one tablespoon of carrot puree for every serving of mac. Not only does it fortify the dish with an extra serving of vegetables, it also lends a beautiful boost of color.

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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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Let the Rampage Begin

by in In Season, April 24th, 2017

Let the Rampage BeginIf you ask me, this is the most-wonderful time of the year. At least as far as produce is concerned, that is. The return of spring brings with it a bounty of fruits and vegetables — now that all that pesky cold weather is (almost) out of the way — which means that it’s high time for all things rhubarb, asparagus, peas and fava beans. I look forward to all of these bright, fresh flavors, especially after a winter in which I ate more than my fair share of ultra-rich stews, baked pastas and roasts. But perhaps nothing gets me more excited than ramps.

Here in New York City, April turns into something of a rampage at the farmers market when these tender stalks make their springtime debut. The quantities are limited, the prices are high and the window in which they’re available is narrow, which means that chefs and enthusiastic home cooks alike are prepared to go all-ramps-all-the-time for the time that they can. It’s standard issue to see them on restaurants’ lists of specials (think pickled ramps, grilled ramps, ramps on a pizza, ramps with pasta — you get the idea), and, of course, the hype is real when cooking ramps at home too.

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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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Guy Fieri’s Flavor-Packed Spring Recipes

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, April 10th, 2017

Tex Wasabi's Koi Fish TacosAfter what was a doozy of a winter, we are pleased to finally welcome spring (and all the yummy produce that follows). By incorporating bright veggies and fruit like asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries, you add layers of flavor to even the simplest dishes — and nobody does that better than the king of Flavortown himself. Read on below to get some of Guy Fieri‘s best-ever recipes for springtime eats.

Tex Wasabi’s Koi Fish Tacos (pictured above)
After marinating flaky cod in a mixture of lime juice and tequila, the fish is coated in coarse breadcrumbs, which means it boasts a crispy crust after a quick deep-fry.

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10 Recipes to Add to Your Spring Eats Bucket List

by in In Season, Recipes, April 5th, 2017

Marmalade-Glazed Carrots with Candied PecansSpring is here! (And, bonus, it’s almost starting to actually feel like it outside.) With tons of fresh produce finally appearing on the scene — asparagus, peas, rhubarb and more fresh picks — there’s a lot of flavorful, colorful eats up for grabs at the market these days. Don’t let the season pass without taking full advantage of what’s available. The tried-and-true recipes below are the best way to enjoy the flavors of the season without getting fussy or overly complicated — just fresh food that will leave you wanting more.

Marmalade-Glazed Carrots with Candied Pecans (pictured above)
Not only do these rainbow carrots deliver a pop of color on the plate, but they’re dressed with a sweet orange glaze and finished with crunchy nuts, which guarantees bold taste and texture.

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11 Recipes from Giada That Will Transition You Into Spring

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, March 27th, 2017

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork RoastWhile Italian comfort food seems to fit the winter bill, Giada De Laurentiis proves that there are some fresher takes that are prefect for our transition into spring. By incorporating seasonal produce like artichokes, asparagus and strawberries — and balancing them out with hearty ingredients like ciabatta bread, mascarpone and bowtie pasta — she bridges the winter-spring gap seamlessly.

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast
In place of the usual ham, try introducing a pork roast to your Easter dinner menu this year. This one is blanketed with crispy pancetta, which means it’s certainly not lacking for flavor.

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