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Punch is Making a Comeback and We Don’t Hate It

by in Drinks, Recipes, July 26th, 2017

Rum PunchPunch is back. And we’re not talking the ubiquitous red drink of unknown origins from classic 80’s movie high school prom scenes that someone inevitably gets pushed into. Totally customizable to your palate and party-type, punch is a crowd pleaser from summer cookouts to black-tie events.

The big-batch drink we know today is a descendant of a Hindi drink made of five ingredients – tea, liquor, water, sugar and lemon – which was popularized during the British empire’s rule in India. Mariners loved the stuff for all of the obvious reasons but also, thanks to a dose of citrus, punch’s ability to ward off scurvy during long trips at sea.

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10 Ways to Eat Tomatoes Without Cooking Them

by in In Season, Recipes, July 25th, 2017

Corn, Tomato and Avocado SaladWhen the temperature reaches a certain number in the summer, I tend to give up. It’s hot, it’s sticky and everyone is sweaty. This isn’t the time to sit down to an eight-layer lasgagna. Coincidentally, it often happens at the same time as peak tomato season. That’s when I turn to gorgeous, fresh ideas like these to fill up my family of six without breaking a sweat.

Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad (pictured above)
Fresh corn kernels mingle with creamy mozzarella, thick wedges of avocado and a tangy lemon-lime dressing in this bright salad.

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5 Ways to Make Fresh Corn the Star of Your Menu

by in In Season, Recipes, July 24th, 2017

Maybe you’ve already noticed this on a recent trip to the farmers’ market — but corn has been looking particularly gorgeous lately. There’s a reason for this, of course: We’re in the midst of peak corn season! Not sure what to do with the fresh cobs other than shuck, boil and butter ‘em up? Don’t worry. We have ideas.

But first, we need to address a big corn paradox afflicting many households: Despite America’s obvious love for this sunny yellow grain (when we’re not mopping up barbecue with cornbread or corn muffins, we’re savoring sweet corn pudding… and maybe even the obligatory, annual state fair corn dog), it’s rare to see corn celebrated in its natural state. So, put down the canned creamed corn and the boxed muffin mix, and get ready rediscover just how sweet this summer crop can be.

Without further ado, here are five of our best summer dishes that call for fresh-off-the-cob kernels.

Corn Chowder (pictured above)
If you’re searching for a budget-friendly alternative to extravagant seafood chowders, look no further than this creamiest-ever corn soup. To cut through the richness of all that cream, Tyler Florence recommends cutting the kernels directly into your stock pot, adding a quick injection of texture and gorgeous yellow color.

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7 Grilled Meals You Can Prep Ahead of Time

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2017

Slow-Grilled Chipotle ChickenThe best part about hosting a cookout is socializing with friends and family around the grill. You don’t want to be stuck inside cooking different parts of the meal when guests arrive, which is where prepping ahead comes into play. Choose meals that you can prepare in advance, so the only thing that needs to happen when you want to eat, is check on whatever is grilling. A little bit of prep work takes the stress out of summer dinner parties and makes these grilled meals a cinch to cook.

Slow-Grilled Chipotle Chicken Tacos (pictured above)
Make-your-own meals are the key to success for a stress-free party. This chicken gets a half-hour marinade and then cooks low and slow, so get started on the prep work about 2 hours before anyone is going to show up. When you’re ready to eat, heat up tortillas and scallions on the grill and carve the bird.
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Our 5 Favorite Videos of the Week: Frozen Treats Galore

by in Recipes, July 21st, 2017


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No amount of high-powered AC can cure us from our warm-weather woes this week. You have to step outside at some point, right? That said, we’re cooling down any way we can — and so are our social feeds — with icy frozen treats that are as creative as they are cooling.

Layered Watermelon Ice Pops (pictured above)

A juicy slice of watermelon is bound to cool you down after one bite, but these layered frozen beauties take it one step further. The rind is made from sweet, pureed avocado, and the seeds are mini chocolate chips!
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Take 5: Cool Down with No-Cook Dinners

by in Recipes, July 18th, 2017


Once you start seeing heat waves outside (and maybe even inside), it’s harder to even think about standing by a hot stove or oven. On those days, try these no-cook summer recipes for easy, satisfying meals you can make in under an hour.

Chicken Summer Rolls

What’s summer without summer rolls? These Vietnamese-style rolls are packed with crunchy veggies, refreshing herbs, rice and even some shredded rotisserie chicken for protein. To “cook” the rice paper, dip the sheets in warm water until they soften slightly, enough to form a shell for the rolls.

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10 Ways to Use Up All That Zucchini

by in In Season, Recipes, July 14th, 2017

Zucchini ParmesanEvery summer I’m faced with buckets of zucchini coming from the patch in my backyard, so you know I’m always on the lookout for excellent zucchini recipes. Here are 10 of my very favorites. Almost all of them have been kid-tested (and tested and tested …), and there are a few that look so delicious they’re already at the top of my list to try next. Want to join?

Zucchini Parmesan (pictured above)
If you love eggplant parmesan, you’ll love this. It’s that simple.

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Beyond the Cookout: 9 Ways to Grill Breakfast, Lunch and Dessert

by in Recipes, View All Posts, July 14th, 2017

Grilled French Toast Foil PacketsThroughout the summer the grill is the center of attention during dinnertime over the summer for cookouts and parties, but there’s no reason to shy away during the earlier parts of the day or a non-occasion. Whether you’re out by the pool, camping or just enjoying the warm weather, using the grill keeps you near the action and minimizes on clean up (see ya, pots and pans!). Spend the day outside and grill up some breakfast, lunch and dessert.

Breakfast:

Grilled French Toast Foil Packets (pictured above)
Who knew breakfast on the grill can be healthy, taste indulgent and no-fuss all at the same time? Individual foil packs (use the non-stick kind for this) are a fun way to serve and best of all, no plates to clean up. Read more

9 Absolutely Adorable Ideas for Kids’ Birthday Party Treats

by in Family, Recipes, July 12th, 2017

Pull-Apart Beach CupcakesAs the mom of four small kids, I’ve thrown my share of birthday parties. And as each birthday approaches, you can count on me to be scouring the interwebs, relentlessly looking for ideas that guarantee show-stopping results—while also being realistic and doable. These are some of my favorites.

Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes (pictured above)
We made this beach scene for a pool party and WHAT A HIT! With cupcakes baked right into the cones, there was no waste, not even a paper liner to toss in the end.

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9 Make-and-Take Lunches to Get You Through Summer Weekdays

by in In Season, Recipes, View All Posts, July 11th, 2017

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable SaladWe wish we could eat ice cream and lobster rolls on the boardwalk every day throughout the summer, but for the most part, we’re stuck behind a computer doing the same stuff we do for the rest of the year. And when we do go on vacation, we find ourselves over-indulging and over spending . Give your taste buds and your wallet a break from the overload with some weekday lunches you’ll actually be excited to dig into.

Peanut Soba Noodles with Vegetable Salad (pictured above)
No microwave necessary to dig into this cold noodle salad. Protein-packed peanut butter and soba noodles mean this vegetarian lunch will keep you full through the 3 p.m. slump. Read more

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