by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 30th, 2016
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, June 28th, 2016
Slowly smoked for hours on end, home-cooked barbecue is a true labor of love, one that only a serious lover of smoke will take on. And if you’re going to put in the time, the results better be fall-apart good. That’s why we picked the recipe that our fans love most for each real-deal, low-and-slow barbecue favorite — we’re talking ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more. Trust us, these time-tested, top-rated winners go way beyond a slathering of barbecue sauce.
The Ribs to Make: Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs
Whether you’re a fan of wet or dry ribs, pork or beef, this fan-favorite recipe for game-changing spareribs has something to offer. These tender, highly reviewed winners start with a dry rub, then they are grilled over indirect heat with a mix of hickory and charcoal .
by Nora Horvath in Recipes, June 27th, 2016
I 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.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 25th, 2016
When you’re craving the delicious flavors and unique textures of summer grilling but you’re short on time (or you don’t have the outdoor space for a grill), meet your summertime life saver: the grill pan. Grilling vegetables indoors will give them the same tender quality as cooking them on a grill, without the hassle of the setup or cleanup work.
by Regan Burns in Recipes, June 24th, 2016
Blueberry season is in full swing. Though you can finagle a pint or two year-round at the grocery store (at a price), there is nothing quite like a taste of these freshly picked, nearly bursting summer beauties. If you can stop yourself from scarfing them down by the handful as is, go on and bake them into summer’s most-showstopping treats, each one oozing with blueish-purple juice. Trust us, these recipes right here are the desserts your pints of blueberries are pining to become.
Mash up two sweet classics — blueberry pie and cheesecake — for a rustic confection bursting with berry goodness: Food Network Magazine’s gorgeous Blueberry Cheesecake Galette (pictured above). Layer sweetened cream cheese and a quick blueberry filling in buttery dough, then bake until golden for a summertime treat you can slice and serve to a crowd.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 23rd, 2016
They say the secret’s in the sauce, and we couldn’t agree more — how else can you turn plain grilled chicken, burgers and steaks into something worthy of your Instagram feed? In these grilling sauce recipes, relatively few super-flavored ingredients come together to create something that’s definitely greater than the sum of its parts. There’s nothing left to do but slather it on.
Special Burger Sauce (pictured above)
This sauce gives burgers a little extra zip that plain old ketchup and mustard just can’t provide. Sweet relish and cider vinegar contribute tang while paprika and other spices add depth. But when someone asks you what’s in it, don’t tell them — it’s a secret! Read more
by Katie Workman in Recipes, June 22nd, 2016
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who make the burgers (hovering over an open flame, flipping each one with serious skill and taking all the credit) and those who devour them (with glee and zero regrets). For the former group of burger lovers, expanding your burger craft is what summer is all about. Turn on the grill and switch things up — we’ve got some surprising ways to better your burger game from here on out.
1. Reconsider your meat mix.
Your go-to, home-grilled burger might be made entirely of beef, but integrating another kind of meat for a more flavorful blend will have your next batch neck and neck with the pros’ patties. The Ultimate Backyard Burger, for instance, calls for a blend of ground chuck, brisket and lamb for moist, juicy results.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, June 21st, 2016
A homemade birthday cake? You bet. There are few ways to better say “I think you are pretty special” than baking someone a cake from scratch. And the best news is that if you take your time and follow the directions carefully, you’ll be turning out picture-perfect cakes from the get-go. Don’t overmix, and don’t overbake. And check out these easy tips for assembling the cake. (Have you ever heard of a crumb coat? It will change your cake-baking life.) Get ready for open-mouthed gasps of joy and lots of celebrating!
by Emily Lee in Recipes, June 20th, 2016
The first few weeks of summer break are really just back-to-school time in reverse; everyone’s learning a new routine and breaking in a new rhythm. With all the new comings, goings, camp dates, don’t-forget-your-water-bottle reminders and spray cans of SPF 1 million to keep track of, I’ll just admit it: Cooking elaborate meals is last on my list right now. That’s why I love these go-to quick dinners, perfect for this time of year. And it gets even easier. I recently learned a new tip for simplifying menu planning during the week: Pick a theme for each day (think sandwiches on Mondays, pasta on Tuesdays, etc.) and rotate recipes every week. Here are a few kid-approved ideas to get you started.
by Nora Horvath in Recipes, June 20th, 2016
Although we’ve been focused on warm-weather dishes ever since Memorial Day, today marks the first actual day of summer, which means it’s time to roll out the grill and usher in a long season of outdoor meals featuring summer’s greatest hits. Think corn on the cob, watermelon, juicy grilled burgers and, most importantly, s’mores. If you’re wondering what to put on tonight’s menu, here are a few ideas to get you started.
4-Ingredient S’mores Pie
S’mores are the ultimate sweet of summer, but they’re not the tidiest dessert. Give the campfire classic an unexpected makeover by combining the three key ingredients of s’mores — marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers — into this easy-to-make, easy-to-eat pie. For the chocolate layer, combine chocolate chips with heavy cream (the fourth ingredient) to create a smooth and velvety ganache.
Cheesy grits are a classic side to any breakfast dish at the diner, but they can also act as a mild base for a savory dinner bowl. With the addition of some light protein and garden-fresh vegetables to this comforting favorite, grits can be reborn as a flavor-forward meatless dinner.