Bursting with flavor that far exceeds their tiny size, blueberries make for a delicious add-in to cakes, cobblers, blintzes and pies. And what better time to use these compact and antioxidant-rich fruits than when they are at their peak of juiciness during the summer? Experiment with their versatility and play up the way their vibrant indigo color can transform a classic recipe, like in Ree Drummond’s Blueberry Lemonade. Keep reading below for more summer staples, and see how Food Network stars incorporate blueberries into their favorite desserts and breakfast treats.
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If breakfast for dinner seems to be on your weeknight menu once or twice a week, try adding a frittata into the mix for a satisfying meatless option. Not only are frittatas easy to make, but they also act as the perfect go-to lunch or quick snack, as they keep well in the refrigerator. All you need to make this easy egg dish is an ovenproof skillet and your favorite veggies and cheeses.
Ree Drummond roasts asparagus and mushrooms for her Frittata (pictured above) and adds plenty of flavor to the base by sauteing onions with butter until tender. She chops up a leftover baked potato for heartiness and adds pantry staples like olives and jarred roasted red peppers for an easy boost of flavor. The Pioneer Woman’s cowboy touch? A dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick, and Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses for comforting creaminess. Once the mixture begins to set on the stove, it’s ready to go into the oven.
Leave it to an Iron Chef not only to find a way to prepare a traditionally involved dish simply and quickly, but also to guarantee flavorful, classic results with his made-over method. On this morning’s all-new seafood-focused episode of The Kitchen, Geoffrey Zakarian took on the beloved Spanish dish of paella, known for its crimson-hued, saffron-scented rice, shellfish and meat — and its lengthy prep time. But instead of presenting a tried-and-true intricate recipe, he transformed the dish into something that’s easy enough to make in a Dutch oven, no special paella pan required.
In his recipe for Quick Paella with Chorizo, Shrimp and Chicken, GZ celebrates all of the tastes and textures you know and love, but he brings them to life in a can-do way. His secret is layering the ingredients: first building a flavor base of chorizo, garlic and onions, then adding the saffron for warmth and color, and finally bringing in the rice. After working in the moisture — white wine and chicken broth — he recommends leaving the dish alone to cook for about 20 minutes. This will allow the rice to absorb the liquid and become nearly tender. A seafood duo of shrimp and mussels, plus a generous addition of peas, brightens up the dish, and perhaps most importantly, promises authentic flavor just like that of classic paellas.
The idea of cooking a hot dinner in the summertime reminds me of asking my kids to clean up their rooms, because the answer to both is the same: “I’m too tired!” That’s why I love this list of cook-ahead or no-cook ideas for easy summer dinners. Each one is kid-tested by my own four rascals but delicious enough for every adult at the table to enjoy as well.
Capellini with Tomatoes and Basil (pictured above): Just another 5-star recipe from Ina Garten, this one has tender noodles soaked in sweet tomato juices. These noodles practically beg to be slurped, so have those napkins ready.
When summer decides to crank up the heat, it’s almost impossible to think about turning on the oven. Blueberry cobbler and cherry pie may be your favorite seasonal treats, but baking isn’t fun when the temperature rises past the 90s (as it did in much of the country this week). Don’t discount, however, the possibility of a showstopping cake. On the hottest of days, icebox cake is your secret weapon.
Traditionally, icebox cake is composed of layers of whipped cream and chocolate wafers. Left to chill in the fridge overnight, the wafers soften and take on the texture of cake but keep the taste of cookie. While the classic formula is perfect in itself, there’s a lot of room for creativity using the same technique. Take Ina Garten’s 5-star recipe, for example, which sandwiches spiked mocha mascarpone cream between crispy chocolate chip cookies. The result is known to “make grown men weep,” according to Ina, and she herself has declared it as being not only the easiest cake she’s ever made but also her favorite. That said, her recipe is a good place to start. But don’t fret if you’re not a coffee lover — there’s an icebox cake for everyone.
Get the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe here, and scroll down below for more amazing icebox-cake recipes to satisfy every type of sweet tooth.
Pasta salad is one of those classic and incredibly versatile summer dishes — the ideal cookout accompaniment, perfectly portable for picnics and a cinch to prepare — that you find yourself craving all year long, then suddenly tiring of by the time August rolls around. But before you’re bored of bow ties and say farewell to fusilli, consider changing up the type of noodle you employ in making your salads. You’ll be amazed how swapping out twisty rotini tendrils for orecchiette’s button cups, or embracing the hollowed tubes of penne and rigatoni, can change up the texture and even flavor of your dishes.
Pasta Salad with Lemon Pesto Dressing (shown above)
Use prepared pesto to make this salad’s lemon juice-drenched dressing — a bright, unusual addition to any summer spread — which clings readily to cavatappi’s substantial ridges. Grape tomatoes, mozzarella and scallions add just enough substance to this light side dish.
Boats aren’t just a vessel meant to get you across a body of water or for enjoying a hot summer day. They’re also a fun and functional way to present food at a summer gathering, eliminating the need for large bowls and platters, and making cleanup even easier. Kids will get a kick out of them too. These edible boats are perfect for everyday dinners, big barbecues or dinner parties — regardless of whether you’ll actually be near the water.
Zucchini and Corn Pirate Boats (shown above)
Marcela Valladolid takes the idea of food boats to a literal level, adding a mast to the head of her stuffed zucchini. Stick grape tomatoes, zucchini slices and a green onion stalk on a skewer to add fun flair to this summer side dish. The boat itself is stuffed with zucchini, corn, tomatoes and bacon for salty, meaty flavor that pirates both big and small will love.
When your clothes are sticking to your skin and you refuse to be outside for more than 30 seconds, the last thing that makes sense is turning on the oven or stove. But here’s the thing: You still gotta eat, even on a hot day. When it’s too hot to turn on the heat, go for crazy-good No-Cook Summer Recipes that make it possible for you to still eat homemade breakfasts, salads, soups and more.
Start off your day of beating the heat by blending up Bobby Flay’s 5-minute Papaya-Banana Smoothie. With Greek yogurt, real fruit and ice cubes on board, this ice-cold healthy breakfast makes hot mornings a whole lot easier to deal with.
I am all about easy and fun this summer. We strive to spend as much time outside as possible, but when I am inside, in front of a hot oven is the last place I want to be. That’s why this recipe is a great one: It has a really fun and eye-catching design, and it is NO-BAKE!
This dessert was made with special care to honor the traditional s’more as much as possible. It has a thick graham cracker crust, and a rich and creamy chocolate cheesecake center topped with an ooey-gooey layer of melted marshmallows.