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How to Make 3 Delicious Dinners Out of 1 Pork Roast

by in Family, Recipes, August 16th, 2016

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork RoastWith a big family at home, making a hearty dinner — and doing it quickly — is one of my biggest tasks of the day. It’s also relentless. That’s why I love cooking one big meal early in the week and transforming the leftovers into two more dinners, each with totally different flavors. It’s fast and efficient, and guess what: There’s even less food wasted, which is good for the planet and my budget, too.

That leads to another important point: In order to stretch your pork roast as far as possible, focus on adding sides. No matter if you opt for fresh or frozen, this is the time to load up on vegetables. Add starches like bread, rice and potatoes, and not only will you be consuming less meat, but you’ll also be buying less meat — a win all around.

Dinner #1: Giada De Laurentiis’ Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast (pictured above)

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Have You Tried Tomatillos?

by in Recipes, August 16th, 2016

While wandering your farmers market, you may have spotted a curious-looking green globe that looks like an unripe tomato encased in a papery skin and wondered: “What is that?” This farmers market find is a tomatillo, a fruit that is part of the nightshade family that tomatoes also belong to, but is actually more closely related to the gooseberry.

Now that you know the tomatillo’s quirky botanical background, let’s move on to more important matters: it’s delicious. Long used in Mexican and Southwest American cooking, tomatillos are most often used raw (that’s why they’re still green) to impart a tart vegetal flavor with hints of lemon and herbs. Read more

10 Outside-the-Box Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Taco BarWhile summer is winding down, your family is gearing up for a new school year. That means brand-new backpacks, fresh kicks and boxes of freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils. Kick off the new year with fresh lunchbox recipes your kids will love. Read on for 10 lunches they won’t want to trade. Read more

Summer Vegetable Chili — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 15th, 2016

Summer Vegetable ChiliThough the weather outside is steamy, you needn’t wait for the cooler months to make a pot of chili. The secret to enjoying this hearty bowl in the summer is opting for lighter, fresher ingredients than the usual bases of chicken and beef. By opting for a veggie-packed version, you get the same depth of flavor but with a seasonal feel. Read more

How to Pickle Basically Everything

by in Recipes, August 14th, 2016

Easy Pickled JalapenosOdds are, you believe a burger is not nearly complete without a good slice of dill pickle, or you just can’t help but devour pickle spears straight from the jar, one by one until they disappear. Hey, maybe you’re even one of those people who slather their pickles in peanut butter (yes, that’s a thing). Not only does the practice of real-deal pickling extend summer produce longer, but submerging veggies in a saltwater or vinegar-based brine imparts a distinctively tangy and addictive flavor. And there’s so much more to the world of pickling than cucumbers. In fact, the practice of pickling can extend to all kinds of summer produce.

If you always have a jar of pickled jalapenos on hand for topping chili, tacos, sandwiches and more, then perhaps you should try your hand at making your own Easy Pickled Jalapenos (pictured above). While the store-bought variety are often limp and soft, these pickled peppers retain their crispness, since the hot brine is poured over them, rather than the jalapenos being boiled in it.

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5 Fresh Ways to Spike Your Fruit

by in Recipes, August 13th, 2016

Improve on the already-delicious flavor of fresh summer fruit with these five boozy recipes.

Your grandma’s retro melon-ball salad this ain’t. Think of our Boozy Minted Melon Balls (pictured above) more like an unblended melon mojito. Break out that melon baller and use it to scoop out dainty globes of watermelon and cantaloupe. Then douse them with a mixture of white rum, lime juice and honey, toss with fresh mint leaves, and give the flavors a few hours to marry. Serve the fruit in clear glasses or goblets to show off all the pretty colors. Read more

10 Dishes That Squeeze Every Last Bit Out of Summer

by in In Season, Recipes, August 13th, 2016

Heirloom Tomato TartWe’re just gonna say it: Fall is on the way, people. And it’s not that we don’t love fall — there are few among us who don’t applaud the return of pumpkin season. But we just want to make sure you enjoy as much of summer’s bounty as you can. Make these vibrant recipes before it’s too late to get the really good stuff.

Heirloom Tomato Pie (above)

The colorful tomatoes that fill farm stands are truly one of summer’s greatest gifts. Enjoy their beauty and wonderful, sweet flavor by making heirlooms the star of a savory pie from Food Network Magazine.

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2 New Ways to Wrap and Roll Chicken

by in Recipes, Shows, August 13th, 2016

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken BreastSlicing and stacking is well and good, of course, but today’s episode of The Kitchen put the spotlight on wrapping and rolling, showcasing all the ways to deliver bold boosts of flavor in easy-to-eat packages. Both Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro delivered new ideas for transforming chicken with the help of a wrap, GZ going the elegant dinner route and Jeff opting for a next-level sandwich. Read on below to get their recipes.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast (pictured above)
Not only does GZ cover his lean chicken breasts in a snug overcoat of prosciutto, but he also packs flavor inside the meat. He carves a pocket in the chicken and fills it with a Mediterranean-inspired mixture of creamy ricotta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and fragrant sage. After searing the chicken on the stove, Geoffrey moves it to the oven to finish cooking, and what results is a just-crispy-enough exterior of prosciutto and a tender inside featuring juicy chicken and rich, melty ricotta. The finish is all about the lemony butter sauce, laced with sweet shallots and salty capers.

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What Do I Do with Zucchini and Summer Squash?

by in In Season, Recipes, August 12th, 2016

These aren’t necessarily unfamiliar vegetables that you don’t know how to prepare, like kohlrabi or rutabagas … but summer squash arrive in full force, bursting from the garden by the dozen, heaped in piles at the farmers market, heavy in your CSA box at the end of the summer. How to use it all and not feel the repetition of only a few dishes?

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Sweet & Savory Ways to Eat (and Drink!) Watermelon

by in Recipes, August 12th, 2016

Watermelon is one of the all-time-greatest simple pleasures of summer. Slice the always-refreshing, cheerfully pink fruit up into wedges at a family picnic and no doubt you’ll see everyone from toddlers to Grandpa gleefully gobbling it down, paying no worry to the juice dripping down to their elbows. But there are so many delicious ways to enjoy this sweet fruit. Try these eight creative spins on watermelon — both sweet and savory — before the sun sets on watermelon season.

It takes just six ingredients and 10 minutes of legwork to blend up these sweet-and-spicy Watermelon, Chili and Basil Ice Pops (pictured above). Combining the melon with fiery red Thai chiles and the licorice flavor of Thai basil is what gives them the unique flavor you can’t buy at a store. Read more