In this swampy midsummer heat, my favorite breakfast (oatmeal) becomes entirely unappealing. Even a smoothie blended to go becomes lukewarm in minutes. So why not enjoy frozen treats at every meal, including breakfast? Food Network Kitchen came up with genius ice pop recipes for on-the-go morning meals that’ll cool you off and fuel you up for the day. Plus, swap a frosty pop for your green juice, favorite cocktail or after-dinner treat. Read more
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Curbing your meat intake doesn’t necessarily mean you have to put away the grill. In Bobby Flay’s recipe for Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables (pictured above), he chars up seasonal veggies that make this salad both colorful and satisfying. Plus, pearly Israeli couscous makes for a delicious and hearty alternative to mixed greens.
Just as he would when grilling a piece of meat, Bobby makes a marinade to flavor and tenderize the vegetables. He whisks together balsamic vinegar, garlic and Dijon mustard, and then tosses half of this vinaigrette with zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. Following his lead, allow the veggies to sit and soak up the flavors for 15 minutes, and then grill until just cooked through. Next, toast the couscous with olive oil to bring out its natural flavor. Cook the couscous until al dente and toss with the bite-sized grilled vegetables. Finally, toss the salad with the remaining vinaigrette, and garnish with fresh basil and flat-leaf parsley.
We’re all familiar with the classic ice cream sundae, the kind you might devour at an old-fashioned soda fountain. It’s a decadent yet straightforward equation: one or more scoops of ice cream + some variety of sauce or syrup + whipped cream + a glistening maraschino cherry on top. You’ll often find a sprinkling of chopped nuts, seasonal fruit or sprinkles thrown in too. All of this comes served in a glass sundae cup with a long spoon for mess-free fun. But the next time you’re hosting a party, take the traditional sundae to the next level by ditching your glass cup in favor of a brownie, cookie, shortbread or cake base. Here are a few clever ideas to help you make the most of ice cream and your favorite baked goods the next time a sweets craving strikes.
Waffled Brownie Sundae (pictured at top)
Now this is a sundae fit for a special occasion. Baking the brownie batter in a waffle iron cuts your baking time in half and eliminates cooling time altogether. Plus, all of the waffle’s nooks and crannies will catch whatever sweet sauces and toppings you choose for decorating. For the best results, pile ice cream and toppings onto these cakey brownies hot off the press.
Throughout our culinary history, people have baked fruit in one form of vessel or another. Lots of versions, many contestants and several commonalities: fresh or frozen fruit; some sort of sugar, whether it’s light brown, dark brown, muscovado sugar or molasses, or even honey. Add butter plus some sort of flour and there you have it.
Start with the most common of all baked desserts, the classic cobbler. Many say the cobbler is simply a pie without the crust. Well, that is partially correct. A true cobbler is topped off with individually dropped biscuits. The biscuits are made with heavy cream, adding a real rich flavor and tenderness to the biscuit. Did you know the baked biscuits on top of the cobblers were said to look similar to the cobblestone streets of Boston or Philadelphia? Philly girl here, don’t forget.
Now for the variations:
Welcome to the sticky, sweltering dog days of summer. If the season’s heat has you bogged down, take refuge in a chilled treat this weekend: these easy-to-make, eat-with-your-hands Frozen Peanut Butter Bites (pictured above). Made with only four pantry ingredients, the Neelys’ sweet-tooth-satisfying dessert celebrates the perhaps most-beloved of all flavor combos: peanut butter and chocolate. And maybe the best part of this recipe is that there’s no need to turn on the oven.
Get the Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Bites
The sun is shining, the grill is hot and you’re looking forward to a meal of juicy meat. Fast-forward 30 minutes and you’re face to face with a dry, overcooked hunk of steak or a tough chicken tender. What went wrong? Getting the grilling game right can be tricky. When it comes to grilling burgers, meat master and Texas restaurateur Chef Tim Love recently told FN Dish, “There are actually two common mistakes I see often, which are a shame, so listen up!” He shared his take on those two problems, plus offered ways for avoiding them next time.
1. Flip Burgers Once and Only Once: Constant turning will toughen and dry out meat, and if you flip too soon, burgers will stick. Cook 2 minutes per side for rare, 3 for medium-rare, 4 for medium and 5 for well-done.
A side of nicely charred vegetables really ups the ante at a backyard cookout, but when you’re prepping steaks, burgers or dogs for a crowd, grill real estate is at a premium. Plus, timing the doneness of varied veggies can be complicated when you’re balancing a short-order list of rare, medium-rare and well-done meats. Our solution? Grill that produce ahead of time (either earlier in the day or the day before), to turn out side dishes that promise maximum flavor and minimum time-sucking.
Grilled Vegetables (above)
Giada De Laurentiis’ key to getting those great grill marks? Don’t shift the vegetables too frequently once they’ve been placed on the hot grill. Coat the vegetables in the dressing while they’re still warm, then store in a container in the refrigerator overnight. They’ll taste delicious served cold, or can be reheated in a foil pack on the grill.
With summer in full swing, and four kids under the age of 7, we’ve got friends of all ages coming and going all the time. To keep things simple but still plenty of fun, I have a roster of easy and (almost) universally liked snacks for kids. Here’s what we’re serving.
English Muffin Pizzas (pictured above): For more of a meal, these English muffin pizzas can be topped with your choice of fixings, like olives and broccoli.
Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese Casserole: The Best Thing to Happen to Pasta, Cheese and Bacon — Party of Twoby Julie Wampler in Recipes, July 7th, 2015
I know, I know, it’s July and you may not want to turn on that oven. But I’m here to convince you that this ultimate mac ‘n’ cheese is THE casserole dish you need. You’re going to want to make it — no matter the heat — after you read what’s in it.
Ooey-gooey, cheesy and bacon-y pasta: It’s all here, and it will surely tempt you. Why? Because the orecchiette pasta is covered with the silkiest sauce of Gruyère and sharp white cheddar. Because crispy bacon pieces are sprinkled throughout the dish AND on the top. Need I say more? The orecchiette pasta is the perfect shape for this dish because the cheese and bacon nestle into the pasta’s earlike grooves to give you the ultimate mac ‘n’ cheese experience. And perhaps best of all, in keeping with the Party of Two theme, this recipe feeds two people, which means that you won’t end up with a heaping amount of leftovers, as is often the case with classic casseroles.
Since basil is in season right now, it’s no wonder that it’s often the go-to herb to feature in pesto, but it’s surely not the only something green that can star in this quick-fix sauce. Spinach, parsley, broccoli and even arugula can take its place — arugula, for example, standing in to create the base of the sauce used atop Food Network Magazine’s easy pizza (pictured above).
Thanks to a ready-to-go prebaked pizza crust, this Arugula Pesto Pizza with Zucchini comes together simply and in a hurry. Once you’ve prepped the pesto — the arugula adds a peppery punch, while capers and garlic offer welcome bite — and sliced the mozzarella and zucchini, it all comes down to assembly. Just before baking, sprinkle some nutty Parmesan atop the pie and drizzle on fruity extra virgin olive oil. After only a few minutes in the oven, the cheese will turn gooey and the crust golden.