On its own, ice cream is great. Actually, it’s really great. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make this staple summertime dessert into an even more indulgent and sweet-tooth-satisfying treat. That’s where the sundae sauce comes in. Just a drizzle of these rich toppings is all it takes to make you feel like you’re eating an extra-special dessert. Bonus: These sauce recipes aren’t tricky or time-consuming to make. In fact, they’re easy enough to prepare on a weeknight when you’re feeling decadent. The co-hosts of The Kitchen showed off three must-try takes on sundae sauces on this morning’s brand-new episode. Read on below to get a trio of ideas from Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff Mauro.
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Summer means cookouts, and cookouts mean pasta salad. If we had to guess, you belong in one of two camps of people: those who live for a creamy pasta salad loaded with the good stuff, or those who like to take a fresher, lighter mayo-free approach. In honor of this age-old battle of the sides, we’re bringing our favorite kinds of pasta salad to the table and letting the mayo and no-mayo renditions duke it out once and for all. For each type of pasta salad, whether it’s classic, family-friendly or something more adventurous, there’s a recipe for mayo lovers and haters alike.
By Angela Carlos
On this week’s episode of Chopped Junior, contestants opened their mystery baskets to find a collection of unusual ingredients, including alligator, a century egg and cashew cheese, but for these young cooks, it was the familiar pork cutlet that proved a challenge.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!