Ina takes a classic salad and seasons it perfectly with good olive oil, salt and pepper. For an eye-catching presentation, purchase tomatoes in yellow, orange and green hues.
Get the recipe: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad
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When it comes to canning, blueberries were my gateway fruit. During my childhood, I helped my mom make jam with the berries from our annual picking trip. Later, blueberry jam was the first thing I ever canned on my own (though I did call my parents for guidance at least seven times during the making of that initial batch). Spiced with a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest, it tastes like home.
The beauty of blueberry jam is that it sets you up for success. Blueberries contain a lot of natural pectin, so even if you mash and measure imperfectly, nine times out of 10, you’ll still wind up with something spreadable and quite delicious.
What’s more, preparing blueberries for jamming is shockingly easy. All they need is a quick rinse, a careful once-over to remove any stems (don’t throw away the mushy berries, they work just fine in jam) and a thorough smashing. I find it quite satisfying to just plunge my hands in and start squashing. A potato masher is an acceptable substitute if you don’t like to get your hands covered in blueberry goo.
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Bright, fragrant and practically singing with quintessential summertime flavor, fresh basil can transform your dish from common and plain to exciting and extra special. This in-season herb is most traditionally featured in Italian pasta sauces, sprinkled atop pizza and served with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. However, the possibilities for using these smooth green leaves are simply endless. Pick up a bunch today and try our creative and unique recipes highlighting basil’s classic flavor.
Food.com adds a kick to basic burgers with its recipe for Basil Parmesan Hamburgers, made with sweet basil, salty Parmesan cheese and fresh garlic. Grill to a juicy medium temperature, and top with roasted tomatoes or caramelized onions for a decadent barbecue favorite.
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This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and for dinner this weekend, we’re ditching the barbecue sauce and marinating chicken in fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly meal on the grill, purchase chicken legs — they’ll also cook up faster. While the total cook time for these babies is more than two hours, that is inactive time — time that the chicken is soaking up the flavor of the marinade in the refrigerator. Once the chicken is placed on the grill, dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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It’s time to think beyond the bear bottle. Because honey comes in way more forms than just plastic squirt bottles. My favorite? Honey in the comb, pure and simple.
And yes, the comb is totally safe to eat. People have been keeping bees — and eating the honeycomb — for several thousand years. But first, some honey 101. No, honey is not bee spit. But bee saliva does play a role.
When bees gather nectar from flowers, it is stored in a honey sac inside their bodies. During storage, the bee’s saliva mixes with the nectar, which (shocker!) is made mostly from sugar. Enzymes in the saliva convert those sugars into honey.
The honeycomb comes into play when the bee gets back to the hive. The comb itself — a network of hexagonal cylinders — is made from waxy secretions of worker bees. As these cylinders are filled with honey, they are capped with yet another layer of wax.
The bees do all this to create food for themselves. In fact, for every pound of honey gathered by people, the bees make and consume another eight.
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Melissa’s take on the classic French tart cuts down on time and the cost of pricey cherries by using good-quality cherry jam.
Editor’s Note: When thickening a fruit pie filling, there are several options to consider. Very often flour or cornstarch is used, but in certain instances tapioca, arrowroot and potato starch can also help achieve the desired consistency. Read more here.
Get the recipe: Grandma Monette’s Cherry Jam Tart
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Every month, Food Network Magazine puts chefs from Food Network Kitchens to the test: Create three inventive recipes with common supermarket ingredients like root beer and ice cream cones.
Hummus, a relatively modern refrigerator staple, is often used as a light, healthy dip for crackers, celery sticks and pita triangles. This month, Miriam Garron, Jay Brooks and Bob Hoebee put a fresh spin on the Mediterranean classic made with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Try the three recipes and add hummus to turkey sliders to keep them moist and rich, create a creamy soup or whip up a chickpea flatbread.
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Chicken salad from the local deli never tends to be as good as homemade, and you also won’t get 4-6 servings out of the container you purchased. When making this recipe, don’t throw out the leaves on top of the celery stalks. Instead, incorporate them into the salad.
Editor’s note: If you don’t like avocados or have them handy, place chicken salad in lettuce cups or between bread.
Get the recipe: Chicken Salad With Fresh Herbs
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When you’re thinking of appetizers to serve Labor Day weekend or just any barbecue, don’t forget to include salsa and chips. While jarred salsa can be boring, try a homemade version packed with tomatoes, garlic and cilantro. Giada incorporates orange juice in her recipe, which gives it a burst of citrus.
Get the recipe: Spicy Tomato Salsa
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Though typically eaten raw and simply by the handful, edamame are incredibly versatile and can easily be pureed, sautéed or boiled. Packing a hefty protein punch, these teeny green lima-like beans are a go-to vegetarian option. Our meatless menu below offers diverse dishes celebrating the innate flavor and bright color of summertime edamame.
For a meatless burger that can be enjoyed year round, try an Edamame Veggie Burger (pictured above) from Food Network Kitchens. Made with pureed edamame, freshly grated carrots and radishes and Asian spices, these moist patties are filled with fiber and easily broiled in the oven.
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