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6 Kid-Tested Cold Dinners for Hot Summer Nights

by in Family, Recipes, August 1st, 2015

Capellini with Tomatoes and BasilThe 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.

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9 (Mostly) No-Bake Icebox Cakes

by in Recipes, July 31st, 2015

Mocha Chocolate Icebox CakeWhen 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.

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11 Noodles to Change Your Pasta Salad Game

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2015

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.

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12 Fun Food Boats for Summer

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2015

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.

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A Complete Menu of No-Cook Recipes for the Whole Day — Summer Soiree

by in Recipes, July 30th, 2015

Papaya-Banana SmoothieWhen 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.

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No-Bake Frozen S’mores Cheesecake

by in Recipes, July 29th, 2015

No-Bake Frozen S'mores CheesecakeI 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.

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One Recipe, Two Meals: Classic Chicken Stir-Fry for Kids and a Kicked-Up Version for You

by in Family, Recipes, July 28th, 2015

One Recipe, Two Meals: Classic Chicken Stir-Fry for Kids and a Kicked-Up Version for YouI always forget what a cinch it is to pull together a stir-fry: some hot oil, a lean protein, an array of brightly colored veggies, maybe a carb or 40, and some quick garnishes. Bam! Dinner’s done.

This is especially handy on weekday nights, when you have less than zero time, and a whole crew of hangries on your hands — especially the little ones. Little ones get hangry-licious in a nano.

You want to punch me in the face for saying “hangry.” Twice. I know this because I want to punch myself in the face.

SO! We’ve got two quick chicken stir-fry methods here: one crazy-speedy, stripped-down recipe for the kiddie kids, and one right behind it with more goods in it. More flavor. More sauce. More errrthang. You’re gonna dig it.

So really, I can’t say hangry? No? Fine.

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10 Peach Cobbler Recipes for Every Summer Occasion

by in Recipes, July 28th, 2015

10 Peach Cobbler Recipes for Every Summer OccasionSweet peaches, a warm golden topping and heaps of vanilla ice cream ever so slightly melting as you take your first bite — sound familiar? That’s right: It’s all about peach cobbler this time of year. A close cousin to pie, cobblers boast a beautiful biscuit crust and a bubbling fruit mixture that peeks from underneath with vibrant color. Perhaps the best part about peach cobblers is that they don’t always require fresh fruit. Sunny Anderson goes for frozen peaches in her Blueberry-Peach Cobbler while Trisha Yearwood uses the canned variety in her Easy Peach Cobbler. Keep reading below for more recipes from Guy Fieri, Katie Lee and other Food Network stars.

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Ina’s No-Cook Guacamole Salad — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, July 27th, 2015

Guacamole SaladSince we’re officially experiencing the dog days of summer, there’s no better time to try no-stove-required recipes. Nix the kitchen heat and you’ll not only feel refreshed, but also be highlighting fresh fruits and veggies that are already popular at summer picnics, potlucks and barbecues. While salads may readily come to mind for a meatless meal, Ina Garten has you thinking outside the lettuce box with her Guacamole Salad (pictured above).

A deconstructed version of one of the most-loved dips, this salad plays up colors, textures and flavors, making for a beautiful dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes. Ina uses the guacamole classics — tomatoes, red onions and garlic — plus yellow bell pepper for crunch and black beans for heartiness. She makes a simple lime juice-and-olive oil vinaigrette that she gives a spicy kick with a pinch of cayenne. Follow Ina’s lead and add the chunky avocados at the end to ensure their bright green color and to avoid browning.

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Here’s the Scoop on Homemade Frozen Treats: DIY Ice Cream, Sorbet and Sherbet

by in Recipes, July 26th, 2015

Just remember back to when you were a kid in an ice cream store — was there really a better feeling than getting to have your own scoop of a frozen treat on a hot summer day? Whether they come in a cone or cup, topped with hot fudge or decked out with sprinkles, chilly treats are tough to resist. And while heading to your local creamery makes for a fun outing, making a homemade variety of ice cream, sherbet and sorbet has a deliciously sweet payoff. And here’s the good news: You don’t always need to have special equipment to make it. Try Sunny Anderson’s Buttermilk-Pecan Ice Cream recipe, which comes together in less than 30 minutes with freezer bags, salt and ice — just give the ingredients a good shake and you’ll have a creamy dessert in a hurry. Keep reading below for more sweet-tooth-satisfying recipes.

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