You may know Giada De Laurentiis for cooking up classic Italian dishes or adding a California spin to cooking and entertaining on Giada at Home. As a versatile chef, Giada has shown Food Network fans how to make everything from fresh pasta to light and healthy West Coast eats. Most recently we’ve seen Giada exploring her homeland on Giada in Italy — sharing those family traditions and recipes that influenced her early love for cooking — and providing her culinary expertise as a mentor on Food Network Star. Check out Giada’s best-ever dishes below, from her Sunday-supper-ready Bolognese to creamy tiramisu and rich ravioli bites ideal for parties.
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Light, energizing and easy to prepare: That’s the elusive after-school snack trifecta. When store shelves are lined with chips, sugary fruit snacks and other empty calories, shopping for something that fits the bill can feel a lot like searching for a needle in a haystack. The obvious alternative is to skip store-bought options in favor of something homemade, but few people have time to prepare snacks in addition to dinner. Beat the after-school crunch by preparing healthy foods over the weekend and keeping them on hand for later in the week. Homemade granola bars and trail mixes are a great place to start. Fresh veggies can be washed and cut in mere minutes, and vegetable-based dips such as guacamole or hummus make crudites seem appealing. Here are some more quick, nutritious, kid-friendly snacks to tide your family over till dinner’s ready.
These nutty bars studded with dried fruit will stave off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner for only 167 calories per serving. Make a batch over the weekend so your family will have them on hand for quick and convenient after-school snacking throughout the week.
During these sunny and sometimes sticky summer months, a refreshing meal can be just what you crave. And in the season where pasta and potato salad seems to be at every cookout and barbecue, it’s the perfect time to try a new chilled recipe like Food Network Kitchen’s Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing (pictured above).
The secret to this dish is toasting the sesame seeds to deepen their natural nutty flavor. With just 4 to 5 minutes in a saute pan, these tiny seeds toast up quickly and are transformed with robust flavor. Food Network Kitchen purees the seeds in a blender with chile-garlic sauce, lemon and oil for a no-fuss creamy dressing with a subtle tang. Once the dressing is ready, drizzle it over spaghetti-like buckwheat soba noodles, which share a natural nuttiness with the sesame seeds. Lastly, top the noodles with a variety of fresh veggies. You’ll get a slight sweetness and bright color from the corn, plus a heartiness from the creamy avocado. Add in cucumber for that crisp and refreshing crunch that makes this meal a delicious summer go-to.
There’s something about cooking over a campfire that captures summer’s spirit. Maybe it’s that pleasant charcoal flavor, the meal cooked entirely outside, or the inherent bonding that sitting in a cozy and fire-lit circle fosters — or a beautiful combination of all these elements. It’s the perfect way to cap off summer and a favorite Labor Day weekend activity. Try these recipes over your campfire, from dinner to dessert — and make more than just s’mores.
Camping Sandwiches (pictured above)
These sandwiches get grill rings from special sandwich presses, but you can use a foil-wrapped brick to weigh the sandwiches down instead. Guy Fieri suggests options from chili to berry cream cheese, but feel free to invent your own pairings. Keep your ingredients at room-temperature to minimize melting time.
Cookie bars are the best way to bake for a crowd. Instead of taking time to scoop evenly sized balls of dough, turn your favorite cookies into one-pan treats. They’ll cook evenly and look fabulous. In just about an hour (or less) and with minimal cleanup, you’ll have a delicious portable dessert to feed a party.
Whether you’re a cookie monster, you prefer cheesecake or you eat gluten-free, there’s a cookie bar recipe for you. Find it in Food Network Magazine’s 50 Bar Cookies from the September issue. Brownies and blondies are included, as are equally irresistible no-bake options when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. Read on to discover favorite batches from the Food Network Magazine recipe developers, plus a bonus recipe.
Whether you’re hopping on a plane or have a long road trip ahead, snacks are a key factor in successful travel with kids. Before you head off for that end-of-summer family vacation, make sure to check some of these kid-approved portable snacks off your packing list. Tired, hungry traveling parents should certainly partake of these goodies, too.
Gluten-Free Cheesy Crackers
These crunchy, cheesy bite-size crackers are easy enough for kids to make themselves. Let them measure ingredients, cut out the crackers in fun shapes, and sprinkle on toppings like sesame and poppy seeds. Then pack the crackers up for happy munching in transit.
It’s summertime and it’s sticky-humid-oh-so hot outside, so there’s no question what one ingredient is on your must-have list for the grocery store: ice cream. While there’s indeed nothing wrong with digging out a scoop from the carton — or eating straight from the carton — you can surely dress up the everyday varieties to turn them into all-new treats. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared three easy ways to turn out extra-special chilly desserts using just your favorite flavors of ice cream, which you likely already have on hand, plus a few extra add-ins.
GZ’s Family-Style Chocolate Mint Sundae features a beloved taste combo: chocolate and peppermint. For a minty-fresh bite, Geoffrey Zakarian mixes just a bit of peppermint extract into melted chocolate, then pours it over rich vanilla ice cream before piling on the decadent toppings: brownie chunks (opt for store-bought to save time), plus sweet marinated cherries, fluffy whipped cream and crushed peppermint sticks. Since Geoffrey serves up a whopping 12 scoops of ice cream, this indulgent platter is big enough to satisfy even the most-demanding sweet tooths in your family.
We’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole run-of-the-mill birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than classic birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.
When it comes to showing the August baby in your life some love, do it in the most-special way possible: with a cherry on top. Ice cream lovers will go wild for these loaded ice cream creations, piled high with sprinkles, whipped cream, hot fudge and a few unexpected toppings. With hot and cold elements, these crowd-pleasing festive treats are perfect for ringing in the peak of summer heat. There’s a science to making the perfect ice cream sundae, and you can learn how to build the idyllic one here. Read on for more quirky, cherry-topped (and candlelit) sundae creations.
While you can’t bottle those blink-and-you-miss-them summer moments for when the sun stops setting at 9 p.m. and your favorite ice cream stand has “gone fishing” for another season, you can make the most of them while there’s still time. For us, that particularly applies to cooking with all of the in-season produce we can get our hands on. Here are six must-make recipes to add to your end-of-summer list before it’s too late.
Ina Garten combines bright, bursting-with-flavor heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves for the best no-lettuce salad (pictured above) you’ll have all summer. Once you’ve arranged your ingredients on a serving plate, drizzle them with olive oil, then season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Perfection.
Summertime is almost over. You might have had big plans to get your grill goin’ all summer long — but did you end up fanning the flames as much as you’d hoped? We didn’t think so. If the summer got away from you, rest assured that there is still plenty of time to cook up some fiery barbecue greats before the colder weather sets in (gasp!). Check these smoky, top-rated barbecue recipes from Food Network chefs off your to-do list before summer’s end.
You’ll need to nibble on a rack of Trisha Yearwood’s Barbecued Pork Ribs (pictured above) before this summer thing is all said and done. Her tender ribs come slathered in homemade barbecue sauce, a zesty mix of ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar and dry mustard.