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Honeycomb — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, Recipes, August 25th, 2011

honeycomb brie english muffin
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.

Six delicious ways to use honeycomb »

Budget-Friendly Cherry Jam Tart — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 25th, 2011

cherry jam tart
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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Three Ways to Use: Hummus

by in Food Network Magazine, Recipes, August 24th, 2011

turkey-hummus sliders
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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Easy Chicken Salad for Lunch — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 24th, 2011

chicken salad with fresh herbs
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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Spicy Tomato Salsa — Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 23rd, 2011

tomato salsa
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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Edamame Anytime — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, August 22nd, 2011

edamame veggie burger

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.

More meatless edamame recipes »

Anne’s Zesty Potato Salad – Recipe of the Day

by in Recipes, August 22nd, 2011

super-zesty potato salad
Don’t let the phrase “homemade mayonnaise” keep you from making this recipe. Anne Burrell takes five simple ingredients from the pantry and the refrigerator and creates a creamy, homemade condiment with the help of the food processor. When the mayo is done, combine it with red potatoes, celery, garlic, onions and bacon for an easy Labor Day side dish.

Editor’s note: If you don’t have the time to make the mayonnaise from scratch or don’t have a food processor handy, don’t hesitate to use store-bought.

Get the recipe: Super-Zesty Potato Salad

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How to Use Berbere — Off the Beaten Aisle

by in How-to, Recipes, August 19th, 2011

chicken burgers with berbere
Imagine the best Southern barbecue — cooked up in northern Africa.

That’s what this week’s ingredient — the Ethiopian seasoning blend known as berbere — tastes like. And it’s as good as it sounds.

Berbere is the flavor backbone of Ethiopian cooking, a cuisine built around heavily seasoned meats and stews served with a spongy flatbread called injera.

Berbere ties all of that together, doing duty as a dry rub for meats, a seasoning for stews, lentils and grains — even as a tableside condiment.

As with so many traditional seasoning blends, what goes into berbere can vary by region, town and by house.

But most versions begin with a base of ground chiles, ginger, fenugreek, cumin, cloves, coriander, cardamom, black pepper and salt.

Incorporate berbere into chicken burgers »

Southwest Turkey Burgers — Weekend Cookout

by in Recipes, August 19th, 2011

rachael ray southwest turkey burger recipe
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 this weekend dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes.

Rachael sure loves burgers and in this version, she uses ground turkey seasoned with jalapeno peppers, cumin, cayenne, garlic and shallots. You won’t miss the beef — these juicy burgers are topped with turkey bacon and sliced pepper jack cheese.

Main Dish: Rachael’s Southwest Turkey Burgers
Side Dish: Fresh Corn Salad
Dessert: Bittersweet Double Chocolate Coconut S’mores
Drink: Ina’s Pink Lemonade

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Cool-Down Cooking: Mint

by in In Season, Recipes, August 18th, 2011

mint limeade
I know I love the cooling effect that a midsummer Mojito has on my system, but I didn’t realize that mint in general is a great antidote to hot weather. It makes sense, considering how popular mint tea is in arid countries like Egypt and Morocco. I’m not sure I’ll be drinking hot mint tea anytime soon, but I’ll definitely be adding this soothing herb to my summer fare.

In the morning I’ll use it in Food Network Magazine’s Mint Limeade (pictured above). For a post-work treat I’ll toss it into a bourbon-spiked Mint Julep.  While I normally think of basil when I think of pesto, Giada’s Pea and Mint Pesto Crostini is an inspired take on the classic. For a completely no-cook appetizer, Paula’s Watermelon Salad With Mint Leaves is the best bet. It’s simply dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar, then sprinkled with feta cheese and mint.

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